Tue. Jul 23rd, 2019

Happy Leap Day! Earth gets a speeding ticket. Rain Tuesday.

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Tuesday 23 July 2019 - Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming windy late this afternoon. High 25. Humidex 26. UV index 7 or high. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Windy this evening and after midnight. Low 11. Wednesday: Clearing near noon. High 24. UV index 8 or very high. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 10. Thursday: Sunny. High 29. Thursday night: Clear. Low 13. Friday: Cloudy. High 25. Friday night: Showers. Low 15. Saturday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 25. Saturday night: Clear. Low 13. Sunday: Sunny. High 24. Sunday night: Clear. Low 13. Monday: Sunny. High 24.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    23.1° C
    0.1 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.65 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    S 16 km/h
    gusting 27 km/h
    Humidity
    53 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    23.1° C
    Heat Index
    23.1° C
    Dewpoint
    13.0° C
    UV
    3.7
    Solar
    599 W/m2
    Last Updated: 15:40:00 PST
    Click to Refresh or See All Conditions
  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    0.0 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
    No Qualifying Rainfall mm
    Civil Rise
    04:58
    Moon Phase
    Last quarter (61% full)
    Civil Set
    21:51
    Day Length
    13:25:43
    Day High
    24.2° C @ 13:59 Tdy.
    Day Low
    14.2° C @ 04:27 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.85 kPa @ 08:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.65 kPa @ 14:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    14.2° C @ 04:27 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    24.2° C @ 13:59 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 21km/h @ 14:35 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    1034W/m2 @ 13:27 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    6.7 @ 13:46 Tdy.

It is February 29th, 2016!  A leap day. Why are there leap days?  It used to be just so you could figure out when the Olympics were happening, but they messed that up when they decided to split up the Wonter and Summer Olympics.  OK, so not really the reason.  Leap days are used to synchronize our calendar with the earths orbit around the sun.  Since it takes one quarter of a day longer than 365 (365.256) for the earth to complete its journey, then we add an extra day every four years.

Consider this:  At this moment you are personally hurtling through space at 30 kilometres a second on this earth-ship. This is in addition to (relatively) being dragged along at 230km/s with the sun as the whole solar system orbits the galactic centre!

image

Wwweeeeeeeee!

Of course since we’re all on the same rock together we don’t really feel like we’re moving.  Relativity… and all that.  Oh hey, speaking of relativity, if you haven’t already, go find Interstellar on Netflix.  It’s not often movies get science mostly right.  There is still plenty of movie magic and suspension of disbelief required but it is fun.

Oh ya! Weather!

So it’ll be pretty OK today.  A few showers maybe.  Rain will begin overnight and it will be heavy at times.

image

We are firmly in the ‘pink’ for 24 hour rainfall between Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.  That means between 30 and 60mm will fall.  Most of that will come in Tuesday morning.

Have a great Leap Day!