Record Low Snowfall Shutters Japan Ski Resorts-News

Posted On: 6 Feb 2020

Record low snowfall in Japan has forced many ski resorts to shut their business and is threatening a World Cup ski jumping competition, with organizers forced to truck in extra powder. The country's meteorological agency reported that in Northern Japan saw just 38 percent of its average snowfall in December with only a "little" snow seen in western Japan.

The organization started collecting records in 1961 and said that the snowfall figures for December are the lowest this year. Motoaki Takekawa, an official from the agency's global environment section, said that there are various factors behind the small amount of snow this season and climate change is among them. According to reports of the local media, more than a third of ski resorts across Japan have stayed closed since the beginning of the year.

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