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!

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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

Today’s Weather and Current Highway Conditions For Thursday Dec. 14th 2017

Another mostly cloudy morning with maybe a maybe a sunny break by this afternoon. We will have low to moderate winds and a high of -9C m for today. Currently we have cloudy sky’s, a temperature of -10C feels like -13C with our low windchill, our winds are from the NW at 6 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in good winter driving conditions, but please continue to plan ahead when traveling.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, SwRI, MSSS, Gerald Eichstadt, Justin Cowart
Explanation: Take this simulated plunge and dive into the upper atmosphere of Jupiter, the Solar System’s ruling gas giant. The awesome animation is based on image data from JunoCam, and the microwave radiometer on board the Jupiter-orbiting Juno spacecraft. You’re view will start about 3,000 kilometers above the southern Jovian cloud tops, but you can track your progress on the display at the left. As altitude decreases, temperature increases while you dive deeper at the location of Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot. In fact, Juno data indicates the Great Red Spot, the Solar System’s largest storm system, penetrates some 300 kilometers into the giant planet’s atmosphere. For comparison, the deepest point for planet Earth’s oceans is just under 11 kilometers down. Don’t panic though, you’ll fly back out again.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space
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Today’s Weather and Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday Dec. 13th, 2017

There is still a chance of a scattered flurry from the passing system from last night, then will become mostly cloudy for the rest of the day with low to moderate winds and gusts and a high steady at -9C. Currently we have overcast sky’s, our temperature of -9C feels like -14 with our light windchill, our winds are from the N at 3 km/h and will increase to 10 km/k throughout the day.

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

Our highways in and around our area are snow covered and slippery then conditions improve as you get further south with blowing snow in open areas. Please drive with caution and plan ahead for winter driving.

Have a great Wednesday!

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Meteors over Inner Mongolia
Image Credit & Copyright: Haitong Yu
Explanation: Did you ever get caught in a meteor shower? If yes, then every minute or so the sky sparked with fleeting flashes of light. This was the fate of the pictured astrophotographer during last year’s Perseids meteor shower. During the featured three-hour image composite, about 90 Perseids rained down above Lake Duolun of Inner Mongolia, China. If you trace back the meteor streaks, you will find that most of them appear to radiate from a single constellation — in this case Perseus. In fact, you can even tell which meteors are not Perseids because they track differently. Tonight promises to be another good night to get caught in a meteor shower because it is the peak for the Geminids. Gemini, the shower radiant, should rise shortly after sunset and be visible most of the night.

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Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather and Current Weather Conditions For Tuesday Dec. 12th, 2017

A chance of scattered flurries this morning then will be mostly cloudy with low to moderate winds and a high of -4C. Currently we have clouds and some isolated scattered flurries in and around our area, our temperature sits at -9C  feels like -13C with our light windchill, our winds are from the SE at 8 km/h and will increase to 15 km/h at times throughout the day.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD DRIVINGS CONDITIONS with the OCCASIONAL SLIPPERY SECTIONS so caution is permitted and please plan ahead for for WINTER DRIVING.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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Highlights of the Winter Sky
Illustration Credit & Copyright: Universe2go.com
Explanation: What’s up in the sky this winter? The featured graphic gives a few highlights for Earth’s northern hemisphere. Viewed as a clock face centered at the bottom, early winter sky events fan out toward the left, while late winter events are projected 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. Highlights of this winter’s sky include the Geminids meteor shower peaking this week, the constellation of Orion becoming notable in the evening sky, and many planets being visible before sunrise in February. As true in every season, the International Space Station (ISS) can be sometimes be found drifting across your sky if you know just when and where to look.

Tomorrow’s picture: meteors reflected

Today’s Weather and Current Highway Conditions For Monday Dec. 11th, 2017

Chilly today with mostly cloudy sky’s with some sun, winds will be low to moderate and a high of -12C by this afternoon. Currently we have some clouds, a temperature of -13C, our winds are calm ans there is no windchill.

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

Highways in and around our area are snow covered and slippery. Highways will slowly improve throughout the mornings as the plows get out there and take care of things. There will be blowing snow in open areas. Please plan ahead for winter driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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Mercury Visualized from MESSENGER
Video Credit: NASA, JHUAPL, CIW; Processing: Roman Tkachenko; Music: Open Sea Morning by Puddle of Infinity
Explanation: What would it be like to fly over the planet Mercury? Images and data taken from NASA’s robotic MESSENGER spacecraft that orbited Mercury from 2011 to 2015 have been digitally combined to envision a virtual flight that highlights much of the hot planet’s surface. In general, the Solar System’s innermost world appears similar to Earth’s Moon as it is covered by a heavily cratered gray terrain. MESSENGER discovered much about Mercury including that shadows near its poles likely host water ice. The featured video opens as Mercury is viewed from the Sun-facing side and concludes with the virtual spacecraft retreating into Mercury’s night. Mercury actually rotates so slowly that it only completes three rotations for every two trips around the Sun. In 2018, Europe and Japan plan to launch BepiColombo to better map Mercury’s surface and probe its magnetic field.

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Today’s Weather and Current Road Conditions For Friday Dec. 8th, 2017

A mostly cloudy day with a small chance of flurries this morning with moderate to high winds and a high of -5C. Saturday looks the same and Sunday we could see some light snow or flurries but will remain warm for this time of year.

There are no weather warnings but there is a BLOWING SNOW ADVISORY in EFFECT for the LAKE for TODAY AND TOMORROW, please see the ADVISORY below.

