Wed. Apr 24th, 2019

More rain and showers through Friday – Arctic Sea Ice hits new low maximum.

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Wednesday 24 April 2019 - Wednesday night: Clear. Low plus 2. Thursday: Sunny. Increasing cloudiness late in the morning. High 16. UV index 5 or moderate. Thursday night: Mainly cloudy. Clearing near midnight. Low plus 3. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 18. Friday night: Clear. Low plus 3. Saturday: Sunny. High 14. Saturday night: Clear. Low zero. Sunday: Sunny. High 17. Sunday night: Clear. Low plus 3. Monday: Sunny. High 15. Monday night: Clear. Low plus 4. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 16.

  • Current Conditions
    14.0° C
    -1.1 ° C/hr
    102.55 kPa
    NE 8.0 km/h
    gusting 20.9 km/h
    47 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    14.0° C
    Heat Index
    14.0° C
    2.9° C
    66 W/m2
    Last Updated: 19:25:00 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
    Moon Phase
    Waning gibbous (67% full)
    Civil Set
    Day Length
    Day High
    17.4° C @ 15:39 Tdy.
    Day Low
    6.7° C @ 05:52 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    Day High Barometer
    102.8 kPa @ 08:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    102.46 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    6.7° C @ 05:52 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    17.4° C @ 15:39 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 12.9km/h @ 16:40 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    939W/m2 @ 13:49 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    5.0 @ 13:04 Tdy.

The forecast is pretty simple over the next few days so I won’t spend too much time on it.  You should expect rain or showers to continue for the rest of the week, but particularly Wednesday afternoon and evening, Thursday morning and Thursday night and then Friday afternoon.

So… really… just expect rain always. 🙂

Arctic Sea Ice hits new low.

In other news, the Arctic has set another record in the satellite data (1979).  This time of year is the time, at the spring equinox, is traditionally the time when we see the largest amount of sea ice in the Arctic regions.

This year’s ‘maximum’ for sea ice appears to be the lowest on record.

You can see all of the years since 1979 here.

Below are three graphs, they are each the same, but show data points for “Day 80” (the 80th day of the year, March 21) for 1979, 2007 (10 years ago) and 2017.

So we can see that even during the dark winter months the Arctic is demonstrating a clear trend to having less ice.  Between 1979 and today, the difference is loss in maximum sea ice is 2.2 million square kilometres.

In comparison, British Columbia has an area of 944 thousand square kilometres.  So the Arctic has lost over 2x the area of British Columbia in the span of 38 years.

If you’re wondering, the difference on the minimum sea ice in September is of course much more dramatic.  The highest amount of ice in September was measured at 7.555 million square kilometres.  Last year we go down to 4.1 million and the lowest ever was in 2012 at 3.4 million square kilometres.  That is a loss equal to 4 British Columbias of ice.

That loss of cooling from our northernmost regions *will have* an ongoing effect on our weather patterns here in the mid-latitudes.