Tue. Jul 16th, 2019

Counting down to Spring Equinox – A cool and variable week – Zero South Island Snowpack

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Tuesday 16 July 2019 - Tuesday night: Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers early this evening. Rain beginning near midnight. Low 14. Wednesday: Rain ending late in the morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Becoming windy near noon. High 22. UV index 3 or moderate. Wednesday night: Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers in the evening. Low 12. Thursday: Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 19. Thursday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 8. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 23. Friday night: Cloudy periods. Low 10. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 25. Saturday night: Clear. Low 12. Sunday: Sunny. High 24. Sunday night: Clear. Low 12. Monday: Sunny. High 24.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    23.8° C
    0.0 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.3 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    SE 19 km/h
    gusting 35 km/h
    Humidity
    53 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    23.8° C
    Heat Index
    23.8° C
    Dewpoint
    13.7° C
    UV
    1.9
    Solar
    329 W/m2
    Last Updated: 17:30:00 PDT
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  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    0.0 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
    1.5 mm since
    July 15, 2019 00:07
    Civil Rise
    04:49
    Moon Phase
    Full (100% full)
    Civil Set
    22:00
    Day Length
    13:25:19
    Day High
    24.6° C @ 13:36 Tdy.
    Day Low
    15.5° C @ 02:27 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.7 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.3 kPa @ 17:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    15.5° C @ 02:27 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    24.6° C @ 13:36 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 19km/h @ 17:30 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    1194W/m2 @ 13:30 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    7.5 @ 12:43 Tdy.

For the first time in a while we have what could actually be described as a normal span of spring (even though it’s technically still not spring) weather on tap.

In case you’re wondering, the first day of Spring is Friday, March 20th at 3:46PM (click for a countdown!).

We have a couple systems coming our way this week.  You can see them below:

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This image is for Tuesday 2AM showing the first system approaching for Tuesday afternoon.

 

 

Showers from the first system should start around 2PM on Tuesday.

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Showers will continue through early Wednesday morning.  There will be a bit of a break on Wednesday before a more intense front sweeps in Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

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Precipitation totals from the Tuesday showers should be negligeable.

Totals from the Thursday morning event should be significant if these model runs validate.  Right now we could have totals over 2 days, Wednesday 5PM to Friday 5PM of up to 60mm.

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48hours between Wednesday/Friday afternoon. Green=30mm pink=60mm.

 

That is not enough for warning criteria, but it will feel like a lot because we’ve had so little over the past few months.

No Snow for the mountains

It will only feel cooler because we have been so far above normal over the past few weeks.  It will actually be close to seasonal temperatures (max 10ºC) and as such, no snow is forecast to fall in the high or low elevations on the South Island.

The snowpack monitor at Jump Creek for the South Island remains at zero.

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The graph shows the minimum that was recorded (it does not state the year but the record goes back to 1995).  While it is still possible that we may get a very late snowfall to at least put a little bit of snow into the reserves, with the continuing very warm sea surface temperatures off our coast, and the continued forecasts for above normal temperatures and dry conditions, I think we have a greater than 50% chance of seeing zero snowpack for this winter season at the South Island station.

That would obviously be a record, and it would present very serious challenges to our neighbours on the South and East Coast of the Island if, as predicted, we have a warm and dry summer as well.