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Heavy snowfall caused blackouts in more than 56,000 households in Hokkaido Prefecture today.

Hokkaido Electric Power company said the snowstorm has affected power transmission cables in the cities of Muroran, Noboribetsu, Toyako, and other cities and municipalities.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency warned of continued snowfall through this evening, with cumulative snow expected to reach as much as 16 inches (40 cm) in the heavy-hit southern coastal areas of Hokkaido through tomorrow afternoon.

The agency has issued snow storm warnings in coastal areas of Hokkaido, as well as other northern prefectures Aomori, Akita, Yamagata and Niigata.

So much for global warming.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis in the Netherlands for this link



9 Responses to Japan – Heavy snowfall leaves thousands without electricity

  1. Robertvdl says:

    Emergency services have been evacuating residents after 500 people were urged to leave their homes in North Wales as a river burst past flood defences.

  2. Robertvdl says:

    Snow in the Catalan Pyrenees


  3. prestigio says:

    how much will you bet
    that these japanese
    get their power back

    some of the new yorkers
    hit by sandy

  4. Amanda M says:

    I’m still waiting on snow to show up in Anchorage, Alaska — it’d be nice, because at least then it’ll be near mid-high 20s instead of single digits that it has been.

  5. Argiris Diamantis says:

    Here the earlier news item from Japan Times.

  6. Argiris Diamantis says:

    Snowstorms in China, Japan, America and Sweden while winter has not even begun. This is global warming?

  7. Argiris Diamantis says:

    Winds up to 152 km/h. Snow accumulating 60 – 66 cm in the mountains. It looks like more snow is on its way.

  8. Kenneth Lund says:

    Just another example of increasing snowfall across many parts of the hemipshere as we enter into a major cooling phase.

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