Fri. Dec 14th, 2018

Heat Warning Ended – Go Catch Mars before the clouds come.

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - WIND WARNING IN EFFECT
    Issued: 3:52 PM PST Friday 14 December 2018

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PST Friday 14 December 2018 - Friday night: Rain ending this evening then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Wind east 30 km/h becoming southwest 50 gusting to 90 early this evening then light late this evening. Low plus 3. Saturday: Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers in the morning. Rain beginning near noon. High 6. Saturday night: Rain. Temperature steady near plus 5. Sunday: Rain. High 6. Sunday night: Rain. Low 6. Monday: Rain. High 7. Monday night: Rain. Low 6. Tuesday: Rain. High 7. Tuesday night: Rain. Low 7. Wednesday: Rain. High 8. Wednesday night: Rain. Low plus 5. Thursday: Periods of rain. High 7.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    6.3° C
    -0.4 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    100.41 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    S 17.1 km/h
    gusting 29.0 km/h
    Humidity
    77 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    3.0° C
    Heat Index
    6.3° C
    Dewpoint
    2.5° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 21:10:00 PST
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    43.9 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    07:28
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (47% full)
    Civil Set
    16:59
    Day Length
    12:14:00
    Day High
    10.6° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low
    6.3° C @ 21:07 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    9.1mm/hr @ 08:02 Tdy.
    Day High Barometer
    100.41 kPa @ 20:59 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    99.05 kPa @ 14:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    0.3° C @ 17:37 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    10.6° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 39.7km/h @ 17:30 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    32W/m2 @ 14:11 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.0 @ 00:00 Tdy.

Environment Canada just ended the Heat Warning that has been in place for a very long time.  And the strong southerly wind that is blowing right now is not only a good indication of the change in weather to come, but it might just blow away the smokey skies we have had to deal with as well.  Lets hope it does. It does already seem clearer as I look out toward Mt. Arrowsmith.

The clear skies should stay around long enough for star gazers to look to the South East tonight and catch Mars rising above the horizon.  Tonight is the night the Earth and Mars are at their closest point in their respective orbits to each other as we both spin around the sun, so if you haven’t already noticed it twinkling brightly with its red hue, do it tonight as it might be your last chance for a few days at least. Thankfully, the planets don’t move away from each other too quickly, so don’t fret if you “miss” today. 🙂

I am going to use the opportunity to haul my telescope onto my roof deck for the very first time! This was a big motivation to do it! I am super excited to be able be just a little closer to the stars (and away from light) as I try to get a glimpse maybe of Mars’ polar ice caps!

A good pair of binoculars might do the trick as well.

Here’s hoping!

Happy star gazing and lets hope we get a little rain at least, just to take some of thenedge of this drought. Fire rating is expected to remain extreme for the forseeable future.

Will have a full forecast for the weekend tomorrow!

1 thought on “Heat Warning Ended – Go Catch Mars before the clouds come.

  1. We hear this every day on TV news and so called science shows, it’s not the Earth, it should be just, Earth. Earth is a proper name like Jupiter or Mars, we don’t say The Jupiter do we !

    (Tonight is the night the Earth. Taken from your article above)

    Don’t worry we even hear people like David Suzuki and other “experts” call our planet The Earth. My apologies for the rant.

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