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A frozen crane-shaped fountain with icicles is seen in a park in Tokyo on Friday morning. The temperature plummeted to 1.4 degrees at 7 a.m., the coldest so far in the capital this winter.

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Eerie photo ! The lady passing by is keeping her eye on the thing, too !

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Try -42 C (-44 F). No school.

PS--If you find a frozen butt, we're missing a few.

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Isn't that Hibaya park? Poor turtles in the pond must be a bit parky. Is this another polar vortex?

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Try -42 C (-44 F).

You must be in Alaska or NW Territories?

Cool picture.

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Who thumbed these comments down. Why? Some sad people out there.

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A frozen crane-shaped fountain with icicles is seen in a park in Tokyo on Friday morning. The temperature plummeted to 1.4 degrees at 7 a.m., the coldest so far in the capital this winter.

Odd that water would freeze up like at 1.4c especially in the sun unless it was colder before that yet they are saying' at 7am it was 1.4c and saying it plummeted would imply it wasn't colder before that. I am confused. It must have been colder than that before 7am to freeze water like that.

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In order to keep the temperatures nationwide as comparable as possible, they are measured at sites set up as similarly as possible, with various conditions such as amount of shade, height from the ground, surrounded by X amount of lawn, distance to nearest buildings, etc., kept approximately equal.

This makes for consistency, but tends to understate extremes. For example, wind chill factor tends to be minimized and extreme high temperatures tend to be understated. The official highs in Kumagaya, for example, are commonly several degrees lower than temperatures measured in front of the station, in the sun, with nothing but asphalt around.

It's entirely possible for the real lowest temperatures at various spots in, say, Tokyo, to be a lot lower than the official ones as measured at weather stations.

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That must be Hibiya park

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Jeez, how hard it is to name the actual park?

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When you talk about temperatures in Tokyo you should always say where in Tokyo. I live in Tokyo, and 1.4 degrees is far from the coldest I experienced this winter.

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I feel sorry for you all stuck in Japan right now!

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Awesome photo! I wonder if the crane spoke to the woman? They do that in some Japanese fairy tales. And for me, 1.4C is t-shirt weather.

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1.4? That's really nothing. I was in Ottawa, Canada during the new year. It was close to -30.

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It's cold for Tokyo, although we've had snow in Ebina other years. Cool photo.

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It's been colder in Tokyo. I remember cycling around from Tokyo Tower up through the palace towards the Tokyo Dome and then up to Ueno and freezing my nads off in -2c with those nasty winds that come down from Russia every so often in winter and dry everything to a crisp. Getting in and out of the car during those drying winter winds makes for some painful sparks.

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KnowBetter, you should have known better! I've walked that route, albeit when it was slightly warmer, but to do it on a bike? What were you thinking?

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