26 FEET of snow on the ground in Japan!

Go to THIS LINK to see pics. of up to 26.2 feet of snow on the ground in Japan.  This is near Mt. Gassan, which at 6,509 feet above sea level is not a terribly high mountain.  Very cold air coming off Siberia can produce incredible ocean-effect snow there.  And check out these pictures of gigantic snowcover in N. Japan.  I think the pics. at this second link are from 2012.  Looks like the sun is fairly high in the sky in these pics. 8.2% of the U.S. has a snow cover – mostly out West, but also in northern…