December Sea Water

Temp Temp Sal
Day Time ºC ºC ppt
1
2 13:00 10.0 31.2
3 14:00 10.0 31.2
4 8:00 9.8 31.5
5 8:15 9.7 31.2
6 8:00 9.0 31.3
7 9:00 8.7 31.5
8 9:30 8.9 31.4
9 9:30 8.7 30.9
10 10:30 8.8 31.2
11 9:20 8.9 31.9
12 11:30 8.5 31.5
13 11:45 8.5 31.7
14 12:00 8.4 31.9
15 13:00 8.6 31.9
16
17 16:30 8.3 31.9
18 9:00 8.4 32.1
19 8:30 8.6 8.5 32.4
20 16:15 8.6 8.6 31.8
21 9:30 8.5 8.4 32.1
22 10:00 8.5 8.4 32
23 11:00 8.4 8.3 31.6
24 10:30 8.0 31.4
25 10:15 8.1 31.4
26 12:30 8.1 31.3
27 10:30 8.1 31.5
28 11:00 8.2 31.8
29 12:00 8.2 31.9
30 11:05 8.2 31.8
31 12:30 8.1 31.8

Wind and snow

Weather:

  • A 30-35 knot N wind picked over night along with snow fall.Vertical North facing surfaces got some snow cover, everywhere else it blew off.
  • Visibility was less than a mile in the morning with fog horn sounding.
  • Seawater temp down to 8.5 C.

Maintenance:

  • cleared snow off lantern room window
  • communications with Kyle and technician re desalinator problems
  • communications with Kyle re diesel fuel level and delivery this week
  • request for wood stove gasket cement.
  • worked on cleaning and organizing in basement and consolidating obsolete items for removal

Other

  • DFO noted higher than normal seawater temps in Nov data set, requested that we take analog observations for the next five days to compare with digital measurements.

November seawater data

YSI YSI
Temp Sal
Day Time ºC ppt
1 13:50 31.7 10.4
2 13:50 31.8 10.3
3 13:50 31.7 10.4
4 13:50 31.6 10.3
5 12:08 31.3 10.6
6 10:10 31.6 10.6
7 10:03 31.3 11
8 10:00 31.5 10.7
9 10:03 31.4 10.7
10 10:25 31.3 10.9
11 10:45 31.5 10.7
12 11:15 31.4 10.7
13 11:48 31.5 10.5
14 12:06 31.5 10.7
15 16:00 31.4 10.3
16 15:00 31.2 10.2
17 13:00 31.2 10.2
18 x x x
19 14:00 31.2 10.2
20 13:00 31.4 10.2
21 x x x
22 12:00 31.6 10.2
23 11:00 31.4 10.3
24 12:00 31.3 10.4
25 13:00 31.6 10.2
26 12:00 31.4 10.3
27 12:00 31.5 10.1
28 13:00 31.4 10.1
29 14:00 31.5 10.3
30 12:00 31.4 10.2

Seawater Data, October 2016

Station Race Rocks Lightstation
Month: October Year: 2016
Observer Lester B. Pearson College   of the Pacific
Date Time YSI Salinity YSI Temp °C
1 14:25 31.9 10.4
2 15:45 32.0 10.5
3 15:40 31.4 10.4
4 15:52 31.6 10.8
5 16:07 31.4 11.1
6 16:04 31.6 10.7
7 15:50 31.8 10.6
8 11:56 31.8 10.2
9 12:20 31.9 10.6
10 12:35 31.8 10.6
11 12:36 31.6 10.6
12 12:36 31.8 10.5
13 13:15 31.7 10.5
14 13:17 32.1 9.9
15 N/A TOO STORMY
16 14:15 31.7 10.6
17 14:47 32.2 10.0
18 15:20 32.1 10.5
19 15:51 31.7 9.9
20 16:18 32.2 10.1
21 16:30 32.1 10.1
22 11:07 32.3 10.0
23 11:35 32.2 10.2
24 11:55 32.0 10.3
25 12:07 32.0 10.5
26 12:20 32.0 10.1
27 12:39 32.1 10.2
28 13:07 31.9 10.5
29 13:25 31.7 10.6
30 14:00 31.8 10.4
31 13:50 31.7 10.6
Submitted to: Inst. Ocean Science, P.O. Box 6000, Sidney, B.C. V8L 4B2
Peter Chandler   Peter.Chandler@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Recorded by Race Rocks Ecological Reserve Guardian on behalf of Lester B. Pearson College

