Thunderstorm causes fire, heavy downpours. Return of Heat Tuesday

(Headline Photo by Rob Frolic)
We got a reprieve from the heat on Sunday but the cool temperatures also brought some afternoon thunderstorms.  And extremely heavy rains.  Particularly in the central Island area.   This caused heavy downpours that likely contributed to two simultaneous crashes on Highway 4 that affected the road for hours.

FullSizeRender 4My station reported a peak rainfall rate of 113mm/hr!

The heavy downpours yesterday produce some impressive stats.    The 113mm/hr average is a 5sec instantaneous look at the rain rate produced by the Davis Vantage Pro station.

Checking it over at the handy minute-stats at Islandweather we see:

Alberniweather: Between 6:11PM and 6:12PM: 1.02mm in a minute equals 61mm/hr.

Alberni Elementary: Between 6:16PM and 6:17PM recorded 1.27mm in a minute which equals 76.2mm/hr

Those are heavy downpours!  Each only amounted to about 5 and 8mm of rain respectively.

The thunderstorm also sparked a wildfire in between Sproat and Great Central lake.

As of 8PM Sunday night it was only 20m x 20m according to ACRD CAO Russel Dyson.  Residents report Helicopters are on the scene this morning.

There are also major fires burning near West Kelowna and Penticton.

Monday’s weather should help with the fire situation a little as temperatures will be normal in the mid-twenties. There is no rain and there are no signs of thunderstorm activity today either.

Hot (but not quite as hot) week ahead.

We will return to afternoon highs at or above 30°C Tuesday and lasting through Friday.

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And finally, if you are wondering about the poll from last time, of 63 voters,  twenty one said we would get above 36 and nineteen said we would get 36. Those 19 win! Our high on Thursday was the highest of the year at 36.2°C and rounds to 36°.

You may now brag to all your friends.  🙂

Happy Monday!

POLL! :) How Hot will it get?

Well, if it’s going to be stupid hot then we might as well have some fun with it.  So here’s a poll!

August Weekend Heat! How Hot Will It Get? (Rounded to nearest degree)

  • Above 36ºC (33%, 21 Votes)
  • 36ºC (30%, 19 Votes)
  • 35ºC (25%, 16 Votes)
  • 34ºC (8%, 5 Votes)
  • Below 33ºC (3%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 63

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Pick the hottest you think it will get at Alberniweather between Thursday and Sunday.  Click through to see the predictions from a number of places.

It’s going to be a beautiful day!


Here are the forecasts from the various models and forecast services.

  • Service : Thursday : Friday : Saturday : Sunday
  • EC: 34 : 35 : 34 : 24
  • UWash (average): 34 :  34 : 32 : 21
  • CanGemLam: 27 : 28 : — : — : —
  • CanGemReg: 28 : 30 : — : — : —
  • CanGEPS: 24 : 25 : 23 : 20
  • USHRRR: 36 : — : — : — : —
  • USRAP: 34 : — : — : — : —
  • USNAM: 28 : 30 : 29 : 22
  • USSREF: 27 : 27 : 27 : 24
  • USGFS: 30 : 32 : 32 : 25

Fire danger creeps up across province.

Here are three fire danger images that show the progression over the past 7 days.  We should see more extreme areas pop up today and tomorrow.  Be safe out there.


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And finally, here is the Special Weather statement from EC.  Take care out there. Stay hydrated.

Issued at 2016-08-18 05:12 UTC by Environment Canada:
Special weather statement continued for:
Inland Vancouver Island, B.C. (081500)
Current details:
Prolonged Hot Weather


Maximum temperatures will approach record values of about 35 degrees in some inland locations Thursday as a strong ridge of high pressure builds along the coast. A slight sea-breeze will cap temperatures near the straits at about 25 degrees.

Winds will gradually shift to onshore Friday, reducing temperatures by a few degrees. Regardless, higher than average temperatures will persist through the weekend.

Coping with the heat:

There are many symptoms of heat-related illness including thirst,
dizziness, confusion, weakness and fainting/collapsing. Medical
Health Officers are reminding residents to protect themselves from
the heat.

1. Stay cool: Spend several hours every day in an air-conditioned facility. Avoid sunburn, stay in the shade or use sunscreen with SPF 30 or more.

2. Drink plenty of water: Drink cool, non-alcoholic beverages (preferably water) irrespective of your activity intake. Don’t wait until you are thirsty.

3. Check in on others: People living alone are at high risk of severe heat related illness. Check regularly on older people, those with mental illness and anyone else is unable to leave their un-air conditioned homes, for signs of heat-related illness.

4. Never leave children or pets in a parked car. Temperatures can rise to dangerous levels within minutes in an enclosed vehicle when the outside temperatures ‎are elevated. Leaving the car windows slightly open or “cracked” will not keep the inside of the vehicle at a safe temperature.