April 3, 2020

Quiet week ahead – Arctic animations

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Friday 03 April 2020 - Friday: Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain showers or wet flurries. High 9. UV index 3 or moderate. Friday night: Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of rain showers or wet flurries early this evening. Low plus 1. Saturday: Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of rain showers or wet flurries late in the morning and in the afternoon. High 8. UV index 3 or moderate. Saturday night: Cloudy. Low minus 2. Sunday: Sunny. High 13. Sunday night: Clear. Low minus 2. Monday: Sunny. High 16. Monday night: Clear. Low zero. Tuesday: Sunny. High 17. Tuesday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 4. Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 13. Wednesday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 3. Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 12.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    8.1° C
    -0.2 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.47 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    SE 8 km/h
    gusting 18 km/h
    Humidity
    65 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    6.7° C
    Heat Index
    8.1° C
    Dewpoint
    1.9° C
    UV
    1.6
    Solar
    301 W/m2
    Last Updated: 15:30:00 PST
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  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    0.0 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
    0.0 mm since
    March 28, 2020 00:03
    Civil Rise
    06:17
    Moon Phase
    Waxing gibbous (76% full)
    Civil Set
    20:28
    Day Length
    13:22:16
    Day High
    8.5° C @ 14:22 Tdy.
    Day Low
    3.8° C @ 07:07 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.99 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.47 kPa @ 15:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    -0.1° C @ 03:12 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    8.5° C @ 14:22 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 17km/h @ 14:15 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    1009W/m2 @ 15:07 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    3.9 @ 13:45 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.