Damp weekend ahead – Dry April.

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Sunday 22 July 2018 - Sunday: Sunny. High 31. Humidex 33. UV index 8 or very high. Sunday night: Clear. Low 13. Monday: Sunny. High 32. Humidex 33. UV index 8 or very high. Monday night: Clear. Low 13. Tuesday: Sunny. High 34. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 13. Wednesday: Sunny. High 35. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 13. Thursday: Sunny. High 34. Thursday night: Clear. Low 14. Friday: Sunny. High 29. Friday night: Clear. Low 15. Saturday: Sunny. High 29.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    30.7° C
    0.8 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    102.03 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    ENE 1.0 km/h
    gusting 9.7 km/h
    Humidity
    30 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    30.7° C
    Heat Index
    30.7° C
    Dewpoint
    11.1° C
    UV
    5.6
    Solar
    927 W/m2
    Last Updated: 15:05:00 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
    04:57
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (79% full)
    Civil Set
    21:52
    Day Length
    13:25:41
    Day High
    31.1° C @ 14:25 Tdy.
    Day Low
    12.4° C @ 06:05 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    102.38 kPa @ 07:14 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    102.03 kPa @ 14:59 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    12.4° C @ 06:05 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    31.1° C @ 14:25 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 5.9km/h @ 12:25 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    956W/m2 @ 14:13 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    6.5 @ 13:16 Tdy.

This certainly looks like the greyest weekend we’ve had on tap for a while. That’s probably not a bad thing. It has been a fairly dry few weeks. I know my yard and newly popped open flowers, bushes, grapes, rhubarb – even the strawberries have flowers already – they could all use a good drink.

That said it doesnt look like a particularly strong event at all. We should continue to cloud over today and the first showers might come tonight.

The meat of the front isn’t slated to get to us until around 10AM tomorrow morning:

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Doesn’t look very impressive does it.

So how dry has it been?

Well our normal precipitation for April is 110mm

My station has received 53mm., the official Airport station? Only 51mm.

So there is no way we are going to get to our ‘Normal’ values in the next 4 days.

And just to give a further indication of how that lack of rain dries up the ground. Go to my monthly page and check out the ‘Evapotranspiration’ and ‘Net Moisture’ numbers. Thanks to the solar radiation sensor and combined with the wind, the station measures how much evaporation occurs.

Precip: 52.83mm
Evap: -60.66mm
Net: -7.83mm

So clearly if we were anywhere near our normal 100mm in April we would be still gaining moisture in our gardens, grasses and forests. As it is, we are already drying out.

So don’t be too sad if the rains come heavier than forecast. We could use them.

Oh! I almost forgot!
Heads Up!