Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday December 12th, 2018

Increasing cloudiness, periods of snow beginning late this morning amount 2 cm, wind becoming south 20 km/h  High -2C. Currently we have some cloud, a temperature of -7C, our winds are 10 km/h from the ESE.

Currently our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS, BUT WILL DETERIORATE THROUGHOUT THE DAY AS THE LIGHT SNOW BEGINS LATER THIS MORNING IN CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN REGIONS OF OUR PROVINCE. Please plan ahead when traveling on our northern highways.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine wind warnings.

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

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M43: Orion Falls 
Image Credit & Copyright: Zhuoqun Wu, Chilescope Telescope 2

Explanation: Is there a waterfall in Orion? No, but some of the dust in M43 appears similar to a waterfall on Earth. M43, part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, is the often imaged but rarely mentioned neighbor of the more famous M42. M42, which includes many bright stars from the Trapezium cluster, lies above the featured scene. M43 is itself a star forming region and although laced with filaments of dark dust, is composed mostly of glowing hydrogen. The entire Orion field, located about 1600 light years away, is inundated with many intricate and picturesque filaments of dust. Opaque to visible light, dark dust is created in the outer atmosphere of massive cool stars and expelled by a strongouter wind of protons and electrons.Free Download: 2019 APOD Calendar (v4 with light background)
Tomorrow’s picture: Bennu 3D

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday December 12th, 2018

Mainly cloudy today winds up to 15 km/h High -7C wind chill near minus 14. Currently we have mostly cloudy sky’s, a temperature of -6C feels like -9C, our winds are 6 km/h from the SSE and will increase to 15-20 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please plan ahead when traveling on our northern highways.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine wind warnings for the lake today.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Arp 188 and the Tadpole’s Tail 
Image Credit: Hubble Legacy ArchiveESANASAProcessing: Faus Márquez (AAE)

Explanation: Why does this galaxy have such a long tail? In this stunning vista, based on image data from the Hubble Legacy Archive, distant galaxies form a dramatic backdrop for disrupted spiral galaxy Arp 188, the Tadpole Galaxy. The cosmic tadpole is a mere 420 million light-years distant toward the northern constellation of the Dragon (Draco). Its eye-catching tail is about 280 thousand light-years long and features massive, bright blue star clusters. One story goes that a more compact intruder galaxy crossed in front of Arp 188 – from right to left in this view – and was slung around behind the Tadpole by their gravitational attraction. During the close encounter, tidal forces drew out the spiral galaxy’s stars, gas, and dust forming the spectacular tail. The intruder galaxy itself, estimated to lie about 300 thousand light-years behind the, can be seen through foreground spiral arms at the upper right. Following its terrestrial namesake, the Tadpole Galaxy will likely lose its tail as it grows older, the tail’s star clusters forming smaller satellites of the large spiral galaxy.New: Instagram page features cool images recently submitted to APOD
Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday December 10th, 2018

Mainly sunny today, a high of -7C with moderate winds. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -10C feels like -14C, our winds are 6 km/h from the NW and will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and are area are in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please plan ahead when traveling on our northern highways.

There are NO weather warnings and NO marine wind warnings for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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Astronomy Picture of the Day
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Sound and Light Captured by Mars InSight 
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Explanation: Your arm on Mars has unusual powers. For one thing it is nearly 2 meters long, has a scoop and grapple built into its hand, and has a camera built into its forearm. For another, it will soon deploy your ear — a sensitive seismometer that will listen for distant rumblings — onto the surface of Mars. Your SEISmomet-ear is the orange box in the foreground, while the gray dome behind it will be its protective cover. Your arm is attached to the InSight robotic lander that touched down on Mars two weeks ago. Somewhat unexpectedly, your ear has already heard something — slight vibrations caused by the Martian wind flowing over the solar panels. Light from the Sun is being collected by thesolar panels, part of one being visible on the far right. Actually, at the present time, you have two arms operating on Mars, but they are separated by about 600 kilometers. That’s because your other active arm is connected to the Curiosity rover exploring a distant crater. Taken a week ago, rusty soil and rocks are visible in the featured image beyond Insight, as well as the orange sky of Mars.

