Sat. Sep 22nd, 2018

Air Quality Advisory Issued, Burning Ban, for next 3 Days in Alberni Valley

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT IN EFFECT
    Issued: 3:44 PM PDT Friday 21 September 2018

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Friday 21 September 2018 - Friday night: Periods of rain. Risk of thunderstorms this evening. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Low 12. Saturday: Showers. Amount 5 to 10 mm. High 15. UV index 2 or low. Saturday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 10. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 18. Sunday night: Clear. Low 6. Monday: Sunny. High 19. Monday night: Clear. Low 6. Tuesday: Sunny. High 23. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 8. Wednesday: Sunny. High 21. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 8. Thursday: Sunny. High 21.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    14.8° C
    0.0 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    100.74 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    ENE 2.8 km/h
    gusting 9.7 km/h
    Humidity
    97 %
    Rain Rate
    2.8 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    14.8° C
    Heat Index
    14.8° C
    Dewpoint
    14.4° C
    UV
    0.2
    Solar
    93 W/m2
    Last Updated: 17:25:00 PDT
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    23.1 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    06:31
    Moon Phase
    Waxing gibbous (91% full)
    Civil Set
    19:51
    Day Length
    13:12:10
    Day High
    16.9° C @ 10:50 Tdy.
    Day Low
    11.6° C @ 06:51 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    19.6mm/hr @ 16:10 Tdy.
    Day High Barometer
    101.5 kPa @ 00:13 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    100.74 kPa @ 17:13 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    11.6° C @ 06:51 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    16.9° C @ 10:50 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 22.7km/h @ 12:30 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    601W/m2 @ 10:13 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    2.7 @ 11:49 Tdy.

Due to the cold, stagnant air the BC Ministry of Environment has just issued an Air Quality Advisory (click for link) for our area and implemented burning restrictions.  Here are the details:

(January 3, 2017 – Port Alberni, B.C.) The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Island Health Authority has issued an Air Quality Advisory for Port Alberni because of high concentrations of fine particulates that are expected to persist until weather conditions change.

Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. Staying indoors and in air conditioned spaces helps to reduce fine particulate exposure. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.

Open burning restrictions are now in effect for the Alberni Valley within 15 kilometres of Port Alberni City Hall for a period of 3 days. No new fires may be initiated and no additional material may be added to existing fires.

Here is the latest readings from the Alberni Elementary station.  It is just under 50.  The ‘target’ to stay under is 25 on an averaged daily basis.

You can see last night we got up to almost 70ug/m3.

Outdoor burning is already permanently prohibited within City Limits, so the burn ban extends that prohibition to the surrounding area within 15km of City Hall.  That would include the Valley approximately as far as the Airport and the east side of Sproat Lake as well as Beaver Creek out to Meshers Road.