Sunday, October 31, 2010

A good night for witches (to fly), not so much so for trick or treaters

If Sunday night's weather forecast is any indication, trick or treaters in Prince Rupert may wish to come with a tether attached as they make their rounds, just in case a stray gust of wind should sweep them off the pre-arranged route.

While nothing most likely will keep the young ones from their appointed rounds with candy filled destiny, accompanying parents will want to be prepared for yet another blast from Mother nature.

North Coast - coastal sections 3:49 PM PDT Saturday 30 October 2010 

Wind warning for North Coast - coastal sections continued 

Southeast winds of 90 to 120 km/h will develop over coastal sections of the north and central coasts and over the Queen Charlottes Sunday afternoon. Southeast winds of 80 to 100 km/h will develop over exposed sections of North Vancouver Island Sunday afternoon. 

This is a warning that potentially damaging winds are expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions. Listen for updated statements. 

A very intense pacific frontal system will move onto the north coast on Sunday bringing very strong winds to the area. Southeast winds will rise to 90 to 120 km/h over the coastal sections of the north and central coasts and over the Queen Charlottes Sunday afternoon. 

Southeast winds will rise to 80 to 100 km/h over exposed coastal sections of North Vancouver Island Sunday afternoon. 

Winds will ease to southerly 50 to 70 km/h late Sunday night after the front moves into the interior.  

With the wind will come rain,  as morning showers give way to rain which should arrive on the north coast by Sunday noon,  the stormy conditions continue through evening with accumulations of  13 mm, while the rain may not be problematic, the winds if they arrive as forecast could put a crimp in the plans, if not a cancellation of Sunday night's Hallowe'en fest fireworks scheduled for Sunday evening at 8:15.

Sunday will be the start of a blustery week,  the rain and windy conditions will continue on through  until Friday

Monday will feature southerly winds and 45 mm of rain, winds will be from the south on Tuesday with 35 mm of rain, 30 mm on Wednesday and 10 mm on Thursday.

Mindful of the Thanksgiving weekend windstorm, Rupertites are no doubt hoping that this latest blast of south easterlies won't be quite as destructive as those of the start of the month, which left homeowners inspecting and in some cases repairing roofs and siding and leaving  residents with a gas interruption and without power for over twelve hours.

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