Seawater Data, September 2016

Station Race Rocks Lightstation
Month: September Year: 2016
Observer Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific
Date Time Sea Jar Hydro-   meter   No. Observed Density YSI Salinity YSI Temp °C
Temp. Temp.
°C °C
1 15:10 30.9 12.0
2 18:45 31.9 11.3
3 16:40 31.6 12.3
4 18:45 32.0 11.2
5 17:30 31.7 11.4
6 19:30 31.6 11.3
7 19:00 31.4 11.4
8 19:10 31.4 12.2
9 19:15 31.1 12.3
10 19:15 31.1 12.5
11 20:04 30.8 12.8
12 19:30 30.7 12.7
13 18:30 30.7 12.3
14 Not Done Not Done Not Done
15 16:15 31.6 11.4
16 14:35 10.8 10.7 10802 242 31.5 10.8
17 15:15 31.7 11.0
18 15:48 32.2 10.5
19 15:50 32.5 9.9
20 16:55 32.1 10.6
21 17:47 32.0 10.5
22 10:38 32.5 9.9
23 10:51 32.2 10.2
24 11:45 32.1 10.6
25 13:30 31.9 10.8
26 13:45 31.9 10.8
27 13:45 31.3 11.4
28 13:42 31.9 11.0
29 14:05 31.9 10.8
30 14:27 31.9 10.9
31
Submitted to: Inst. Ocean Science, P.O. Box 6000, Sidney, B.C. V8L 4B2
Peter Chandler
Recorded by Race Rocks Ecological Reserve Guardian on behalf of Lester B. Pearson College

Seawater Data, August 2016

Station Race Rocks Lightstation
Month: August Year: 2016
Observer Lester B. Pearson College   of the Pacific
I had to enter the values in myself (there was no spreadsheet on the computer) so I am hopeful that I was able to read all of Guy et Christine’s vague handwritten numbers.
Date Time Sea Jar Hydro-   meter   No. Observed Density YSI Salinity YSI Temp °C
Temp. Temp.
°C °C
1  21:00 30.3 12.4
2  20:00 30.7 12.0
3  19:00 30.1 12.2
4  19:30 30.5 12.6
5  17:39 31.2 12.1
6  18:15 31.1 12.0
7  18:20 30.9 11.9
8  19:10 31.2 12.0
9  19:45 30.7 12.7
10  20:00 30.9 12.4
11  20:10 30.6 12.8
12  21:20 30.3 13.3
13  20:00 29.6 13.1
14  20:45 29.2 13.3
15  21:00 30.1 13.0
16  20:30 30.1 12.9
17  19:30 30.3 12.7
18  18:50 30.5 13.3
19  18:30 30.7 13.3
20  17:30 11.8 12.4 10,802 1.0230 31.5 12.5
21  17:30 31.6 12.1
22  19:00 31.4 12.3
23  18:30 31.2 12.4
24  19:20 31.2 12.4
25  20:05 31.2 12.6
26  20:15 30.9 12.5
27  20:40 30.7 12.4
28  20:15 30.9 12.3
29  17:10 31.1 12.4
30  17:00 31.1 12.3
31  15:05 31.6 11.9
Submitted monthly to: Inst. Ocean Science, P.O. Box 6000, Sidney, B.C. V8L 4B2
Recorded by Race Rocks Ecological Reserve Guardian for Lester B. Pearson College

Seawater Data, July 2016

Time Zone: PDT
Station Race Rocks Lightstation
2016 July
Observer Lester B. Pearson College   of the Pacific
Date Time YSI Salinity YSI Temp celsius Hydro- meter     No. Observed Density
1 20:50 30.6 11.7 10,802
2 20:55 31.4 11.0 10,802
3 20:45 31.4 10.9 10,802
4 21:05 31.2 11.5 10,802
5 20:00 31.3 11.2 10,802
6 20:15 31.0 11.6 10,802
7 20:30 31.2 11.0 10,802
8 20:30 30.9 11.2 10,802
9 19:30 31.1 11.7 10,802
10 20:30 30.8 12.5 10,802
11 20:30 30.8 12.0 10,802
12 20:35 31.2 11.8 10,802
13 21:15 30.6 12.3 10,802
14 21:30 30.4 12.2 10,802
15 21:30 30.4 12.1 10,802
16 21:45 30.4 12.7 10,802
17 20:50 30.5 12.2 10,802
Sea temp:11.8 jar temp:12.2
obsv.density
1.023
18 21:00 30.3 12.4 10,802
19 21:00 30.7 12.2 10,802
20 21:10 30.6 11.8 10,802
21 20:00 31.2 11.9 10,802
22 19:30 30.6 11.8 10,802
23 19:00 31.4 11.6 10,802
24 19:15 31.4 11.6 10,802
25 19:00 31.4 12.2 10,802
26 20:00 31.3 12.1 10,802
27 20:15 30.8 12.0 10,802
28 21:15 30.7 12.3 10,802
29 20:20 30.6 12.3 10,802
30 21:00 30.5 12.4 10,802
31 21:30 30.5 12.3 10,802
Mean*                * 30.9 11.9 #DIV/0!
Submitted to: Inst. Ocean Science, P.O. Box 6000, Sidney, B.C. V8L 4B2
Peter Chandler
Recorded by Race Rocks Marine Protected Area Guardian
Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific

