Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! October 19th, 2018

A mostly cloudy day 40% chance of showers in the afternoon, a high of +5c and moderate/high winds. Currently we have a few clouds. a temperature of +5C feels like 1C, winds are 24 km/h from N gusting to 35 km/h throughout the day.

Highways in and around our area are in excellent driving conditions.

There are NO weather warnings for our area BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 19 October 2018 Today Tonight and Saturday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 20 knots increasing to north 30 early this evening then diminishing to variable 10 Saturday morning. Wind increasing to south 15 Saturday afternoon.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY! AND WEEKEND!

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2018 October 19

Summer to Winter Milky Way 
Image Credit & CopyrightDong Han
Explanation: Taken near local midnight, this autumn night’s panorama follows the arch of the Milky Way across the northern horizon from the High Fens, Eifel Nature Park at the border of Belgium and Germany. Shift your gaze across the wetlands from west to east (left to right) and you can watch stars once more prominent in northern summer give way to those that will soon dominate northern winter nights. Setting, wanderer Mars is brightest at the far left, still shinning against almost overwhelming city lights along the southwestern horizon. Bright stars Altair, Deneb, and Vega form the northern sky’s summer triangle, straddling the Milky Way left of center. Part of the winter hexagon Capella and Aldebaran, along with the beautiful Pleiades star cluster shine across the northeastern sky. The line-of-sight along the hikers boardwalk leads almost directly toward the Big Dipper, an all season asterism from these northern latitudes. Follow the Big Dipper’s pointer stars to Polaris and the north celestial pole nearly centered above it. Andromeda, the other large galaxy in the skyscape, is near the top of the frame.

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday October 18th, 2018

Sunny with a few clouds in the afternoon today, a high of +12C, our  winds will be moderate. Currently we have a few clouds, temperature of +5C, our winds are 8 km/h from the S increasing to 15 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT driving conditions.

We have no weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today: Today Tonight and Friday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind southwest 15 knots increasing to northwest 20 overnight and to north 30 Friday evening.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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2018 October 18

Cherenkov Telescope at Sunset 
Image Credit & CopyrightSarah Brands (University of Amsterdam)
Explanation: On October 10, a new telescope reflected the light of the setting Sun. With dark horizon above and sunset colors below, its segmented mirror inverts an image of the beautiful evening sky in this snapshot from the Roque del Los Muchachos Observatory on the Canary Island of La Palma. The mirror segments cover a 23 meter diameter and are mounted in the open structure of the Large Scale Telescope 1, inaugurated as the first component of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA). Most ground-based telescopes are hindered by the atmosphere that blurs, scatters, and absorbs light. But cherenkov telescopes are designed to detect very high energy gamma rays and actually require the atmosphere to operate. As the gamma rays impact the upper atmosphere they produce air showers of high-energy particles. A large, fast camera at the common focus images the brief flashes of optical light, called Cherenkov light, created by the air shower particles. The flashes reveal the incoming gamma ray timing, direction, and energy. Ultimately more than 100 Cherenkov telescopes are planned for the CTA at locations in both northern and southern hemispheres on planet Earth.

Tomorrow’s picture: winter is coming

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday October 17th, 2018

A mix of sun and cloud today, wind up to 15 km/h. High +4C. Wind chill -8C in the morning. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -7C feels like -8C, our winds are 2 km/h from the NNW increasing to 15 km/h throughout the day.

Highways in and around our area are in excellent driving conditions.

There are no weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 17 October 2018 Today Tonight and Thursday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind north 10 knots becoming light early this morning then becoming south 10 late this morning. Wind increasing to south 20 early this evening then diminishing to southwest 15 after midnight. Wind veering to northwest 15 Thursday evening.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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2018 October 17

M15: Dense Globular Star Cluster 
Image Credit & CopyrightBernhard Hubl (CEDIC)
Explanation: Messier 15 is an immense swarm of over 100,000 stars. A 13 billion year old relic of the early formative years of our galaxy it’s one of about 170 globular star clusters that still roam the halo of the Milky Way. Centered in this sharp telescopic view, M15 lies about 35,000 light years away toward the constellation Pegasus, well beyond the spiky foreground stars. Its diameter is about 200 light-years. But more than half its stars are packed into the central 10 light-years or so, one of the densest concentrations of stars known. Hubble-based measurements of the increasing velocities of M15’s central stars are evidence that a massive black hole resides at the center of dense globular cluster M15.

