Wet Week Ahead – Winter Normals

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

    Forecast Issued 07:40 AM PDT Sunday 22 April 2018 - Sunday: Mainly sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 15. UV index 4 or moderate. Sunday night: Clear. Low plus 1. Monday: Mainly sunny. High 18. Monday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 4. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 19. Tuesday night: Clear. Low plus 5. Wednesday: Sunny. High 23. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 6. Thursday: Sunny. High 25. Thursday night: Clear. Low 7. Friday: Sunny. High 19. Friday night: Cloudy periods. Low 9. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 15.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    3.9° C
    2.8 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    103.2 kPa
    rising
    Wind
    WSW2 km/h
    gusting 0.0 km/h
    Humidity
    90 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    NA° C
    Heat Index
    7.7° C
    Dewpoint
    2.4° C
    UV
    3.0
    Solar
    701 W/m2
    Last Updated: 10:50:00 PDT
    Station Reports Delayed
    8 minutes
    Showing Nearest Official Station

    Observed at: Port Alberni 10:00 AM PDT Sunday 22 April 2018
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    05:38
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (48% full)
    Civil Set
    20:58
    Day Length
    13:17:39
    Day High
    7.7° C @ 10:49 Tdy.
    Day Low
    2.0° C @ 04:45 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:05
    Day High Barometer
    103.17 kPa @ 08:13 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    103.07 kPa @ 00:05 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    2.0° C @ 04:45 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    7.7° C @ 10:49 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 3.2km/h @ 04:50 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    747W/m2 @ 10:21 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    3.1 @ 10:49 Tdy.

After a great Saturday, we had quite the Sunday with constant rain and some of our strongest winds of the winter.

We received 35.3mm of rain on Sunday and we’ve got 114.8mm so far for February which is about half the 234mm we normally get in February. In fact, while we are on the topic of normals, our normal average high for February is 3.6C and we’ve managed a full degree more than that at 4.8C so far. Given the forecast for the next 3 days I think we’ll definitely come out ahead.

In contrast, January 2013 was half a degree cooler on average at 1.5C than the normal average for the month of 2.1C. It was quite dry with only 105.9mm of rain compared to our normal of 238mm.

Meteorological Winter begins and ends on December 1st and March 1st respectively… so we might as well add in Decembers numbers too. Unfortunately my station was not reporting everything then so I will use the Maquinna Elementary school station. It recorded an average for December of 2.3C which is pretty close to the 2.5C normal. However, the 110.4mm it recorded for December was way below the 275mm normal for the month.

If we average out our ‘normal’ temperatures and add up our rain totals for December/January/February then our normal “Winter” average temperature should be around 2.7C and our rain accumulation should be 749mm.

Winter 2012/2013 (to Feb 25… updated March 1):
Average Temperature: 2.9C (+0.2C basically average)
Rainfall Accumulation: 331.1mm (-417.9mm or 44.2% of normal)

So while you may not like the grey weather… it may be prudent to hope for some rain, because really, we haven’t had nearly as much as perhaps our landscape would like.

We should get a few more mm to bump up that total in the next couple days. But it’s not going to be 400mm. (Thankfully)

3 Replies to “Wet Week Ahead – Winter Normals”

  1. The micro climates of South Port strike again… I measured 57mm of rain for yesterday. I think Maquinna was just a touch behind. Must be the Dry Creek ravine absorbing all that rain that you don’t get. lol.

    1. Ya isn’t it something? Too bad the Alberni Elementary station rain appears to be blocked or something as it’s not recording much of anything. I went out yesterday in the pouring rain and wind to see how the new location was and it was definitely less windy than it would have been on the roof so should be much more representative of the area. But clearly we are a drier spot here than in soggy South Port. ;=)

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