Rain has come – west coast warning – dazzling aurora

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    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PST Sunday 18 February 2018 - Sunday night: Partly cloudy. Low minus 9. Monday: A mix of sun and cloud. High plus 1. Monday night: Partly cloudy. 40 percent chance of flurries overnight. Low minus 5. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High plus 3. Tuesday night: Clear. Low minus 6. Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High plus 3. Wednesday night: Clearing. Low minus 6. Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud. High plus 5. Thursday night: Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 2. Friday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High plus 5. Friday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Low zero. Saturday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. High 6.

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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.

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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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