March 30, 2020

Strong Low, more Snow

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

    Forecast Issued 05:00 AM PDT Monday 30 March 2020 - Monday: Showers ending this morning then mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Windy early this morning. High 8. UV index 3 or moderate. Monday night: Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 1. Tuesday: Showers. High 8. UV index 1 or low. Tuesday night: Showers. Low plus 2. Wednesday: Sunny. High 11. Wednesday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 1. Thursday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. High 8. Thursday night: Clear. Low minus 2. Friday: Sunny. High 13. Friday night: Clear. Low zero. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 10. Saturday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 2. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. High 12.

  • Current Conditions
    4.9° C
    0.4 ° C/hr
    99.76 kPa
    S 14 km/h
    gusting 26 km/h
    92 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    1.8° C
    Heat Index
    4.9° C
    3.8° C
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 5:20:00 PDT
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  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    13.7 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
    34.0 mm since
    March 28, 2020 00:03
    Civil Rise
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (31% full)
    Civil Set
    Day Length
    Day High
    5.3° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low
    4.4° C @ 04:25 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    13.0mm/hr @ 02:45 Tdy.
    Day High Barometer
    100.04 kPa @ 00:14 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    99.58 kPa @ 02:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    -0.4° C @ 03:56 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    5.3° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 16km/h @ 04:00 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    0W/m2 @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.0 @ 00:00 Tdy.

Could be a rather fun 24 hours. Notice the Barometer is quite low this morning and dropping. That’s the lowest it has been pretty much all winter. The EC forecast is talking about a “very deep” low forming just offshore that sping some moisture into the area and, thanks to the cool airmass, cause snow at higher elevation.

More importantly though, it is slated to track over Vancouver Island. By the look of the 6AM Satellite chart right now I think it has passed a little farther North than originally forecast so that shoud be a good thing in terms of wind, but could mean we’ll end up a with cooler air and more snow if moisture comes into the mix.

I’d say this weekend ranks up there in the weird-weather category for this year! Can you tell it’s Spring? Mother Nature doesn’t know what to throw at us. 😉

UPDATE Its been quite the day already… and if you want to know why, just check out the “eye” of the storm in the satellite shot here… the closer you are to the bottom-front (South East) edge of the “eye” the stronger your winds will be.

Strong Low Sunday March 15 2009

Now that the barometer is heading up (slowly) the “eye” has probably passed as close as it is going to get… but we’ll still get gusty winds and intermittent rain/snow as the “bands” wash over us.

10 thoughts on “Strong Low, more Snow

  1. Remember last year? We had snow squalls well into April as I recall, so the range of “normal” is broader than we all like to remember. I was scouring all the weather sites for even a little bit of good news this morning and I found some! Brett Anderson’s long range forecasts show us moving into a more normal normal after next week!

  2. Here in Nanaimo it’s windy and snowing like crazy. Last April we got a dump of snow one day as well. Winter is not done yet.

  3. I hope Brett is right! He was right about the below normal temp/ normal normal precip for March.

    I do remember the snowfall last year, I think it was the last day of classes at VIU. 🙂

    What’s made this year so oddball has been the cold and the dryness. Looks like the dryness is gone for now… but the cold is sticking around!

    How many days until May Long Weekend? That’s “the start of summer” right? 🙂

  4. I’m at work right now and the wind is trying its darnedest to blow our building down. We’re clocking South 30 gusting 45 here, the sea looks positively crazy, and snow has fallen. Welcome to Spring!!!!

  5. Yes, that’s knots. I work in a “marine” environment so I deal with nautical miles and knots. PLus 2 time zones 😉

    On another note, I see our barometer is acting like it’s attached to the space shuttle during launch. Still damp out here but I think the rain(snow)fall has stopped for now.

  6. Ya I dont know what the heck is going on with the time on the posts and comments. The settings are right in the blog… but the times are wrong on the page. Makes no sense!

    Wonder what tomorrow will bring!?

  7. Chris, did you notice that the link for San Francisco U is stuck? The pressure map has not updated since the 13th.

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