Blustery day, rainy night, and Gossamer

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    Forecast Issued 05:00 AM PST Saturday 24 February 2018 - Saturday: Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness this afternoon then 40 percent chance of rain late this afternoon except wet snow over higher terrain. High 6. Saturday night: Rain ending after midnight then cloudy. Wet snow over higher terrain. Becoming windy late this evening. Low plus 2. Sunday: Rain showers or wet flurries. High 6. Sunday night: Rain showers or flurries. Low minus 2. Monday: Cloudy. High 8. Monday night: Periods of rain. Low plus 1. Tuesday: Cloudy. High 7. Tuesday night: Clear. Low minus 2. Wednesday: Rain or snow. High plus 4. Wednesday night: Rain. Low plus 1. Thursday: Periods of rain. High 7. Thursday night: Periods of rain. Low plus 1. Friday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 7.

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It is a beautiful morning! Get out there and enjoy it before the rain comes!

There was a fantastic crescent moon this morning. Did you see it? Unfortunately the webcam doesn’t do it justice, but it does capture some of the spooky of the sky this morning.
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There are wind warnings posted for many parts of Vancouver Island, but not Inland Vancouver Island. However, it is still pretty blustery, as it was yesterday.

This will be the last hurrah for the stormy weather for at least the next few days, maybe even a week as a strong blocking ridge of high pressure is going to take over.

Cliff Mass in Washington tells us this is called an Omega block and his explanation and details about it are very interesting.

Here is what it looks like on the charts. This is a chart of the upper atmosphere and Jetstream for Saturday. You can see the flow go away over our heads and sharply back down through the Interior and West North America.

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Personally, them thar fancy symbols are a bit too much for me… Who uses these anyway?

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So In honour of one of my favourite Bugs Bunny episodes, I propose a new name, for this atmospheric phenomenon:

The Gossamer block
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Happy Wednesday!

Oh… And sorry about the outage yesterday, lots of stuff going on. I managed to get my network reconfigured for Shaw around 11PM.

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