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Discussion in 'Weather' started by Sandy, Jul 15, 2016.
Yep, the two appear to be linked.
Sandy could you please explain how the weather patterns work for Zao Onsen? Looking at a topographical map it would seem the storm systems coming off the sea of Japan first hit the mountains of Mount Ashai/Mount Itoh. Zao is a lot further from the coast than say the Niigita resorts of Nozawa, how does it receive its 10+ meters of snow each year? Is it because it is further north? Thanks for helping out this weather noob
There's two ways Zao gets snow, both through gaps.
- Winds just south of due west, across to the north of Niigata City.
- A funnel that happens with a NNW wind, converging on Gassan mountain(it gets HUGE snow, and doesn't open until April), which is a peak higher than most of the surrounding mountains. The rest of the cloud skirts around and continues towards Zao.
- It also gets some snow off east coast lows
Thanks Sandy! I can definitely see the gaps in the mountains were the cloud cover would sneak through.
++ Strong 6.9 quake hits Japan, triggering tsunami warning
Tokyo, Nov 21, 2016 (Agence France-Presse)
A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit northeastern Japan on Tuesday, triggering warnings of tsunami waves as high as three metres (10 feet) on the coast near the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Public broadcaster NHK urged residents along the northeast coast to "flee immediately" to high ground, reminding listeners to heed the lessons of the "Great East Japan Earthquake".
A massive undersea quake that hit in March 2011 sent a tsunami barrelling into the coast, leaving more than 18,500 people dead or missing, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in one of the world's worst nuclear disasters.
Fukushima plant operator TEPCO said that a water cooling system at a reactor in the separate Fukushima Daini facility had stopped but that it was back up and operating.
The operator said that the temporary stoppage was an automatic response.
The vast majority of deaths in the 2011 disaster resulted from the tsunami.
So far, several tsunami waves, the biggest measuring 1.4 metres (4.6 feet) have hit the northeastern coast, according to NHK, following warnings by Japan's Meteorological Agency.
The United States Geological Survey said the 6.9 magnitude quake, at a shallow depth of 11.3 kilometres (seven miles), struck shortly before 6:00 am (2100 GMT on Monday) in the Pacific Ocean off Fukushima.
The Meteorological Agency had earlier estimated the quake's magnitude at 7.3 but upgraded it to 7.4.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the quake, which also shook buildings in Tokyo.
Speaking during a visit to Argentina, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe directed the central government to work with authorities in the affected areas.
He said he ordered his cabinet ministers to "assess damage and do their utmost to cope with the disaster."
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference in Tokyo that no significant harm had been detected at the nuclear plants in the region.
"There has been no major damage to the Fukushima Daiichi or Onagawa plant (in Miyagi prefecture," he said.
Kyodo News agency reported that a fire broke out at a petroleum complex in the town of Iwaki, but that it had been put out.
"It was a fairly strong earthquake, but we have not received any reports of injuries," said Nobuyuki Midorikawa, an official in Iwaki city, south of the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
There's also a thread on this:
Arctic Oscillation ?
The Arctic sea ice is lower than usual for this time of year. With less reflective ice, the water absorbs more heat from the Sun, so it's warmer. This affects the pressure across far northern Russia, and affects pressure in central Russia/Mongolia.
i.e. If there's more sea ice, it's cooler, less evaporation, so the high pressure is further north.
24th (this Thursday).
An interesting and concerning read.
The link is solid, the website looks suspiciously like what IFLS has become though
Sorry, what is IFLS?
I F***** Love Science.
interesting complex set of lows meandering across next week - not classic winter pattern yet but there will be some decent snow IMO especially further north
JMA forecast for Tokyo Thursday: Min 1, Max 3, and "Snow or Rain". If the max is 3, it WILL snow.
This looks pretty good after the low passes
Season thread started!!!!!
yes! love this time of year with the anticipation