Once More into the Sun... Clouds And Rain En Route For Tonight...Jan 3rd

Yet another very foggy morning for all of metro Vancouver..along with some reports of black ice and frost; lots of problems on the roads and bridges. YVR got down to -3 again last night.


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@Catewaggy "It's "gone", MacReady"

-Sun has broken through now for most of Vancouver..fog just hanging on in the straight now. The next weather maker though is fast approaching; just crossing the northern sections of Vancouver Island... will spread cloud across the lower mainland by early evening with showers to begin late evening and through the overnight
- Showers will linger through the first half of Friday, but at least the fog will have been mixed out. A weak ridge attempts to build in for the second half of Friday so it's looking generally dry...maybe some evening breaks in the cloud
- With the system bringing milder temps in, overnight lows should stay just above zero for the first time in days...a mild pattern ahead
- By Saturday, another weak system will roll in bringing rain both Sat/Sun..and it looks to remain active through early next week
- Also, after 6 straight days of an 8:08 am sunrise tomorrow morning marks the first day of earlier sunrise- 8:07 am since the summer! It's all downhill from here on in ;)

Balmy Calgary..Frigid East
-  A bit of a chinook wind and a nice little warm pocket has brought Calgary up to 8 degrees this afternoon- mild considering seasonals are minus 3. The eastern half of the country is still dealing with minus double digits over the next couple of days. Coldest weather most of eastern Canada & the US have experienced so far this season
 
January 1 Snow Coverage Sets New Record for US
- With 67 percent of the contiguous U.S. covered by snow, the first day of 2013 marked the widest coverage of snow the U.S. has seen on Jan. 1 in the past ten years...I'll take a look at what this means for Canada snow coverage records
- Meanwhile drought continues over a large portion of the US plains- The worst U.S. drought since the 1930s, the Dust Bowl is damaging wheat crops across the world's biggest supplier, at a time when hedge funds are the most bearish on prices in seven months.
http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/january-1-snow-coverage-sets-n-1/3522235
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-03/dust-bowl-wilting-u-s-wheat-as-funds-turn-bearish-commodities.html
 
Australia Swelters in Biggest Heat Wave Since 2001
- Australia is facing its most wide- ranging heatwave in more than a decade as 80 percent of the continent is hit by temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius
- State emergency services have flagged the risk of wildfires that could threaten homes and farms, while power companies are bracing for increased demand for electricity. The extreme weather, caused by a mass of hot air, has spread east from Western Australia and is expected to affect the most populous states of Victoria and New South Wales in the next week.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-03/australia-swelters-amid-most-wide-ranging-heatwave-since-2001.html
 

Vancouver Weather

Tuesday

Chance of showers

21°C

Wednesday

A mix of sun and cloud

22°C

Thursday

Sunny

23°C

Friday

A mix of sun and cloud

22°C

Saturday

A mix of sun and cloud

22°C