Category: Climate

Gas prices $1.29.9 per liter…


broken sign no contract…. Photo KDG

Seven gas stations in the are selling regular gasoline at $1.29.9 per liter 4 cents per liter over the low price in the province, In Grand Forks. One station Extra Foods is retailing regular gasoline at $1.31.9 per lite. Extra foods is in the mall area of the down off Spring Bank road, off Voght on the way to highway 5 to Kamloops.

Gas buddy is predicting lower prices coming. However lets hope for a moderate hurricane season in the gulf of Mexico.

On this Day: June 5th 1882

Storm and floods strike Bombay India leaving 100,000, dead.


TGIF- Last weekend of winter


Moon rising File photo KDG

The spring equinox is coming on Tuesday next week. Twelve hrs of light against 12 hrs of dark in the northern hemisphere will start the march to the 23 degree tilt of the summer solstice in June.

March 20th 2018, 9:15 pacific time in British Columbia is the crossover.

Astronomically speaking, the first day of spring is marked by the spring equinox, which falls on March 19, 20, or 21 every year. The equinox happens at the same moment worldwide, though our clock times reflect a different time zone. And, as mentioned above, this date only signals spring’s beginning in the Northern Hemisphere; it announces fall’s arrival in the Southern Hemisphere. Source Old Farmers Almanac.

Old Farmers Almanac

On this Day: March 16th 2014

Crimea has a referendum to succeed from Ukraine.

TGIF-Fall back, 1 hour to standard time…


Solitary Geese , enjoying river clear in spots .
File Photo KDG

There is a time change coming this weekend. Most cell phones will change automatically but the change is 2 AM on Sunday morning to late for you to plan your sleep.
Nov 6, 2016 – Daylight Saving Time Ends

When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 2:00:00 AM clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 1:00:00 AM local standard time instead

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 6, 2016 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning. Canada

Also called Fall Back and Winter Time.

 In 1999, standard time was inducted into the North America Railway Hall of Fame in the category “National: Technical Innovations.”[citation]

The Dominion of Newfoundland, whose capital St. John’s falls almost exactly midway between the time zones of Atlantic Time Zone and Greenland Time Zone, voted[when?] to create a half-hour time zone known as the Newfoundland Time Zone; it is set at GMT-3:30. source wikipedia

On this Day: November 4th 1922
Ninety four years ago Howard Carter finds Tut’s tomb.

Nicola Naturalists


The Local Naturalist Society is having the first of its fall/ winter monthly meetings on the 15th.
The meeting features a members photo night as well as an annual business meeting and election of directors.

Evening meetings of the Nicola Naturalist Society are held at 7PM on the third Thursday of the month in the Lecture Theater of NVIT (Nicola Valley Institute of Technology) on Belshaw Road, Merritt. Admission is free to members. We have awesome raffles. Nicola Naturalists

For a  view of the organizations fall agenda go to:

On this day: September 7th 2008
The United States Government takes control of defaulting (conservator ship) mortgage company’s Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac.

Severe weather


The drought level board remains at the 2nd position. However the people that run it must have gained experience from last year as the marker has gone form green to blue. The sign board is located at the top of the hill on Voght Street going north to highway 5A.

We have high pressure this week with temperatures in the 30s. however a severe weather forecast has been issued  by environment Canada.

Issued at 10:03 Tuesday 26 July 2016

Thunderstorms are expected to develop across the Southern Interior today and there is the potential for some of these storms to become severe. The main concerns are heavy downpours and strong wind gusts, however, large hail is also possible.


Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports to #BC Storm.
Details to follow soon.

Thunderheads can blow up and give downpours mid summer here in the Merritt area we usually enjoy at least one a season and every couple of decades a large size hail event comes with it. Plants should be protected to keep them when these develop.

On this Day: July 26th 1971
Apollo 15 first use of a lunar rover.

Low forest fire risk

An emphasis on some sort of fire awareness. The board is back to its pointer reading low risk today. File photo: KDG

An emphasis on some sort of fire awareness.
The board is back to its pointer reading low risk today.
File photo: KDG

The downtown fire station has a hazard board out side that shows current risk for the area. It is currently at low, “it was at extreme but we have had some rain” says the fire captain while crew were washing an engine that just came back from a call yesterday AM.
The spring has been exemplary here for us in the south central part of BC. The river run off saturation peaked at 30 percent just the limit that sandbagging is considered. We had two days of dead grass on the surrounding hills before rain and natural greening occurred leaving the valley here in Merritt exquisite in tone and esthetic. The Spruce Bud Worm problem abated some years ago and the local hills lost its red streaks.
The lower mainland is experiencing floods at this writing from run off.
High tides of 15 feet with lows of 5 feet today in New West Minister are graduating down to 15 foot highs and 1 ft lows by Saturday. Tide levels are not much of a concern for us here in the interior.
“The periodic rise and fall of the water along ocean coasts is a phenomenon familiar to all of us. Even those who have never been to the seashore have heard enough about the tides to know that they follow a rhythmic daily pattern. We also know that the tide has a profound effect on navigation and harbor” construction. Source:

On this day June 1st 1967
The song Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band is released.

