Sun. Aug 19th, 2018

Risk of Thunderstorms today, stronger storms early Friday afternoon

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT IN EFFECT
    Issued: 3:34 PM PDT Saturday 18 August 2018

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Saturday 18 August 2018 - Saturday night: Clear. Local smoke. Low 11. Sunday: Sunny. Local smoke. High 33. Humidex 36. UV index 7 or high. Sunday night: Clear. Local smoke. Low 12. Monday: Sunny. High 34. Monday night: Clear. Low 12. Tuesday: Sunny. High 34. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 13. Wednesday: Sunny. High 24. Wednesday night: Cloudy periods. Low 14. Thursday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 21. Thursday night: Cloudy periods. Low 13. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 20.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    22.3° C
    -1.7 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.82 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    N/A 0.0 km/h
    gusting 0.0 km/h
    Humidity
    56 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    22.3° C
    Heat Index
    22.3° C
    Dewpoint
    13.1° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 20:40:00 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
    05:39
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (59% full)
    Civil Set
    21:05
    Day Length
    13:22:59
    Day High
    29.8° C @ 15:23 Tdy.
    Day Low
    11.7° C @ 06:30 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    102.42 kPa @ 07:58 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.79 kPa @ 19:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    11.7° C @ 06:30 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    29.8° C @ 15:23 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 16.3km/h @ 16:05 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    1220W/m2 @ 13:26 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    7.8 @ 13:25 Tdy.

Pretty impressive thunder storm maps this morning that are worth sharing with you.  Make sure you click through to see them.

The potential thunderstorm activity will begin before 5PM today, here is the “General Thunder Parameter” from UWash for that time. You can see plenty of unsettled activity in the Pacific and some creeping onto the Central parts and West Coast of the Island but notice the image below of Convective Potential actually has very small areas of activity so the activity today should not be too strong.

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5PM Thursday Thunder Activity
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5PM Thursday Convective Potential and Rain

Activity will drift to the South and focus on the West Coast in the 5-8PM hours and into the evening.

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8PM Thursday Thunder Activity
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8PM Thursday Convective Potential and Rain

As the sun rises on Friday morning the unsettled thunderstorm activity will increase quite a bit and spread over the entire South Coast between 8-11AM.  You can see by the 2nd Convective potential image below here that between 11AM and 2PM will be the most intense period of activity with it mainly focused on the Alberni Valley.

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11AM Friday Thunder Activity
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11AM Friday Convective Potential and Rain
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2PM Friday Convective Potential and Rain

It will start to dissipate in the afternoon but may linger into the evening.

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5PM Friday Thunder Activity
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5PM Friday Convective Potential and Rain

Get ready to rumble!  You can check for recent detections of lightning strikes at this Environment Canada page.