Our highways in and around the area remain in good winter driving conditions with the occasional slippery section. PLEASE SEE HIGHWAY IMAGES BELOW. Winter driving calls for planning ahead, let a family member or friend know your route and ETA of your destination.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

Statements (In effect)

Blowing snow advisory in effect

Lake Winnipegosis

Issued 02:17 AM CST 08 December 2017 Poor visibility in snow and blowing snow is expected or occurring in some locations.

A fast moving weather system tracking southeastward across Manitoba today will have strong northwest winds of 50 gusting 70 km/h in its wake. These strong winds combined with some light falling snow will create widespread blowing snow and poor visibilities across the Manitoba lakes today, beginning this morning in the northern lakes and by early afternoon in the southern lakes. Conditions will improve late this afternoon in the north and early this evening in the south.

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.

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Today’s Weather and Current Highway Conditions For Thursday December 7th, 2017

A little warmer today with mostly cloudy sky’s with low to moderate winds and a high of -7C. Currently we have mostly cloudy sky’s, a temperature of -11C and there is no windchill at this time, our winds are from the WNW at 2 km/h and increase to 10 km/h throughout the day.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in good driving conditions at this time.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

All the Eclipses of 2017
Image Credit & Copyright: Petr Horálek
Explanation: As seen from planet Earth, all the lunar and solar eclipses of 2017 are represented at the same scale in these four panels. The year’s celestial shadow play was followed through four different countries by one adventurous eclipse chaser. To kick off the eclipse season, at top left February’s Full Moon was captured from the Czech Republic. Its subtle shading, a penumbral lunar eclipse, is due to Earth’s lighter outer shadow. Later that month the New Moon at top right was surrounded by a ring of fire, recorded on film from Argentina near the midpoint of striking annular solar eclipse. The August eclipse pairing below finds the Earth’s dark umbral shadow in a partial eclipse from Germany at left, and the vibrant solar corona surrounding a totally eclipsed Sun from the western USA. If you’re keeping score, the Saros numbers (eclipse cycles) for all the 2017 eclipses are at bottom left in each panel.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather and Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday Dec. 6th, 2017

Partly cloudy and cold with low to moderate winds and windchill’s throughout the day, with a high of -15C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -20C feels like -28C, our winds are moderate from the NNW at 13 km/h with gusts in and around 20 km/h throughout the day.

There are no weather or marine wind warnings for the open lake today.

Our highways in and around our area are in good winter driving conditions with some slippery sections with blowing snow in open areas. Please plan ahead if your traveling.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

HH 666: Carina Dust Pillar with Jet
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble, HLA; Processing & Copyright: Domingo Pestana
Explanation: To some, it may look like a beehive harboring an evil bee. In reality, the featured Hubble image captures a cosmic pillar of dust, two-light years long, inside of which is Herbig-Haro 666 — a young star emitting powerful jets. The structure lies within one of our galaxy’s largest star forming regions, the Carina Nebula, shining in southern skies at a distance of about 7,500 light-years. The pillar‘s layered outline are shaped by the winds and radiation of Carina’s young, hot, massive stars, some of which are still forming inside the nebula. A dust-penetrating view in infrared light better shows the two, narrow, energetic jets blasting outward from a still hidden infant star.

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Today’s Weather and Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday Dec. 5th, 2017

Very cold and more blowing snow for most of the day today, but otherwise clear sky’s, high to very high winds and a chilly high of only -11C. Currently we have clear sky’s, blowing snow, a cold temperature of -18C feels like -28C with our windchill, our winds are high from the NW at 21 km/h and will increase to 35-40 km/h throughout the day/evening.

There are no weather or marine wind warnings for our area today, although winds will be strong in the open on the lake today.

Our highways in and around our area have slippery sections, blowing snow in open areas but otherwise are in good winter driving conditions. Caution is still required and planning ahead remains a good idea when traveling on our highways.

Have a great TUESDAY!

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A Horizon with Blue and Red
Image Credit & Copyright: Sergio Montúfar (Planetario Ciudad de La Plata)
Explanation: What’s happening on the horizon? The horizon itself, past a spinach field in Guatemala, shows not only trees but a large volcano: the Volcán de Fuego (Volcano of Fire). The red glow at the top of the volcano is hot lava. But your eye may also be drawn to the blue circle above the horizon on the left. This circle surrounds the Moon and, together with other colors, is called a corona. A corona is caused by diffraction of light — here moonlight — by small water droplets in the Earth’s intervening atmosphere. A break in the clouds on the right shows stars and even the planet Saturn far beyond the volcano. Although Volcán de Fuego frequently undergoes low-level activity, the astrophotographer considered himself lucky to capture the scene just during an explosive eruption in late September.

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Tomorrow’s picture: dust evil

Today’s Weather and Current Road Conditions For Monday Dec. 4th, 2017

Snow will taper off later this morning total accumulations should hit 5CM then become mostly cloudy, wind will increase to moderate to high and our high will drop to -9C and will steadily get colder. Currently we have light snow, a temperature of -6C feels like -7C with our light windchill, our winds are light from the W at 5 km/h and will increase to 35 km/h by the afternoon and will remain steady throughout the over night hours.

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

Our highways in and around our are in POOR WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS at this time, they are SNOW COVERED with BLOWING SNOW IN OPEN AREAS. Conditions will slowly improve throughout the day as the snow tapers off and the blows get out. Please plan ahead if you must travel.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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