Sat. Sep 22nd, 2018

Smoke is/was from Russia again

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT IN EFFECT
    Issued: 3:44 PM PDT Friday 21 September 2018

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Friday 21 September 2018 - Friday night: Periods of rain. Risk of thunderstorms this evening. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Low 12. Saturday: Showers. Amount 5 to 10 mm. High 15. UV index 2 or low. Saturday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 10. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 18. Sunday night: Clear. Low 6. Monday: Sunny. High 19. Monday night: Clear. Low 6. Tuesday: Sunny. High 23. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 8. Wednesday: Sunny. High 21. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 8. Thursday: Sunny. High 21.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    14.8° C
    -0.1 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    100.74 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    NE 1.6 km/h
    gusting 8.0 km/h
    Humidity
    97 %
    Rain Rate
    1.5 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    14.8° C
    Heat Index
    14.8° C
    Dewpoint
    14.4° C
    UV
    0.1
    Solar
    67 W/m2
    Last Updated: 17:15:00 PDT
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    22.6 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    06:31
    Moon Phase
    Waxing gibbous (91% full)
    Civil Set
    19:51
    Day Length
    13:12:10
    Day High
    16.9° C @ 10:50 Tdy.
    Day Low
    11.6° C @ 06:51 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    19.6mm/hr @ 16:10 Tdy.
    Day High Barometer
    101.5 kPa @ 00:13 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    100.74 kPa @ 17:13 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    11.6° C @ 06:51 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    16.9° C @ 10:50 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 22.7km/h @ 12:30 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    601W/m2 @ 10:13 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    2.7 @ 11:49 Tdy.

Here is a first. I just went to check out the wildfire situation in the province and a notice on the front page of bcwildfire.ca this evening states:

** Please note that we have received reports of generalized smoke in Port Alberni, Pemberton, the Fraser Valley, and many areas throughout the southern and central interior. Most of the province is experiencing hazy skies as a result of smoke. We do have active fires throughout the province but do not currently have any wildfires that would produce this amount of smoke. The smoke you are seeing is coming from Russia. It is being drawn across the Pacific due to the current weather pattern. If you see a plume of smoke or flames, please report it at *5555 on your cell, or 1-800-663-5555 on a landline.

So that answers that question.

There are no Wildfires of note on Vancouver Island but large sections of the central and southern parts of the Island are under Extreme fire danger ratings include the Alberni Valley.

Here is the current provincial map:

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Bowser, Campbell River and Saltspring Island (ie. Most of the rest of the Southern Island are also forecast to hit Extreme by the weekend and all remaining popular areas will hit High danger ratings.

Be careful out there.