Sento is an atmospheric scientist at the Snow and Ice Research Center in Nagaoka, Japan, which is operated by the Japanese National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience. One of the great things about science is having the opportunity to collaborate with people from all over the world, and we have really enjoyed working with Sento and his colleagues.
|Yours truly (left), Sento Nakai (center), and Peter Veals (right) in the mountains above Nagaoka.|
|Ski touring in the Hida Mountains, Honshu, Japan|
Readers of this blog might be most interested in the figure below, which summarizes the climatology in the Sea of Japan region using precipitation observations [liquid precipitation equivalent (LPE) and/or snowfall) from observing sites in Korea, Russia, and Japan. Japan's remarkable snow climate is driven by frequent cold air outbreaks over the Sea of Japan during the East Asian Winter Monsoon. Although winter is quite dry in mainland Asia, these outbreaks, which occur most frequently from December to February, result in a very pronounced maximum in snowfall in mean monthly snowfall in January at sites on the Japanese Islands of Honshu and Hokkaido near the Sea of Japan.
|Source: Steenburgh and Nakai (2019)|
|Just another January day in the mountains of Honshu near the Sea of Japan.|
If you are so inclined, I hope you enjoy the read.