Grab a Cocktail – Here comes the Pineapple Express

  • 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.

Update 8:30PM: Incredibly it is still only 3C but the rain has definitely come. Steady 5-6mm/hr rain rate and 17mm so far today. An impressive 46mm has fallen already in Tofino. Plenty more to come.

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This wave will last until morning then we might even see the sun before another wave comes in the afternoon.

Update 10:15AM: So this is what the Pineapple Express is supposed to look like? (Forecast below images)

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There is wet snow and slush falling in Port Alberni right now. But don’t let that fool you, what we have coming is sub-tropical so in the next few hours and days it’s going to feel like spring, not winter.

The first wave is already hitting us as of around 8AM this morning. Here’s what it looks like on the Satellite Picture:

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Notice the main force of the storm, lets call that the nozzle, (of the firehose) is pointed just to the North of us.

That’s why it’s still only 1C and slushing here while it’s 6C out in Tofino and pouring.

Expect the slush to turn to rain and peak around 10AM, here is 10AM below on the model:

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It will continue past Noon but should let up a little bit.

Orange is hourly accumulations of around 2mm.

By 2PM, it’s let up inland, though the West Coast still has it going on.

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It should continue rain all day, but the real action isn’t supposed to start until tonight around 7PM. Check out the Firehose:

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And now we get to the image for 9PM.

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This time should be our heaviest rainfall. Reaching a peak of 16mm/hr on the West Coast (Blue) and 4mm/hr here.

That will be the peak intensity, but it will still be raining all night. And folks on the West Coast are going to get hit hard, particularly Port Renfrew and Sooke in the early hours of Friday.

On Friday, the models have the firehose pointing a little to the north again so Tofino will get hit the hardest throughout the day while we likely just get light rain. By evening it’s supposed to point at us again and we should get another shot of strong rain through Friday night and lasting well into Saturday. But I will have more on that tomorrow.

Stay dry!