Atmospheric River Continues Today...Soggy to Sunshine for Sunday...March 1st

Rainfall warnings remain in place today as our moist and mild system continues to spread heavy rain across the south coast today and into Saturday.

Stylewatch: junior in the rain on the street edition

So far between 15-25 mm have roughly fallen for Metro Vancouver with much higher amounts on West Vancouver Island & the south shore mountains. I will add the numbers up for tonight but here's what the Weather Centre has found so far:


- An additional 40-60 mm may fall over the Lower Mainland and the Sunshine Coast while
Howe Sound and West Vancouver Island may receive another 60-80 mm before the event winds down midday Saturday as the cold front of the system finally moves on through. Gusty westerly winds will fill in behind though for Sat afternoon, but will help to clear out the cloud.
- Rainfall intensity over Metro Vancouver eased off a little this morning but the intensity is already picking back up again
- Temperatures rose through the overnight and most of Vancouver is sitting at the double digits.. this means rain for the local mountains and passes and is what has led to high-extreme avalanche warnings today & tomorrow (highest it's been all year) for most of the province. Local mountains are also closed today because of the rain. But lots of snow for Whistler! Not in the snowfall warning anymore but 40 cm over the past 24 hours and counting
- By Sunday afternoon into early next week we finally catch a break from wet systems and we have sunshine in the forecast as a ridge builds in place although overnight lows will come back down to below seasonal
East Coast Rain Too!
- After almots 24 hours of freezing drizzle for St John's.. thing shave finally turned over to rain..and a lot of it
- The rain will then become heavier at times and is expected to persist throughout the remainder of the weekend and even into Monday. Rainfall amounts of 20 to 30 millimetres are expected by Sunday morning for the areas under the warning, with additional amounts expected thereafter.
NOAA and NASA's Next Generation Weather Satellite May Provide Earlier Warnings
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- The national average is a 14-minute lead time to warn residents of a tornado, but NASA and NOAA scientists are looking to improve severe weather detection to save lives and property.
Scientist play down 'tipping point' theory
- A doomsday-like scenario of sudden, irreversible change to the Earth's ecology -- a tipping point -- is not supported by science, Australian researchers say.
- Writing in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, scientists from the University of Adelaide, along with U.S. and British colleagues, argue that global-scale ecological tipping points are unlikely and that ecological change over large areas seem to follow a more gradual, smooth pattern.
China plans manned space mission
- China has announced a tentative time period for its next manned space craft launch that will dock with the country's orbiting space laboratory: sometime between June and August, the office of the country's space manned program.
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- A creature known as "the scavenger of the deep" has surprised its keepers at an aquarium by "fasting" for more than four years.
- The giant male isopod, called No. 1 to distinguish it from the two other giant isopods kept at Toba Aquarium in Mie Prefecture, last ate in January 2009, when it was fed a whole horse mackerel.
- Now that's what you call a diet..

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