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!

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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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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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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!

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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!

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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.
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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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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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