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A memory of the heavy snow in February, 2018

2019.01.29

Occurrences

 

Fortunately we have few snow this winter in Fukui so far. But February comes soon, which reminds me of the heavy snow a year ago.

 

The picture above was taken from my car that was stuck in a traffic congestion at 13:18 on the February 6th, when I was on my way home because our company instructed all employees to go home at 12:00.

 

After this, I could go home safely in 4 hours though it usually takes 20 minutes. But around the same time, National Route 8, which crosses this road a little ahead, had been in serious trouble.

 

More than 1,000 vehicles could not move and Fukui Prefecture asked the Self-Defense Forces for help at 14:00, and it took whole two days until the road situation was relieved.

 

I often drive National Route 8, and it was a mere coincidence that I did not use the road that day.
T.S

The Typhoon Season Has Arrived

2018.07.06

Occurrences

Typhoon Prapiroon occurred and it was the 7th typhoon this year. On average, there are about 26 typhoons occur every year, and about 4 of them strike Japan. (The average numbers were calculated from the typhoon record of 2011-2017)

 

From July to October, it is the typhoon season in Japan. There are 3 major damages caused by typhoon which are wind damage (including storm, salt damage, fire caused by a foehn-like hot and dry summer wind blowing and tornado, etc.), damage from heavy rain (including land slide and flood) and wave damage like tidal waves. We must be very careful with these damages.

 

 

The numbers of the typhoon which occurred in the world / landed in Japan from 2011 to 2016.

Year

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

Numbers

of typhoons

27

26

27

23

31

25

21

Typhoons landed in Japan

4

6

4

4

2

2

3

 

 

On average, the numbers of the typhoon which occurred in the world from 2011 to 2016 (monthly).

month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

   Average

by month

1

0

0

1

1

2

4

4

5

4

2

1

Source: Japan Meteorological Agency

 

 

This is the video of Asuwa River which I took last year (2017).

You can see that the river level increased within 20 hours in Asuwa River in Fukui City.

 

The 21st typhoon of 2017 occurred, and it had struck Fukui from October 21st to 23rd, 2017.

 

On October 22nd, as I was walking outside (I didn’t want to go outside but I needed to, for the voting and taking care of a few things), I saw every tree in the city was swayed by the strong wind making so much noise, some parts of houses and/or buildings were destroyed and they flew in the air, and the rain was very heavy. It was terrifying to walk in the town that day.

 

Because of the heavy rain from the 21st typhoon, the Asuwa River which flows through Fukui City was risen. The path by the river which usually has people jogging and biking was covered with water. Luckily, the water did not go above the bridge, so Fukui City was not flooded.

 

 

after the typhoon was gone in Fukui City on October 24th, 2017after the typhoon was gone in Fukui City on October 24th, 2017after the typhoon was gone in Fukui City on October 24th, 2017

After the typhoon was gone, as I was walking in Fukui City in the morning on Oct. 24th, I saw so many leaves, tinplates of houses and/or buildings and broken flower pots on the street.

 

 

Please stay safe when a typhoon strikes where you live.

 

 

T.F

Heavy Snow January 27th-February 14th, 2018

2018.02.27

Occurrences

In Fukui City, it usually snows a lot in January and February but not as much as it did this year (2018). I am originally from Fukui City and I thought that I was used to seeing so much snow, but it was unbelievable to see that much snow. It was my first and frightening experience to see the heavy snow paralyzed the city.

 

It started snowing heavily on and off since the end of January until around February 13th. Especially, from February 5th until the 8th, As I mentioned in our previous video that 145 centimeters of snow was recorded in Fukui City at 2 o’clock in the afternoon on February 7th, 2018. It was the heaviest snowfall since 1981 in Fukui City!!

 

 

 by February 10th, most of the snow on main roads in Fukui City had been cleared

By February 10th, most of the snow on main roads in Fukui City had been cleared, so cars were moving with any major problems.

