Fri. Mar 22nd, 2019

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall and Equinox

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Friday 22 March 2019 - Friday: Increasing cloudiness. Rain beginning late this afternoon. Becoming windy early this afternoon. High 13. UV index 4 or moderate. Friday night: Rain ending late this evening then mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low plus 5. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 14. UV index 3 or moderate. Saturday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 2. Sunday: Sunny. High 15. Sunday night: Clear. Low plus 2. Monday: Increasing cloudiness. High 13. Monday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 5. Tuesday: Showers. High 9. Tuesday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 4. Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 12. Wednesday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 3. Thursday: Sunny. High 13.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    16.9° C
    1.1 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    100.9 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    SSW 9.7 km/h
    gusting 19.3 km/h
    Humidity
    40 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    16.9° C
    Heat Index
    16.9° C
    Dewpoint
    3.2° C
    UV
    3.0
    Solar
    734 W/m2
    Last Updated: 13:35:00 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
    06:45
    Moon Phase
    Full (95% full)
    Civil Set
    20:07
    Day Length
    13:26:04
    Day High
    17.1° C @ 13:22 Tdy.
    Day Low
    7.3° C @ 07:32 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.57 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    100.9 kPa @ 13:28 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    7.3° C @ 07:32 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    17.1° C @ 13:22 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 10.0km/h @ 01:10 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    819W/m2 @ 12:57 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    3.6 @ 12:57 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 thoughts on “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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