Today’s Weather, Fire Conditions and Highway Observations For Monday May 6th, 2019

Sunny, becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning, high +5C. UV index 7 or high. Clear, wind up to 15 km/h. Low -6C, wind chill -3C this evening and -8C overnight. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -3C, feels like -6C, our winds are 8 km/h and will increase throughout the day/evening.

Our fire conditions in our area are LOW:
Low (Green) – Fire starts are unlikely. Weather and fuel conditions will lead to slow fire spread, low intensity and relatively easy control with light mop-up. Controlled burns can usually be executed with reasonable safety.

Our highway conditions in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

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

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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Virtual Flyby of the Whirlpool Galaxy 
Video Credit: F. Summers, J. DePasquale, and D. Player (STScI); Music: Into the Wormhole (Jingle Punks via Youtube)

Explanation: What would it look like to fly over a spiral galaxy? To help visualize this, astronomers and animators at the Space Telescope Science Institute computed a virtual flyby of the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) using data and images from the Hubble Space Telescope. At only 25 million light years distant and fully 50 thousand light years across, the Whirlpool is one of the brightest and most picturesque galaxies on the sky. Visible during the virtual flyby are spiral arms dominated by young blue stars, older lighter-colored stars, dark lanes of dust, and bright red emission nebulae. Many galaxies far in the distance can be seen right through M51. The visualization should be considered a time-lapse, because otherwise the speed of the virtual camera would need to be very near the speed of light.Tomorrow’s picture: interstellar tapestry

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Observations For FRIDAY! May 3rd, 2019

Today – Showers ending early this afternoon then a mix of sun and cloud. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this morning, high +8C.
Tonight – Becoming cloudy this evening with rain showers changing to snow at times heavy before morning. Rainfall amount 15 mm. Snowfall amount 2 to 4 cm. Low zero. Currently we have clouds and light showers, a temperature of +1C feels like -3C, our winds are 13 km/h and will increase throughout the day/evening/tonight.

Our highways in and around our area are WET AND CLICK AS MIX PRECIPITATION HITS OUR AREA. PLEASE DRIVE WITH CAUTION.

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

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY! AND WEEKEND!

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Clouds of the Large Magellanic Cloud 
Image Credit & Copyright:Team Ciel Austral – 
J. C. Canonne, N. Outters, P. Bernhard, D. Chaplain, L. Bourgon

Explanation: The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is an alluring sight in southern skies. But this deep and detailed telescopic view, over 10 months in the making, goes beyond what is visible to most circumnavigators of planet Earth. Spanning over 5 degrees or 10 full moons, the 4×4 panel mosaic was constructed from 3900 frames with a total of 1,060 hours of exposure time in both broadband and narrowband filters. The narrowband filters are designed to transmit only light emitted by sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. Ionized by energetic starlight, the atoms emit their characteristic light as electrons are recaptured and the atoms transition to a lower energy state. As a result, in this image the LMC seems covered with its own clouds of ionized gas surrounding its massive, young stars. Sculpted by the strong stellar winds and ultraviolet radiation, the glowing clouds, dominated by emission from hydrogen, are known as H II(ionized hydrogen) regions. Itself composed of many overlapping H II regions, the Tarantula Nebula is the large star forming region at the left. The largest satellite of our Milky Way Galaxy, the LMC is about 15,000 light-years across and lies a mere 160,000 light-years away toward the constellation Dorado.Tomorrow’s picture: The Da Vinci Glow

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Observations For Thursday May 2nd, 2019

Sunny, becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon, +8C. Cloudy, a few showers beginning late this evening, low +2C. Currently our temperature sits at -2C feels like -5C, our winds are 10 km/h ESE and will increase to 20 km/h by this evenings.

Our highways in and around our area remain BARE and in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

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

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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Manicouagan Impact Crater from Space 
Image Credit: NASA, International Space Station Expedition 59

Explanation: Orbiting 400 kilometers above Quebec, Canada, planet Earth, the International Space Station Expedition 59 crew captured this snapshot of the broad St. Lawrence River and curiously circular Lake Manicouagan on April 11. Right of center, the ring-shaped lake is a modern reservoir within the eroded remnant of an ancient 100 kilometer diameter impact crater. The ancient crater is very conspicuous from orbit, a visible reminder that Earth is vulnerable to rocks from space. Over 200 million years old, the Manicouagan crater was likely caused by the impact of a rocky body about 5 kilometers in diameter. Currently, there is no known asteroid with a significant probability of impacting Earth in the next century. But a fictional scenario to help practice for an asteroid impact is on going at the 2019 IAA Planetary Defense Conference.Tomorrow’s picture: Le Grand Nuage

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Observations For Wednesday May 1st, 2019

Mainly sunny today, high +11C. A few clouds this evening/tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -2C, wind chill near -4C. Currently we have some clouds, a temperature of +2C feels like -1C, our winds are 8 km/h from the SSE and will increase throughout the day.

