Tue. Mar 26th, 2019

A warm one… And the Big One falls.

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - No watches or warnings in effect.

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Tuesday 26 March 2019 - Tuesday night: Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers early this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. Fog patches developing late this evening. Low plus 2. Wednesday: Clearing late in the morning. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 16. UV index 3 or moderate. Wednesday night: A few clouds. Fog patches developing overnight. Low plus 2. Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 18. Thursday night: Clear. Low plus 2. Friday: Sunny. High 18. Friday night: Clear. Low plus 3. Saturday: Sunny. High 18. Saturday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 5. Sunday: Cloudy. High 13. Sunday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 6. Monday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 12.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    11.6° C
    0.6 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.72 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    S 9.7 km/h
    gusting 17.7 km/h
    Humidity
    71 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    11.6° C
    Heat Index
    11.6° C
    Dewpoint
    6.5° C
    UV
    0.9
    Solar
    271 W/m2
    Last Updated: 17:30:00 PST
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    3.8 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    06:36
    Moon Phase
    Waning gibbous (61% full)
    Civil Set
    20:14
    Day Length
    13:24:52
    Day High
    11.9° C @ 17:16 Tdy.
    Day Low
    5.9° C @ 07:59 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    8.4mm/hr @ 05:35 Tdy.
    Day High Barometer
    101.79 kPa @ 13:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.29 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    3.9° C @ 00:16 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    11.9° C @ 17:16 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 14.5km/h @ 12:55 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    1046W/m2 @ 13:05 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    3.3 @ 13:04 Tdy.

Short update today!  It’s going to be a pleasant and warm weekend! 25C today. 23C tomorrow.  Cool in the morning though.

The fire danger remains high or extreme though so please keep the fires down and be careful.  The bush is tinder dry.  The good news is there have been very few human caused fires.  There have been more caused by Lightning in the region than humans, that’s quite unusual.  So yay us.

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And finally, the big one has fallen.  The most widely watched Arctic science source – the National Snow and Ice Data Centre – is showing a new record minimum has been reached today.

The automatically generated graph below shows *both* the lines for the year of record, and the current year.  Notice anything?
They’ve updated the image now so that it shows 2007, which held the previous record, and 2012 which is now the record.

August 26, 2012 ice record

There is only one line…… the record is now.

The actual numbers. (Hattip Neven)

1980 | 7.5247 million square kilomtres (highest in satellite record since 1979)
2007 | 4.1607 million square kilometres (set on September 14th)
2012 | 4.0892 million square kilometres (and running)
(reduction of 45%)

Here is the ice Volume data from July (August should be out late next week) (because we all know there is more of the ice cube under the water than on the surface) (hat tip Arctic Institute)

Arctic Ice Volume July 2012

The ice [coverage] in 2007 and 2011 was roughly the same with 4.3 and 4.61 million square km, while ice volume decreased from 6.53 to 4.2 thousand cubic km showing how ice volume is decreasing at a much more rapid pace than ice extent.

Just think what happens to ice volume when extent smashes records. There are around 2 more weeks left in the melt season.