Ski Asia Award Badge for Japan Ski Experience - Japan's Best Ski Travel Agent

Will 2024/5 bring La Niña and What Does that Mean?

Get a Quote
CAN I BOOK ONLINE?

Get a Quote

  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Will 2024/5 bring La Niña and What Does that Mean?

On 10th June, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) predicted a 60% likelihood of the emergence of La Niña before this coming winter, but what does that mean?

The global climate is impacted by sea surface temperature variations in the tropics through atmospheric circulation. Broadly speaking, El Niño events occur when, for a period of 5 months, sea surface temperatures from the central to the eastern equatorial Pacific rise above average, and La Niña occurs when they fall below average.

The JMA directly attributed temperatures that rose above average during the middle of the 2023-24 ski season to the El Niño event which occurred at that time.

While La Niña events do not always correlate with more snowfall, the colder weather patterns that they are associated with do seem to coincide closely with epic snow seasons, as was the case during the pandemic, when Japan was sadly closed to international visitors.

 

japan meteorological data el nino la nina
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency

 

If the 2024-25 ski season does indeed end up being a La Niña winter, we will be looking forward to sharing more of the same with visitors from around the world!

 

epic powder february 2022

Ben Thorpe (photographer), Niseko, February 2022

DONE

2024-25 BOOKINGS OPEN

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE!

(Limited Time Only)

 

Booking early is especially important for big groups and those looking to travel over peak dates as availability disappears fast.

 

ENQUIRE NOW