Rain has come – west coast warning – dazzling aurora

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Saturday 26 May 2018 - Saturday night: Cloudy. Clearing before morning. Low 8. Sunday: Mainly sunny. High 23. UV index 7 or high. Sunday night: Clear. Low 9. Monday: Sunny. High 23. Monday night: Clear. Low 8. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 18. Tuesday night: Cloudy periods with 40 percent chance of showers. Low 8. Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of showers. High 17. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 8. Thursday: Sunny. High 17. Thursday night: Clear. Low 9. Friday: Sunny. High 19.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    14.7° C
    -1.1 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    102.22 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    S 9.8 km/h
    gusting 17.7 km/h
    Humidity
    59 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    14.7° C
    Heat Index
    14.7° C
    Dewpoint
    6.8° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    50 W/m2
    Last Updated: 20:05:00 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
    04:41
    Moon Phase
    Waxing gibbous (94% full)
    Civil Set
    21:51
    Day Length
    13:16:17
    Day High
    17.4° C @ 13:22 Tdy.
    Day Low
    8.7° C @ 05:51 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    102.22 kPa @ 19:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.82 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    8.2° C @ 03:26 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    17.4° C @ 13:22 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 19.6km/h @ 15:00 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    958W/m2 @ 11:21 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    5.8 @ 11:21 Tdy.

The rain is here to stay for a few days.  A Heavy rainfall warning is in effect for the West Coast of the Island.

Thursday

Rain all day. Heaviest rain before noon. Total: 30mm between 5AM Thursday/Friday.

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30mm for the Valley. Up go 120mm (in black) for the West Coast.

 

Friday

Rain all day.  With the heaviest as the system departs around 8PM.

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Total up to 30mm.  60-120 on the west coast.

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At this point the weekend is looking pretty dry at least for Saturday with maybe just a few lingering showers.

Rare Aurora over the Beaufort caught on camera.

An Alberni resident named Glassghost on Flikr captured a perfect shot of Aurora Borealis on Tuesday night as a strong geomagnetic storm produced aurora as far south as Virginia.

Click for the full size image.
Click for the full size image.

There are generally only one or two days a year when there is even a chance to see Aurora in our region.  And with the light pollution from the City it is even harder unless it is a very strong event like Tuesday.  Then there is the clouds issue, and the issue of staying up to prime viewing time generally past midnight.

In all, a great feat and a beautiful exposure with the stars.

Happy Thursday!

One Reply to “Rain has come – west coast warning – dazzling aurora”

  1. Saw them right at dark up beaver creek.. Checked on aurora watch to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating 🙂 they were right overhead. Wish I could take a photo like the beauty you shared! My attempted photos were not even close to good. Wish we could see them more!

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