A few More Pleasant Days Ahead..Rain Will Finally Come for the Weekend...May 8th

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  • The marine layer did indeed sneak in today..still seeing some lingering stratus through YVR and Coal Harbour. the clouds will continue to clear though for a mainly sunny afternoon
  • High temperature records broke again yesterday in BC..most in the 30s across the interior.
  • Morning temps are a little cooler today with the marine layer in place- mid to high teens for the commute to work rather than the low 20s were were already at this time yesterday. But by the mid afternoon metro Vancouver should be back up to 20-23..still above seasonal
  • Tonight, watch for that marine layer to creep back in for a similar start to the day. Back to the sun by the afternoon
  • Our ridge holds strong though Thursday and Friday but with an onshore flow back watch for morning cloud and afternoon sun..temps still in the 20s and in fact a little warmer the next two days
  • Looks like the rain may come in a little earlier- clouds by the afternoon on Saturday and rain by the evening...continuing through Sunday
  • There is a risk of afternoon thunderstorms today in the southern interior and Kootenys in the hot and unstable air where temps will hit the low 30s over the next few days. Fire risk is at high for some pockets and lightning strikes will be a concern for starting fires
  • Some old records broke yesterday in the interior:
Station             new        old   year      record
                    Record     record          began
Osoyoos                 32.4    29.0(1994)      1954
Vernon                  29.4    28.5(1992)      1900
Creston                 29.1    28.5(1998)      1913
Nakusp                  26.5    25.6(1998)      1912
Warfield                31.3    31.0(1987)      1929
Clinton                 23.6    19.4(1998)      1973
Burns Lake              23.0    22.8(1956)      1950


Fire Risk Increasing Across Country with Dry Stretch
  • Parts of the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick are under extreme fire risk today meaning fires that start will be fast-spreading, high-intensity fires that are difficult to control
  • Most of the country has been dry the past couple of days with a mainly dry forecast. Lightning strikes will be a concern for starting fires today which may happen in the BC interior, southern AB and into ON & QC

Astronaut Julie Payette to head federal science museum
  • The two-time space traveller is heading home to Montreal to become chief operating officer of the Montreal Science Centre
  • http://www.vancouversun.com/news/national/Astronaut+Julie+Payette+head+federal+science+museum/8355512/story.html#ixzz2SjBLoxjm

Lingering Winter Chill Suppressing Tornadoes in 2013
  • The winter that just won't quit is keeping the number of tornadoes down for 2013
  • This is usually an active month for severe storms but the cols air that is locked in place across the Plaines..Meanwhile the warm air has returned to Canada which has made for an unusual warmer in the north pattern
  • This time last year the US had >600 tornadoes (about avg) while preliminary data shows only ~230 tornadoes
  • There is a chance that yet another cold wave slated for the middle of May could have just the right conditions for patchy frost and this time the cold air is coming from the North so cross-country cool-down is expected
  • http://www.livescience.com/29397-lingering-winter-chill-suppressing-tornadoes-in-2013.html

Sunshine Could Benefit Health and Prolong Life...Outweighs Risk of Skin Cancer
  • I`m sure this will be a controversial but..a new study suggests that exposure to sunlight improves health overall by helping to reduce blood pressure, cut the risk of heart attack and stroke - and even prolong life
  • Outweighs the risk of developing skin cancer because the benefits of reducing blood pressure is far greater
  • http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130507195807.htm

Nano-scientists develop new kind of portable water purification system
  • This new device employs nanoparticles to remove biological hazards and toxic heavy metals
  • Researchers say making this new device available to everyone would save approximately 2 million lives a year
  • http://phys.org/news/2013-05-nano-scientists-kind-portable-purification.html

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