It was warmer at the North Pole – Dry until Monday – Earthquake Stats

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Wednesday 23 May 2018 - Wednesday: Sunny. High 29. Humidex 31. UV index 7 or high. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Fog patches developing before morning. Low 10. Thursday: Mainly cloudy. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 25. UV index 6 or high. Thursday night: Cloudy periods. Low 9. Friday: Sunny. High 23. Friday night: Clear. Low 9. Saturday: Sunny. High 21. Saturday night: Cloudy. Low 8. Sunday: Cloudy. High 23. Sunday night: Cloudy periods. Low 11. Monday: Sunny. High 22. Monday night: Clear. Low 11. Tuesday: Sunny. High 23.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    25.6° C
    -1.5 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    100.66 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    SSW 22.9 km/h
    gusting 33.8 km/h
    Humidity
    45 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    25.6° C
    Heat Index
    25.6° C
    Dewpoint
    12.7° C
    UV
    5.7
    Solar
    940 W/m2
    Last Updated: 15:10:00 PST
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    04:45
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (69% full)
    Civil Set
    21:47
    Day Length
    13:15:59
    Day High
    27.3° C @ 13:21 Tdy.
    Day Low
    11.4° C @ 05:57 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.01 kPa @ 06:43 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    100.66 kPa @ 14:43 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    11.4° C @ 05:57 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    27.6° C @ 13:20 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 22.9km/h @ 15:10 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    986W/m2 @ 14:11 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    6.8 @ 13:28 Tdy.

Weather remaining the same

The weather is going to remain pretty much the same for the next few days as we are in a high pressure area.  The Fog is likely to stay through most of the day.  If it does clear up overnight it will get down to around -3ºC or -5ºC.

There is a slight chance of precipitation on the Weekend but UWash doesn’t expect much action until Monday.

It’s Colder Here than the North Pole.

It’s dark at the North Pole this time of year.  It’s dark all the time.  It’s cold there too. And icey.

However, these are not normal times and right now things are not normal at the North Pole.  As has been widely reported over the past few hours, the huge storm that brought Tornados and flooding to Texas and other parts of the US, and snow to the East of Canada is now ‘bombing’ in the North Atlantic.

A weather “bomb” is classified as a low pressure are that drops in pressure by 25hPa in 24 hours.  Obviously this one met that condition!

The JetStream is dragging it into the North Atlantic and dragging warm air all the way from the mid latitudes to the North Pole!

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In the image above the blue is the jet stream.  The yellow pin closest to Greenland is an icebuoy (#300234062785480) that is about 500km (the distance between Seattle and Port Hardy) from the North Pole, the other yellow pin.

Here is that ice buoy’s data for the past day look at the last column on the right.

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Between Midnight UTC today and now, the temperature has gone from -25.8ºC to +2.2ºC and then back down to -20.2ºC.  The pressure column is a little messed up but if you stick the 9 to the other two numbers in the 3rd column on the right you’ll see the rise in temperature coincided with a drop in pressure related to that storm.

That is some change in temperature!  And not exactly normal.

Earthquake Stats

Last night we had our first widely felt Earthquake in the South Coast region since the 6.8M Seattle/Nisqually Earthquake in 2001.

Last night’s earthquake was centered just off of Saanichton BC on the US Canadian side of the border. (the line in the image is not the border. 🙂

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Reported sizes still vary.  The USGS says 4.8M, the Canadian Earthquake centre says 4.3M.  The USGS says it was 52.5km underground.  The USGS has a cool shake intensity map derived from citizen reports of the shaking they felt.

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