Sun. Aug 18th, 2019

QUAKE Cottage! And Level 3 Drought declared. Forests dry.

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Sunday 18 August 2019 - Sunday night: Mainly cloudy. Low 13. Monday: Clearing in the morning. High 24. Humidex 26. UV index 7 or high. Monday night: Partly cloudy. Becoming cloudy after midnight. Low 14. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 22. Tuesday night: Rain. Low 15. Wednesday: Showers. High 24. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 10. Thursday: Sunny. High 25. Thursday night: Cloudy periods. Low 11. Friday: Cloudy. High 21. Friday night: Cloudy. Low 13. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 22.

  • Current Conditions
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    gusting 13 km/h
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    Wind Chill
    19.8° C
    Heat Index
    19.8° C
    13.5° C
    37 W/m2
    Last Updated: 19:05:00 PDT
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    Waning gibbous (89% full)
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    22.3° C @ 16:12 Tdy.
    Day Low
    16.3° C @ 04:33 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    Day High Barometer
    101.25 kPa @ 00:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.02 kPa @ 17:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    16.3° C @ 04:33 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    22.3° C @ 16:12 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 23km/h @ 14:05 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    1127W/m2 @ 12:33 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    7.3 @ 13:07 Tdy.

The Quake Cottage is in Port Alberni! Check it out today!

It will be at Echo Centre today from 10AM to 4PM!

It’s fun, AND educational!  I experienced it last Friday at VIU, check out the craziness:

For a slightly (ok a lot) more entertaining look… check out Joan Rivers trying it out!

OK, so it’s not *that* crazy, but it is fun and the people running it will tell you all about just how tame it actually is compared to the real thing.  The machine only moves 7 inches relatively gently, the big one would move you more than a foot, very suddenly, and for a much longer period of time! Yikes!

Province announces Level 3 Drought on Vancouver Island.

On Monday, the Provincial Government indicated Vancouver Island is at Level 3 Drought conditions.  You can see their “drought info portal” here.

Here is the imagery you have likely seen already with the Island in orange indicating Level 3.

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 8.02.00 AM

A little more detail from the site reveals that the streamflow levels are lowest in the province here on the Island.  It is particularly bad on the West and South Island.

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 8.02.13 AM

The chart below shows the comparison with last year on a roughly monthly basis though careful that you look at the dates as the 2016 chart is ‘larger’ than the 2015 one.

BC_Drought_Levels_2015 BC_Drought_Levels_May_27_2016

You’ll see that compared to last year nearly the entire province is at level 2 for the last week of May and Vancouver Island is at Level 3 as it was last year so despite the rains we had over the winter it seems we are still recovering from last year and so we are back into drought conditions quicker than normal.

This also jives with what I have heard recently from representatives the local forest companies.  They say the trees in the forest are still recovering from stress from last years drought and some will be dying due to that stress.  The wood is unable to receive the precipitation that has fallen because of how it changes under extreme conditions so the forest is already very dry.

I have not heard how our water supplies are in the City of Port Alberni but we are not yet on restrictions.  However, it is always good to be in the habit of conserving your water use.

Have a great Tuesday!