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Squamish Today—June 12: A roundup of weather, events, gas prices and road alerts

Discover today's moon phase, tides, seawater temps, wind at the Spit, and we have some motorcycle tips for drivers.

One more day with showers, then the sun will be back, Squamish. 

For Wednesday, expect a mix of sun and cloud, with showers in the morning; the high will be 19 C, and the overnight low will be 7  C.

The UV index is 6, or high, meaning you need to protect your skin if you are in the sun. 

Sunrise & sunset

Sunrise June 12 was at 5:02 a.m. Sunset will be at 9:22 p.m.

Moon phase

The moon is in its first quarter, meaning that it is increasing in size (to our eyes), according to phasesmoon.com.

Its illumination is  34.95%, meaning that is the percent of the moon illuminated by the sun

The moon is currently located in the constellation of Leo.

The next full moon will be on June 20, at 8:55 p.m.

Tides

High tide today is at 9:26  a.m. (3.49 metres); low tide is at 4:27 p.m. (1.56 m), according to tide-forecast.com.

Seawater temps

The water temperature in Howe Sound today is 15.1 C, according to seatemperature.info.

The calculation is made using historical data over a decade. 

The warmest water we have seen on June 12 in Howe Sound was 18.1 C in 2019, and the coldest was 12.7 C in 2008.

According to the site, the seawater temperature in Howe Sound is expected to rise to 16.2 C in the next 10 days. 

The June average water temperature in the sound is 15.8 C, the minimum temperature is 12.3 C, and the maximum is  21.3 C.

Good fishing day?

According to solunarforecast.com, June 12 is a “average” fishing day in Squamish. The prime bite time today is from 5:42 p.m. to 7:42 p.m.

Events to note

Here are some upcoming events you might want to attend.

Tomorrow, June 13th, there will be a Pride Celebration Open House at PearlSpace at 38021 Third Ave, from  2 to 4 p.m.

“Visit our beautiful space and learn more about our inclusive programming. Treats and refreshments,” reads the event listing. “All ages and identities are welcome!”

On June 15th, there’s Discover Aviation Day at Squamish Airport, from  10 a.m. to  3 p.m.
“A chance for families to learn about flying, and kids have a chance to go up for a free flight. We will have lots of fun kids' activities at the Squamish Airport. Come and look at airplanes + helicopters,” reads the listing.

Also on June 15th is the Hooves & Hearts Fundraiser at Second Chance Cheekye Ranch. The event runs from  10:a.m. to 3 p.m.  at 60001 Squamish Valley Rd. 

"Annual fundraiser with art & gift card auction, rescue tour,  tacos & bannock, face-painting, and scavenger hunt," reads the description.

Looking even further ahead, the popular Poet Next Door: Summer Series is back and outside for the summer season on Jun 19 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 37710 Third Avenue.

Junction Park & O’Siyam Pavilion will host the 10th International Yoga Day and National Indigenous Peoples Day from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on June 21.

“Outdoor yoga and meditation with Elizabeth Marleau and the Stawamus Chief as your backdrop. Honouring National Indigenous Peoples Day and moving the body alongside Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Stephen Spender,” reads the event listing.

On June 29th, Scenic Route to Alaska: SRTA is at The BAG from 7 to 11 p.m.
“Born and raised in Edmonton, the trio of childhood best friends, Scenic Route to Alaska, has been a consistent force in Canada's music scene since 2011,” reads the event listing.

Also on June 29, See Fresh Cut Grass Band: Schools Out! at Tricksters from 8 p.m. to midnight. 

“Fresh Cut Grass, the ultimate tribute band, playing all your favourite 90s and 2000s alt-rock, pop punk, and emo hits,” reads the description.

On June 30, Rubber Tire Peep Show is playing at The BAG from 8 p.m. until midnight.

"The group’s eclectic genre-bending repertoire spans sounds from country-blues, funk, soul, to some good old rock ’n’ roll, putting a contemporary spin on the musical styles of the ’70s," reads the event listing.

On July 5, The Free Label is at the Sea to Sky Gondola as part of the gondola's Mountain Music Series, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
 

Want a possible shout-out in our daily report? Load your event into our free online event calendar.

