Fri. Nov 15th, 2019

Happy Winter Solstice (Yule)

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PST Thursday 14 November 2019 - Thursday night: Rain. Becoming windy overnight. Low 8. Friday: Rain ending in the morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Windy early in the morning. High 11. Friday night: Cloudy. Rain beginning late in the evening. Low 6. Saturday: Rain. High 11. Saturday night: Rain. Low 9. Sunday: Showers. High 15. Sunday night: Cloudy. Low plus 5. Monday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 9. Monday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 5. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 9. Tuesday night: Clear. Low plus 2. Wednesday: Sunny. High 9.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    8.3° C
    0.1 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.06 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
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    Humidity
    99 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    8.3° C
    Heat Index
    8.3° C
    Dewpoint
    8.1° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 4:05:00 PDT
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  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    0.0 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
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    Civil Rise
    06:53
    Moon Phase
    Waning gibbous (91% full)
    Civil Set
    17:13
    Day Length
    12:03:47
    Day High
    8.3° C @ 01:01 Tdy.
    Day Low
    8.1° C @ 00:02 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.24 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.05 kPa @ 02:58 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    8.1° C @ 00:02 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    8.3° C @ 01:01 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 0km/h @ 00:05 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    0W/m2 @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.0 @ 00:00 Tdy.

Today, Dec 21st at 9:30PM Pacific Standard Time is the winter solstice and will mark the longest night of the year and the official start of winter. (5:30AM on Dec 22 UTC)

If you would like some really fascinating reading about how the different cultures of the world mark this important day, check out the Wikipedia article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_solstice

Cultures A to Z, it has it all… It’s quite fascinating, in general though, whether it’s the birth of Baby Jesus in Bethlehem or the reemergence of Amaterasu from her cave in Japan, the common theme is one of renewal, hope, and celebration as the sun returns from its seasonal slumber.

On the weather front, unfortunately, the official start of Winter (in Meteorological terms, it has been winter since December 1) does not mean wintertime weather for us.

I should qualify that statement because technically we have still been a few degrees below normal for our daytime highs.. But that just isn’t translating into white stuff.

We will get normal temperature (5C to 6C) on Christmas Eve Saturday and through Sunday when a pretty strong rain system will come through. Santa will need his Sou’Wester and Red rubber boots.

We should then get into a more consistent wet pattern for the week before New Years.

If you ski or snowboard, you should have plenty of fresh powder to play in over the break.