Book-End Sunshine This Week!.. Some Showery Days for Mid-Week

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Our beautiful (and much deserved) blue skies stick around today! High pressure sits off the BC coast directing NW winds across the province again today. Looks like we will hit the double digits as well for metro Vancouver after a cool start.

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- However the next low pressure system is approaching from the Pacific and will arrive with showers for Tuesday; high cloud will roll in overnight tonight and showers will begin tomorrow morning and linger through Wednesday
- Looks like temps drop down to below seasonal for tomorrow. Just a 7 as an afternoon high.
- But behind this low pressure system, another ridge builds in bringing sunny skies for Thursday afternoon into Friday and possibility into Saturday. Temperatures also rebound to double digits after tomorrow
 
Prairies Quick Return to Winter..US East Coast Next
- The low pressure system that had stalled out late last week over the BC south coast (Pineapple Express) made it's way over to the Alberta foothills & southern SK for the weekend. Almost 30cm fell in Calgary with whiteout conditions
- The system is now tracking into Manitoba & Northern Ontario today- snowfall warnings are in place for up to 20 cm with blowing snow 
- This storm will then track to the US east coast for Tue-Wed for yet anotherr major winter storm for DC, Virginia, Maryland: US media has already dubbed this: "the Snowquester storm"
 
Australia's Summer Is Hottest on Record
- Australia's summer of 2013 is the hottest on record so far, the country's Bureau of Meteorology announced late last week
http://www.livescience.com/27589-australia-summer-sets-record.html
 
NASA On Course to Launch Orion Flight Test
- The first spacecraft NASA has designed to fly astronauts beyond Earth orbit since the Apollo era is well on its way to making a flight test next year
- The mission is planned for launch in September 2014, and will see an Orion capsule orbit Earth without a crew and return through the atmosphere at speeds unseen since astronauts last returned from the moon in 1972.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130301041613.htm
 
Nine dead after heavy snow hits Japanese island of Hokkaido
- At least nine people have died after heavy snowfall hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido over the weekend.
- Snow is piling up dangerously high in Japan due to this winter's low temperatures... some snowpacks measure 5 m (or 18 feet) in Northern Japan

Vancouver Weather

Sunday

Chance of showers

20°C

Monday

Chance of showers

22°C

Tuesday

Cloudy

19°C

Wednesday

Cloudy

20°C

Thursday

A mix of sun and cloud

22°C