Following the 7+ foot of snow that stranded thousands of Japanese motorists in mid-December, the New Year has kicked off in similar fashion. As reported by the Washington Post, another 85 inches fell through Saturday amid strong polar winds and record cold temperatures.
Japanese news agency NHK reported that Okura Village in Yamagata Prefecture, a mountain community around 200 miles north of Tokyo, had received 85 inches of snow on Friday, Jan 1 alone.
Photos soon emerged of the event on social media, including one of a roughly five-foot block of snow balanced precariously on top of a phone booth:
That snowstorm stranded more than a thousand motorists on the Kan-Etsu Expressway for more than 24 hours, with drivers forced to melt snow for drinking water.
The polar conditions weren’t just confined to the north of Japan, either; southern districts set a myriad of 24-hour December snowfall records over the weekend, including the 31 inches logged in Kaminagata.
The recent extreme bout of snowfall is tied to a pair of extreme weather systems that flanked the Japanese Archipelago.
To the west, a record-smashing cold air mass associated with Arctic high pressure parked over Mongolia, while to the east, a historically strong low pressure system brought stormy weather and dangerous conditions to mariners in the northern Pacific (each explained in more detail below).
Accompanying the historic snow was, unsurprisingly, record cold.
A morning low of -27 degrees was set in Horokanai in Hokkaido on New Year’s Eve, while neighboring Shumarinai and Etanbetsu both fell to -25 — each reading comfortably busted the previous all-time record low for the month of December.
The exceptional freeze has impacted LNG reserves, and so in turn prices, across Japan–just as they have done in China of late.
Spot prices rallied 17% on Jan. 6, shattering the previous record.
Furthermore, a drop in inventories has forced Japanese utilities to curb the output at gas-fired power plants.
Vast regions of Japan, particularly the mountains, are bracing for yet more record breaking cold and snow over the next five to ten days.
A further 60+ inches is likely for central and northern Japan in the next five days alone, as a strong area of low pressure develops over the Sea of Japan Tuesday into Wednesday.
The Japanese Meteorological Agency has issued advisories for snow, thunderstorms and avalanches.
The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among other forcings).
Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.
Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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