September 23, 2020
  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT IN EFFECT
    Issued: 12:09 PM PDT Wednesday 23 September 2020

    Forecast Issued 7:26 PM PDT Wednesday 23 September 2020 - Wednesday night: Showers at times heavy with risk of a thunderstorm. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Windy this evening. Low 12. Thursday: Showers with risk of a thunderstorm. Amount 10 to 15 mm. High 16. UV index 1 or low. Thursday night: Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers early in the evening. Rain beginning in the evening. Amount 15 to 25 mm. Low 11. Friday: Showers. Windy. High 18. Friday night: Rain. Low 10. Saturday: Periods of rain. High 20. Saturday night: Rain. Low 11. Sunday: Rain. High 17. Sunday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Monday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 18. Monday night: Cloudy periods. Low 11. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 21.

I just ran through the records for March 31st, and it looks like our warmest since at least 1930 and a new official record.

The highest temps for an official Port Alberni station were:

22.2C in 1930 at the original Port Alberni city hall station;

18.9C at the ‘A’ station on the river in 1992;

and 18.9C at the Airport station in 2005.

So we’ve beat all those. The official high temperature at the Airport today: 22.7C

I was the warmest station in town, at 24.6C… Alberni and Maquinna Elementary got to 23.8C and 23.2C respectfully. So had there been an official station in town, it would have very likely set a bigger record.

The only blemish to this record break is on the last long temperature record from Beaver Creek which lists a mark of 23.3C on March 31, 1922 as the record for the day.

I am willing to bet, though, that if there was someone out in Beaver Creek with a thermometer today, they would have got over that mark. Anyone out Beaver Creek Rd, near Stamp Falls, got a temperature reading for the day? Let me know.

However, I think Environment Canada will be satisfied that we set a record on March 31, 2013.