Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday Feb. 15th, 2018

The cold is back and will continue for the next while with the exception of tomorrow were the high will be in the low to mid teen’s with minimal windchill. Currently we have a few clouds, a cold temperature of -30C feels like -39C with our windchill, our winds are from the W at 11 km/h and will increase to 15 – 20 km/h by this afternoon into this evening.

There is a EXTREME COLD WARNING for our area but should end later this morning, there IS A MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today and NO blowing snow advisory.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD winter driving conditions. Please plan ahead when traveling.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

Extreme Cold Warning in effect

Lake Winnipeg – north basin

Issued 02:33 AM CST 15 February 2018Extreme wind chills of minus 40 or colder are expected this morning as strong north winds usher in frigid arctic air.

Poor visibilities in blowing snow are also expected over South Basin.

Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.storm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #MBStorm.

Warnings

4:36 AM CST Thursday 15 February 2018
Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville
  • Waterhen Meadow Portage and Skownan

A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Temperatures near minus 30 and winds up to 15 km/h are creating wind chills near minus 40 this morning. Wind chills should moderate later this morning.

Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter.

Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.

Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.storm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #MBStorm.

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Enceladus in Silhouette 
Image Credit: Cassini Imaging TeamSSIJPLESANASA
Explanation: One of our Solar System’s most tantalizing worlds, Enceladus is backlit by the Sun in this Cassini spacecraft image from November 1, 2009. The dramatic illumination reveals the plumes that continuously spew into space from the south pole of Saturn’s 500 kilometer diameter moon. Discovered by Cassini in 2005, the icy plumes are likely connected to an ocean beneath the ice shell of Enceladus. They supply material directly to Saturn’s outer, tenuous E ring and make the surface of Enceladus as reflective as snow. Across the scene, Saturn’s icy rings scatter sunlight toward Cassini’s cameras. Beyond the rings, the night side of 80 kilometer diameter moon Pandora is faintly lit by Saturnlight.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

 

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday Feb. 14th, 2018

Cloudy and warmer, flurries for this morning throughout the afternoon then becoming cloudy with low to moderate winds and windchill’s. The deep freeze will be back overnight with winchill’s in the mid to high -30c’s.  Currently we have cloudy sky’s, flurries, a temperature of -6C with no winchill as our winds are calm.

There is no weather warning but there is a BLOWING SNOW ADVISORY for the LAKE today. CAUTION for fishermen on the lake today.

The highways in and around our area are slick as flurries fall and will get worse throughout the day. Please take caution when traveling and plan ahead.

HAVE A GREAT LOVE DAY!

   

Statements (In effect)

Blowing snow advisory in effect

Lake Winnipeg – north basin

Issued 02:15 AM CST 14 February 2018Poor visibility in snow and blowing snow is expected or occurring.

Northeasterly winds of 50 gusting to 70 km/h are expected to develop near noon today and subside somewhat early this evening. These strong winds along with 5 to 10 cm of snow today will create reduced visibilities in blowing snow.

Blowing snow advisories are issued when winds are expected to create blowing snow giving poor visibility to 800 metres or less for at least 3 hours.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.storm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #MBStorm.

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In the Heart of the Heart Nebula 
Credit & Copyright: Alan Erickson
Explanation: What’s that inside the Heart Nebula? First, the large emission nebula dubbed IC 1805 looks, in whole, like a human heart. It’s shape perhaps fitting of the Valentine’s Day, this heart glows brightly in red light emitted by its most prominent element: hydrogen. The red glow and the larger shape are all created by a small group of stars near the nebula’s center. In the heart of the Heart Nebula are young stars from the open star cluster Melotte 15 that are eroding away several picturesque dust pillars with their energetic light and winds. The open cluster of stars contains a few bright stars nearly 50 times the mass of our Sun, many dim stars only a fraction of the mass of our Sun, and an absent microquasar that was expelled millions of years ago. The Heart Nebula is located about 7,500 light years away toward the constellation of the mythological Queen of Aethiopia (Cassiopeia).

Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday Feb. 13th, 2018

Cloudy and considerably warmer today with low to moderate winds, next to no windcill’s and a high of -5C. Currently we have cloudy sky’s, a temperature of -13C feels like -22C with our windchill, our winds are from SSW at 24 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day/evening and overnight hours.

There are no weather, marine or blowing snow warnings for our area at this time, but blowing snow is possible in open areas.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD winter driving conditions with blowing snow in open areas. Please plan ahead when traveling.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY

 

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Car Orbiting Earth 
Credit: SpaceX
Explanation: Last week, a car orbited the Earth. The car, created by humans and robots on the Earth, was launched by the SpaceX Company to demonstrate the ability of its Falcon Heavy Rocket to place spacecraft out in the Solar System. Purposely fashioned to be whimsical, the iconic car was thought a better demonstration object than concrete blocks. A mannequin clad in a spacesuit — dubbed the Starman — sits in the driver’s seat. The featured image is a frame from a video taken by one of three cameras mounted on the car. These cameras, connected to the car’s battery, are now out of power. The car, attached to a second stage booster, soon left Earth orbit and will orbit the Sun between Earth and the asteroid belt indefinitely — perhaps until billions of years from now when our Sun expands into a Red Giant. If ever recovered, what’s left of the car may become a unique window into technologies developed on Earth in the 20th and early 21st centuries.

