Quiet week ahead – Arctic animations

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

    Forecast Issued 05:00 AM PDT Sunday 20 May 2018 - Sunday: Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this morning. High 21. UV index 6 or high. Sunday night: A few clouds. Increasing cloudiness after midnight. Fog patches developing overnight. Low 9. Monday: Clearing in the morning. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 24. Monday night: Clear. Low 9. Tuesday: Sunny. High 28. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 12. Wednesday: Sunny. High 29. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 11. Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 27. Thursday night: Cloudy periods. Low 11. Friday: Sunny. High 22. Friday night: Clear. Low 11. Saturday: Sunny. High 23.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    12.9° C
    0.2 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.62 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    S 4.3 km/h
    gusting 12.9 km/h
    Humidity
    80 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    12.9° C
    Heat Index
    12.9° C
    Dewpoint
    9.6° C
    UV
    0.9
    Solar
    143 W/m2
    Last Updated: 8:50:00 PDT
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    04:48
    Moon Phase
    Waxing crescent (33% full)
    Civil Set
    21:43
    Day Length
    13:15:45
    Day High
    13.9° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low
    12.5° C @ 05:28 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.62 kPa @ 08:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.43 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    12.5° C @ 05:28 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    13.9° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 11.7km/h @ 01:40 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    151W/m2 @ 08:49 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.9 @ 08:46 Tdy.

Right now it looks like a quiet week, some rain today but after that it is likely to be mostly foggy with hopefully some sunny breaks.

So I will instead… How about some pretty pictures,

Here is a 30 day running image of Arctic sea ice thickness.

It almost looks alive,

ice thickness animation

Note the thickest ice being pushed to the west along the top of the Canadian Archipelago.

An here is a cool image of the structure and fractures in the ice at and around the North Pole (the dot in the circle)
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See the giant triangle of cracks with the North Pole almost at the apex? One side of the triangle would be around 1600km long… Or from Vancouver to…. Regina? These cracks are normal for weaker ice that is being pushed and pulled by the winds.