Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Friday February 28th, 2020

Sunny today. Increasing cloudiness near noon then 60% chance of flurries late this afternoon. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -4. Wind chill -22 this morning and -8 this afternoon. Clearing this evening. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -11. Wind chill -8 this evening and -14 overnight. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of -17 feels like -17 , our winds are 2 km/h from the SE.

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

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

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

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2020 February 28
South Celestial Rocket Launch
Image Credit & CopyrightBrendan Gully

Explanation: At sunset on December 6 a Rocket Lab Electron rocket was launched from a rotating planet. With multiple small satellites on board it departed on a mission to low Earth orbit dubbed Running Out of Fingers from Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand’s north island. The firey trace of the Electron’s graceful launch arc is toward the south in this southern sea and skyscape. Drifting vapor trails and rocket exhaust plumes catch the sunlight even as the sky grows dark though, the setting Sun still shinning at altitude along the rocket’s trajectory. Fixed to a tripod, the camera’s perspective nearly aligns the peak of the rocket arc with the South Celestial Pole, but no bright star marks that location in the southern hemisphere’s evening sky. Still, it’s easy to find at the center of the star trail arcs in the timelapse composite.

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Wednesday February 26th, 2020

Mainly sunny today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -13. Wind chill -31 this morning and -17 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. Mainly cloudy tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -16. Wind chill -20 this evening. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of -23 feels like -26 , our winds are 3 km/h from the SE.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS. HIGHWAY JUNCTIONS REMAIN COVERED AND SLIPPERY.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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2020 February 26
NGST-10b: Discovery of a Doomed Planet
Illustration Credit: ESA, C. Carreau; Text: Alex R. Howe (NASA/USRAScience Meets Fiction Blog)

Explanation: This hot jupiter is doomed. Hot jupiters are giant planets like Jupiter that orbit much closer to their parent stars than Mercury does to our Sun. But some hot jupiters are more extreme than others. NGTS-10b, illustrated generically, is the closest and fastest-orbiting giant planet yet discovered, circling its home star in only 18 hours. NGTS-10b is a little larger than Jupiter, but it orbits less than two times the diameter of its parent star away from the star’s surface. When a planet orbits this close, it is expected to spiral inward, pulled down by tidal forces to be eventually ripped apart by the star’s gravity. NGTS-10b, discovered by researchers at the University of Warwick, is named after the ESO’s Next Generation Transit Survey, which detected the imperiled planet when it passed in front of its star, blocking some of the light. Although the violent demise of NGTS-10b will happen eventually, we don’t yet know when.Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Tuesday February 25th, 2020

Mainly cloudy today. 30% chance of flurries this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -12. Wind chill -22 this morning and -15 this afternoon. Partly cloudy tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -21. Wind chill -25 this evening. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -16 feels like -16 , our winds are 2 km/h from the ENE.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH SOME PARTLY COVERED AREAS IN HIGHWAY JUNCTION AREAS. PLEASE TAKE CAUTION WHEN ENTERING THESE AREAS.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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Jupiter’s Magnetic Field from Juno
Video Credit: NASAJPL-CaltechHarvard U.K. Moore et al.

Explanation: How similar is Jupiter’s magnetic field to Earth’s? NASA’s robotic Juno spacecraft has found that Jupiter’s magnetic field is surprisingly complex, so that the Jovian world does not have single magnetic poles like our Earth. A snapshot of Jupiter’s magnetic field at one moment in time, as animated from Juno data, appears in the featured video. Red and blue colors depict cloud-top regions of strong positive (south) and negative (north) magnetic fields, respectively. Surrounding the planet are imagined lines of constant magnetic field strength. The first sequence of the animated video starts off by showing what appears to be a relatively normal dipole field, but soon a magnetic region now known as the Great Blue Spot rotates into view, which is not directly aligned with Jupiter’s rotation poles. Further, in the second sequence, the illustrative animation takes us over one of Jupiter’s spin poles where red magnetic hotspots are revealed to be extended and sometimes even annular. A better understanding of Jupiter’s magnetic field may give clues toward a better understanding of Earth‘s enigmatic planetary magnetism.Tomorrow’s picture: planet lost

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Monday February 24th, 2020

Mainly cloudy with 60% chance of flurries. Wind up to 15 km/h. Temperature falling to -12 this afternoon. Wind chill -7 this morning and -18 this afternoon. Clearing this evening. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -19. Wind chill -17 this evening and -23 overnight. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -7 feels like -12 , our winds are 13 km/h from the W.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH BLOWING SNOW IN OPEN AREAS.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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Illustris Simulation of the Universe
Video Credit: Illustris CollaborationNASAPRACEXSEDEMITHarvard CfA;
Music: The Poisoned Princess (Media Right Productions)

