Wed. Aug 22nd, 2018

Back above 30C, more Arctic Amazingness, and Perseid Meteor Shower this weekend!

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT IN EFFECT
    Issued: 6:04 PM PDT Tuesday 21 August 2018

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Tuesday 21 August 2018 - Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Widespread smoke. Low 12. Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. Widespread smoke becoming local smoke near noon. High 31. Humidex 34. UV index 7 or high. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Local smoke. Low 12. Thursday: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 23. Thursday night: Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 22. Friday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Saturday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 20. Saturday night: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 13. Sunday: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 18. Sunday night: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 11. Monday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 20.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    30.8° C
    -1.7 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.4 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    SSE 5.8 km/h
    gusting 17.7 km/h
    Humidity
    27 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    30.8° C
    Heat Index
    30.8° C
    Dewpoint
    9.6° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    118 W/m2
    Last Updated: 18:25:00 PDT
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    05:44
    Moon Phase
    Waxing gibbous (83% full)
    Civil Set
    20:59
    Day Length
    13:22:16
    Day High
    33.3° C @ 16:03 Tdy.
    Day Low
    11.6° C @ 06:16 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.91 kPa @ 08:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.39 kPa @ 17:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    11.6° C @ 06:16 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    33.3° C @ 16:03 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 13.2km/h @ 17:00 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    705W/m2 @ 14:18 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    2.7 @ 13:01 Tdy.

Hi everyone,

The great weather continues! It’s really turned into a fantastic summer hasn’t it?! I hope you have been able to enjoy it!

This weekend we’ll be getting back into the 30s all the way out to Wednesday and possibly farther than that. It doesn’t look like we’ll get a break from this until around the 21st or 22nd, but even then there isn’t much to worry about and we should remain warm and sunny right through to the end of August.

Siberian Smoke is back.
If you noticed the haze or smoke in the air yesterday and wondered if the Siberian fires were the cause you would be right. Once again the wind patterns over the Pacific have dragged the smoke all the way from Siberia and into BC and even Alberta!

Unfortunately the NASA MODIS satellite image of the day is offline right now so I can’t get an image of the smoke over us even though its their feature for August 11, but they highlighted the Siberian fires in their August 7th update so here’s the image from there:

Russia August 2012 Fires

There is actually so much smoke that it’s difficult to tell where this is, but it’s near the Sea of Okhotsk on Siberian Pacific Coast north of Japan.

Sea of Okhostk

Arctic Storm

It’s really unfortunate that it hasn’t been covered, that I have seen, on any of the major news networks, but the massive Arctic Summer Storm has weakened now but it has left it’s mark on the Arctic. The sea ice up there was already trending to record lows, without any kind of severe weather pattern, before the storm. (So don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise). But this storm has been like the proverbial bull in a china shop.

Watch in this animation of the past few days during the storm how the ice gets pushed (the dark purple areas are the most solid, 100% coverage of ice) from West to East across the Arctic by the storm and a big chunk gets seperated and melts away near Siberia. Incredible imagery!

Sea Ice Push

You gotta go see the Arctic Sea Ice Blog. He’s got some great analysis of it.

Here is the first image from August 4 and the latest image from today. (the imagery comes from the University of Bremen in Germany) The difference is stunning.
August 4 2012 sea iceAugust 10, 2012 Sea Ice

The edge of the more solid ‘pack ice’ (purple areas) moves from basically the 80th Parallel (the 2nd smallest circle) to the 85th Parallel (the smallest) from the Canadian side to the Russian side. That’s thousands of square kms of ice moving/melting more than 500km to the north. Notice the very-solid, 100% (deep purple) colouring is greatly reduced and there are patches of weak ice extending from the West right into the heart of the basin near the North Pole. This is in the span of 6 days and we still have 2 or 3 weeks left in the major melt season.

Meteor Shower and Stars and Moon!
This weekend is the annual Perseid Meteor Shower! The best nights will be Saturday/Sunday/Monday.

You can read and watch more about them on NASA’s website:

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/10aug_perseids/

There is going to be a beautiful crescent moon interacting with the planets Jupiter, Venus as well so get out in a nice dark spot and look for those meteors! The peak is on Sunday night you should see many meteors an hour.

And if you’d like to help scientists keep track of the meteor showers intensity, the website above has a link to a Meteor Counter app for iPhone/iPad and Android! Cool!

I also just found out that August 31st will be a blue moon (the second full moon in the same calendar month)! What a month!