Weekend Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Saturday March 14th, 2020

Mainly sunny today. Increasing cloudiness late this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -13. Wind chill -27 this morning and -16 this afternoon. Mainly cloudy. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 17. Wind chill near minus 21. Currently we have clear sky’s a temperature of -22 and our winds are calm.

Currently we NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS. THE Hwy 10 & Hwy 39 JUNCTIONS IS PARTLY COVERED AND SLIPPERY, PLEASE TAKE CAUTION WHEN APPROACHING THIS JUNCTION.

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

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2020 March 14
Moonrise and Mountain Shadow
Image Credit & Copyright: Daniel Lopez (El Cielo de Canarias)

Explanation: What phase of the Moon is 3.14 radians from the Sun? The Full Moon, of course. Even though the Moon might look full for several days, the Moon is truly at its full phase when it is 3.14 radians (aka 180 degrees) from the Sun in ecliptic longitude. That’s opposite the Sun in planet Earth’s sky. Rising as the Sun set on March 9, only an hour or so after the moment of its full phase, this orange tinted and slightly flattened Moon still looked full. It was photographed opposite the setting Sun from Teide National Park on the Canary Island of Tenerife. Also opposite the setting Sun, seen from near the Teide volcano peak about 3,500 meters above sea level, is the mountain’s rising triangular shadow extending into Earth’s dense atmosphere. Below the distant ridge line on the left are the white telescope domes of Teide ObservatoryTomorrow’s picture: comet blizzard

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For FRIDAY! March 13th, 2020

Mainly cloudy today with 30% chance of flurries. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High -10. Wind chill -23 this morning and -18 this afternoon. Partly cloudy tonight. 30% chance of flurries this evening. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -19. Wind chill -17 this evening and -27 overnight. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -15 feels like -25 , our winds are 24 km/h from the W.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS, WITH SNOW COVERED SLIPPERY AREAS AROUND HIGHWAY JUNCTIONS AND WITH BLOWING SNOW IN OPEN AREAS.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY! AND WEEKEND!

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2020 March 13
Starry Night by Jean-Francois Millet
Digital Reproduction Credit: Yale University Art Gallery – Text: Letty Bonnell

Explanation: A dramatic nocturnal landscape from around 1850, this oil painting is the work of French artist Jean-Francois Millet. In the dark and atmospheric night sky are shooting stars, known too as meteors, above a landscape showing a path through the faintly lit countryside that leads toward trees and a cart in silhouette on the horizon. Millet was raised in a farming family in Normandy and is known for his paintings of rural scenes and peasant life. This Starry Night was painted after the artist moved to Barbizon, about 30 kilometers southeast of any 19th century light pollution from Paris. Millet wrote to his brother at this time, “If only you knew how beautiful the night is … the calm and grandeur of it are so awesome that I find that I actually feel overwhelmed.” Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh was an admirer of Millet’s work, and later also painted two dramatic starry nights.Tomorrow’s picture: pi in the sky

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Thursday March 12th, 2020

Mainly cloudy today. 60% chance of flurries this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High +1. Wind chill -22 this morning. Mainly cloudy tonight with 60% chance of flurries. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -5. Wind chill -9 overnight. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -4 feels like -12 , our winds are 24 km/h from the NW.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are SNOW COVERED/PARTLY COVERED AND SLIPPERY, CONDITIONS IMPROVE AS YOU DRIVE FURTHER NORTH AND SOUTH. PLEASE DRIVE WITH CAUTION THIS MORNING.

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2020 March 12
Falcon 9 Boostback
Image Credit & CopyrightJohn Kraus

Explanation: Short star trails appear in this single 84 second long exposure, taken on March 6 from a rotating planet. The remarkable scene also captures the flight of a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo spacecraft over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station shortly after launch, on a resupply mission bound for the International Space Station. Beginning its return to a landing zone about 9 kilometers from the launch site, the Falcon 9 first stage boostback burn arcs toward the top of the frame. The second stage continues toward low Earth orbit though, its own fiery arc traced below the first stage boostback burn from the camera’s perspective, along with expanding exhaust plumes from the two stages. This Dragon spacecraft was a veteran of two previous resupply missions. Successfully returning to the landing zone, this Falcon 9 first stage had flown before too. Its second landing marked the 50th landing of a SpaceX orbital class rocket booster.Tomorrow’s picture: an awesome starry night

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Wednesday March 11th, 2020

Mainly cloudy today. 60% chance of flurries this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -1. Wind chill -22 this morning. Mainly cloudy with 60% chance of flurries. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -5. Wind chill -9 overnight. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -7 feels like -13 , our winds are 13 km/h from the ESE.

