Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Thursday January 9th, 2020

Periods of light snow ending this afternoon then cloudy with 60% chance of flurries. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -14. Wind chill -17 this morning and -28 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. Cloudy with 60% chance of flurries this evening then partly cloudy. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -24. Wind chill -28 this evening and -34 overnight. Risk of frostbite. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -16 feels like -23, our winds are 11 km/h from the E.

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

Our highways in and around our area are SNOW PACKED, COVERED AND SLIPPERY. THE PLOWS HAVE NOT BEEN OUT OVER NIGHT. PLEASE DRIVE WITH CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING THIS MORNING.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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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.

Perihelion to Aphelion
Image Credit & Copyright:Ian Griffin (Otago Museum)

Explanation: Perihelion for 2020, the point in Earth’s elliptical orbit when it is closest to the Sun, occurred on January 5th. The distance from the Sun doesn’t determine the seasons, though. Those are governed by the tilt of Earth’s axis of rotation, so January is still winter in the north and summer in southern hemisphere. But it does mean that on January 5 the Sun was at its largest apparent size. This composite neatly compares two pictures of the Sun, both taken from planet Earth with the same telescope and camera. The left half was captured on the date of the 2020 perihelion. The right was recorded only a week before the July 4 date of the 2019 aphelion, the farthest point in Earth’s orbit. Otherwise difficult to notice, the change in the Sun’s apparent diameter between perihelion and aphelion amounts to a little over 3 percent. The 2020 perihelion and the preceding 2019 aphelion correspond to the closest and farthest perihelion and aphelion of the 21st century.Tomorrow’s picture: clouds like pearls