Tomorrow’s picture: gamma-ray sunset

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday October 16th, 2018

Cloudy with a few flurries in the morning changing to wet snow in the afternoon, a high of +3C with moderate/high winds. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of 0C winds are 21 km/h from the WNW with gusts up to 30 km/h.
Our highways in and around our area are in good driving conditions with the odd slippery  section and will become partly covered at the morning progresses as our flurries/light snow begin later this morning.
There are no weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE TODAY: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 16 October 2018 Today Tonight and Wednesday.Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 25 knots diminishing to north 15 near midnight and to light overnight. Wind becoming south 10 Wednesday morning then increasing to southwest 15 Wednesday evening.
HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!
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2018 October 16

Jupiter in Ultraviolet from Hubble 
Image Credit: NASAESAHubbleProcessing & LicenseJudy Schmidt
Explanation: Jupiter looks a bit different in ultraviolet light. To better interpret Jupiter‘s cloud motions and to help NASA’s robotic Juno spacecraft understand the planetary context of the small fields that it sees, the Hubble Space Telescope is being directed to regularly image the entire Jovian giant. The colors of Jupiter being monitored go beyond the normal human visual range to include both ultraviolet and infrared light. Featured from 2017, Jupiter appears different in near ultraviolet light, partly because the amount of sunlight reflected back is distinct, giving differing cloud heights and latitudes discrepant brightnesses. In the near UV, Jupiter‘s poles appear relatively dark, as does its Great Red Spot and a smaller (optically) white oval to the right. The String of Pearl storms farther to the right, however, are brightest in near ultraviolet, and so here appear (false-color) pink. Jupiter’s largest moon Ganymede appears on the upper left. Juno continues on its looping 53-day orbits around Jupiter, while Earth-orbiting Hubble is now recovering from the loss of a stabilizing gyroscope.

Tomorrow’s picture: star swarm

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday October 15th, 2018

Becoming cloudy with light snow in the morning becoming cloudy with showers in the afternoon. POP 70%  Rain 1 mm. Snow: 1-3 cm. Currently we have clouds, temperature of -4C feels like -7C, our winds are 10 km/h from the SSE and increasing 15 km/h.
Our highways in and our area are BECOMING SNOW COVERED WITH SLIPPERY SECTIONS AND WILL DECREASE TO WORSE CONDITIONS AS THE MORNING GOES ON. Conditions improve as you travel further south
There no weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 15 October 2018 Today Tonight and Tuesday. Strong wind warning in effect.Wind southwest 10 knots increasing to west 20 early this afternoon then diminishing to northwest 15 Tuesday morning.
HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!
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2018 October 15

M16: In and Around the Eagle Nebula 
Image Credit & Copyright: Andrew Klinger
Explanation: From afar, the whole thing looks like an Eagle. A closer look at the Eagle Nebula, however, shows the bright region is actually a window into the center of a larger dark shell of dust. Through this window, a brightly-litworkshop appears where a whole open cluster of stars is being formed. In this cavity tall pillars and round globules of dark dust and cold molecular gas remain where stars are still forming. Already visible are several young bright blue stars whose light and winds are burning away and pushing back the remaining filaments and walls of gas and dust. The Eagle emission nebula, tagged M16, lies about 6500 light years away, spans about 20 light-years, and is visible withbinoculars toward the constellation of the Serpent (Serpens). This picture involved over 25 hours of imaging and combines three specific emitted colors emitted by sulfur (colored as red), hydrogen (yellow), and oxygen (blue).
Tomorrow’s picture: Jupiter UV

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Sunday October 14th, 2018

Snow ending this morning then cloudy with 60% chance of flurries, an attentional Amount 1 to 4 cm is possible by the evening, winds up to 15 km/h with a high of +1C  and a wind chill of -11C. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -5C feels like -11C, our winds are 14 km/h from the NNW and will increase throughout the day.

HIGHWAYS IN AND AROUND OUR AREA ARE SNOW PACKED, WET AND SLIPPERY BUT DRIVABLE. CAUTION NEEDS TO BE TAKEN IN THESE CONDITIONS AND TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED UNTIL THE PLOWS GET OUT TO START THEIR WORK.

The SNOWFALL WARNING FOR OUR AREA HAS ENDED. There are no other weather warnings for our area at this time BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 14 October 2018 Today Tonight and Monday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind north 25 knots diminishing to north 15 early this afternoon then becoming southwest 15 after midnight. Wind increasing to southwest 20 Monday morning then veering to northwest 20 Monday afternoon. Wind increasing to northwest 25 Monday evening.

HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY!

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2018 October 14

Orion in Red and Blue 
Image Credit & Copyright: David Lindemann
Explanation: When did Orion become so flashy? This colorful rendition of part of the constellation of Orion comes from red light emitted by hydrogen and sulfur (SII), and blue-green light emitted by oxygen (OIII). Hues on the featured image were then digitally reassigned to be indicative of their elemental origins — but also striking to the human eye. The breathtaking composite was painstakingly composed from hundreds of images which took nearly 200 hours to collect. Pictured, Barnard’s Loop, across the image bottom, appears to cradle interstellar constructs including the intricate Orion Nebula seen just right of center. The Flame Nebula can also be quickly located, but it takes a careful eye to identify the slight indentation of the dark Horsehead Nebula. As to Orion’s flashiness — a leading explanation for the origin of Barnard’s Loop is a supernova blast that occurred about two million years ago.

