La Nina Japan Winter 2017/18: Some Observations

La Nina 2017/18 Japan

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La Nina Japan winter 2018

A La Nina Japan winter 2018 event has a 50-60% chance of emerging by winter, Japan’s weather bureau has said, with growing signs of a La Niña pattern emerging as sea water temperatures being monitored near the equator in the Pacific Ocean are now cooler than their benchmark levels. If these continue a La Niña may emerge before winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

A great 2017/18 Japan winter coming up we hope!

Below are the records (thanks to Snow Japan) for the last five seasons for Hakuba and Myoko Kogen.

hakuba snowfall records / La Nina Japan winter 2018

Hakuba Snowfall Records

myoko snowfall records / La Nina Japan winter 2018

Myoko Snowfall Records

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The Japan Meteorological Agency’s expectation that the La Nina Japan winter 2018 may appear aligns with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which puts a 55-65% chance of the phenomenon appearing during the Northern Hemisphere winter of 2017-2018.

La Nina Japan winter 2018

The emergence of La Niña Japan was also observed from December 2005 to February 2006, when around 150 people died as a result of heavy snow across Japan. Snows were also heavy in the most recent occurrence of La Niña in 2011/12.

JMB will update their observations re La Nina Japan winter 2018 in mid-November. Watch this space!

Will this La Niña Japan event be our last big winter?

Before we rejoice there is a sombre note. The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) has stated that whilst the Global Warming Hiatus appears to have ended in 2014, they expect a start of a reversed decadal-scale phase which may strengthen the global warming impacts. However, it may still be possible that the winter from 2017 through 2018 may be an exception with high snowfall. Even if we receive ‘average’ snow, remember that an ‘average’ season in Japan is like a once in 20+ year season in places like Australia.

We hope this will not our last big winter but get booking now to be sure!

La Nina Japan winter 2018

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