(HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION!)Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For Wednesday June 19th, 2019

Sunny today. High 25. UV index 7 or high . Clear tonight. Low 5. Currently we have clear skies, a temperature of 9, our winds are 5 km/h but will increase to 10-15 km/h throughout the day.

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

Our current FIRE DANGER has risen to HIGH/VERY HIGH : High-intensity fire with partial to full crown involvement. Head fire conditions beyond the ability of ground crews; air attack with retardant required to effectively attack fire’s head.


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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.

Our Galaxy’s Magnetic Center 
Image Credit: NASASOFIAHubble

Explanation: What’s the magnetic field like in the center of our Milky Way Galaxy? To help find out, NASA’s SOFIA — an observatory flying in a modified 747 — imaged the central region with an instrument known as HAWC+.HAWC+ maps magnetism by observing polarized infrared light emitted by elongated dust grains rotating in alignment with the local magnetic field. Now at our Milky Way’s center is a supermassive black hole with a hobby of absorbing gas from stars it has recently destroyed. Our galaxy’s black hole, though, is relatively quiet compared to the absorption rate of the central black holes in active galaxies. The featured image gives a clue as to why — a surrounding magnetic field may either channel gas into the black hole — which lights up its exterior, or forces gas into an accretion-disk holding pattern, causing it to be less active — at least temporarily. Inspection of the featured image — appearing perhaps like a surreal mashup of impasto art and gravitational astrophysics — brings out this telling clue by detailing the magnetic field in and around a dusty ring surrounding Sagittarius A*, the black hole in our Milky Way’s center.Tomorrow’s picture: maser spiral