Today’s Weather, Fire Danger And Current Highway Observations For Tuesday September 18th, 2018

Cloudy this morning with isolated showers, then a mix of sun and cloud in the afternoon, a high of 8C with moderate winds. Currently we have clouds, winds are from the NW at 15 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

There are NO weather warnings or marine wind warnings for our area today.

We currently have NO FIRE DANGER for our area.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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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.

2018 September 18

Salt, Pepper, and Ice 
Video Credit & Copyright: Maroun Habib (Moophz)
Explanation: There’s a “camera” comet now moving across the sky. Just a bit too dim to see with the unaided eye, Comet 21P / Giacobini-Zinner has developed a long tail that makes it a good sight for binoculars and sensitive cameras. The movement of the Comet 21P on the sky was captured last week in the featured time-lapse video compressing 90 minutes into about 2.5 seconds. What might seem odd is that the 21P’s tail is not following the comet’s movement. This is because comet tails always point away from the Sun, and the comet was not moving toward the Sun during the period photographed. Visible far in the background on the upper left is the Salt & Pepper star cluster, M37, while the bright red star V440 Auriga is visible just about the frame’s center. This 2-km ball of dust-shedding ice passed its nearest to the Sun and Earth only last week and is now fading as it crosses into southern skies. Comet 21P should remain visible, however, and photogenic to stabilized cameras, for another month or so.

Tomorrow’s picture: a rose for a swan

Today’s Weather, Current Fire Danger And Highway Observations For Monday September 17th, 2018

Cloudy with showers today into this evening, a high of only 7C with moderate winds. Currently we have clouds, showers our winds are from the E at 11 km/h and will increase to to 20 km/h throughout the day.

There is no weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE TODAY: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 17 September 2018 Today Tonight and Tuesday.Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northeast 20 knots diminishing to east 15 early this morning and to light after midnight. Wind light Tuesday.

I will be doing the last fire report on  last fire report on Friday September 28th for the season. We currently have NO FIRE DANGER for our area.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

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2018 September 17

Cosmic Collision Forges Galactic Ring 
Image Credit: X-ray: Chandra (NASACXCINAFA. Wolter et al.); Optical: Hubble (NASASTScI)
Explanation: How could a galaxy become shaped like a ring? The rim of the blue galaxy pictured on the right is an immense ring-like structure 150,000 light years in diameter composed of newly formed, extremely bright, massive stars. That galaxy, AM 0644-741, is known as a ring galaxy and was caused by an immense galaxy collision. When galaxies collide, they pass through each other — their individual stars rarely come into contact. The ring-like shape is the result of the gravitational disruption caused by an entire small intruder galaxy passing through a large one. When this happens, interstellar gas and dust become condensed, causing a wave of star formation to move out from the impact point like a ripple across the surface of a pond. The likely intruder galaxy is on the left of this combined image from Hubble (visible) and Chandra (X-ray) space telescopes. X-ray light is shown in pink and depicts places where energetic black holes or neutron stars, likely formed shortly after the galaxy collision, reside.

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Tomorrow’s picture: a rose for a swan
 

Today’s Weather And Current Fire Danger For FRIDAY! September 14th, 2018

A mix of sun and cloud today, a high of 12C, with moderate winds. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 8C, our winds are from the NW 15 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

There are no weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today and tomorrow: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 14 September 2018 Today Tonight and Saturday. Strong wind warning in effect.Wind northwest 15 knots increasing to northwest 20 late this morning then diminishing to north 10 late this afternoon. Wind veering to east 10 Saturday morning then increasing to east 15 Saturday evening.

Our FIRE DANGER remain at LOW: Low (Green) – Fire starts are unlikely. Weather and fuel conditions will lead to slow fire spread, low intensity and relatively easy control with light mop-up. Controlled burns can usually be executed with reasonable safety.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

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2018 September 14 

Ice Halos at Yellowknife 
Image Credit & CopyrightStephen Bedingfield
Explanation: You’ve probably seen a circle around the Sun before. More common than rainbows, ice halos, like a 22 degree circular halo for example, can be easy to spot, especially if you can shade your eyes from direct sunlight. Still it’s rare to see such a diverse range of ice halos, including sundogs, tangent, infralateral, and Parry arcs, all found in this snapshot from planet Earth. The picture was quickly taken in the late morning of September 4 from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. The beautiful patterns are generated as sunlight (or moonlight) is reflected and refracted in six-sided water ice crystals in Earth’s atmosphere. Of course, atmospheric ice halos in the skies of other worlds are likely to be different.

Today’s Weather And Current Fire Danger For Thursday September 13th, 2018

A mix of sun and cloud with a chance of showers throughout the day/evening, a high of 15C and moderate/high winds. Currently we have some clouds, a temperature of 4C and our winds are from the W at 6 km/h and will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.

