Rain record in Vancouver, Campfire ban lifted

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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 Replies to “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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