Seawater Data, June 2016

Station Race Rocks Lightstation
Month: June Year: 2016
Observer Lester B. Pearson College   of the Pacific
Date Time Sea Jar Hydro-   meter   No. Observed Density YSI Salinity YSI Temp °C
Temp. Temp.
°C °C
1  14:10 32.2 10.9
2  13:19 32.1 11.0
3  17:15 32.1 11.4
4  18:15 31.9 11.2
5  18:45 32.3 11.1
6  20:30 32.3 10.2
7  19:00 32.8 10.2
8  20:00 33.1 9.8
9  21:00 32.5 10.4
10  20:30 32.4 10.5
11  21:00 32.2 10.7
12  21:00 32.2 10.9
13  21:00 32.0 10.7
14  21:20 29.6 11.4
15  21:10 30.2 11.6
16  20:50 29.8 11.5
17  21:00 30.2 11.8
18  20:45 30.7 11.2
19  21:50 30.7 11.4
20  20:40  11.6 11.8 10,802 1.023 30.8 11.3
21  21:00 30.6 11.7
22  20:45 31.2 11.1
23  20:45 31.0 11.6
24  20:00 31.5 10.9
25  20:45 31.0 10.9
26  21:00 30.8 12.3
27  20:30 30.7 12.5
28  20:45 31.1 11.7
29  21:00 31.2 11.3
30  21:20 30.6 11.5
31
Submitted monthly to: Inst. Ocean Science, P.O. Box 6000, Sidney, B.C. V8L 4B2
Recorded by Race Rocks Ecological Reserve Guardian for Lester B. Pearson College

Meeting with Peter Chandler : Exchange of instrument for Seawater sampling datas

Weather

Wind: At 5H00 coming from West 5 knots. Will be 15 to 25 knots late afternoon                  Sky: Cloudy; Visibility :!0 miles;Sea:calm and flat. After a pretty good day the sky clouded over and rains lashed against the windows

Ecological

For the first time this year the eagles were steady around the Rocks today .We saw them 3 times and 2 at the same time once.So the gulls were pretty excited and maybe also because of the stormy and heavy weather. Yesterday for the census there were not so many pigeons-guillemots but today I could count at least 50 of them.Same thing for gulls Guy counted 120 gulls on North Rock in the evening

So we went to meet Peter Chandler from UVIC for an exchange of the instrument. We got exactly the same instrument but they need to be recalibrate once a year. Lately Peter found that the salinity record that we took were too high ( Probably because of the instrument).

He explained us that an important factor is if there is not enough wind for a season the water become saltier and the salt concentration stays on the surface.

Also actually the weather cycles are still there but we can’t predict them like we used to do it 40 years ago.

We spoke also about the amount of fish in an area :he explained that the phytoplankton grows better in the colder water so the fish follow .We could think because of the warming of the ocean that salmons have disappeared like in 1974 in the South of Vancouver Island but in fact they mainly have changed their migration path to get food and all the species  that get fed on them did too.

Race Rocks station is very important because of its unique situation not in a bay but in the open ocean with a lot of currents all the time . The datas we got (and have been for so many years) are really useful. They give informations that don’t concern a specific area only.

 

Seawater Data, May 2016

Station Race Rocks Lightstation
Month: MAY Year: 2016
Observer Lester B. Pearson College   of the Pacific
Date Time Sea Jar Hydro-   meter   No. Observed Density YSI Salinity YSI Temp °C
Temp. Temp.
°C °C
1 6:53 31.3 9.8
2 9:23 31.3 10.4
3 12:10 31.1 10.7
4 15:00 31.2 10.4
5 16:00 31.5 10.5
6 20:10 31.7 10.3
7 16:24 32.2 10.1
8 19:33 32.4 9.8
9 20:33 32.2 9.8
10 21:20 32.0 9.9
11 21:05 32.2 10.1
12 21:05 32.0 10.1
13 21:05 31.7 10.6
14 21:05 31.9 10.3
15 21:05 10.4 10,802 1.0232 31.9 10.1
16 21:05 31.8 10.2
17 21:05 31.7 10.3
18 15:30 32.0 10.4
19 16:35 31.9 10.5
20 19:00 31.9 10.6
21 19:55 32.0 10.5
22 19:55 32.1 10.4
23 20:40 31.8 10.4
24 20:50 32.1 10.2
25 21:25 10.1 10.4 10,802 1.0234 YSI didn’t turn on
26 21:50 32.7 9.6
27 22:05 32.4 9.7
28 22:10 32.4 10.1
29 22:07 32.4 10.0
30 7:17 32.2 10.1
31 10:18 32.1 10.5
Submitted monthly to: Inst. Ocean Science, P.O. Box 6000, Sidney, B.C. V8L 4B2
Recorded by Race Rocks Ecological Reserve Guardian for Lester B. Pearson College