Few More Clouds Starting Tomorrow but Still Summer-Like..May 7th

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  • At least 30 daily high temperature records broke yesterday across BC with the hot spot for Canada in Ashcroft at 34.6°C
  • Our Strong ridge of high pressure will continue to bring mainly blue skies and mild temperatures over the next few days
  • To the south of us, the marine layer has moved in over the Juan de Fuca Starit meaning a cloudy day for our friends down in Washington..but that stratus deck will stay out of our way for today
  • Tomorrow morning though, that layer may creep around to YVR for an alarmingly mainly cloudy day before burning off nicely into the afternoon
  • Temperatures are a couple of degrees cooler today along the coast..although still 5 degrees above seasonal and still into the low to mid 20s for metro Vancouver
  • Looks like our next chance of cloud/rain will come this weekend (I know!). Cloud may roll in for Saturday afternoon with showers for Sunday with a weak system that breaks down our ridge  
  • Tomorrow though there is a good chance for afternoon thunderstorms in the BC southern interior. Something to watch for with fire risk increasing in the dry weather this week
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Last night at YVR.. photo by Mike Hillman

East Coast About to be Overrun by Billions of Cicadas 
  • Any day now, billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will crawl out of the earth after 17 years underground and overrun the East Coast. The insects will arrive in such numbers that people from North Carolina to Connecticut (and Canada's east)  will be outnumbered roughly 600-to-1
  • http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_CICADA_INVASION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-05-07-03-23-47

Bizarre weather pattern brings hottest U.S. weather to Seattle and northern Maine
  • We saw this yesterday as Toronto was hotter than Floria and Vancouver hotter than parts of Cali
  • Same pattern again today as a huge gap between the northern and southern branches of the jet stream drove the continental temperature contrasts.
  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/05/07/bizarre-weather-pattern-brings-hottest-u-s-weather-to-seattle-and-northern-maine/
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New Satellite to Document Earth Working Well
  • A new satellite appears to working flawlessly as it embarks on a 10-year mission to document the planet's surface
  • Landsat 8 is sending more than 400 data-filled images per day where they will be archived and made available for free download by scientists or anyone else who's interested.
  • http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_NEW_SATELLITE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-05-06-20-04-15

And Speaking of Sats: A satellite that can "weigh" the Earth's forests has just been given the go ahead 
  • Scientists will use Biomass to calculate the amount of carbon stored in the world's forests, and to monitor for any changes over the course of the five-year mission.
  • The European Space Agency says biomass will be launching in 2020

European and Asian languages traced back to single mother tongue
  • New research shows that languages spoken by billions of people across Europe and Asia are descended from an ancient language spoken along the north-eastern edge of Russia at the end of the last ice age
  • http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/may/06/european-asian-language-tongue-superfamily

People's Faces Recreated From the DNA Found In Chewing Gums and Cigarette Butts
  • A different angle to 3D printing
  • American artist extracts the DNA and studies certain regions of the genome that differs for every person
  • "How accurate are the portraits?"..."they will have similar traits and ancestry, but might look more like a possible cousin than a spitting image of the person themselves. The research on facial morphology is still in very early stages.
  • http://www.boredpanda.com/stranger-visions-dna-3d-portraits-heather-dewey-hagborg/

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Vancouver Weather

Saturday

A mix of sun and cloud

25°C

Sunday

A mix of sun and cloud

24°C

Monday

Sunny

25°C

Tuesday

Sunny

25°C

Wednesday

Sunny

26°C