The month that was September 2012

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Saturday 21 July 2018 - Saturday: Mainly sunny. High 27. UV index 8 or very high. Saturday night: Clear. Low 11. Sunday: Sunny. High 32. Humidex 34. UV index 8 or very high. Sunday night: Clear. Low 13. Monday: Sunny. High 34. Monday night: Clear. Low 14. Tuesday: Sunny. High 33. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 14. Wednesday: Sunny. High 32. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 14. Thursday: Sunny. High 28. Thursday night: Clear. Low 14. Friday: Sunny. High 27.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    22.9° C
    1.2 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    102.07 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    SW 1.7 km/h
    gusting 6.4 km/h
    Humidity
    46 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    22.9° C
    Heat Index
    22.9° C
    Dewpoint
    10.7° C
    UV
    5.9
    Solar
    860 W/m2
    Last Updated: 12:10:00 PDT
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    04:56
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (70% full)
    Civil Set
    21:54
    Day Length
    13:25:39
    Day High
    22.9° C @ 12:08 Tdy.
    Day Low
    12.3° C @ 06:21 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    102.13 kPa @ 08:59 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.95 kPa @ 03:14 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    12.3° C @ 06:21 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    22.9° C @ 12:08 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 5.2km/h @ 10:15 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    863W/m2 @ 12:09 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    6.0 @ 12:09 Tdy.

The temperatures were nice. The sun was beautiful. The mornings were crisp. The afternoons were warm.

This my friends sums up the majority of September 2012… and indeed most of August.

It can also be summed up in other ways:

It is by far the driest September in the short record at Alberniweather:
2006: 79.8mm
2007: 70.9mm
2008: 28.7mm
2009: 93.7mm
2010: 90.4mm
2011: 107.7mm
2012: 7.6mm

It is also the driest September in the records since the Environment Canada installed the new station at the Airport in 1996:

1998: 7.4mm
2012: 3.4mm

Now lets look waaayyyyy back. Port Alberni is pretty lucky. We have stations in the Valley that reach back 118 years to 1894! There is no single station that goes back that far unfortunately, but we have a LOT of stations.


2012 is #4 on this list of all time driest Septembers recorded in the Alberni Valley since 1894.


1952 (Lupsi Cupsi/Catalyst 1949-1974): 7.6mm
1965 (Hatchery 1961-2007): 4.6mm
2012 (“A” Airport): 3.4mm
1918 (Port Alberni City Hall 1917-1960): 3.0mm
1918 (Beaver Creek 1894-1958): 2.5mm
1991 (“A” Estuary 1969-1995): 2.1mm


2012 is the 2nd driest August-September period ever…


1974 (Lupsi Cupsi/Catalyst 1949-1974): 2.0mm + 42.7mm = 44.7mm
1998 (Hatchery 1961-2007): 16.5mm + 20.9mm = 37.4mm
1989 (“A” Estuary 1969-1995): 19.8mm + 13.4mm = 33.2mm
1929 (Port Alberni City Hall 1917-1960): 10.7mm + 5.8mm = 16.5mm
1896 (Beaver Creek 1894-1958): 7.6mm + 6.9mm = 14.5mm
2012 (“A” Airport): 8.4mm + 3.4mm=11.8mm
1916 (Beaver Creek 1894-1958): 4.8mm + 6.1mm=10.9mm


2012 is top-3 July-August-September period ever…


1916 (Beaver Creek 1894-1958): 71.6mm + 4.8mm + 6.1mm= 82.5mm
1989 (“A” Estuary 1969-1995): 43.2mm + 19.8mm + 13.4mm = 76.4mm
2012 (“A” Airport): 24.4mm + 8.4mm + 3.4mm= 36.2mm
1929 (Port Alberni City Hall 1917-1960): 15.0mm + 10.7mm + 5.8mm = 31.5mm
1896 (Beaver Creek 1894-1958): 2.0mm + 7.6mm + 6.9mm = 16.5mm


3 Replies to “The month that was September 2012”

  1. Great work Chris! It has been a truly remarkable past three months – more blue sky than I can ever remember in my 34 years on the west coast. And according to the forecast, the sunshine continues…..

  2. Assuming the pattern holds, and there seems no reason think it won’t… We will smash the 4 month period from July thru October. We need to get over 140mm of rain this October for 1896 to still be driest. There is a system on the long range starting Oct 14 that is showing 60mm. It usually over estimates, so we’d probably need 3 big systems in the last two weeks of the month to not break the all time record. We are guaranteed 2nd place though unless the rain-apocalypse comes (180mm). And honestly I’m not sure that Environment Canada considers the 1896 data reliable so really we may be there already.

  3. Interesting local temperatures at 6:30 am: Maquinna School – 4.3, Nick’s Weather – 3.8, alberniweather – 1.5, Alberni Elementary – 1.0, Airport – 0. My own outdoor thermometer has dropped from 1.5 to 1.0 in the last hour.

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