Fire, Rain, Spooks and Storms

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Saturday 21 July 2018 - Saturday: Mainly sunny. High 27. UV index 8 or very high. Saturday night: Clear. Low 11. Sunday: Sunny. High 32. Humidex 34. UV index 8 or very high. Sunday night: Clear. Low 13. Monday: Sunny. High 34. Monday night: Clear. Low 14. Tuesday: Sunny. High 33. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 14. Wednesday: Sunny. High 32. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 14. Thursday: Sunny. High 28. Thursday night: Clear. Low 14. Friday: Sunny. High 27.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    23.2° C
    1.4 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    102.07 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    N 0.5 km/h
    gusting 4.8 km/h
    Humidity
    45 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    23.2° C
    Heat Index
    23.2° C
    Dewpoint
    10.6° C
    UV
    6.1
    Solar
    873 W/m2
    Last Updated: 12:20:00 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
    04:56
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (70% full)
    Civil Set
    21:54
    Day Length
    13:25:39
    Day High
    23.2° C @ 12:18 Tdy.
    Day Low
    12.3° C @ 06:21 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    102.13 kPa @ 08:59 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.95 kPa @ 03:14 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    12.3° C @ 06:21 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    23.2° C @ 12:18 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 5.2km/h @ 10:15 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    875W/m2 @ 12:19 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    6.1 @ 12:17 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.