Weather

BC Hydro workers look on as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes an announcement at BC Hydro Trades Training Centre in Surrey, B.C., Thursday, August, 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Study shows Metro Vancouver overconfident, underprepared for storm-related power loss

Fewer than half of area residents have an outage plan or emergency kit at home

BC Hydro workers look on as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes an announcement at BC Hydro Trades Training Centre in Surrey, B.C., Thursday, August, 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A wind warning has been issued for most of Vancouver Island for Monday night, Nov. 8, 2021. Gusting winds could cause power outages and other damage. (Citizen file)

Wind warning issued for Vancouver Island

Strong gusting winds developing Monday night

A wind warning has been issued for most of Vancouver Island for Monday night, Nov. 8, 2021. Gusting winds could cause power outages and other damage. (Citizen file)
A rainy and wet day in Chemainus near the end of October. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Vancouver Island’s rainy fall continued in October, if not to September’s extremes

Quick change from the dry to the wet season making region forget its dusty summer

A rainy and wet day in Chemainus near the end of October. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The last time Victoria experienced so much rain was in 2003. (Black Press Media file photo)

Yesterday was the wettest Oct. 28 ever recorded in Victoria

71.4 millimetres marked the eighth wettest day ever for the Gonzales Point weather station

The last time Victoria experienced so much rain was in 2003. (Black Press Media file photo)
Wind blows many leaves into bike lanes at this time of year, and heavy rains make leaf-filled pathways slick, say Greater Victoria cycling advocates. Some homeowners may also not know that moving leaves into the street is illegal in most local jurisdictions. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Cyclists: Slick leaves piled on Vancouver Island streets puts us at risk

Leaving leaves in Oak Bay roadways can lead to fines from $25 to $10,000

Wind blows many leaves into bike lanes at this time of year, and heavy rains make leaf-filled pathways slick, say Greater Victoria cycling advocates. Some homeowners may also not know that moving leaves into the street is illegal in most local jurisdictions. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Flooding is a possibility for Greater Victoria this week as Environment Canada has issued a heavy rain alert. (Black Press Media file photo)

Heavy rain alert issued for Greater Victoria, Malahat

Rainfall close to 50 millimetres expected from Tuesday night to Thursday afternoon

Flooding is a possibility for Greater Victoria this week as Environment Canada has issued a heavy rain alert. (Black Press Media file photo)
Alex Parker gets some air time as he sails over a wave. (Michael Briones photo)

PHOTOS: Stormy conditions delight Vancouver Island windsurfers

French Creek’s Columbia Beach a popular spot for fans of the sport during this week’s wind

Alex Parker gets some air time as he sails over a wave. (Michael Briones photo)
Rainfall warnings and special weather statements are in effect for most of Vancouver Island for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16. (News Bulletin file photo)

Heavy rain expected this weekend over most of Vancouver Island

Rainfall warnings in effect in some areas, special weather statements in others

Rainfall warnings and special weather statements are in effect for most of Vancouver Island for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16. (News Bulletin file photo)
‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

September brought torrent of rainfall to a very dry Vancouver Island

When it rained, it poured with four times the usual amount of precipitation

‘Road flooded’ signs in the 3500-block of Fourth Avenue caution drivers who are trying to get around in heavy rain on Sept. 17, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The B.C. Ferries vessel the Queen of New Westminster. (News Bulletin file)

High winds see night/late-night Duke Point-Tsawwassen ferry sailings cancelled

Reservation fees will be refunded, travel reverting to standby basis, says B.C. Ferries

The B.C. Ferries vessel the Queen of New Westminster. (News Bulletin file)
Canadians should expect plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors this fall, according to the Weather Network’s long-term outlook. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Weather Network says a pretty nice fall is in store for Canada

B.C. can expect near-normal temperatures, and a normal amount of rain with heavier falls

Canadians should expect plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors this fall, according to the Weather Network’s long-term outlook. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)
Larry Ackley helps clear a downed tree a fellow church member’s home in Fort Washington, Pa. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in the aftermath of downpours and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida that hit the area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Matt Rourke

Hurricane Larry could be headed for Newfoundland on Friday, but track uncertain

Some models suggest storm will remain far offshore, others indicate it will travel across peninsula

Larry Ackley helps clear a downed tree a fellow church member’s home in Fort Washington, Pa. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in the aftermath of downpours and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida that hit the area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Matt Rourke
Smoky skies make for a red sunrise over Esquimalt Lagoon on Thursday (Aug. 12) morning. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)

Fire smoke to blanket Vancouver Island amid heat wave

Smoky skies alert warns of poor air quality on much of Vancouver Island

Smoky skies make for a red sunrise over Esquimalt Lagoon on Thursday (Aug. 12) morning. (Katherine Engqvist/News Staff)
No rain = dry grass. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Drought falls just three days short of Greater Victoria record

The longest stretch without rain in region was 54 days in 2017, rain ended recent run at 51 days

No rain = dry grass. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
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UPDATE: Cooling centres to open in Cowichan during heatwave

Drink plenty of water and check on seniors as temperatures surge this week

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(Luke Rushton photo)

UPDATE: Heat warning issued for southern B.C. coast, temperatures expected to hit 38 C

Another heatwave is expected to hit southern B.C., with temperatures nearing 40 degrees

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(Luke Rushton photo)
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement advising about high temperatures in the forecast later this week. (Black Press file photo)

Hot summer days in the forecast this week on Vancouver Island

Environment Canada issues special weather statement

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement advising about high temperatures in the forecast later this week. (Black Press file photo)
Neutrogena Beach Defense and Ultra Sheer sunscreens have been recalled by Johnson & Johnson Inc. due to elevated levels of benzene. July 17, 2021. (Source: Health Canada)

2 Neutrogena spray-on sunscreens recalled due to elevated levels of benzene

Health Canada warns that frequent exposure to elevated levels of benzene has been linked to cancer

Neutrogena Beach Defense and Ultra Sheer sunscreens have been recalled by Johnson & Johnson Inc. due to elevated levels of benzene. July 17, 2021. (Source: Health Canada)
Farm hand Connor Hunt bales a hay crop near Cremona, Alta., Monday, July 17, 2017. Farmers are calling for emergency relief as drought ravages crops across the Prairie provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Prairie farmers pray for rain as drought, grasshoppers ravage crops and pastures

Scorching temperatures have left crops in poor condition across wide swaths of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Farm hand Connor Hunt bales a hay crop near Cremona, Alta., Monday, July 17, 2017. Farmers are calling for emergency relief as drought ravages crops across the Prairie provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A helicopter pilot prepares to drop water on a wildfire burning in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

UPDATE: Thunderstorms adding to fire danger in B.C.’s Interior

Conditions are favourable for very strong winds, large hail and heavy rain in at least eight regions

A helicopter pilot prepares to drop water on a wildfire burning in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck