Methane ice bombs, photogenic foxes, and your usual weather update

Widespread frost was reported along the coast this morning in Victoria, Campbell River, and throughout Vancouver and the surrounding areas  away from the heat of the concrete jungles.

Campbell River in particular plummeted to -5°C, coming very close to it's record low for October 29th - this very well may verify as a record, and is truly impressive for a station within a couple kilometres of the warm Pacific waters for anytime in October.

But, these temperatures don't even touch the -10°C in the brutal Hallows' Eve of 1984, where I imagine most children went dressed as trick or treaters from eastern Canada.  

The most significant rain in nearly a month will arrive tomorrow, so maybe stop and smell the flowers, bushes, and enjoy those last rays of sunshine. This fox has the right idea:

 Photographer  Matt Binstead

Photographer Matt Binstead

Showers will move in Wednesday afternoon, and will be light to moderate in intensity, again our first soaking since October 2nd! (I classified a soaking as >5mm, pretty scientific I know).

There will be a risk of showers (40%) Halloween evening, but it's looking just overcast, so no washout! The overcast skies will also help keep the younger trick-or-treaters warmer. Nature's blanket!

Next chance for stormy weather comes Saturday/Saturday night, with a small compact low pressure system poised to come ashore on  Vancouver Island, so if you were to look into Tofino storm watching this weekend it would be a lovely opportunity and shouldn't be disappointed. It's a great chance  to see the ferocious waves of the West Coast in all their fury. 



Did you know?

Could a gas ever be so beautiful frozen in time? One of the most breathtaking photographs from Abraham Lake, Alberta is below which captures a very unusual process.

These little ice blobs contain methane, from decaying plant and animal life that sinks to the bottom of Abraham Lake. 

 Photographer and credit:  Callum Snape Photography

Photographer and credit: Callum Snape Photography

Bacteria at the lake bottom will eat the dead plants and animals and as a by-product produce the methane gas bubbles which slowly rise to the surface, creating the surreal landscape.

I think you're curious about one thing, as you probably know methane is highly flammable -- Can you melt the ice and light the gas on fire?

It's been done (for the impatient at time 1:20 is the exploding fireballs), but the video also covers some great scientific points on the process.: