Minakami Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 15th January 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:13am on Tuesday 15th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Clouds and valley fog in the mountains, looks pretty clear in Minakami town
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-2°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Calm
visibility condition
Okay down low, looks poor up top
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Tuesday 15th January 2019, 9:13am
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Monday 14th January 2019, 12:46pm 0cm
Sunday 13th January 2019, 11:05am 0cm
Friday 11th January 2019, 10:52am 10cm
Thursday 10th January 2019, 15:03pm 20cm
Wednesday 9th January 2019, 11:49am 45cm
Tuesday 8th January 2019, 10:20am 13cm
Last 7 reports (total): 88cm
Last 14 reports (total): 197cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 197cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 558cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:13am on Tuesday 15th January 2019
The latest Minakami Now report can be found here

Not a great deal to talk about of late.

The most notable development recently is the lack of wind causing temp inversions in the morning. It was -5C at 8am down in the valley and only -2C up top with the bottom of the valley fog hovering around 1000m. The mountain has been super quiet, seems everyone has it in their head that the best time of year is from Jan 20 onwards which is absolutely not always the case but it sure makes the early season nice for us locals.

Despite the lack of new snow, the Tenjin base seems to have stopped moving lower to a large extent. The snow pack seems to be fully settled which is good for stability.

As has been the story since the big snow we got around New Years, we are looking for refreshing snow falls. Nice for the season's longevity if we see some big dumps but it often restricts what you can actually ski so I'm ambivalent to a large extent. Snow of any type is what we want and from tonight onwards, looks like that is what's in store. The snow forecasters never seem to take into account just how much falls here but I expect about 20cm tonight, with another 10cm tomorrow and on Thursday night I'd not be surprised if it's around 40-50cm.

The forecast is for another big one on Sunday but quite often its just constant snow throughout so time to refuel the blower and sharpen up the shovels.

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Archive report: Posted at 9:13am on Tuesday 15th January 2019
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Minakami Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 15th January 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Minakami Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2018/2019
*as of Tuesday 15th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
15th January 0cm 0cm 60cm
14th January 0cm 15cm -
13th January 0cm 0cm 25cm
11th January 10cm 0cm 25cm
10th January 20cm - 0cm
9th January 45cm 0cm 0cm
8th January 13cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 88cm 15cm 110cm
Previous 14 days total 197cm 169cm 210cm
November observed snowfall total - - -
December observed snowfall total 361cm 385cm 212cm
January observed snowfall total 197cm 389cm 595cm
February observed snowfall total - 263cm 452cm
March observed snowfall total - 16cm 130cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 558cm 1053cm 1389cm
Minakami Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 15th January 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Minakami 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - 361cm
[361cm]
197cm
[558cm]
- - - -
2017/2018 season - - 385cm
[385cm]
389cm
[774cm]
263cm
[1037cm]
16cm
[1053cm]
0cm
[1053cm]
0cm
[1053cm]
2016/2017 season - - 212cm
[212cm]
595cm
[807cm]
452cm
[1259cm]
130cm
[1389cm]
0cm
[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]
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