Fri. Sep 20th, 2019

Stagnant air, Woodstove and Slash Burning Combining for poor Air Quality

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Friday 20 September 2019 - Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 22. UV index 6 or high. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Fog patches developing before morning. Low 12. Saturday: Becoming cloudy in the morning. Rain beginning in the afternoon. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 19. UV index 2 or low. Saturday night: Rain. Low 14. Sunday: Showers. High 18. Sunday night: Clear. Low 7. Monday: Periods of rain. High 14. Monday night: Periods of rain. Low 11. Tuesday: Periods of rain. High 21. Tuesday night: Cloudy periods. Low 10. Wednesday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 16. Wednesday night: Cloudy periods. Low 9. Thursday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 16.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    21.2° C
    1.2 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    101.86 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    W 2 km/h
    gusting 8 km/h
    Humidity
    59 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    21.2° C
    Heat Index
    21.2° C
    Dewpoint
    12.9° C
    UV
    4.4
    Solar
    654 W/m2
    Last Updated: 13:05:00 PDT
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  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    0.0 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
    No Qualifying Rainfall mm
    Civil Rise
    06:29
    Moon Phase
    Last quarter (63% full)
    Civil Set
    19:54
    Day Length
    13:12:35
    Day High
    21.4° C @ 11:42 Tdy.
    Day Low
    13.7° C @ 07:43 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    101.87 kPa @ 12:28 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.71 kPa @ 02:58 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    13.7° C @ 07:43 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    21.4° C @ 11:42 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 6km/h @ 10:35 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    861W/m2 @ 11:26 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    4.7 @ 12:41 Tdy.

No official Advisories have been issued, but given the current weather pattern with no wind and cool temperatures, and with slash burning now beginning around the Valley, the Air Quality particulate measures in the City are quickly rising.

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the glow from the slash burning on the Beauforts on Monday November 2, 2015

Here is the current air quality data as at 10AM… just hitting the threshold (25ug/m3) for an advisory as you can see it now in red.  It will have to stay there and be predicted to stay there for a while before they issue an advisory.

Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 10.34.21 AM Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 10.34.04 AM Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 10.34.13 AM

That said, I would not be surprised if we see an Air Quality Advisory issued today or tomorrow at least until we get the next weather system pushing through on Thursday/Friday.

Things that contribute to this poor air quality:

  • Old Woodstoves.  If you have a non-EPA certified wood stoves you should get it replaced
  • Outdoor Burning.  It would be best not to burn outdoors at all (and it will be banned permanently within City limits starting next spring).  But if you must, then do so when it is windy, or raining, or both.
  • Slash Burning.  The same applies.

3 thoughts on “Stagnant air, Woodstove and Slash Burning Combining for poor Air Quality

  1. “… it will be banned permanently within City limits starting next spring”?
    They ARE joking, aren’t they?

  2. “…it will be banned permanently within City limits starting next spring”
    How authoritarian. Even on one’s own property?

    1. It is actually rare these days to find places outside Vancouver Island that do *not* ban outdoor burning. Yes, on ones own property. The smoke it creates is highly detrimental to the public, and our Valley geography makes the issue even worse. If things need to be burned they should be burned in proper appliances like EPA-certified stoves that emit a tiny amount of particulate in comparison to uncontrolled outdoor burning.

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