January 28, 2013

Quiet week ahead – Arctic animations

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PST Sunday 16 February 2020 - Sunday night: Partly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers early this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. Fog patches developing after midnight. Low minus 2. Monday: A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 8. UV index 2 or low. Monday night: Partly cloudy. Low minus 1. Tuesday: Sunny. High 6. Tuesday night: Clear. Low minus 4. Wednesday: Sunny. High 8. Wednesday night: Cloudy periods. Low zero. Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of showers. High 9. Thursday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 3. Friday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 8. Friday night: Periods of rain. Low plus 4. Saturday: Periods of rain. High 8.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    5.2° C
    -0.7 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    102.25 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    N/A 0 km/h
    gusting 5 km/h
    Humidity
    83 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    5.2° C
    Heat Index
    5.2° C
    Dewpoint
    2.6° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 19:15:00 PDT
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  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    0.0 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
    3.6 mm since
    February 15, 2020 00:02
    Civil Rise
    06:53
    Moon Phase
    Last quarter (37% full)
    Civil Set
    18:14
    Day Length
    12:33:16
    Day High
    9.6° C @ 14:13 Tdy.
    Day Low
    1.9° C @ 06:53 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    102.25 kPa @ 19:14 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.72 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    0.0° C @ 09:15 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    9.6° C @ 14:13 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 16km/h @ 15:45 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    626W/m2 @ 12:41 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    1.8 @ 12:22 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)
20130128-072159.jpg

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.