Afternoon Showers..But More of that Sun Tomorrow...Oct 16

Afternoon! Last night's frontal system that rolled onshore brought periods of heavy rain and strong wind gusts. Metro Vancouver only saw between 4-7 mm, Victoria 11 mm and Abbotsford 17 mm. Here is the storm summary of the highest wind gusts in km/h:

Sartine Island 158
Cathedral Point 124
Ivory Island 120
Dryad 119
Egg Island 115
Vancouver 58

Showers Today, More Sun Tomorrow
- A ridge of high pressure is now building in off the coast...although today an upper level feature may bring a few showers to Vancouver and mainly cloudy skies as we head into the afternoon. Winds are deceasing though
- By tomorrow, the high pressure should dominate so a fairly sunny Wednesday ahead after some morning fog
- Thursday we are back to the rain as the warm front of the next approaching system slides in making for a soggy end to the week and a cool & soggy weekend
- Something else I will look into today; freezing levels dropped overnight to below 1500 m with the passage of the cold front. I think Alpine levels of Whistler saw a good round of snow. There is some snow showers to the mountain passes this morning. A special weather statement is in place for accumulations up to 5 cm before easing to light flurries this afternoon

Fresh snow on Whistler last night!

Hurricane Rafael Impact on Atlantic Canada Update.. Current Fall Storm Bringing Snow to Labrador Today
- The  hurricane is forecast to track east of Bermuda, and approach the Southern Grand Banks late
Wednesday bringing the track just South of the Southeastern Grand Banks.
- A trough of low pressure over the Maritimes will move eastward tonight and cross Newfoundland early Wednesday.  The advancing trough will bring periods of rain and locally gusty winds across Atlantic Canada tonight but these conditions are not associated with Rafael. Depending on the degree of interaction of this trough with Rafael, some additional heavier rainfall is likely over the Avalon Peninsula but the wind threat to Newfoundland is low. Significant offshore waves and winds will affect the marine forecast though.

U.S. Election Battleground Forecast Taking Shape: Accuweather
- Weather has the ability to alter the turn out of an election, and with Nov. 6 just over three weeks away, has begun its official 2012 election coverage.
- Although it is too far out to talk specific they have released an outlook for the eight battleground states, including: New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada.

Opening of NOAAs Centre for Weather & Climate Prediction: Potential Game Changer in Forecasting
- Ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday marked official opening.
- The new center's location next door to the NASAs Goddard Space Flight Centre, is ideal for enabling increased mutually beneficial collaborations with the intellectual resources of the local academic community at the University of Maryland and NASA scientists and staff.


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