Tomorrow’s picture: heart of the heart

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday Feb. 12th, 2018

Cold this morning then will warm up a bit by the afternoon with mainly sunny skies, moderate to high winds and winchill’s. Our high today should reach -18C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -25C and there is no windchill as our winds are calm.

There are no weather or blowing snow warnings but there IS A MARINE wind WARNING for today.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD winter driving conditions with blowing snowing in open areas. Please plan ahead when traveling.

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Warnings (In effect)

Extreme Cold Warning in effect

Lake Winnipegosis

Issued 04:35 AM CST 12 February 2018A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Temperatures below minus 30 and winds of 10 to 20 km/h have brought dangerous wind chills near minus 40 to southern Manitoba this morning. The dangerous wind chills will end this morning as temperatures moderate.

Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant.

If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.storm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #MBStorm.

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Blue Comet Meets Blue Stars 
Credit & Copyright: Tom Masterson (Transient Astronomer)
Explanation: What’s that heading for the Pleiades star cluster? It appears to be Comet C/2016 R2 (PanSTARRS), but here, appearances are deceiving. On the right and far in the background, the famous Pleiades star cluster is dominated by blue light from massive young stars. On the left and visiting the inner Solar System is Comet PanSTARRS, a tumbling block of ice from the outer Solar System that currently sports a long ion tail dominated by blue light from an unusually high abundance of ionized carbon monoxideComet PanSTARRS is actually moving toward the top of the image, and its ion tail points away from the Sun but is affected by a complex solar wind of particles streaming out from the Sun. Visible through a small telescope, the comet is fading as it recedes from the Earth, even though it reaches its closest point to the Sun in early May.

Tomorrow’s picture: orbiting car

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Sunday Feb. 11th, 2018

Colder, mix of sun and cloud, moderate to high winds and windchill’s for today with a high of -20C. Currently we have mostly cloudy sky’s, a temperature of -24C feels like -36C with our windchill, our winds are from the NW at 23 km/h and will increase throughout the day to 25-35 km/h.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in FAIR winter driving conditions as the flurries continued to fall over night and will improve throughout the day. Please plan ahead when traveling.

HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY!

  

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A Partial Eclipse Over Manila Bay 
Credit & Copyright: Armando Lee (Astron. League Philippines), F. Naelga Jr., 100 Hours of Astronomy (IYA2009)
Explanation: What’s happened to the setting Sun? An eclipse! In early 2009, the Moon eclipsed part of the Sun as visible from parts of Africa, Australia, and Asia. In particular the featured image, taken from the Mall of Asia seawall, caught a partially eclipsed Sun setting over Manila Bay in the Philippines. Piers are visible in silhouette in the foreground. Eclipse chasers and well placed sky enthusiasts captured many other interesting and artistic images of the year’s only annular solar eclipse, including movieseclipse shadow arrays, and rings of fire. On Thursday parts of the Sun again will become briefly blocked by the Moon, again visible to some as a partial eclipse of the Sun. Thursday’s eclipse, however, will only be visible from parts of southern South America and Antarctica.

Tomorrow’s picture: blue comet cluster

Your Weekend Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Saturday Feb. 10th, 2018

Cloudy, chance of flurries throughout the day, warmer, low to moderate winds and winchill. Currently we have mostly cloudy skies, a temperature of -18C feels like -25C, our winds are from the S at 11 km/h with gusts of 20-25 km/h throughout the day/evening and overnight.

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

Our highways in and around area in GOOD winter driving conditions but will become slick and partly covered and flurries fall throughout the day. Please take caution and plan ahead when traveling.

HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY!

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Roadster, Starman, Planet Earth 
Image Credit: SpaceX
Explanation: Don’t panic. It’s just a spacesuited mannequin named Starman. As the sunlit crescent of planet Earth recedes in the background, Starman is comfortably seated at the wheel of a Tesla Roadster in this final image of the payload launched by a Falcon Heavy rocket on February 6. Internationally designated 2018-017A, roadster and Starman are headed for space beyond the orbit of Mars. The successful Falcon Heavy rocket has now become the most powerful rocket in operation and the roadster one of four electric cars launched from planet Earth. The other three were launched to the Moon by historically more powerful (but not reusable) Saturn V rockets. Still, Starman’s roadster is probably the only one that would be considered street legal.

Tomorrow’s picture: partial Sun day

Today’s Weather And Current Highways Conditions For FRIDAY! Feb. 9th, 2018

Warmer today with sun, high windchill’s and winds, today’s expected high will be -15C it will feel like -27C with the windchill. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -18C feels like -29C with the windchill, our winds are from  WSW at 23 km/h gusting to 35-40 km/h throughout the day.

