Hokuriku Region, Including Fukui Prefecture, Enters Rainy Season

Hokuriku Region, Including Fukui Prefecture, Enters Rainy Season

Niigata Local Meteorological Office Report

On June 11th, the Niigata Local Meteorological Office reported that the Hokuriku region, which includes Fukui Prefecture, is believed to have entered its rainy season.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1102900

Instead of a Hanami, How about a Tsukimi? A Supermoon on April 8th

Instead of a Hanami, How about a Tsukimi? A Supermoon on April 8th

2020, Weather Forecast for Fukui, Not So Great

This is a season when cherry blossoms are beautiful. Unfortunately, in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), having a hanami (“cherry blossom viewing”), which carries the likelihood of gathering crowds of people together, should be avoided during this time. In this situation, how about having a tsukimi (“moon-viewing”) instead? In 2020, the best time to see the supermoon will be on April 8th. Also known as a “pink moon”, why not try looking up to admire the April’s full moon, from just outside your home?

A “supermoon” is when a full moon happens while it is at its closest distance from the earth. Within the year, it will appear at its largest. In 2020, the closes the full moon will be to Japan will be on April 8th, at around 11:00 a.m. During the evening of that day, the moon will undoubtedly be an impressive sight to see.

“Pink moon” is a term that came from Indigenous Americans, as a popular name to describe the full moon in April. It does not necessarily mean a pink colour can be seen, but it is a phenomenon to look forward to, as a sign of spring.

What is concerning is the weather. According to an April 1 weekly weather forecast by the Niigata Local Meteorological Office, Fukui Prefecture will experience bouts of cloudy and sunny weather throughout April 7th. The following day, April 8th, will be cloudy, making for a not so great situation for a tsukimi. In any case, even if for a brief time, it can still be a nice experience to see the moon through the rifts between the clouds. We can only wish for good weather.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1059914

Three and a Half Hour Endurance Race, with Kei Cars

Three and a Half Hour Endurance Race, with Kei Cars

Held at the Takasu Circuit, by University Students

On December 14th, the All-Japan Students Light Automobile Endurance Unification Match (全日本学生軽耐久統一戦) took place at the Takasu Circuit (located in Fukui Prefecture, Fukui City, Nishifutatsuyacho). It was a three and a half hour endurance race using kei cars (also known as “yellow-plate cars”; a light automobile with a maximum displacement of 660 cc). An executive committee was created by students from different universities and had begun planning together. The participants set forth to roll out an exciting race.

Including Niigata University and Ritsumeikan University, four universities outside Fukui Prefecture entered the race as four separate teams. Each team switched between five drivers, competing with each other in a three and a half hour race, making numerous laps around a 1.5 kilometre course.

The drivers used their masterful handling to pull out of corners and immediately accelerate onto a straight trajectory. With speeds reaching 120 kilometres per hour, an intense race unfolded.

The executive committee leader, a fourth-year male Ritsumeikan University student, said, “University students have few opportunities to get together for a race. Next year, I wish for more universities to participate in this event!”

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/993412

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