Hydrometeor Alert for the City of Vancouver

Typical impact of a hydrometeor, image courtesy of furtech

Typical impact of a hydrometeor, image courtesy of furtech

Although I think most of us will see snowflakes this weekend, there's a more pressing issue that hasn't been talked about nearly enough.

As our athletes are about to begin their quest for the podium in Sochi, many millions of hydrometeors will soon form in the troposphere here at home in Vancouver. By next week billions will have impacted the surface of the Lower Mainland and surrounding area.

Now, don't panic, but Environment Canada may issue warnings pertaining to the presence of intense bouts of hydrometeors, as their shear impact can inundate sewer systems and streets and cause numerous other issues as well.

I must stress, this amount of hydrometeor activity has not been seen to this extent ALL WINTER, and it's likely there will be several billion hydrometeor impacts over the course of next week.

Biggest targets for hydrometeors include: large surface areas such as the roof of BC place, or the Olympic Oval in Richmond...

Although the Richmond Olympic Oval is expected to face millions of hydrometeor impacts next week, structural damage is not anticipated. Source.

Although the Richmond Olympic Oval is expected to face millions of hydrometeor impacts next week, structural damage is not anticipated. Source.

Be prepared.

Protection against hydrometeors:

  • Stay indoors

  • Wear protection (rain coats, umbrellas, waterproof clothing)

  • Hydrometeors are slightly acidic, but normally not dangerous

Did I mention hydrometers in the lowlands are good for the ski business? 

Let it snow, baby!

Tentative snowfall amounts will be released later tonight. 

All the best to the 220 Canadian athletes representing our Country at the XXII Olympic Games. We're proud of you.

Go for gold, Team Canada!

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