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Did you see the Meteor?

Did you? I totally missed it but it sounds like if you were outside last night around 10:10PM you would have seen one heck of a lightshow.

(Note: the image in the post is just a generic image, not an image of the meteor last night).

Twitter and Facebook predictably exploded with sightings from Alberni, Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver and even as far away as Kamloops!

If you saw it, consider submitting your report to this website.

http://lunarmeteoritehunters.blogspot.ca/

And please do post it in the comments here for folks to read. There are some pretty amazing accounts.

18AUG2014 derrik shanahan north vancouver b c canada 22 15 pm pacific time 2 or 3 sec s e to n w white fire ball brighter than moon apx 5 parts light up the sky then observed the fireball breaking up

18AUG2014 Charles Lamoureux Vancouver BC Canada 2210 3-4 seconds S-NW right to left if facing north Turquoise green and huge!! Lit up all of Vancouver in green sun Large flash and disappeared but had initial small fragments around it entering the atmosphere , very emerald green, fantastic and almost size of my fist Was stargazing and just missed recording it on film…darn!!

I have to echo that last one! Unfortunately I didn’t get it on my webcam. It sounds like it was further to the east than my camera was pointing. Oh well. Next time I will have a 360° camera set up and I’ll get it!

Should be a nice day today!

Not too Shabby week in store

We should be on track for a very pleasant week.  For those of you still on vacation, or who work outside or at least with a window in your office, you should be pretty pleased.

The Models have no chance of rain before Saturday!

There is a big high out in the Pacific that appears to just be keeping enough of the systems away to the north that we are protected.

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It does not appear as though it will expand any further north or east though so it won’t allow any really hot air to come up from the deep south, which is probably a good thing.

The campfire ban remains in effect as do watering restrictions for our area even though the wildfire danger rating is now Moderate for the Alberni Valley after last weeks rain and cooler weather.

DR-2As you can see though, there is a lot of variability to the Island’s danger ratings right now.  The rain we got was very sporadic and still not all that quenching.  So no matter where you are on the Island, please continue to be careful and vigilant.

The forecast on the bcwildfire.ca website (Beaver Creek) is slated to move back to High by Thursday.  Expect other stations that are already high now to move into the Extreme danger rating.

The long range Canadian Ensemble has very little precipitation for us right through to the end of the month so unless we get another bout of thunderstorms (which carry their own fire dangers of course), don’t expect any more rain to help with water levels.

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