Snow continues to Fall in Japan today while windy conditions persist from Hokkaido to Taiwan. As posted in previous updates the snowfall is caused by cold air out of Siberia pushing across the warm waters of the Sea of Japan creating an unstable atmosphere and allowing clouds to condense as the air pushes South West.
This combined with oroghraphic lifting along the western slopes of Japanese Alps creates some of the most continuous and heavy snow bands found any where in the world.
Most of the readers to this site I have noticed are from the Kanto plain on the western side of the Mountain Chain Running down the center of Honshu. Unfortunately for those that wish for snowfall in this area it often comes few and far between as most of the moisture is squeezed out over the Alps to the West. Often though “Virga” Snow can be seen falling a few hundred feet above the found yet as it falls to the lower levels the snowfall quickly evaporates giving a sheet like appearance that becomes wispy the farther it falls to people viewing the snowfall
from the ground. For those on the ground in Japan who hope for the snow to stop on the West Coast though it will likely not be for a while. Often this time of year as the Siberian high dominates to the north west the Northerly winds continue to push creating these conditions persistently. This is good for skiing and also for the Sapporo Snow Festival, yet horrible for driving and people that enjoy the warmth.
Lastly no video today, I am down with a hard cold and my voice is worth nothing today, tomorrow likely will have a video update out though. Please for those in South East Asia check out Francis Text update from earlier today.
~Meteorologist Robert Speta, Picture below from Otaru during an ocean effect snow storm.