For the next two weeks the Friendly Friday Challenge is to talk about the WEATHER.
When I first came to Canada, I was amazed at how people obsessed about the weather. I grew up in the Caribbean where there are no seasons and temperatures hover between 27/30 °C every day. No one ever talked about the weather because it was always the same.
Here in Canada though, every conversation seemed to include the weather. “Great day outside!” “Cold enough for you!” “Never too hot!” “Go$@ F#$@ng snow” Every TV channel included a weather report and there were TV channels that reported nothing but weather.
It was all strange … forty years ago. But I am acclimatized now. I am just as obsessed with the weather. While I mightn’t make a meal of it, I will check the morning forecast, if only to confirm what jacket to wear outside.
Lately, I’ve been learning even more about the weather. It’s because I’m on Canada’s Pacific west coast.
Last week we had an atmospheric river sweeping through the western British Columbia. Have you ever heard of an atmospheric river? I hadn’t but it is pretty self-explanatory. It means rain. Six days of near constant rain. When it wasn’t raining, it was pending rain.
Which meant for some pretty dramatic skies.
I took this picture at high noon when there was so much cloud cover, it looked like dusk. It was eerie and foreboding and if this was a movie, it’d portend a massive strike from the gods. As it was, we just got more rain.
But the good thing about rain? When it clears up, the day is even brighter.
But that was last week. That weather front has moved on and now there’s another meteorological warning in effect. We have a weather bomb coming. It’s a cyclogenesis caused by a massive drop in atmospheric pressure (more than 24 millibars in 24 hours) that will cause high surfs and 120+ km/h winds. Plus, more rain.
Luckily, I am not in northwest Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii. Here in southwest Ucluelet and Tofino, we are expecting winds of only 76 km/h.
In this video, you can see the surf building up.
What’s the WEATHER like in your part of the world? Tell us about it for the Friendly Friday Challenge.
You have two weeks to publish your response, after which Amanda will pose a new topic. Remember to include a pingback to this post, so that I can find you. Full instructions on Friendly Friday can be found here.
Vancouver Island, Canada. October 2021