Our highways in and around area continue to be BARE and in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

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

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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The Cat’s Eye Nebula in Optical and X-ray 
Image Credit: NASAESAHubble Legacy ArchiveChandra X-ray Obs.
Processing & Copyright: Rudy Pohl

Explanation: To some it looks like a cat’s eye. To others, perhaps like a giant cosmic conch shell. It is actually one of brightest and most highly detailed planetary nebula known, composed of gas expelled in the brief yet glorious phase near the end of life of a Sun-like star. This nebula‘s dying central star may have produced the outer circular concentric shells by shrugging off outer layers in a series of regular convulsions. The formation of the beautiful, complex-yet-symmetric inner structures, however, is not well understood. The featured image is a composite of a digitally sharpened Hubble Space Telescope image with X-ray light captured by the orbiting Chandra Observatory. The exquisite floating space statue spans over half a light-year across. Of course, gazing into this Cat’s Eye, humanity may well be seeing the fate of our sun, destined to enter its own planetary nebula phase of evolution … in about 5 billion years.Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Observations For Tuesday April 30th, 2019

Sunny, becoming a mix of sun and cloud by this afternoon, high +9C. Partly cloudy, wind up to 15 km/h. Low -2C, wind chill -6C overnight. Currently we have clear skys, a temperature of -2C feels like -4C, our winds are 5 km/h from the SE and will increase throughout the day.

Our highways in and around our area are BARE and in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS

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

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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Meteor Misses Galaxy 
Image Credit: Aman Chokshi

Explanation: The galaxy was never in danger. For one thing, the Triangulum galaxy (M33), pictured, is much bigger than the tiny grain of rock at the head of the meteor. For another, the galaxy is much farther away — in this instance 3 million light years as opposed to only about 0.0003 light seconds. Even so, the meteor’s path took it angularly below the galaxy. Also the wind high in Earth’s atmosphere blew the meteor’s glowing evaporative molecule train away from the galaxy, in angular projection. Still, the astrophotographer was quite lucky to capture both a meteor and a galaxy in a single exposure — which was subsequently added to two other images of M33 to bring up the spiral galaxy‘s colors. At the end, the meteor was gone in a second, but the galaxy will last billions of years.Follow APOD on: InstagramFacebookReddit, or Twitter
Tomorrow’s picture: X marks the cat

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Observations For Monday April 29th, 2019

Mainly cloudy, clearing early this afternoon, high 5C. Clear, wind up to 15 km/h. Low -7C. Wind chill -4C in the evening and -10C overnight. Currently we have some cloud cover but clearing, a temperature of -3C. Our winds are calm but will increase throughout the day.

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

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

FIRE REPORTS begin MONDAY May 6th, 2019

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N11: Star Clouds of the LMC 
Image Credit: NASAESAAcknowledgement: Josh Lake

Explanation: Massive stars, abrasive winds, mountains of dust, and energetic light sculpt one of the largest and most picturesque regions of star formation in the Local Group of Galaxies. Known as N11, the region is visible on the upper right of many images of its home galaxy, the Milky Way neighbor known as the Large Magellanic Clouds (LMC). The featured image was taken for scientific purposes by the Hubble Space Telescope and reprocessed for artistry by an amateur to win a Hubble’s Hidden Treasures competition. Although the section imaged above is known as NGC 1763, the entire N11 emission nebula is second in LMC size only to the Tarantula Nebula. Compact globules of dark dusthousing emerging young stars are also visible around the image. A new study of variable stars in the LMC with Hubble has helped to recalibrate the distance scale of the observable universe, but resulted in a slightly different scale thanfound using the pervasive cosmic microwave background.Astrophysicists: Browse 1,900+ codes in the Astrophysics Source Code Library
Tomorrow’s picture: a meteoric galaxy

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday April 25th, 2019

Increasing cloudiness early this morning. 30% chance of showers. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 8. Mainly cloudy, 30% t chance of flurries overnight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -4. Wind chill near -6. Currently we have a some clouds, a temperature of +2 feels like 0, our winds are 6 km/h from the NW and will increase to 15 km/h by the afternoon and will remain steady.

