Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 14th February 2007

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:11am on Wednesday 14th February 2007
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Fog,cloud, rain and snow
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
From west, the wind increases with elevation to moderate to gusting strong
Fair to poor
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Archive report: Posted at 9:11am on Wednesday 14th February 2007
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As the daylight sowly increased through the grey sky dropping interspersed flurries of slushy snow and rain were observed. There was snow still on the trees just up the hill on Happo One and at 0830 hrs. it was snowing at the Tsuga Ike Lift Company gondola base. The lifts above the gondola top station on Happo One are closed. The reason given is that the wind is strong. The forecast is for continued precipitation until evening with temperatures above 0C in the valley (high of 9C).
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The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m a.s.l.) 0700 hr. reading is:

Sky: Overcast
Temperature: Present: 1.5 C
Maximum: 12.0 C
Minimum: -3.0 C
Wind at surface: Calm
Winds aloft: No movement observed in low ceiling clouds
Precipitation: Rain
Barometer and trend: 914 hPa and falling
Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 0 cm
Amount of water(rain) in 24 hours: 3 mm
Total depth of snowpack (HS): 72 cm
Foot penetration: 20 cm
Surface: Slush
Density of surface snow: not measured
Crust: 4 cm
Cloud ceiling: 1,100 a.s.l.
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Hazard:

Above tree line: Considerable

Tree line: Considerable

Below tree line: Moderate, increasing with daily warming and loading

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


Avalanches Observed:

Number: several
Date: 2007-02-13
Time: early morning
Location: Shirouma Sanzan mountains
Aspect: east
Size: 2
Type: slab
Elevation: 2,600 m a.s.l.
Trigger: natural (wind loading and radiation)

Number: two
Date: 2007-02-13
Time: morning
Location: Shirouma Sanzan mountains
Aspect: south-east
Size: 2
Type: loose
Elevation: 2,600 m a.s.l.
Trigger: natural (solar radiation)

Number: two
Date: 2007-02-13
Time: afternoon
Location: Happo One
Aspect: south
Size: 2
Type: slab
Elevation: 1,200 m a.s.l. to 950 m a.s.l.
Trigger: daily warming (Maximum temperature in valley: 12C {Hira Kawa Study Plot})

Travel Advisory:
The warm precipitaion is forecast to continue today until evening with cooling and continued precipitation tomorrow with strong winds. The upper lifts at Happo One Lift Company and Tsuga Ike Lift Company are closed due to strong winds. This heavy loading due to precipitation and wind transportation will push the hazard level up. Hopefully this will trigger and sort out any lingering deeper instabilities in the upper elevation snow pack.


Archive report: Posted at 9:11am on Wednesday 14th February 2007
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts operating. The upper elevation lifts are closed due to strong winds.

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