Fri. Feb 22nd, 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 PST Thursday 21 February 2019 - Thursday night: Cloudy. Periods of snow beginning late this evening. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 1. Wind chill minus 3 in the evening. Friday: Periods of snow ending near noon then cloudy with 40 percent chance of rain showers. Snowfall amount 2 to 4 cm. High 6. UV index 1 or low. Friday night: Cloudy. Flurries beginning late in the evening. Amount 2 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 2. Wind chill near minus 4. Saturday: Flurries or rain showers. High plus 4. Saturday night: Clear. Low minus 4. Sunday: Sunny. High plus 5. Sunday night: Clear. Low minus 5. Monday: Sunny. High 7. Monday night: Clear. Low minus 5. Tuesday: Sunny. High 6. Tuesday night: Clear. Low minus 5. Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High plus 5.

  • Current Conditions
    4.1° C
    0.7 ° C/hr
    101.21 kPa
    S 8.0 km/h
    gusting 20.9 km/h
    86 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    2.0° C
    Heat Index
    4.1° C
    1.9° C
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 4:40:00 PDT
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  • Day Almanac
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    Civil Rise
    Moon Phase
    Waning gibbous (88% full)
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    Day High
    4.2° C @ 00:53 Tdy.
    Day Low
    2.8° C @ 03:55 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    Day High Barometer
    101.64 kPa @ 00:13 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.21 kPa @ 04:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    -0.2° C @ 04:39 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    4.2° C @ 00:53 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 8.2km/h @ 04:35 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    0W/m2 @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    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.