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Tomorrow’s picture: a tad pole galaxy

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! December 7th, 2018

Mainly sunny today, a high of -10C with moderate winds. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -10C feels like -16C, our winds are 5 km/h S and will increase to 15 km/h.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please plan ahead for when traveling on our northern highways.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine wind warnings.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

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December’s Comet Wirtanen 
Image Credit & CopyrightJuan Carlos Casado (TWANEarth and Stars)
Explanation: Coming close in mid-December, Comet 46P Wirtanen hangs in this starry sky over the bell tower of a Romanesque church. In the constructed vertical panorama, a series of digital exposures capture its greenish coma on December 3 from Sant Llorenc de la Muga, Girona, Catalonia, Spain, planet Earth. With an orbital period that is now about 5.4 years, the periodic comet’s perihelion, its closest approach, to the Sun will be on December 12. On December 16 it will be closest to Earth, passing at a distance of about 11.6 million kilometers or 39 light-secondsThat’s close for a comet, a mere 30 times the Earth-Moon distance. A good binocular target for comet watchers, Wirtanen could be visible to the unaided eye from a dark sky site. To spot it after dusk on December 16, look close on the sky to the Pleiades star cluster in Taurus.

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday December 6th, 2018

Sunny and cold today a high of -13C with moderate winds. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -18C feels like -21C, our winds are 5 km/h from the SSW and will increase to 10 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH THE OCCASIONAL SLIPPERY SECTION. Please plan ahead when traveling on our northern highways.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and No marine wind warnings.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday December 5th, 2018

A chance of flurries this morning then a few clouds and becoming cold by evening, high of -12C with moderate winds. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -11C, our winds are 10 km/h NW and will increase to 20 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are mostly PARTLY COVERED AND SLIPPERY, CONDITIONS WILL IMPROVE THROUGHOUT THE MORNING. Please plan ahead for  winter traveling on our northern highways.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine wind warnings for today.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Highlights of the North Winter Sky 
Image Credit & Copyright: Universe2go.com
Explanation: What can you see in the night sky this season? The featured graphic gives a few highlights for Earth‘s northern hemisphere. Viewed as a clock face centered at the bottom, early (northern) winter sky events fan out toward the left, while late winter events are projected toward the right. Objects relatively close to Earth are illustrated, in general, as nearer to the cartoon figure with the telescope at the bottom center — although almost everything pictured can beseen without a telescope. As happens during any season, constellations appear the same year to year, and, as usual, the Geminids meteor shower will peak in mid-December. Also as usual, the International Space Station (ISS) can be seen, at times, as a bright spot drifting across the sky after sunset. Less usual, the Moon is expected to pass nearly in front of several planets in early January. A treat this winter is Comet 46P/Wirtanen, already bright, will pass only 36 lunar distances from the Earth in mid-December, potentially making it easily visible to the unaided eye.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday December 4th, 2018

Cloudy with scattered flurries total accumulations of 1-2cm today, a high of -6C with moderate winds. Currently we have some flurries, a temperature of -7C feels like -11C, our winds are 8 km/h SW increasing to 15 km/h throughout the day.

Our highway’s are in GOOD WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. CONDITIONS WILL DECREASE A BIT THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON/EVENINGS AS THE SCATTERED FLURRIES CONTINUES, CAUTION NEEDS TO BE TAKEN DURING THESE TIMES. Please plan ahead when traveling on our northern highways.

