Fri. Dec 14th, 2018

Terrible Air Quality across Southern BC – Likely to linger on the Island until Wednesday.

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - WIND WARNING IN EFFECT
    Issued: 3:52 PM PST Friday 14 December 2018

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PST Friday 14 December 2018 - Friday night: Rain ending this evening then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Wind east 30 km/h becoming southwest 50 gusting to 90 early this evening then light late this evening. Low plus 3. Saturday: Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers in the morning. Rain beginning near noon. High 6. Saturday night: Rain. Temperature steady near plus 5. Sunday: Rain. High 6. Sunday night: Rain. Low 6. Monday: Rain. High 7. Monday night: Rain. Low 6. Tuesday: Rain. High 7. Tuesday night: Rain. Low 7. Wednesday: Rain. High 8. Wednesday night: Rain. Low plus 5. Thursday: Periods of rain. High 7.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    6.8° C
    -0.1 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    100.2 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    S 16.8 km/h
    gusting 32.2 km/h
    Humidity
    79 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    3.9° C
    Heat Index
    6.8° C
    Dewpoint
    3.4° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 20:00:00 PST
    Click to Refresh or See All Conditions
  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    43.9 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    07:28
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (47% full)
    Civil Set
    16:59
    Day Length
    12:14:00
    Day High
    10.6° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low
    6.4° C @ 17:54 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    9.1mm/hr @ 08:02 Tdy.
    Day High Barometer
    100.36 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    99.05 kPa @ 14:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    0.3° C @ 17:37 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    10.6° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 39.7km/h @ 17:30 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    32W/m2 @ 14:11 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.0 @ 00:00 Tdy.

The story today is the smoke.  I have a headache and a cough.  It was better in Port Alberni this morning than most areas but it seems to be settling in now.  Here are some readings around the province. My suggestion. Stay inside with the doors/windows closed. If you can still smell it.. a trip to Walmart or the Mall or some other place with internal air conditioning would be good to filter out the smoke.  This air is particularly bad for the elderly and the young but it’s going to affect everyone.

Here are the readings from around the province at this hour. (www.bcairquality.ca)

Below is the 24 hour map which is what Advisories are based on. Anything over 25 is red. There are many WAY over 25. (Kelowna is 200+!).

The map above the Current 1 hour readings.. so you can get an idea of whether the air quality is getting worse on average or not.  Notice the scale is a lot more detailed. There are many communities over 80-100 or more. Obviously their 24hr levels are not going to go below 25 anytime soon!

Here are some current readings as of the 8AM update.  Thankfully, in the Interior at least, the 1hr readings are coming down so that is bringing the 24 hour readings down as well. There were many places over 100 earlier this morning.

  • NAME: 8AM Reading / 24hr Average (ug/m3)
  • Port Alberni: 61 / 26
  • Campbell River: 52 / 54
  • Powell River: 82 / 64
  • Courtney: 76 / 41
  • Nanaimo: 109 / 76
  • Duncan: 57 / 38
  • Victoria: 15 / 15
  • Vancouver (Airport): 88 / 44
  • Vancouver (Second Narrows Bridge): 128 / 60
  • Abbotsford: 23 / 39
  • Agassiz: 122 / 106
  • Hope: 99 / 170
  • Kelowna: 80 / 200
  • Kamloops: 47 / 96
  • Vernon: 130 / 188
  • Grand Forks: 98 / 309
  • Castlegar: 241 / 365
  • Golden: 42 / 111
  • Williams Lake: 42 / 88
  • Quesnel: 44 / 71
  • Prince George: 19 / 75

We should see the smoke clear by Wednesday.  The weather is pretty irrelevant as the smoke is really controlling the weather at this point. We should be sunny and blue skies and hot, but we will stay in the mid to maybe high twenties depending how the smoke acts.

Take care out there and try to limit your exposure to the smoke. 

Happy Monday!

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