Back to the Sun for Now..Changes Ahead...Aug 12th
- An upper level low spinning off the southwest coast was responsible for the round of weekend rain across the south coast
- Today the low will slowly continue to push northward and weaken, bringing a mix of sun and cloud. The band of showers should stay off towards the island and central coast..just a risk for mountain t-storms this afternoon for us. Thunderstorm watch already in place for interior- could be an active evening for severe storms.
- The low will continue to weaken over the next couple of days bringing a mainly sunny and warm Tuesday & Wednesday
- By Wednesday night though..our first real Pacific system in quite some time will approach the west coast bringing showers along a frontal boundary for Thursday & Friday
- At this point in the game looks like a mainly cloudy (but not a wash-out) weekend ahead..in case you are already looking
Perseid meteor shower: Best Viewing Tonight
- The annual Perseid meteor shower is putting on it's show, with peak viewing last night and tonight.
- Star-gazers mat see as many as 60-100 'shooting stars' per hour as Earth passes through the comet Swift-Tuttle's orbit and sweeps up some of the comet's rock and ice debris.
- One of the most anticipated meteor showers every year with best viewing just before dawn..I'll have the viewing forecast tonight on NN
Lightning Starts New Fires in BC..Fire Risk Still Extreme
- Weekend lightning across the BC interior caused 85 new fires to start
- 12 properties between Pemberton and Lillooet, remain on evacuation alert today
- Wildfire risk remains extreme today for parts of the BC west coast and interior, where thundertsorms could be severe once again this afternoon: http://bcwildfire.ca/Weather/Maps/danger_rating.htm
Stormy Afternoon for Alberta
- Watches in place for all of southern AB (and parts of the BC interior as well)
- Calgary may be looking at some severe t-storms for show time.. maybe we go with meteor shower and I`ll keep you posted if we need to change to or jump in with severe storms instead
Typhoon Utor swamps Philippines, heads for southern China
- Earth's strongest (in terms of wind speed) cyclone of 2013 so far, typhoon Utor, killed at least two people and destroyed 80 percent of the infrastructure in town of Casiguran near where it came inland according to reports
- Just prior to landfall, Utor's intensity peaked at 240 km/h, the equivalent of high-end category 4 hurricane and earning it "super typhoon" status
- Now it's headed for southeastern China over the next couple of days as it gets itself back together
NOAA updates hurricane outlook, says season could be very active
- The 2013 season could become very active, NOAA said; the season has already produced four named storms with the peak of the season ---- mid-August through October -- still to come.