Tue. Jul 16th, 2019

Control Fire success – Smoke lessening – Back to Regular Daily Posts

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Monday 15 July 2019 - Monday night: Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers early this evening with risk of thunderstorms. Low 15. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers in the morning. High 25. Humidex 27. UV index 8 or very high. Tuesday night: Cloudy. Rain beginning in the evening. Low 14. Wednesday: Periods of rain. High 21. Wednesday night: Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 9. Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 20. Thursday night: Cloudy periods. Low 12. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 21. Friday night: Cloudy periods. Low 11. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 21. Saturday night: Cloudy periods. Low 12. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 22.

  • Current Conditions
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    Wind Chill
    15.8° C
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    14.3° C
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  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
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    July 15, 2019 00:07
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    16.7° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
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    15.5° C @ 02:27 Tdy.
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    101.7 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.64 kPa @ 03:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    15.5° C @ 02:27 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    16.7° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
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    S 0km/h @ 01:20 Tdy.
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    0.0 @ 00:00 Tdy.

Just heard the Mars will be doing test flights and drops starting in the next 30 minutes (11AMish)

Update: 9:45AM

Air/Smoke Advisory lifted (only Comox Valley remains)

Unless something major occurs, I will be ending my frequent updates on the fire behaviour and will go back to a normal daily or somewhat less frequent posting schedule.  Thank you all for reading and sending in your thoughts and especially pictures!

Controlled Burn a Success?

It seems as though the back burn was a success.  Air Quality Advisories remain for the region but Air Quality this morning is excellent in the City.  The 7AM graph is at zero.

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Derek James posted these before/after pictures on Facebook.

The fire/burn at 10PM last night:

11169198_10207410421719829_2726501474169678073_nAnd this morning:


Great work by the firefighting crews and teams on what appears to have been a successful controlled burn.  Lets hope this is the beginning of the end of this fire and we will not see any further activity from it.  There will be some windy conditions today that may cause concern, but hopefully it will be fine.

A huge thank you to the men and women putting their lives on the line in this fire and all over the province and country.

She’s back

Photo by Jerry Feven – Facebook

10866260_966821596690883_3868239148030116744_oWhat a wonderful sound that was.  Lets hope as soon as all the testing is done and she’s officially got the green light, she gets sent to make quick work of the next fire in the region.  I believe we can expect her in the sky again today.  All the tools are back in the toolbox, thanks to Wayne Coulson and Minister Thomson and many others.  I do hope that the 30 day contract will turn back into a long term commitment that will last until such time that the province can acquire modern aircraft of similar overwhelming capability.  There is no question we will need it in the years to come.  But until that time, there is no doubt in my mind of the quality and capability of the Martin Mars.

Definite Weather pattern change

There is no doubt about it, the forecasts all agree that the weather is changing today and it may stay changed for what will seem like quite a while after so many weeks of hot, sunny weather.

Speaking of which, despite the smoke, Port Alberni set another record yesterday at 32º C.

There will be no such records today with highs probably not reaching over 29ºC.  There should be some wind this afternoon.

The weekend will feel cool, around 20º C and it we may get a  shower around 2PM Saturday and before 8AM Sunday and maybe a bit more Monday evening but in all it will not be enough to make a significant difference.

The rest of next week looks variable and cool but no significant rainfall.