Wed. Aug 22nd, 2018

Rain has come – west coast warning – dazzling aurora

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT IN EFFECT
    Issued: 6:04 PM PDT Tuesday 21 August 2018

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Tuesday 21 August 2018 - Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Widespread smoke. Low 12. Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. Widespread smoke becoming local smoke near noon. High 31. Humidex 34. UV index 7 or high. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Local smoke. Low 12. Thursday: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 23. Thursday night: Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 22. Friday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Saturday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 20. Saturday night: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 13. Sunday: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 18. Sunday night: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 11. Monday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 20.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    30.8° C
    -1.7 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.4 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    SSE 5.8 km/h
    gusting 17.7 km/h
    Humidity
    27 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    30.8° C
    Heat Index
    30.8° C
    Dewpoint
    9.6° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    118 W/m2
    Last Updated: 18:25:00 PDT
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    05:44
    Moon Phase
    Waxing gibbous (83% full)
    Civil Set
    20:59
    Day Length
    13:22:16
    Day High
    33.3° C @ 16:03 Tdy.
    Day Low
    11.6° C @ 06:16 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.91 kPa @ 08:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.39 kPa @ 17:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    11.6° C @ 06:16 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    33.3° C @ 16:03 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 13.2km/h @ 17:00 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    705W/m2 @ 14:18 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    2.7 @ 13:01 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!

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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