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Saturday April 1st, 2017

I awoke to a damp, dull day and decided to go to Ganges, so I headed off in that direction. Along the way, I called Bruce and we agreed to meet around three.

The day was cool and overcast and I was tired, so I stopped at Princess Bay and dropped anchor for a while, napped, and tidied the boat. 

Over the past days, I had accumulated clutter that I intended to either box up or get off the boat, so I sorted it and put it in the vee.

By the time I was done, the sun had come out and I motored comfortably over to Ganges, docked at the same spot as two weeks before and met Bruce at one of the galleries where he sells his jewelry.

From there, we went grocery shopping and back to the boat for supper.  After a pleasant evening of talk, Bruce left for home.

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Sunday April 2nd, 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Showers except flurries over western sections. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 7. Tonight Showers ending late this evening then mainly cloudy. Flurries over western sections. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 1.

I woke up around nine with sun streaming into the boat.  The bay was mirror smooth.  I puttered around until eleven, the checkout time, and cast off for nowhere in particular, but in the general direction of Sidney since I want to be back Monday morning to finish up some things.

I was halfway out when Bruce called and suggested coffee.  Too late.  I'd checked out and have no dinghy with me this trip.  Next time.

I decided to stop on the north side of Portland Island for a change and dropped anchor.  I needed to put out a hundred feet for the depth and got to 75.  Then things jammed.  I investigated and the chain had become twisted and formed a knot in the locker. 

The boat has two hundred feet of chain and the same of rope.  The rope is a twisted sort and thus spins a bit on its axis when pulled hard.  That twists the chain and the anchor stuck in the bottom of the sea does not allow the chain to untwist.  Chains don't work well when twisted.  I need to install a swivel to allow the chain to untwist.

I was anchored, though, so could take my time solving the issues.  I knew already that the windlass need a little work and now was the chance to do it. 

I got out the allen wrenches and sure enough the screws were metric, not English.  Fortunately, a few days back I had the foresight to spend an extra $10 and buy a metric set on a hunch I'd need them at some point so the job went smoothly.

After all that was straightened out, I moved and anchored out deeper and had a nap. By then the day had clouded over again and was spitting rain.  I motored over to Roberts Bay where I am spending the night, minutes from my marina.

I caught up the diary, studied the Collision Regulations, then went o bed around ten.

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Monday April 3rd, 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Increasing cloudiness. 30 percent chance of rain showers or flurries late this morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 11. UV index 3 or moderate.  Tonight Clearing late this evening. Low minus 5.

I woke up around three and got up for a while.

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Tuesday April 4th, 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Sunny this morning and early this afternoon then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 12. UV index 4 or moderate. Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers early this evening. Clearing this evening. Low minus 5.

I slept well although I was up a few times during the night and got up at 0630.

I'm still here, waiting to settle a few things and it is looking as if I might be here until after Easter since I may have paying customers on board.  Also, Cassiopeia's radar remains unrepaired since the supplier sent the wrong  connector and now the connector is on order.  In the meantime, Callum spent an hour or two on the mast figuring out why the connector would not work.

I'm still sorting out things on this boat and taking pictures.  I posted them in a Dropbox folder if anyone is interested.

Today, I put the sun shields on the windows so Jess can wash them, sorted odds and ends in preparation for moving over to Cassiopeia, and did some other organising.

The tides are very low these days.  Where there is usually an expanse of water beside my boats (left) at low tide -- still two feet above the very lowest tides -- I can see the rock outcropping (right) that usually lurks under the surface and threatens passing boats.

Late in the afternoon, a gale blew in and the boat is rocking as I write this.

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Wednesday April 5th, 2017

Three Hills Forecast:  Today Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness near noon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 early this afternoon. High 14. UV index 4 or moderate.  Tonight Clearing this evening. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low zero.

I'm still here on Shongololo, but expect to pack up today and either go home or move to Cassiopeia. 

Gusts rocked the boat all night.  Rain fell heavily at times and wind howled in the rigging but I slept better than I have for a while.  I was in bed by ten and slept until six, waking only once for a few minutes around midnight.  This boat is very warm and dry.

*   *   *   *   *   *

Today was a big day.  I was busy from six AM until eight-thirty in the evening. It was 2030 by the time I was finished for the day, making this a fourteen-hour day.  I'm amazed at my energy and stamina today, after weeks of feeling sub-par.

