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Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Thursday 17 April 2014 - Thursday night: Rain ending early this evening then partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low plus 3. Friday: Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 11. UV index 4 or moderate. Friday night: Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning after midnight. Low plus 5. Saturday: Periods of rain. High 8. Sunday: Rain. Low plus 5. High 10. Monday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 5. High 12. Tuesday: Cloudy. Low plus 5. High 13.

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Hour Change: 30.92°F Alberniweather Web Cam
SW 0.6mph
gusts to 0.6mph

Last Update: Apr 18 2014 - 1:02:10 PDT
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    43.9°F @ 20:46: Ystd
    29.66in @ 15:29: Ystd
    42.78°F @ 00:51: Tdy.
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    39.27°F @ 16:36: Ystd
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    54.19°F @ 11:52: Ystd
    29.89in @ 01:00: Ystd
    50.41°F @ 15:12: Ystd
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    54.19°F @ 11:52: Ystd
    68.9W/in2 @ 12:40: Ystd
    4.2 @ 12:39: Ystd

Rain through Thursday – Easter Egg Hunt Forecast

Spring showers are back and that’s not a bad thing. I’ve turned off the spigots on my water barrels so that instead of acting as flood and runoff mitigators (which they do very well) they will now actually collect water in preparation for the dry season. I think it takes about 50mm of rain to fill my three barrels (150 gallons).

We should get around 30mm by the time this bout of rain stops early Friday morning.


We should get another 10-15mm from Saturday afternoon through the night before it tapers to showers Easter Sunday and dry in the morning of Easter Monday. Then yet another bout of rain will swoop in for the afternoon of Monday.

So this will be a growing weekend for the garden and a mostly indoor time for gatherings with family. If you are looking to do an Easter egg hunt outside on Sunday or Monday your best bet will be in the morning.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 07:04 under General, Wet

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Patience rewarded! Blood Moon captured on webcam, Timelapse Included

Updated: Timelapse now included! (Make sure you set it to HD quality, makes a huge difference… use the little gear icon to change it)

It was a tough road last night… And I’m working on only about 4.5 hours sleep, so if this post is a little incoherent, blame it on the Moon. :)

It started out really quite bleak. The clouds were coming and going… Mostly coming. The moon was teasing us as it came and went behind the cloud and slowly dimmed from about 10:30PM onward.. Ironically, as I posted a few pics of the peekaboo moon, other folks on twitter from Victoria and Vancouver tuned in, since their skies were apparently completely covered.

Then, around 11:30AM things started to change. Now an hour into the eclipse the moon was dimming but was not yet red.

Here’s the Timelapse! To see it in HD click the little gear icon. Make sure it has a red “HD” on it.

Click the images to see full size.


By Midnight the clouds truly gave way and we were rewarded for our patience with a spectacular display of the reddening and darkening moon flanked on the right by the bright star Spica and above by Mars.



I had to adjust my webcam in order to capture the trio together and got a few fun shots. Having that webcam really payed off.


By 12:30AM the moon was nearly fully eclipsed and the skies were clear not just in Port Alberni but around much of the Central and North Island. We woke our kids out of bed to see this, of course it was more impressive by the human eye than this images does justice.

By almost 1AM the view was perfect.


Here is a shot from a friend in Nanaimo around the same time. Simply beautiful.


Because the event spanned both yesterday and today I will need to do a little extra work to grab the proper images for the timelapse. I should have it done later this morning and will post it when I do.

It was a great night… The bleary eye and foggy head was definitely worth it.

As for the forecast. Only a very slight chance of showers this morning. But rain should move in by 5PM today and continue almost straight through Thursday.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 07:04 under Astronomy, Wet

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