Hokkaido island - 16 Jan 2012

Record snowfall buries northern Japan – Video

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Two meters of snow in Iwamizawa


Hokkaido island - 16 Jan 2012

Residents of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido were snowed under yesterday after an unusually powerful storm buried Iwamizawa city under 200 cm (78 inches) of snow, the deepest since records began in 1946.

Fire fighters put out a blaze at one business after its roof caved in under the weight of snow and knocked over wood- and oil-burning stoves, local media reported.

Council workers helped dig out citizens stranded in their own homes, and many bus and train services remained suspended dues to snow on the tracks and roadways.

See video:

Thanks to Ralph Fato, Greg Mantle in Alberta and Joe Franko in Ontario for this link

5 thoughts on “Record snowfall buries northern Japan – Video”

  1. I live S. Wales, UK. and this is the most miserable winter for many a year we had a cool summer 2011 followed by an exceedingly warm and wet Autumn and Winter(so far). The Gulf Stream seems in fine form with even northern Scotland regularly reaching 12c. i fitted Winter tyres expecting a trend after the last two cold Winters but I think I’ll have to remove them as they operate well above 10c. Still, I live in hope of some cold frosty days as it’s rained nearly every day since October.

  2. Well….looking at the current solar flux trend and sun spot count trend, it does look as if we have reached the peak of the cycle?

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