[Movie] Okhotsk drift ice reaches Hokkaido 19 days earlier than average

The Yomiuri Shimbun Drift ice from the Sea of Okhotsk has arrived in Hokkaido’s coastal areas, including Cape Soya off its northernmost city of Wakkanai and the town of Esashi. Viewed from a Yomiuri Shimbun aircraft on Jan. 26, drift ice was seen off the town — 90 kilometers from the cape — and appeared as if it were part of the land. The Wakkanai Local Meteorological Office confirmed the ice could be seen with the naked eye from its observatory on the previous day — 19 days earlier than in the average year. The unusually early arrival is believed to be partly attributed to the repeated formation of wintry atmospheric pressure patterns and the direction of the wind in the areas. [Released on Jan. 26, 2017]

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