Polar Bear Swim New Years day! Little snow Friday. Then a mess on Sunday

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Thursday 24 May 2018 - Thursday night: A few clouds. Increasing cloudiness after midnight. Fog patches developing overnight. Low 8. Friday: Clearing in the morning. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 23. UV index 7 or high. Friday night: Clear. Increasing cloudiness overnight. Fog patches overnight. Low 8. Saturday: Sunny. High 22. Saturday night: Cloudy periods. Low 9. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 26. Sunday night: Clear. Low 10. Monday: Sunny. High 30. Monday night: Clear. Low 11. Tuesday: Sunny. High 22. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 9. Wednesday: Sunny. High 20.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    21.4° C
    -0.2 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.54 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    SSW 17.4 km/h
    gusting 30.6 km/h
    Humidity
    53 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    21.4° C
    Heat Index
    21.4° C
    Dewpoint
    11.5° C
    UV
    3.8
    Solar
    796 W/m2
    Last Updated: 16:25:00 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
    04:43
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (79% full)
    Civil Set
    21:49
    Day Length
    13:16:04
    Day High
    22.1° C @ 15:02 Tdy.
    Day Low
    12.2° C @ 06:10 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.71 kPa @ 10:43 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.18 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    12.2° C @ 06:10 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    22.1° C @ 15:02 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 23.0km/h @ 16:15 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    990W/m2 @ 13:55 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    6.9 @ 13:08 Tdy.

Update 11AM:

By the way… I just found out it snowed in Temecula, California today…. rare would be an understatement.

 

 

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Happy New Year and Happy Swimming!

Don’t forget about the Polar Bear Swim tomorrow!  There will also be free bus service around town from 10:30AM to 1:30AM on New Year’s Eve.  Oh and there will be a free shuttle taking people to Canal Beach for the Polar Bear Swim so the crazy parking situation doesn’t happen again.

The end of the cold, clear skies.  Record high pressure gives new meaning to feeling “under-the-weather”?

According to KOMO’s Scott Sistek, Seattle set a new record high barometric pressure for December as did Portland, Oregon.  I don’t have any information about Canadian records, but if they set records in Seattle then it is quite likely we did as well.

 

Scott mentioned that we had some pretty good extremes in December, and I’ll get to that in my upcoming December / Annual summary.

Friday possible light snow/rain.

In the meantime, we will have another change in the weather coming first on Friday with a weak system moving over the Island mostly affecting the West and East coast:

The possibility of showers or snow will start around 9AM and end around noon.

9AM start to showers/snow potential
9AM start to showers/snow potential
moving away from the central island by Noon.
moving away from the central island by Noon.
The 24hour accumulation: Notice the Alberni Valley is clear in the picture here. Very little precipitation is expected, if any, in the Valley but beware on the roads.
The 24hour accumulation: Notice the Alberni Valley is clear in the picture here. Very little precipitation is expected, if any, in the Valley but beware on the roads.

Sunday — possible real mess, or just lots of Rain and warmth.

On Sunday, we will definitely be getting some sort of fairly major precipitation.

Major rainfall for west coast. Likely a mix for our area... could get messy.
Major rainfall for west coast. Likely a mix for our area… could get messy.

The models are still in disagreement on whether it will be snow or rain but the best bet is that it will be a mix with snow or freezing rain first and then washed away overnight on Sunday as temperatures rise to nearly 10ºC.  We may even hit record high temperatures again if we go to the high end of what the models are predicting for temperatures.

What a topsy-turvy fall and winter it has been.  Truly from extreme to extreme.

Webcam still being ornery.

My apologies for the webcam being on the fritz for so long.  I think I’ve determined the problem to have arisen due to the renovations my basement introducing interference in the long cable run from upstairs to the computer in the basement.  I’ve ordered some heavily shielded wire and some other small gear to hopefully improve things but it won’t be here for at least a week so I’ve left it to sit until then.  This has also eaten into my savings for the new 360º lens so that will be put back a bit to.  It will rise again though I promise!

 

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