Saint Patty’s Day Records didn’t quite top 1930/40s – Next Rain coming Thursday – Podcast Up!

Beautiful weekend anyway!

It was a perfect weekend and perfect start to Spring Break for the school kids out there! If you were lucky enough to be out and about Friday through Sunday then you were treated to the warmest St Patrick’s Day for at least the past 30 years (modern Airport records go back to 1994) but it wasn’t quite hot enough to say it was the hottest weekend ever experienced in the Alberni Valley.

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Hottest St Patrick’s Day was March 17, 1930

As I show you in the Podcast, the Beaver Creek Station has a record of 23.9ºC for March 17, 1930. Our Airport officially only got to 20.7ºC on Sunday so no official all time record there. But it’s worth noting that the old Port Alberni (City Hall) station also set a record on that day in 1930 of a milder 18.9ºC (one can imagine fog playing a role in the difference). Alberniweather and the other stations around the City got over 21ºC yesterday.

So was this the warmest St. Patrick’s Day ever in the City of Port Alberni? Unofficially, one could probably make that argument but Environment Canada would likely say no. :+)

Rain returns for the weekend.

A weak low approaches the Island starting late Wednesday and produces some light rain on Thursday afternoon and night.

The chance for rain will increase as we get into the Weekend with the wettest day looking like Saturday for now. We’ll see how that works out as we get closer.

Snowpack as good as it is going to get

We finally got an update on the snow percentages for March 8 and March 15 and the news is better than it’s been all year.

Overall Vancouver Island is 59% of normal for this time of year. That includes Mt Arrowsmith (the webcam) which is at 75% of normal and the Strathcona station at Wolf River at 68%. Even Jump Creek managed to get a little snow back after melting completely in February. The Commentary for March 15th is slightly more optimistic than it has been, so that’s definitely a little bit of a relief. But all that said, we’re still below normal and we likely won’t see any more accumulation this season. What we have is what we will get! Let’s hope for a mild spring and that the snow we have can carry us through!

That’s all for today, have a great week and talk to you again soon!

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