*   *   *   *   *   *

Around 0800, Colin knocked on my door.  He had come across from Saltspring, delivering an express cruiser and was hungry.  He pulled into Ganges around 2100 last night and could not find anything open. I'd already had breakfast, but we walked up to Third Street Cafe. He had breakfast and I had coffee. 

We walked back to the Marina and arrived before nine, so we waited in the lobby.  Dawn arrived and opened the office. I went back to Shongololo to resume my sorting and packing.

I did a wash, sorted various items left on the boat by the previous owner and my own clothing and supplies.

I can see that I am carrying far more than I need with me.  The excess includes clothes I never wear and electronics, cables and chargers. 

I need to reconsider my wardrobe.  I usually only wear a few basic items and I can usually find laundry facilities, so don't need spares.  Gadgets have changed a lot and I need fewer cables and chargers that I have in the past.

I had research to do as well.  The outboard on Shongololo's dinghy needs replacing and I needed to know if the davits can support a larger one.  I did that and looked at other boats on the dock.

Then I pressure washed the mats and continued sorting and packing to move over to Cassiopeia.  Colin needed more dock space for the cruiser he had brought over and Cassiopeia was in a large space, so I moved Cassiopeia over to F1, bringing her right across from Shongololo, and that is handier for me, too. 

I filled the water tanks of both boats and kept cleaning and sorting.  At 2030, I was still working, but when I spilled a half can of coffee on the floor, I knew it was time to quit for the day.

*   *   *   *   *   *

I'm back on Cassiopeia for the night.  I still have work to do on Shongololo, and will finish up in the morning.

On Shongololo, I was spoiled  by the view of the docks and surroundings and the quiet, steady heat system. The pilothouse on the trawler is high enough up and has large windows that allow me to see all around.  The salon on Cassiopeia is down below and the view when seated is limited to seeing people's feet walking by and the sky, with nothing in between.

I wondered if I have fallen out of love with Cassiopeia and wondered if I would feel let down and less comfortable being back here, but, so far, it is nice to be back.  Each boat has its charms.  This boat has brighter lighting, but the blond woodwork seems almost garish after the darker interior  teak of the trawler.  Getting in and out is more awkward, too.  I have to climb the companionway to the cockpit, then climb over the rail to get to the dock.

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Thursday April 6th, 2017

Three Hills Forecast:  Today Mainly cloudy. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h this afternoon. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate. Tonight Clearing late this evening. Wind southwest 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low zero.

I woke up at 0520. I'm back on Cassiopeia, still at Port Sidney Marina.  The gale has not materialized yet and the forecast has moderated since last night.

Around eight, I went over an finished moving off Shongololo. Jess showed up and is cleaning the boat thoroughly.  The charter company tends to strip off all the items that are not on their standard inventory, so the sheets and comforter had to go.  I'll keep them on Cassiopeia for the time being.

I walked up to the hardware store and bought some supplies, including a chest to store items in the engine room.  Shongololo will be going to Powell River after a few charters here and I'll want things like my bedding and tools up there.

I stopped along the way and talked to Dawn. Apparently the company has two boats going from Sidney on the Easter Flotilla, three if I go.  I had been thinking not, but do have a client signed up if I do and if they need a leader...

Flotillas are training trips for first-time charter clients so they can learn the area and gain confidence, and the firm provides a flotilla leader to shepherd the group past hazards. 

The Flotilla boards Thursday night and leaves Friday, returning on Monday afternoon.  The route meanders up to Thetis island, on to Newcastle Island on the second day, then Silva Bay for the third, then back,  for a trip of 105 nautical miles in total and sixteen hours underway.

None of the Cooper staff want to go, so I offered.  That means I am here until the 18th, and by then I'll have been here on the coast for almost two months!

Jess was cleaning Shongololo so I had to find something else to do.  I needed some things, so I walked up to the hardware store, spent some money and carried things back. I was feeling tired, so rested a bit, then Ryan and I bent the railing on the trawler with a car jack so the gate would close.  We just had to open the gap 3/16".

Mid-afternoon, the clients who will board on Saturday came by to look over the boat.  The admiral was very interested in the fridge size, whether there is a freezer, and cupboard storage.  I explained the under-bench storage and that they can move the microwave and toaster from the shelf and cupboard if she is not using them.

