Fri. Jul 19th, 2019

Nearly 30ºC on Wednesday – Warm Weekend – And Water Conservation Measures at Great Central

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Friday 19 July 2019 - Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 24. UV index 7 or high. Friday night: Clearing late this evening. Low 10. Saturday: Sunny. High 27. UV index 8 or very high. Saturday night: Cloudy periods. Low 8. Sunday: Sunny. High 29. Sunday night: Clear. Low 11. Monday: Sunny. High 26. Monday night: Clear. Low 14. Tuesday: Sunny. High 25. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 13. Wednesday: Sunny. High 22. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 12. Thursday: Sunny. High 23.

  • Current Conditions
    19.4° C
    1.6 ° C/hr
    102.01 kPa
    NW 3 km/h
    gusting 8 km/h
    60 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    19.4° C
    Heat Index
    19.4° C
    11.5° C
    917 W/m2
    Last Updated: 12:20:00 PDT
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  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    0.3 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
    7.6 mm since
    July 18, 2019 00:07
    Civil Rise
    Moon Phase
    Waning gibbous (92% full)
    Civil Set
    Day Length
    Day High
    19.4° C @ 12:10 Tdy.
    Day Low
    10.8° C @ 02:50 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    Day High Barometer
    102.02 kPa @ 08:59 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.77 kPa @ 00:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    10.8° C @ 02:50 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    19.4° C @ 12:10 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 3km/h @ 09:45 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    937W/m2 @ 12:10 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    5.6 @ 12:11 Tdy.

We set a short term record yesterday with an official high of 28.8ºC at the Airport.  Alberniweather got up to 29.5ºC and many anecdotal  reports had temperatures over 30ºC in the City.

You can expect more of the same today even though high cloud will shield some of the sun’s rays.

There is a possibility of thundershowers both today and again Friday.  By the end of the day Friday we might actually have some fairly widespread showers.  Below is the 5PM picture.


It should taper off after sundown but there could be more overnight and into Saturday morning as a fairly well organized and strong front pushes through.  There could be some wind with this as well.


It should be finished by morning on Saturday and the rest of the weekend looks mainly dry except for a return to some possible afternoon showers Sunday.

We should still get over 20ºC on both Saturday and Sunday so it should be a pretty pleasant weekend.

Great Central Lake / Stamp River flow Management

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans advises local government that they, in partnership with Catalyst who operates the dam at Great Central Lake, will be ‘turning down’ the flow out of the Lake in order to keep more water in the lake for later in the summer.  Here is part of their information release:

The Somass Fish-Flow Communication Committee has recommended a reduction in the rate of water release from Great Central Lake for the purpose of conserving water for later in the summer.  Normally, if possible, the summer/fall Stamp River flow is maintained at 15 cubic meters per second (cms).  Currently, the Stamp River flow is 13 cms.  Larry Cross, Catalyst will ramp the flow down by 1 cms each day for the next few days until the flow reaches 10 cms.

I have heard anedotally that Sproat Lake is already at “August” type levels.  With no snowpack to keep the lakes and rivers flowing and cool it will be crucial to conserve water like this, especially for the returning Sockeye and then Chinook and Coho as well as Steelhead and others.  If you tube on the Stamp you might want to get out early and often since pretty soon it might be too low to get a tube down many parts.

There is no significant rainfall expected in the super-long range forecast out to June 5.

Web Downtime and Pictures!

I will update again tomorrow.  Apologies for the downtime on the website yesterday. I guess lots of people were wanting to check out the temperature and it took down the site.  I am going to investigate getting a more powerful web server since it seems I keep running up against the limits of the provider I have now.

Oh, and last but not least, check out this amazing picture captured a few days ago by a resident in Beaver Creek!

credit: Jyoti Modhgil
credit: Cliff Jensen

And how about this for a monstrous sunset view! 😉

Happy Thursday everyone.