Today’s Weather August 28th, 2017

A nice warm day ahead for us today. A mix of sun and cloud with haze, low to moderate winds and a high of +27C. Currently we are sunny with some increasing cloud, a temperature of 19C and our winds are from the W at 5 km/h increasing to 10 km/h.

Our FIRE DANGER has increased to HIGH/VERY HIGH. We also have a AIR QUALITY WARNING issued for our area, with no other warnings.



4:37 AM CDT Monday 28 August 2017
Special air quality statement in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville
  • Waterhen Meadow Portage and Skownan

Smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility. Smoke is expected or occurring.

High levels of air pollution due to forest fire smoke continue over central Manitoba as westerly winds carry smoke plumes from nearby forest fires across the region. Winds will gradually turn northwesterly behind a cold front on Monday, placing both Flin Flon and The Pas downwind of the largest fires in Saskatchewan. This smoke will then proceed southwards in the wake of the cold front, with significant amounts of smoke expected to move into the Grand Rapids and Swan River regions.

Local wind flow will still affect the distribution of the heaviest smoke, but in general much of central Manitoba will see reduced visibilities and extremely poor air quality at times through the first half of the week.

Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

Visit for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

Issued by Environment Canada and Manitoba Health

A Fleeting Double Eclipse of the Sun
Image Credit & Copyright: Simon Tang
Explanation: Last week, for a fraction of a second, the Sun was eclipsed twice. One week ago today, many people in North America were treated to a standard, single, partial solar eclipse. Fewer people, all congregated along a narrow path, experienced the eerie daytime darkness of a total solar eclipse. A dedicated few with fast enough camera equipment, however, were able to capture a double eclipse — a simultaneous partial eclipse of the Sun by both the Moon and the International Space Station (ISS). The Earth-orbiting ISS crossed the Sun in less than a second, but to keep the ISS from appearing blurry, exposure times must be less than 1/1000th of a second. The featured image composite captured the ISS multiple times in succession as it zipped across the face of the Sun. The picture was taken in a specific color emitted by hydrogen which highlights the Sun’s chromosphere, a layer hotter and higher up than the usually photographed photosphere.

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Today’s Weather August 25th, 2017

Sunny to start this morning, then the clouds will move in bringing showers throughout the day and into the over night ours. Our high today will still reach 25C and our winds will be moderate to high today. The weekend will bring a mix of sun and cloud with high’s in the low 20C’s, no rain is in the forecast and winds will be moderate. Currently we have mostly sunny skies, a temperature of 15C, our winds are from the SE at 13 km/h and will increase throughout the day to 20-30 km/h.

Our FIRE DANGER now sits at MODERATE/HIGH and we have no weather or marine wind warnings for our area.


Diamond Ring in a Cloudy Sky
Image Credit & Copyright: Ashley Marando
Explanation: As the Moon’s shadow swept across the US on August 21, eclipse chasers in the narrow path of totality were treated to a diamond ring in the sky. At the beginning and end of totality, the fleeting and beautiful effect often produces audible gasps from an amazed audience. It occurs just before or after the appearance of the faint solar corona with a brief ring of light and glimpse of Sun. In this scene from the end of totality at Central, South Carolina, clouds drift near the Sun’s diamond ring in the sky.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather August 24th, 2017

Sunny, warm with moderate winds and a high of 23C today. Currently we have clear skies, a temperature of 8C, our winds are from the SE at 5 km/h and will increase to 15 km/h by this afternoon.

Our FIRE DANGER sits at MODERATE. We do not have any weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.


The Eagle and The Swan
Image Credit & Copyright: Josep Drudis
Explanation: The Eagle Nebula and the Swan Nebula span this broad starscape, a telescopic view toward the Sagittarius spiral arm and the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The Eagle, also known as M16, is at top and M17, the Swan, at bottom of the frame showing the cosmic clouds as brighter regions of active star-formation. They lie along the spiral arm suffused with reddish emission charactistic of atomic hydrogen gas, and dusty dark nebulae. M17, also called the Omega Nebula, is about 5500 light-years away, while M16 is some 6500 light-years distant. The center of both nebulae are locations of well-known close-up images of star formation from the Hubble Space Telescope. In this mosaic image that extends about 3 degrees across the sky, narrowband, high-resultion image data has been used to enhance the central regions of the Eagle and Swan. The extended wings of the Eagle Nebula spread almost 120 light-years. The Swan is over 30 light-years across.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather August 23rd, 2017

Finally some rain! But only for this morning. Light rain showers with calm winds this morning, then a mix of sun and clouds for this afternoon/evening. Currently we have clouds, light rain showers, a temperature of 13C with a high of 23C, our winds are from the SSE at 3 km/h and will increase to 12 km/h by this afternoon.

