Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday Mar. 14th, 2018

A mix of sun and cloud today, low to moderate winds and a high of -5C. Clear skies this evening, low to moderate winds and a low of -17C overnight with windchills in the low -20C’s. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -10C feels like -15C with our windchill, our winds are from the N at 10 km/h.

We have no weather, marine or blowing snow warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD winter driving conditions. Please continue to plane ahead when traveling on our Northern Highways.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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Night Sky Highlights: March to May 
Illustration Credit & Copyright: Universe2go.com
Explanation: What might you see in the night sky over the next few months? The featured graphic gives a few highlights. Viewed as a clock face centered at the bottom, sky events in March fan out toward the left, April toward the top, and May toward the right. Objects relatively close to Earth are illustrated, in general, as nearer to the cartoon figure with the telescope at the bottom center — although almost everything pictured can be seen without a telescope. Sky highlights this season include a bright Venus in the evening sky during March, the Lyrids meteor shower during April, and Jupiter entering the evening sky during May. As true in every season, the International Space Station (ISS) can besometimes be found drifting across your sky if you know just when and where to look.

Tomorrow’s picture: pub quiz

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday Mar. 13th, 2018

Same weather as yesterday, a mix of sun and cloud with low to moderate winds this morning then will increase to moderate to high by the afternoon, low to moderate windchills and a high of -1C. Currently we a few clouds, a temperature of -6C with no windchill as our winds are calm.

We have no weather, marine or blowing snow warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD winter driving conditions. Please plan ahead when traveling on our Northern Highways.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY!

  

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The Complete Galactic Plane: Up and Down 
Image Credit & Copyright: Moophz Himself (Maroun Habib)
Explanation: Is it possible to capture the entire plane of our galaxy in a single image? Yes, but not in one exposure — and it took some planning to do it in two. The top part of the featured image is the night sky above Lebanon, north of the equator, taken in 2017 June. The image was taken at a time when the central band of the Milky Way Galaxy passed directly overhead. The bottom half was similarly captured six months later in latitude-opposite Chile, south of Earth’s equator. Each image therefore captured the night sky in exactly the opposite direction of the other, when fully half the Galactic plane was visible. The southern half was then inverted — car and all — and digitally appended to the top half to show the entire central band of our Galaxy, as a circle, in a single image. Many stars and nebulas are visible, with the Large Magellanic Cloud being particularly notable inside the lower half of the complete galactic circle.

Tomorrow’s picture: future sky

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday Mar. 12th. 2018

A nice week ahead with warm temperatures and sunny skies.

The time change has put Sunrise at 8:30AM and Sunset at around 7:30PM.

A nice day is in store for us today with mostly sunny skies, low to moderate winds, no windchill and a high of -5C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -11C with no winchill as our winds are calm.

We no weather, marine or blowing snow warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD winter driving conditions. Please plan ahead when traveling on our Northern Highways.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

   

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Flying over the Earth at Night II 
Video Credit: NASAGateway to Astronaut PhotographyMusic: The Low Seas (The 126ers)
Explanation: What would it be like to orbit the Earth? The International Space Station (ISS) does this every 90 minutes, and sometimes the astronauts on board take image sequences that are made into videos. The featured time-lapse video shows many visual spectacles of the dark Earth below. First, as the video begins, green and red auroras are visible on the upper left above white clouds. Soon city lights come into view, and it becomes clear you are flying over North America, eventually passing over Florida. In the second sequence you fly over Europe and Africa, eventually passing over the Nile River. Brief flashes of light are lightning in storms. Stars far in the distance can be seen rising through thegreenish-gold glow of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Tomorrow’s picture: our galaxy: up and down
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Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday Mar. 8th, 2018

Colder this morning then warming up by the afternoon with a mix of sun and cloud low to moderate winds and next to no windchill and a high of -5C. Currently we have a few clouds, a chilly temperature of -14C with no windchill as our winds are calm.

There are no weather, marine or blowing snow advisories for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD winter driving conditions. Please plan ahead when winter traveling.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

 

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Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday Mar. 7th, 2018

Our Weather Station is currently on the fritz this morning so I will use our backup.

A chance of scattered flurries this morning then some sunny breaks by late afternoon with calm winds this morning then low to moderate winds in the afternoon into the evening hours and a high today of -4C. Currently we have cloudy skies, a temperature of -14C with no winchill as our current winds are calm.

