A warm one… And the Big One falls.

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Friday 25 May 2018 - Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 23. UV index 7 or high. Friday night: A few clouds. Fog patches developing overnight. Low 8. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 22. UV index 7 or high. Saturday night: Cloudy periods. Low 8. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 23. Sunday night: Clear. Low 9. Monday: Sunny. High 23. Monday night: Clear. Low 10. Tuesday: Sunny. High 20. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 8. Wednesday: Sunny. High 18. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 8. Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 18.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    16.4° C
    0.6 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.61 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    SSW 6.9 km/h
    gusting 14.5 km/h
    Humidity
    58 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    16.4° C
    Heat Index
    16.4° C
    Dewpoint
    8.2° C
    UV
    3.5
    Solar
    578 W/m2
    Last Updated: 11:15:00 PST
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    04:42
    Moon Phase
    Waxing gibbous (85% full)
    Civil Set
    21:50
    Day Length
    13:16:10
    Day High
    16.4° C @ 11:14 Tdy.
    Day Low
    9.4° C @ 05:41 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.7 kPa @ 09:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.61 kPa @ 11:14 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    8.2° C @ 05:24 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    16.4° C @ 11:14 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 9.9km/h @ 10:55 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    828W/m2 @ 10:03 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    3.9 @ 10:56 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.