BOO! Today’s Weather For Tuesday October 31st, 2017

Chilly today and for the Tricker Treater’s tonight so put a extra layer of clothing under the costume. A mix of sun and cloud for today, low to moderate winds and a high of only -2C then will drop to -5C by this evening. Currently we have a temperature -6C feels like -8C, our winds are from N at 5 km/h and will increase to and remain steady at 10 km/h later this morning and throughout the day.

We have no WEATHER or MARINE WIND WARNINGS for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT HALLOWEEN!

Dark Matter in a Simulated Universe
Illustration Credit & Copyright Tom Abel & Ralf Kaehler (KIPAC, SLAC), AMNH
Explanation: Is our universe haunted? It might look that way on this dark matter map. The gravity of unseen dark matter is the leading explanation for why galaxies rotate so fast, why galaxies orbit clusters so fast, why gravitational lenses so strongly deflect light, and why visible matter is distributed as it is both in the local universe and on the cosmic microwave background. The featured image from the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium Space Show Dark Universe highlights one example of how pervasive dark matter might haunt our universe. In this frame from a detailed computer simulation, complex filaments of dark matter, shown in black, are strewn about the universe like spider webs, while the relatively rare clumps of familiar baryonic matter are colored orange. These simulations are good statistical matches to astronomical observations. In what is perhaps a scarier turn of events, dark matter — although quite strange and in an unknown form — is no longer thought to be the strangest source of gravity in the universe. That honor now falls to dark energy, a more uniform source of repulsive gravity that seems to now dominate the expansion of the entire universe.

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Today’s Weather For Monday October 30th, 2017

Chilly today with a mix of sun and cloud, moderate to high winds with a high of only -4C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -5C feels like -7C. Our winds are from the NNW at 2 km/h and will increase to 25 km/h throughout the day.

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

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

Orionid Meteors from Orion
Image Credit & Copyright: Lu Shupei
Explanation: Meteors have been shooting out from the constellation of Orion. This was expected, as October is the time of year for the Orionids Meteor Shower. Pictured here, over a dozen meteors were caught in successively added exposures last weekend over Wulan Hada volcano in Inner Mongolia, China. The featured image shows multiple meteor streaks that can all be connected to a single small region on the sky called the radiant, here visible just above and to the left of the belt of Orion, The Orionids meteors started as sand sized bits expelled from Comet Halley during one of its trips to the inner Solar System. Comet Halley is actually responsible for two known meteor showers, the other known as the Eta Aquarids and visible every May. Next month, the Leonids Meteor Shower from Comet Tempel-Tuttle should also result in some bright meteor streaks.

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Today’s Weather For Thursday Oct. 26th, 2017

The system has passed and the snow has fallen. Chilly, Breezy, mostly cloudy, high to very high winds, with a afternoon high of only +1C. Currently we have mostly cloudy sky’s, a temperature of -3C feels like -10C with our windchill, our winds are from the NE at 24 km/h and gusts will be up 35 km/h throughout the day.

We do have a MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY and no other warnings for us at this time.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CDT 26 October 2017

Today Tonight and Friday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northeast 25 knots backing to north 25 early this morning with gusts to 35 then diminishing to north 20 early this afternoon with gusts to 30. Wind diminishing to north 15 early this evening and to light late this evening. Wind becoming west 10 overnight then increasing to west 15 Friday morning. Wind diminishing to north 10 Friday evening.
NGC 7635: Bubble in a Cosmic Sea
Image Credit & Copyright: Rolf Geissinger
Explanation: Adrift in a cosmic sea of stars and glowing gas the delicate, floating apparition left of center in this widefield view is cataloged as NGC 7635, the Bubble Nebula. A mere 10 light-years wide, the tiny Bubble Nebula was blown by the winds of a massive star. It lies within a larger complex of interstellar gas and dust clouds found about 11,000 light-years distant, straddling the boundary between the parental constellations Cepheus and Cassiopeia. Included in the breathtaking vista is open star cluster M52 (lower left), some 5,000 light-years away. Above and right of the Bubble Nebula is an emission region identified as Sh2-157, also known as the Claw Nebula. Constructed from 47 hours of narrow-band and broad-band exposures, this image spans about 3 degrees on the sky. That corresponds to a width of 500 light-years at the estimated distance of the Bubble Nebula.

