Rain & a Big Cool-Down Returns Tomorrow.. Sun Back for Sunday...April 11th
- A ridge of high pressure has built in nicely behind yesterday morning's cold front. Breezy winds are still gusting to 50 km/h today across Vancouver but the worst of the winds hit yesterday afternoon around the Victoria area:
Trial Island West 83 Gusting 102 km/h
Victoria Gonzales West 59 Gusting 91 km/h
Victoria Harbour West 59 Gusting 70 km/h
Esquimalt Hrbour West 52 Gusting 76 km/h
Point Atkinson West 57 Gusting 87 km/h
Sandheads Northwest 50 gusting 65 km/h
Vancouver Airport West 46 Gusting 57 km/h
- The next rain-maker will move in for tomorrow morning bringing clouds and late morning rain. The rain will last all day and into the evening for a general 10-20 mm
- Temperatures will likely not make it into the double digits tomorrow for a cool day but the actual cold front won't slide through until the evening..dropping temps down to 3,4 for Vancouver.
- Breezy conditions will accompany the front and behind it, very cool air will get filtered south bringing snow levels down as low as 700 m. Look for local mountain snow (5-10 cm) and even the possibility for higher elevation light snow Friday night
- Cooler and showery conditions will remain in place for the south coast on Saturday but things should dry out for a relatively sunny Sunday (although a late day quick shower not out of the question), Monday and even into midweek. Temperatures look to slowly recover into next week
Southern Ontario Ice Storm Ramping Up For Tonight
- A messy mix of snow, rain, ice pellets and freezing rain started early this morning for the lower Great Lakes as warm air overrides an arctic airmass
- A general 2-4 cm swath of snow and ice pellets have already fallen for Toronto but this is just round 1
- In fact there may be a slight break before round 2 starts this evening: the main event will arrive this evening and looks to start off as freezing rain, mix with ice pellets and even thunder! Before changing over to rain overnight
- Warnings are in place from Windsor through to Ottawa for some kind of hazardous weather
- Impacts from Environment Canada:
Poor travel conditions are expected over the duration of this event. However, with temperatures hovering near the freezing mark, treated roads will tend to be merely wet while untreated roads may be somewhat slippery. Also, with the break in precipitation this afternoon the afternoon commute should not be problematic. Also, shoreline areas near Lake Ontario, including downtown Toronto, may see mixed rain and freezing rain tonight, which will significantly limit the impacts in those areas.
Of greater concern is the risk of widespread power outages this evening from downed tree limbs and power lines due to significant ice accumulation combined with northeast winds gusting to 60 km/h. Freezing rain amounts up to 10 mm are quite possible in many areas with some regions possibly exceeding 20 mm. The heavier amounts would be primarily to the west and northwest of the Greater Toronto area.
- There is still some uncertainty as to the extent of the cold air. This will have an impact on how much falls as ice pellets versus freezing rain
- The messy weather will get to Ottawa overnight for a messy morning commute and it will be mainly a snow story for Montreal; 2-5 cm tomorrow
Tornado Kills at Least One Person in Mississippi
- The same clash of air masses continues to bring severe weather (blizzards & tornadoes) to the states
- 12 tornadoes were reported over the past 24 hours and the risk for more severe weather in in place again tonight from from Louisiana into Pennsylvania
NASA IMAGING SENSOR PREPARES FOR WESTERN WILDFIRE SEASON
- Airborne imaging technology developed at NASA and transferred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service (USFS) in 2012 is being tested to prepare for this year's wildfire season in the western United States.
NASA's Asteroid Initiative: Robotically Capture Small Near-Earth Asteroid and Explore It
- NASA's FY2014 budget proposal includes a plan to robotically capture a small near-Earth asteroid and redirect it safely to a stable orbit in the Earth-moon system where astronauts can visit and explore it