Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For FRIDAY! June 28th, 2019

A mix of sun and cloud today. High 24. UV index 8 or very high. A few clouds this evening/tonight. Low 13. Currently we have clear sky’s, a temperature of 16, our winds are 3 km/h from the NE and will increase to 10-15 km.h by the afternoon.

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

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

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY! WEEKEND! AND SUMMER!

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A Solstice Night in Paris 
Image Credit & CopyrightMichel Loic

Explanation: The night of June 21 was the shortest night for planet Earth’s northern latitudes, so at latitude 48.9 degrees north, Paris was no exception. Still, the City of Light had an exceptionally luminous evening. Its skies were flooded with silvery night shining or noctilucent clouds after the solstice sunset. Hovering at the edge of space, the icy condensations on meteoric dust or volcanic ash are still in full sunlight at the extreme altitudes of the mesophere. Seen at high latitudes in summer months, stunning, wide spread displays of northern noctilucent clouds are now being reported.Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend

Today’s Weather, Community FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For Wednesday June 26th, 2019

Mainly cloudy. 30% chance of showers late this morning and this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. High 25. Humidex 26. UV index 6 or high . Clearing late this evening. Low 9. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 14, our winds are calm but will increase to 10-15 km/h throughout the day.

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

Our COMMUNITY FIRE DANGER HAS RISEN TO MODERATE : Creeping or gentle surface fires. Fires easily contained by ground crews with pumps and hand tools.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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Noctilucent Clouds, Reflections, and Silhouettes 
Image Credit & Copyright: Peter Simmering

Explanation: Sometimes it’s night on the ground but day in the air. As the Earth rotates to eclipse the Sun, sunset rises up from the ground. Therefore, at sunset on the ground, sunlight still shines on clouds above. Under usual circumstances, a pretty sunset might be visible, but unusual noctilucent clouds float so high up they can be seen well after dark. Normally too dim to be seen, they may become visible just after sunset during the summer when illuminated by sunlight from below. Noctilucent clouds are the highest clouds known and thought to be part of polar mesospheric clouds. Featured here as they appeared two weeks ago, a network of noctilucent clouds was captured not only in the distant sky but in reflection from a small lake just north of ZwolleNetherlands, with trees in stark silhouette across the horizon. Unusually bright noctilucent clouds continue to appear over much of northern Europe. Much aboutnoctilucent clouds has been discovered only over the past decade, while how they form and evolve remains a topic of active research.Gallery: Recent noctilucent clouds over Europe
Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather, Daily Community FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For Tuesday June 25th, 2019

A mix of sun and cloud today. 30% chance of showers this afternoon. High 21. UV index 7 or high . Moderate-high winds. Clearing late this evening. Low 12. Currently we have clearing sky’s, a temperature of 16, our winds are 8 km/h and will increase to 20-25 km/h throughout the day.

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

Our current FIRE DANGER in our community remains at LOW : Fires likely to be self-extinguishing and new ignitions unlikely. Any existing fires limited to smoldering in deep, drier layers.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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25 Brightest Stars in the Night Sky 
Image Credit & Copyright: Tragoolchitr Jittasaiyapan

Explanation: Do you know the names of some of the brightest stars? It’s likely that you do, even though some bright stars have names so old they date back to near the beginning of written language. Many world cultures have their own names for the brightest stars, and it is culturally and historically important to remember them. In the interest of clear global communication, however, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has begun to designate standardized star names. Featured above in true color are the 25 brightest stars in the night sky, currently as seen by humans, coupled with their IAU-recognized names. Some star names have interesting meanings, including Sirius (“the scorcher” in Latin), Vega (“falling” in Arabic), and Antares (“rival to Mars” in Greek). It’s also likely that other of these bright star names are not familiar to you, even though familiar Polaris is too dim to make this list.Tomorrow’s picture: night clouds

Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For Monday June 24th, 2019

Sunny this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 30% chance of showers late this afternoon. High 22. Humidex 25. UV index 7 or high. With Moderate Winds. Partly cloudy with 30% chance of showers this evening. Low 12. Currently we have clear sky’s, a temperature of 13, our winds are calm but will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.

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

Our community FIRE DANGER remains at LOW : Fires likely to be self-extinguishing and new ignitions unlikely. Any existing fires limited to smoldering in deep, drier layers.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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Anticrepuscular Rays Converge Opposite the Sun 
Image Credit & Copyright: Juraj Patekar

Explanation: Is there ever anything interesting to see in the direction opposite the Sun? Sometimes there is. Notable items include your own shadow, a shadow of the Moon during a total solar eclipse, a full moon — in eclipse if the alignment’s good enough, a full earthplanets at oppositionglints from planetsthe gegenschein from interplanetary dust, the center of a rainbowhall-of-mountain fogbows, an airplane glory, and something yet again different if your timing, clouds and Sun position are just right. This different effect starts with clouds near the Sun that are causing common crepuscular rays to stream though. In the featured rare image taken from an airplane in mid-April, these beamswere caught converging 180 degrees around, on the opposite side of the sky from the Sun, where they are called anticrepuscular rays. Therefore, it may look like something bright is shining at the antisolar point near the image center, but actually it is reverse-shining because, from your direction, light is streaming in, not out.Tomorrow’s picture: star bright

Today’s Weather and Daily FIRE DANGER Report

Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers today. High 19. UV index 5 or moderate. Partly cloudy this evening/tonight. 60 percent chance of showers early this evening. Low 10. Currently we have clouds/sun, a temperature of 16, our winds are 13 km/h from the W and will remain steady throughout the day.

Our currently community FIRE DANGER has decreased to LOW : Fires likely to be self-extinguishing and new ignitions unlikely. Any existing fires limited to smoldering in deep, drier layers.

HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY!

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Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER REPORT and Highway Observation Images For FRIDAY! June 21st, 2019

Mainly cloudy today. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h early this afternoon. High 23. UV index 6 or high. Cloudy this evening/tonight. A few showers beginning near midnight. Local amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light early this evening. Low 14. Currently we have increasing cloud, a temperature of 17. Our winds are 5 km/h from the NW and will increase to 20-25 km.h throughout the day.

Currently we NO weather warnings BUT THERE IS A MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CDT 21 June 2019 Today Tonight and Saturday. Strong wind warning in effect.Wind light becoming east 10 knots early this morning then increasing to southeast 20 Saturday afternoon.

Our FIRE DANGER has been lowered to HIGH-VERY HIGH: High-intensity fire with partial to full crown involvement. Head fire conditions beyond the ability of ground crews; air attack with retardant required to effectively attack fire’s head.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

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Sunset Analemma 
Image Credit & CopyrightMarcella Giulia Pace

Explanation: Today, the solstice is at 15:54 Universal Time, the Sun reaching the northernmost declination in its yearly journey through planet Earth’s sky. A June solstice marks the astronomical beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere and winter in the south. It also brings the north’s longest day, the longest period between sunrise and sunset. In fact the June solstice sun is near the top, at the most northern point in the analemma or figure 8 curve traced by theposition of the Sun in this composite photo. The analemma was created (video) from images taken every 10 days at the same time from June 21, 2018 and June 7, 2019. The time was chosen to be the year’s earliest sunset near the December solstice, so the analemma’s lowest point just kisses the unobstructed sea horizon at the left. Sunsets arranged along the horizon toward the right (north) are centered on the sunset at the September equinox and end with sunset atthe June solstice.Tomorrow’s picture: pixels revisited

(Mature Student Graduation!) Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For Thursday June 20th, 2019

Sunny today becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. High 26. UV index 7 or high . Winds will be moderate/high. Clearing late this evening. Low 11. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 13, our winds are 8 km/h from the NE and will increase to 20 km/h throughout the day.

