Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday December 18th, 2018

Clearing early this morning, winds up to 15 km/h, high -3C, wind chill -13C in the morning -7C in the afternoon. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -6C feels like -12C, our winds are 14 km/h from the WNW and will increase to 20-25 km/h throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area BARE AND IN EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please plan ahead and drive with caution when traveling on our winter highways.

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


Current Weather Warnings And Marine Wind Warnings

Current Highway Conditions

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.

Methane Bubbles Frozen in Lake Baikal 
Image Credit & Copyright: Kristina Makeeva

Explanation: What are these bubbles frozen into Lake Baikal? Methane. Lake Baikal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Russia, is the world’s largest (by volume), oldest, and deepest lake, containing over 20% of the world’s fresh water. The lake is also a vast storehouse of methane, a greenhouse gas that, if released, could potentially increase the amount of infrared light absorbed by Earth’s atmosphere, and so increase the average temperature of the entire planet. Fortunately, the amount of methane currently bubbling out is not climatologically important. It is not clear what would happen, though, were temperatures to significantly increase in the region, or if the water level in Lake Baikal were to drop. Pictured, bubbles of rising methane froze during winter into the exceptionally clear ice covering the lake.Tomorrow’s picture: sky searchers