Blizzard in Japan (and China and Russia and Canada and…)November 29th, 2012 at 11:40 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Check out the video of a blizzard on the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan. Up to 26″ of snow was reported, along with severe drifting. Wind gusts on the higher mountains were as fast as 94 mph. Fifty-six thousand customers lost electric power. Trees, power lines and a ten-meter tower were toppled by the fierce winds. Roads and train tracks were blocked by fallen trees. Seventy-three schools were closed. Thundersnow was reported with the storm and there were several minor injuries. More video here.
And…Moscow has had its heaviest November snowfall in 50 years. Look at this, China’s biggest snowstorm in 52 years…and temperatures as cold as -14! See the 8 pictures at the link. Thousands of trees were toppled and many livestock perished. 90% of Canada now has a snow cover! Regina, Saskatchewan has had their snowiest month ever…in November! They’ve already had more snow than they had all last winter! Closer to home, a foot of snow on the ground at Twin Lakes in the U.P. and they’ve had a little snow at Mt. Baker in Washington State. The Antarctic icecap remains much bigger than average (and still bigger than one year ago). Note that the ocean surface water temperatures are colder than average pretty much all around Antarctica (and in the SE U.S. and around Alaska). The Arctic icecap had it’s biggest monthly areal growth ever in October after reaching a historic minimum in September. The icecap is now significantly bigger than it was on this date five years ago. The European model long-range output predicts a return to near normal temperatures and snowfall during the week before Christmas. One last note: They pulled the south Lake Michigan buoy out yesterday. If you know someone responsible for that…thank them for leaving it in this late into the season. It’s nice to have the water temperatures and wave heights in October and November.