Tue. May 21st, 2019

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 Tuesday 21 May 2019 - Tuesday: Mainly sunny. High 20. UV index 7 or high. Tuesday night: Clear. Fog patches developing before morning. Low 8. Wednesday: Sunny. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 27. UV index 7 or high. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 8. Thursday: Sunny. High 26. Thursday night: Clear. Low 12. Friday: Sunny. High 23. Friday night: Clear. Low 9. Saturday: Sunny. High 28. Saturday night: Clear. Low 12. Sunday: Sunny. High 25. Sunday night: Clear. Low 12. Monday: Sunny. High 24.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    21.3° C
    1.1 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    100.72 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    NNE 3.2 km/h
    gusting 9.7 km/h
    Humidity
    54 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    21.3° C
    Heat Index
    21.3° C
    Dewpoint
    11.6° C
    UV
    6.1
    Solar
    1056 W/m2
    Last Updated: 13:50:00 PDT
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.3 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    04:48
    Moon Phase
    Full (90% full)
    Civil Set
    21:44
    Day Length
    13:15:49
    Day High
    21.4° C @ 13:27 Tdy.
    Day Low
    10.4° C @ 06:33 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    100.74 kPa @ 11:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    100.64 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    10.4° C @ 06:33 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    21.4° C @ 13:27 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 6.4km/h @ 12:50 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    1150W/m2 @ 11:06 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    6.4 @ 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.