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The White Stuff

25 Nov

Hi blog.

I usually try to get out at least two posts per month, but it just wasn’t going to happen this particular November.

More roller coaster weather, sunset arriving earlier and earlier each day, persistent colds and then secondary infections, laziness, general disgust at certain election results have all sapped my energy.

But November 24th will go down in history as the first time this area has recorded snow piling up in November.

Snow is not particularly common in the metropolitan areas in and immediately surrounding Tokyo, and often melts on contact with the ground or at least on contact with asphalt roads.  Some snow does manage to build up and may remain for several days, but this only happens in the depths of winter.  Except for this time.

The last recorded snowfall in this area in November was over 50 years ago, and it apparently did not pile up to any significant depth.

My phone's weather app from the night of the 23rd.  Those single digit temperatures were looking pretty ominous...

My phone’s weather app from the night of the 23rd. Those single digit temperatures were looking pretty ominous…

I’m not a big fan of snow.  Sure, it’s pretty to look at, but you don’t want to be stuck in it.

On my way to work.  The trains were not quite running on time due to the weather, and were more crowded than usual.

On my way to work. The trains were not quite running on time due to the weather, and were more crowded than usual.

 

From the staffroom, about 90 minutes before it finally stopped snowing.

From the warmth of the staffroom, about 90 minutes before it finally stopped snowing.

 

I’ll finish up here as I have to go to work.

Stay safe.

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!

Snowed Under

11 Feb

Hi blog.

It’s a public holiday today, but I have a feeling that I’ll be doing more of what I was doing on the weekend – shovelling snow!

It seems hard to believe that we had March/April maximums at the end of January (18℃ at one point) before temperatures plummeted to 4℃ maximums and then the heaviest snow fall for over a decade.

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140208p2g00m0dm005000c.html

5 die, over 600 injured as heavy snow hits eastern Japan

          A man walks on snow-covered tree-lined road in Yokohama on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued the first heavy snowfall warning for central Tokyo in 13 years. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
A man walks on snow-covered tree-lined road in Yokohama on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued the first heavy snowfall warning for central Tokyo in 13 years. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Heavy snow hit eastern Japan on Saturday, disrupting transportation systems and leaving five people dead and over 600 people injured in snow-related accidents, a Kyodo News tally showed.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued the first heavy snowfall warning for central Tokyo in 13 years. Snow accumulation reached 26 centimeters there, the heaviest snow in the Japanese capital since February 1994 and the fourth largest snowfall since World War II, the agency said.

Several universities in Tokyo delayed the starting times of their entrance examinations for the new academic year that begins in April.

Snowfall marked a record 30 cm in Chiba and 16 cm in Yokohama.

Temperatures in many cities in the Kanto region centering on Tokyo stayed below zero during the day and the agency issued a blizzard warning for Chiba Prefecture and parts of Kanagawa Prefecture.

At Tokyo’s Haneda airport, Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co. suspended all domestic flights from noon and 3 p.m., respectively, affecting about 98,000 people.

The Tokaido and Sanyo bullet trains operating in central and western Japan fell behind schedule as they operated at reduced speed, affecting about 180,000 travelers, the operators said.

Sections of expressways, including the Shin-Tomei and Chuo expressways, were also closed due to the snow. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said 48,000 households in the Kanto region were without power Saturday night due to heavy snow.

Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest broadcasting tower at 634 meters, was closed from 11 a.m. due to strong winds, its operator said.

February 08, 2014(Mainichi Japan)

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