Our FIRE DANGER has dropped to MODERATE and there is no weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.

The Crown of the Sun
Image Credit & Copyright: Derek Demeter (Emil Buehler Planetarium)
Explanation: During a total solar eclipse, the Sun’s extensive outer atmosphere, or corona, is an inspirational sight. Streamers and shimmering features visible to the eye span a brightness range of over 10,000 to 1, making them notoriously difficult to capture in a single photograph. But this composite of telescopic images covers a wide range of exposure times to reveal the crown of the Sun in all its glory. The aligned and stacked digital frames were taken in clear skies above Stanley, Idaho in the Sawtooth Mountains during the Sun’s total eclipse on August 21. A pinkish solar prominence extends just beyond the right edge of the solar disk. Even small details on the dark night side of the New Moon can be made out, illuminated by sunlight reflected from a Full Earth.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s/Weekend Weather August 18th, 2017

There will be no break from the warm weather today and into the weekend. Today we will see clear skies this morning then a mix of sun and cloud for the rest of the day with low to moderate winds and a high of 27C. For the weekend we will see identical weather as today only with increased winds, with sun and cloud moderate to high winds and highs in the high 20’s. Currently we have clear skies mixed with haze, a temperature of 20C and our winds are from the W at 3 km/h.

Our FIRE DANGER sits at HIGH/VERY HIGH so please becareful with open fires. There is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today and for the weekend. There are no weather warnings for our area at this time.



Issued 03:00 AM CDT 18 August 2017

Today Tonight and Saturday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 10 knots becoming light early this evening then increasing to south 15 Saturday morning. Wind increasing to northwest 20 Saturday evening.

Perseids over the Pyrénées
Image Credit & Copyright: Jean-Francois Graffand
Explanation: This mountain and night skyscape stretches across the French Pyrenees National Park on August 12, near the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower. The multi-exposure panoramic view was composed from the Col d’Aubisque, a mountain pass, about an hour before the bright gibbous moon rose. Centered is a misty valley and lights from the region’s Gourette ski station toward the south. Taken over the following hour, frames capturing some of the night’s long bright perseid meteors were aligned against the backdrop of stars and Milky Way.

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Today’s Weather August 17th, 2017

The sun and heat continues today with low winds this morning then will increase in the afternoon. Things are getting very dry our there so PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH OPEN FIRES! Currently we have clear skies, a temperature of 12C with a high of 26C and our winds are calm at 8 km/h from the SE and will increase to 15 km/h by this afternoon.

Our FIRE DANGER sits at HIGH/VERY HIGH and precaution needs to be taken with open fires. We currently have no weather warnings or marine wind warnings at this time.


NGC 2442: Galaxy in Volans
Image Credit & Copyright: Processing – Robert Gendler, Roberto Colombari
Data – Hubble Legacy Archive, European Southern Observatory
Explanation: Distorted galaxy NGC 2442 can be found in the southern constellation of the flying fish, (Piscis) Volans. Located about 50 million light-years away, the galaxy’s two spiral arms extending from a pronounced central bar have a hook-like appearance in wide-field images. But this mosaicked close-up, constructed from Hubble Space Telescope and European Southern Observatory data, follows the galaxy’s structure in amazing detail. Obscuring dust lanes, young blue star clusters and reddish star forming regions surround a core of yellowish light from an older population of stars. The sharp image data also reveal more distant background galaxies seen right through NGC 2442’s star clusters and nebulae. The image spans about 75,000 light-years at the estimated distance of NGC 2442.

Tomorrow’s picture: birds of a feather

Today’s Weather August 15th, 2017

WERE IN THE FOG AM I? The fog will be gone later this morning, after that it will remain sunny, hot with moderate winds and smoke haze for the rest of the day. There will be a slight chance of a shower in the overnight hours into Wednesday. Our high for today will be 25C. Currently we have clear skies, a temperature of 15C, our winds are from the SE at 11 km/h and will increase to 20 km/h throughout the day.

Our FIRE DANGER has been upgraded to HIGH/VERY HIGH and there are no weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.


