Happy Winter Solstice (Yule)

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Saturday 21 July 2018 - Saturday: Mainly sunny. High 27. UV index 8 or very high. Saturday night: Clear. Low 11. Sunday: Sunny. High 32. Humidex 34. UV index 8 or very high. Sunday night: Clear. Low 13. Monday: Sunny. High 34. Monday night: Clear. Low 14. Tuesday: Sunny. High 33. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 14. Wednesday: Sunny. High 32. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 14. Thursday: Sunny. High 28. Thursday night: Clear. Low 14. Friday: Sunny. High 27.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    22.7° C
    1.2 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    102.07 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    SW 1.2 km/h
    gusting 6.4 km/h
    Humidity
    48 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    22.7° C
    Heat Index
    22.7° C
    Dewpoint
    11.1° C
    UV
    5.8
    Solar
    850 W/m2
    Last Updated: 12:05:00 PDT
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  • Day Almanac
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    Civil Rise
    04:56
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (70% full)
    Civil Set
    21:54
    Day Length
    13:25:39
    Day High
    22.9° C @ 11:44 Tdy.
    Day Low
    12.3° C @ 06:21 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    102.13 kPa @ 08:59 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.95 kPa @ 03:14 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    12.3° C @ 06:21 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    22.9° C @ 11:44 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 5.2km/h @ 10:15 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    854W/m2 @ 12:03 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    5.9 @ 12:04 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.