BC Storm Moves in Tonight - Snow, Rain & Winds...Jan 10th

  • A strong low pressure system is intensifying as it approaches the west coast today. The warm front will begin to spread rain across the south coast this afternoon, becoming heavy overnight and tomorrow morning
  • Rainfall warnings are in place for much of the south coast incl Vancouver & Fraser Valley for up to 50 mm..locally even higher
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  • Looks like the snow levels are not rising as high as it was looking yesterday - staying around 1100/1200 for the north shore tonight, before rising through the weekend. 
  • 15-20 cm for for Whistler and about 10-15 cm for the north shore mountains..snow will continue on Whistler for Saturday but snow levels may change things to rain for the north shore
  • Strong southeast winds are already picking up for central coastal sections this afternoon and will pick up for the Sunshine Coast & Vancouver Island tonight. Gusts will likely peak between 60-80 km/h  
  • Winds will be gusty for Vancouver but not looking to hit warnings criteria, maybe 30-50 km/h
  • The cold front of the system will slide through tomorrow morning for continues gusty and shifting winds, and rain
  • A weaker system (storm number 5 this week!) will move in for more rain Sunday into Monday as a ridge builds into the south...directing storms up and over, onto the BC coast
  • Rivers will be running high this weekend and some flooding may be a concern along with localized power outages and ferry delays. Tides will be high on Saturday so some coastal flooding may also be a concern
  • The good news is that this storm will move through fairly quickly, so we will likely catch a break from the rain tomorrow evening before Sunday rain with the next and much less powerful storm

January Thaw This Weekend for the East - Flooding, Ice Jam Concern
  • Temperatures across southern Ontario will approach the double digits tomorrow, and will get into the teens for the Maritimes by Sunday
  • That means elevated flood risk with all the recent snow and ice - lots of blocked drainage systems will likely cause problems for a lot of communities north and south of the border
  • Lots of flood watches/warnings south of the border with rain and warmer conditions through New England and the Great Lakes Region and into the Ohio Valley
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Check with @CBCWeather for the latest

Universe measured to 1% accuracy
  • I think this is such a cool story
  • This staggeringly precise survey is key to mapping the cosmos and determining the nature of dark energy.
  • The new gold standard was announced at the 223rd American Astronomical Society in Washington DC yesterday thanks to "frozen" imprints of pressure waves that moved through the early universe - and help set the distribution of galaxies we see today..
  • "I now know the size of the universe better than I know the size of my house.' great quote from one of the scientist
  • "Twenty years ago astronomers were arguing about estimates that differed by up to 50%. Five years ago, we'd refined that uncertainty to 5%; a year ago it was 2%.
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25663810

Research cutbacks by government alarm scientists
  • Scientists across the country are expressing growing alarm that federal cutbacks to research programs monitoring areas that range from climate change and ocean habitats to public health will deprive Canadians of crucial information.
  • Fifth estate's documentary Silence of the Labs runs tonight with Linden MacIntyre telling the story of scientists -- and what is at stake for Canadians -- from Nova Scotia to the B.C. Pacific Coast to the far Arctic Circle
  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/research-cutbacks-by-government-alarm-scientists-1.2490081

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