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Weather For Wednesday Oct 25th, 2017

There may be snow in the air! A system is approaching our area that could bring some snow our way. Cloudy for today with a chance of showers this morning into the afternoon then flurries for this evening into the over night hours with moderate to high winds and a high of only 5C. THERE IS A SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FOR OUR AREA. Currently we have overcast sky’s, a temperature of 4C, our winds are from the NE at 5 km/h increasing to 30 km/h by this afternoon/evening.

We do have a SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT from Environment Canada and we also have a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today and tomorrow. PLEASE SEE THE WEATHER WARNINGS HERE.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY.

Statements

4:50 AM CDT Wednesday 25 October 2017
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville

A low pressure system remains on track to bring rain, strong winds and eventually snow to much of southern Manitoba tonight into Thursday.

A generally cloudy day over most of the province will give way to rain tonight as the system pushes into southern Manitoba. The rain will gradually become mixed with and then eventually change to snow either overnight or on Thursday as colder air works it’s way southward. The rain or snow will be accompanied by strong northerly winds tonight through Thursday, with the temperature hovering just above the freezing mark. Highest snowfall totals will be in the Parklands area, where 5-10 cm of wet snow is forecast and more possible over the higher terrain. Decreasing amounts are expected further south. Winnipeg will likely see some wet snow, but little accumulation is expected, although areas further west along the Trans-Canada could see a few cm on the ground by Thursday evening. The low will move out of the province Thursday evening.

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.

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CDT 25 October 2017

Today Tonight and Thursday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 20 knots diminishing to north 10 late this morning then becoming light early this afternoon. Wind increasing to east 15 early this evening and to northeast 20 late this evening. Wind increasing to northeast 30 overnight then diminishing to north 20 Thursday afternoon. Wind diminishing to northwest 10 Thursday evening.

Marius Hills and a Hole in the Moon
Image Credit: NASA, Lunar Orbiter 2; Inset: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
Explanation: Could humans live beneath the surface of the Moon? This intriguing possibility was bolstered in 2009 when Japan’s Moon-orbiting SELENE spacecraft imaged a curious hole beneath the Marius Hills region on the Moon, possibly a skylight to an underground lava tube. Follow-up observations by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) indicated that the Marius Hills Hole (MHH) visually extends down nearly 100 meters and is several hundred meters wide. Most recently, ground penetrating radar data from SELENE has been re-analyzed to reveal a series of intriguing second echoes — indicators that the extensive lava tubes exist under Marius Hills might extend down even kilometers and be large enough to house cities. Such tubes could shelter a future Moon colony from large temperature swings, micro-meteor impacts, and harmful solar radiation. Potentially, underground lava tubes might even be sealed to contain breathable air. These lava tubes likely formed when lunar volcanos were active billions of years ago. Pictured, the surface of Marius Hills region was captured in the 1960s by NASA’s Lunar Orbiter 2 mission, while an inset image of the MHH is shown from NASA’s continuing LRO. Several volcanic domes are visible, while Marius Crater is visible on the upper right.

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Today’s Weather For Tuesday Oct. 24th, 2017

A few clouds this morning, increasing clouds this afternoon with a chance of showers into this evening then a few clouds for the over night hours with low to moderate winds and a high of 10C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 3C, our winds are from the NW at 2 km/h increasing to 18 km/h throughout the day.

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

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

Where Your Elements Came From
Image Credit & License: Wikipedia: Cmglee; Data: Jennifer Johnson (OSU)
Explanation: The hydrogen in your body, present in every molecule of water, came from the Big Bang. There are no other appreciable sources of hydrogen in the universe. The carbon in your body was made by nuclear fusion in the interior of stars, as was the oxygen. Much of the iron in your body was made during supernovas of stars that occurred long ago and far away. The gold in your jewelry was likely made from neutron stars during collisions that may have been visible as short-duration gamma-ray bursts or gravitational wave events. Elements like phosphorus and copper are present in our bodies in only small amounts but are essential to the functioning of all known life. The featured periodic table is color coded to indicate humanity‘s best guess as to the nuclear origin of all known elements. The sites of nuclear creation of some elements, such as copper, are not really well known and are continuing topics of observational and computational research.

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Today’s Weather For October 23rd, 2017

No snow in our future as of yet. A mix of sun and cloud, low to moderate winds and chilly high of only 5C for today. Currently we have mostly cloudy sky’s, a chilly temperature of 3C, our winds are calm but will increase to 20 km/h by mid morning and will remain steady throughout the day.

