The heaviest snow in decades in Tokyo and other areas of Japan ..February 2014

As much as 27 centimetres of snow was recorded in Tokyo by late on Saturday, the heaviest fall in the capital for 45 years, according to the country’s meteorological agency

japan cold event feb 2013

As a depression moved along the Pacific coast north on Saturday, the northeastern city of Sendai received 35cm of snow, the heaviest in 78 years.

Further snowfall is expected on Sunday in northern Japan, the weather agency said.

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2 comments on “The heaviest snow in decades in Tokyo and other areas of Japan ..February 2014

  1. Another storm
    Second, and Heavier, Snowstorm Hits Tokyo Area.


    All-time snow depth records set

    another snowstorm has hit Tokyo, Japan this Friday-Saturday (February 14-15), the 2nd big snow to hit the city in the span of just a week. Early reports say that 27 cm (10.6”) of snow has fallen in downtown Tokyo as of 2 a.m., February 15th local time. However,

    extraordinary snowfalls of up to 42″ have fallen in sites in the far suburbs (50 mile radius) of the city, doubling previous all-time records.


    Snowstorm of February 14-15: Greatest Snowstorm on Record for Tokyo Region

    It is quite rare to have heavy snowfalls east of the mountain ranges on Honshu Island (as the map above illustrates) and in downtown Tokyo especially. The deepest snow on record for the city was 46 cm (18.1”) measured on February 8, 1883 (this is a depth record, not necessarily a single snowstorm record). So with the 27 cm (10.6”) that has fallen today, following a similar amount just six days ago,

    this is truly an exceptional event

    Unlike the storm of February 8-9, this latest storm has apparently broken some all-time snowfall records at other locations in the greater Tokyo region. These include 112 cm (44.0”) at Kofu City, Yamashi Prefecture (50 miles west of Tokyo) of which 106 cm (41.7”) fell in just 24 hours.

    This has obliterated the previous record of 49 cm (19.3”) set on January 15, 1998 (POR goes back to 1894!). .
    Maebashi (50 miles NW of Tokyo) picked up a record 73 cm (28.7”)–71 cm of which fell in just 24 hours– surpassing the previous record of 37 cm (14.6”) set on February 26, 1945 (POR to 1896). Chichibu (30 miles NW of Tokyo) received 98 cm (38.6”)–92 cm (36.2″) in 24 hours– smashing the old record of 58 cm (22.8”) set on February 14, 1928 (POR since 1926), and Kawaguchiko (a mountainous site 50 miles west of Tokyo) ended up with an astonishing 112 cm (44.1″) cm (56.3”)–of which 102 cm (40.2″) fell in 24 hours) surpassing their former record of 89 cm (35.0”) set on January 15, 1998 (POR since 1933). Many other sites also broke their all-time records for single storm and 24-hour totals.

    The margins of the new record snowfalls over the previous records for the sites listed above are simply staggering.


    The snow blanketed Tokyo with 27 centimeters (10.6 inches) of snow on Saturday morning, local media said, adding that it the heaviest snowfall the capital has seen in 45 years. While Kofu in the Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Tokyo, saw a record snowfall of 91 centimeters since observations began 120 years ago.

    In addition to the roads, the local expressways experienced delays or were closed due to enormous amounts of snow. The Tomei and other expressways in the Tokyo area were closed on Saturday, local media reported.

    cars stuck in snow in  tokyo

    Record snowfall in Japan kills 12, disrupts power and transport

    A jetliner of Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) taxis at Tokyo’s Haneda airport covered by the snow on February 8, 2014 (AFP Photo / Kazuhiro Nogi)

    aircraft stuck in snow on airport japan

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