Well, it's been quite the stretch — southern Vancouver Island is still recovering from yesterday's damaging wind event with over 10,000 outages still being reported as of Friday morning.
But, here's a stat that will blow YOUR mind:
Through October 10-November 7th, Vancouver recorded rain on every single day, except one.
A month of rain, folks — Every. Single. Day.
Many hospitals around the Lower Mainland have seen an influx of patients complaining of rigid hands (AKA claw hand) from the semi-permanent umbrella carrying position, similar to what tree-planter's face during the hot summer months in the mountainous regions of B.C.
You deserve a break.
Medium range computer model guidance is now indicating a sustained period of dry weather for the South Coast, the driest stretch since early October compliments of our friend the Omega Block — a pattern amplified by ex-typhoon Nuri.
A lot of energy and cool temperatures ride down the backside of the omega blocking pattern bringing downright frigid temperatures to Alberta for early next week.
Lately, models have been trending the cooler modified arctic air a little further west, which will bring the coolest temperatures of the season to us, Van.
But have no fear, take a look at the wind chills forecasted for Central Alberta for Tuesday morning, compared to tropical coastal sections of British Columbia.
Yes, it's likely parts of Alberta will be graced with their first -30°C wind chills of the season...
One word: FRIGID
Take a look at the latest WRF-GFS 925 mb temps (~600 meter elevation) and note the coolest temperatures do stay east of the Rockies (pinks).
WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?!
Dry, gusty easterly offshore flow is likely to bring below normal temperatures to the coast with many cities finally receiving there first freezing temperatures (at night) with lower dew points as well.
Van, you might even notice an increase of electric shocks as the dew points fall because dry air can act as an excellent insulator adding to the risk of static electric shocks.
A shocking forecast, indeed.
The lack of a first freeze for the majority of the coast is a little abnormal I'll admit, especially for the eastern Fraser Valley. Abbotsford (YXX) typically sees it's first frost by the middle of October and the city still has not recorded a sub-freezing temperature.
This will change next week. There's also some uncertainty when the upper level ridge will break down and systems will undercut the ridge, but the majority of next week looks dry. I'm hopeful this won't turn into the situation we were faced with last year, where the ridiculous resilient upper level ridge obliterated most of the ski season.
Anyway, enjoy the first real fall-like air mass next week, Van!