La Nina Appears, Heavy Snow in Fukui?

La Nina Appears, Heavy Snow in Fukui?

Tremendous Snowfall During Last Occurrence… Caution For What’s Ahead

During September, the Japan Meteorological Agency announced that La Nina, a phenomenon that brings about abnormal weather throughout the world, is expected to occur this year. The last occurrence of La Nina was during the autumn of 2017 until the spring of 2018, which was a factor connected to the record levels of heavy snow during February 2018 within Fukui Prefecture. Regarding the amount of snowfall for this winter, the Fukui Local Meteorological Office expressed, “It is almost certain that it will not be a warm winter. However, it is not accurate to say ‘La Nina = heavy snow’. There is no need for great concern, but we must be cautious.”

La Nina is a weather phenomenon where the sea surface temperature decreases across the equatorial Eastern Central Pacific Ocean, and increases around Indonesia and the Philippines. With a high chance of persisting through the winter, the Hokuriku region will likely see heavy rain or snow during the early winter season.

Such weather will lead to the prevailing westerlies over the vicinity of Japan to meander further south than in a regular year. The Siberian High will grow slightly stronger, stretching towards the southeast, making it easier for the cold air to flow into the west part of Japan, including into Fukui Prefecture.

However, on September 25th, the Niigata Local Meteorological Office reported that the winter season (December to February) within Hokuriku is predicted to see “roughly normal levels” of rain and snow. Heavy snowfall would depend on the formation of the “Japan sea Polar air mass Convergence Zone” (JPCZ). The cold stream flowing from the Siberian region will split in two as it hits the mountain ranges within the Korean peninsula. The streams will then reconverge over the Japan Sea, into the JPCZ, creating snow-laden clouds, one after another, leading to the plains along the shore receiving an increased level of snowfall, as is characteristic with this phenomenon.

A weather forecaster with the Fukui Local Meteorological Office, Komyo Nagai, expressed, “There are many factors which are difficult to predict, including how the cold air will travel in and if the JPCZ will spread over areas of Fukui Prefecture.” He continued, “Actually heading towards the winter season, we should pay attention to the forecasts and prepare accordingly.”

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1187155

Takoyaki “Sakura-Chaya”, First Road-Facing Store Location

Takoyaki “Sakura-Chaya”, First Road-Facing Store Location

Newly Opened Wakasugi Location in Fukui City

On October 14th, “Sakura-Chaya”, a chain of shops that serves foods including takoyaki, taiyaki, and dango, opened its Wakasugi location, situated within Fukui City, Wakasugi, 1-Chome; Sakura-Chaya is operated by Ishida Shoten (headquartered in Fukui Prefecture, Fukui City). This is the 11th store location within the prefecture, and the 1st store location to have its storefront facing the main road, facing Akaribashi-dori.

In addition to serving takoyaki, the shop has a new “dagashi corner”, which sells cheap snacks. “It’ll be a fun way for customers to spend time as they wait for their food to finish cooking,” expressed a supervisor. Store hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1190133

Mikuni Fireworks Festival 2021, Event Day Confirmed

Mikuni Fireworks Festival 2021, Event Day Confirmed

Influenced By COVID-19, Scheduled One Month Later than Normal Year

On October 21st, the Mikuni Fireworks Festival executive committee, in Fukui Prefecture’s Sakai City, announced that next year’s festival will take place on September 18th, a change from the usual annual date of August 11th. Along with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) countermeasures, the risk of heatstroke while wearing masks during the summer was taken into consideration, which led to the decision of the festival to take place during mid-September, when the humidity will have decreased.

The Mikuni Fireworks Festival is the largest festival within the Hokuriku region, with over 200 thousand visitors, with next year’s being the 40th occurrence of the event. The festival will take place at the Mikuni Sunset Beach and the Kuzuryu River Boat Park, as it has during previous years. September 19th and 20th are reserved in case the event should be postponed.

In regards to security and transportation, the executive committee office’s city tourism department expressed that, with the fireworks festival taking place after the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, it will become relatively easier to secure staff and vehicles for the festival; adjustments will be made moving forward.

Taking national and prefectural event guidelines into account, well-defined methods of temperature measurements and to avoid the “Three Cs” (closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings), as preventative measures against COVID-19, are under consideration. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, the festival may be suspended, postponed, or scaled down.

The Mikuni Fireworks Festival for 2020 had been suspended due to scheduling conflict with the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, before the announcement of its postponement, which had led to difficulties in securing resources such as security staff and shuttle buses.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1189585

Fukui Prefecture, 3rd Consecutive Day With No New COVID-19 Infections

Fukui Prefecture, 3rd Consecutive Day With No New COVID-19 Infections

October 21st Report

On October 21st, Fukui Prefecture reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. It is the 3rd consecutive day without a new COVID-19 case.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1189281

Fukui Prefecture, No New COVID-19 Infections

Fukui Prefecture, No New COVID-19 Infections

October 20th Report

On October 20th, Fukui Prefecture reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. It is the 2nd consecutive day without a new COVID-19 case.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1188560