There is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 13 September 2018 Today Tonight and Friday.Strong wind warning in effect.Wind southeast 15 knots diminishing to light early this morning then increasing to north 20 late this evening. Wind diminishing to north 15 Friday morning.

Our FIRE DANGER SITS AT LOW: Low (Green) – Fire starts are unlikely. Weather and fuel conditions will lead to slow fire spread, low intensity and relatively easy control with light mop-up. Controlled burns can usually be executed with reasonable safety.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

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2018 September 13

Comet, Clusters and Nebulae 
Image Credit & CopyrightMohammad Nouroozi
Explanation: Bright enough for binocular viewing Comet 21P / Giacobini-Zinner stands out, even in this deep telephoto mosaic of the star cluster and nebula rich constellation Auriga the Charioteer. On the night of September 9 its greenish coma and diffuse tail contrast with the colorful stars and reddish emission nebulae in the almost 10 degree field of view along the Milky Way. The comet was near its perihelion and closest approach to Earth, about 200 light-seconds away. Riding across the distant background just above the comet’s tail are well-known Auriga star clusters M38 (left of center) and M36 (toward the right) about 4,000 light-years away. At the top left, emission region IC 405 is only 1,500 light-years distant, more dramatically known as the Flaming Star Nebula. To its right lies IC 410, 12,000 light-years away and famous for its star-forming cosmic tadpoles. A child of our Solar System Giacobini-Zinner is a periodic comet orbiting the Sun once every 6.5 years, and the parent body of October’s Draconids meteor shower.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather And Current Fire Danger For Wednesday September 12th, 2018

Mix of sun and cloud today with showers over night, a high of 12C with low/moderate winds. Currently we have some cloud, a temperature of 4C, our winds are from the NE 5 km/h increasing to 10 km/h.

We have no weather or marine warnings for our area at this time.

We have NO current FIRE DANGER for our area.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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NASA PICTURE/VIDEO OF THE DAY

Today’s Weather And Current Fire Danger For Tuesday September 11th, 2018

Cloudy with showers today, clearing this evening a high of 14C with moderate winds. Currently we have isolated light showers, our winds are from the SE at 12 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

There are no weather warnings for our area BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today:

Issued 03:00 AM CDT 11 September 2018
Today Tonight and Wednesday.Strong wind warning in effect.Wind east 15 knots increasing to south 20 late this morning then becoming northwest 20 this afternoon. Wind diminishing to north 15 after midnight then veering to east 15 Wednesday morning. Wind increasing to southeast 20 Wednesday evening.

We have NO FIRE DANGER for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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NASA PICTURE OF THE DAY

Milky Way over Troll’s Tongue 
Image Credit & Copyright: Ruslan Merzlyakov (RMS Photography)
Explanation: You have to take a long hike to see the Troll’s Tongue — ten hours over rocky terrain. And in this case, it took three trips to capture the landform below a clear night sky. Trolltunga itself is a picturesque rock protrusionextending about 700 meters over mountainous cliffs near Lake Ringedalsvatnet in Norway. The overhang is made of billion-year-old Precambrian bedrock that was carved out by glaciers during an ice-age about 10,000 years ago. The featured picture is a composite of two exposures, a 15-second image of the foreground Earth followed 40 minutes later by an 87-second exposure of the background sky. Thousands of discernable stars dot the backdrop starscape in addition to billions of unresolved stars in the nearly vertical band of our Milky Way Galaxy.

Tomorrow’s picture: lunar rock & roll

Today’s Weather And Current Fire Conditions For Monday September 10th, 2018

Mainly cloudy with chance of showers this morning. Temperature falling to 11 this afternoon with moderate/high winds. Currently we have cloudy sky’s, a temperature of 12C, our winds are from the NW at 21 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

There is no weather warnings for our area BUT there is MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today/tomorrow: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 10 September 2018 Today Tonight and Tuesday. Strong wind warning in effect.Wind west 15 knots diminishing to north 10 early this evening then veering to east 10 late this evening. Wind increasing to southeast 20 Tuesday morning then diminishing to south 15 near noon Tuesday. Wind increasing to northwest 20 Tuesday afternoon then diminishing to northwest 15 Tuesday evening.

Our FIRE DANGER season is almost over but still continues at this time and SITS AT LOW for our area: Low (Green) – Fire starts are unlikely. Weather and fuel conditions will lead to slow fire spread, low intensity and relatively easy control with light mop-up. Controlled burns can usually be executed with reasonable safety.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY AND WEEK!