Then I hunted down some parts online and had supper. After supper, I walked to the Fairway Market to buy some fruit, and that was my day.

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Friday April 7th, 2017

Three Hills Forecast:  Today Increasing cloudiness. 40 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 14. Tonight Clearing this evening. Low minus 1.

I woke up at 0605 remembering that the fridge on Shongololo had not been running after Jess cleaned it.  The fridge had quit on me once before after I put a pot of warm stew in it, but started working again after a while. I assume the heat of the stew overworked it and activated a breaker that rest after a rest. Fridge failure if it persists is an emergency since the boat goes out on charter Sunday.

The wet, windy weather continues.

I had breakfast and ran barefoot and in sweats across the wet dock in light rain to check the fridge on Shongololo.  It was still not working, but I turned it off and then on and it seemed to start running, so I'll check in an hour to see if it is cooling.

I have yet to put up the new curtain track, install the SmartPlug, and fix the salon table.

*   *   *   *   *

I checked and the fridge is working.  The temperature is dropping at about ten degrees F per hour.  I drilled and coutersunk the hole for an additional screw on the table, then ran in a new brass screw.  As soon as the screw bottomed, it sheared off right at the head, leaving the new hole full of brass. I was able to drill it out and the next screw went in and held.

Callum and Ryan came by and we worked on various issues.  Ryan and I checked the transmission alignment and I installed the new SmartPlug, then sorted stuff in  the boat's basement.  That was a tiring job, so I took a break around 1630 and made supper. 

As I relaxed, suddenly a loud rhythmic banging began outside.  I went up top and discovered that the genoa on Fascination, a Catalina 32 across from me had gotten loose and was flapping wildly in the wind which was gusting strongly.  The furling line had not been secured and the sail had unrolled, violently shaken off the sheets, and was in the process of noisily destroying itself.

I don't know the owner and have not seen anyone on board but in situations like this the unwritten rule is that anyone around does whatever can be done.  I sized up the situation, boarded, and winched in the furling line until it reached its limit.  That still left half the sail halfway out since, unrestrained by sheets, it had rotated around the forestay and the furling line no longer had enough turns to bring it in all the way.

As I was sizing up the situation and formulating a plan, another sailor came by.  I was about to board again and wrap a line around the jib to wind it up, but he wanted to do it.  I let him and it turned out that I could have done it better in a quarter the time.  He was enthusiastic, but fumbled around and messed up the rope that had been neatly coiled. By the time we were done, several others had come along and soon the gong show got crazier.  Some were working against one another, but we got it done.

I went back to Cassiopeia and made a vegetable stew.  I still had work to do on Shongololo before dusk, so I returned to the trawler and cleaned her up for the day. 

I have a problem in that I need to keep things -- parts and tools -- on hand for my various maintenance jobs, but the charter company likes to strip the boats for charter on the belief that people do not like clutter.  Also, sending too many tools along might tempt some DIYers to attempt repairs beyond their capability. 

Keeping supplies handy is not a problem right now when two of my boats are across from one another, and one is not on charter, but when one moves to Powell River, then I have to decide where to keep my stuff.  I'll have two boats in Powell River and one here.

Dawn jumped the gun mid-day and demanded a key for a client she had told to come in because she does not work tomorrow.  We -- the dock crew and I -- had understood that we have today to finish up and even Saturday morning, need be.  I'll be here tomorrow and Callum will be coming to give the clients a briefing so handing over a key is not an issue, but that was not good enough for Dawn.  As a result, she has the key, but I discovered at the end of the day that I cannot lock the door without it!  Haste makes waste and creates the very confusion and mistakes that are feared.

She gets excited if a boat is not sitting ready at the dock days ahead of time and she worries that something could happen and she would have to let a client down.  She cares and she keeps promises.  That is what makes her a super salesperson.   She has to believe that she can deliver what she promises with no slip-ups or it strips her gears.  I know because that characteristic was made me a killer salesman.  Nevertheless, that perfectionism, double-checking, worry and lack of faith drives support people crazy.  Some charter outfits turn boats around the same day.  She needs at least one day between charters and prefers more.

