Where did that snow come from!?

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    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Wednesday 20 June 2018 - Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. Low 13. Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers in the afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. High 27. UV index 8 or very high. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers in the evening with risk of a thunderstorm. Low 12. Friday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 23. Friday night: Clear. Low 11. Saturday: Sunny. High 27. Saturday night: Clear. Low 11. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. High 23. Sunday night: Cloudy periods. Low 12. Monday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 20. Monday night: Cloudy periods. Low 10. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 20.

  • Current Conditions
    16.9° C
    -0.7 ° C/hr
    101.4 kPa
    SE9 km/h
    gusting 4.8 km/h
    77 %
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    Wind Chill
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    Heat Index
    15.4° C
    12.8° C
    0 W/m2
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    Observed at: Port Alberni 12:00 AM PDT Thursday 21 June 2018
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    16.2° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low
    15.4° C @ 00:51 Tdy.
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    Day High Barometer
    101.4 kPa @ 00:43 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.34 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    15.4° C @ 00:51 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    16.2° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 5.7km/h @ 00:20 Tdy.
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    0.0 @ 00:00 Tdy.

So I wake up this morning at 5:30 to get ready for work, I glance out my front window and there is a bunch of white stuff all over the place!


Here they were calling for 10-20mm of rain overnight last night and instead we get a dump of wet and nasty slush all over the place. Probably about 3cm worth in spots here at Alberniweather.

Be careful driving on Highway 4 today. I just went to drivebc and they are reporting Compact Snow with Slippery sections all the way from Tofino/Ucluelet Junction to Qualicum junction.

This should be the last we see of the white stuff. And later today we should also get a good blast of wind everywhere but in Port Alberni. On my drive home Wed. Afternoon Mr. Madryga said there was a gust of wind at Sartina Island off Cape Scott of 145kph. That’s Cat 2 hurricane strength! Yeeha.

Have fun in the snow all. Stay warm. We should warm up to more seasonal temperatures by Sunday.

18 Replies to “Where did that snow come from!?”

  1. We had some white stuff the other night, but it didn’t stick around. Also was talking to the Estevan Pt lightkeeper today and she reported that they experienced an 80-someodd knot gust of wind overnight. Yikes!

  2. Wow!

    I wonder then if what Mark Madryga quoted was sustained and gusting higher than that! Generally it’s worse further north/west than Estevan.

    Wow. That’ 150kph.

  3. It was pretty bad here last night too. My station caught a 34kt gust at one point, but it didn’t make the computer…’course, then the power went squirrelly for the night, causing the network to go down (in an orderly way).

  4. I think I have seen everything today as far as weather conditions are concerned, with the exception of hurricane force winds, lightning and thunder. And perhaps fog.

  5. Well, our day was fun! Around dinner time I swear Mommy Nature opened the hoppers. Holy Crap! You didn’t dare go outside – the ice pellets would beat you into the ground! And the wind! Estevan Point reported a 93 knot gust this afternoon. Yes, you read right, 93 knots!

  6. Well, the 93kt gust was a remark, so the EC types may have disregarded it. But the keeper definitely told us they’d had a 93kt gust!

  7. Oh, Chris – Cape Beale lighthouse! Best lighthouse on earth, and an awesome trail in! My favorite hike on the island! The natural bridge over the small cove is amazing!!!

  8. I was really impressed with the setup on Lennard Island when I was there a couple years ago putting in a satellite dish for internet, and an antenna for a wave buoy research project.

  9. Cape Beale’s senior keeper is retiring soon, but I don’t think they’re hiring any more keepers now. CCG wants to automate all the lights, so when a keeper retires, either the junior gets promoted, or the senior’s wife (husband) becomes the assistant.

  10. I met “knobby” there a couple times on my hikes in. He was great! I believe he’s been retired a few years now (just after my last hike there), and his assistant was promoted. I hope to get out there again this summer for sure, but heard the trail is badly damaged. I’ll pack for an extra night just to be safe!!!

  11. His name is Norby, but he isn’t retired yet. He formally retires this spring – May I think. His original assistant, Ivan, won the competition to be senior keeper at Scarlett Point, up by Port Hardy. The current junior at Cape Beale, Karen, might get promoted, I don’t know.

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