Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 21st February 2014

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:05am on Friday 21st February 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly cloudy
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
1-4m/s (Hirafu)
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This report
Friday 21st February 2014, 8:05am
25cm
Thursday 20th February 2014, 8:24am 3cm
Wednesday 19th February 2014, 8:03am 8cm
Tuesday 18th February 2014, 8:01am 10cm
Monday 17th February 2014, 8:10am 5cm
Sunday 16th February 2014, 8:32am 10cm
Saturday 15th February 2014, 8:27am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 64cm
Last 14 reports (total): 84cm
Current month (February 2014) total: 163cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 1022cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:05am on Friday 21st February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

I remember saying it would probably build up during the day in my report yesterday.

Well, this morning I do have a very nice delivery of snow to report. Over 25cm here outside my place, and a quick glance at the Avalanche report below shows some bigger numbers still on the mountain.

It's cloudy, it's snowing and it's around -5C. (Having said that, there is actually some sunlight shining down in places over the town area as I write this report). And there's not much wind either. Tol lifts and gates will all be open.

So there's lots of fresh snow about and very fine quality snow it is too - conditions should really be top notch this morning. There's lots of people already itching to get up there and waiting for the lifts to open. It's going to be another really great (and busy) day in Niseko!

Looking ahead after snow today and perhaps tomorrow, after that clearer conditions are currently on the forecast from Monday through into midweek.

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As regular readers will know, we sometimes take a look back at how much snow has fallen and compare with previous seasons. Just for the fun of it, nothing more than that. So let's take a look at the current situation.

As of 21st February 2014:
- 1022cm of snowfall in the Hirafu Village area (observed in our reports)
- 163cm for the month so far

As of 21st February 2013 (ie. last season):
- 1313cm of snowfall in the Hirafu Village area (observed in our reports)
- 334cm for the month so far

The Japan Meteorological Agency statistic for the whole of February in Kutchan town last season was 228cm, and 216cm the season before that. This February so far they have recorded 110cm (not including today).

Remember the JMA Kutchan readings are taken in Kutchan town, and our readings are observed in the Hirafu Village area - and it's generally thought that you can add another 50% or so to the number to get an idea of what might have fallen higher up on the mountain.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -8C, 12 hours snowfall 50cm, light crystal snow. Moiwa 800m: -11℃, mild wind, 50cm of fresh, no snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -13C, 40cm. Hirafu 1000m: -12C, 20cm of fresh. Peak 1308m: NW8.9m/s, -14.1℃. Coastal data: Benkei cape WSW5m/s, Kamui capeNNW9m/s, 1.2m waves, 1017hPa.

Snowclouds generated by a small low-pressure is mostly covering the west side of the Niseko range, dumping 40-50cm of crystal snow. The snow is fluffy and light in the mild wind. Looking at the snowfall transition and observations, the avalanche hazard in regular terrain is moderate, however still considerable to high in typical avalanche terrain. Peak gates will open from the morning. Steep open slopes such as the Backbowl’s sidewalls remains very hazardous. Better not ride all the way down to the bottom from the Annupuri second bowl (F5-E4 of Niseko Rule’s map). Avalanches strike from above. Higashi-One cornice slopes are equally hazardous (H7-8). 50cm thick surface slab slides are to be highly considered in the strictly off-limits Haru-no-taki area. DO NOT enter these off-limits areas. Cracks are lurking underneath fresh snow, attentively observe the hubbles on the slopes. Falling in those cracks can lead serious consequences. It is recommended to stay in-bounds or close to the resort today. The snow is great, overhead blowers, light and deep. Beware of getting stuck in the forest. Always be conscious of the hazards of backcountry skiing and stay prudent.

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 395cm
Base - 195cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 360cm
Base - 215cm

Annupuri:
Top - 335cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:05am on Friday 21st February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 21st February 2014
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 21st February 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 21st February 2014
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2013/2014
*as of Friday 21st February 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
21st February 25cm 15cm -
20th February 3cm 20cm -
19th February 8cm 10cm -
18th February 10cm 7cm -
17th February 5cm 20cm -
16th February 10cm 10cm -
15th February 3cm 25cm -
Previous 7 days total 64cm 107cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 84cm 212cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 461cm 443cm -
February observed snowfall total 163cm 316cm -
March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 1022cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 21st February 2014
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko 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 - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season - - - - - - - -
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
163cm
[1022cm]
-
[1022cm]
-
[1022cm]
-
[1022cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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