#bchwy4 is open but they have people and signs staged all along. Looks like they are ready to close it at a moment's notice. Hopefully nothing happens and a closure isn't needed but definitely on alert as the rain continues. Thankfully the wind has not been bad at all in #PortAlberni overnight and there weren't any branches down on the highway so it must not have been too bad on the East side either. #BCStorm
#BCStorm Rain is starting to pick up. One thing about owning a house, especially an 80yr old one, is you need to know and trust a good roofer. This sag appeared this spring. The roofer came a couple weeks ago and checked for issues and sure enough the vent on this side of the roof was cracked. He replaced it in an hour and now we can sleep soundly knowing this sag won't turn into a major headache. Maybe one day we'll redo the ceiling in here....
#House #Renovations #PortAlberni
The first fall storm... pretty weird to see nearly 18°C and winds from the NE. Plenty of energy out there for some ⚡️ #bcStorm #PortAlberni
Stormy Sunday Night and Monday –
Close Looks at time and amounts Saturday felt like the first day of fall as the weather shifted and the winds picked up. It's getting us ready for what's to come. A strong storm in the Pacific that is now approaching the coast and deepening. Right now it's forecast to be that 98.6 kPa low directly west of Washington and Oregon states.
And so it behind again. The last of the concorde grapes 🍇 have been picked. Another 5 gallon pail. 🪣 Should make eight 1L jars or so. No play by play tonight though. If you'd like to see the process, check out the full thread from a few nights ago linked below. :)
#Canning #Juice #Grapes #Homemade #PortAlberni #Preserving
1/ Thread A nice person came over today and picked some of the (Concorde) grapes. This is probably about 1/3rd of the total on the vines. 5Gal 🪣 +
Time to start making juice before the fruit flies get at them!
This article reminds me: I have noticed areas of Cathedral Grove where Douglas Fir trees are looking very stressed. Brown needles on the ends of their branches. It seems to be mostly the younger ones. But the ancient ones are so tall it's hard to see if there is brown in their canopy. I'll have to take a closer look.
It adds to the cedars that have been dying by the dozens over the past few years due to the drought. They are often on the edge of the forests, more and more are brown. Entire rows and groves.
Cedars have shallow roots and like wet areas. So they were the first to be impacted. To see Douglas Fir with their deep root structures stressed is very very concerning.
All of the mountains around #PortAlberni are bare of snow. Mt. Klitsa, whose indigenous name I believe means “always white” is bare but for a few tiny patches. The only other time I've ever seen it bare was after the last major drought in 2016.
Our ecosystems can't keep up to this rapid change… what are we doing?!
Significant 5.8M quake just now in Queen Charlotte Strait between Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii.
Tsunami not Expcted.
Bulletin Issue Time: 2023.09.17 11:32:04 UTC
Preliminary Magnitude: 5.8(Mwp)
Lat/Lon: 51.058 / -129.818
Affected Region: 130 miles NW of Port Alice, British Columbia
Note: * An earthquake has occurred; a tsunami is not expected."
#Earthquake #Tsunami #PortAlberni https://www.tsunami.gov/events/xml/PAAQAtom.xml
#Tofino #Ucluelet and #PortAlberni on Vancouver Island’s West Coast have been hard-hit this summer by road closures due to wildfires. You can help these communities recover by signing up for my photo retreat from Oct. 2 to 6 in Tofino. We will be staying and eating there for 5 days, there are shops with beautiful art from local artists as well. All that while exploring and photographing the wild landscape of the West Coast with me.
Help BC recover #exploreBCnow
Speaking on the action we have taken and must take to #EndFossilFuels and save our way of life. Go to a #DayOfClimateAction rally today near you. Demand immediate, massive, action. All political parties, all people, together.
Wow. I've seen this boat often around the harbour in #PortAlberni. It was caught by the DFO last summer illegally fishing Albacore Tuna.
#fishing #bcPoli #CanPoli
Oopsy. I just cleaned out some of the gunk from the basket in the skimmer and Forgot to turn off the pump first. Which is ironic because just last month I installed a new electrical plug right beside the pond so I could do this much more easily. Duh. Water is a liiittle murky now. 😆 😬 It should clear up in a couple hours. The fish seem quite intrigued by the influx of material but I imagine the oxygen levels will be depressed for awhile. #pandemicPond #PortAlberni #Gardening #Pond #Water #Oops
"It's full of racists and trolls but that's where the people are, so I posted it there. Then someone commented somethibg awful and it all got taken down".
Said someone who posted a climate related event announcement on a community Facebook page.
Corporate Social Media is a failure and a danger.
Volunteering in a small town is spending 8 hours, 2PM to 10PM at a booth at the fall fair and you see friends, family, say hi to random people and strike up conversations about community and climate and family and all the rest. Oh and you listen to Chilliwack on the Main Stage sounding a little rough but who cares. Tickets for all this were only $10.
#SmallTown #PortAlberni #Community #Volunteering #Chilliwack
Five new fires popped up in the mountains just to the south and west of Port Alberni today. Likely all remnants of lightning strikes from earlier in the week.
