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I had a number of links and weather applets running on

 http://www.ronmclean.bc.ca and http://www.ogdenpoint.ca 

Eventually I added enough of them that those pages became overloaded and refused to load quickly. I decided that I could improve my main page performance by creating this separate page about the weather here in Victoria and linking to it from my various other pages.

The Internet provides a literal "window on the world" that allows you to see what is happening all around the world instantly. Long before that (or any other) technology arrived people found about the weather by looking out their windows. I have created a page that has links to a number of webcams that allow you to "check out the window" in various places including my home windows.

Click here for my Webcam Page.

There is a "Canadian Thing" about weather in that most Canadians want to know what is predicted for weather. Talking about the weather is certainly something that is part of our normal conversation. I have no idea if it is the same in other parts of the world.

When I grew up on a farm in rural Manitoba there was not much doubt about how the weather was one of the most important parts of prairie and farm life. The whole existence was determined by the weather -- rainfall. sunshine and overall conditions dictated whether you had "bumper  crops" or drought. Hail, thunderstorms, frost, and snow were things that you lived with and around. Not perhaps as dramatic as hurricanes or earthquakes but every bit as important to daily life.

I went from that environment to work for the power utility and experienced how weather can dictate life there too. Wind storms, lightning storms, and ice storms were something everyone who has ever been an employee of most power utility understands. My function there was as a communications technician. Our department provided the equipment and services to allow the control of the power grid as well as the communication for the guys actually out in the weather  "keeping the lights on."  The equipment maintained by my work group was the "stuff" that could cause major parts of the system to shut down in milliseconds. We were as much part of the "24/7" service as any other employee and we had to keep the communications system working for those working on the high voltage side of the system in order for them to work safely and effectively.  Weather was never something you forgot in that workplace.

 Once I moved to the Union Office my connection to the weather became much more secondary. Storms often meant meeting cancellation and altered travel plans -- the job itself was not weather  dependent.

Living on the prairies one never really escapes the reality of winter. You learn at a very early age about starting vehicles at minus 40 degrees and how to keep from freezing if you have to be outdoors for any reason over the winter.

 

When I retired and indicated my desire to move to Canada's west coast, I was regularly questioned (often by people who had been on the coast only once or twice in their lives) about why I would move "to a place where it always rains." There were more than a few disparaging remarks about umbrellas and lots of really sincere stories about a relative who "moved back to the prairies to see some sunshine". There is lots of beautiful sunshine here on Canada's west coast and I'm enjoying it immensely.

There is also some weather trivia that makes me happy to be where I am. Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula get about 70% of the rainfall that either Vancouver or Nanaimo get. Before I moved to Victoria I checked the archives on The weather network and looked at precipitation averages for all 3 locations.

One thing that is very different than in Manitoba is how much the weather changes from hour to hour here. Weather changes in Manitoba are much more predictable as they move in standard "bands" that follow more or less the same paths across the province. Victoria weather changes much more rapidly and is far less predictable. And of course the mountains and the water mean that weather is very much a local thing. Victoria weather and Vancouver weather are very different from each other from hour to hour and day to day. Physically they are as close as Portage La Prairie is to Winnipeg. Weather wise they can often be as different as night and day.

These weather links provide an interesting picture of what weather in Victoria is like. There are often major differences in the weather reported from each station.  The Weather Network and other national reporting services are using airport data most times. The weather station called "Victoria" is really the airport at Sidney which is twenty miles north of Victoria. (My ancestors once owned some or all of the airport property and it is not good farmland. -- It was rumoured to have cactus plants growing there on occasion.) It is very arid and dry -- much more so than the weather downtown in Victoria. The station called "Victoria Hrb." is the Inner Harbour airport in Downtown Victoria, about 6 blocks from my home.  The "University of Victoria" is in the middle of the city, away from the water. The Gonzales weather station is about 5 miles east of my home along the shoreline.  Colwood is directly across the entrances to the Victoria and Esquimalt harbours from Ogden Point -- approximately 5 miles west of my home.

In October 2004 the greater Victoria Harbour Authority installed a weather monitoring station on the lighthouse on the Ogden Point Breakwater. That is the weather station closest to my home as it is at the end of the block in which I live.

The Ogden Point Weather Station.

The Ogden Point Weather Station.

Click for Victoria, British Columbia Forecast
Click for Victoria, British Columbia Forecast

These applets are from various on line weather reporting systems. They give you some idea how different the weather can be within a short time and/or is a relatively small physical area. You can click on them to check out their home systems and other weather stations -- either close to them or anywhere in the world.


You can check other weather information here

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Tides are also a major part of coastal living. The tide chart from this search is as predicted for the Inner Harbour so it is a good look at the expected tide levels at Ogden Point at the end of my street.

Tide Predictions from Tides.Info

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A Big Hug!

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