Welcome to the 2014 Fall Storm Season, BC

Sorry, storm fanatics. Most of the stronger winds stay offshore. Exceptions for northern portions of Georgia Strait which could see marginal gale winds early this afternoon, as modelled by the LAM-West

Sorry, storm fanatics. Most of the stronger winds stay offshore. Exceptions for northern portions of Georgia Strait which could see marginal gale winds early this afternoon, as modelled by the LAM-West

You know, a lot of people would tell you Vancouver and the South Coast of BC has boring, repetitive weather throughout the fall months.

I disagree. 

Although the Pacific Northwest is seemingly immune to hurricanes, another type of potent low can produce life threatening conditions up and down the coast. Every winter these extratropical low pressure systems ravage the coast and delight weather enthusiasts.



Their textbook comma shape and mature occlusion provide beautiful satellite imagery:

How does this storm stack up against more potent ones, though?

In short, horribly.

For example, one of the greatest storms in the history of the Pacific Northwest occurred on October 12th, 1962. 

Noteworthy storm tracks that have impacted the Pacific Northwest. Note the pressures, some equivalent to category 3 hurricanes. The November 1981 storm recorded pressures sub 960. Take that, Nor'easters

Noteworthy storm tracks that have impacted the Pacific Northwest. Note the pressures, some equivalent to category 3 hurricanes. The November 1981 storm recorded pressures sub 960. Take that, Nor'easters

These winds exceeded other notable hurricanes such as Hurricane Juan and Hurricane Sandy, and reports in Oregon suggest that peak winds were recorded in excess of 200 km/hr -- truly destructive.

It's also one of the only storms to cause a manned weather observation site to fail to report and eventually evacuate. Proof:

Our Current Low

  • Garden variety storm that will bring below warning criteria winds to all portions of the south coast, with the most destructive winds staying well offshore closer to the lows centre. 
  • Forecasted to fill and approach western shores of Haida Gwaii this evening and throughout the overnight

Wave heights are still forecasted to be fairly significant for Tofino, BC and will provide ample waves for surfers and storm-watchers alike. Tune into The Weather Network today as Mark Robinson will be live on location to catch some of the massive swells.  

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