Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! Apr. 13th, 2018

Another chilly day/evening/overnight. Chilly again this morning, sunshine, warming up a bit in the afternoon then chilly again over night, low to moderate winds and a high of -2C. Currently we have a few clouds, a chilly temperature of -14C feels like -19C with our light winchill, our winds are from the N at 7 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

We do not have any weather or marine wind warnings at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT spring driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

   

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Facing NGC 3344 
Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
Explanation: From our vantage point in the Milky Way Galaxy, we see NGC 3344 face-on. Nearly 40,000 light-years across, the big, beautiful spiral galaxy is located just 20 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo Minor. This multi-color Hubble Space Telescope close-up of NGC 3344 includes remarkable details from near infrared to ultraviolet wavelengths. The frame extends some 15,000 light-years across the spiral’s central regions. From the core outward, the galaxy’s colors change from the yellowish light of old stars in the center to young blue star clusters and reddish star forming regions along the loose, fragmented spiral arms. Of course, the bright stars with a spiky appearance are in front of NGC 3344 and lie well within our own Milky Way.

Tomorrow’s picture: sesquipedaliophobia

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday Apr. 12th, 2018

It continues to be cold in the mornings. Cold this morning with sunshine, low to moderate winds and a high of -4C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -15C feels like -19C with our low windchill, our winds are from the NE at 10 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

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

Our highways remain in VERY GOOD spring driving conditions for our area.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

   

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M22 and the Wanderers 
Image Credit & CopyrightDamian Peach
Explanation: Wandering through the constellation Sagittarius, bright planets Mars and Saturn appeared together in early morning skies over the last weeks. They are captured in this 3 degree wide field-of-view from March 31 in a close celestial triangle with large globular star cluster Messier 22. Of course M22 (bottom left) is about 10,000 light-years distant, a massive ball of over 100,000 stars much older than our Sun. Pale yellow and shining by reflected sunlight, Saturn (on top) is about 82 light-minutes away. Look carefully and you can spot large moon Titan as a pinpoint of light at about the 5 o’clock position in the glare of Saturn’s overexposed disk. Slightly brighter and redder Mars is 9 light-minutes distant. While both planets are moving on toward upcoming oppositions, by July Mars will become much brighter still, with good telescopic views near its 2018 opposition a mere 3.2 light-minutes from planet Earth.

Tomorrow’s picture: friggatriskaidekaphobia

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday Apr. 11th, 2018

Chilly this morning but otherwise another nice sunny day with low to moderate winds. Currently we have clear skies, a temperature of -16C feels like – 19C with our light windchill, our winds are from the N at 5 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

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

Our highways remain in EXCELLENT spring driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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

Warming up today then becoming chilly once again overnight with a low of -15C with low to moderate windchill. Sunshine and some warmth for today with low to moderate winds and a high of +1C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -5C feels like -10C with our windchill, our winds are from the SW at 7 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day today.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in VERY GOOD spring driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

   

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Dragon Aurora over Norway 
Image Credit & Copyright: Marco Bastoni
Explanation: What’s that in the sky? An aurora. A large coronal hole opened last month, a few days before this image was taken, throwing a cloud of fast moving electronsprotons, and ions toward the Earth. Some of this cloud impacted our Earth’s magnetosphere and resulted in spectacular auroras being seen at high northern latitudes. Featured here is a particularly photogenic auroral curtain captured above Tromsø Norway. To the astrophotographer, this shimmering green glow of recombining atmospheric oxygen appeared as a large dragon, but feel free to share what it looks like to you. Although now past Solar Maximum, our Sun continues to show occasional activity creating impressive auroras on Earth visible even last week.

Tomorrow’s picture: far star

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday Apr. 9th, 2018

It will slowly continue to get warmer but we won’t see + temperatures until early next week. Chilly again this morning then it will warm up to 0C by the afternoon with low to moderate winds throughout the day. Currently we have a few clouds, a chilly  temperature of -12C feels like -15C with our light windchill, our winds are from the S at 6 km/h.

We currently have no weather, marine or blowing snow advisories for our area.

Our highways in and around our area continue to be in VERY GOOD spring driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

 

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NGC 6960: The Witch’s Broom Nebula 
Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Pugh (Heaven’s Mirror Observatory)
Explanation: Ten thousand years ago, before the dawn of recorded human history, a new light would have suddenly have appeared in the night sky and faded after a few weeks. Today we know this light was from a supernova, or exploding star, and record the expanding debris cloud as the Veil Nebula, a supernova remnant. This sharp telescopic view is centered on a western segment of the Veil Nebula cataloged as NGC 6960 but less formally known as the Witch’s Broom Nebula. Blasted out in the cataclysmic explosion, the interstellar shock wave plows through space sweeping up and exciting interstellar material. Imaged with narrow band filters, the glowing filaments are like long ripples in a sheet seen almost edge on, remarkably well separated into atomic hydrogen (red) and oxygen (blue-green) gas. The complete supernova remnant lies about 1400 light-years away towards the constellation Cygnus. This Witch’s Broom actually spans about 35 light-years. The bright star in the frame is 52 Cygni, visible with the unaided eye from a dark location but unrelated to the ancient supernova remnant.

