Change in the Weather Starts Tomorrow...Oct 29th
- After almost no rain since Oct 7th (small amounts for some on the 27th) brilliant blue skies have one more kick at the can today
- Temperatures last night in the cool but clear air got down to just 1 or 2 degrees in Vancouver and down to the zero mark for parts of the valley. Many stations across the rest of BC actually got down well below zero. Coldest night this season with widespread frost reported
- Our high pressure will track east out of the province over the next 24 hours, allowing a weak frontal system to slide in for tomorrow bringing Wednesday afternoon and Thursday showers. We may see a bit of the sun tomorrow morning before clouds quickly roll in ahead of the system.
- Overnight lows will not be as cold next few nights thanks to cloud cover and some warmer air in the mix. Halloween night does not look like a wash-out though...
- Bit of a break between systems on Friday with low risk for showers and maybe even a peak of the sun
- Next weather-maker will arrive for Saturday, and this one will bring more significant rainfall amounts and gusty winds
- Should see a good clearing for Sunday but temperatures are dropping..overnight lows back down to freezing by Sunday night
- Vancouver has seen 20.7 mm for October which puts us in third place for driest month...but we may get knocked down with the Wed/Thu light showers
Canada needs national earthquake strategy, says insurance bureau
- The Insurance Bureau of Canada has released what it says is "the results of the first scientific evaluation in 20 years on the earthquake threat that Canada faces.
- The scientific study they say, leaves no doubt that Canada is not prepared to handle a major earthquake, which could happen at any time, and that the economic impact would be significant.
- IBC commissioned the study by AIR Worldwide, global experts in catastrophe modeling. The study is a peer-reviewed analysis of the impact of two major seismic events: one in British Columbia (western scenario) and the other in the Quebec City-Montreal-Ottawa corridor (eastern scenario).
Super Storm Sandy Anniversary
- One year ago today Sandy infamously curved into the New jersey coast as it merged with another storm system over land hence 'the superstorm' nickname
- In all over 160 people were killed in the United States and damage totaled over 65 billion dollars making Sandy the deadliest and costliest hurricane to affect the United States since Hurricane Katrina. Let us also not forgot that Sandy resulted in 2 deaths in Canada as it's remnants plowed through Ontario and Quebec. (thanks @JayScotland for the facts)
- In a year since Sandy made landfall, the National Weather Service have made significant improvements to better forecast, including expanded criteria for watches/warnings to include post-tropical systems, better storm surge modelling, and the galvanizing impact on climate change
- Some good before & after pics here