Risk of Thunderstorms today, stronger storms early Friday afternoon

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT IN EFFECT
    Issued: 4:43 PM PST Thursday 22 February 2018

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PST Thursday 22 February 2018 - Thursday night: Clear. Increasing cloudiness after midnight. Low minus 5. Friday: Cloudy. Snow beginning early in the morning. Snow mixed with rain late in the afternoon. Snowfall amount 5 to 10 cm. High plus 2. Friday night: Light snow mixed with drizzle changing to flurries in the evening and ending overnight then cloudy. Local snowfall amount 2 to 4 cm. Low minus 3. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 8. Saturday night: Periods of rain or snow. Low zero. Sunday: Showers. High plus 5. Sunday night: Cloudy periods with 40 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 2. Monday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 8. Monday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Low plus 1. Tuesday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 7. Tuesday night: Cloudy with 40 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Low plus 1. Wednesday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 7.

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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.