Tomorrow’s picture: sun burst

Weekend Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Saturday Apr. 7th, 2018

Another cold morning/afternoon/evening and overnight, but the temperatures will be a little warmer starting next week. Currently we have a few clouds, a chilly temperature of -19C feels like -25C with our light windchill, our winds are from the NW at 7 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

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

Our highways in and around our area continue to be in GOOD spring driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY!

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Painting with Jupiter 
Image Credit: NASAJPL-CaltechSwRIMSSSProcessing: Rick Lundh
Explanation: Brush strokes of Jupiter’s signature atmospheric bands and vortices form this planetary post-impressionist work of art. The creative image uses actual data from the Juno spacecraft’s JunoCam. To paint on the digital canvas, a image with light and dark tones was chosen for processing and an oil-painting software filter applied. The image data was captured during perijove 10, Juno’s December 16, 2017 close encounter with the solar system’s ruling gas giant. At the time the spacecraft was cruising about 13,000 kilometers above northern Jovian cloud tops.

Tomorrow’s picture: Sunday’s Childe

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! Apr. 6th, 2018

Cold for today and tonight for this time of year, windchills close to -30C’s for overnight. A few clouds today and will remain chilly with moderate to high winds throughout the day. Currently we have a few clouds, a chilly temperature -15C feels like -24C with our windchill, our winds are from the NW 18 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day/evening.

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

Our highways in and around our area remain in GOOD Spring driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

NGC 3324 in Carina 
Image Credit & CopyrightMartin Pugh
Explanation: This bright cosmic cloud was sculpted by stellar winds and radiation from the hot young stars of open cluster NGC 3324. With dust clouds in silhouette against its glowing atomic gas, the pocket-shaped star-forming region actually spans about 35 light-years. It lies some 7,500 light-years away toward the nebula rich southern constellation Carina. A composite of narrowband image data, the telescopic view captures the characteristic emission from ionized sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms mapped to red, green, and blue hues in the popular Hubble Palette. For some, the celestial landscape of bright ridges of emission bordered by cool, obscuring dust along the right side create a recognizable face in profile. The region’s popular name is the Gabriela Mistral Nebula for the Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet.

Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday Apr. 5th 2018

Another cold day with below normal temperatures expected and no precipitation is expected for sometime. Cold this morning and a little warmer this afternoon, moderate to high winds throughout the day with gusts in the in the 25-30 km/h range. Currently we have mostly clear skies, a temperature of -15C feels like – 21C with our windchill, our winds are from the NW at 9 kn/h and will increase throughout the day.

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

Our highways remain in GOOD spring driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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NGC 289: Swirl in the Southern Sky 
Image Credit & CopyrightAdam BlockChileScope
Explanation: About 70 million light-years distant, gorgeous spiral galaxy NGC 289 is larger than our own Milky Way. Seen nearly face-on, its bright core and colorful central disk give way to remarkably faint, bluish spiral arms. The extensive arms sweep well over 100 thousand light-years from the galaxy’s center. At the lower right in this sharp, telescopic galaxy portrait the main spiral arm seems to encounter a small, fuzzy elliptical companion galaxy interacting with enormous NGC 289. Of course the spiky stars are in the foreground of the scene. They lie within the Milky Way toward the southern constellation Sculptor.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday April 4th, 2018

The cold continues through to the weekend then we shall start seeing a warning trend. Cold this morning with sun and low to moderate winds, we should see a high of -5C by the afternoon. Currently we have a few clouds, a chilly temperature of -17C feels like -23C with our light windchill, our winds are from the W at 8 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

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

Our highways in and around our area remain in GOOD Spring driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Intrepid Crater on Mars from Opportunity 
Image Credit: NASAJPLCornellOpportunity Rover Team,
Explanation: The robotic rover Opportunity sometimes passes small craters on Mars. Pictured here in 2010 is Intrepid Crater, a 20-meter across impact basin slightly larger than Nereus Crater that Opportunity had chanced across previously. The featured image is in approximately true color but horizontally compressed to accommodate a wide angle panorama. Intrepid Crater was named after the lunar module Intrepid that carried Apollo 12 astronauts to Earth’s Moon 49 years ago. Beyond Intrepid Crater and past long patches of rusty Martian desert lie peaks from the rim of large Endeavour Crater, visible on the horizon. The Opportunity rover continues to explore Mars, recently surpassing 5,000 Martian days on the red planet.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday April 3rd, 2018

Temperatures will remain below seasonal until at least mid-week. It will remain cold this morning then warning some by this afternoon with sun and low to moderate winds throughout the day. Currently we have a temperature of -22C feels like -25C with our light windchill, our winds are from the S at 3 km/h and will increase to 10 km/h throughout the day.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD spring driving conditions.

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

The Milky Way over the Seven Strong Men Rock Formations 
Image Credit & Copyright: Sergei Makurin
Explanation: You may have heard of the Seven Sisters in the sky, but have you heard about the Seven Strong Men on the ground? Located just west of the Ural Mountains, the unusual Manpupuner rock formations are one of the Seven Wonders of Russia. How these ancient 40-meter high pillars formed is yet unknown. The persistent photographer of this featured image battled rough terrain and uncooperative weather to capture these rugged stone towers in winter at night, being finally successful in February of 2014. Utilizing the camera’s time delay feature, the photographer holds a flashlight in the foreground near one of the snow-covered pillars. High above, millions of stars shine down, while the band of our Milky Way Galaxy crosses diagonally down from the upper left.

Tomorrow’s picture: intrepid mars