Snow for Some to End 2012...Sunny & Cold Start to 2013...Dec 31st

Happy New Year's Eve!! Bundle up but leave the brollies behind for celebrations tonight. And even if it's just left-over cheese, soggy shrimp rings and Mr Bean...here's to a happy 2013.
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Happy New Year from Hello Kitty in Gastown

- A weak frontal system is bringing light rain to much of metro Vancouver today. With snow levels down around 300 m, higher elevations are getting a few cm of snow. Lots of chatter on twitter about the snow in Burnaby, Surrey, Langley..
- High pressure aloft just wasn't quite strong enough to keep this little low from bringing us the snow/rain but the ridge will be building tonight into tomorrow meaning a relatively sunny (but cool) start to the new year
- In fact, by tonight skies should clear out for anyone out and about for New Year's Eve celebrations although temps for metro Van will drop down to -2
- Fog will also develop before the morning hours but by the afternoon yvr is looking at a sunny Jan 1st
- A couple of weal systems look to brush the areas Thursday and Saturday with a chance of rain but it will depend on how strong the ridge ends up becoming  
 
Digging Out Across the East
- The second snowstorm in a week hit the Maritimes this weekend bringing snow and winds to all three provinces. Winds were between 80-130 km/h and the highest snowfall totals were:

Moncton NB: 24 cm
Mechanic Settlement (SW of Moncton): 38 cm
Miramichi NB: 37 cm
Charlottetown: 16 cm
Yarmouth, NS: 20 cm
 
The deep low over is now over Central Newfoundland and will continue to move off to the northeast night. A brief period of strong northwesterly winds are expected early this evening before diminishing before midnight. Pounding surf and big winds will be a bigger story than the actual snowfall for St John's... just flurries today

Death Valley Now the Hottest Temp Recorded
- After a yearlong investigation by a team of climate scientists, the World Meteorological Organization, the climate agency of the United Nations, announced this fall that it was throwing out a reading of 136.4 degrees claimed by the city of Al Aziziyah on Sept. 13, 1922. It made official what anyone who has soldiered through a Death Valley summer afternoon here could attest to. There is no place hotter in the world. A 134-degree reading registered on July 10, 1913, at Greenland Ranch here is now the official world record.
- http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/29/science/earth/death-valley-temperature-record-is-restored.html?ref=science&_r=0

 

Vancouver Weather

Monday

Sunny

2°C

Tuesday

Sunny

2°C

Wednesday

Sunny

1°C

Thursday

Cloudy

3°C

Friday

Chance of flurries or rain showers

2°C