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

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Monday 16 July 2018 - Monday night: Clear. Low 14. Tuesday: Mainly sunny. High 34. UV index 8 or very high. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 14. Wednesday: Sunny. High 29. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 13. Thursday: Sunny. High 27. Thursday night: Clear. Low 10. Friday: Sunny. High 26. Friday night: Clear. Low 12. Saturday: Sunny. High 24. Saturday night: Clear. Low 12. Sunday: Sunny. High 27.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    21.3° C
    -2.2 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.5 kPa
    rising
    Wind
    10.9 km/h
    gusting 20.9 km/h
    Humidity
    51 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    NA° C
    Heat Index
    31.9° C
    Dewpoint
    23° C
    UV
    1.5
    Solar
    499 W/m2
    Last Updated: 18:25:00 PDT
    Station Reports Delayed
    260 minutes
    Showing Nearest Official Station

    Observed at: Port Alberni 10:00 PM PDT Monday 16 July 2018
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    04:49
    Moon Phase
    Waxing crescent (21% full)
    Civil Set
    22:00
    Day Length
    13:25:19
    Day High
    34.8° C @ 16:42 Tdy.
    Day Low
    14.5° C @ 06:08 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.7 kPa @ 07:43 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.33 kPa @ 18:14 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    14.5° C @ 06:08 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    34.8° C @ 16:42 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 15.7km/h @ 13:45 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    967W/m2 @ 13:56 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    7.9 @ 13:24 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!