(Mature Student Graduation!) Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For Thursday June 20th, 2019

Sunny today becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. High 26. UV index 7 or high . Winds will be moderate/high. Clearing late this evening. Low 11. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 13, our winds are 8 km/h from the NE and will increase to 20 km/h throughout the day.

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

Our current FIRE DANGER HAS RISEN TO VERY HIGH – EXTREME : Fast-spreading, high-intensity crown fire. Very difficult to control. Suppression actions limited to flanks, with only indirect actions possible against the fire’s head.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

Current Weather Warnings and Marine Weather/Wind Warnings

Daily FIRE DANGER Report

Highway Observation Images

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 M106 
Image Credit: Phil Keyser

Explanation: Big, bright, beautiful spiral, Messier 106 dominates this cosmic vista. The nearly two degree wide telescopic field of view looks toward the well-trained constellation Canes Venatici, near the handle of the Big Dipper. Also known as NGC 4258, M106 is about 80,000 light-years across and 23.5 million light-years away, the largest member of the Canes II galaxy group. For a far away galaxy, the distance to M106 is well-known in part because it can bedirectly measured by tracking this galaxy’s remarkable maser, or microwave laser emission. Very rare but naturally occurring, the maser emission is produced by water molecules in molecular clouds orbiting its active galactic nucleus. Another prominent spiral galaxy on the scene, viewed nearly edge-on, is NGC 4217 below and right of M106. The distance to NGC 4217 is much less well-known, estimated to be about 60 million light-years.Tomorrow’s picture: analemma at sunset