Our FIRE DANGER is now OVER. We do have a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today and there are no other weather warnings for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CDT 23 October 2017

Today Tonight and Tuesday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 15 to 20 knots diminishing to northwest 10 overnight then increasing to southwest 15 Tuesday afternoon. Wind increasing to west 20 Tuesday evening.

NGC 4993: The Galactic Home of an Historic Explosion
Image Credit: NASA & ESA
Explanation: That reddish dot — it wasn’t there before. It’s the dot to the upper left of galaxy NGC 4993‘s center, do you see it? When scanning the large field of possible locations of an optical counterpart to the unprecedented gravitational wave event GW170817 in August, the appearance of this fading dot quickly became of historic importance. It pinpointed GW170817’s exact location, thereby enabling humanity’s major telescopes to examine the first ever electromagnetic wave counterpart to a gravitational wave event, an event giving strong evidence of being a short gamma-ray burst kilonova, the element-forming explosion that occurs after two neutron stars merge. The featured image of lenticular galaxy NGC 4993 by Hubble shows the fading dot several days after it was discovered. Analyses, continuing, include the physics of the explosion, what heavy elements formed, the similarity of the speeds of gravitational radiation and light, and calibrating a new method for determining the distance scale of our universe.

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Tomorrow’s picture: elements of you

Today’s Weather For Thursday Oct. 19th, 2017

The wind is gone and the damage has been done. Our highest wind gust was 114 km/h yesterday. For today we will see mainly sunny sky’s, low to moderate winds and a high of 9C. Currently we have have a few clouds, a chilly temperature of 0C feels like -1C and our winds are from the WNW at 2 km/h and will increase to 10 km/h by the afternoon.

We have no FIRE DANGER There is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE TODAY and no other weather warnings for our area at this time.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CDT 19 October 2017

Today Tonight and Friday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 20 knots diminishing to northwest 10 early this morning and becoming light early this morning. Wind becoming southeast 15 late this morning. Wind south 10 tonight. Wind southeast 10 increasing to southeast 15 Friday evening.

M51: The Whirlpool Galaxy
Image Credit & Copyright: Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn (Weather and Sky Photography)
Explanation: Find the Big Dipper and follow the handle away from the dipper’s bowl until you get to the last bright star. Then, just slide your telescope a little south and west and you’ll come upon this stunning pair of interacting galaxies, the 51st entry in Charles Messier’s famous catalog. Perhaps the original spiral nebula, the large galaxy with well defined spiral structure is also cataloged as NGC 5194. Its spiral arms and dust lanes clearly sweep in front of its companion galaxy (bottom), NGC 5195. The pair are about 31 million light-years distant and officially lie within the angular boundaries of the small constellation Canes Venatici. Though M51 looks faint and fuzzy to the eye, deep images like this one can reveal striking colors and the faint tidal debris around the smaller galaxy

Tomorrow’s picture: moon over trifid

Today’s Weather For Wednesday Oct. 18th, 2017

Lots of wind with a chance of showers this morning but otherwise cloudy for the day, our high should hit 10C. THERE ARE WIND WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR OUR AREA. Currently we have cloudy sky’s, some light rain, we have a temperature of 8C, our winds are from the W at 51 km/h gusting to 85 km/h at times and we might even see gusts in the range of 105 km/h throughout the day.

We have NO FIRE DANGER. THERE ARE BOTH MARINE WIND AND WIND WARNINGS FOR OUR AREA TODAY.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

Warnings

4:33 AM CDT Wednesday 18 October 2017
Wind warning in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville

Very strong wind gusts that may cause damage are expected or occurring.

A very intense low pressure system is tracking through northern Manitoba today bringing severe winds to much of the province. Winds gusts of 90 to 110 km/h have developed over western Manitoba early this morning and will spread eastward across the remainder of southern and central Manitoba through the morning hours.

The winds will begin to abate from west to east this afternoon as the low moves into Ontario.

Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.

Wind warnings are issued when there is a significant risk of damaging winds.

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.

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CDT 18 October 2017

Today Tonight and Thursday. Gale warning in effect. Wind southwest 30 knots increasing to west 35 late this morning then diminishing to west 25 early this evening. Wind diminishing to northwest 10 overnight then increasing to southeast 15 Thursday morning.

