Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For Thursday August 29th, 2019

Mainly sunny today. Wind becoming northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. High 19. UV index 5 or moderate. Clear tonight. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 7.

Currently we have NO weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WEATHER?WIND WARNING for the LAKE today: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CDT 29 August 2019 Today Tonight and Friday. Strong wind warning in effect.Wind northwest 25 knots diminishing to northwest 15 late this evening and to light Friday afternoon.

Our FIRE DANGER remains at LOW: Fires likely to be self-extinguishing and new ignitions unlikely. Any existing fires limited to smoldering in deep, drier layers.


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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.

M27: Not a Comet 
Image Credit & CopyrightBob Franke

Explanation: While hunting for comets in the skies above 18th century France, astronomer Charles Messier diligently kept a list of the things he encountered that were definitely not comets. This is number 27 on his now famous not-a-comet list. In fact, 21st century astronomers would identify it as a planetary nebula, but it’s not a planet either, even though it may appear round and planet-like in a small telescope. Messier 27 (M27) is an excellent example of a gaseous emission nebula created as a sun-like star runs out of nuclear fuel in its core. The nebula forms as the star’s outer layers are expelled into space, with a visible glow generated by atoms excited by the dying star’s intense but invisibleultraviolet light. Known by the popular name of the Dumbbell Nebula, the beautifully symmetric interstellar gas cloud is over 2.5 light-years across and about 1,200 light-years away in the constellation Vulpecula. This impressive color composite highlights details within the well-studied central region and fainter, seldom imaged features in the nebula’s outer halo. It incorporates broad and narrowband images recorded using filters sensitive to emission from hydrogen and oxygen atoms.Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space