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Hokkaido experiences highest temperatures in 90 years

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The Japan Meteorological Agency said Wednesday that Hokkaido recorded its highest temperatures in 90 years on Tuesday when the mercury shot up to 37.8 degrees in Otofuke, near Obihiro.

Due to the excessively warm air currents making their way from China to Japan, many parts of the archipelago are experiencing unseasonably high temperatures, particularly around the coast of the Okhotsk sea and the eastern part of Hokkaido where warm mountain air is contributing to the blistering temperatures, the agency said.

In Kitami, the temperature reached 37.2 degrees, and 37 degrees in Oketo. Overall, temperatures exceeded 35 degrees in 17 locations in Hokkaido on Tuesday, the agency said.

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Amazingly hot in Hokkaido. Okinawa was 28 C

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It's ok, now people of Hokkaido should visit Kansai and enjoy comfortable weather conditions (?)

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Crimate changy

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Another extreme weather occurrence and still no mention of the link to human induced climate change. Obviously the Japan Meteorological Agency is not acting independently, with freedom to explain to the public what is really happening.

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Though all the reports I've seen have been careful to mention that the record temperatures are due to warm air currents from China.

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But by how much, ??? like 10 degrees or just 0.5?

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" Hokkaido recorded its highest temperatures in 90 years…"

Which also means it's not a precedent. What caused similar or higher temps 90 years ago?

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warispeace:

" Another extreme weather occurrence and still no mention of the link to human induced climate change. "

Rest assured, some political hacks will invent a link to "human induced climate change".

Without giving any rational proof for that, of course....

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Hot air coming from China, now there's a headline!

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What caused similar or higher temps 90 years ago?

Most likely poor reporting. Such writing generally implies "since records have been kept."

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Another extreme weather occurrence and still no mention of the link to human induced climate change.

How often do you expect to have the hottest weather for 90 years? If we had this kind of weather 90 years ago, then it is not too surprising it has happened again.

This is not to say that it is not linked to climate change, but simply to state that unusual weather conditions on their own are not evidence, especially when these events happen ever so often.

If these weather patterns are repeated more frequently, then there is more evidence.

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90 years ago - but when? The 3rd of June or Mid August?

This year Hokkaido has already experienced 30+ deg. weeks ago in what should be still early spring.

I'd suggest that this current bout is unprecedented.

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Odd weather. Last Thursday near Mt Fuji we had a furious hailstorm. Temperature dropped from 25c to 4c in minutes. And it wrecked the freshly planted veg & berries. Add that to the 15cm of snow we had in February, and its clear this is going to be a strange year!

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If we had this kind of weather 90 years ago, then it is not too surprising it has happened again.

The record from 90 years ago was Obihiro on the 12th July. Hokkaido has never, as far as the records show, experienced these temperatures in early June.

http://wol.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/column/20140604/182462/

They also mentioned on the evening news on TV tonight that the record from 90 years ago was for a single day; there are no records of Hokkaido experiencing these kinds of temperatures for two or more days in a row.

I'd suggest that this current bout is unprecedented.

I'd agree.

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I'd suggest that this current bout is unprecedented.

I've been up here for 15 years now and never heard of this kind of weather this early. I was in Kitami today on business and some of the old guys (65 and up) were saying the same.

As the American "climate change is a hoax" line has as much weight here as creationism, most people were remarking that it's a sign of things to come. I'm inclined to agree.

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As the American "climate change is a hoax" line...

Why American? I believe many Americans support the science behind climate change.

We certainly are seeing more and more unusual weather. Time will tell if it is climate change, but I believe it is. Unfortunately, many scientists think there isn't much we can do to reverse it or stop it at this stage. All we can do is prepare and try to adapt.

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Met too. I always check with old guys in Kitami before deciding whether to believe the latest scientific theories. They've been alive 60 or 70 years. Surely, if it hasn't happened in the last 70 years, it's not important.

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Yardley:

why American?

Because the climate change denial thing originated in America. It's the product of American industry lobby groups.

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Back on topic please.

I guess Hokkaido is not going to be the place to go in the summer to cool off. It also probably means that Hokkaido is more likely to be hit by stronger typhoons.

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Climate change is always happening. The very nature of weather is that it is volatile, unpredictable, although meteorologists have always tried their best to find patterns and to make sense of it. That human activity helps tip the scales or dirty the picture one way or the other, I have no doubt.

The one constant theme that I have heard from people around me every single year without exception since childhood is, "We are having such strange weather this year." or "I've never known such strange weather! What does it mean?"

There are new records being set in every field, every day. If Hokkaido has some hot weather, someone will be there to quote records and look for reasons. I am not going to get excited about this, except to commiserate with the good people of that island.

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The only thing that is constant about the weather is that it is chaning. "Unprecedented" changes happen all the time. Under Roman occupation, the UK was a wine-growing country. When Hitlers armee arrived in front of Moscow, they were confronted with the coldest winter ever. The premise that the climate is naturally constant and only changes because of human interference is ludicrious. But of course the ability to justify never-ending new taxes is government programs is simply too tempting for politicians to let go of.

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It is amazing that there are still so many human induced climate change deniers around, considering all the clear science and new weather patterns. One event, such as this record high for this time of year, is not evidence, but put together with all the other occurrences of record highs, lows, flooding, etc,, and the scientific data and only the most ignorant would continue to deny.

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This temperature tied The all time Hokkaido highest temperature which was set in Obhiro back in 1924. So it's 100% correct what JMA reported.

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