Mount Kurodake in the town of Kamikawa, the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, had its first snow of the season on Aug 17, the earliest snowfall since records began in 1974.
The dusting upon the 1,984-meter-high mountain among the Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group was more than a month earlier than the average of Sept 18.
The previous earliest snowfall was Aug 21, 2002.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Sapporo Regional Headquarters, a mass of chilly air swept over Hokkaido following the passage of a low pressure system.
During what has been dubbed ‘Japan’s hottest summer ever,’ winter made a surprise appearance in the middle of August with temperatures plummeting to 7C below average in some places.
The snow was reported by Rinyu Kanko Co., a Sapporo-based firm that operates a ropeway on the mountain.
[Featured Photo: Rinyu Kanko Co.]