Weekday Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For FRIDAY! March 27th, 2020

A mix of sun and cloud today. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40. High +5. Clear tonight. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light early this evening. Low -8 with temperature rising to -2 by morning. Wind chill -11 this evening. Currently we have clouds a temperature of +1 and feels like -6, our winds are 37 km/h from the WSW.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area.

Our highways in and around our area CONTINUE TO BE IN EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY!

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

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2020 March 27
A Little Drop of Galaxy
Image Credit & Copyright:Massimo Tamajo

Explanation: A drop of water seems to hold an entire galaxy in this creative macro-astrophotograph. In the imaginative work of cosmic nature photography a close-up lens was used to image a previously made picture of a galaxy, viewed through a water drop suspended from a stem. A favorite of many telescope-wielding astroimagers, the galaxy is the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M31. About 100,000 light-years across that majestic galaxy’s spiral arms and dust lanes are curved and distorted in the image contained in the centimeter-sized droplet. Andromeda is some 2.5 million light-years distant, but this project was still carried out while spending time indoors.Tomorrow’s picture: a light-weekend

Weekday Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Wednesday March 24th, 2020

Mainly sunny today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -1. Wind chill -15 this morning and -3 this afternoon. Clear tonight. Becoming partly cloudy late this evening. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -10. Wind chill -5 this evening and -12 overnight. Currently we have sun a temperature of -8 feels like -13, our winds are 11 km/h from the SSW.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings at this time.

Our highways HAVE NOW IMPROVED BUT THERE ARE STILL LARGE SECTIONS OF SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY SECTIONS ON #60 #10 AND #6. DRIVING WITH CAUTION IS STILL RECOMMENDED.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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2020 March 25
Star Forming Region S106
Image Credit: NASAESAHubble Legacy ArchiveProcessing & Copyright: Utkarsh Mishra

Explanation: Massive star IRS 4 is beginning to spread its wings. Born only about 100,000 years ago, material streaming out from this newborn star has formed the nebula dubbed Sharpless 2-106 Nebula (S106), featured here. A large disk of dust and gas orbiting Infrared Source 4 (IRS 4), visible in brown near the image center, gives the nebula an hourglass or butterfly shape. S106 gas near IRS 4 acts as an emission nebula as it emits light after being ionized, while dust far from IRS 4 reflects light from the central star and so acts as a reflection nebula. Detailed inspection of a relevant infrared image of S106 reveal hundreds of low-mass brown dwarf stars lurking in the nebula’s gas. S106 spans about 2 light-years and lies about 2000 light-years away toward the constellation of the Swan (Cygnus).Tomorrow’s picture: Andromeda Station

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Tuesday March 24th, 2020

Snow today. Rain over southern sections this afternoon. Risk of freezing rain early this morning. Snowfall amount 5 to 10 cm. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High +1. Wind chill -9 this morning. Snow ending late this evening then partly cloudy. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light early this evening. Low -14. Wind chill -9 this evening and -16 overnight. Currently we have snow a temperature of -5 feels like -11, our winds are 13 km/h from the N.

Currently WE DO HAVE A SNOWFALL WARNING AND A MARINE SNOWFALL WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY. PLEASE SEE BELOW

Our highways in and around our area are COVERED/SLIPPERY AND TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED TODAY INTO TONIGHT CONDITIONS IMPROVE DRAMATICALLY AS YOU TRAVEL (IF YOU MUST) SOUTH.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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Warnings

4:29 AM CDT Tuesday 24 March 2020
Snowfall warning in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville
  • Waterhen Meadow Portage and Skownan

A low pressure system from Alberta will bring a variety of precipitation to the area today.

Areas in the southern parts of these regions, this includes Swan River and Waterhen, may see a mixture of precipitation this morning with patchy rain or freezing rain changing to wet snow this morning. Snowfall amounts in the 2 to 5 cm range are expected by late this afternoon.

However, to the north, this includes the Porcupine Hills, Pelican Rapids, Grand Rapids and Poplar River, heavy snow with total accumulations of 10 to 20 cm is expected. The precipitation is expected to end this evening as the system moves into northwestern Ontario.

Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to MBstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #MBStorm.

Warnings

4:29 AM CDT Tuesday 24 March 2020
Snowfall warning in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville
  • Waterhen Meadow Portage and Skownan

A low pressure system from Alberta will bring a variety of precipitation to the area today.

Areas in the southern parts of these regions, this includes Swan River and Waterhen, may see a mixture of precipitation this morning with patchy rain or freezing rain changing to wet snow this morning. Snowfall amounts in the 2 to 5 cm range are expected by late this afternoon.

However, to the north, this includes the Porcupine Hills, Pelican Rapids, Grand Rapids and Poplar River, heavy snow with total accumulations of 10 to 20 cm is expected. The precipitation is expected to end this evening as the system moves into northwestern Ontario.

Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to MBstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #MBStorm.

