Tue. Jul 16th, 2019

Solstice Lunar Eclipse tonight

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Tuesday 16 July 2019 - Tuesday night: Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers early this evening. Rain beginning near midnight. Low 14. Wednesday: Rain ending late in the morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Becoming windy near noon. High 22. UV index 3 or moderate. Wednesday night: Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers in the evening. Low 12. Thursday: Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 19. Thursday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 8. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 23. Friday night: Cloudy periods. Low 10. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 25. Saturday night: Clear. Low 12. Sunday: Sunny. High 24. Sunday night: Clear. Low 12. Monday: Sunny. High 24.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    23.5° C
    0.2 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.29 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    SSE 13 km/h
    gusting 27 km/h
    Humidity
    53 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    23.5° C
    Heat Index
    23.5° C
    Dewpoint
    13.4° C
    UV
    1.9
    Solar
    284 W/m2
    Last Updated: 17:45:00 PDT
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  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    0.0 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
    1.5 mm since
    July 15, 2019 00:07
    Civil Rise
    04:49
    Moon Phase
    Full (100% full)
    Civil Set
    22:00
    Day Length
    13:25:19
    Day High
    24.6° C @ 13:36 Tdy.
    Day Low
    15.5° C @ 02:27 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.7 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.29 kPa @ 17:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    15.5° C @ 02:27 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    24.6° C @ 13:36 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 19km/h @ 17:30 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    1194W/m2 @ 13:30 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    7.5 @ 12:43 Tdy.

UPDATE – The Lunar Eclipse is starting! (can’t you tell? 😉 ):

In case (haha! always the optimist 😉 ) the weather doesn’t clear, here are some webcams where you can be sure to see the first Winter Solstice Eclipse in 300 years!

Nicest one I’ve found (but chat is full):
http://www.wpbt2.org/stargazer/

Chile:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/eclipselunarchile

California:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/coasterstorm’s-weather-center

A truly amazingly rare combination of events may occur today.

Rare thing #1: There is a total lunar eclipse tonight starting around 9PM with “totality” at just past midnight.

Rare thing #2: It’s on the Solstice (Happy First day of Winter!)

Rare thing #3: We may be able to see it in the breaks in the clouds… in December, in Port Alberni!

Rare thing #4: There is a possibility, just maybe, that we could have a little snow on the ground. So that we could have “the red moon on the crest of the new fallen snow”

It could happen. One thing is for sure though, the Lunar Eclipse will happen no matter what. The eclipse turns the moon red why? Because it is reflecting every sunrise and sunset on Earth. Now that would be a sight to see!

Weather: Possible snow today, if this darn warmish wind goes away! Then, yes, rain.

16 thoughts on “Solstice Lunar Eclipse tonight

  1. It was quite a persistent breeze when I got in the car this morning.

    It was snowing very lightly in the Cathedral Grove to Coombs area. Rain after that.

    Mark Madryga on CKNW just singled out “the Port Alberni area” as having the possibility for 10cm of snow today. Not often we get a mention on the Vancouver station. 🙂

    I don’t see it happening though if this wind keeps up.

  2. Hum..It will be a “rock & roll” period…Lunar Eclipse and later Solar Eclipse + Retrograde Mercury…Transportation, communication will be affect!

  3. Seems since EC forgot about us and we got all that snow a bunch of Mondays ago, they have been very trigger happy to say we’re gonna get snow and we don’t. Perhaps they need to be read the story about the Boy who cried Wolf too many times again.

  4. Once bitten, twice shy. EC is overestimating so they don’t get caught with their pants down like last time. At work we like to gauge how many bonuses the forecasters get by the number of separate warnings/updates/changes/etc we get shortly before or after the scheduled weather updates.

  5. DriveBC is now reporting compact snow with slippery sections in Sutton Pass, so it’s snowing *somewhere*! glad i got through the pass when it was just starting.

    BTW, it appears they are installing electronic highway condition signboards on either side of Sutton Pass, like the ones on the Malahat. Hopefully a summit cam too!

  6. If we get through this wet patch and the wind keeps blowing from the South there is a big patch of clear sky just off the coast. We might have a chance at seeing that Lunar Eclipse tonight!

  7. Kat,

    The only signs we see being installed are on either side of the Kennedy Rock Face where the ambulance went over the edge. Not sure why exactly those signs are in those spots – I think the eastbnd sign could’ve gone at the junction and the westbnd sign somewhere around West Bay.

    And, yes, they are installing a cam on Sutton’s Pass. The cam is already there. It’s supposed to be online in January I think. And I think another cam is going in where the westbnd sign is as well.

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