Friday, January 23, 2009
SkyWatch Friday #28
Haida Gwaii is located about 100km off the west coast of Canada, tucked under Alaska 90 km to the north. We are influenced by the warm Japanese current which keeps our weather moderate year round. Our prevailing weather systems are out of the Southeast, it has been that way for ions. Trees are rooted so that they can withstand some of the strongest sustained winds in the world. Harbours and towns are built to be protected from the wild southeast storms that can keep us isolated during the winter.
Sometimes a "Southeaster" gets knocked off it's axis and starts a clockwise spin around the island. The weather that occurs as a result of this spin is some of the most unpredictable and changeable weather we experience. It can be clear blue sky one moment and minutes later you are in the middle of a hail storm or a rare thunder storm or snow storm or damaging wind storm all in a 30 minute span! One of the visitor brochures on the island suggests that "if you don't like the weather wait 10 minutes, it WILL change!" This wild weather creates some of the most beautiful skies, sunrises and sunsets.
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