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

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2020 March 24
A Black Hole Disrupts a Passing Star
Illustration Credit: NASAJPL-Caltech

Explanation: What happens to a star that goes near a black hole? If the star directly impacts a massive black hole, then the star falls in completely — and everything vanishes. More likely, though, the star goes close enough to have the black hole’s gravity pull away the outer layers of the star, or disrupt the star. Then most of the star’s gas does not fall into the black hole. These stellar tidal disruption events can be as bright as a supernova, and an increasing amount of them are being discovered by automated sky surveys. In the featured artist’s illustration, a star has just passed a massive black hole and sheds gas that continues to orbit. The inner edge of a disk of gas and dust surrounding the black hole is heated by the disruption event and may glow long after the star is gone.Tomorrow’s picture: star wings

Weekday Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Monday March 23rd, 2020

A mix of sun and cloud today. Fog patches dissipating early this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High +1. Wind chill -10 this morning. Cloudy tonight. Snow beginning before morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -6. Wind chill -9 this evening. Currently we have sun a temperature of -4 feels like -6, our winds are 5 km/h from the ENE.

Currently there are NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings at this time.

Our highways in and around our area continue to be in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

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2020 March 23
From the Pleiades to the Eridanus Loop
Image Credit & Copyright: Hirofumi Okubo

Explanation: If you stare at an interesting patch of sky long enough, will it look different? In the case of Pleiades and Hyades star clusters — and surrounding regions — the answer is: yes, pretty different. Long duration camera exposures reveal an intricate network of interwoven interstellar dust and gas that was previously invisible not only to the eye but to lower exposure images. In the featured wide and deep mosaic, the dust stands out spectacularly, with the familiar Pleaides star cluster visible as the blue patch near the top of the image. Blue is the color of the Pleiades’ most massive stars, whose distinctive light reflects from nearby fine dust. On the upper left is the Hyades star cluster surrounding the bright, orange, foreground-star Aldebaran. Red glowing emission nebula highlight the bottom of the image, including the curving vertical red ribbon known as the Eridanus Loop. The pervasive dust clouds appear typically in light brown and are dotted with unrelated stars.Almost Hyperspace: Random APOD Generator
Tomorrow’s picture: black hole shredder

Weekend Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Sunday March 22nd, 2020

Cloudy with 30% chance of flurries this morning. Clearing this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h near noon. High +1. Wind chill -14 this morning. Clear tonight. Wind southwest 20 km/h becoming light early this evening. Low -13. Wind chill -6 this evening and -15 overnight. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of -8 feels like -14, our winds are 13 km/h from the S.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area at this time.

Currently our highways in and around our area continue to be in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY!

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2020 March 22

Moon Setting Behind Teide Volcano
Video Credit & CopyrightDaniel López (El Cielo de Canarias); Music: Piano della Moon (Dan Silva)

Explanation: These people are not in danger. What is coming down from the left is just the Moon, far in the distance. Luna appears so large here because she is being photographed through a telescopic lens. What is moving is mostly the Earth, whose spin causes the Moon to slowly disappear behind Mount Teide, a volcano in the Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa. The people pictured are 16 kilometers away and many are facing the camera because they are watching the Sun rise behind the photographer. It is not a coincidence that a full moon rises just when the Sun sets because the Sun is always on the opposite side of the sky from a full moon. The featured video was made two years ago during the full Milk Moon. The video is not time-lapse — this was really how fast the Moon was setting.Free Video Lectures: Introductory Astronomy
Tomorrow’s picture: clusters & dust

Weekend Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Saturday March 21st, 2020

Sunny today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High 0. Wind chill -31 this morning. Risk of frostbite. Increasing cloudiness tonight. 60% chance of flurries overnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -11. Wind chill near -17. Currently we have sun a temperature of -11 feels like -13, our winds are 3 km/h from the SSE.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY!

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2020 March 21
Comet ATLAS and the Mighty Galaxies
Image Credit & Copyright: Rolando Ligustri (CARA ProjectCAST)

Explanation: Comet ATLAS C/2019 Y4 was discovered by the NASA funded Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System, the last comet discovery reported in 2019. Now growing brighter in northern night skies, the comet’s pretty greenish coma is at the upper left of this telescopic skyview captured from a remotely operated observatory in New Mexico on March 18. At lower right are M81 and M82, well-known as large, gravitationally interacting galaxies. Seen through faint dust clouds above the Milky Way, the galaxy pair lies about 12 million light-years distant, toward the constellation Ursa Major. In bound Comet ATLAS is about 9 light-minutes from Earth, still beyond the orbit of Mars. The comet’s elongated orbit is similar to orbit of the Great Comet of 1844 though, a trajectory that will return this comet to the inner Solar System in about 6,000 years. Comet ATLAS will reach a perihelion or closest approach to the Sun on May 31 inside the orbit of Mercury and may become a naked-eye comet in the coming days.Tomorrow’s picture: moon down

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Friday March 20th, 2020

Sunny today. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -7. Wind chill -29 this morning and -12 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. Partly cloudy tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -22. Wind chill -13 this evening and -27 overnight. Currently we have sun a temperature of -18 feels like -20, our winds are 3 km/h from the SW.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

