Minakami Now daily snow and weather - latest report

Minakami Now

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Minakami (Gunma), Japan
LATEST REPORT: Posted at 9:15am on Saturday 15th April 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Clear, sunny, warm
Base temp:
11°C

Top temp:
7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light breeze from the South
visibility condition
Excellent
This report
Saturday 15th April 2017, 9:15am
0cm
Thursday 6th April 2017, 8:55am 0cm
Friday 24th March 2017, 9:01am 20cm
Thursday 23rd March 2017, 8:41am 15cm
Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 9:43am 25cm
Tuesday 21st March 2017, 9:05am 0cm
Sunday 19th March 2017, 8:43am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 65cm
Last 14 reports (total): 105cm
Current month (April 2017) total: 0cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 1389cm

Been a mixed bag of late in terms of conditions.

Last week's event at Tenjin, Minakami Vibes, was a resounding success but weather has been the variable. The Saturday was mostly foggy before clearing long enough to get some decent photos. The Sunday was rainy but they still drew over 800 riders for the two days. Then Monday and Friday were amazing with warm weather and blue skies and this good weather is here again today and forecast to continue through the weekend. The rest of the week was rain and with it, cold!

The snow doesn't seem to be taking much of a hit fortunately and we actually had 15cm of snow up top over the week but the trend is for shrinkage and the snow pack has dived 1m in a week.

The bowl is in place, being maintained daily and really good. They've built banked slalom style burns down from the top of the Tenjin lift which feed into an aggressive kicker and two big bowls side by side. They plan to keep it through golden week and it's as close to surfing a wave as you could get on a resort.

When the weather is good these days the snow is soft Spring corn and Kagura up top would be very good.

At Tenjin the cat track to the base is closed permanently for the remainder of the year and its hiking access toward mount Tanigawa as they are digging out underneath the Toge lift. Two diggers at it and the base up by the ridge looks to be at least 4m...

Tenjin official snow depth: 350cm

Minakami Now ski lift operation notes:

Tenjin is the last resort standing though the cat track is now closed.

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Thursday 6th April 2017
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Minakami Now observed snowfall data: Recent Minakami Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 15th April 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Minakami Now reports up until Saturday 15th April 2017
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Minakami Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 15th April 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Minakami Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View more analysis here)
  2016/2017
*as of Saturday 15th April 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
15th April 0cm - -
6th April 0cm - -
24th March 20cm 3cm 15cm
23rd March 15cm 0cm 0cm
22nd March 25cm 0cm 0cm
21st March 0cm - 0cm
19th March 5cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 65cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 105cm 18cm 60cm
November observed snowfall total - - 0cm
December observed snowfall total 212cm 154cm 225cm
January observed snowfall total 595cm 227cm 246cm
February observed snowfall total 452cm 285cm 378cm
March observed snowfall total 130cm 78cm 152cm
April observed snowfall total 0cm 0cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1389cm 744cm 1001cm
Minakami Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 15th April 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Minakami Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2016/2017 season - - 212cm
[212cm]
595cm
[807cm]
452cm
[1259cm]
130cm
[1389cm]
0cm
[1389cm]
-
2015/2016 season - - 154cm
[154cm]
227cm
[381cm]
285cm
[666cm]
78cm
[744cm]
0cm
[744cm]
-
2014/2015 season - 0cm
[0cm]
225cm
[225cm]
246cm
[471cm]
378cm
[849cm]
152cm
[1001cm]
0cm
[1001cm]
0cm
[1001cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
20cm
[20cm]
159cm
[179cm]
203cm
[382cm]
295cm
[677cm]
159cm
[836cm]
0cm
[836cm]
0cm
[836cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
6cm
[6cm]
105cm
[111cm]
144cm
[255cm]
131cm
[386cm]
31cm
[417cm]
30cm
[447cm]
0cm
[447cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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