Risk of Thunderstorms today, stronger storms early Friday afternoon

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Wednesday 23 May 2018 - Wednesday: Sunny. High 29. Humidex 31. UV index 7 or high. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Fog patches developing before morning. Low 10. Thursday: Mainly cloudy. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 25. UV index 6 or high. Thursday night: Cloudy periods. Low 9. Friday: Sunny. High 23. Friday night: Clear. Low 9. Saturday: Sunny. High 21. Saturday night: Cloudy. Low 8. Sunday: Cloudy. High 23. Sunday night: Cloudy periods. Low 11. Monday: Sunny. High 22. Monday night: Clear. Low 11. Tuesday: Sunny. High 23.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    25.7° C
    -1.2 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    100.66 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    SSW 23.7 km/h
    gusting 35.4 km/h
    Humidity
    43 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    25.7° C
    Heat Index
    25.7° C
    Dewpoint
    12.2° C
    UV
    5.6
    Solar
    933 W/m2
    Last Updated: 15:15:00 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
    04:45
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (69% full)
    Civil Set
    21:47
    Day Length
    13:15:59
    Day High
    27.3° C @ 13:21 Tdy.
    Day Low
    11.4° C @ 05:57 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.01 kPa @ 06:43 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    100.66 kPa @ 15:13 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    11.4° C @ 05:57 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    27.6° C @ 13:20 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 23.7km/h @ 15:15 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    986W/m2 @ 14:11 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    6.8 @ 13:28 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.