Sat. Aug 17th, 2019

Windy out there! Watching the Low come in. Predicted Treefall on BCHwy4

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

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PDT Friday 16 August 2019 - Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low 15. Saturday: Mainly cloudy. High 24. Humidex 27. UV index 6 or high. Saturday night: Partly cloudy. Becoming cloudy overnight with 30 percent chance of drizzle before morning. Low 15. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of drizzle. High 23. Sunday night: Clear. Low 13. Monday: Sunny. High 24. Monday night: Cloudy periods. Low 14. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 22. Tuesday night: Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Low 14. Wednesday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 20. Wednesday night: Clear. Low 12. Thursday: Sunny. High 22.

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Update 7:45PM

the majority of the City is back online.  Still a bunch of smaller outages around the Valley though.

are you ready for a potential round two on Saturday?

Update 5:45PM

BCHydro has restored some power but big swath of port alberni city and valley eta now not on until 10PM.


Update 4:50PM

BC Hydro now says 6:30PM back on.


Update 4:30PM

Big Power Outage!

Alberniweather HQ is out too so no updates for weather info.  Check for updates. Current on time is 9PM. Hopefully.

Update 9:17AM:

Update:  New Low Barometer Record for This Station.

We just dropped through 97.88kPa/978.8mb which breaks the record for December for this alberniweather station of 97.98kPa set during the big windstorms, December 14, 2006.  The barometer continues to drop as the low approaches.  All time station low for alberniweather was set in January 2008 at 96.58mb.  We will not get there as the low is ‘only’ around 96.8kPa.
I’ve been active on Twitter mainly this morning so I’ll include those in this post.  You can follow me directly @Alberniweather.

The barometer reading should be your first clue that there is plenty of wind out there.  It has not been too strong in Port Alberni, but Nanaimo and the East Coast has been quite strong and there has been a top gust of 110kph at Trial Island off Victoria.

That was at 5:30AM.  The barometer is still falling.  It is now 979.5mb.  We might break a record for December at my station.

Again, this was at 5:30AM this morning.  It is now 974mb.

This buoy is now rising and at 968mb.  So the low has passed this location.

Above was the approximate location at 5:41AM. The current location can be estimated by looking at the Satellite picture for the swirl.


Looks like it is currently roughly due West of Port Alberni.

The wind is continuing and will likely continue for a few more hours, especially on the East side.

It seems to have come from a strange direction earlier this morning… see my stream of tweets just now.  Be safe on the roads.

The current buffer is only about 20 metres.  It should be more like 100 metres in my opinion.  And in the case of Cathedral Grove, those trees have stood the test of time (a measly 200+ years or more) because they were protected in the bottom of the grove.  The more clear cutting there is in the Cameron River Valley, the more exposed the Grove is, and the more likely for there to be trees coming down.

I’ll keep an eye on the storm the rest of the day.  There is still another coming on Saturday and it might just drag down enough cold air for snow too!