Snowfall warning in effect for Easterville

Alerts for:

Warnings

10:04 PM CDT Saturday 13 October 2018
Snowfall warning in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville
  • Waterhen Meadow Portage and Skownan

A low pressure system moving southward through western Manitoba will bring bands of snow tonight. Local snowfall totals near 10 cm are likely before this weather system exits the area early Sunday morning. The heavier accumulations are likely over higher terrain.

In addition, the Grand Rapids region is receiving heavy snow. By the time the snow tapers off early Sunday morning they will likely have received 10 to 15 cm.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road 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.

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Saturday October 13th, 2018

Cloudy with flurries/wet snow for today/evening total amounts of 1-5cm by tonight, our winds will be moderate and a high of +3C.  Currently we have  cloudy sky’s a temperature of 0C, are winds at 18 km/h from WNW and should remain steady through the day.

Our highways in and around our area are either WET OR SNOW COVERED WITH SLIPPERY SECTIONS. PLEASE TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHEN DRIVING. YOU CAN SEND ME A MESSAGE TO FIND ROAD CONDITIONS IN YOUR AREA.

We have no weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 13 October 2018 Today Tonight and Sunday.Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 30 knots diminishing to northwest 20 late this morning and to north 15 early this evening. Wind increasing to north 30 after midnight then diminishing to north 15 Sunday afternoon. Wind diminishing to light Sunday evening.

HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY!

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2018 October 13 

Skygazers on the Beach 
Image Credit & CopyrightJack Fusco
Explanation: Kona, a young boxer, is a dog who loves splashing in the waves along Solana Beach near San Diego, planet Earth. But he paused here, at least briefly, during an early evening romp on October 7. Along with two people friends he gazes skyward in this snapshot, dazzled by the flight of a Falcon 9 rocket. Their seaside view is of the sunlit exhaust plumes from the rocket’s first stage thrusters as it returns to Vandenberg Air Force base, its launch site over

Today’s Weather And Highway Conditions/Observations For FRIDAY! October 12th, 2018

A mix of sun and cloud for the morning/afternoon then flurries/light snow for the evening and overnight hours with moderate/high winds and a high of +6C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -3C feels like -6C, our winds are 6 km/h at SSE increasing to 20 km/h by the afternoon.

There are NO weather warnings for our area but there IS a MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 12 October 2018 Today Tonight and Saturday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind west 10 knots increasing to northwest 30 after midnight. Wind northwest 30 Saturday.

Our highways in and around our area are in excellent driving conditions at this time. Things will change this evening as mixed precipitation/light snow begins this evening/overnight.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

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2018 October 12

The Falcon 9 Nebula 
Image Credit & CopyrightBrian Haidet
Explanation: Not the Hubble Space Telescope’s latest view of a distant planetary nebula, this illuminated cloud of gas and dust dazzled even casual U.S. west coast skygazers on October 7. Taken about three miles north of Vandenberg Air Force Base, the image follows plumes and exhaust from the first and second stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket rising through southern California’s early evening skies. In the fading twilight, the reddish smoke drifting in the foreground at the right is from the initial ascent of the rocket. The expanding blue and orange filamentary plumes are from first and second stage separation and the first stage boostback burn, still in sunlight at extreme altitudes. But the bright spot below center is the second stage itself headed almost directly away from the camera, accelerating to orbital velocity and far downrange. Pulsed thrusters form the upside down V-shape at the top as they guide the reusable Falcon 9 first stage back to the landing site.

Today’s Weather And Highway Conditions/Observations For Thursday October 11th, 2018

A mix of sun and cloud this morning then clouds and a chance of scattered flurries this afternoon, high of +1C, winds will be moderate. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -2C feels like -4, winds are 3 km/h from the NW and will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.

There are NO weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 11 October 2018 Today Tonight and Friday.Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northeast 15 knots backing to northwest 15 late this afternoon then diminishing to southwest 10 Friday morning. Wind increasing to south 20 Friday afternoon.

Highways in and our area are in excellent diving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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2018 October 11

West Coast Launch and Landing 
Image Credit & CopyrightJohn Kraus
Explanation: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch dazzled viewers along the U.S. west coast after sunset on October 7. Rising from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, planet Earth, the Falcon 9’s first stage then returned to a landing zone some 400 meters from the launch site less than 8 minutes after liftoff. Both launch and first stage landing (left) are captured in the frame of this two image stack, recorded by a stationary, sound-activated camera set up on a nearby hill. This Falcon 9 rocket delivered its payload, an Earth-observing satellite developed by Argentina’s national space agency, to low Earth orbit. Of course, the Falcon 9 first stage had flown before. Following a launch from Vandenberg on July 25 it was recovered after landing on the autonomous drone ship Just Read the Instructions.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space