北海道のお天気は・・・ Hokkaido’s weather is…
Thank goodness that I grew up in the Northeast of the United States or else I don’t think I’d ever be able to survive! ((Though living in the tropical state of Florida for six years will definitely be putting a dent on my ability for acclimation!))
Though everyone who knows me has definitely heard of my complaints over the unrelenting heat and humidity in Florida. And it’s quite true that I would much rather be cold than hot.
Well, Hokkaido will be taking this sentiment to the extreme!
This is a satellite image of Hokkaido in winter. ((The red dot is around where I’ll be living!))
“Hokkaido is known for its cooler summers and icy winters. Most of the island falls in the humid continental climate zone. The average August temperature ranges from 63-72°F (17-22°C), while the average January temperature ranges from 10-25°F (−12 – −4°C). The island tends to see isolated snowstorms that develop long-lasting snowbanks.
Unlike the other major islands of Japan, Hokkaido is normally not affected by the June-July rainy season and the relative lack of humidity and typically warm, rather than hot, summer weather makes its climate an attraction for tourists from other parts of Japan.
The snowfall usually commences in earnest in November and will last April”
That’s half a year of winter!
It certainly is beautiful though!
I’ll be guaranteed a White Christmas.
In fact, it’ll probably feel more like the Hundred Year Winter in Narnia. *nerd*
I am in serious need of getting a parka and boots. I have very little winter clothing since I’ve lived in Florida for so long. This is an unexpected new expenditure. When I arrive, winter will still be in full swing. I wasn’t anticipating that. Though at least I won’t have to wait very long to see the sakura (cherry blossoms) come into full bloom! YAY! I’ll be able to attend my first hanami (flower viewing party) in a matter of months!
Any suggestions on wear to find very reasonably priced, but very durable winter outerwear?