Stars, Gas, and Dust Battle in the Carina Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Bastien Foucher
Explanation: Chaos reigns in the Carina Nebula where massive stars form and die. Striking and detailed, this close-up of a portion of the famous nebula is a combination of light emitted by hydrogen (shown in red) and oxygen (shown in blue). Dramatic dark dust knots and complex features revealed are sculpted by the winds and radiation of Carina’s massive and energetic stars. One iconic feature of the Carina Nebula is the dark V-shaped dust lane that occurs in the top half of the image. The Carina Nebula spans about 200 light years, lies about 7,500 light years distant, and is visible with binoculars toward the southern constellation of Carina. In a billion years after the dust settles — or is destroyed, and the gas dissipates — or gravitationally condenses, then only the stars will remain — but not even the brightest ones.

Today’s Weather Chemawawin Cree Nation/Easterville August 14th, 2017

Yet another sunny, hot, with calm winds day but there will be haze from all the forest fires in Manitoba. Our high should reach 28C. Currently we have clear skies, a temperature of 16C and our winds are from the NE at 4 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

Our FOREST FIRE DANGER sits at MODERATE/HIGH and there are no weather warnings for our area at this time.


Charon Flyover from New Horizons
Video Credit: NASA, JHUAPL, SwRI, P. Schenk & J. Blackwell (LPI); Music: Juicy by ALBIS
Explanation: What if you could fly over Pluto’s moon Charon — what might you see? The New Horizons spacecraft did just this in 2015 July as it zipped past Pluto and Charon with cameras blazing. The images recorded allowed for a digital reconstruction of much of Charon‘s surface, further enabling the creation of fictitious flights over Charon created from this data. One such fanciful, minute-long, time-lapse video is shown here with vertical heights and colors of surface features digitally enhanced. Your journey begins over a wide chasm that divides different types of Charon’s landscapes, a chasm that might have formed when Charon froze through. You soon turn north and fly over a colorful depression dubbed Mordor that, one hypothesis holds, is an unusual remnant from an ancient impact. Your voyage continues over an alien landscape rich with never-before-seen craters, mountains, and crevices. The robotic New Horizons spacecraft has now been targeted at Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU 69, which it should zoom past on New Year’s Day 2019.

Today’s Weather Chemawawin Cree Nation/Easterville August 11th, 2017

Another mostly sunny, warm and light wind day today with a chance of a afternoon thunder shower with a high of 26C. The weekend is looking the same with high’s in the mid to high 20’s light winds and lots of sun. Currently we have clear skies, a temperature of 14C with light winds from the S at 7 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

Our FIRE DANGER now sits in the HIGH RANGE and there are no weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.

A Total Solar Eclipse of Saros 145
Image Credit & Copyright: Tunç Tezel (TWAN), Alkim Ün
Explanation: A darkened sky holds bright planet Venus, the New Moon in silhouette, and the shimmering corona of the Sun in this image of a total solar eclipse. A composite of simultaneous telephoto and wide angle frames it was taken in the path of totality 18 years ago, August 11, 1999, near Kastamonu, Turkey. That particular solar eclipse is a member of Saros 145. Known historically from observations of the Moon’s orbit, the Saros cycle predicts when the Sun, Earth, and Moon will return to the same geometry for a solar (or lunar) eclipse. The Saros has a period of 18 years, 11 and 1/3 days. Eclipses separated by one Saros period belong to the same numbered Saros series and are very similar. But the path of totality for consecutive solar eclipses in the same Saros shifts across the Earth because the planet rotates for an additional 8 hours during the cycle’s fractional day. So the next solar eclipse of Saros 145 will also be a total eclipse, and the narrow path of totality will track coast to coast across the United States on August 21, 2017.

Today’s Weather For Chemawawin Cree Nation/Easterville August 9th, 2017

Nothing but sun, warm temperatures and low winds for today. Currently we have clear skies, our temperature sits at 17C and our winds are from the N at 2 km/h.

Our FIRE DANGER SITS at MODERATE and there are no weather warnings or wind warnings for the lake today.


August’s Lunar Eclipse
Peter Ward (Barden Ridge Observatory)
Explanation: August’s Full Moon is framed in this sharp, high dynamic range composition. Captured before sunrise on August 8 from Sydney, Australia, south is up and the Earth’s dark, umbral shadow is at the left, near the maximum phase of a partial lunar eclipse. Kicking off the eclipse season, this time the Full Moon’s grazing slide through Earth’s shadow was visible from the eastern hemisphere. Up next is the much anticipated total solar eclipse of August 21. Then, the New Moon’s shadow track will include North America, the narrow path of totality running coast to coast through the United States.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space