Sun. Aug 19th, 2018

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

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT IN EFFECT
    Issued: 9:16 PM PDT Saturday 18 August 2018

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Saturday 18 August 2018 - Saturday night: Clear. Local smoke. Low 11. Sunday: Sunny. Local smoke. High 33. Humidex 36. UV index 7 or high. Sunday night: Clear. Local smoke. Low 12. Monday: Sunny. High 34. Monday night: Clear. Low 12. Tuesday: Sunny. High 34. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 13. Wednesday: Sunny. High 24. Wednesday night: Cloudy periods. Low 14. Thursday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 21. Thursday night: Cloudy periods. Low 13. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 20.

  • Current Conditions
    19.3° C
    -1.0 ° C/hr
    101.9 kPa
    N/A 0.0 km/h
    gusting 0.0 km/h
    67 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    19.3° C
    Heat Index
    19.3° C
    13.0° C
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 23:00:00 PDT
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
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    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (60% full)
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    Day Length
    Day High
    29.8° C @ 15:23 Tdy.
    Day Low
    11.7° C @ 06:30 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    Day High Barometer
    102.42 kPa @ 07:58 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.79 kPa @ 19:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    11.7° C @ 06:30 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    29.8° C @ 15:23 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 16.3km/h @ 16:05 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    1220W/m2 @ 13:26 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    7.8 @ 13:25 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.