Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For Monday September 23rd, 2019

FIRST DAY OF FALL! Sunny today. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h early this afternoon. High 25. Humidex 26. Increasing cloudiness this evening. Wind southwest 20 km/h becoming light overnight. Low 11. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 12. Our winds are 2 km/h from the S and increase throughout the day to 25 km/h.

Currently we have NO weather warnings BUT THERE IS A MARINE WEATHER/WIND WARNING: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CDT 23 September 2019 Today Tonight and Tuesday.Strong wind warning in effect. Wind southwest 10 knots increasing to west 20 early this evening then diminishing to west 15 after midnight. Wind west 15 Tuesday.

Our FIRE DANGER has INCREASED to MODERATE: Creeping or gentle surface fires. Fires easily contained by ground crews with pumps and hand tools.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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Equinox: The Sun from Solstice to Solstice
Image Credit & Copyright: Tunç Tezel (TWAN)

Explanation: Today is an equinox, a date when day and night are equal. Tomorrow, and every day until the next equinox, the night will be longer than the day in Earth’s northern hemisphere, and the day will be longer than the night in Earth’s southern hemisphere. An equinox occurs midway between the two solstices, when the days and nights are the least equal. The featured picture is a composite of hourly images taken of the Sun above BursaTurkey on key days from solstice to equinox to solstice. The bottom Sun band was taken during the north’s winter solstice in 2007 December, when the Sun could not rise very high in the sky nor stay above the horizon very long. This lack of Sun caused winter. The top Sun band was taken during the northern summer solstice in 2008 June, when the Sun rose highest in the sky and stayed above the horizon for more than 12 hours. This abundance of Sun caused summer. The middle band was taken during an equinox in 2008 March, but it is the same sun band that Earthlings see today, the day of the most recent equinox.Browser-Enhanced APOD: Google Chrome extensions (free, user created and maintained)
Tomorrow’s picture: martian dunes thawing

Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For FRIDAY! September 20th

Cloudy with 60% chance of showers today and risk of a thunderstorm. High 18. Cloudy with 60% chance of showers tonight. Becoming partly cloudy before morning. Risk of a thunderstorm. Low 11. Currently we have some light showers around our area, our winds are 13 km/h from the E and will remain steady throughout the day.

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

Our FIRE DANGER remains at LOW

Have a GREAT FRIDAY! and Weekend!!

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Saturn at Night
Image Credit: NASAJPL-CaltechSpace Science InstituteMindaugas Macijauskas

Explanation: Still bright in planet Earth’s night skies, good telescopic views of Saturn and its beautiful rings often make it a star at star parties. But this stunning view of Saturn’s rings and night side just isn’t possible from telescopes closer to the Sun than the outer planet. They can only bring Saturn’s day into view. In fact, this image of Saturn’s slender sunlit crescent with night’s shadow cast across its broad and complex ring system was captured by the Cassini spacecraft. A robot spacecraft from planet Earth, Cassini called Saturn orbit home for 13 years before it was directed to dive into the atmosphere of the gas giant on September 15, 2017. This magnificent mosaic is composed of frames recorded by Cassini’s wide-angle camera only two days before its grand final plunge. Saturn’s night will not be seen again until another spaceship from Earth calls.Tomorrow’s picture: flowers in space

Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For Thursday September 19th, 2019

Mainly sunny today. Fog patches this morning. High 19. UV index 4 or moderate. Partly cloudy tonight. Low 10. Currently we have a few clouds and fog patches around our area, our winds are calm but will increase to 10 km/h by the afternoon.

Currently we have NO weather warnings BUT we do have a MARINE WEATHER/WIND WARNING: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CDT 19 September 2019 Today Tonight and Friday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 10 knots becoming light early this morning then becoming southeast 10 late this evening. Wind increasing to southeast 20 Friday morning then diminishing to southeast 15 near noon Friday. Wind diminishing to light Friday evening.

Our FIRE DANGER remains at LOW.

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Along the Western Veil
Image Credit & CopyrightMin Xie

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 large supernova 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 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: pixels in space

Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For Wednesday September 18th, 2019

Mainly cloudy today. 60% chance of showers or thunderstorms this morning and early this afternoon. Risk of severe thunderstorms early this morning. Fog patches this morning. High 18. Partly cloudy tonight. Low plus 5. Currently we have clouds and thunder showers around our area, a temperature of 17. Our winds are 10 km/h from the W and will increase to 20-25 km/h throughout the morning.

CURRENTLY WE HAVE A WEATHER WARNING: Watches

4:24 AM CDT Wednesday 18 September 2019
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts and large hail.