Stars and Dust in Corona Australis
Image Credit & Copyright: Eric Coles & Martin Pugh
Explanation: Blue dust clouds and young, energetic stars inhabit this telescopic vista, less than 500 light-years away toward the northern boundary of Corona Australis, the Southern Crown. The dust clouds effectively block light from more distant background stars in the Milky Way. But the striking complex of reflection nebulas cataloged as NGC 6726, 6727, and IC 4812 produce a characteristic blue color as light from the region’s bright blue stars is reflected by the cosmic dust. The dust also obscures from view stars still in the process of formation. At the left, smaller yellowish nebula NGC 6729 bends around young variable star R Coronae Australis. Just below it, glowing arcs and loops shocked by outflows from embedded newborn stars are identified as Herbig-Haro objects. On the sky this field of view spans about one degree, corresponding to almost nine light-years at the estimated distance of the nearby star forming region.

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Today’s Weather For Tuesday Oct. 17th, 2017

Breezy with a mix of sun and cloud for today, we should see a high of 14C. Currently we have mostly cloudy sky, a temperature of 5C and our winds are from the SE at 6 km/h and will increase throughout the day to 40 km/h by evening.

We have no FIRE DANGER and we do have a SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT for wind from ENVIRONMENT CANADA and a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

Statements

4:21 AM CDT Tuesday 17 October 2017
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville
  • Strong, gusty winds expected Wednesday.

A very intense low pressure system will track through northern Manitoba Wednesday. This system will bring very strong westerly winds with gusts of 90 km/h to the Red River Valley as well as the interlake regions on Wednesday.

Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur.
High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.

Wind warnings have been issued for the Westman areas and may be expanded to cover these areas of southern Manitoba at a later time.

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.

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CDT 17 October 2017

Today Tonight and Wednesday. Gale warning in effect. Wind southeast 10 knots increasing to south 20 after midnight and to west 40 Wednesday morning. Wind diminishing to northwest 25 Wednesday evening.

Haumea of the Outer Solar System
Illustration Credit: Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía
Explanation: One of the strangest objects in the outer Solar System has recently been found to have a ring. The object, named Haumea, is the fifth designated dwarf planet after Pluto, Ceres, Eris, and Makemake. Haumea’s oblong shape makes it quite unusual. Along one direction, Haumea is significantly longer than Pluto, while in another direction Haumea has an extent very similar to Pluto, while in the third direction is much smaller. Haumea’s orbit sometimes brings it closer to the Sun than Pluto, but usually Haumea is further away. Illustrated above, an artist visualizes Haumea as a cratered ellipsoid surrounded by a uniform ring. Originally discovered in 2003 and given the temporary designation of 2003 EL61, Haumea was renamed in 2008 by the IAU for a Hawaiian goddess. Besides the ring discovered this year, Haumea has two small moons discovered in 2005, named Hi’iaka and Namaka for daughters of the goddess.

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Today’s Weather For Monday Oct 16th, 2017

A small chance of a shower this morning then a mix of sun and cloud for the rest of the day with moderate to high winds and a high of 14C by the afternoon. Currently we have overcast sky’s, a temperature of 7C, our winds are from the S at 16 km/h and increasing wind gusts of 25 km/h throughout the day.

Our FIRE DANGER sits at LOW. We do have a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today and tomorrow and there are no other weather warnings for our area at this time.HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CDT 16 October 2017

Today Tonight and Tuesday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind south 15 knots veering to west 15 this afternoon then increasing to west 20 early this evening. Wind diminishing to west 15 late this evening and to light after midnight. Wind becoming south 10 overnight then increasing to south 15 Tuesday morning.

On the Origin of Gold
Illustration Credit: Dana Berry, NASA
Explanation: Where did the gold in your jewelry originate? No one is completely sure. The relative average abundance in our Solar System appears higher than can be made in the early universe, in stars, and even in typical supernova explosions. Some astronomers have suggested, and many believe, that neutron-rich heavy elements such as gold might be most easily made in rare neutron-rich explosions such as the collision of neutron stars. Pictured here is an artist’s illustration depicting two neutron stars spiraling in toward each other, just before they collide. Since neutron star collisions are also suggested as the origin of short duration gamma-ray bursts, it is possible that you already own a souvenir from one of the most powerful explosions in the universe.

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