On this day

  • The average high temperature in Squamish on June 12 is 20.2 C, according to Environment Canada.
  • The average low is 9.9 C.
  • The highest temperature on this day (1983-2023) was 31.4 C in 2019.
  • The lowest temperature seen on this day in the district was 4.6 C in 2018.
  • The most precipitation we have seen on this day was 30.6 millimetres in 2000.

Looking to the rest of the week

Thursday, will also be sunny. We are looking at a high of 22 C and a low down to 10 C.

Friday and Saturday are looking wet and cloudy, but Sunday—Father's Day—is showing promise, with a mix of sun and cloud forecast.

The high will be 17 C, the low down to 10 C. 

Gas prices

According to our latest data, regular gas on June 12, is going for 189.9 cents per litre at local stations.

In Whistler, gas is also going for 189.9/L.

In Pemberton, though, petrol is going for 188.9/L at local stations.

In Vancouver,  gas is selling for 181.9/L  at the Chevron at 660 3rd St. W.

Road warnings

On Highway 99, there will be mowing between Kelvin Grove Way and Murrin Lake Provincial Park for 22.5 km (Lions Bay to 1 km south of Squamish) until Friday, June 14. The work will occur from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The shoulder will be closed. Watch for slow-moving vehicles.

Also on ​​Highway 99, in both directions, roadside brushing is planned between Copper Dr and Daisy Lake Rd for 34.3 km (Squamish) from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily on weekdays. The left lane will be blocked. The work is set to last until Friday, June 14.

Find the latest road warnings on the DriveBC site.

Motorcycle awareness

With the nicer weather, it is motorcycle season on the Sea to Sky Highway. (And at local Starbucks).

TranBC offers the following tips for being motorcycle-aware behind the wheel.

Driving a car or truck?

  1. Treat motorcycles like they are as big as other vehicles. Sure, motorcycles don’t take up as much lane space as a dual cab pickup, but they often adjust lane positions to avoid road debris and respond to wind and passing vehicles. Allow motorcycles plenty of lane space.
  2. Double-check those blind spots. The motorcycle’s smaller size still has to be taken into consideration, especially when changing lanes. Use your turn signal and take extra care to ensure the way is clear.
  3. Back off. Stopping distances for cars and motorcycles are about equal, but wet conditions can make quick stops difficult for both. What might be a mere “fender bender” between two cars could end up much more serious with a motorcycle involved.
  4. Be extra cautious pulling in front. Due to their smaller size, motorcycles can appear farther away than they actually are. They can also be hidden behind other larger vehicles, so ensure you have lots of space to turn in front without interrupting the oncoming motorcycle. Does the bike have its turning signal on? Play it safe and wait until it turns.
  5. Change lanes for merging motorcycles. While we suggest getting out of the way for all vehicles merging onto the highway, changing lanes to leave room for motorcyclists is particularly important.

Why is Squamish so windy in the summer?

Kiteboardering season has begun, with kiteboarders sure to be a constant backdrop in Howe Sound until fall. 

But what makes Squamish so windy?

According to Squamish’s Canadian Coastal Sailing, “Squamish winds are formed by unique local geographic features that combine with the summer sun to create anabatic, or thermal, wind, which blows daily from the ocean, through Howe Sound, and up the inland valleys,” reads the site.
“In the summer, as the morning sun rises in the sky, the inland valley begins to heat, which warms the air adjacent to the land. The warming air moves upwards, and cooler, denser air from Howe Sound is pulled up the valley to replace the rising air.”

According to the Squamish Windsports Society website, “ the wind is good from May through September. In July and August, you can expect 100% windy days.”

The society also says, that ​"a typical Squamish day has steady wind from midday until evening usually between 18 and 24 knots.”

Driving in the wind

Here are some tips on driving in the wind from the province of British Columbia’s TranBC.

  • Keep both hands on the wheel
  • Watch for debris on the road
  • Avoid using cruise control

Be prepared for sudden changes in wind strength (i.e. underpasses, tunnels, next to large vehicles).
 

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Happy Monday, Squamish!

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