There is a wind warning issued for all regions of Vancouver Island *except* North Vancouver Island. Very Strange

Southeast winds up to 90 gusting 110 km/h will develop Sunday.

(This is the strongest warning I believe we’ve had since the storm of November 2006 when my station recorded over 115kph gusts)

Why? Because it’s headed right over our heads.

Inland Vancouver Island
10:59 AM PST Saturday 21 January 2012
Wind warning for
Inland Vancouver Island issued

Southeast winds up to 90 gusting 110 km/h will develop Sunday.

This is a warning that potentially damaging winds are expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.

An intense low pressure center will approach the British Columbia south coast on Sunday. Strong southeast winds of up to 90 gusting 110 km/h will develop over much of south coast regions Sunday morning. In the wake of the low the strong winds will shift to southwest up to 90 gusting 110 km/h late in the afternoon. The winds will abate overnight as the low moves inland and weakens.

We are also going to get up to 40mm of rain (which is what we’ve got over the past 24 hours or so, (frozen or not).

Batten down the hatches folks. It might be wild out there!

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8 thoughts on “Major Wind Warning Issued – Rain coming too

  1. Chris what do you mean ” its headed right over our heads” …the winds will be aloft and we might not see too much of it here?

  2. Just to make things a little more interesting, I have a feeling that things may be cool enough for some snow.  With the precip starting early in the day, the low still off to our south, and a freezing level maybe down to 1500ft, I wouldnt be surprised to see some accumulating snow.  I think the hump, sutton pass, and higher elevations of east vancouver Island will see things turn white for some time tomorrow.  I also think the Malahat may see some snow tomorrow morning.  If we see some clearing this evening and the precip comes in heavy enough, look for some wet snow at lower levels as well.  Of course it will eventually turn to rain, and if the low comes in a little more north, I am going to be way off.  Can’t wait to see what happens.

  3. Very strange indeed!  I agree with you Monty, I’m not convinced it’s going to be warm enough for pure rain.  Aslo, after looking at some charts, I think the storm might end up tracking more to the north of us.  It does have some big winds though, take a look at the 50 knot wind barb aimed right at us in this chart:

  4. This just in: it’s warming up!  Current temperatures are:
    Airport:  1.0C
    Alberniweather:  2.0C
    Alberni Elementary:  2.6C
    Nick’s Weather:  3.7C
    Maquinna Elementary  4.5C

  5. Tom/Linda:  I mean they’re expecting the winds to hit straight into us, rather than taking their normal track north or south of us.

    I agree Bill.  Looks like the center is headed north, but the strongest wind is pointed straight at us.
    And the really good news is it’s finally warm out! 4.5C!Plus I’ve finished the move of the computer.  Wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it might be jamming all the gear into the closet in the basement.  Nice quiet living room now, hooray!

  6. How did you get all that precip?  Did you bucket warm up and it all drop through during the 5am hour?  I’m sure I would have heard an inch of rain fall here… hehehe.

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