Mon. Mar 25th, 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 Monday 25 March 2019 - Monday: Increasing cloudiness. 40 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. High 13. UV index 3 or moderate. Monday night: Rain. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Low plus 5. Tuesday: Showers ending in the afternoon then cloudy. Risk of thunderstorms in the morning and early in the afternoon. Amount 5 to 10 mm. High 9. UV index 1 or low. Tuesday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 2. Wednesday: Sunny. High 17. Wednesday night: Clear. Low plus 2. Thursday: Sunny. High 16. Thursday night: Clear. Low plus 3. Friday: Sunny. High 15. Friday night: Clear. Low plus 4. Saturday: Sunny. High 14. Saturday night: Clear. Low plus 4. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 13.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    12.2° C
    1.3 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.26 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    SSW 1.6 km/h
    gusting 9.7 km/h
    Humidity
    72 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    12.2° C
    Heat Index
    12.2° C
    Dewpoint
    7.3° C
    UV
    2.1
    Solar
    425 W/m2
    Last Updated: 13:25:00 PST
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    06:38
    Moon Phase
    Waning gibbous (73% full)
    Civil Set
    20:12
    Day Length
    13:25:10
    Day High
    12.2° C @ 13:23 Tdy.
    Day Low
    2.3° C @ 05:26 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    102.08 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.26 kPa @ 13:13 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    0.5° C @ 08:58 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    12.2° C @ 13:23 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 9.7km/h @ 11:50 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    526W/m2 @ 13:02 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    2.3 @ 12:55 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!

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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.

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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!