October 21, 2020

Going for the record…

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Tuesday 20 October 2020 - Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers this evening and after midnight. Low plus 4. Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 12. UV index 2 or low. Wednesday night: Clear. Low zero. Thursday: Sunny. High 9. Thursday night: Rain. Low plus 3. Friday: Rain. Windy. High 7. Friday night: Clear. Low minus 2. Saturday: Sunny. High plus 4. Saturday night: Clear. Low minus 3. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 9. Sunday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 1. Monday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 9.

We might not have set the All Time record ever for Port Alberni in this heat wave, but there is still one record to shoot for… and at least it can be a little less unpleasant. šŸ™‚ As I’ve mentioned in previous postings, Dave Jones of Environment Canada has been quoted in the AV Times as using days over 32C as being a “heatwave”. The most days on record in the Alberni Valley over 32C is twelve, August 4 to 14 1920 at the original Beaver Creek station.

UPDATE: With a high of at least 35C at the Airport, today (Sunday) we tied the 4th longest heat wave set in 1908 at 9 days. We look good to move up to #3 tomorrow.

Record Heat Wave of 1920 ———— Heat Wave of 2008
August 4, 1920: 33.9C ———————— Saturday, July 25: 34.4C
August 5, 1920: 35.6C ———————— Sunday, July 26: 35.0C
August 6, 1920: 34.4C ———————— Monday, July 27: 38.5C*
August 7, 1920: 35.6C ———————— Tuesday, July 28: 39.8C*
August 8, 1920: 37.8C ———————— Wednesday, July 29: 40.0C*
August 9, 1920: 37.8C ———————— Thursday, July 30: 36.6C
August 10, 1920: 35.6C ———————– Friday, July 31: 33.8C
August 11, 1920: 35C ————————- Saturday, August 1: 34.4C
August 12, 1920: 38.3C ———————— Sunday, August 2: 35.2C^
August 13, 1920: 36.7C ———————— Monday, August 3: 31C^^ END OF THE HEATWAVE
August 14, 1920: 34.4C ———————— Tuesday, August 4: 30C**^^^
August 15, 1920: 35C ————————- Wednesday, August 5: 26C**

* All Time Record for the Day.
** Forecast
^ Tied for 4th Longest (1908)
^^ Tied for 3rd Longest (1981)
^^^ Tied for 2nd Longest (1967)
As you can see.. we’re still within striking distance.. but we would need the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday to change in order to match the record, it’s also worth noting that the past couple days have been 2 or 3 degrees cooler than expected, especially in town, where I didn’t even break 30C on Friday.