June 2014

Vancouver, today is most likely the warmest day until June 2014. Let that sink it. Oh, and we're losing between 3-4 minutes of sunlight a day...

Anyway, a beautiful blocking high is situated right over British Columbia, and an offshore low pressure system is creating offshore winds. This setup allows even those along the beaches to warm to the mid to upper 20's today.

 The latest NAM weather model clearly shows once you move away from the beaches, temperatures will climb into the lower 30's. If the offshore flow is even a little bit stronger than predicted, Vancouver will likely see it's 3rd warmest day of 2013 after the heat experienced Canada Day Weekend.

 

NAM Model 5pm today. Red's shows temperatures of 30°C. Notice the sharp temperature gradient as you move away from Georgia Strait 

NAM Model 5pm today. Red's shows temperatures of 30°C. Notice the sharp temperature gradient as you move away from Georgia Strait 

Thanks for reading. Enjoy the sun today!  

#50shadesofVan

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 Bonus fact-of-the day: How long would you have to pedal your bike to produce enough energy to power your house for a single day?

Assumptions: Average house consumption is around 30 Kwh/day depending on your heating. Now, you're not Lance Armstrong (on drugs or not). Elite athletes can produce up to 500 watts, at least in the short-term stints and hill climbs. 

A relatively fit cyclist can only produce a power output of 200 watts, but only for 3-5 hours a day. At this rate it will take you well over 1 MONTH, to produce one day's worth of your household electricity. Think about the amount of calories you would burn during that time....and the amount of energy it took to create that food...water...fertilizers...etc.. You get the point.

Cycling to produce our own energy is simply isn't feasible or remotely possible. It's just wasting energy. A gimmick, really. 

The video below explains my point, as you can watch 80 cyclists struggle to keep a house powered as a family goes about their routine.