Sun. Feb 17th, 2019

Cereal Box Eclipse viewer! Eclipse Starts 9:08, Max 10:19, End 11:35

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

    Forecast Issued 05:00 AM PST Sunday 17 February 2019 - Sunday: Clearing this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High plus 5. UV index 2 or low. Sunday night: A few clouds. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 4. Wind chill minus 6 overnight. Monday: Increasing cloudiness. High plus 3. UV index 2 or low. Monday night: Cloudy periods. Low minus 1. Tuesday: Flurries or rain showers. High plus 5. Tuesday night: Periods of snow. Low minus 3. Wednesday: Sunny. High 6. Wednesday night: Clear. Low minus 5. Thursday: Sunny. High 6. Thursday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 1. Friday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. High plus 5. Friday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Low zero. Saturday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. High 6.

  • Current Conditions
    -0.5° C
    0.5 ° C/hr
    102.3 kPa
    N/A 0.0 km/h
    gusting 0.0 km/h
    99 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    -0.5° C
    Heat Index
    -0.5° C
    -0.6° C
    124 W/m2
    Last Updated: 9:25:00 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
    Moon Phase
    Waxing gibbous (95% full)
    Civil Set
    Day Length
    Day High
    0.4° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low
    -1.2° C @ 05:48 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    Day High Barometer
    102.3 kPa @ 09:14 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.51 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    -1.2° C @ 05:48 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    0.4° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 0.5km/h @ 04:30 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    174W/m2 @ 09:13 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.6 @ 09:12 Tdy.


Well it is getting to be almost over. I was lucky enough to see it through official University of Toronto (??) glasses directly.  Though even with the glasses my eyes feel tired.

But I think the coolest way to see it was on the ground through the leaves of a tree!

And on paper from the same tree…

Here is the raw data… If it seemed like it was dim out, and it felt a little cooler, well you are right!  Here is the data from the weather station.  Solar Radiation in yellow went down to about what it was like at 8AM this morning.  UV rating went down too.

Here is the temperature:

The little office crystal ball is amazing!


Are you ready for the Eclipse?!

The weather looks perfect *except if you are on the West Coast*.  Tofino Airport is currently reporting fog.


The moon will begin to cover the sun at 9:08AM

The moon will cover the maximum amount of the sun (86.3% in Port Alberni) at 10:18AM

The moon will exit the sun completely at 11:35AM


Do Not Look At The Sun.  It will painlessly burn your eyes.


View it live on TV or on the Internet.

You might also be able to view it on my Youtube webcam.

But NASA will have a much more exciting view!

Welders Goggles. #12 to #14

Approved Eclipse glasses.

Don’t point your phone at the sun. It is safe for you to view on your phone, but you might damage your phones lens (just like it damaging your eye!)

Use an empty cereal box! We did this in about 10 minutes last night!

1: Trace the bottom of the box on a white piece of paper.

2: Cut out the traced rectangle and put it in the bottom of the box.

3: Cut the little side flaps off the box opening.

4. Cut the ends of the top flaps so that there is only the part that holds together in the middle.

5. Cover one of the holes on the top with tinfoil and tape it down, tape the middle part too so it cant come open.

6. Make small hole in the middle of the tinfoil with a pin or pen.

7. That’s it! Now go outside and put your back to the sun.

Hold the big hole (the one without the tinfoil) up to your eye with the tinfoil pointed toward the sun and you will see the sun (and a projection of the sky!) on the bottom of the box! Cool!

Stay safe and Have a great time.

Oh and here is a super cool tweet showing a news clipping from the New York Times in 1931! The last time there was a solar eclipse this widely viewable in North America!