Currently there is NO weather warning and NO marine weather/wind warning for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS. JUNCTIONS ARE CLEAR AND FREE OF ICY CONDITIONS.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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2020 March 11
An Extreme Black Hole Outburst
Image Credit: X-ray: Chandra: NASA/CXC/NRL/S. Giacintucci, et al., XMM-Newton: ESA/XMM-Newton; Radio: NCRA/TIFR/GMRT; Infrared: 2MASS/UMass/IPAC-Caltech/NASA/NSF; Text: Michael F. Corcoran (NASACatholic U.HEAPOW)

Explanation: Astronomers believe they have now found the most powerful example of a black hole outburst yet seen in our Universe. The composite, false-color featured image is of a cluster of galaxies in the constellation of Ophiuchus, the serpent-bearer. The composite includes X-ray images (from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and XMM-Newton) in purple, and a radio image (from India’s Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope) in blue (along with an infrared image of the galaxies and stars in the field in white for good measure). The dashed line marks the border of a cavity blown out by the supermassive black hole which lurks at the center of the galaxy marked by the cross. Radio emission fills this cavity. This big blowout is believed to be due to the black hole eating too much and experiencing a transient bout of “black hole nausea”, which resulted in the ejection of a powerful radio jet blasting into intergalactic space. The amount of energy needed to blow this cavity is equivalent to about 10 billion supernova explosions.Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Tuesday March 10th, 2020

Sunny today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -7. Wind chill -30 this morning and -11 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. Clear tonight. Increasing cloudiness after midnight then 60 percent chance of flurries before morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -14 with temperature rising to -7 by morning. Wind chill -17 this evening. Currently we have clear sky’s a temperature of -22 feels like -27 , our winds are 5 km/h from the E.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH SLICK AREA’S IN AND AROUND HIGHWAY JUNCTIONS, PLEASE TAKE CAUTION WHEN ENTERING THESE AREAS.

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2020 March 10
Wide Field: Fox Fur, Unicorn, and Christmas Tree
Image Credit & Copyright: Greg Gurdak

Explanation: What do the following things have in common: a cone, the fur of a fox, and a Christmas tree? Answer: they all occur in the constellation of the unicorn (Monoceros). Pictured as a star forming region and cataloged as NGC 2264, the complex jumble of cosmic gas and dust is about 2,700 light-years distant and mixes reddish emission nebulae excited by energetic light from newborn stars with dark interstellar dust clouds. Where the otherwise obscuring dust clouds lie close to the hot, young stars they also reflect starlight, forming blue reflection nebulae. The featured wide-field image spans over three times the diameter of a full moon, covering over 100 light-years at the distance of NGC 2264. Its cast of cosmic characters includes the Fox Fur Nebula, whose convoluted pelt lies just to the lower right of the image center, bright variable star S Mon visible just above the Fox Fur, and the Cone Nebula just to the left. Given their distribution, the stars of NGC 2264 are also known as the Christmas Tree star cluster.Tomorrow’s picture: extreme boom

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Monday March 9th, 2020

A mix of sun and cloud today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -11. Wind chill -30 this morning and -16 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. Clear tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -21. Wind chill -16 this evening and -25 overnight. Currently we have some clouds a temperature of -22 feels like -25 , our winds are 3 km/h from the W.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area.

Our highways in and around our area have COVERED/PARTLY COVERED SLIPPERY SECTIONS WITH HIGHWAY JUNCTIONS COVERED AND VERY SLIPPERY. PLEASE TAKE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING THIS MORNING! CONDITIONS WILL IMPROVE THROUGHOUT THIS MORNING.

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2020 March 9
Milky Way and Zodiacal Light over Chile
Image Credit & Copyright: Roman Ponča (ht: Masaryk U.)

Explanation: What is the band of light connecting the ground to the Milky Way? Zodiacal light — a stream of dust that orbits the Sun in the inner Solar System. It is most easily seen just before sunrise, where it has been called a false dawn, or just after sunset. The origin of zodiacal dust remains a topic of research, but is hypothesized to result from asteroid collisions and comet tails. The featured wide-angle image shows the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy arching across the top, while the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy to our Milky Way, is visible on the far left. The image is a combination of over 30 exposures taken last July near La Serena among the mountains of Chile. During the next two months, zodiacal light can appear quite prominent in northern skies just after sunset.Almost Hyperspace: Random APOD Generator
Tomorrow’s picture: cone of stars

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For FRIDAY! March 6th, 2020

A mix of sun and cloud today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -3. Wind chill -12 this morning. Partly cloudy tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -7. Wind chill -10 overnight. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of -3 feels like -16 , our winds are 16 km/h from the SE.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH COVERED/SLIPPERY SECTIONS AT HIGHWAY JUNCTIONS, PLEASE TAKE CAUTION WHEN ENTERING THESE AREAS.

