Mon. Aug 20th, 2018

Rain record in Vancouver, Campfire ban lifted

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT IN EFFECT
    Issued: 04:03 AM PDT Monday 20 August 2018

    Forecast Issued 05:00 AM PDT Monday 20 August 2018 - Monday: Overcast. Widespread smoke. High 26. Humidex 28. UV index 3 or moderate. Monday night: Overcast. Widespread smoke. Low 11. Tuesday: Overcast. Widespread smoke. High 26. Humidex 31. UV index 3 or moderate. Tuesday night: Cloudy periods. Low 11. Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 27. Wednesday night: Cloudy periods. Low 12. Thursday: Sunny. High 23. Thursday night: Clear. Low 11. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 24. Friday night: Cloudy periods. Low 12. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 20. Saturday night: Cloudy periods. Low 13. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 21.

  • Current Conditions
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    13.3° C
    -0.1 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.86 kPa
    0.0
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    Humidity
    91 %
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    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    13.3° C
    Heat Index
    13.3° C
    Dewpoint
    11.9° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    46 W/m2
    Last Updated: 7:30:00 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
    05:42
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (72% full)
    Civil Set
    21:01
    Day Length
    13:22:31
    Day High
    17.0° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low
    13.2° C @ 06:44 Tdy.
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    Day High Barometer
    101.86 kPa @ 07:28 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.67 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    13.2° C @ 06:44 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    17.0° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 0.0km/h @ 00:05 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    47W/m2 @ 07:28 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.0 @ 00:00 Tdy.

For once Port Alberni wasn’t the rain capital of the country… nor Prince Rupert (which actually holds that title for Cities in Canada last I checked). No, today it was Vancouver. At YVR they received over 45mm of rain. Not only is that a record for this day. It’s a record for the entire month of August and it’s the most rain that has fallen in one day, on any day of any month, since 2005. Impressive.

The reason for the extreme amount of rain was apparently the northwesterly flow that associated with it.. that would have brought the stuff right down the Straight and onto the Lower Mainland. The main moisture itself though generated many days ago, in the Phillipines. This isn’t unusual this time of year, as we often get systems that start as storms or hurricanes in the Western Pacific, then curve up the coast of Asia towards the Aleutian Islands then back down the West Coast of North America to us…. this is similar to how Atlantic hurricanes that head up the US East Coast (like Danielle, and soon Earl) often end up hitting Iceland or Ireland and the UK… it’s just a little longer journey across the Pacific.

On that note, there is a very rare event happening right now near China, Japan and the Korean Peninsula, three tropical storms are all within less than 1000km of each, and if you look at them in animation (click the little movie camera), they are actually interacting with each other. It’s very active over on that side of the Pacific.

Here’s the proof:
Three Storms interacting in Western Pacific

Currently Typhoon Kompasu is the most likely storm to make the long treck our way, but who knows if its remnants will get here.

In other news. The campfire ban will be lifted on Wednesday at Noon! Hooray! That means campfires, tiki torches, and fireworks, are all permitted for the Long Weekend. See you at the Port Alberni Salmon Festival Fireworks on Friday night!

3 thoughts on “Rain record in Vancouver, Campfire ban lifted

  1. I think the powers that be were a bit premature in lifting the fire ban. It’s still way too dry out there. Even the Nanaimo fire chief was shaking his head at the news, and he announced the district ban for NRD will remain in place for now. Smart Man.

  2. Hi Crystal!

    At this point it’s looking only a little damp next weekend. its still really too far out to tell for sure, but the model is predicting what looks like light rain Saturday through the weekend.

    I have a party planned for that afternoon as well so I hope the weather comes out on the drier side! Temperatures look to be about in the mid-teens.

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