We have no weather, marine or blowing snow warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and area are now in GOOD winter driving conditions with the occasional slippery section. Please travel safe and plan ahead.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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Arcs, Jets, and Shocks near NGC 1999 
Image Credit & Copyright: Mark Hanson
Explanation: This tantalizing array of nebulas and stars can be found about two degrees south of the famous star-forming Orion Nebula. The region abounds with energetic young stars producing jets and outflows that push through the surrounding material at speeds of hundreds of kilometers per second. The interaction creates luminous shock waves known as Herbig-Haro (HH) objects. For example, the graceful, flowing arc just right of center is cataloged as HH 222, also called the Waterfall Nebula. Seen below the Waterfall, HH 401 has a distinctive cone shape. The bright bluish nebula below and left of center is NGC 1999, a dusty cloud reflecting light from an embedded variable star. The entire cosmic vista spans over 30 light-years, near the edge of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex some 1,500 light-years distant.

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Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday Mar. 6th, 2018

All is calm now after our little storm. A mix of sun and cloud, low to moderate winds with no windchill and a high of -5C for today and a chance of some scattered flurries late this afternoon into this evening and overnight. Currently we have some cloud cover, a temperature of -11C with no windchill as our winds are calm.

There are no weather, marine or blowing snow warnings for our area at this time.

Highways in and around our area are in fair winter driving condition as most are partly snow covered and slippery. CAUTION is asked when traveling on our northern highways and please plan ahead.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

       

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Colorful Airglow Bands Surround Milky Way 
Image Credit & Copyright: Xiaohan Wang
Explanation: Why would the sky glow like a giant repeating rainbow? Airglow. Now air glows all of the time, but it is usually hard to see. A disturbance however — like an approaching storm — may cause noticeable rippling in the Earth’s atmosphere. These gravity waves are oscillations in air analogous to those created when a rock is thrown in calm water. Red airglow likely originates from OH molecules about 87-kilometers high, excited by ultraviolet light from the Sun, while orange and green airglow is likely caused by sodium and oxygen atoms slightly higher up. While driving near Keluke Lake in Qinghai Provence in China, the photographer originally noticed mainly the impressive central band of theMilky Way Galaxy. Stopping to photograph it, surprisingly, the resulting sensitive camera image showed airglow bands to be quite prominent and span the entire sky. The featured image has been digitally enhanced to make the colors more vibrant.

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Tomorrow’s picture: arcs, jets, and shocks

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For March 5th, 2018

THERE ARE SNOWFALL WARNINGS, BLOWING SNOW ADVISORIES,  HIGHWAY CLOSURES IN AND AROUND OUR AREA INCLUDING NO POWER FOR 11,000 HYDRO COSTUMERS. PLEASE WARNINGS AND CLOSURES BEFORE HEADING OUT THIS MORNING.

Snow throughout the day heavy at times, high to very high winds, moderate to high windchills with a high of -3C. Everything should taper off later this evening. Currently we have cloud, heavy snow, a temperature of -8C feels like -18C with our windchill, our winds are from the ENE at 37 km/h with wind gusts of 60km throughout the morning and early afternoon.

There are WEATHER, MARINE and BLOWING SNOW WARNINGS for our area, PLEASE READ BELOW

Highways in and around our area are in POOR WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS and TRAVEL IS NOT ADVISED. CURRENTLY HIGHWAY 10 IS CLOSED. PLEASE CHECK WITH MANITOBA 511 FOR CLOSURES

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY

   

Snowfall warning in effect

Lake Winnipegosis

Issued 04:44 AM CST 05 March 2018Snowfall, with total amounts of 15 to 20 cm is expected.

A Colorado Low will spread one more wave of heavy snow over portions of southern Manitoba and southern Saskatchewan on Monday through Monday night. This final wave of snow will add an additional 5 to 15 cm of snow to the 10 to 30 cm of snow that fell on Sunday and Sunday night.

Please refer to local forecasts for location-specific detail on snowfall timing and amounts. This storm will impact travel conditions.

Highway conditions in Saskatchewan are provided by the Government of Saskatchewan at: http://hotline.gov.sk.ca/map.html
Highway conditions in Manitoba are provided by the Manitoba Government at: http://www.manitoba511.ca/

This event is part of a major winter storm that will affect Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and a wide swath of the United States including Montana, the Dakotas, and Minnesota.

