Fire, Rain, Spooks and Storms

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Friday 20 April 2018 - Friday: Periods of rain. High 10. Friday night: Rain ending before morning then clearing. Becoming windy after midnight. Low plus 3. Saturday: Sunny early in the morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Windy in the morning. High 12. Saturday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 2. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 15. Sunday night: Clear. Low plus 1. Monday: Sunny. High 19. Monday night: Clear. Low plus 3. Tuesday: Sunny. High 20. Tuesday night: Clear. Low plus 5. Wednesday: Sunny. High 19. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 6. Thursday: Sunny. High 18.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    13.6° C
    1.3 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    102.11 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    S 15.2 km/h
    gusting 29.0 km/h
    Humidity
    51 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    13.6° C
    Heat Index
    13.6° C
    Dewpoint
    3.6° C
    UV
    3.5
    Solar
    511 W/m2
    Last Updated: 13:20:00 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
    05:42
    Moon Phase
    Waxing crescent (27% full)
    Civil Set
    20:54
    Day Length
    13:18:03
    Day High
    13.6° C @ 13:13 Tdy.
    Day Low
    6.8° C @ 06:28 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    102.51 kPa @ 01:13 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    102.11 kPa @ 13:14 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    6.5° C @ 08:31 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    13.6° C @ 13:13 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 17.6km/h @ 13:10 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    784W/m2 @ 11:12 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    4.4 @ 13:06 Tdy.

Lots to talk about this morning!

First, hopefully you got outside yesterday to enjoy the warmest weather in Canada. OK, not officially, but it was 21C on my station and the official hotspot in Canada was North Cowichan at 20C. You likely saw the fire on the other side of the Beauforts. I first noticed it around noon and snapped this picture from the Harbour Quay. You can see it on the right.
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I got another picture of it in the background with a neighbours tree that was quickly loosing leaves in the strong northwesterly breeze around 2PM.
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And here is a final picture of it just as the sun was setting behind the mountains, taken from the Legion hall.
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Just by the smoke, you can tell how much bigger it got overtime. You can also see the smoke spilling into and flowing out of the Valley in yesterday’s timelapse.

So when might the rain come to put out this fire? Well, Wednesday evening we should get a little rain, but I doubt it will really be enough to put it out for good.
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Halloween looks dry for our neck of the woods. Great for the kids, but not so much for fires.
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I will update both the Halloween forecast and the Saturday storm forecast as the time approaches. Until then, enjoy the clear skies, or at least as clear as they can be! Too bad the Martin Mars couldn’t have taken care of that fire for us.