Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday February 11th, 2019

Mainly sunny with increasing clouds near noon then periods of light snow, low/moderate winds and a high of -15C. Currently we have clear sky’s, a temperature of -26C with no windchill, winds are 2 km/h from the SE and will increase to 10 km/h.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT winter driving conditions. Please continue to drive with caution and plan ahead.

There are NO weather warnings and NO marine weather warnings.




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.

New Data: Ultima Thule Surprisingly Flat 
Illustration Credit: NASAJHU’s APLSwRI

Explanation: Ultima Thule is not the object humanity thought that it was last month. When the robotic New Horizons spacecraft zoomed past the distant asteroid Ultima Thule (officially 2014 MU69) in early January, early images showedtwo circular lobes that when most simply extrapolated to 3D were thought to be, roughly, spheres. However, analyses of newly beamed-back images — including many taken soon after closest approach — shows eclipsed stars re-appearingsooner than expected. The only explanation possible is that this 30-km long Kuiper belt object has a different 3D shape than believed only a few weeks ago. Specifically, as shown in the featured illustration, it now appears that the larger lobe — Ultima — is more similar to a fluffy pancake than a sphere, while the smaller lobe — Thule — resembles a dented walnut. The remaining uncertainty in the outlines are shown by the dashed blue lines. The new shape information indicates that gravity — which contracts more massive bodies into spheres — played perhaps less of a role in contouring the lobes of Ultima Thule than previously thought. The New Horizons spacecraft continued on to Ultima Thule afterpassing Pluto in mid-2015. New data and images are still being received.Tomorrow’s picture: moon jet