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

Our current FIRE DANGER HAS RISEN TO VERY HIGH – EXTREME : Fast-spreading, high-intensity crown fire. Very difficult to control. Suppression actions limited to flanks, with only indirect actions possible against the fire’s head.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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A View Toward M106 
Image Credit: Phil Keyser

Explanation: Big, bright, beautiful spiral, Messier 106 dominates this cosmic vista. The nearly two degree wide telescopic field of view looks toward the well-trained constellation Canes Venatici, near the handle of the Big Dipper. Also known as NGC 4258, M106 is about 80,000 light-years across and 23.5 million light-years away, the largest member of the Canes II galaxy group. For a far away galaxy, the distance to M106 is well-known in part because it can bedirectly measured by tracking this galaxy’s remarkable maser, or microwave laser emission. Very rare but naturally occurring, the maser emission is produced by water molecules in molecular clouds orbiting its active galactic nucleus. Another prominent spiral galaxy on the scene, viewed nearly edge-on, is NGC 4217 below and right of M106. The distance to NGC 4217 is much less well-known, estimated to be about 60 million light-years.Tomorrow’s picture: analemma at sunset

(HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION!)Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For Wednesday June 19th, 2019

Sunny today. High 25. UV index 7 or high . Clear tonight. Low 5. Currently we have clear skies, a temperature of 9, our winds are 5 km/h but will increase to 10-15 km/h throughout the day.

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

Our current FIRE DANGER has risen to HIGH/VERY HIGH : High-intensity fire with partial to full crown involvement. Head fire conditions beyond the ability of ground crews; air attack with retardant required to effectively attack fire’s head.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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Our Galaxy’s Magnetic Center 
Image Credit: NASASOFIAHubble

Explanation: What’s the magnetic field like in the center of our Milky Way Galaxy? To help find out, NASA’s SOFIA — an observatory flying in a modified 747 — imaged the central region with an instrument known as HAWC+.HAWC+ maps magnetism by observing polarized infrared light emitted by elongated dust grains rotating in alignment with the local magnetic field. Now at our Milky Way’s center is a supermassive black hole with a hobby of absorbing gas from stars it has recently destroyed. Our galaxy’s black hole, though, is relatively quiet compared to the absorption rate of the central black holes in active galaxies. The featured image gives a clue as to why — a surrounding magnetic field may either channel gas into the black hole — which lights up its exterior, or forces gas into an accretion-disk holding pattern, causing it to be less active — at least temporarily. Inspection of the featured image — appearing perhaps like a surreal mashup of impasto art and gravitational astrophysics — brings out this telling clue by detailing the magnetic field in and around a dusty ring surrounding Sagittarius A*, the black hole in our Milky Way’s center.Tomorrow’s picture: maser spiral

Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER REPORT and Highway Observation Images For Tuesday June 18th, 2019

Sunny today. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. High 26. UV index 7 or high. Winds low-moderate. Clearing late this evening. Low 9. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 10, our winds are 2 km/h and will increase to 12 km/h throughout the day.

Currently there are NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings.

Our FIRE DANGER HAS INCREASED TO HIGH : Moderate to vigorous surface fire with intermittent crown involvement. Challenging for ground crews to handle; heavy equipment (bulldozers, tanker trucks, aircraft) often required to contain fire.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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Strawberry Moon over the Temple of Poseidon 
Image Credit & Copyright: Elias Chasiotis

Explanation: Did you see the full moon last night? If not, tonight’s nearly full moon should be almost as good. Because full moons are opposite the Sun, they are visible in the sky when the Sun is not — which should be nearly all night long tonight, clouds permitting. One nickname for June’s full moon is the Strawberry Moon, named for when wild strawberries start to ripen in parts of Earth‘s northern hemisphere. Different cultures around the globe give this full moondifferent names, though, including Honey Moon and Rose Moon. In the foreground of this featured image, taken yesterday in Cape SounionGreece, is the 2,400 year-old Temple of Poseidon. Next month will the 50th anniversary of the time humans first landed on the Moon.Tomorrow’s picture: black hole magnetism

Today’s Weather and FIRE DANGER REPORT For Fathers Day! June 16th, 2019

A mix of sun and cloud today. High 22. UV index 7 or high . Partly cloudy this evening/tonight. Low 7. Winds will be low/moderate. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of 19, our winds are 11 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

Our FIRE DANGER HAS BEEN LOWERED TO MODERATE : Creeping or gentle surface fires. Fires easily contained by ground crews with pumps and hand tools.

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