Snow – the saga continues

18 Feb

Well, we can forget about that earlier blog entry’s claim for the heaviest snow in 20 years!

Around Tokorozawa station on Friday afternoon

Digging out paths around Tokorozawa station.

The snowfall on Friday was not only heavier here, it was followed  by a few hours of rain on Saturday, which makes the snow piled up on roofs etc. denser.  Locally, several carports and verandas collapsed under the weight of the snow – my bike park at work also fell in.

And, to make matters worse, it looks like more snow is on the way…

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140217p2g00m0dm089000c.html

Over 9,000 people in Japan cut off due to heavy snowfall

TOKYO (Kyodo) — More than 9,000 people remained cut off Monday after heavy snowfall on the weekend, with roads blocked in some mountainous areas of Yamanashi, Saitama and Gunma prefectures as well as western Tokyo.

People traveling in vehicles in parts of Yamanashi, Nagano and Gunma prefectures were stranded as some highways were closed, and some Chuo Line train passengers were taken to hotels and other facilities as the trains were stuck in snow in Yamanashi.

The number of deaths related to the snow, excluding people involved in traffic accidents, has risen to 19 in eight prefectures, mostly in the Kanto-Koshin region centering on Tokyo, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

In Yamanashi Prefecture, 1,200 people in the town of Hayakawa and 1,300 in the villages of Kosuge and Tabayama were cut off, while at least 1,600 people were isolated in Kofu and other parts of the prefecture.

Helicopters airlifted food supplies in Yamanashi as main roads were closed in the prefecture.

East Japan Railway Co. on Monday suspended all 60 of its limited express services on the Chuo Line to and from Tokyo.

The Japan Meteorological Agency expects further snow along the Pacific coast of western to eastern Japan from Wednesday to Thursday.

February 17, 2014(Mainichi Japan)

If it’s cold, white and not vanilla ice cream, I don’t need any more of it.

It’s very pretty, but you don’t want to be IN the picture!

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7 Responses to “Snow – the saga continues”

  1. celicaxx Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 6:26 am #

    Wow, that actually sounds serious. Sorry for joking about getting a foot of snow. I guess any time infastructure/people aren’t prepped to handle those things, bad things happen. I wonder if this will be a trend for my lifetime.

    Where I live average per year is 30 inches, this year we’ve gotten over 50 and broken a record, too. But no giant 3 foot snowstorms this year, just 6-8 inches of snow every few days.

    I hope though the ground has actually frosted, as last year, we got a lot of snow, too, followed by a bunch of warm spells, and there was no frosted ground really. So the ticks survived the winter, and basically some places I’d walk around in, there’d be dozens of ticks stuck on you unless you sprayed a lot of DEET on you.

    • wildinjapan Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:43 am #

      Don’t fret it. It’s weird how we tend to view our own environments as “normal” – I still remember sniggering at reports of a heatwave in the U.K. when I was a kid. Apparently, temperatures soared to 32℃ – where I come from, it’s not uncommon to have stretches in summer in which the minimum is higher than that.

      Those ticks sound nasty. Are they venomous like the ones in Australia?

      • celicaxx Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:55 am #

        Not venomous, but they carry various diseases. Lyme disease is a big one that causes basically chronic fatigue for like ever if it’s not picked up soon enough.

        In other parts of the country there’s Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which is pretty scary of a fever. My friend caught a variant of it here somehow (at least he believes that) and it gave him a pretty high fever that he had to go to the hospital for and needed doxycycline (sp?,) a very strong antibiotic. This isn’t quite too applicable for humans, but sometimes so many ticks attach to deer and moose that they’ll drain all the blood out of them and kill them, too, this is happening in Alaska and stuff right now due to the warming trend, permafrost is disappearing.

        My friend says “Australia, where the white man goes to die.” Scary wildlife there. Japan’s got a few little things like those giant hornets and whatnot, but it’s probably a cakewalk going out hiking or being outdoors in general in Japan compared to Australia, right?

      • wildinjapan Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:17 am #

        Yep. With the exception of hornets and bears (and at least one of these over-rated in my opinion), Australia tops Japan in the “things in nature that could kill you” division. Apart from weather and volcanoes.

  2. Nature on the Edge Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 5:30 am #

    Sounds very trying, and i guess that hibernation isn’t an option.

    • wildinjapan Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 5:42 am #

      I wish it was an option!
      Locally, the worst part is finding somewhere to pile up all that snow, when the piles from the previous fall still haven’t melted.
      That, and discovering patches of road/footpath that are more akin to an ice rink.

      • Nature on the Edge Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 6:02 am #

        That sounds challenging; good luck with the icy footpaths. Hopefully warmer weather is on it’s way to reduce those snow piles….

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