You Know the Drill...Steadier Rain on the way Tonight...Wet Thursday Ahead...Jan 30th
On and off light rain and drizzle has been the story across much of metro Vancouver so far today as the stream of Pacific moisture continues. Steadier rain keeps on going towards Abbotsford.
Foggy, grey but humid start
- Generally drier weather will continue for the next few hours before a steadier round moves in early this evening
- The next round is thanks to another warm front that slides into the south coast tonight and into Thursday
- Thursday could be our wettest day yet with periods of rain until noon, although rainfall amounts will be generally <10 mm.
- Finally for Friday our ridge builds inland meaning drier (and maybe some sun) weather for Fri/Sat
- The ridge weakens for Sunday allowing showers back in right through to early next week
- Temps are generally warming over then next couple of days. Could see afternoon high of 9 by Saturday and overniht lows will stay mild in the 5,6 degree range
Southern Ontario April Weather
- Now into the warm section of that Colorado low we have been tracking, temperatures today have soared into the teens. Many daily temp records broken including Toronto at 14 degrees right now. Day started off with dense fog but rain will be the story for the rest of the day
- The sharp cold front of the same system will swing through for tomorrow and those Spring temps will drop more than 10 degrees tonight
- The quick and dramatic temps drop will be accompanied by gusty westerly winds across southern/Eastern Ontario
- Even though temps are dropping below zero, it looks like rain will end before the cold front and the winds will help clear off surfaces..but some areas maybe looking at a freeze-up where drainage is not good
- Flurries and snow squalls will also develop tomorrow on the lee shores of the Lakes
**Same storm system produced 9 reports of tornadoes last night and another 5 reports today in MI & AK as that arctic air collides with those Spring temperatures.**
Colorado Low Moves into Atlantic Canada
- The same Colorado Low will intensify as it moves across Central Quebec today.
- Rainfall amounts of 25 to 45 millimetres are likely by Thursday evening in northwestern NB as well as along the Fundy coast. Rainfall warnings are in place
- Strong winds also the story for the Maritimes...all of NS under wind warnings for Strong south to southwest winds tonight over 110 km/h
- Temps will get into the double digits for some tomorrow and then drop 10 for Friday
Arctic Airmass #2 Keeps On
- Wind chills remain in the -30 range for parts of AB & SK today... recovering by alomost 20 degrees tomorrow for AB as the frigid air moves into Manitoba
Quake warning system for California Proposed
- An earthquake warming system proposed for California, similar to one in Japan, would use sensors in the ground to alert residents to temblors, scientists say.
- Such a sensor system sent text message warnings to about 50 million people in the devastating 2011 Japan earthquake, and many people in Tokyo, 200 miles from the epicenter, knew the quake was coming 30 seconds before the shaking started, they said.
- A group of California's top geophysicists and seismologists have proposed an $80 million plan to create a similar earthquake early warning system in California, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
- This is what many believe is the best plan for BC as well
New Study on China + Coal
- New information from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show China is now burning almost as much coal as the rest of the world -- combined.
- And despite impressive support from Beijing for renewable energy and a dawning understanding about the dangers of air pollution, coal use in China is poised to continue rising, if slower than it has in recent years... even in the past month the reprts of air pollution in Beijing have been horrific
- Coal already accounts for 20% of global greenhouse-gas emissions, making it one of the biggest causes of man-made climate change. http://science.time.com/2013/01/29/the-scariest-environmental-fact-in-the-world/
Is Your Cat a Killer?
- Forget playing the keyboard, a new report that scaled up local surveys and pilot studies to national dimensions, estimates that domestic cats in the United States kill a median of 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals a year