Today’s Weather And Highway Conditions/Observations For Wednesday October 10th, 2018

Mix of sun and clouds today 30% chance of flurries. High of 2C with moderate winds. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -2C feels like -5C, our winds N at 10 km/h guting to 15 km/h throughout the day.

There are no weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE TODAY: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 10 October 2018 Today Tonight and Thursday.Strong wind warning in effect.Wind northeast 15 knots increasing to northeast 20 early this afternoon then diminishing to northeast 15 near midnight. Wind backing to northwest 15 Thursday afternoon.

Our highways in and around our area are in excellent driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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2018 October 10

Sun Dance 
Video Credit: NASASDOProcessing: Alan Watson via Helioviewer
Explanation: Sometimes, the surface of our Sun seems to dance. In the middle of 2012, for example, NASA’s Sun-orbiting Solar Dynamic Observatory spacecraft imaged an impressive prominence that seemed to perform a running dive roll like an acrobatic dancer. The dramatic explosion was captured in ultraviolet light in the featured time-lapse video covering about three hours. A looping magnetic field directed the flow of hot plasma on the Sun. The scale of thedancing prominence is huge — the entire Earth would easily fit under the flowing arch of hot gas. A quiescent prominence typically lasts about a month, and may erupt in a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) expelling hot gas into the Solar System. The energy mechanism that creates a solar prominence is still a topic of research. Unlike 2012, this year the Sun’s surface is significantly more serene, featuring fewer spinning prominences, as it is near the minimum in its 11-year magnetic cycle.

Tomorrow’s picture: launch and landing

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions/Observations For Tuesday October 9th, 2018

Mainly sunny today a of high 4C, our winds will be moderate. Currently we have a few clouds, temperature of -3C feels like -7C, our winds are from the NW at 6 km/h and will be increasing to 15 km/h.

There is no weather warning for our area BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING  for the LAKE today: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 09 October 2018 Today Tonight and Wednesday.Strong wind warning in effect.Wind north 10 to 15 knots increasing to northeast 20 Wednesday evening.

Highways in and around our area are in excellent driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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2018 October 9

NGC 1672: Barred Spiral Galaxy from Hubble 
Image Credit: Hubble Legacy ArchiveNASAESAProcessing & Copyright: Domingo Pestana & Raul Villaverde
Explanation: Many spiral galaxies have bars across their centers. Even our own Milky Way Galaxy is thought to have a modest central bar. Prominently barred spiral galaxy NGC 1672, featured here, was captured in spectacular detail in an image taken by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. Visible are dark filamentary dust lanes, young clusters of bright blue stars, red emission nebulas of glowing hydrogen gas, a long bright bar of stars across the center, and a brightactive nucleus that likely houses a supermassive black hole. Light takes about 60 million years to reach us from NGC 1672, which spans about 75,000 light years across. NGC 1672, which appears toward the constellation of the Dolphinfish (Dorado), is being studied to find out how a spiral bar contributes to star formation in a galaxy’s central regions.

Tomorrow’s picture: smaller swirl

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions/Observations For Thanksgiving Day 2018

Cloudy today 60% chance of light snow early this afternoon. A High of 2C, our will be low. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -1C feels like -5C, our winds are from the N at 10 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day/evening.

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

Highways in and around our area are in excellent driving conditions, highway 10 & 39 is wet, slick and slushy in places.

HAVE A GREAT THANKSGIVING DAY!

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2018 October 8

Comet 12P Between Rosette and Cone Nebulas 
Image Credit & Copyright: Fritz Helmut Hemmerich
Explanation: Small bits of this greenish-gray comet are expected to streak across Earth’s atmosphere tonight. Specifically, debris from the eroding nucleus of Comet 21P / Giacobini-Zinner, pictured, causes the annual Draconids meteor shower, which peaks this evening. Draconid meteors are easy to enjoy this year because meteor rates will likely peak soon after sunset with the Moon’s glare nearly absent. Patience may be needed, though, as last month’s passing of 21Pnear the Earth’s orbit is not expected to increase the Draconids’ normal meteor rate this year of (only) a few meteors per hour. Then again, meteor rates are notoriously hard to predict, and the Draconids were quite impressive in 1933, 1946, and 2011. Featured, Comet 21P gracefully posed between the Rosette (upper left) and Cone (lower right) nebulas two weeks ago before heading back out to near the orbit of Jupiter, to return again in about six and a half years.