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NASA PICTURE OF THE DAY

Curiosity Vista from Vera Rubin Ridge 
Image Credit: NASAJPL-CaltechMSSS, Curiosity Mars Rover
Explanation: If you could stand on Mars — what might you see? If you were NASA’s Curiosity rover, just last month you would have seen the view from Vera Rubin Ridge, an intriguing rock-strewn perch on the side of Mount Sharp. In the featured 360-degree panorama, you can spin around and take in the vista from all directions, in many browsers, just by pointing or tilting. In this virtual reality view, many instruments on the rover are labelled, including antennas, the robotic arm, and the radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG). Dark sand and light rock cover the ground nearby in a mixture called lakebed mudstone. Towering Mount Sharp is only barely visible in the distance due to airborne dust from a planet-wide storm just winding down. Among its many discoveries, Curiosity has found that the raw ingredients for life are present on Mars. Next on Mars will be NASA’s Insight, on target to land in late November, which is scheduled to deploy a seismometer to better study the interior of the red planet.

Tomorrow’s picture: troll tongue galaxy
 

Today’s Weather And Current Fire Conditions For FRIDAY! August 7th, 2018

CHILLY MORNING! Mainly sunny today a high of 12C with low/moderate winds. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 4C, our winds are from the ESE at 2 km/h increasing to 15 km/h throughout the day.

There is no weather warnings for our area BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE TODAY AND TOMORROW: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 07 September 2018 Today Tonight and Saturday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind east 15 knots increasing to southeast 20 late this evening then veering to south 25 Saturday afternoon.

Our FIRE DANGER continues to sit at MODERATE: Moderate (Blue) – Some wildfires may be expected. Expect moderate flame length and rate of spread. Control is usually not difficult and light to moderate mop-up can be expected. Although controlled burning can be done without creating a hazard, routine caution should be taken.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

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DAILY NASA PICTURE

Saturn’s North Polar Hexagon 
Image Credit: NASAJPL-CaltechSpace Science InstituteHampton University
Explanation: In full view, the amazing six-sided jet stream known as Saturn’s north polar hexagon is shown in this colorful Cassini image. Extending to 70 degrees north latitude, the false-color video frame is map-projected, based on infrared, visible, and ultraviolet image data recorded by the Saturn-orbiting spacecraft in late 2012. First found in the outbound Voyager flyby images from the 1980s, the bizarre, long-lived feature tied to the planet’s rotation is about 30,000 kilometers across. At its center lies the ringed gas giant’s hurricane-like north polar storm. A new long term study of Cassini data has found a remarkable higher-altitude vortex, exactly matching the outlines of the north polar hexagon, that formed as summer approached the planet’s northern hemisphere. It appears to reach hundreds of kilometers above these deeper cloud tops, into Saturn’s stratosphere.

Today’s Weather And Current Fire Conditions For Thursday August 6th, 2018

A mix of sun and cloud today with moderate winds and a high of 14C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 9C, our winds are from the NW 3 km/h increasing to 15 km/h throughout the day.

There are no weather or marine warnings for our area at this time.

Our FIRE DANGER continues to sit at MODERATE: Moderate (Blue) – Some wildfires may be expected. Expect moderate flame length and rate of spread. Control is usually not difficult and light to moderate mop-up can be expected. Although controlled burning can be done without creating a hazard, routine caution should be taken.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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NASA ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY

Along the Western Veil 
Image Credit & Copyright: Data – Steve Milne & Barry Wilson, Processing – Steve Milne
Explanation: Delicate in appearance, these filaments of shocked, glowing gas, are draped across planet Earth’s sky toward the constellation of Cygnus. They form the western part of the Veil Nebula. The Veil Nebula itself is a largesupernova remnant, an expanding cloud born of the death explosion of a massive star. Light from the original supernova explosion likely reached Earth over 5,000 years ago. Blasted out in the cataclysmic event, the interstellar shock wave plows through space sweeping up and exciting interstellar material. The glowing filaments are really more like long ripples in a sheet seen almost edge on, remarkably well separated into atomic hydrogen (red) and oxygen (blue-green) gas. Also known as the Cygnus Loop, the Veil Nebula now spans nearly 3 degrees or about 6 times the diameter of the full Moon. While that translates to over 70 light-years at its estimated distance of 1,500 light-years, this telescopic two panel mosaic image of the western portion spans about half that distance. Brighter parts of the western Veil are recognized as separate nebulae, including The Witch’s Broom (NGC 6960) along the top of this view and Pickering’s Triangle(NGC 6979) below and left.

Tomorrow’s picture: northern Saturn

Today’s Weather And Current Fire Conditions For Wednesday August 5th, 2018

Mainly sunny, moderate/high winds and a high of 17C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 7C, our winds are from the NW 13 km/h gusting to 25 km/h throughout the day.

There are no weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today and tomorrow: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 05 September 2018 Today Tonight and Thursday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 20 knots diminishing to northwest 15 early this morning then increasing to west 20 near midnight. Wind diminishing to north 15 Thursday morning.

Our FIRE DANGER has RISEN to MODERATE at this time: Moderate (Blue) – Some wildfires may be expected. Expect moderate flame length and rate of spread. Control is usually not difficult and light to moderate mop-up can be expected. Although controlled burning can be done without creating a hazard, routine caution should be taken.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!