There are NO weather warnings and NO marine wind warnings.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Rocket Launch between Mountains 
Image Credit & Copyright: Yudong Jiang
Explanation: What’s happening between those mountains? A rocket is being launched to space. Specifically, a Long March 3B Carrier Rocket was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province in China about two week ago. The rocket lifted two navigation satellites to about 2,000 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, well above the orbit of the International Space Station, but well below the orbit of geostationary satellites. China’s Chang’e 3 missionthat landed the robotic Yutu rover on the Moon was launched from Xichang in 2013. The featured image was taken about 10 kilometers from the launch site and is actually a composite of nine exposures, including a separate background image.

Tomorrow’s picture: sky highlights

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday December 3rd 2018

Fog patches then a mix of sun and cloud, a high of -5C with low/moderate winds. Currently we have fog patches, a temperature of -9C  feels like -10C, our winds are 3 km/h ESE and will increase to 10 km/h.

Our highways in and around our area are SLICK and IN FAIR DRIVING CONDITIONS BECAUSE OF THE FOG PATCHES BUT WILL IMPROVE THROUGHOUT THE MORNING. Please plan ahead when traveling on our northern highways.

There are NO weather warnings and NO marine wind warnings at this time.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

Spiraling Supermassive Black Holes 
Video Credit: NASA‘s Goddard Space Flight CenterMusic: In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg
Explanation: Do black holes glow when they collide? When merging, co-orbiting black holes are sure to emit a burst of unusual gravitational radiation, but will they emit light, well before that, if they are surrounded by gas? To help find out, astrophysicists created a sophisticated computer simulation. The simulation and featured resulting video accurately depicts two spiraling supermassive black holes, including the effects of Einstein’s general relativity on the surrounding gas and light. The video first shows the system from the top, and later from the side where unusual gravitational lens distortions are more prominent. Numerical results indicate that gravitational and magnetic forces should energize the gas to emit high-energy light from the ultraviolet to the X-ray. The emission of such light may enable humanity to detect and study supermassive black hole pairs well before they spiral together.

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Tomorrow’s picture: launch streak

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! November 30th, 2018

Mainly cloudy with a few sunny breaks, a high of -5C with low winds. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -7C feels like -10C, our winds are 2 km/h from the ENE and will increase to 10 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are MOSTLY BARE AND IN EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH SOME PARTLY COVERED SECTIONS. Plan ahead for winter traveling on our northern highways.

There are NO weather warnings and NO marine wind warnings.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY! AND WEEKEND!

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Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday November 29th, 2018

Another mainly cloudy day 30% chance of flurries, a high of -5C with moderate winds. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -6C feels like -9C, our winds are 6 km/h from the ENE and will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in the northern section of the province are BARE AND IN GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS, however from Devel’s Lake south are SNOW COVER AND SLIPPERY, EXTREME CAUTION IS TO BE TAKEN WHEN TRAVELING SOUTH TODAY AS SNOW IS STILL FALLING. Please plan ahead when traveling on our Northern Highways.

There are NO weather warnings and NO marine wind warnings.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Across Corona Australis 
Image Credit & CopyrightFabian Neyer
Explanation: Cosmic dust clouds are draped across a rich field of stars in this broad telescopic panorama near the northern boundary of Corona Australis, the Southern Crown. Less than 500 light-years away the denser clouds effectively block light from more distant background stars in the Milky Way. The entire vista spans about 5 degrees or nearly 45 light-years at the clouds’ estimated distance. Toward the right lies a group of bluish reflection nebulae cataloged as NGC 6726, 6727, 6729 and IC 4812. The characteristic blue color is produced as light from hot stars is reflected by the cosmic dust. The dust also obscures from view stars in the region still in the process of formation. Smaller yellowish nebula NGC 6729 surrounds young variable star R Coronae Australis. Below it are arcs and loops identified as Herbig Haro (HH) objects associated with energetic newborn stars. Magnificent globular star cluster NGC 6723 is above and right of the nebulae. Though NGC 6723 appears to be part of the group, its ancient stars actually lie nearly 30,000 light-years away, far beyond the young stars of the Corona Australis dust clouds.

Tomorrow’s picture: river to Orion