I finished at eight.  This was another big day, made more tiring by the high gusting winds.  Nonetheless, I am not especially tired, but I feel like watching video tonight and this will be the first time in quite a  few days if I do.  The problem is that I can't think of anything I care to watch.  It's all crap compared to real life.

I didn't.  I went to bed at 2130.

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Saturday April 8th, 2017

Three Hills Forecast:  Today Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers early this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 12. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 2.

I woke up several times during the night.  By midnight, the wind had dropped.  Around two, I woke up and could not sleep so I had a cup of coffee and a Benadryl, then slept until 0745. Seems there is no pattern to this insomnia, although, last night I ate before going to bed and I think I sleep better when I don't.

I went over and finished up a few little jobs on  Shongololo, then walked uptown to the hardware store. I bought a few things and asked if they deliver.  Turns out they do and I did not have to carry that big trunk down main street the other day. 

I bought some more fruit on the way home and when I got back I really really needed to get away from the dock and out on the water, so I cast off the lines and motored over to the Spit and dropped the anchor. 

I am alone out here in the dark. Cassiopeia is bobbing gently on the waves and I am listening to Randy's Vinyl Tap on CBC.  Right now he is playing one of my favourites, John Fogerty's Looking Out My Back Door.

I've been feeling pretty good the past few days.  Maybe avoiding all booze helps?  Seems my tolerance for alcohol is low lately.  I'm eating mostly vegetables a lot of fruit lately. Fruit is expensive. 

I can't believe what I am paying for groceries every few days.  I hate restaurant prices, but lately I think I would save money eating out. Of course, I would be eating a whole lot more fat, salt and unpronounceable things. 

I'm a skeptic when it comes to 'organic', and tend to think that the additives and preservatives in processed foods are more worrisome than GMO or pesticides in the minute quantities we are likely to encounter.

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Sunday April 9th, 2017

Three Hills Forecast:  Today Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers early this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 12. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 2.

I slept poorly.  When I woke up at 0420, I decided to stay up.  At dawn, I raised anchor and motored back to the marina.  I have a delivery scheduled at 0900 and want to be back on time.  I'm glad I anchored out, though.  It's nice to get away.

I had nasal congestion again last night and that affect my sleep.  I'm sure it is something I ate.  I had pizza at around four yesterday, so maybe that was it.

By ten, the delivery had not arrived, so I phoned.  Nobody knew anything about it.  The previous evening the store had promised to come by at nine.  No problem.  Today, nobody had any idea what I was talking about.  It turned out that the fellow who promised delivery had not come to work. Anyhow, they promised to bring the order over shortly.

I had been looking for new hair clippers and come across the Conair Even Cut Rotary Haircut Kit in reading reviews for other clippers on Amazon and it sounded ideal.  I found online that a local Walmart stocks it, and had checked Home Hardware too.  I found they stock it too, but for ten dollars more.  Seeing as the store was delivering already, I asked if they price match and they said yes, so I had them bring the clippers along, too.  Handy.

I'm keeping my hair very short lately for convenience and it has been getting longer since I have not cut it for a month.  It's almost an inch long in places and looking messy, so I had been looking for a good set of clippers to buzz my head.  The last clippers I bought are slow and difficult to handle, and they pull my hair.

This clipper requires an 18-hour charge before first use, so when I got back to the boat, I put it on charge. I then pulled away from the dock and motored out past Dock Island, headed for Ganges.

The wind favoured me, but, it as often is on that route, the wind was directly behind me.  The trip was interesting seeing as I could not use the instruments due to the short circuit up in the radar.  I had no no autopilot, so I had to hold the wheel all the time or lock it for a few moments, and with no chartplotter and no depth sounder, I had to navigate using memory and my phone.  Having to steer constantly makes sail adjustments more difficult since I had to hold or lock the wheel while pulling lines and winching. 

I sailed all the way in to Ganges, motored to the Marina, and tied up at the same spot as usual.

   

I called Bruce and he came by the marina to get me.  We drove back out to his place and went hiking out on the end of the peninsula.  After the walk, we had supper, and Bruce drove me back to Cassiopeia.

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Monday April 10th, 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h this afternoon. High 13. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Wind southwest 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low plus 1.

I slept well and got up at 0830.  It's breezy again today, so I should have a good sail back to Sidney.