Explanation: How did we get here? Click play, sit back, and watch. A computer simulation of the evolution of the universe provides insight into how galaxies formed and perspectives into humanity’s place in the universe. The Illustris project exhausted 20 million CPU hours in 2014 following 12 billion resolution elements spanning a cube 35 million light years on a side as it evolved over 13 billion years. The simulation tracks matter into the formation of a wide variety of galaxy types. As the virtual universe evolves, some of the matter expanding with the universe soon gravitationally condenses to form filaments, galaxies, and clusters of galaxies. The featured video takes the perspective of a virtual camera circling part of this changing universe, first showing the evolution of dark matter, then hydrogen gas coded by temperature (0:45), then heavy elements such as helium and carbon (1:30), and then back to dark matter (2:07). On the lower left the time since the Big Bang is listed, while on the lower right the type of matter being shown is listed. Explosions (0:50) depict galaxy-center supermassive black holes expelling bubbles of hot gas. Interesting discrepancies between Illustris and the real universe have been studied, including why the simulation produced an overabundance of old stars.Tomorrow’s picture: lunar portal

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For FRIDAY! February 14th, 2020

Periods of snow ending this afternoon then cloudy. Amount 2 cm. Wind south 20 km/h becoming west 20 near noon. High -8. Wind chill -25 this morning and -15 this afternoon. Mainly cloudy tonight. 30% chance of flurries late this evening and overnight. Wind northwest 20 km/h. Low -22. Wind chill -17 this evening and -28 overnight. Risk of frostbite. Currently we have clouds and some flurries a temperature of -13 feels like -20 , our winds are 14 km/h from the ESE.

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

Our highways in and around our area are GOOD WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH BLOWING SNOW IN OPEN AREAS. HIGHWAY JUNCTIONS ARE COVERED/PARTLY COVERED AND SLIPPERY, PLEASE TAKE CAUTION!

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY, WEEKEND AND WINTER BREAK!

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2020 February 14
The Pale Blue Dot
Image Credit: Voyager Project, NASAJPL-Caltech

Explanation: On Valentine’s Day in 1990, cruising four billion miles from the Sun, the Voyager 1 spacecraft looked back one last time to make the first ever Solar System family portrait. The portrait consists of the Sun and six planets in a 60 frame mosaic made from a vantage point 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane. Planet Earth was captured within a single pixel in this single frame. It’s the pale blue dot within the sunbeam just right of center in this reprocessed version of the now famous view from Voyager. Astronomer Carl Sagan originated the idea of using Voyager’s camera to look back toward home from a distant perspective. Thirty years later, on this Valentine’s day, look again at the pale blue dot.Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Thursday February 13th, 2020

Sunny today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -17. Wind chill -40 this morning and -24 this afternoon. Frostbite in minutes. Increasing cloudiness tonight. Periods of snow beginning overnight. Wind becoming south 20 km/h near midnight. Low -23 with temperature rising to -16 by morning. Wind chill -33 this evening. Risk of frostbite. Currently we have clear sky’s a temperature of -26 feels like -37, our winds are 16 km/h from the WSW.

OUR EXTREME COLD WARNING HAS ENDED BUT STILL REMAINS VERY COLD FOR THE DAY. Currently we have NO weather warnings BUT THERE IS A MARINE WEATHER/WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY:

Warnings (In effect)

Extreme Cold Warning in effect for all LAKES

Issued 04:15 AM CST 13 February 2020Extreme wind chill values of -40 to -45 are being reported across areas of the southern Prairies this morning.

These extreme wind chill values will moderate later this morning.

Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.

Watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.

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.

Our highways in and around our area remain in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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Warnings (In effect)
Extreme Cold Warning in effect
Issued 04:15 AM CST 13 February 2020Extreme wind chill values of -40 to -45 are being reported across areas of the southern Prairies this morning.

These extreme wind chill values will moderate later this morning.

Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.

Watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.

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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2020 February 13
Spitzer’s Trifid
Image Credit: J. Rho (SSC/Caltech), JPL-CaltechNASA

Explanation: The Trifid Nebula, also known as Messier 20, is easy to find with a small telescope. About 30 light-years across and 5,500 light-years distant it’s a popular stop for cosmic tourists in the nebula rich constellation Sagittarius. As its name suggests, visible light pictures show the nebula divided into three parts by dark, obscuring dust lanes. But this penetrating infrared image reveals the Trifid’s filaments of glowing dust clouds and newborn stars. The spectacular false-color view is courtesy of the Spitzer Space Telescope. Astronomers have used the infrared image data to count newborn and embryonic stars which otherwise can lie hidden in the natal dust and gas clouds of this intriguing stellar nursery. Launched in 2003, Spitzer explored the infrared Universe from an Earth-trailing solar orbit until its science operations were brought to a close earlier this year, on January 30.Tomorrow’s picture: pale blue

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Wednesday February 12th, 2020

Sunny today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -22. Wind chill -45 this morning and -30 this afternoon. Frostbite in minutes. A few clouds tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -28. Wind chill -31 this evening and -36 overnight. Risk of frostbite. Currently we have clear sky’s a temperature of -31 feels like -46,our winds are 23 km/h from the NW.

