Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday Jan 16th, 2018

FINALLY SOME RELIEVE FORM THE COLD IS COMING FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS! Temperatures will slowly start to improve throughout the day with sunny sky’s, moderate to high winds and a high of -9C with windchill’s it will still feel like -17C this afternoon then back to -21C this evening. Currently we have mostly clear sky’s, a temperature of -16C feels like -21C with our low windchill, our winds are from the S at 8 km/h and will increase to 20 km/h throughout the day and into the evening.

All weather and marine warning have ended in and around our area and throughout Manitoba.

Our highways in and around our area are in good winter driving conditions, with some slippery sections and lowing snow in open areas. Planing ahead is still recommended for winter driving.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

An Elephant’s Trunk in Cepheus
Image Credit & Copyright: Processing – Robert Gendler, Roberto Colombari
Data – Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Robert Gendler, Adam Block
Explanation: With image data from telescopes large and small, this close-up features the dusty Elephant’s Trunk Nebula. It winds through the emission nebula and young star cluster complex IC 1396, in the high and far off constellation of Cepheus. Also known as vdB 142, the cosmic elephant’s trunk is over 20 light-years long. The colorful view highlights bright, swept-back ridges that outline the region’s pockets of cool interstellar dust and gas. Such embedded, dark, tendril-shaped clouds contain the raw material for star formation and hide protostars within. Nearly 3,000 light-years distant, the relatively faint IC 1396 complex covers a large region on the sky, spanning over 5 degrees. This dramatic scene spans a 1 degree wide field, about the size of 2 Full Moons.

Tomorrow’s picture: orion away

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! Jan. 12th, 2018

THERE IS AN EXTREME COLD WARNING FOR OUR AREA AT THIS TIME, WITH WINDCHILL”S IN THE MID TO HIGH -40C’s FOR THIS MORNING. COLD COLD COLD for today and the weekend. Don’t worry everyone we will start seeing a warming trend by Tuesday, so it is coming. For today we will see mostly sunny skies with moderate to high winds, which will keep our winchill’s in the high range. These conditions will persist throughout the weekend and into Monday. Currently we have a very cold temperature of -26C feels like -38C with our high windchill, our winds are high from the WNW at 23 km/h with gusts of 35 km/h throughout the day.

There is a WEATHER WARNING and MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today please see below for the warnings.

Our highways in and around our area are in good winter driving conditions with blowing snow and slippery sections in open areas. Because of the EXTREME COLD it is advisable to let friends and family know when and where your are traveling and your ETA. PLEASE PLAN AHEAD!!

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

Warnings

4:42 AM CST Friday 12 January 2018
Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville
  • Waterhen Meadow Portage and Skownan

A period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Wind chill values of -40 to -44 will be in place at times this morning across southern Manitoba.

The extreme cold will moderate today, however Friday night is forecast to be another cold night with wind chill values once again near -40.

Information on dealing with extreme cold can be found at Manitoba Healthlinks.

www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/environmentalhealth/cold.html

Or call 1-888-315-9257.

Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.

Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant.

Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

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.

Warnings (In effect)

Extreme Cold Warning in effect

Lake Winnipegosis

Issued 03:50 AM CST 12 January 2018 A prolonged period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Wind chill values near -40 are expected to diminish Friday morning on the Manitoba Lakes.

Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant.

Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

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

Blue Comet PanSTARRS
Image Credit & Copyright: Damian Peach, Jose J. Chambo
Explanation: Discovered with the PanSTARRS telescope on September 7, 2016, this Comet PanSTARRS, C/2016 R2, is presently about 24 light minutes (3 AU) from the Sun, sweeping through planet Earth’s skies across the background of stars in the constellation Taurus. An inbound visitor from our Solar System’s distant Oort Cloud, its beautiful and complex ion tail is a remarkable shade of blue. Still relatively far from the Sun, the comet’s already well-developed ion tail is very impressive. Emission from unusually abundant ionized carbon monoxide (CO+) atoms fluorescing in the increasing sunlight is largely responsible for the pretty blue tint. This color image of the blue comet is a combination of data taken from two different telescopes during the night of January 7. Located at the apex of the V-shaped Hyades star cluster in Taurus, bright star Gamma Tauri is responsible for the glow at the bottom left corner of the frame.

Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday Jan. 11th, 2018

COLD COLD COLD FOR THE NEXT WHILE! Today we will see a few clouds with a lot of sun, a high of only -25C and winchill’s in the -36 to -40C. For tonight winchills will be in the -47C. Currently we have a few clouds, a cold temperature of -29C feels like -40C with our high wndchill, our winds are from the W at 19 km/h with wind gusts of 25-35 km/h through the day/evening and over night hours.

There are no weather warnings for our area at this time BUT THERE IS A MARINE WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR THE WARNING.

Our highways in and around our area are mostly clear but blowing snow and slippery in open areas. Please plan ahead for winter driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

Warnings (In effect)

Extreme Cold Warning in effect

Lake Winnipegosis

Issued 02:38 AM CST 11 January 2018 A prolonged period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Wind chill values of -40 to -43 will occur tonight and early Thursday morning on Lake Winnipegosis and on the north Basin of Lake Winnipeg.

Dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant.

Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

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

RCW 114: A Dragon’s Heart in Ara
Image Credit & Copyright: Andrew Campbell
Explanation: Large and dramatically shaped, this cosmic cloud spans nearly 7 degrees or 14 full moons across planet Earth’s sky toward the southern constellation Ara. Difficult to image, the filamentary apparition is cataloged as RCW 114 and traced in this telescopic mosaic by the telltale reddish emission of ionized hydrogen atoms. In fact, RCW 114 has been recognized as a supernova remnant. Its extensive filaments of emission are produced as the still expanding shockwave from the death explosion of a massive star sweeps up the surrounding interstellar medium. Consistent estimates place its distance at over 600 light-years, indicating a diameter of about 100 light-years or so. Light from the supernova explosion that created RCW 114 would have reached Earth around 20,000 years ago. A neutron star or pulsar has recently been identified as the collapsed remains of the stellar core.

Tomorrow’s picture: blue comet

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Jan. 10th, 2018

THE DEEP FREEZE IS BACK! A special weather statement has been issued for our area regarding a significant change in the temperature within the next several hours, with temps in the -30c during the day and into the high -40c’s for the evening and overnight hours.

It will be cold, a mix of sun and cloud with moderate to high winds that will increase our windchill’s throughout the evening and overnight hours. Currently we have some cloud cover, a temperature of -18C feels like -30C with our moderate windchill, our winds are from the NW at 31 km/h with wind gusts of 40 km/h throughout the day/evening/overnight hours.

Hour highways in and our area are not in good driving conditions with snow cover and very slippery, these conditions will improve throughout the day when the plows get and start working. TRAVEL WITH CAUTION AND PLAN AHEAD!

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

Statements

4:27 AM CST Wednesday 10 January 2018
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville
  • Waterhen Meadow Portage and Skownan

Significantly changing weather in Manitoba….

A weather system brought some heavy snow to central Manitoba Tuesday night. This system will exit the province early this morning leaving 10 to 15 cm of new snow in its wake.

A second weather disturbance gave unseasonably mild temperatures to southern Manitoba Tuesday. It also brought bands of freezing rain in a swath from the Minnedosa and Dauphin regions, through the southern interlake, and then to the Ontario border. Most of the freezing rain has ended, although some pockets may continue early this morning. Even though the freezing rain is gone, the iciness on the ground persists.

A cold front will sweep through southern Manitoba bringing a strong north wind and plummeting temperatures today. This gusty wind will likely give some poor visibilities in blowing snow to parts of the Red River Valley later today and Wednesday night.

Southern Manitoba then remains in the deep freeze through next weekend and perhaps beyond.

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.

Statements (In effect)

Blowing snow advisory in effect

Lake Winnipegosis

Issued 02:37 AM CST 10 January 2018 An Arctic cold front will sweep through the Manitoba Lakes this morning, bringing strong northerly winds in its wake of 50 gusting to 70 km/h.

These strong winds will give poor visibilities at times in blowing snow today and Wednesday night.

If outside, dress warmly in layers and stay dry. Cover as much exposed skin as possible to avoid frostbite. Ensure that shelter is provided for pets and outdoor animals.

Blowing snow advisories are issued when winds are expected to create blowing snow giving poor visibility to 800 metres or less for at least 3 hours.