Snowfall is expected to gradually taper off Monday afternoon through Tuesday.

Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop. For information on emergency plans and kits go to http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/

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

4:44 AM CST Monday 05 March 2018
Snowfall warning in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville
  • Waterhen Meadow Portage and Skownan

Snowfall, with total amounts of 15 to 20 cm is expected.

A Colorado Low will spread one more wave of heavy snow over portions of southern Manitoba and southern Saskatchewan on Monday through Monday night. This final wave of snow will add an additional 5 to 15 cm of snow to the 10 to 30 cm of snow that fell on Sunday and Sunday night.

Please refer to local forecasts for location-specific detail on snowfall timing and amounts. This storm will impact travel conditions.

Highway conditions in Saskatchewan are provided by the Government of Saskatchewan at: http://hotline.gov.sk.ca/map.html
Highway conditions in Manitoba are provided by the Manitoba Government at: http://www.manitoba511.ca/

This event is part of a major winter storm that will affect Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and a wide swath of the United States including Montana, the Dakotas, and Minnesota.

Snowfall is expected to gradually taper off Monday afternoon through Tuesday.

Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop. For information on emergency plans and kits go to http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/

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

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

The Hubble Ultra-Deep Field in Light and Sound 
Image Credit: NASAESAHubbleSonification: G. Salvesen (UCSB); Data: M. Rafelski et al.
Explanation: Have you heard about the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field? Either way, you’ve likely not heard about it like this — please run your pointer over the featured image and listen! The Hubble Ultra-Deep Field (HUDF) was created in 2003-2004 with the Hubble Space Telescope staring for a long time toward near-empty space so that distant, faint galaxies would become visible. One of the most famous images in astronomy, the HUDF is featured here in a vibrant way — with sonified distances. Pointing to a galaxy will play a note that indicates its approximate redshift. Because redshifts shift light toward the red end of the spectrum of light, they are depicted here by a shift of tone toward the low end of thespectrum of sound. The further the galaxy, the greater its cosmological redshift (even if it appears blue), and the lower the tone that will be played. The average galaxy in the HUDF is about 10.6 billion light years away and sounds like anF#. What’s the most distant galaxy you can find? This Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) is based on an entry of new site called Astronomy Sound of the Month (AstroSoM).

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Tomorrow’s picture: rainbow airglow

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! Mar. 2nd, 2018

THERE IS A SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FOR OUR AREA AS A WINTER STORM IS APPROACHING AND COULD BRING SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL TO OUR REGION, PLEASE SEE THE STATEMENT BELOW.

A mix of sun and cloud today with low to moderate winds, no windchill and a high of -5C.  Currently we have cloud cover, a temperature of -10C feels like -15C with our windchill, our winds are from the NW 8 km/h and will remain steady for the day/evening and overnight.

There is a SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT AND A MARINE WEATHER STATEMENT for our area, please see both statements below.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD winter diving conditions at this time, but conditions will change throughout the weekend so keep and eye on the weather and drive accordingly. Please travel safe and plan ahead when traveling on our Northern Highways.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

Special weather statement in effect

Lake Winnipegosis

Issued 04:24 AM CST 02 March 2018Major winter storm expected beginning Sunday evening and persisting through Monday and beyond.

A weather disturbance from Saskatchewan will spread some accumulating snow into southern Manitoba this weekend.

A much more significant system, a Colorado Low, will approach southern Manitoba late Sunday. This winter storm will bring a prolonged period of heavy snow, strong winds, and blowing snow to much of southern Manitoba starting Sunday night and possibly persisting into Tuesday.

Colorado Lows can be notoriously difficult to forecast in general and there is an unusually high degree of uncertainty with this particular weather system. It will be some time before the weather intensity and the exact area of its greatest impact can be predicted with confidence.

However, total snowfall amounts of 15 to 30 cm should be expected and heavier local snowfall amounts are possible. Periods of poor visibilities in blowing snow will also affect travel Monday and Tuesday and prolonged blizzard conditions may occur in parts of Southern Manitoba.

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

Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville
  • Waterhen Meadow Portage and Skownan

Major winter storm expected beginning Sunday evening and persisting through Monday and beyond.