I started out, motoring out and found I was heading directly into the wind.  With the constricted space it made little sense to sail in the bay. 

Motoring was a bit of a chore with no autopilot.  As I left the bay, I raised sail and found I was overpowered in the gusts which managed to throw things around the cabin by suddenly tipping the boat.  I had put things away, but the wind jostled the boat more than expected.

I reefed but still found sailing difficult and finally went back to motoring.  Sailing was just not fun with a cool, gusty wind directly on the nose.

I returned mid-afternoon and tied up again in my spot. Along the way, since the required initial charge had completed, I tried out the clippers.  I was impressed at how well they work and how easy they are to use.

I correct, revise and augment entries in the previous several days first thing each day before writing new diary entries.
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Tuesday April 11th, 2017

I worked on the boat and web projects all day, and at one point I walked uptown to the hardware store for tools and parts.

Callum was working in the yard all day, but came back and worked on my radar at the end ofthe day. 

I've been hanging around for over two weeks to make sure that this issue is solved.  I discovered the radar had failed almost a month ago.  Attempts to repair it have been delayed waiting for parts, returning a wrong part, waiting for another, then waiting for calm, dry weather to go up the mast.

Several important upcoming charters depend on having a functioning radar, so I am standing over this job to make sure it is done and done right.

Callum takes a course daily after work , but skipped out today to get this job done and I appreciate it.

He spent an hour up the mast, and finally said to try it out. When I did, the radar was back to normal.  The damaged connector was the problem all along.  I had figured that out that by observing the display appearance.  Before I came to that conclusion, though, it was suggested I install a new radar and display at a cost of $5000.

Would the final bill be $5,000?  Nope.  Taxes add $750 and in my experience there are always cost overruns due things they 'discover' once the deal has been okayed to go ahead.  And I would be no farther ahead. These repairs have cost me a few hundred.

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 and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be accepted without question.
Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

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Wednesday April 12th, 2017

I was up a few times during the night, then slept until 0830.  I talked to Dawn about the coming flotilla, walked to the hardware store, had lunch at the Chinese Buffet, changed the mainsail reefing line, spliced the line and then adjusted the outboard crane.  After that, I walked uptown again to return items and go to the drug store.

Returning, I had supper and tidied, then  spent some time on these pages.

I correct, revise and augment entries in the previous several days first thing each day before writing new diary entries.
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A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined by a show of hands,
 and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be accepted without question.
Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

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Thursday April 13th, 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Periods of rain. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this morning. High 8. Tonight Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 overnight. Low zero.

I slept fairly well and got up around six.  Today is a big day.  I have to tidy Cassiopeia, pack, hold a skippers meeting at ten, shop for groceries for the weekend and board Shongololo at seven tonight.

I correct, revise and augment entries in the previous several days first thing each day before writing new diary entries.
 Read yesterday's post

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A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined by a show of hands,
 and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be accepted without question.
Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

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Friday April 28th, 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High 9. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of rain showers after midnight then 30 percent chance of flurries overnight. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light early this evening. Low minus 4.

I returned home last night and got to bed around two local.

I had intended to keep up the diary while away, but let it lapse.  Maybe I'll catch it up.  We'll see.

Regardless, I'll probably write a bit about bees in the coming days.

I correct, revise and augment entries in the previous several days first thing each day before writing new diary entries.
 Read yesterday's post

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A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined by a show of hands,
 and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be accepted without question.
Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

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Today Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of flurries changing to 60 percent chance of rain showers or flurries this afternoon. Wind becoming north 20 km/h this afternoon. High 6. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Cloudy. 60 percent chance of rain showers changing to 60 percent chance of flurries this evening. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low minus 3.

Today Clearing this morning. Wind north 20 km/h becoming southeast 20 early this afternoon. High 8. UV index 5 or moderate.
Tonight A few clouds. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low minus 5.

 

Today Cloudy. Clearing early this afternoon. Wind south 20 km/h becoming light early this morning. High 10. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Increasing cloudiness. 30 percent chance of rain showers after midnight then 60 percent chance of flurries overnight. Low zero.

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. High 11. UV index 5 or moderate.
Tonight Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers and risk of a thunderstorm. Low plus 2.

 

Today Periods of rain ending near noon then clearing. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this afternoon. High 12. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight A few clouds. Low zero.

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