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

NGC 2623: Merging Galaxies from Hubble
Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
Explanation: Where do stars form when galaxies collide? To help find out, astronomers imaged the nearby galaxy merger NGC 2623 in high resolution with the Hubble Space Telescope. Analysis of this and other Hubble images as well as images of NGC 2623 in infrared light by the Spitzer Space Telescope, in X-ray light by XMM-Newton, and in ultraviolet light by GALEX, indicate that two originally spiral galaxies appear now to be greatly convolved and that their cores have unified into one active galactic nucleus (AGN). Star formation continues around this core near the featured image center, along the stretched out tidal tails visible on either side, and perhaps surprisingly, in an off-nuclear region on the upper left where clusters of bright blue stars appear. Galaxy collisions can take hundreds of millions of years and take several gravitationally destructive passes. NGC 2623, also known as Arp 243, spans about 50,000 light years and lies about 250 million light years away toward the constellation of the Crab (Cancer). Reconstructing the original galaxies and how galaxy mergers happen is often challenging, sometimes impossible, but generally important to understanding how our universe evolved.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

 

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday Jan. 9th, 2018

There is a system approaching that will bring us some snow, the amounts are iffy at this point seems to be in the 5-15cm but more likely in the 3-6cm range for us. Then a cold system will follow it and the deep freeze will be be back. Currently we have mostly cloudy sky’s, a temperature of -13C feels like -16C  with our light windchill, our winds are from the SSE at 6 km/h and will increase to 20 km/h gusts by late this morning.

Currently we are not in any weather warnings as other communities are but that might change as the system approaches.

Our highways in and around are area are in good winter driving conditions but that will diminish as the day rolls on as this system approaches. Take caution and plan ahead as the snow approaches.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Bright Planetary Nebula NGC 7027 from Hubble
Image Credit: Hubble, NASA, ESA; Processing & License: Judy Schmidt
Explanation: It is one of the brightest planetary nebulae on the sky — what should it be named? First discovered in 1878, nebula NGC 7027 can be seen toward the constellation of the Swan (Cygnus) with a standard backyard telescope. Partly because it appears there as only an indistinct spot, it is rarely referred to with a moniker. When imaged with the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope, however, great details are revealed. Studying Hubble images of NGC 7027 have led to the understanding that it is a planetary nebula that began expanding about 600 years ago, and that the cloud of gas and dust is unusually massive as it appears to contain about three times the mass of our Sun. Pictured here in assigned colors, the resolved, layered, and dust-laced features of NGC 7027 might remind sky enthusiasts of a familiar icon that could be the basis for an informal name. A leading previous suggestion was the Pillow Nebula, but please feel free to make new suggestions — for example, in an online APOD discussion forum.

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Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday Jan 8th, 2018

A mix of sun and cloud for today with a high of -12C and winds will be low to moderate. The evening will bring mostly cloudy skies, a low of -16C with low to moderate winds. Currently we have some clouds, a temperature of -12C feels like -20C with our windchill and our winds are from the NW at 14 km/h with gusts of up to 20 km/h throughout the day.

There are no weather warnings for our area and winds on the lake will be moderate to high bringing high windchill’s.

Highways in and around our area have snow covered slippery sections and blowing snow in open areas. Please take precaution and plan ahead when traveling during the winter.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

GOOD MORNING! Weather and Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday Dec. 20th, 2017

VERY COLD FOR THE NEXT WHILE! Very cold for today and tonight with mostly clear sky’s, low to moderate winds, and a high of only -23C. Currently we have mostly clear sky’s, a temperature of -24C feels like -30C with our windchill, our winds are from the SW at 6 km/h and will increase to 10 km/h throughout the day.

There are no weather or marine warnings for today.

Our highways in and around our area in good winter driving conditions and will remain so for the next while. It will be very cold so please plan ahead when traveling.

HAVE A GOOD WEDNESDAY! AND HOLIDAY SEASON!

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

How to Wash Your Hair in Space
Video Credit: NASA, Expedition 36 Crew
Explanation: How can you wash your hair in space — without gravity? Long a bother for space-faring astronauts, Karen Nyberg, a flight engineer on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2013, gave a tutorial. Key components are a squirt package of water, no-rinse shampoo, and vigorous use of a towel and comb. Even so, the featured video shows that the whole process should take only a few minutes. Residual water will eventually evaporate from your hair, be captured by the space station’s air conditioning system, and be purified into drinking water. After returning from a total of 180 days in space, Nyberg has worked for NASA in several capacities including as the Chief of Robotics branch.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space
 

GOOD MORNING! Weather and Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday Dec. 19th, 2017

Breezy, cold, with a high of -12C for today then the temperature will drop even more overnight with lows in and around -30C. Currently we have mostly clear sky’s, a chilly temperature of -14C feels like -25C with our moderate windchill, our winds are from the W at 24 km/h with wind gusts around 35-40 km/h throughout the day into the overnight hours.

