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.




Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

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.