TGIF-Earth Day

April 20th 2016 in the shade at Merritt Downtown 30 Celsius-3 degrees over recored record of 27.1 Photo KDG

April 20th 2016
In the shade at Merritt downtown 30 Celsius-3 degrees over record of 27.1
Photo KDG

Beautiful spring day felt like summer on 4/20. Heat fell back the next day rain expected on weekend. St Johns Newfoundland had snow on the 4/20.

The moon was full on 4/21, there will be another in 28 days near the start of the Canadian long weekend in May. Frost is sometimes associated  with the moon cycle.


On this day: April 22th 1970

Earth Day is  made an observance by the environmental lobby.

101.9 a liter

Crows at local gas bar !! File Photo KDG

Crows at local gas bar !!
File Photo KDG

The downtown Petro-Canada at the junction of highway 5, 8 and 97c  is offering regular gasoline at a dollar one a liter. Its been that way through the weekend and for about a week making for a bit of a stable period here.

The summer driving season is a couple of weeks away and even this weekend had glorious spring weather beckoning to be out on those roads. If everyone of us took some additional conservation measure for fuel consumption collectively we could more then probably stop any price increase in the cost of fuel  from May to September.

We could then take an interest in weather grocery prices stay down in step with fertilizer and fuel for food production.

On this day: April 12th 1955
The Polio Vaccine is declared safe.

TGIF-no subsidy for 100 k cars

A new tesla S going to a home in Williams Lake BC FilePhoto KDG

A new Tesla S going to a home in Williams Lake BC
File Photo KDG

Tesla Model S not in announced green incentives.

Brock, a man charging up his Red Tesla  EV at the Voght street charger said he and the Tesla community were upset that the green subsidy was not on his type of car. The Tesla he drives is considered a luxury car and is not in the 70 thousand dollar range cap for the recently announced incentive for EV’s and hybrids.”they have to meet the commitment from Paris he said and luxury cars being left out is not helping.”
He also said because his car type attracts the luxury sales tax of 10 percent PST the province still would be ahead if they included the Tesla S series in the program.
Brock is says he is an engineer and lives in Kamloops, he sometimes does work for the City of Merritt.

There is slightly less then 12 million dollars committed to the Globe Green plan by the BC government in Paris. The money is to go to clean energy vehicles and promoting clean air and water.

You are now allowed to drive in HOV lanes in electric vehicles without passengers.
There are estimated to be less then 4000 Electric Vehicles in BC .

Because electric vehicles don’t consume gasoline or directly produce greenhouse gas emissions, there is strong government support for their development, production and sale—including, in some provinces, financial incentives for consumers. In Ontario, for example, consumers are eligible for up to $8500 in rebates when purchasing certain BEVs or PHEVs, although HEVs are not eligible. In British Columbia, rebates of up to $5000 are available for certain electric vehicles. And at least one province – Ontario – also has an incentive program for those who install a home charging system. The federal government does not offer consumer incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles.Source BCAA

Live smart BC has info on charging stations as well.
On this Day: March 4th 1913
The United States Department of Labor is formed.

TGIF- An Inconvenient Reality

This Land rover knew the earth when it was ours to discover., now its ours to manage. File photo KDG

This Land Rover knew the earth when it was ours to discover, now its ours to manage.
File photo KDG

The Merritt Public Library is having a presentation on Thursday March 31 2016. Entitled An Inconvenient Reality the presentation will be done by Peter Clark of Calgary and will be on the complexity of solving climate change.

Sign up sheet at the counter, space is limited. The presentation runs from 6 to 9pm.

On this day: February 26th 1971

The UN makes Vernal Equinox  “Earth Day”.

Mallard on Nicola River File Photo KDG

Mallard on Nicola River
File Photo KDG

The Nicola Naturalists are organizing the Merritt Christmas Bird Count. This count has been running since 1995 and is one of thousands held across N America and other parts of the world. The count is on Sunday 20th December 2015 – you can come for the whole day or part of the day. We tally all the species and numbers of birds within a 22 km diameter circle. The area is divided up and groups of birders spend the day looking for both common and rare species.

Source Alan Burger

Here are a few samples of birds within 22 Kilometers of Merritt…


Ring Neck Doves File Photo KDG

Ring Neck Doves
File Photo KDG

Sandpiper Photo KDG

 File Photo: KDG

Mallard Duck File Photo KDG

Mallard Duck
File Photo KDG

Heron Photo KDG

Photo KDG

Feeders help Photo KDG

Feeders help Sparrows
Photo KDG

On this Day: December 11th 1997

The Kyoto Protocol comes up for signature.

TGIF- 30 minutes to go

The sunset on the day of this writing is going to be at 7:12 and sunrise was 6:42, one half hour to go to equinox when its 12 hours of each. This will happen on the 23rd of September. then the march to the winter solstice begins. and the shortest day begins.

September 18th 2009

The decades run of the daytime soap The Guiding Light ends. The Talk eventually takes over the CBS time slot from long time soaps…

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