A weather disturbance from Saskatchewan will spread some accumulating snow into southern Manitoba this weekend.

A much more significant system, a Colorado Low, will approach southern Manitoba late Sunday. This winter storm will bring a prolonged period of heavy snow, strong winds, and blowing snow to much of southern Manitoba starting Sunday night and possibly persisting into Tuesday.

Colorado Lows can be notoriously difficult to forecast in general and there is an unusually high degree of uncertainty with this particular weather system. It will be some time before the weather intensity and the exact area of its greatest impact can be predicted with confidence.

However, total snowfall amounts of 15 to 30 cm should be expected and heavier local snowfall amounts are possible. Periods of poor visibilities in blowing snow will also affect travel Monday and Tuesday and prolonged blizzard conditions may occur in parts of Southern Manitoba.

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

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Alborz Mountain Star Trails 
Image Credit & CopyrightStéphane Guisard (Los Cielos de AmericaTWAN)
Explanation: Colourful star trails arc through the night in this wide-angle mountain and skyscape. From a rotating planet, the digitally added consecutive exposures were made with a camera fixed to a tripod and looking south, over northern Iran’s Alborz Mountain range. The stars trace concentric arcs around the planet’s south celestial pole, below the scene’s rugged horizon. Combined, the many short exposures also bring out the pretty star colours. Bluish trails are from stars hotter than our Sun, while yellowish trails are from cooler stars. Near the center, the remarkably pinkish trail was traced by the star-forming Orion Nebula.

Tomorrow’s picture: 3D Saturday

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday Feb. 28th, 2018

The warmth continues for today with low to moderate winds and a mix of sun and cloud. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -10C with no windchill as our winds are currently calm.

There are no weather, marine or blowing snow warnings for our area.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD winter driving conditions. Please continue to drive with caution and plan ahead when traveling on our Northern Highways.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

   

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NGC 613 in Dust, Stars, and a Supernova 
Image Credit: NASAESAHubbleS. Smartt (QUB); Acknowledgement: Robert GendlerInsets: Victor Buso
Explanation: Where did that spot come from? Amateur astronomer Victor Buso was testing out a new camera on his telescope in 2016 when he noticed a curious spot of light appear — and remain. After reporting this unusual observation, this spot was determined to be light from a supernova just as it was becoming visible — in an earlier stage than had ever been photographed optically before. The discovery before and after images, taken about an hour apart, are shown in the inset of a more detailed image of the same spiral galaxy, NGC 613, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Follow-up observations show that SN 2016gkg was likely the explosion of a supergiant star, and Buso likely captured the stage where the outgoing detonation wave from the stellar core broke through the star’s surface. Since astronomers have spent years monitoring galaxies for supernovas without seeing such a “break out” event, the odds of Buso capturing thishave been compared to winning a lottery.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday Feb. 27th, 2018

It will continue to warm in the afternoon today and for the rest of the week, with a mix of sun and cloud and low to moderate winds. Currently we have some cloud cover, a nice morning temperature of -7C with no windchill as our winds are calm. The next significant snowfall looks like it will be on Saturday into Sunday but thats a long way out.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD winter driving conditions with the odd slippery section. Please plan ahead when traveling on our northern highways.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY

 

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Dueling Bands in the Night 
Image Credit & LicenseRuslan Merzlyakov (RMS Photography)
Explanation: What are these two bands in the sky? The more commonly seen band is the one on the right and is the central band of our Milky Way galaxy. Our Sun orbits in the disk of this spiral galaxy, so that from inside, this diskappears as a band of comparable brightness all the way around the sky. The Milky Way band can also be seen all year — if out away from city lights. The less commonly seem band, on the left, is zodiacal light — sunlight reflected from dust orbiting the Sun in our Solar System. Zodiacal light is brightest near the Sun and so is best seen just before sunrise or just after sunset. On some evenings in the north, particularly during the months of March and April, this ribbon ofzodiacal light can appear quite prominent after sunset. It has recently been determined that zodiacal dust was mostly expelled by comets that have passed near Jupiter. Only on certain times of the year will the two bands be seen side by side, in parts of the sky, like this. Here the two streaks of light appear like the continuation of the banks of the Liver River into the sky. The featured panorama of consecutive exposures was recorded about three weeks ago in North Jutland,Denmark.

Tomorrow’s picture: an unexpected supernova