Fri. Sep 20th, 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 20 September 2019 - Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 22. UV index 6 or high. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Fog patches developing before morning. Low 12. Saturday: Becoming cloudy in the morning. Rain beginning in the afternoon. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 19. UV index 2 or low. Saturday night: Rain. Low 14. Sunday: Showers. High 18. Sunday night: Clear. Low 7. Monday: Periods of rain. High 14. Monday night: Periods of rain. Low 11. Tuesday: Periods of rain. High 21. Tuesday night: Cloudy periods. Low 10. Wednesday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 16. Wednesday night: Cloudy periods. Low 9. Thursday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 16.

  • Current Conditions
    22.8° C
    1.9 ° C/hr
    101.84 kPa
    N/A 0 km/h
    gusting 5 km/h
    55 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    22.8° C
    Heat Index
    22.8° C
    13.3° C
    716 W/m2
    Last Updated: 13:55:00 PDT
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  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    0.0 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
    No Qualifying Rainfall mm
    Civil Rise
    Moon Phase
    Last quarter (63% full)
    Civil Set
    Day Length
    Day High
    22.8° C @ 13:52 Tdy.
    Day Low
    13.7° C @ 07:43 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    Day High Barometer
    101.87 kPa @ 12:28 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.71 kPa @ 02:58 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    13.7° C @ 07:43 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    22.8° C @ 13:52 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 6km/h @ 10:35 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    861W/m2 @ 11:26 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    4.7 @ 12:41 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.