May 26, 2020

Rain has come – west coast warning – dazzling aurora

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

    Forecast Issued 05:00 AM PDT Tuesday 26 May 2020 - Tuesday: Clearing this morning. High 22. UV index 8 or very high. Tuesday night: A few clouds. Low plus 4. Wednesday: Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. High 25. UV index 8 or very high. Wednesday night: Cloudy. Low 12. Thursday: Increasing cloudiness. High 25. Thursday night: Cloudy. Low 13. Friday: Sunny. High 23. Friday night: Clear. Low 10. Saturday: Cloudy. High 22. Saturday night: Cloudy periods. Low 10. Sunday: Cloudy. High 17. Sunday night: Cloudy. Low 9. Monday: Cloudy. High 17.

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!

1 thought on “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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