Tomorrow’s picture: big swirl

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions/Observations For Sunday October 7th, 2018

Mainly sunny this morning becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon a high of 8 our winds will be low to moderate. Currently we have fog, a temperature of -3C, our winds are from the S at 3 km/h increasing to 10 km/h throughout the day.

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

Highways are in excellent driving conditions in and around our area. Highway 10&39 is snow covered and slippery.

HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions/Observations For FRIDAY! October 5th, 2018

Mainly cloudy. Chance of flurries this morning and early this afternoon. Winds will be moderate. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of -2C feels like -4C, winds are from the S at 5 km/h and will increase to 15 km/m throughout the day.

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

Our highways in the north are in good driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY! AND WEEKEND!

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2018 October 5

The Last Days of Venus as the Evening Star 
Image Credit & CopyrightRadu-Mihai Anghel
Explanation: That’s not a young crescent Moon poised above the hills along the western horizon at sunset. It’s Venus in a crescent phase. About 54 million kilometers away and less than 20 percent illuminated, it was captured by telescope and camera on September 30 near Bacau, Romania. The bright celestial beacon is now languishing in the evening twilight, its days as the Evening Star in 2018 coming to a close. But it also grows larger in apparent size and becomes an ever thinner crescent in telescopic views. Heading toward an inferior conjunction (non-judgmental), the inner planet will be positioned between Earth and Sun on October 26 and lost from view in the solar glare. At month’s end a crescent Venus will reappear in the east though, rising just before the Sun as the brilliant Morning Star.

Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend

Today’s Weather And Highway Conditions For Thursday October 4th, 2018

Sunny becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. High plus 4. With Moderate/high winds. Currently we have a few clouds, temperature of -3C feels like -7C, winds are from the WNW at 11 km/h gusting up to 25 km/h.

There are NO weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 04 October 2018 Today Tonight and Friday.Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 20 knots diminishing to northwest 10 late this morning then becoming light early this afternoon. Wind becoming south 10 after midnight then becoming light Friday afternoon.

Highways in the NORTH are IN GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS and highways FURTHER SOUTHER are SLICK and WET but will DRY UP throughout the day.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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2018 October 4

Opportunity After the Storm 
Image Credit: HiRISEMROLPL (U. Arizona)NASA
Explanation: On Mars dust storms can’t actually blow spacecraft over, but they can blot out the Sun. Over three months ago a planet-wide dust storm caused a severe lack of sunlight for the Mars rover Opportunity at its location near the west rim of Endeavor crater. The lack of sunlight sent the solar-powered Opportunity into hibernation and for over 115 sols controllers have not received any communication from the rover. The dust is clearing as the storm subsides though. On September 20th, when this image was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE camera, about 25 percent of the sunlight was reaching the surface again. The white box marks a 47-meter-wide (154-foot-wide) area centered on a blip identified as the silent-for-now Opportunity rover.

Tomorrow’s picture: the last days of Venus

Today’s Weather, Highway Observations And Fire Danger For Sunday September 30th, 2018

Today will be partly cloudy, high of 2C, winds will be WNW 15-30 kn/h. Evening will be mainly clear, low -2C, wind light . Currently we clouds but clearing, a temperature of -1C feels like -6C, our winds are from the NW at 23 km/h.

There NO weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 30 September 2018 Today Tonight and Monday.Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 25 knots diminishing to northwest 15 late this morning and to light early this evening. Wind becoming southwest 15 after midnight then diminishing to southeast 10 Monday afternoon. Wind increasing to south 15 Monday evening.

Our highways in and around area are in good driving conditions.

We have NO FIRE DANGER for our area at this time and this will be the last FIRE REPORT of the season.

HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY!

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Weekend Weather, Highway Conditions And Fire Danger For Saturday September 29th, 2018

Cloudy morning. Showers developing this afternoon. Rain& snow in the evening. High 5C, winds moderate. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of 1C, winds from the W at 9C increasing to 15-25 km/h throughout the day.

There are NO weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 29 September 2018 Today Tonight and Sunday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind west 15 knots increasing to northwest 20 late this evening and to northwest 25 after midnight. Wind diminishing to northwest 15 Sunday morning and to light Sunday evening.

CAUTION WHEN DRIVING THIS EVENING: HIGHWAYS around our area are in good driving condition now, becoming wet and slick by the afternoon then will become SLUSHY and SLIPPERY  in the evening when the mix precipitation begins. CAUTION IN THE NORTH WHEN DRIVING!

We have NO FIRE DANGER

HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY!

 

Today’s Weather, Fire Danger And Current Highway Observation For FRIDAY! September 28th, 2018

Mainly cloudy. Chance of flurries this morning. Wind NW at 20 km/h gusting to 40 km/h. High plus 3. Currently we have clouds, a chilly temperature of -3C, winds are from the NW at 5 km/h.

There are no weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today and tomorrow: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 28 September 2018 Today Tonight and Saturday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind north 25 knots diminishing to west 15 early this evening then increasing to southwest 20 Saturday morning. Wind veering to northwest 20 Saturday evening.

There is NO FIRE DANGER for our area.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY! AND WEEKEND!

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2018 September 28

The Light, the Dark, and the Dusty 
Image Credit & CopyrightTasos Liampos
Explanation: This colorful skyscape spans about two full moons across nebula rich starfields along the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy in the royal northern constellation Cepheus. Near the edge of the region’s massive molecular cloud some 2,400 light-years away, bright reddish emission region Sharpless (Sh) 155 is below and right of center, also known as the Cave Nebula. About 10 light-years across the cosmic cave’s bright walls of gas are ionized by ultraviolet light from the hot young stars around it. Dusty blue reflection nebulae, like vdB 155 at upper left, and dense obscuring clouds of dust also abound on the interstellar canvas. Astronomical explorations have revealed other dramatic signs of star formation, including the bright red fleck of Herbig-Haro (HH) 168. Near top center in the frame, the Herbig-Haro object emission is generated by energetic jets from a newborn star.

Tomorrow’s picture: 55 nights with Saturn

Today’s Weather, Fire Danger And Current Highway Observations For Thursday September 27th, 2018

Showers ending early this morning then cloudy. Rain beginning again early this afternoon, high 7C with moderate winds. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of 2C, our winds are from the NNW at 9 km/h and will increase to 15 km/h.

There are NO weather warnings BUT there is a MARINE WIND WARNINGS for the LAKE today: Issued 03:00 AM CDT 27 September 2018 Today Tonight and Friday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind north 15 knots increasing to northwest 20 early this evening then diminishing to northwest 15 late this evening. Wind northwest 10 Friday.

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

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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2018 September 27

M33: Triangulum Galaxy 
Image Credit & CopyrightChristoph KaltseisCEDIC
Explanation: The small, northern constellation Triangulum harbors this magnificent face-on spiral galaxy, M33. Its popular names include the Pinwheel Galaxy or just the Triangulum Galaxy. M33 is over 50,000 light-years in diameter, third largest in the Local Group of galaxies after the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), and our own Milky Way. About 3 million light-years from the Milky Way, M33 is itself thought to be a satellite of the Andromeda Galaxy and astronomers in these two galaxies would likely have spectacular views of each other’s grand spiral star systems. As for the view from planet Earth, this sharp image shows off M33’s blue star clusters and pinkish star forming regions along the galaxy’s loosely wound spiral arms. In fact, the cavernous NGC 604 is the brightest star forming region, seen here at about the 7 o’clock position from the galaxy center. Like M31, M33’s population of well-measured variable stars have helped make this nearby spiral a cosmic yardstick for establishing the distance scale of the Universe.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space