Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Saturday January 25th, 2020

Mainly cloudy today. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -4. Wind chill -13 this morning and -8 this afternoon. Mainly cloudy tonight. 30% chance of flurries overnight with risk of freezing drizzle. Fog patches developing overnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -10. Wind chill near -14. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -9 feels like -15, our winds are 11 km/h from the SE.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS.

HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY!

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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.

Rubin’s Galaxy
Image Credit: NASAESAB. Holwerda (University of Louisville)

Explanation: In this Hubble Space Telescope image the bright, spiky stars lie in the foreground toward the heroic northern constellation Perseus and well within our own Milky Way galaxy. In sharp focus beyond is UGC 2885, a giant spiral galaxy about 232 million light-years distant. Some 800,000 light-years across compared to the Milky Way’s diameter of 100,000 light-years or so, it has around 1 trillion stars. That’s about 10 times as many stars as the Milky Way. Part of a current investigation to understand how galaxies can grow to such enormous sizes, UGC 2885 was also part of astronomer Vera Rubin’s pioneering study of the rotation of spiral galaxies. Her work was the first to convincingly demonstrate the dominating presence of dark matter in our universe.Tomorrow’s picture: Rubin’s ridge

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For FRIDAY! January 24th, 2020

Sunny today. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -4. Wind chill -17 this morning and -8 this afternoon. Partly cloudy tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -10. Wind chill near -13. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of -12 feels like -17, our winds are 8 km/h from the S.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. PLEASE TAKE CAUTION WHEN ENTERING HIGHWAY JUNCTIONS AS SOME ARE SNOW COVERED AND VERY SLIPPERY.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY! AND WEEKEND!

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Into the Shadow
Image Credit & Copyright:Laszlo Francsics

Explanation: On January 21, 2019 moonwatchers on planet Earth saw a total lunar eclipse. In 35 frames this composite image follows the Moon that night as it crossed into Earth’s dark umbral shadow. Taken 3 minutes apart, they almost melt together in a continuous screen that captures the dark colors within the shadow itself and the northern curve of the shadow’s edge. Sunlight scattered by the atmosphere into the shadow causes the lunar surface to appear reddened during totality (left), but close to the umbra’s edge, the limb of the eclipsed Moon shows a remarkable blue hue. The blue eclipsed moonlight originates as rays of sunlight pass through layers high in Earth’s upper stratosphere, colored by ozone that scatters red light and transmits blue. The Moon’s next crossing into Earth’s umbral shadow, will be on May 26, 2021.Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Thursday January 23rd, 2020

Clearing today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -8. Wind chill -29 this morning and -11 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. A few clouds tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -14. Wind chill -11 this evening and -17 overnight. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -17 feels like -20, our winds are 5 km/h from the ESE.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. PLEASE TAKE CAUTION WHEN ENTERING HIGHWAY JUNCTION AREAS.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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Globular Star Cluster NGC 6752
Image Credit & Copyright:Jose Joaquin Perez

Explanation: Some 13,000 light-years away toward the southern constellation Pavo, the globular star cluster NGC 6752 roams the halo of our Milky Way galaxy. Over 10 billion years old, NGC 6752 follows clusters Omega Centauri and 47 Tucanae as the third brightest globular in planet Earth’s night sky. It holds over 100 thousand stars in a sphere about 100 light-years in diameter. Telescopic explorations of the NGC 6752 have found that a remarkable fraction of the stars near the cluster’s core, are multiple star systems. They also reveal the presence of blue straggle stars, stars which appear to be too young and massive to exist in a cluster whose stars are all expected to be at least twice as old as the Sun. The blue stragglers are thought to be formed by star mergers and collisions in the dense stellar environment at the cluster’s core. This sharp color composite also features the cluster’s ancient red giant stars in yellowish hues. (Note: The bright, spiky blue star at 11 o’clock from the cluster center is a foreground star along the line-of-sight to NGC 6752)Tomorrow’s picture: shadow play

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Wednesday January 22nd, 2020

