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Re: Nice weather

PostPosted: Feb 8th, 2019, 9:37 am
by Lady tehMa
Light skiff of snow out there this morning, but at least it isn't quite so cold.

Re: Nice weather

PostPosted: Feb 8th, 2019, 11:11 am
by Glacier
I shovelled a solid 4 cm of snow off my driveway this morning.

Re: Nice weather

PostPosted: Feb 8th, 2019, 6:21 pm
by MAPearce
I must say the minus 8 this morning felt GREAT !

Re: Nice weather

PostPosted: Feb 8th, 2019, 6:24 pm
by GordonH
Currently at KYC -3.5c with the wind feels like -9c

Re: Nice weather

PostPosted: Feb 9th, 2019, 10:46 am
by Lady tehMa
https://www.castanet.net/news/Penticton/248907/Snowpack-looks-promising

After two years of devastating floods in the spring, the snowpack numbers for both the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys are well below normal.

As of Feb. 1, the Okanagan snow basin was at 86 per cent of normal, and the Similkameen was at 74 per cent.

"And just in comparison to last year, Okanagan was at 131 per cent of normal on Feb. 1 and the Similkameen was 135 per cent of normal," said Jonathan Boyd, hydrologist with the BC River Forecast Centre. "At this time last year, we knew we were in a state of flood alert."

If things continue as they are, the valleys aren't looking at a high risk of flooding this spring. February has already been a dry month in terms of precipitation, thanks to an Arctic weather system, and the longer the areas go without snow, the better for the flood risk. Usually, the region sees just under two thirds of its snowfall by this time.

But it's not time for celebration just yet. Boyd cautioned that conditions can change quickly, and unexpected late-season snow or rains can tip the balance.

"That's what happened two years ago. The Okanagan snowpack was actually even less than it is right now, and we got heavy rain in March and April, and that led to flooding on Okanagan Lake," Boyd explained.

The lower snowpack is a double-edged sword.

"The positive of a lower snowpack is the risk of flooding is lower. The negative of a lower snowpack is the risk of water supply later on in the summer due to drought conditions increases," Boyd said.

He also explained that despite two years of excessive water, that doesn't mean the system can't handle more water this year.

"Okanagan Lake can be affected year over year, but I don't think the level got high enough last year that last year will influence this year," he said. "The bigger influence will be the snowpack. The snowpack really decides on the volume of water forecasts we have."

And for now, that forecast is promising.

Re: Nice weather

PostPosted: Feb 9th, 2019, 10:57 am
by MAPearce
And for now, that forecast is promising.


Yeah , promising ...

Promising another year of fires everywhere ....

Re: Nice weather

PostPosted: Feb 9th, 2019, 11:16 am
by LTD
got over 6 inches of snow last night nice light fluffy powder

Re: Nice weather

PostPosted: Feb 9th, 2019, 11:31 am
by WalterWhite
"That's what happened two years ago. The Okanagan snowpack was actually even less than it is right now, and we got heavy rain in March and April, and that led to flooding on Okanagan Lake," Boyd explained.


Which simply means that current levels are pretty much irrelevant to forecasting whether we see flooding or drought conditions. Isn't this also usually about the same time the OBWB begins forecasting upcoming water shortages?

Re: Nice weather

PostPosted: Feb 9th, 2019, 11:32 am
by the truth
yup [icon_lol2.gif]

Re: Nice weather

PostPosted: Feb 9th, 2019, 8:10 pm
by tsayta
Ahhhh the very scientific high quality forecasting from Environment Canada...

"Windy spots such as Penticton and south of there will be continuing with that [wind]... " said Lisa Erven, meteorologist with Environment Canada.


It will be windy where its windy

Re: Nice weather

PostPosted: Feb 10th, 2019, 8:49 pm
by Queen K
And right now, it's dumping down fine, dry snow which should be adding up to nothing.

Re: Nice weather

PostPosted: Feb 11th, 2019, 9:26 am
by Lady tehMa
*Brrrrrrrrrrr*

Still too chilly

Re: Nice weather

PostPosted: Feb 11th, 2019, 9:47 am
by Hassel99
i am posting to advise you all that i am cold,
That is all, enjoy your day.

Re: Nice weather

PostPosted: Feb 11th, 2019, 10:02 am
by Glacier
Currently -11.9C in Hawaii, which is the coldest temperature ever recorded in that state. BRRRRR
Note: this is is at Mauna Kea Observatory located near the summit of said mountain at 13,796’.

Closer to home, Victoria got absolutely hammered with snow yesterday. 16cm, and more to come today. There hasn't been more than 10cm of snow in a day since 2014. Yesterday's snowfall ended the longest 10cm drought on record.

Re: Nice weather

PostPosted: Feb 11th, 2019, 11:29 am
by tsayta