Currently we have an EXTREME COLD WARNING IN EFFECT THIS INCLUDES MARINE WEATHER/WIND WARNINGS:

Alerts for: EASTERVILLE/CHEMAWAWIN CREE NATION

Warnings

3:27 PM CST Tuesday 11 February 2020
Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • Easterville/CHEMAWAWIN CREE NATION
  • Waterhen Meadow Portage and Skownan

A cold, arctic airmass is spreading southward bringing extreme wind chill values with it.

As cloud clears behind a strong cold front this evening, temperatures will drop rapidly and northerly winds will increase with gusts up to 60 km/h possible. These plunging temperatures and gusty winds will give wind chill values of -40 to -45 overnight and into Wednesday morning.

These extreme cold values will moderate early Wednesday afternoon.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH BLOWING SNOW IN OPEN AREAS. PACK EMERGENCY VEHICLE KITS WHEN EVER POSSIBLE WHEN EXTREME COLD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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Warnings (In effect)
Extreme Cold Warning in effect
Lake Winnipegosis/Lake Winnipeg

Issued 3:27 PM CST 11 February 2020A cold, arctic airmass is spreading southward bringing extreme wind chill values with it.

As cloud clears behind a strong cold front this evening, temperatures will drop rapidly and northerly winds will increase with gusts up to 60 km/h possible. These plunging temperatures and gusty winds will give wind chill values of -40 to -45 overnight and into Wednesday morning.

These extreme cold values will moderate early Wednesday afternoon.

Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.

Watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.

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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2020 February 12
Star Trails of the North and South
Image Credit & Copyright: Saeid Parchini

Explanation: What divides the north from the south? It all has to do with the spin of the Earth. On Earth’s surface, the equator is the dividing line, but on Earth’s sky, the dividing line is the Celestial Equator — the equator’s projection onto the sky.  You likely can’t see the Earth’s equator around you, but anyone with a clear night sky can find the Celestial Equator by watching stars move.  Just locate the dividing line between stars that arc north and stars that arc south. Were you on Earth’s equator, the Celestial Equator would go straight up and down.  In general, the angle between the Celestial Equator and the vertical is your latitude.  The featured image combines 325 photos taken every 30 seconds over 162 minutes. Taken soon after sunset earlier this month, moonlight illuminates a snowy and desolate scene in northwest Iran. The bright streak behind the lone tree is the planet Venus setting.Almost Hyperspace: Random APOD Generator
Tomorrow’s picture: open space

ANNOUNCEMENT: EXTREME COLD WARNING IN EFFECT

Issued at 15:27 Tuesday 11 February 2020

A cold, arctic airmass is spreading southward bringing extreme wind chill values with it.

As cloud clears behind a strong cold front this evening, temperatures will drop rapidly and northerly winds will increase with gusts up to 60 km/h possible. These plunging temperatures and gusty winds will give wind chill values of -40 to -45 overnight and into Wednesday morning.

These extreme cold values will moderate early Wednesday afternoon.

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Tuesday February 11th, 2020

Increasing cloudiness. Snow beginning this morning. Amount 2 cm. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 late this afternoon. High -4. Wind chill -8 this morning and -24 this afternoon. Clearing this evening. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light late this evening. Low -31. Wind chill -24 this evening and -43 overnight. Frostbite in minutes. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -5 feels like -11 , our winds are 16 km/h from the WSW.

Currently we have NO weather warnings (EXTREME COLD WARNINGS COULD BE ISSUED OVERNIGHT INTO TOMORROW) and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. SOME HIGHWAY JUNCTIONS REMAIN SLIPPERY, PLEASE APPROACH WITH CAUTION.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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2020 February 11
Launch of the Solar Orbiter
Image Credit & Copyright:Derek Demeter (Emil Buehler Planetarium)

Explanation: How does weather on the Sun affect humanity? To help find out, the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA have just launched the Solar Orbiter. This Sun-circling robotic spaceship will monitor the Sun’s changing light, solar wind, and magnetic field not only from the usual perspective of Earth but also from above and below the Sun. Pictured, a long duration exposure of the launch of the Solar Orbiter shows the graceful arc of the bright engines of United Launch Alliance‘s Atlas V rocket as they lifted the satellite off the Earth. Over the next few years, the Solar Orbiter will use the gravity of Earth and Venus to veer out of the plane of the planets and closer to the Sun than Mercury. Violent weather on the Sun, including solar flares and coronal mass ejections, has shown the ability to interfere with power grids on the Earth and communications satellites in Earth orbit. The Solar Orbiter is expected to coordinate observations with the also Sun-orbiting Parker Solar Probe launched in 2018.Solar Orbiter to Space: Watch the Launch
Tomorrow’s picture: sky divide