Whole bunch of fires in a line up the Island where the lightning tracked.
Hope they stay small.
#PortAlberni #BCWildfire #fire
Global News BC: Vancouver Island communities call for compensation after Highway 4 shutdown https://globalnews.ca/news/9934853/highway-4-open-compensation-alternate-route/ #globalnews #britishcolumbia #news #DisasterAssistance #financialsupport #highway4reopens #VancouverIsland #cameronbluffs #Compensation #BCwildfires #PortAlberni #BCWildfire #Highway4 #Ucluelet #Economy #Tourism #Tofino #Fire
Global News BC: Man hospitalized, suspect at large in ‘targeted’ Port Alberni, B.C., shooting https://globalnews.ca/news/9934904/port-alberni-shooting-targeted/ #globalnews #britishcolumbia #news #VancouverIslandcrime #PortAlbernishooting #portalbernicrime #targetedshooting #PortAlberniRCMP #PortAlberni #Shooting #Crime
Global News BC: Vancouver Island’s Highway 4 to fully reopen Thursday evening https://globalnews.ca/news/9933084/highway-4-reopens-august-31/ #globalnews #britishcolumbia #news #Highway4Reopening #highway4repoens #HighwayReopens #WildfireDamage #highwayclosed #BCwildfires #PortAlberni #BCWildfire #Highway4 #Ucluelet #Traffic #Tofino #Fire
Back in the day there were 7 large Pulp and/or Paper Mills on Vancouver Island. They were the major employer in Port Alice, Gold River, Powell River, Campbell River, North Cowichan/Crofton, Nanaimo (Harmac), and Port Alberni.
Gold River closed permanently 20 years ago.
Campbell River closed permanently 15 years ago.
Harmac was sold to the employees 15 years ago, it continues.
Port Alice closed permanently 10-15 years ago.
Powell River closed permanently this year.
Crofton has been 'curtailed' for last 3 months due to 'market conditions’ (see link). The outlook is not bright.
Port Alberni is the last “company mill” on the Island and has avoided most of the turmoil at least outwardly.
Other than Harmac, the last 3 mills were the final ones owned by one entity. That entity, Paper Excellence, is owned by a member of the Wijaya family who run a huge conglomerate in Indonesia: Sinar Mas.
It's just numbers on a spreadsheet now.
I expect Port Alberni's mill to be closed within 5 years.
There are lots of reasons for the shutdown, but I believe the major one is company consolidation and offshoring of global pulp and paper production.
#megaCorps #Billionnaires #Forestry #PulpandPaper #PortAlberni #Nanaimo #CampbellRiver #Canada #CanPoli #BCPoli
Global News BC: Highway 4 ‘on track’ to fully reopen by Labour Day long weekend: Ministry https://globalnews.ca/news/9921217/highway-4-reopen-labour-day/ #globalnews #britishcolumbia #news #MinistryofTransportation #CameronBluffswildfire #Highway4closure #highway4repairs #highway4reopen #BCwildfires #PortAlberni #rockscaling #BCWildfire #Highway4 #Ucluelet #Tofino #Fire
1/2 It makes me sad and mad every single time I see an old growth tree on a logging truck.
I say that in the singular because I am pretty sure this one truck is carrying one tree. It's that big. This is common.
When we got an Elderberry bush and they said they were "vigorous" growers, I never thought that meant 7ft tall and looking like a bunch of angry bats. 🦇 We had it by the fence up until this spring then moved it to its current location and I think it has grown at least 3ft since. We will clearly need to devise a pruning strategy. Especially since the plan is to have a much taller fruit tree (plum or apple) right in front of it! #Gardening #berry #edibleGarden #PortAlberni
Global News BC: Highway 4 closed all day at Cameron Lake Bluffs for boulder-clearing https://globalnews.ca/news/9918045/highway-4-closed-august-24-boulder-removal/ #globalnews #britishcolumbia #news #rockscalingHighway4 #VancouverIslandNews #PortAlbernitraffic #CameronBluffsfire #CameronLakeBluffs #Highway4Closures #highway4repairs #PortAlberni #Highway4 #Traffic
Fish and prawn tacos at Porto Taco in #PortAlberni for lunch. It was super tasty!
Air Quality continuing to worsen. Judging from the Satellite it looks like this smoke is coming from the Fraser Canyon #Kookimin fire near Boston Bar. We thought maybe it was from the fires in Strathcona Park, but the upper level winds appear to be Easterlies, pushing the smoke straight to the West over the Pacific. We've been very lucky this year compared to others. This is our first real smokey day since June. #PortAlberni #BCWildfire #CanadianWildfires #CanadaWildfires #VancouverIsland
Been wanting to do this ever since we went out a couple weeks ago. Woke up to ash on the car and smoke in the sky. But it was still well worth the solo paddle. The smoke is likely from the fires in Strathcona park to the west northwest at the end of the lake. But may also be drifting over from the Interior. #canoe #GreatCentralLake #PortAlberni #CanadianWildfires #BCwildfires #VancouverIsland
The all time, all station, record for August 16 is 37.2ºC set on this day in 1927 at the original Port Alberni station (in the City). The forecast is for a high of 36 today. We'll see if we'll beat that, and the record. Yesterday the Airport reached 38.7ºC which was less than 1 degree from breaking 39.4ºC set in 1933 also at the Port Alberni City station. The high at Alberniweather was a stunning 40.2ºC
At Alberniweather just hit 40.2°C with a Humidex of 45 and there is still room to rise further. Multiple other personal stations in the Valley are at the same highs. The official 3PM temperature at the Airport was 37.8°C. I expect it to be higher at 4PM.
