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Rainy season ends in Tokyo, neighboring areas; earliest since 1951


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global warming!

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One extremely hot June and short rainy season aren't proof of anything in and of itself. However, looking at worldwide tendencies, the situation is worrying to say the least.

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2 years ago it finished in August, so this is quite a surprise.

My prediction (July 8th) was once again miserably miles off.

Good news for the domestic tourist industry I’d suggest.

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Doesn't seem to be much of a rainy season here in Kansai, either. But last year we pretty much got a 2nd rainy season in August.

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More and more abnormal weather conditions every year recently. Why?

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Yessss! Summer summer summertime begins finally!

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As Larr said, just a natural occurrence. We've had many longer rainy seasons before also.

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Does that mean office blocks will turn off all those unnecessary lights left on through the night, and will they stop work when the natural light ends?

Larr/Resident, one year is not proof of global warming, but the longer term pattern and evidence from across the globe is. Indeed by your own reasoning one years evidence can not be proof that it is just a natural occurrence.

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Woohoo! rainy season over....

Boohoo..... sweaty season starts.

Time to leave Japan for a while.

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Still better than the floods i guess

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In Shikoku we just started it! Hope it's over for us soon too. Rainy season sucks. (Except when we need water.)

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Are desalinization plants still a thing?

Seeing as how we are perched on top of a mountain out here in the western Pacific Ocean, lots of water.

Bad Idea?

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I witness during the 2014 rain season a band of bachelor Seka Deer gathered at the top of a steep face of a hill in Izu Peninsula. The biggest buck started stomping the ground close to the drop off then the rest started to join in, in a straight line either side of the buck. The ground was soaked You could see water trickling of the side of this hill prior to this strange stomping action the deer had started. then all of a sudden a just in front of the deer a landslide started and ended up blocking the road below. I said "that impressive"

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@Larr fints

the Japan Meteorological Agency said Monday, the earliest finish to the period since data became available in 1951.

Ouch dude

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The advisory could be upgraded to a stricter warning if temperatures rise further, leading to tighter supply and demand conditions.…..

And then what?

A sudden blackout?

I don’t trust power companies in Japan so I’m upgrading my solar battery storage a notch or two

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Typhoon season just begun

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@therougou There is actually a fall rainy season in Japan; Aki-same.

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Why can't the government just extend the rainy season? Plants need water!!!

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Also, year in, year out September and October are the wettest months in Japan. Fact.

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What is the governments plans to curb the power shortages ??

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What stone have some people been hiding under, i.e. "it's just a natural cycle."

Have a look at the data regarding the dramatic melting ice cap at both of the poles, it's undeniable.

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In case anyone missed it, there was a major volcanic eruption in Tonga back in January. No, that's not "off-topic" as large volcanic eruptions in Equatorial regions have significant effects not only on regional climate, but also on "global" climate. The Tonga eruption (Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha'apai) has been compared as significant as the Krakatoa eruption of 1883 due to the volume of material ejected and the height of the ash plume beyond the Stratosphere.

Why is this significant? After major equitorial eruptions, there is a reduction in rainfall.

The early end of the rainy season may indeed be an effect of the Tonga volcano eruption.

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Shouldn't this be examined within the context of the Meiyu front?

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They building a coal fired power plant in China all the smoke and soot ,will settle over Tokyo,when it come online

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Does that mean office blocks will turn off all those unnecessary lights left on through the night, and will they stop work when the natural light ends?

Two admirable ideas.

If it's absolutely necessary to make up the lost time they could also work earlier in the morning when it's quite bright enough shortly after sunrise. Or perhaps the work people dawdle over while looking busy might be completed efficiently.

Of course, there's one constant hurdle. It would mean change in a place where that's vehemently resisted.

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Again so often Tokyo is not all of Japan.

Pouring rain the last two weeks here in Kyushu.

Here in Miyazaki Obi and Kirishima had terrible land slides. Never know by the news though, Tokyo is hot oh so hot so all of Japan is hot and dry, the sky is falling because Tokyo is hot and dry blah blah blah.

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What are the determining factors to know when exactly the rainy season has ended? Japan will still see some a lot of rain in the near future.

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Eastman, JA control the distribution of water. There is no shortage of water. What farmers face is a population eating less rice and each year the government are releasing the water later and later. This is due to last years season still not consumed and less storage for that current season crop. That only rice. Farmer growing other crop have decided what crop to plant the cost of fertiliser which has doubled weight up JA subsidies on this this crops. Water availability has no bearing on Honshu farmers. It’s combination of costs v crops v subsidies.

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The same thing happened in 1994. Drought and water problems everywhere and a very bad year for Japanese rice. I'm sure some of you guys remember the Thai rice vs Japanese rice debates on TV.

93 was uncommonly cool, 94 was hell.

Beer helps!

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Well maybe the media instead spreading fear about corona they should tell the Japanese citizens how to use their AC properly. Most Japanese I know keep their AC running 24/7 and around 22C. Electricity saving isn’t something that is part of Japanese culture….

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Peace warrior: 1994 rice shortage was not due to lack of water or drought. Simple bad planning by government. Less demand for rice due to a changing Japanese diet and no subsidies on rice growing. Rice farming yeild to margin ratio were much lower than other crops. So less rice was grown that season. Now the government make sure each year that yeild to margin ratio don’t go below a certain percentage if that occurs subsidies kick in. Where before there was no safety net for rice grower. I take a few seasons to change over from wet rice farming growing other crops but only one month to change back to wet rice farming. So it’s wasn’t lack of water.

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Most Japanese I know keep their AC running 24/7 and around 22C. Electricity saving isn’t something that is part of Japanese culture….

I need to meet your Japanese friends.

Getting central air is the worst decision I've made in my life. Eco-mode is 26-28c and my J-wife keeps it at 28c during the day and 29c at night, defeating the whole purpose of the AC. I'm seriously considering getting a separate AC for the room I work/sleep in.

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In my town, most of the rainy season was dry. Only 57% of average rainfall in the past 20 days. You can see nerdy stats like that here.


Heres a map for the whole country last twenty days' precipitation. Only Hokkaido and inland Yamagata have been wet.


I have a garden and have planted quite a bit this year, so no rain means having to water by hand, which you do notice. In the last few days, we've come close to record June temps, just as other places have hit 40C or come close.

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Who was the person who gave Kohakuebisu a thumbs down and what was the reason. Just a friendly comment with a link. I really need to know the reason because I could easy offend the same person without actually knowing.

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Best news I've ever heard bring on the heat summer summer yeah for global warming if it really exists

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