Big Winds This Eve...And Then Big Changes Tomorrow Afternoon...Feb 6th

A Pacific storm will bring yet another round of rain and mountain snow starting tonight, along with gusty winds.

The frontal system is sliding in from the SW but is getting torn apart on the coast so it will be fairly slow-moving..hence the rain in the forecast through to Thursday.

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Caught a glimpse of the sun the am before the next set of fronts slid in

-Looks like steadier rain will for us is just building on from the SW with on and off bands through to Thursday am as the warm front slides in. In general Vancouver is looking at 5 mm today with another 10-15 mm overnight
- Winds will also pick up this afternoon and gusts could approach 60 km/h and increase to 70 km/h this evening before diminishing by the morning. Eastern Vancouver Island is under a wind warning for up to 80 km/h gusts this afternoon
- A nice ridge of high pressure is building in just off the coast for Thursday evening and through the weekend with a general dry flow from the NE.. could be looking at fog in this set-up but with the possibility of sunny breaks in the afternoon Th-Sun
- Temps will be a touch on the cool side with the change in general wind direction. Overnight lows will get down to the freezing mark over the next few days with afternoon highs around 5,6 degrees. Lots of local mountain snow..and the Coq still seeing heavy snow this am

UK's space age Antarctic base can slide across ice
- British researchers have unveiled a futuristic Antarctic research base that can move, sliding across the frozen surface to beat the shifting ice and pounding snow that doomed its predecessors.
- The station was built over four years because engineers could only work for a nine-week period during the Antarctic summer. The total cost of the station was nearly $40 million dollars
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_BRITAIN_NEW_ANTARCTIC_BASE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-02-06-11-19-22

Two Great Lakes hit their lowest levels
- According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, tests taken in January show that Lake Huron and Lake Michigan were 68 cm below their long term average. Since January last year, they've dropped an alarming 43 cm.
- The other three Great Lakes, Superior, Erie and Ontario, are also well below average, raising concerns about heavy economic losses.
- Scientists blame drought and other natural forces for the below average levels. Dredging of rivers that drain from the lakes have also contributed to the level drops.
http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=Two_Great_lakes_hit_their_lowest_levels_06_02_2013?ref=ccbox_homepage_topstories

Mary Leakey: archaeologist's 100th birthday prompts Google celebration
- Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mary Leakey, born Mary Nichol, who discovered the first fossilised skull of an extinct ape
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/feb/06/google-doodle-100th-anniversary-mary-nicol

Quake Map
- Also..really cool visuals of the US seismic netwrok picking up the signald form the big 8.0 magnitude quake last night near the Santa Crus Islands. Aftershocks still occuring.
http://www.iris.edu/spud/gmv/1066749

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