September 23, 2020

Blustery soggy start.. Then dry and mild

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

    Forecast Issued 05:00 AM PDT Wednesday 23 September 2020 - Wednesday: Rain. Amount 15 to 25 mm. Becoming windy late this morning. High 19. UV index 1 or low. Wednesday night: Showers. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Windy early this evening. Low 12. Thursday: Showers. Amount 10 to 15 mm. High 16. UV index 1 or low. Thursday night: Showers. Low 11. Friday: Periods of rain. High 18. Friday night: Rain. Low 10. Saturday: Periods of rain. High 20. Saturday night: Rain. Low 11. Sunday: Rain. High 17. Sunday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Monday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 18. Monday night: Cloudy periods. Low 11. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 21.

It was a gusty night. Lots of stuff blown around on the deck when I let the cats out this morning.

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There will be showers most of today as a system clears out. It should dry up by tonight and then stay dry Tuesday and Wednesday.

Temperatures should stay fairly mild in the 9-15C range. The next rain will come late Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

I just got a message from my calendar saying its time to switch my solar panels to their winter, nearly upright, position. The sun is getting lower in the sky and is packing a lot less punch too.

Even though the panel is only about 50 Watts. It still adds up. Here is it’s profile over the past year. You can see the dark days of winter give way to spring. (There was a bit of a blackout in summer when i had it disconnected). This month I’ve generated enough power (160Wh) to run a smartphone for 44 hours.

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The solar hot water heater makes a bigger difference on the bottom line for now. It was nice to hear its pump start running when the sun came out yesterday. Gave the kids a bath in more free hot water is always good. Then we went out before the clouds rolled in. 19C isn’t bad for an October high.