Wed. Aug 22nd, 2018

Hot Spot Weather Continues – Until Wednesday/Thursday – Strongest Hurricane Ever to hit Baja

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT IN EFFECT
    Issued: 9:31 PM PDT Tuesday 21 August 2018

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Tuesday 21 August 2018 - Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Widespread smoke. Low 12. Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. Widespread smoke becoming local smoke near noon. High 31. Humidex 34. UV index 7 or high. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Local smoke. Low 12. Thursday: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 23. Thursday night: Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 22. Friday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Saturday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 20. Saturday night: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 13. Sunday: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 18. Sunday night: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 11. Monday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 20.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    21.6° C
    -1.8 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.44 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    N/A 0.0 km/h
    gusting 0.0 km/h
    Humidity
    49 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    21.6° C
    Heat Index
    21.6° C
    Dewpoint
    10.4° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 22:25:00 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
    05:44
    Moon Phase
    Waxing gibbous (85% full)
    Civil Set
    20:59
    Day Length
    13:22:16
    Day High
    33.3° C @ 16:03 Tdy.
    Day Low
    11.6° C @ 06:16 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.91 kPa @ 08:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.39 kPa @ 17:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    11.6° C @ 06:16 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    33.3° C @ 16:03 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 13.2km/h @ 17:00 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    705W/m2 @ 14:18 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    2.7 @ 13:01 Tdy.

We had the privilege of being the hot spot in Canada on Saturday and Sunday and we have a good shot at it today.

We should get to a high of around 31º C which could break our short term record at the Airport for the day of 29.6º C in 1995.   It won’t beat our all time record for the day in the Valley which was set on September 15, 1951 in Beaver Creek.  Other records for the day are 31.0º C at Robertson Creek in 1995 and 29.4º C in 1918, 1929 and 1943 at Port Alberni City Hall.

The real question though is when is it going to change?

The answer lies, as it often does, with the jet stream.  Instead of lazily looping and meandering above or below us, by Thursday it will be pointed squarely at us.

Jet Sept 15 2014

And that should provide us relief from the heat, and some wind and showers as well.

It doesn’t look yet like we are going to get significant rainfall, but we will see as the day approaches.  The hot weather though is definitely coming to an end in time for the first day of fall this weekend.

Oh, and one more thing worth mentioning:

Last night, Hurricane Odile became the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, currently actually tied for strongest with Olivia in 1967.

If you want an impressive and harrowing tale of what it’s like to live through a direct hit of a Category 3 Hurricane, click the link above.  Pretty crazy stuff.  No doubt the damage will be heavy.  I know lots of people who vacation in that part of the world, and my dad lives near Puerto Vallarta these days (which only received rain… but lots of it).  Hopefully damage is not as bad as it could be.