Currently we have NO weather and NO marine weather warnings.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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Pan-STARRS Across the Lagoon 
Image Data Credit: Pan-STARRS, Eric Coles, Martin Pugh – Processing:Eric Coles

Explanation: Ridges of glowing interstellar gas and dark dust clouds inhabit the turbulent, cosmic depths of the Lagoon Nebula. Also known as M8, the bright star forming region is about 5,000 light-years distant. But it still makes for a popular stop on telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius, toward the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. Dominated by the telltale red emission of ionized hydrogen atoms recombining with stripped electrons, this stunning view of the Lagoon is over 100 light-years across. At its center, the bright, compact, hourglass shape is gas ionized and sculpted by energetic radiation and extreme stellar winds from a massive young star. In fact, the many bright stars of open cluster NGC 6530 drift within the nebula, just formed in the Lagoon several million years ago. Broadband image data from Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System) was combined with narrowband data from amateur telescopes to create this wide and deep portrait of the Lagoon Nebula.Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday April 24th, 2019

A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Wind becoming west 20 km/h early this afternoon. High 14. Clear. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light early this evening. Low zero. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of +5C, our winds are 19 km/h from the WNW and will remain steady throughout the day.

Our highways continue to remain CLEAR and BARE AND IN EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

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

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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The Shape of the Southern Crab 
Image Credit: NASAESASTScI

Explanation: The symmetric, multi-legged appearance of the Southern Crab Nebula is certainly distinctive. About 7,000 light-years distant toward the southern sky constellation Centaurus, its glowing nested hourglass shapes are produced by the remarkable symbiotic binary star system at its center. The nebula’s dramatic stellar duo consists of a hot white dwarf star and cool, pulsating red giant star shedding outer layers that fall onto the smaller, much hotter companion. Embedded in a disk of material, outbursts from the white dwarf cause an outflow of gas driven away both above and below the disk resulting in the bipolar hourglass shapes. The bright central shape is about half a light-year across. This new Hubble Space Telescope image celebrates the 29th anniversary of Hubble’s launch on April 24, 1990 on board the Space Shuttle Discovery.Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday April 23rd, 2019

Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers late this morning and this afternoon. High 17. Partly cloudy. Low plus 3. Moderate to high winds this morning and throughout the day. Currently we have clouds isolated scattered showers. A temperature of +9C, our winds are 23 km/h gusting to 30 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

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

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

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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Meteors, Comet, and Big Dipper over La Palma 
Image Credit & Copyright: Vincent Duparc

Explanation: Meteor showers are caused by streams of solid particles, dust size and larger, moving as a group through space. In most cases, the orbits of these meteor streams can be identified with dust expelled from a comet. When the Earth passes through a stream, the particles leave brilliant trails through the night sky as they disintegrate in Earth’s atmosphere. The meteor paths are all parallel to each other, but, like train tracks, the effect of perspective causes them to appear to originate from a radiant point in the distance. The featured image composite was taken during January’s Quadrantid meteor shower from La Palma, one of Spain‘s Canary Islands, off the northwest coast of AfricaThe Quadrantids radiant is visible just below the handle of the Big Dipper. A careful eye will also discern the faint green coma of Comet Wirtanen. Tonight is the peak of the modest Lyrid meteor shower, with several meteors per hour visible from dark locations with clear skies.Tomorrow’s picture: The Southern Crab

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday April 18th, 2019

Clearing today, high +13C. Clear this evening/tonight, low +0C. Friday
Increasing cloudiness early in the morning. Clearing late in the afternoon. High +16C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -4C feels like 0C, our winds are 14 km/h from the WSW and will remain steady throughout the day.

Our highways this morning remain and continue to be BARE and in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS. Soon we will change it up and move to FIRE REPORTS instead of HIGHWAY REPORTS, but I will be continuing to add the highway images on the site every day.

Currently we have NO weather reports and NO marine weather warnings.

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The Leo Trio 
Image Credit & CopyrightMarkus Bauer

Explanation: This group is popular in the northern spring. Famous as the Leo Triplet, the three magnificent galaxies gather in one field of view. Crowd pleasers when imaged with even modest telescopes, they can be introduced individually as NGC 3628 (left), M66 (bottom right), and M65 (top). All three are large spiral galaxies but they tend to look dissimilar because their galactic disks are tilted at different angles to our line of sight. NGC 3628, also known as the Hamburger Galaxy, is temptingly seen edge-on, with obscuring dust lanes cutting across its puffy galactic plane. The disks of M66 and M65 are both inclined enough to show off their spiral structure. Gravitational interactions between galaxies in the group have left telltale signs, including the tidal tails and warped, inflated disk of NGC 3628 and the drawn out spiral arms of M66. This gorgeous view of the region spans almost two degrees (four full moons) on the sky. The field covers about a million light-years at the trio’s estimated distance of 30 million light-years. Of course the spiky foreground stars lie within our own Milky Way.Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space