September 25, 2020

UPDATE 3: Windstorm on the Way – 100kph+ expected

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Thursday 24 September 2020 - Thursday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers this evening. Rain at times heavy beginning late this evening. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Amount 20 to 30 mm. Wind becoming southwest 40 to 60 km/h before morning. Low 13. Friday: Rain ending in the morning then mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Wind southwest 40 to 60 km/h diminishing to 30 in the morning. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate. Friday night: Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Low 10. Saturday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 17. Saturday night: Showers. Low 11. Sunday: Periods of rain. High 15. Sunday night: Periods of rain. Low 11. Monday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 23. Monday night: Clear. Low 10. Tuesday: Sunny. High 23. Tuesday night: Clear. Low 10. Wednesday: Sunny. High 22.

UPDATE 3: 10:15AM

Just as I was typing the last update we got a gust to 95kph. There are reports of trees down in Beaver Creek and wires down near TIm Hortons. Please be careful out there. Stay way back from any downed power line… and stay in your car if something is down across the road.
Plenty of power outages around Vancouver Island.

UPDATE 2: 9:45AM

It’s started up! Sustained 50kph Gusting to 65kph so far. Will we break the Alberniweather all time record of gusts to 103kph? We’ll see.
Note, any directions you see reporting “N” or “0” are anomalies due to a hardware fault on the station when moisture gets into the electronics. The recorded speed is accurate though.
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UPDATE 1: 8:30AM

Nothing much happening right now… unless you’re on Solander Island off the North West coast of VI. Sustained Winds at 8AM: 133kph. Gusting to 161kph. Nice.

BC Ferries has cancelled all sailings, there are some power outages in Campbell River. Winds should pick up here within the next hour or two.
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6AM:
The storm is producing 50knot winds off the coast of Oregon right now.

If you want to watch its progress, I like the Water Vapour loop the best under the Animations sections in the Satellite section of the website.

THe forecast has not changed. We are forecast to receive up to 100kph winds by late this morning. On the West Coast winds could reach 120-140kph and on the East Coast they could reach 110kph.

You can fully expect all BC Ferries runs to be delayed or cancelled soon after the winds start to blow. CKNW just reported that the sailings between Tsawwassen and Duke Point and the Southern Gulf Islands have been cancelled this morning.

Expect power outages this afternoon and evening. Get your candles and/or generators ready. Some warm blankets too if you have electric heat as there is still plenty of cool air around. There has been snow in large parts of the North and Inner Island all night.

Have fun, stay safe!

10 thoughts on “UPDATE 3: Windstorm on the Way – 100kph+ expected

  1. It looks like 35 – 45 knot South and Southwest winds on the trailing end of that image. I’m still hoping it’ll slide up past us far enough away that the winds don’t funnel up the Inlet.

  2. I really hope they do funnel up the inlet cause i love storms so much excitment. snow is great but i love a little wind and rain. right not the wind doesnt look very promising in the valley at all. 🙁

  3. It looks like the barometer’s on its way up again, maybe the peak is over already. I think the trajectory was a little more offshore and then turning westward than it looked like originally.

  4. Awesome day guys! Just not long enough………..tonight is quite special too, lots of wind, hail, rain and it’s 1.7c and goin’ down in Beaver Creek.

  5. Well, that was a fizzle. All the beaches out here were closed due to extremely high waves. There’s also a Youtube video by Lance Blackwell showing some of the waves at Amphitrite Point. Quite wild, and he had to bail from where he was too!

  6. O.K. one of you weather dudes…………could you elaborate on this next forecast? Wind, snow?

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