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Frigid weather eases as cold front passes

Date Posted: 2011-01-14

The weekend's weather certainly didn't feel like sub-tropical Okinawa as a high pressure system swept across the prefecture packing temperatures six degrees below normal.

The Okinawa Meteorological Observatory says 17 reporting stations registered the coldest temperatures of the winter, including a 6.6C temperature at Oku in Kunigami Village on Sunday. Kume Island, meanwhile, reported small grains of ice, leading one 54-year-old resident to declare "I thought it was rain, but actually it was white small hail that made sounds on the roof."

Those white grains were also observed on Izena Island, but the Okinawa Meteorological Agency said "we don't confirm that it was snowfall." Some residents contend that it was snow falling from the sky for about an hour Sunday morning. "The white grains danced like dandelions," said one resident. "It wasn't hail, so maybe it was snow," said Tsuyoshi Nakada, 70, of Izena Island.

The Okinawa Meteorological Observatory says the system has now passed, and temperatures will be back to the 17-18C range by today.

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