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Exploding meteor: Bright bolide lights up Friday night sky from Chilliwack to Nanaimo to Seattle

Exploding meteor: Bright bolide lights up Friday night sky from Chilliwack to Nanaimo to Seattle
A bolide, or exploding meteor, similar to this one was spotted in the night sky over the Lower Mainland and Western Washington on Friday night.
Photograph by: NASA , The Province


Tina Robertson was just trying to catch a stray cat out in front of her property when she heard it.

“It freaked me right out,” she said.

Then she looked up to see a “big ball of fire.”

“It was moving like hell,” she said. “It was big, but not as big as that one in Russia.”

What she and other witnesses as far afield as Seattle and Nanaimo seem to have seen around 6:50 p.m. Friday was a type of meteor known as a bolide. Bolides are as bright as a full moon; they’re a meteor that doesn’t just burn up as it travels through the atmosphere, it explodes.

(Hat tip to Seattle Twitter user Reb Roush for pointing us all to the term.)

Robertson’s partner Wilf Krickhan was loading up firewood in a bobcat behind the house when he saw the blue-green bolide flash across the sky.


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Earth Watch Report  –  Snow Storms

19.12.2012 Snow Storm Canada Province of British Columbia, [Merto Vancouver region] Damage level

Snow Storm in Canada on Wednesday, 19 December, 2012 at 18:11 (06:11 PM) UTC.

High winds played havoc with ferry service between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island Wednesday, while snow in the Vancouver region caused traffic headaches for commuters. The winds forced BC Ferries to cancel all morning sailings between the mainland and Victoria and Nanaimo, with service not expected to resume until the mid-afternoon. Sailings were also cancelled to the Gulf Islands, east of Victoria. The storm, the second to hit Metro Vancouver in as many days, brought as much as 20 centimetres of snow to the higher elevations and slowed the morning commute. The snow also forced the closure of the main campus of Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, along with all campuses of Douglas College, while many elementary and high schools in the region were also closed. The storm followed just 24 hours after a similar blizzard hit the region, snarling traffic from the early morning to the noon hour on Tuesday.