Changes Today..Not a Bad Weekend Ahead Though...Aug 23rd
- A number of daily high temp records were broken yesterday across southern BC including Vancouver Harbour at 26.1, Victoria University at 26.8 and West Van at 26.7. It really did feel like a hot, summers day with mainly blue skies as well
- Today, clouds continue to roll in ahead of a system that will swing it's cold front through later this afternoon
- Vancouver will continue to get some sunny breaks but winds will pick up even more as the cold front moves through around 4 pm today. We may see a few showers along the front and there is a risk of t-storms for the north shore in the unstable air
- Lingering showers will be the story tomorrow but even with cooler temps and cloudier skies - it's not a bad weekend. Lots of sunny breaks expected.
- The spinning low responsible for the front will remain spinning offshore through to the middle of next week so cloudy, cool and unsettled weather will remain in the forecast.
It just feels like it should be Friday today, doesn't it?
- I'll be at Stanley Park tonight for the shows as we gear up for the 125th anniversary celebrations this weekend: http://www.cbc.ca/bc/features/stanley-park/#igImgId_78904
- While my own Stanley Park memories do not stretch back as far as some, I spent a lot of time here as a kid. In fact, I became so obsessed with the zoo, the train and the trees as a 2 year old, that a certain Stanley Park conductor's hat did not leave my head for a number of formative years. Yes, I looked like a boy. The memories kept on growing, even while living in Ontario for the better part of the last 25 years - my dad and I found the perfect excuse to fly back every October to visit the city, family and the park with 6 annual James Cunningham Seawall runs under our belt. Now that Vancouver is home again, running to Brockton Point every morning is often the highlight of my day (and I may or may not be mayor of the lighthouse on four square). Happy Birthday Stanley Park.
Me at 18 months..wearing the Stanley Park conductor's hat and winking at future Johanna.
Tourists, Residents Evacuate as Yosemite Wildfire Grows Exponentially
- Adding to the more than 50 wildfires burning across the nation, a massive blaze has ignited in the popular tourist destination of Yosemite National Park, threatening more than 4,500 structures and prompting evacuations across the area
Arctic Sea Ice Update: Unlikely to Break Records, but Continuing Downward Trend
- The melting of sea ice in the Arctic is well on its way toward its annual "minimum," that time when the floating ice cap covers less of the Arctic Ocean than at any other period during the year.
- While the ice will continue to shrink until around mid-September, it is unlikely that this year's summer low will break a new record.
- Still, this year's melt rates are in line with the sustained decline of the Arctic ice cover observed by NASA and other satellites over the last several decades
Northern Lights recreated inside a bottle
- Nasa scientists have recreated the Northern Lights inside a bottle in a lab at their Langley Research Centre in Virginia, USA.
- They used a device called Planeterrella that combined all the necessary ingredients -- a magnetic field, charged particles and a sphere -- to display a colourful re-enactment of the world's most spectacular light show