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2020 March 20
Morning, Planets, Moon and Montreal
Image Credit & Copyright:Arnaud Mariat

Explanation: Dawn’s early light came to Montreal, northern planet Earth, on March 18, the day before the vernal equinox. At the end of that nearly equal night the Moon stands above a dense constellation of urban lights in this serene city and skyscape. Of course the Moon’s waning crescent faces toward the rising Sun. Skygazers could easily spot bright Jupiter just above the Moon, close on the sky to a fainter Mars. Saturn, a telescopic favorite, is just a pinprick of light below and farther left of the closer conjunction of Moon, Jupiter and Mars. Near the ecliptic, even Mercury is rising along a line extended to the horizon from Jupiter and Saturn. The elusive inner planet is very close to the horizon though, and not quite visible in this morning’s sky.Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Wednesday March 18th, 2020

Sunny today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -12. Wind chill -32 this morning and -16 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. Partly cloudy today. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -26. Wind chill -20 this evening and -31 overnight. Risk of frostbite. Currently we have clear sky’s a temperature of -25 feels like -30 , our winds are 5 km/h from the W.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH SLIPPERY SECTIONS AROUND HIGHWAY JUNCTIONS, PLEASE TAKE CAUTION WHEN ENTERING THESE AREAS.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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2020 March 18
Anticrepuscular Rays over Florida
Image Credit & Copyright: Bryan Goff

Explanation: What’s happening behind those clouds? Although the scene may appear somehow supernatural, nothing more unusual is occurring than a Sun setting on the other side of the sky. Pictured here are anticrepuscular rays. To understand them, start by picturing common crepuscular rays that are seen any time that sunlight pours though scattered clouds. Now although sunlight indeed travels along straight lines, the projections of these lines onto the spherical sky are great circles. Therefore, the crepuscular rays from a setting (or rising) sun will appear to re-converge on the other side of the sky. At the anti-solar point 180 degrees around from the Sun, they are referred to as anticrepuscular rays. Featured here is a particularly striking display of anticrepuscular rays photographed in 2016 over Dry Tortugas National Park in FloridaUSA.Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Tuesday March 17th, 2020

Sunny today. Increasing cloudiness late this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -10. Wind chill -24 this morning and -14 this afternoon. Mainly cloudy tonight. 60% chance of light snow overnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -24. Wind chill -17 this evening and -28 overnight. Risk of frostbite. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of -19 feels like -23 , our winds are 3 km/h from the W.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in FAIR/GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH SAME PARTLY COVERED SLIPPERY SECTIONS AND SLIPPERY SECTIONS AROUND HIGHWAY JUNCTIONS, PLEASE TAKE CAUTION WHEN ENTERING THESE AREAS.

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2020 March 17
M77: Spiral Galaxy with an Active Center
Image Credit: HubbleNASAESAProcessing & LicenseJudy Schmidt

Explanation: What’s happening in the center of nearby spiral galaxy M77? The face-on galaxy lies a mere 47 million light-years away toward the constellation of the Sea Monster (Cetus). At that estimated distance, this gorgeous island universe is about 100 thousand light-years across. Also known as NGC 1068, its compact and very bright core is well studied by astronomers exploring the mysteries of supermassive black holes in active Seyfert galaxies. M77 and its active core glows bright at x-rayultravioletvisibleinfrared, and radio wavelengths. The featured sharp image of M77 was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and is dominated by the (visible) red light emitted by hydrogen. The image shows details of the spiral’s winding spiral arms as traced by obscuring dust clouds, and red-tinted star forming regions close in to the galaxy’s luminous core.Astrophysicists: Browse 2,100+ codes in the Astrophysics Source Code Library
Tomorrow’s picture: amazing rays

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Monday March 16th, 2020

A mix of sun and cloud today. 60% chance of flurries late this afternoon. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -5. Wind chill -22 this morning and -11 this afternoon. Cloudy tonight with 60% chance of flurries this evening. Clearing near midnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -22. Wind chill -10 this evening and -25 overnight. Currently we have clouds a temperature of – feels like – , our winds are km/h from the .

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/winds for our area at this time.

Our highways in and our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH HIGHWAY JUNCTION SLIPPERY SECTIONS, PLEASE TAKE CAUTION WHEN ENTERING THESE SECTIONS.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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2020 March 16
A Moon Dressed Like Saturn
Image Credit & Copyright: Francisco Sojuel

Explanation: Why does Saturn appear so big? It doesn’t — what is pictured are foreground clouds on Earth crossing in front of the Moon. The Moon shows a slight crescent phase with most of its surface visible by reflected Earthlight known as ashen glow. The Sun directly illuminates the brightly lit lunar crescent from the bottom, which means that the Sun must be below the horizon and so the image was taken before sunrise. This double take-inducing picture was captured on 2019 December 24, two days before the Moon slid in front of the Sun to create a solar eclipse. In the foreground, lights from small Guatemalan towns are visible behind the huge volcano Pacaya.Follow APOD in English on: InstagramFacebookReddit, or Twitter
Tomorrow’s picture: galaxy swirl