Thu. Feb 21st, 2019

Happy Winter Solstice (Yule)

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PST Thursday 21 February 2019 - Thursday night: Cloudy. Periods of snow beginning late this evening. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 1. Wind chill minus 3 in the evening. Friday: Periods of snow ending near noon then cloudy with 40 percent chance of rain showers. Snowfall amount 2 to 4 cm. High 6. UV index 1 or low. Friday night: Cloudy. Flurries beginning late in the evening. Amount 2 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 2. Wind chill near minus 4. Saturday: Flurries or rain showers. High plus 4. Saturday night: Clear. Low minus 4. Sunday: Sunny. High plus 5. Sunday night: Clear. Low minus 5. Monday: Sunny. High 7. Monday night: Clear. Low minus 5. Tuesday: Sunny. High 6. Tuesday night: Clear. Low minus 5. Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High plus 5.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    3.7° C
    -0.2 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.64 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    N/A 0.0 km/h
    gusting 4.8 km/h
    Humidity
    74 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    3.7° C
    Heat Index
    3.7° C
    Dewpoint
    -0.5° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 23:45:00 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
    06:43
    Moon Phase
    Full (90% full)
    Civil Set
    18:22
    Day Length
    12:32:48
    Day High
    9.3° C @ 15:11 Tdy.
    Day Low
    -4.2° C @ 06:45 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    102.25 kPa @ 08:59 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.64 kPa @ 23:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    -5.5° C @ 03:07 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    9.3° C @ 15:11 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 11.8km/h @ 22:00 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    575W/m2 @ 12:52 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    2.0 @ 12:38 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.