Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! March 15th, 2019

Sunny today, wind 15 km/h high -3C, wind chill -20C in the morning and -7C in the afternoon. Clear tonight partly cloudy near midnight, wind up 15 km/h. Low -14C. Wind chill -10C in the evening and -17C overnight. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -13C feels like -20C, our winds are 14 km/h from the NW and will remain steady throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area remain BARE and in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please continue to drive with caution and plan ahead when traveling.

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

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

Current Weather Warnings and Current Marine Weather 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.

A View Toward M101 
Image Credit & CopyrightChristoph KaltseisCEDIC 2019

Explanation: Big, beautiful spiral galaxy M101 is one of the last entries in Charles Messier’s famous catalog, but definitely not one of the least. About 170,000 light-years across, this galaxy is enormous, almost twice the size of our own Milky Way galaxy. M101 was also one of the original spiral nebulae observed by Lord Rosse’s large 19th century telescope, the Leviathan of Parsontown. M101 shares this modern telescopic field of view with more distant background galaxies, foreground stars within the Milky Way, and a companion dwarf galaxy NGC 5474 (lower right). The colors of the Milky Way stars can also be found in the starlight from the large island universe. Its core is dominated by light from cool yellowish stars. Along its grand design spiral arms are the blue colors of hotter, young stars mixed with obscuring dust lanes and pinkish star forming regions. Also known as the Pinwheel Galaxy, M101 lies within the boundaries of the northern constellation Ursa Major, about 23 million light-years away. Its companion NGC 5474 has likely been distorted by its past gravitational interactions with the dominant M101.