Mon. Sep 16th, 2019

Warmth continues. Very Dry Conditions Declared. Freshwater Fishing Limited East/South Island.

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Monday 16 September 2019 - Monday: Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 17. UV index 4 or moderate. Monday night: Cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Rain beginning near midnight. Low 12. Tuesday: Rain ending in the morning then cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 16. UV index 2 or low. Tuesday night: Cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. Low 11. Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 21. Wednesday night: Cloudy periods. Low 9. Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 19. Thursday night: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Friday: Cloudy. High 22. Friday night: Cloudy periods. Low 12. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 19. Saturday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Sunday: Cloudy. High 18.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    17.9° C
    -0.6 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    100.79 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    S 8 km/h
    gusting 14 km/h
    Humidity
    63 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    17.9° C
    Heat Index
    17.9° C
    Dewpoint
    10.8° C
    UV
    1.7
    Solar
    240 W/m2
    Last Updated: 15:00:00 PDT
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  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    0.0 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
    30.2 mm since
    September 12, 2019 00:09
    Civil Rise
    06:23
    Moon Phase
    Waning gibbous (93% full)
    Civil Set
    20:03
    Day Length
    13:14:01
    Day High
    19.2° C @ 13:09 Tdy.
    Day Low
    9.6° C @ 02:35 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    100.98 kPa @ 09:13 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    100.77 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    9.6° C @ 02:35 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    19.2° C @ 13:09 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 8km/h @ 14:45 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    958W/m2 @ 12:22 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    4.9 @ 13:32 Tdy.

The pleasant warm days continue.  We got up to 29ºC officially yesterday.  The same day last year we hit a ridiculous 35ºC, and were days away from the start of the Dog Mountain fire.  Thankfully, the fire situation is nowhere near as desperate here or the rest of the province this year, however, we are still feeling the effects of last years drought here on Vancouver Island and that was exemplified by yesterdays announcement of “Extremely Dry” Drought conditions on Vancouver Island.

Here are the details:

Fire Danger going High tomorrow:

The fire danger is only moderate but that is somewhat deceiving.

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Things are starting to dry out around the province and the Island is no different.  Here is the BC Wildfire forecast for Beaver Creek.  Note it pops up to High on June 30 and drops back down again.

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Only a Drizzle expected Friday/Canada Day

It dropping may be due to an expectation of rainfall on Friday, but the UWash Model only has the rain affecting the West Coast and mountainous areas with only a trace falling in the Valley itself.

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If you’re wondering, the Canada Day Parade should be OK.  There might be some light drizzle or shower but it should be mostly just cool and cloudy in the morning.

Drought Lingers On for Vancouver Island and across Province.

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 8.16.42 AMHere is the latest drought map for BC and it isn’t good for our part of the world.Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 8.17.31 AM

You can see on Vancouver Island the “very dry” area extends to the Alberni Valley and Port Alberni.

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And if we look at the comparison between 2015 and 2016 we can see that the Island has fared the worst in terms of the drought but most of the province is having a hangover.  VI is the only location with Very Dry or Extremely Dry conditions in the entire province right now when last year the whole south coast and Haida Gwaii were affected.

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However, if you take a second look at that chart, you’ll see that this year the province has far more in the yellow “dry” category, 11 listed on June 25 2015 vs. 19 listed in 2016.

The main effect this will have is to make the forests more susceptible to fire as well as disease or death due to stress and it is contributing to warmer stream temperatures which will especially impact returning salmon.

The BC Government has imposed fishing restrictions in freshwater on Vancouver Island. These are the only closures currently in BC.

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The good news is it does not impact the Alberni Valley, yet.

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More info on specific river and stream closures here. There are some exceptions to the closures on the east and south Island but I’ll be darned if I can find them on the website they are ‘supposed’ to be on.

Ah, here they are through the BC Gov press release with an image on Flickr??
Map of angling closure for southern Vancouver Island

…the drought has lowered water levels and reduced flow in rivers and streams which is prompting the Province to close down the freshwater sports fishery across much of the southern island starting July 1, 2016.

Big Qualicum, Puntledge and Quinsam Rivers will remain open, along with Campbell River and all streams north of the City of Campbell River and Bamfield.

The fishing closures will remain in place until drought conditions improve significantly.

Water Restrictions

You might be wondering if there are any water restrictions right now for Port Alberni or the Alberni Valley.  The answer is no not yet. The City of Port Alberni is watching water levels closely though and will make any announcements when necessary.  In the meantime, it never hurts to practice water conservation.

Enjoy the beautiful Wednesday!