Yesterday was damp with periods of drizzle and a few showers, temps reached a high of +4C.The evening saw temps remain above freezing and most of the precip ended.Overnight temps were slightly above 0C.
Unsettled weather will be with us for the next few days.Periods of snow are expected tomorrow for inland areas.Here on the coast we are expecting to get mostly rain.
Temps will remain generally mild through next week.So far this winter we have not had any extremely cold weather with the coldest overnight temp being -10C for a few hours a couple of days ago.
Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :
(Normals: Max 0C / Min -10C)
A few rain showers and wet flurries ending this afternoon then cloudy. High plus 2.
Cloudy. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h overnight. Low zero.
Cloudy. Wet snow beginning in the morning except periods of rain along the coast in the morning and afternoon. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming north 30 in the morning then northwest 40 gusting to 60 early in the evening. High plus 1.
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 1. High plus 2.
The marine forecast:
Gale warning in effect.
Wind northeast 15 knots diminishing to light near noon then
increasing to northeast 15 to 20 overnight. Wind increasing to
northeast 25 Sunday morning and to northwest 35 Sunday evening.
Showers ending near noon. Periods of rain beginning Sunday morning.
Today’s Weather Trivia:
8 January 1901: Major Bennett of the Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles rebuked some men who refused to attend a service for the safe return of South African soldiers due to a "petty" snowstorm in Vancouver, BC. [Hardly petty-111.3 cm of snow fell over the previous 8 days.] The major called them fair-weather soldiers, unfit to wear the Queen's uniform, and a curse and a disgrace to their regiment. -Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada
ISS visible sightings:
Date: Saturday, January 08, 2011
Time: 05:44 PM Duration: 3 minutes Maximum Elevation: 29° Approach: 17° above NNW Departure: 16° above ENE
Time: 07:19 PM Duration: Less than 1 minute Maximum Elevation: 19° Approach: 15° above WNW Departure: 19° above WNW
Orion, the hunter, climbs high across the southern sky tonight. Its most prominent feature is its "belt" of three bright stars. Not far from the belt is a dark cloud that, through a telescope, looks like the knight in a chess game: the Horsehead Nebula.
AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be low.