Mainly cloudy today. Wind up to 15 km/h. Temperature falling to -11 this afternoon. Wind chill -6 this morning and -16 this afternoon. Mainly cloudy tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -18. Wind chill near -22. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -3 feels like -11, our winds are -31 km/h from the WNW.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. PLEASE TAKE CAUTION WHEN ENTERING HIGHWAY JUNCTIONS AS THEY ARE COVERED AND SLIPPERY.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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The Hyades Star Cluster
Image Credit & Copyright: Jose Mtanous

Explanation: It is the closest cluster of stars to the Sun. The Hyades open cluster is bright enough to have been remarked on even thousands of years ago, yet is not as bright or compact as the nearby Pleiades (M45) star cluster. Pictured here is a particularly deep image of the Hyades which has brings out vivid star colors and faint coincidental nebulas. The brightest star in the field is yellow Aldebaran, the eye of the bull toward the constellation of Taurus. Aldebaran, at 65 light-years away, is now known to be unrelated to the Hyades cluster, which lies about 150 light-years away. The central Hyades stars are spread out over about 15 light-years. Formed about 625 million years ago, the Hyades likely shares a common origin with the Beehive cluster (M44), a naked-eye open star cluster toward the constellation of Cancer, based on M44‘s motion through space and remarkably similar age.Tomorrow’s picture: roaming the halo

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Tuesday January 21st, 2020

Mainly cloudy today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -4. Wind chill near -12. Clearing this evening. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -12. Wind chill near -14. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -10 feels like -15, our winds are 11km/h from the SE.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH BLOWING SNOW IN OPEN AREAS.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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Parker: Sounds of the Solar Wind
Video Credit: NASAJHUAPLNaval Research LabParker Solar ProbeProcessing: Avi Solomon

Explanation: What does the solar wind sound like? A wind of fast moving particles blows out from our Sun, and although space transmits sound poorly, particle impact and variable-field data from NASA’s near-Sun Parker Solar Probe is being translated into sound. The disarming audio track of the featured video recounts several of these reverberations, including spooky-sounding Langmuir Waves (heard first), hurricane-sounding Whistler Mode Waves (heard next), and hard-to-describe Dispersive Chirping Waves (heard last). Also impressive is the video’s time-lapse visual track which shows Parker’s view to the side of its sun shield, and where the planets EarthJupiterMercury and Venus appear in succession, interspersed with bursts of powerful cosmic rays impacting the imager. The nature of the solar wind near Mercury is surprisingly different from near the Earth, and much study is underway to better understand the differences.Discovery + Outreach: Graduate student research position open for APOD
Tomorrow’s picture: nearest star cluster

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Monday! January 20th, 2020

Sunny today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -12. Wind chill -38 this morning and -18 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. Clear. Increasing cloudiness overnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Temperature rising to -10 by morning. Wind chill -20 this evening and -14 overnight. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of -21 feels like -27, our winds are 8 km/h from the SSE.

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

Our highways in and around our area are on GOOD WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH SNOW COVERED SLIPPERY SECTION IN JUNCTION AREA’S. PLEASE TAKE CAUTION WHEN APPROACHING HIGHWAY JUNCTIONS.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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Quadrantid Meteors through Orion
Image Credit & Copyright: Petr Horálek

Explanation: Why are these meteor trails nearly parallel? Because they were all shed by the same space rock and so can be traced back to the same direction on the sky: the radiant of the Quadrantid Meteor Shower. This direction used to be toward the old constellation of Quadrans Muralis, hence the name Quadrantids, but when the International Astronomical Union formulated its list of modern constellations in 1922, this constellation did not make the list. Even though the meteors are now considered to originate from the recognized constellation of Bootes, the old name stuck. Regardless of the designation, every January the Earth moves through a dust stream and bits of this dust glow as meteors as they heat up in Earth’s atmosphere. The featured image composite was taken on January 4 with a picturesque snowy Slovakian landscape in the foreground, and a deep-exposure sky prominently featuring the constellation Orion in the background. The red star Betelgeuse appears unusually dim — its fading over the past few months is being tracked by astronomers.Teachers: APOD in the Classroom
Tomorrow’s picture: sun sounds

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For FRIDAY! January 17th, 2020

Cloudy today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -18. Wind chill -32 this morning and -25 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. Cloudy tonight. 30% chance of snow this evening. Periods of snow beginning near midnight. Amount 2 cm. Wind becoming north 30 km/h this evening. Low -21. Wind chill -26 this evening and -34 overnight. Risk of frostbite. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -21 feels like -32, our winds are 19 from the ENE.