A low pressure system in southwestern Manitoba will track northeast over the Manitoba Lakes today. Thunderstorms, some of which were severe, affected portions of southeastern Saskatchewan and west-central Manitoba during the night. These will continue moving east to northeast today but should start weakening later this morning as they approach Norway House.

Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches.

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

CURRENTLY WE HAVE A MARINE WEATHER/WIND WARNING: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CDT 18 September 2019 Today Tonight and Thursday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind south 10 knots becoming light early this morning then increasing to northwest 15 late this morning. Wind increasing to northwest 20 late this afternoon then diminishing to northwest 15 late this evening. Wind diminishing to light Thursday morning then becoming east 10 Thursday evening.

Our FIRE DANGER has been DECREASED to LOW.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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Gigantic Jet Lightning over India
Image Credit & Copyright: Hung-Hsi Chang

Explanation: Yes, but can your lightning bolt do this? While flying from Munich to Singapore earlier this month, an industrious passenger took images of a passing lightning storm and caught something unexpected: gigantic jet lightning. The jet was captured on a single 3.2-second exposure above BhadrakIndia. Although the gigantic jet appears connected to the airplane’s wing, it likely started in a more distant thundercloud, and can be seen extending upwards towards Earth’s ionosphere. The nature of gigantic jets and their possible association with other types of Transient Luminous Events (TLEs) such as blue jets and red sprites remains an active topic of research.Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For Tuesday September 17th, 2019

A mix of sun and cloud today. High 28. Humidex 33. UV index 5 or moderate. Partly cloudy tonight. Becoming cloudy after midnight with 60 percent chance of showers overnight. Risk of a thunderstorm overnight. Low 17. Currently we have a temperature of 16, our winds are 10 km/h from the E and will increase to 17 km/h by the afternoon.

Currently we have NO weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WEATHER/WIND WARNING: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CDT 17 September 2019 Today Tonight and Wednesday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind southeast 10 knots becoming light early this evening then becoming southeast 10 after midnight. Wind becoming north 10 overnight then increasing to northwest 20 Wednesday morning. Wind diminishing to north 10 Wednesday evening.

Our FIRE DANGER REMAINS AT MODERATE: Creeping or gentle surface fires. Fires easily contained by ground crews with pumps and hand tools.

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Water Vapor Discovered on Distant Exoplanet
Illustration Credit: ESANASAHubbleArtist: M. Kornmesser

Explanation: Where else might life exist? One of humanity’s great outstanding questions, locating planets where extrasolar life might survive took a step forward recently with the discovery of a significant amount of water vapor in the atmosphere of distant exoplanet K2-18b. The planet and it parent star, K2-18, lie about 124 light years away toward the constellation of the Lion (Leo). The exoplanet is significantly larger and more massive than our Earth, but orbits in the habitable zone of its home star. K2-18, although more red than our Sun, shines in K2-18b‘s sky with a brightness similar to the Sun in Earth’s sky. The discovery was made in data from three space telescopes: HubbleSpitzer, and Kepler, by noting the absorption of water-vapor colors when the planet moved in front of the star. The featured illustration imagines exoplanet K2-18b on the right, its parent red dwarf star K2-18 on the left, and an unconfirmed sister planet between them.Tomorrow’s picture: lightning up

Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For Monday September 16th, 2019

Mainly sunny today. High 27. Humidex 35. UV index 5 or moderate. Tonight A few clouds. Low 16. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 13. Our winds are 5 km/h from the ESE and will increase to 15 km/h.

We currently have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings.

Our FIRE DANGER has now INCREASED to MODERATE: Creeping or gentle surface fires. Fires easily contained by ground crews with pumps and hand tools.

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A Lunar Corona over Turin
Image Credit & Copyright: Giorgia Hofer (Cortina Astronomical Association)

Explanation: What are those colorful rings around the Moon? A corona. Rings like this will sometimes appear when the Moon is seen through thin clouds. The effect is created by the quantum mechanical diffraction of light around individual, similarly-sized water droplets in an intervening but mostly-transparent cloud. Since light of different colors has different wavelengths, each color diffracts differently. Lunar Coronae are one of the few quantum mechanical color effects that can be easily seen with the unaided eye. The featured lunar corona was captured around full Moon above TurinItaly in 2014. Similar coronae that form around the Sun are usually harder to see because of the Sun’s great brightness.Tomorrow’s picture: exoplanet water vapor

Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For FRIDAY! September 13th, 2019

Cloudy today with 30% chance of showers or drizzle this morning. Clearing this afternoon. High 17. Clear tonight. Fog patches developing overnight. Low 6. Currently we have clouds a temperature of 11, our winds are 3 km/h from the NNW and will increase to 10 km/h by the afternoon.

