Tuesday, October 31, 2006

And while we are on the subject of weather, and because Ambrose asked, I found a great resource explaining the climate and weather of BC. NavCanada (the people that control air traffic) have produced a beautiful set of books about the weather of Canada, and best of all they are free for downloading. The British Columbia one is great and explains in easy to understand ways the basic climate of BC and all the forces that go into producing our weather. You can download the guide from the NavCanada publications site. The book is a great complimentary read to what is probably the definitive book on the subject, "The veil of chaos: Living with weather along the British Columbia Coast" by Owen S. Lange which is a superb treatment of the topic. You can find that book at the Bowen Island Library.

Now all we need is the weather to show up. Hallowe'en night was cold, and colder especially in Deep Bay where we gathered for fireworks. On calm nights like this the cold air from the mountains pools down in Mannion Bay, and there was actually a fair breeze at my back as I stood watching the fireworks. The air comes flowing down the mountainsides at night and it was downright chilly. Once we got back up the hill to home, the usual inversion took over and I could barely see my breath. Very cool the way these very local patterns work.