There are NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY AREAS AROUND JUNCTION AREAS.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY! AND WEEKEND!

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Apollo 17: A Stereo View from Lunar Orbit
Gene CernanApollo 17NASA; Anaglyph by Patrick Vantuyne

Explanation: Get out your red/blue glasses and check out this awesome stereo view of another world. The scene was recorded by Apollo 17 mission commander Eugene Cernan on December 11, 1972, one orbit before descending to land on the Moon. The stereo anaglyph was assembled from two photographs (AS17-147-22465, AS17-147-22466) captured from his vantage point on board the Lunar Module Challenger as he and Dr. Harrison Schmitt flew over Apollo 17’s landing site in the Taurus-Littrow Valley. The broad, sunlit face of the mountain dubbed South Massif rises near the center of the frame, above the dark floor of Taurus-Littrow to its left. Beyond the mountains, toward the lunar limb, lies the Moon’s Mare Serenitatis. Piloted by Ron Evans, the Command Module America is visible in orbit in the foreground against the South Massif’s peak.Tomorrow’s picture: and beyond

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Thursday January 16th, 2020

Mainly sunny today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -24. Wind chill -40 this morning and -29 this afternoon. Frostbite in minutes. Mainly cloudy tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -27 with temperature rising to -23 by morning. Wind chill near -36. Risk of frostbite. Currently we have clear sky’s a temperature of -30 feels like -43, our winds are 19 km/h from the SW.

Currently we are under an EXTREME COLD WARNING for our area and there is an EXTREME COLD WARNING for the lake today as well. Extreme wind chill values of -40 to -50 continue this morning.

Currently our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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Extreme Cold Warning

Issued at 04:27 Thursday 16 January 2020

A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Extreme wind chill values of -40 to -50 continue this morning.

The extreme wind chill values will begin to moderate today, for most regions, as a passing low brings warmer temperatures to the region. However, the cold will return for the weekend as more arctic air spills southeastwards across the region.

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Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.

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

Watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

Extreme Cold Warning

Issued at 04:27 Thursday 16 January 2020

A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Extreme wind chill values of -40 to -50 continue this morning.

The extreme wind chill values will begin to moderate today, for most regions, as a passing low brings warmer temperatures to the region. However, the cold will return for the weekend as more arctic air spills southeastwards across the region.

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Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.

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

Watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

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NGC 247 and Friends
Image Credit & Copyright:Acquisition – Eric BensonProcessing – Dietmar Hager

Explanation: About 70,000 light-years across, NGC 247 is a spiral galaxy smaller than our Milky Way. Measured to be only 11 million light-years distant it is nearby though. Tilted nearly edge-on as seen from our perspective, it dominates this telescopic field of view toward the southern constellation Cetus. The pronounced void on one side of the galaxy’s disk recalls for some its popular name, the Needle’s Eye galaxy. Many background galaxies are visible in this sharp galaxy portrait, including the remarkable string of four galaxies just below and left of NGC 247 known as Burbidge’s Chain. Burbidge’s Chain galaxies are about 300 million light-years distant. NGC 247 itself is part of the Sculptor Group of galaxies along with the shiny spiral NGC 253.Tomorrow’s picture: in stereo

ENVIRONMENT CANADA HAS ISSUED AN EXTREME COLD WARNING AT 10:32 FOR EASTERVILLE/CHEMAWAWIN CREE NATION

Warnings

10:32 AM CST Wednesday 15 January 2020
Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville

A prolonged period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Wind chill values near -40 will continue at times through the day in parts of western Manitoba. This bitterly cold air will expand across southern Manitoba through the day; extreme cold warnings will likely expand eastwards this afternoon.

Temperatures are expected to moderate to near-seasonal values for Friday, then colder air returns again for the weekend.

Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.

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

Watch for cold related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.

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

Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks to warm up.

For more information on cold and your health, visit Manitoba Health at https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/environmentalhealth/cold.html or call Health Links – Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257.

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.