Close Call for the All-Time Record Today: Chance of Showers Tonight! July 31st
- While the day started off bright and sunny (minus the coastal fog), stratus clouds are already moving in from the south thanks to a a spinning low pressure system that has set-up off the southwest coast
- Looks like the valley and and the coastal mountains will see a good chance of thunderstorms this afternoon..but they should stay clear of YVR
- It's this evening and overnight, that a stray shower -may- slide down to YVR. The risk is low but that of course would ruin our all-time July record (since records began 76 years ago) if we get more than trace amounts
- Tomorrow morning will likely start off cloudy with risk of showers for YVR. We may see some afternoon sun before the showers return Friday
- Looks like showers will linger through the weekend but hoping for some sunny breaks in there as well, and back to summer-like weather for the holiday Monday
Fredericton Rain Record
- Fredericton has broken the all-time WETTEST July on record since they began 140 years ago with 226 mm this month
- Averages are more like 90 mm.. the worst came in one 119 mm round last Friday
Dramatic Image Shows North Pole Monitoring Station Floating in a Lake!
- Apparently, it is not unusual these days though but the pic has been making it's rounds: "Every summer when the sun melts the surface the water has to go someplace, so it accumulates in these ponds"
St. Stephen on Friday- Photo by CBC Reporter Matthew Bingley
Global Helium Shortage?
- A renowned expert on helium says we are wasting our supplies of the inert gas helium and will run out within 25 to 30 years, which will have disastrous consequences for hospitals and industry.
- While you may think it's balloons and squeaky voices that will alone suffer..Liquid helium is vital for its use in cooling MRI scanners. No other substance has a lower boiling point. Helium is also vital in the manufacture of LCDs and fiber optics.