Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 13th February 2007

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:19am on Tuesday 13th February 2007
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Archive report: Posted at 9:19am on Tuesday 13th February 2007
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Hard pack conditions are generally the picture on the lift accessible terrain. One or so centimetres of very low density snow fell overnight so "dust on crust". the grooming machinery has been doing a fine job at least on the Tsuga Ike Lift Company terrain. More snow is in the forecast over the days after today.
Today's forecast for the valley floor is for a high of 5C sunny skies and light generally north-west winds

The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m a.s.l.) 0700 hr. reading is:

Sky: Broken clouds
Temperature: Present: -2.0 C
Maximum: 8.0 C
Minimum: -4.0 C
Wind at surface: Light from west
Winds aloft: Light from the east
Precipitation: Nil
Barometer and trend: 924 hPa and rising
Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 1 cm
Amount of water(rain) in 24 hours: 0 mm
Total depth of snowpack (HS): 76 cm
Foot penetration: 22 cm
Surface: New snow, size 2 mm
Density of surface snow: not measured
Crust: 2 cm
Cloud ceiling: 1,850m a.s.l.

Above tree line: Moderate

Tree line: Moderate

Below tree line: Low, increasing with daily warming

N.B. the lower elevation snow pack is "isothermal", especially on southerly aspects.

Travel Advisory:

Yesterday the air temperature at tree line and above was not observed to rise above 0C {eg. 1245 hrs., 1,990 m a.s.l.: -3.0C} but the sun affected the snow that was exposed to it. The northly exposures are generally still powdery but otherwise, at least to 2,170m a.s.l. {Tengu Para} the snow was so affect to some extent.

The travel/trail breaking is improving. Ski-penetration on February 11th was about 35 cm (anecdotal report of mid-calf ski-penetration at 1,800m a.s.l.). Yesterday the ski-penetration was generally 10 to 20 cm.

Archive report: Posted at 9:19am on Tuesday 13th February 2007
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts running. Some of the 137 lifts in the Hakuba valley may not be running due to the fact that they are reduntant.

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