In the meantime, for those wondering what the long-range forecast will be for this year's La Nina cycle, we've created a page dedicated to answering this question based on more than 50 years of historical weather reporting by the Japan Meteorological Association. See our historical snow forecast of the Niseko, Hakuba, Myoko and Central Hokkaido regions here.
Here's the excellent bio of our forecaster for the 16/17 season:
Paul Carlone, the founder of Marketable Meteorology, is a meteorologist specializing in the financial, energy, and agricultural sectors. Born in Iowa and raised in the cornfields of Illinois he has over ten years of experience in the agricultural field, working at both Pioneer Hybrid and the USDA, he also has operated as a forecaster or meteorologist for the past six years. Carlone holds a BS in Meteorology with a minor in mathematics from Western Illinois University and will complete his MS in meteorology at Iowa State University this spring, with a focus on wind energy and agriculture. As the founder of Marketable Meteorology he has consulted or worked with the commodity, agricultural, aerospace, hydrological, and meteorology communities.
Happy white season everyone!