Wed. Dec 12th, 2018

Rainy day birthday… “Epic” Alaska Storm

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PST Tuesday 11 December 2018 - Tuesday night: Rain ending early this evening then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Becoming partly cloudy this evening. Fog patches developing after midnight. Low plus 1. Wednesday: Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers in the morning. Rain beginning in the morning. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. Amount 10 to 15 mm. High 6. Wednesday night: Periods of rain. Amount 15 to 25 mm. Temperature steady near 6. Thursday: Periods of rain. High 6. Thursday night: Periods of rain. Low plus 5. Friday: Rain. High 8. Friday night: Rain. Low 6. Saturday: Rain. High 8. Saturday night: Rain. Low 7. Sunday: Rain. High 9. Sunday night: Rain. Low 7. Monday: Rain. High 9.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    -0.1° C
    -1.1 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.76 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    NW 1.4 km/h
    gusting 6.4 km/h
    Humidity
    99 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    -0.1° C
    Heat Index
    -0.1° C
    Dewpoint
    -0.2° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 4:15:00 PST
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    07:26
    Moon Phase
    Waxing crescent (23% full)
    Civil Set
    16:59
    Day Length
    12:13:03
    Day High
    2.6° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low
    -0.1° C @ 04:14 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.76 kPa @ 04:14 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.14 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    -2.1° C @ 04:08 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    2.6° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 4.8km/h @ 00:10 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    0W/m2 @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.0 @ 00:00 Tdy.

Check out the storm hitting northern Alaska. You can tell how strong it is by how tight the circles are way up in the top corner of this image. Storms show their strength by how low the barometric pressure gets. By comparison our barometer here at Alberniweather is a pretty normal 102.2kPa (1022millibar), but the storm hitting Alaska is around an amazing 94.2kPa (942mb). The lowest pressure recorded here at Alberniweather was not anywhere near there 96.4kPa on January 4, 2008 which brought us 60kph winds and heavy rain.

San Diego State Pressure Analysis showing Nov 9 Arctic Storm

Here’s the storm on Satellite this morning… you can see the big swirl over the Bering Strait and Siberia in the top left corner of the image with the bottom right portion of that swirl, which is the low-pressure center over the Bering Sea, approaching the Alaska coast. Image from the NWS.

Alaska Storm - click for larger image.

It’s strong enough that CNN and CBC are both reporting on it this morning.

The CBC says:

The U.S. National Weather Service warned western Alaska residents to brace for a “life-threatening storm of an epic magnitude,” as a rare Bering Sea disturbance packing hurricane-force winds and giant waves moved into the state.

Hurricane force winds and big storm surges are in store for a region of the Arctic which isn’t unfamiliar with nasty weather… but nothing like this.

The Arctic sea ice line is much further north for the Bering Sea region than average (orange line, left side) based on todays image (from the NSIDC).

Is low sea-ice playing a role in this ‘epic’ storm?

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On the local front. The rain will continue on my Birthday today but it should clear up a bit tomorrow before going back to rain for the end of the week.

5 thoughts on “Rainy day birthday… “Epic” Alaska Storm

  1. Happy belated Birthday. That storm in Alaska looks nasty to say the least. I assume we will see more of it next year when Deadliest Catch is back on. I beleive they are filming right now.

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