Zao Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 28th April 2016

Zao Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen (Yamagata), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:28am on Thursday 28th April 2016
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This report
Thursday 28th April 2016, 10:28am
0cm
Tuesday 26th April 2016, 10:09am 0cm
Friday 22nd April 2016, 8:31am 0cm
Thursday 21st April 2016, 9:33am 0cm
Monday 18th April 2016, 10:15am 0cm
Friday 15th April 2016, 8:15am 0cm
Tuesday 12th April 2016, 7:44am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 3cm
Last 14 reports (total): 3cm
Current month (April 2016) total: 3cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 460cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:28am on Thursday 28th April 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

This is my last Zao Now report of the 2015/2016 season.

It has been decided that the last day of the snow season here in Zao will be Saturday 30th April... if the narrow open Chuo area can actually make it until then. It's borderline! I can't say that what is left looks particularly appealing and rain falling is not helping. But if you really must get in that last slide of the season...

It has been a very odd season. And not just here in Zao and Yamagata but it seems in most snow regions of the main island of Honshu. Almost every region of Japan has experienced less snow - and in some cases much less snow - than usual. We expect so much snow and consistent snowfall here that worrying about snow is something that people just simply aren't used to. And of course everyone is hoping that they will not need to be thinking about again next season.

If you want to get a picture of the season as a whole please do read through all of the Zao Now archives below.

I highly recommend that you also read through the archives from previous seasons as well - mainly because this last season has definitely not been 'normal' or 'average' (however you define those terms).

So, here is to a good summer season and then a much more snowy 2016-2017 winter season. It is, after all, what we expect!

I'm confident that's what we will get.

See in back here in late autumn when the Zao Now reports will start up again.

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast

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The Zao Ropeway, Sky Cable gondola and Chuo Ropeway are all open throughout the year (apart from specific maintenance periods)

Archive report: Posted at 10:28am on Thursday 28th April 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Last planned day of season 30th April.
Hopefully next season will prove to be longer!

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LATE SEASON REPORTING
The individual Now reports will continue in each area until the season in that place closes - some will continue daily until the end, some will become less than daily now that we are in April.

Once the season has finished everywhere, we will be adding a general season wrap up to each of the reports, where we will also answer questions and comments that we regularly get sent. Some do keep on coming back! The end of season message will be up at the end of Golden Week in early May.

Thank you for reading.
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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 28th April 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Thursday 28th April 2016
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 28th April 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2015/2016
*as of Thursday 28th April 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
28th April 0cm - 0cm
26th April 0cm - -
22nd April 0cm - -
21st April 0cm - 0cm
18th April 0cm - 0cm
15th April 0cm - -
12th April 3cm - -
Previous 7 days total 3cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 3cm 0cm 4cm
November observed snowfall total 22cm 20cm 12cm
December observed snowfall total 96cm 281cm 179cm
January observed snowfall total 211cm 118cm 111cm
February observed snowfall total 83cm 181cm 166cm
March observed snowfall total 45cm 103cm 107cm
April observed snowfall total 3cm 0cm 4cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 460cm 703cm 579cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 28th April 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Zao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - 22cm
[22cm]
96cm
[118cm]
211cm
[329cm]
83cm
[412cm]
45cm
[457cm]
3cm
[460cm]
-
2014/2015 season - 20cm
[20cm]
281cm
[301cm]
118cm
[419cm]
181cm
[600cm]
103cm
[703cm]
0cm
[703cm]
0cm
[703cm]
2013/2014 season - 12cm
[12cm]
179cm
[191cm]
111cm
[302cm]
166cm
[468cm]
107cm
[575cm]
4cm
[579cm]
0cm
[579cm]
2012/2013 season - 3cm
[3cm]
150cm
[153cm]
243cm
[396cm]
218cm
[614cm]
21cm
[635cm]
22cm
[657cm]
0cm
[657cm]
  October November December January February March April May
Zao Now reports before Thursday 28th April 2016
Zao Now reports from the same period last season
Zao Now archived reporting
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