#BCHeat #Heatwave #PortAlberni
36ºC and climbing.
Live data at https://www.alberniweather.ca/technical-data-display/
#PortAlberni #BCHeat #HeatWave
"Environment Canada is predicting temperatures as high as 39 C in Kamloops, while in Port Alberni temperatures are expected to remain in the low-to-mid 30s all week."
I'm betting on hitting 36 today or tomorrow!
It is hot, the official high was 34.9°C at the Airport. But #PortAlberni did not break its all time, all stations since 1900, record which was set at the same Airport station in 2002 at 38.2°C.
#BCHeat #ClimateChange #BC #Canada #BCwildfire
Link goes to all historical stations for Aug 13.
It was a good day today! Short 3km paddle in the canoe on Great Central Lake with my mom and son. Always such a peaceful place. I also just love how the #EV looks pulling the trailer with the canoe on top! The canoe was my parents, bought in 1972! Aluminum, big and stable and solid! It's seen a ton of Vancouver Island rivers and ocean. #Canoe #PortAlberni #lake #family #today
The current radar picture is deceivingly clear. The skies over the central Island are hazing and some cumulus are building. We'll see if it graduates to actual thunderstorms. It looks like areas south and east of #PortAlberni are mostly likely to be affected. Large cloud cover filling over Mt Arrowsmith. #august #PortAlberni #VancouverIsland #storm #victoria #duncan #cowichan
Hey friends! If you are on Vancouver Island or interested in chatting about the weather here, I've created a group on Signal called "Alberniweather - Weather Nerds". Signal gives a little more flexibility to have long running chats than standard social media and does it more securely, so I thought it would be a useful and fun thing to setup.
If you'd like to geek out about weather in #PortAlberni and #VancouverIsland join us at the link:
The ponds seemed extra glassy today. So many reflections. They got their roughly weekly top up from the rain barrels this morning. It's not good for the ponds to fill them with tap water directly because of the chlorine. So instead I use our rain barrels (200L), and once the rainwater runs out (in May) I fill those with tap water and let it sit for at least a week to allow the chlorine to dissipate before adding it to the ponds. It has worked very well. #PandemicPond #PortAlberni #gardening
“LETTER: Even detractors turn to rail during crises
The changing weather is forcing us to consider all options”
#PortAlberni #Victoria #Nanaimo #Courtenay #Parksville #Rail #Resilience #ClimateChange #BCHwy4 #BCPoli
This is not meant to gloat, but only to feel very thankful that we have very clear and clean air today while far too many across Canada and North America suffer through more wildfire smoke. It’s hot today though. 32ºC
Canada Day Slo-Pitch tournament! Teams from all over Vancouver Island have come to #PortAlberni for the two-day Funtastic Okee-Dokee tournament and music festival. Can you see the ball in the air in the zoomed in pic? 🥎😊 The headliner for the Sunday night is Honeymoon Suite. 😆 🔥🤙 🌞
#baseball #softball #sun #fun
Greetings Mastodon! This is an #introduction Toot! And by golly I do mean Toot! 🚂 I am a lonely, almost forgotten railroad with a checkered past. Once upon a time my tracks were used to colonize and settle Vancouver Island. Today these rails are dedicated to righting those old wrongs and rolling for all once again!
Some Hashtags: #rail #Reconcilation #ZeroCarbon #BCPoli #CanPoli #ClimateChange #RailFan #Steam #Transit #Transportation #VictoriaBC #Nanaimo #PortAlberni #Courtenay
Beep Boop. An #introduction as a humble weather bot. If you are interested in current weather conditions, this bot outputs conditions from the personal weather station serving www.alberniweather.ca on Vancouver Island in beautiful #PortAlberni BC Canada.
Updates occur every 3 hours since the last time the server was restarted. This may change to top-of-the-hour in future.
New #introduction since my first one was created back in the old days, 7 days ago.
- Was city councillor so local politics is a specialty.
- The weather, it’s my hobby @alberniweather
- Ocean lover, Hiker, Traveller.
PS. Will add a raft of hashtags to this to connect to like minded/interesting spaces. So here goes. I will probably add to this.
#yyj #yvr #ycd #yqq
2/ What you will find from me is: Typos (except now I can edit!!). Also, long threads about stuff you might care about or silly stuff you might not. You will see opinions about #unionism and #climatechange and #decolonization and #war and #technology and anything else that might come across my mind. Like this picture of my little #dachshund Kady. I like to share opinions and experience about driving an #EV, or municipal #politics, or being a dad, or a volunteer, or just living in #PortAlberni.