Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall and Equinox

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Thursday 19 July 2018 - Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Windy early this evening. Low 11. Friday: Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. High 21. UV index 5 or moderate. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low 11. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 27. Saturday night: Clear. Low 11. Sunday: Sunny. High 33. Sunday night: Clear. Low 13. Monday: Sunny. High 35. Monday night: Clear. Low 14. Tuesday: Sunny. High 28. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 14. Wednesday: Sunny. High 27.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    14.6° C
    -0.2 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    102.01 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    S 1.2 km/h
    gusting 8.0 km/h
    Humidity
    82 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    14.6° C
    Heat Index
    14.6° C
    Dewpoint
    11.6° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 1:20:00 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
    04:54
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (56% full)
    Civil Set
    21:55
    Day Length
    13:25:36
    Day High
    14.9° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low
    14.6° C @ 01:18 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    102.02 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    102 kPa @ 00:43 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    14.6° C @ 01:18 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    14.9° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 2.6km/h @ 00:15 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    0W/m2 @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.0 @ 00:00 Tdy.

Ever wonder when “Fall” really starts? Most of us know that the seasons change somewhere around the 20th of December, March, June and September but it does fluctuate and it can actually be anywhere from the 19th to the 22nd of the month (in our timezone).

This is because the orbit of the Earth itself isn’t perfect and the tilt of the Earth, fluctuates in orientation to the Sun.

Luckily, Wikipedia has a handy table showing the equinox and solstice dates and times for the Earth. You can see it here.

The Fall 2010 equinox, will happen at 3:08AM on Sept 23rd Universal Time. Subtract 7 hours for us here and that makes the Equinox, and the start of Fall at 8:08PM tonight the 22nd.

So do enjoy what should be a very nice final day of summer. Then as you feast tonight, hopefully on the bounty of your garden, or someone elses, say hello to Fall.

In case you’re wondering, the winter solstice will happen on December 21st this year, at 4:38PM…. I wonder if we’ll have snow….

Oh, and the rain forecast has tapered off a little. No big monsoon this weekend, but still pretty wet.

6 Replies to “Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall and Equinox”

  1. I’ve been watching this storm cell – hoping it would keep coming our way… but we are the only ones without a wind warning! Time to make a trip to tofino!!!

  2. I find it interesting that your station has wind at almost 40 km/h but the weather station has been calm since 3 pm yesterday. It is windy all around the valley, do you think there might be something wrong with the wind gauge at the airport?

  3. There could be, but more likely is just that the Airport is not in the right spot. It could be protected being up on the hill beside the lake there. The only way to find out would be to go out there! 🙂

    Any volunteers?

  4. Ya I think the airport is a terrible place to measure wind here. It was far better when EC had their station at the old airport across the river. That was an accurate place for Port Alberni the current airport gets no wind, gets more rain, gets colder in the winter and likely hotter in the summer.

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