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

Our current FIRE DANGER remains at LOW.

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A Harvest Moon
Image Credit & CopyrightJean-Francois Graffand

Explanation: Famed in festival, story, and song the best known full moon is the Harvest Moon. For northern hemisphere dwellers that’s a traditional name of the closest full moon to the September equinox. In most North America time zones this year’s Harvest Moon will officially rise on Friday, September 13. In fact the same Harvest Moon will rise on September 14 for much of the planet though. Of course the Moon will look almost full in the surrounding days. Regardless of your time zone the Harvest Moon, like any other full moon, will rise just opposite the setting Sun. Near the horizon, the Moon Illusion might make it appear bigger and brighter to you but this Harvest Moon will be near lunar apogee. That’s the closest point in its orbit, making it the most distant, and so the smallest, full moon of the year. On August 15 a wheat field harvested in south central France made this a harvest moon scene too, the full moon shining on with beautiful iridescent clouds at sunset.

Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For Thursday September 12th 2019

Cloudy today. High 16. Cloudy tonight with 40% chance of showers. Low 6. Currently we have clouds a temperature of 10 and our winds are 3 km/h from the E and will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.

Currently there are NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings at this time.

Our current FIRE DANGER remains at LOW.

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The Iris Nebula in a Field of Dust
Image Credit & CopyrightMarkus Bauer

Explanation: These cosmic dust clouds drift some 1,300 light-years away along the fertile starfields of the constellation Cepheus. The beautiful Iris Nebula, also known as NGC 7023, blossoms at the upper left. Not the only nebula in the sky to evoke the imagery of flowers, its pretty, symmetric form spans about 6 light-years. This nebula’s dominant blue color is characteristic of the pervasive dust grains reflecting light from a nearby hot, bluish star. But darker, obscuring dust clouds cover most of the nearly 4 degree wide field of view. At the right is the LDN 1147/1158 complex of Lynds Dark Nebulae. Stars are forming there, still hidden within the dark cloud cores. A search through the sharp image can identify Herbig-Haro objects though, jets of shocked glowing gas emanating from recently formed stars.Tomorrow’s picture: two comets

Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For Wednesday September 11th, 2019

Mainly cloudy today. High 13. Clearing this evening. Low 6. Currently we have clouds a temperature of 10, winds are 5 km/h from the NE and will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.

There are NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings.

Our FIRE DANGER remains at LOW.

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IC 1805: The Heart Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Bray Falls

Explanation: What energizes the Heart Nebula? First, the large emission nebula dubbed IC 1805 looks, in whole, like a human heart. The nebula glows brightly in red light emitted by its most prominent element: hydrogen. The red glow and the larger shape are all powered by a small group of stars near the nebula’s center. In the center 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 Cassiopeia. Coincidentally, a small meteor was captured in the foreground during imaging and is visible above the dust pillars. At the top right is the companion Fishhead Nebula.Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For Tuesday September 10th, 2019

Periods of rain today. Amount 5 mm. Temperature steady near 10. Periods of rain ending after midnight then cloudy with 30% chance of showers. Low 7. Currently we have a temperature of 10 with light rain. Wind ENE 12 gusting to 31 km/h.

Currently we have NO weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WEATHER/WIND WARNINGS for the LAKE TODAY: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CDT 10 September 2019 Today Tonight and Wednesday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northeast 20 knots diminishing to northeast 15 this morning. Wind northeast 10 tonight and Wednesday.

We currently have NO FIRE DANGER for our area.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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Pluto in True Color
Image Credit: NASAJHU APLSwRIAlex Parker

Explanation: What color is Pluto, really? It took some effort to figure out. Even given all of the images sent back to Earth when the robotic New Horizons spacecraft sped past Pluto in 2015, processing these multi-spectral frames to approximate what the human eye would see was challenging. The result featured here, released three years after the raw data was acquired by New Horizons, is the highest resolution true color image of Pluto ever taken. Visible in the image is the light-colored, heart-shaped, Tombaugh Regio, with the unexpectedly smooth Sputnik Planitia, made of frozen nitrogen, filling its western lobe. New Horizons found the dwarf-planet to have a surprisingly complex surface composed of many regions having perceptibly different hues. In total, though, Pluto is mostly brown, with much of its muted color originating from small amounts of surface methane energized by ultraviolet light from the Sun.Tomorrow’s picture: a big heart