 

 

the bad road in Tawara-machi, Fukui City on February 10th

However, unlike on major roads, there were still so much snow on smaller roads, and many cars were getting stuck there. People were trying to dig their car tires out of the snow by shovelling the snow around the tires. Because people shovelled snow on roads here and there, they made the roads worse and worse.

 

On February 10th, in Tawara-machi area of Fukui City, the roads were very bad. I saw about 5 cars getting stuck in snow in about 30 minutes.

 

On February 14th, the sun came out and it was a warm and sunny day finally! People in the city seemed to be relieved to see the sun and it was melting the snow.

 

T.F

 

 

Our previous blogs about snow in Fukui.

Heavy Snow in Fukui City on February 6th, 2018

Heavy Snow in Fukui City on February 7th, 2018

 

Winter Scenery in the Center of Fukui City #1

Winter Scenery in Fukui, Japan #2 -Heavy Snowfall in Fukui / Beginning-

Heavy Snow in Fukui City on February 7th, 2018

2018.02.20

Occurrences

It started snowing heavily since February 5th, 2018 in Fukui City. 145 centimeters of snow was recorded in Fukui City at 2 o’clock in the afternoon on February 7th, 2018. It was the heaviest snowfall since 1981 in Fukui City!! Almost every school and office were closed as a result of the severe weather. And even many hospitals, stores and restaurants were closed as well. No trains and/or buses were running.

 

a road covered with so much snow in Fukui City on February 7th, 2018

As I stepped out of my house, I saw so much snow piled up everywhere even more than a day before. While 1,500 cars and trucks were stuck along a 20-kilometer stretch of National Route No.8, residential areas had only a few cars running. All day long, many snow-plow trucks were running around in the city to clear the snow. However, it continued snowing heavily and piling up quickly, so the snow-plow trucks could not keep up with clearing the snow. The sidewalks were covered with thick layers of snow. Moreover, people piled the snow up from roadways onto the snow on the sidewalks, so pedestrians had to walk on the roadways.

 

I had to go to the hospital and a supermarket. However, as I mentioned earlier that many hospitals and supermarkets in Fukui City were closed, so I had hard time finding them. Somehow, I managed to find the hospital and the supermarket that were opened. At the hospital I went, there were much fewer doctors and nurses working and patients. And at the supermarket, there were enough food and drink for everyone even though I was told that there would be no foods and drinks sold at stores in Fukui City.

 

I felt very lucky and thankful to find the hospital and the supermarket that I could go.

 

T.F

 

Our previous blogs about snow in Fukui.

Heavy Snow in Fukui City on February 6th, 2018

Winter Scenery in the Center of Fukui City #1

Winter Scenery in Fukui, Japan #2 -Heavy Snowfall in Fukui / Beginning-

Heavy Snow in Fukui City on February 6th, 2018

2018.02.13

Occurrences

In every January and February, it usually gets cold and we have so much snow in Fukui Prefecture.

In the video above, you can see how much snow we had in Fukui City on February 6th, 2018. On that day, by 2 o’clock in the afternoon, we had 136 cm (4.46 feet) of snow. The city had its heaviest snowfall since 1981!!

 

It had been snowing heavily on and off since the middle of January.
It was snowing so much that it covered the whole city, and blocked our view. It kept piling up.

 

Until around 2 O'clock, there were foods and drinks sold as usual in the stores in the city. However, shortly after that, many stores ran out of stock because the traffic was paralyzed by the heavy snow. For the next few days, many of the stores in the city didn't have products delivered in, so we saw empty shelves in many stores.

 

Fukui City became isolated for a few days since February 6th.

 

It's still snowing in Fukui City and we see so much snow piled up. We cannot wait to go back to our normal lives.

 

T.F.

 

Our previous blogs about snow in Fukui.

Winter Scenery in the Center of Fukui City #1

Winter Scenery in Fukui, Japan #2 -Heavy Snowfall in Fukui / Beginning-

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