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

Our highways in and around our area are party covered and slippery with blowing snow in open areas. Please when traveling plan ahead and let someone know your ETA to your destination.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

The Spiral North Pole of Mars
Image Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin; NASA MGS MOLA Science Team
Explanation: Why is there a spiral around the North Pole of Mars? Each winter this pole develops a new outer layer about one meter thick composed of carbon dioxide frozen out of the thin Martian atmosphere. This fresh layer is deposited on a water-ice layer that exists year round. Strong winds blow down from above the cap’s center and swirl due to the spin of the red planet — contributing to Planum Boreum‘s spiral structure. The featured image is a perspective mosaic generated earlier this year from numerous images taken by ESA’s Mars Express and elevations extracted from the laser altimeter aboard NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor mission. New missions to Mars planned in the next few years include Insight with plans to drill into Mars, and ExoMars and the Mars 2020 Rover with plans to search for signs of microscopic Martian life — past and present.

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Tomorrow’s picture: vertical space hair

GOOD MORNING! Weather and Current Highway Conditions For Monday Dec. 18th, 2017

Warm, windy and more cloud then sun for this morning into this afternoon. Then a chance of flurries in the evening and blowing snow overnight, with moderate to high winds throughout the day/evening/overnight and a high of +1C. Currently we have mostly cloudy sky’s, a temperature of 0C feels like -7C with our high windchill and our winds are from the SW at 26 km/h with wind gusts in the range of 35 km/h throughout the day and into the overnight hours.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in good winter driving conditions with slippery section and blowing snow in open areas. Highways will become partly covered and slippery in the evening hours as there is a chance of flurries and high winds for the evening/overnight hours.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

 

The Kepler-90 Planetary System
Illustration Credit: NASA Ames, Wendy Stenzel
Explanation: Do other stars have planetary systems like our own? Yes — one such system is Kepler-90. Cataloged by the orbiting Kepler satellite, an eighth planet has now been discovered giving Kepler-90 the same number of known planets as our Solar System. Similarities between Kepler-90 and our system include a G-type star comparable to our Sun, rocky planets comparable to our Earth, and large planets comparable in size to Jupiter and Saturn. Differences include that all of the known Kepler-90 planets orbit relatively close in — closer than Earth’s orbit around the Sun — making them possibly too hot to harbor life. However, observations over longer time periods may discover cooler planets further out. Kepler-90 lies about 2,500 light years away, and at magnitude 14 is visible with a medium-sized telescope toward the constellation of the Dragon (Draco). Exoplanet-finding missions planned for launch in the next decade include TESS, JWST, WFIRST, and PLATO.

Tomorrow’s picture: spiral north pole

Current Weather and Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! Dec. 15th, 2017

A few clouds, colder with low to moderate winds and a high of only -13C for this morning into early afternoon, then some light snow will begin total amounts of 1-4cm by the overnight hours. The weekend looks the same with no snow and some warmer temperatures. Currently we have a some cloud, a temperature of -15C feels like -22C with our moderate windchill, our winds are from the ESE at 13 km/h and will increase to 20 km/h throughout the day/evening/overnight.

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

Our highways are in good winter driving conditions now but will change to snow covered and slippery by late this afternoon when the light snow will begins. Please plan ahead for winter driving.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Geminids of the North
Image Credit & Copyright: Yin Hao
Explanation: Earth’s annual Geminid meteor shower did not disappoint as our fair planet plowed through dust from active asteroid 3200 Phaethon. Captured in this northern hemisphere nightscape, the meteors stream away from the shower’s radiant in Gemini. To create the image, 37 individual frames recording meteor streaks were taken over period of 8.5 hours during the night of December 12/13. In the final composite they were selected and registered against the starry sky above a radio telescope dish of MUSER, a solar-dedicated radio telescope array at astronomically-named Mingantu Station in Inner Mongolia, China, about 400 kilometers from Beijing. Sirius, alpha star of Canis Major, shines brightly just above the radio dish and the Milky Way stretches toward the zenith. Yellowish Betelgeuse is a standout in Orion to the right of the northen Milky Way. The shower’s radiant is at top left, high above the horizon near Castor and Pollux the twin stars of Gemini. The radiant effect is due to perspective as the parallel meteor tracks appear to converge in the distance. Gemini’s meteors enter Earth’s atmosphere traveling at about 22 kilometers per second.

Submitted to APOD: Best images (so far) of the Geminid Meteor Shower 2017.
Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend