A Large Snowfall for this Winter? Fukui’s Forecast

A Large Snowfall for this Winter? Fukui’s Forecast

The Niigata Local Meteorological Office Announces 3-Month Forecast

On November 24, the Niigata Local Meteorological Office published a 3-month forecast, for this December through February of 2020, for the Hokuriku region. According to the Fukui Local Meteorological Office, over the 3 month period, there is expected to be less snow compared to the average year.

The Fukui Local Meteorological Office reported that due to various factors, including global warming, and the high-altitude westerlies zigzagging northwards close to Japan, the effects of the cooler air will decrease. The low-pressure system of the North Pacific’s Aleutian Low will have a weaker effect on Japan’s neighbouring areas, leading to a prediction that the winter pressure pattern will not persist for a long time.

Through the period of last December through February of this year, the total amount of snowfall was 20 centimeters in December, 19 centimeters in January, and 3 centimeters in February; a meteorological associate had predicted, “There will probably be more snowfall than last winter.”

In addition, according to the 3-month forecast published by the Japan Meteorological Agency on the same day, the temperature across the country will be higher than normal during next January, resulting in a prediction of an average forecast for the following February. The areas along the Japan Sea, northern Japan (Hokkaido, Tohoku), eastern Japan (Kanto-Koshin, Hokuriku, Tokai), western Japan (Kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu), are all expected to have lower than average snowfall.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/980649