Windy But Sunny Afternoon..More Sun Tomorrow Before Friday Rain Again...April 10 th

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  • The cold front moved through Vancouver just before noon clearing out the rain but doing so with very strong winds gusts.
  • Rainfall totals over the last 24 hours were around 30 mm for the Harbour, 20 for YVR and 40 mm for West Van
  • Wind gusts right now are around 70 km/h around the straight and getting close to 70 for Vancouver. Westerly winds will remain gusty through today and tonight before easing tomorrow afternoon as a ridge builds in
  • That ridge will help maintain those blue skies through Thursday, but again watch for breezy conditions for much of the day
  • Meanwhile that cold front front will continue to sweep rain across the interior today before exiting the province this evening
  • The next Pacific system is not far behind- rain will begin tomorrow night along the cold front. That front though will help drag down a much cooler airmass for the weekend
  • Saturday looks to remain unstable with chance of showers through the day, while Sunday looks much sunnier
  • That cool airmass will keep temps fresh; afternoon highs only a couple of degree below seasonal around 11 for Sat/Sun and into next week but overnight lows will be getting down close to zero by Sunday night
  • Snow levels will be lowering to pass level tonight and a special weather statment is in place for Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass and Trans Canada Highway - Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass for heavy snow
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Soggy Jack this morning..

Ice Storm Potential for Southern Ontario
  • A series of low pressure systems will bring yet another round of rain to SW Ontario tonight. Rainfall warnings are still in place for places like London, Windsor, Sarnia for totals close to 80 mm by tonight. Localized flooding has already been reported 
  • On Thursday, a stronger low will approach from the southwest and drag down a colder airmass from the north. 
  • As a result, rain is expected to change to freezing rain and ice pellets late tonight or Thursday morning for much of southern Ontario. Winter storm watches remain in effect from Niagara, through Toronto and into the Ottawa area who will get into the ice tomorrow night
  • From Environment Canada's Watch statement: 
Poor travel conditions are expected over the duration of this event. In particular, the Thursday morning commute may be challenging with icy conditions on untreated roads for areas from the Greater Toronto area westwards to Lake Huron. And it may be even more problematic for the evening rush hour. Of greater concern is the risk of widespread power outages due to downed tree limbs and power lines due to significant ice accumulation combined with northeast winds gusting to 60 km/h. There is a risk that this could be a major ice storm for an appreciable swath of Southern Ontario.

  • There is some uncertainty in the forecast (ie ice pellets vs freezing rain) depending on much cold air gets wrapped into play
  • By Friday snow/rain mix will continue before slowly improving for the weekend\
  • This is mainly a snow story btw for southern Quebec and te storm will eventually bring a cool-down and rain/snow mix to Atlantic Canada for Friday into the weekend

World's Oldest Dinosaur Embryo Yields Organic Remains
  • Led by University of Toronto, an international team excavated and analyzed over 200 bones from individuals at different stages of embryonic development.
  • We are opening a new window into the lives of dinosaurs," says the lead scientist. "This is the first time we've been able to track the growth of embryonic dinosaurs as they developed. Our findings will have a major impact on our understanding of the biology of these animals."
  • http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130410131216.htm

White House bumps up science budget
  • President Obama says increased funding for the National Science Foundation in his proposed 2014 budget is a commitment to America's key basic research agencies.
  • His proposed $7.6 billion budget, an increase of $593 million over 2012 levels, will "expand the frontiers of knowledge, lay the foundation of economic growth and job creation, and educate a globally competitive workforce," the White House said Wednesday in its release of the budget.
  • http://www.upi.com/Science_News/Technology/2013/04/10/White-House-bumps-up-science-budget/UPI-56731365621491/

Vancouver Weather

Wednesday

Chance of showers

16°C

Thursday

A mix of sun and cloud

19°C

Friday

Sunny

22°C

Saturday

Sunny

22°C

Sunday

Sunny

22°C