Sun. Aug 25th, 2019

Campfire ban lifts Thursday – 43 Years of Salmon Festival Weather

Salmon Festival Weekend Rain and Temperature Stats from Robertson Creek station.

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

    Forecast Issued 05:00 AM PDT Sunday 25 August 2019 - Sunday: Clearing this morning. High 26. Humidex 27. UV index 6 or high. Sunday night: Clear. Low 8. Monday: Sunny. High 27. Humidex 28. UV index 7 or high. Monday night: Clear. Low 9. Tuesday: Sunny. High 33. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 11. Wednesday: Sunny. High 34. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 12. Thursday: Sunny. High 28. Thursday night: Clear. Low 13. Friday: Sunny. High 23. Friday night: Clear. Low 13. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 22.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    14.2° C
    0.2 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.88 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    N/A 0 km/h
    gusting 0 km/h
    Humidity
    88 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    14.2° C
    Heat Index
    14.2° C
    Dewpoint
    12.2° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 6:20:00 PST
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  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    0.0 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
    No Qualifying Rainfall mm
    Civil Rise
    05:50
    Moon Phase
    Waning crescent (30% full)
    Civil Set
    20:51
    Day Length
    13:21:16
    Day High
    15.8° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low
    13.9° C @ 05:20 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.88 kPa @ 06:14 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.7 kPa @ 00:28 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    13.9° C @ 05:20 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    15.8° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 3km/h @ 02:20 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    0W/m2 @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.0 @ 00:00 Tdy.

Two things seem sure in life, good things must come to an end, and the weather must always be iffy, if not downright soggy for Salmon Festival/Labour Day weekend.  And now I have the stats to prove it!

I will update again on Friday, but as of now, it’s looking like the gorgeous summer weather will end today and rain will invade starting Saturday. It’s not all bad though, fish like rain right? Plus, the forecast has encouraged the Coastal Fire Centre to lift the campfire ban at noon on Thursday.

Today (Wednesday)

Soak it up. The sky is clear and sun will be warm once it gets over the mountain.
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I took my pair of very sleepy children out to the lake last night to see the stars and Milky Way. It was a perfect night for it and they were suitably impressed even though the light from the City still washed it out a bit.

Thursday/Friday:

We are looking at a transition to a cooler and wetter mode. We should cloud over Thursday and by Thursday night and Friday morning we may very well get some rain.

43rd Salmon Festival! – Stats say yup, it’s usually a little soggy.

I will get into more detail on the actual forecast on Friday when things are more settled in the models but it looks like we are in for periodic rain showers Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

And unfortunately this is pretty typical!

Salmon Festival Weekend Rain and Temperature Stats from Robertson Creek station.
Salmon Festival Weekend Rain and Temperature Stats from Robertson Creek station. Red: Over 25º Blue: Under 20º Green: Over 5mm. Click for full size.

I’ve compiled the stats for the Labour Day weekend rain totals and average highs over the 3 days since the Salmon Festival started in 1971.  Here are the results!  There has been rain measured during the weekend nearly two thirds of the time and when it does rain it’s not a small amount… over 10mm.  You’ll notice that. 🙂

The good news is, the average high temperature isn’t bad… 23.4ºC.  It is still summer after all.  The warm years have won slightly (30% over 25º)  over the chilly low years (28% under 20º).

That said, the die may have already been cast for this weekend and the forecast looks sure to add to the ‘cool and rainy’ columns than the warm and dry.

No matter what though, it will be a fun weekend.  Good luck out there!

2 thoughts on “Campfire ban lifts Thursday – 43 Years of Salmon Festival Weather

  1. now , can you cross reference those stats with the salmon caught? strenghth of the runs? 🙂 good luck and thanks

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