There are currently no weather, wind or blowing snow advisories for our area today.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD winter driving conditions. Please plan ahead for winter traveling.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

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Total Solar Lunar Eclipse 
Composite Image Credit & CopyrightWang LetianZhang Jiajie
Explanation: This digitally processed and composited picture creatively compares two famous eclipses in one; the total lunar eclipse (left) of January 31, and the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. The Moon appears near mid-totality in both the back-to-back total eclipses. In the lunar eclipse, its surface remains faintly illuminated in Earth’s dark reddened shadow. But in the solar eclipse the Moon is in silhouette against the Sun’s bright disk, where the otherwise dark lunar surface is just visible due to earthshine. Also seen in the lunar-aligned image pair are faint stars in the night sky surrounding the eclipsed Moon. Stunning details of prominences and coronal streamers surround the eclipsed Sun. The total phase of the Great American Eclipse of August 21 lasted about 2 minutes or less for locations along the Moon’s shadow path. From planet Earth’s night side, totality for the Super Blue Blood Moon of January 31 lasted well over an hour.

Tomorrow’s picture: let all the children boogie

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday Feb. 8th, 2018

The cold will continue today but will ease up a tiny bit for tomorrow and Saturday returning with the chill on Sunday. Identical forecast for today as yesterday cold, partly cloudy, low to moderate windchill’s and low to moderate winds with a daytime high of -20C. Currently we have mostly cloudy sky’s, a temperature of -24C feels like -33C, our winds are from the W at 11 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day/evening and overnight.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD winter driving conditions. Please take caution and plan ahead when traveling.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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Bow Tie Moon and Star Trails 
Image Credit & CopyrightHaitong Yu
Explanation: On January 31, a leisurely lunar eclipse was enjoyed from all over the night side of planet Earth, the first of three consecutive total eclipses of the Moon. This dramatic time-lapse image followed the celestial performance for over three hours in a combined series of exposures from Hebei Province in Northern China. Fixed to a tripod, the camera records the Full Moon sliding through a clear night sky. Too bright just before and after the eclipse, the Moon’s bow tie-shaped trail grows narrow and red during the darker total eclipse phase that lasted an hour and 16 minutes. In the distant background are the colorful trails of stars in concentric arcs above and below the celestial equator.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday Feb. 7th, 2018

The cold continues! Cold, mostly sunny, low to moderate winds and a high of only -18C for today, the cold will continue for the next several days and there is no snow in the forecast for the next while. Currently we have a few clouds, a cold temperature of -22C feels like -30C, our winds are from the W at 14 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day/evening and overnight.

There are now weather, marine or blowing snow warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD winter driving conditions. PLEASE plan ahead when traveling.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

 

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NGC 7331 Close-Up 
Image Credit & LicenseESA/Hubble & NASA/D. Milisavljevic (Purdue University)
Explanation: Big, beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 7331 is often touted as an analog to our own Milky Way. About 50 million light-years distant in the northern constellation Pegasus, NGC 7331 was recognized early on as a spiral nebula and is actually one of the brighter galaxies not included in Charles Messier’s famous 18th century catalog. Since the galaxy’s disk is inclined to our line-of-sight, long telescopic exposures often result in an image that evokes a strong sense of depth. In this Hubble Space Telescope close-up, the galaxy’s magnificent spiral arms feature dark obscuring dust lanes, bright bluish clusters of massive young stars, and the telltale reddish glow of active star forming regions. The bright yellowish central regions harbor populations of older, cooler stars. Like the Milky Way, a supermassive black hole lies at the core of of spiral galaxy NGC 7331.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday Feb. 6th, 2018

THE COLD CONTINUES. Another cold, mainly sunny, low to moderate winds with a high of -19C day today. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -23C with no windchill, and our winds are currently calm there for no windchill.

There are NO weather and NO marine wind warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area continue to be in GOOD winter driving conditions. PLEASE plan ahead for winter driving.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

 

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Galaxy NGC 474: Shells and Star Streams 
Image CreditCFHTCoelumMegaCamJ.-C. Cuillandre (CFHT) & G. A. Anselmi (Coelum)
Explanation: What’s happening to galaxy NGC 474? The multiple layers of emission appear strangely complex and unexpected given the relatively featureless appearance of the elliptical galaxy in less deep images. The cause of the shells is currently unknown, but possibly tidal tails related to debris left over from absorbing numerous small galaxies in the past billion years. Alternatively the shells may be like ripples in a pond, where the ongoing collision with the spiral galaxy just above NGC 474 is causing density waves to ripple through the galactic giant. Regardless of the actual cause, the featured image dramatically highlights the increasing consensus that at least some elliptical galaxies have formed in the recent past, and that the outer halos of most large galaxies are not really smooth but have complexities induced by frequent interactions with — and accretions of — smaller nearby galaxies. The halo of our own Milky Way Galaxy isone example of such unexpected complexity. NGC 474 spans about 250,000 light years and lies about 100 million light years distant toward the constellation of the Fish (Pisces).

Tomorrow’s picture: open space