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2020 March 6
Mars Panorama from Curiosity
Image Credit: NASAJPL-CaltechMSSS

Explanation: The Mars Rover named Curiosity recorded high-resolution, 360 degree views of its location on Mars late last year. The panoramic scene was stitched from over 1,000 images from Curiosity’s Mast camera or Mastcam. In this version, captured with Mastcam’s medium angle lens, the rover’s deck and robotic arm are in the foreground, stretched and distorted by the extreme wide perspective. Just beyond the rover are regions of clay rich rock, evidence for an ancient watery environment, with a clear view toward more distant martian ridges and buttes. Gale crater wall runs across the center (toward the north) in the background over 30 kilometers in the distance. The upper reaches of Mt. Sharp are at the far right. Images to construct the panorama were recorded over 4 consecutive sols between local noon and 2pm to provide consistent lighting. Zoom in to the panoramic scene and you can easily spot the shadow casting sundial mounted on rover’s deck (right). In July NASA plans to launch a new rover to Mars named Perseverance.Tomorrow’s picture: under the stars

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Thursday March 5th, 2020

Mainly cloudy today. 30% chance of flurries early this morning. Clearing this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -1. Wind chill -14 this morning and -5 this afternoon. Increasing cloudiness late this evening. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -13. Wind chill -18 overnight. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -5 feels, our winds are 2 km/h from the NW.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings for our area.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH COVERED/SLIPPERY HIGHWAY JUNCTIONS, TAKE CAUTION WHEN ENTERING THESE AREAS.

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2020 March 5
The Light, the Dark, and the Dusty
Image Credit & CopyrightCasey Good

Explanation: This colorful skyscape spans about four full moons across nebula rich starfields along the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy in the royal northern constellation Cepheus. Near the edge of the region’s massive molecular cloud some 2,400 light-years away, bright reddish emission region Sharpless (Sh) 155 is left of center, also known as the Cave Nebula. About 10 light-years across the cosmic cave’s bright walls of gas are ionized by ultraviolet light from the hot young stars around it. Dusty blue reflection nebulae, like vdB 155 at lower right, and dense obscuring clouds of dust also abound on the interstellar canvas. Astronomical explorations have revealed other dramatic signs of star formation, including the bright red fleck of Herbig-Haro (HH) 168. Below center in the frame, the Herbig-Haro object emission is generated by energetic jets from a newborn star.Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Wednesday March 4th, 2020

Mainly cloudy today. Periods of light snow beginning this afternoon. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -3. Wind chill -14 this morning and -7 this afternoon. Periods of light snow tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -10. Wind chill -7 this evening and -13 overnight. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -10 feels like -16 , our winds are 10 km/h from the SE.

Currently there are NO weather warnings and NO weather/wind warnings for our area.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH THE OCCASIONAL SLIPPERY SECTION.

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2020 March 4
The Slow Dance of Galaxies NGC 5394 and 5395
Image Credit: GeminiNSFOIR LabAURAText: Ryan Tanner (NASA/USRA)

Explanation: If you like slow dances, then this may be one for you. A single turn in this dance takes several hundred million years. Two galaxies, NGC 5394 and NGC 5395, slowly whirl about each other in a gravitational interaction that sets off a flourish of sparks in the form of new stars. The featured image, taken with the Gemini North 8-meter telescope on MaunakeaHawaiiUSA, combines four different colors. Emission from hydrogen gas, colored red, marks stellar nurseries where new stars drive the evolution of the galaxies. Also visible are dark dust lanes that mark gas that will eventually become stellar nurseries. If you look carefully you will see many more galaxies in the background, some involved in their own slow cosmic dances.APOD across world languages: ArabicCatalanChinese (Beijing), Chinese (Taiwan), CroatianCzechDutchFarsiFrench,
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Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather, Highway Conditions and Images For Tuesday March 3rd, 2020

Cloudy with 30% chance of light snow this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -4. Wind chill -15 this morning and -8 this afternoon. Partly cloudy tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -17. Wind chill -21 this evening. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -16 feels like -16 , our winds are calm.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO weather/wind warnings for our area.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH SNOW COVERED SLIPPERY AREAS AT HIGHWAY JUNCTIONS. PLEASE TAKE CAUTION WHEN ENTERING THESE AREAS.

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Apollo 13 Views of the Moon
Video Credit: NASALROData Visualization: Ernie Wright (USRA); Video Production & Editing: David Ladd (USRA);
Music: Visions of Grandeur, Universal Production MusicFredrick Wiedmann

Explanation: What if the only way to get back to Earth was to go around the far side of the Moon? Such was the dilemma of the Apollo 13 Crew in 1970 as they tried to return home in their unexpectedly damaged spacecraft. With the Moon in the middle, their perilous journey substituted spectacular views of the lunar farside for radio contact with NASA’s Mission Control. These views have now been digitally recreated from detailed images of the Moon taken by the robotic Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The featured video starts by showing Earth disappear behind a dark lunar limb, while eight minutes later the Sun rises around the opposite side of the Moon and begins to illuminate the Moon’s unusual and spectacularly cratered surface. Radio contact was only re-established several minutes after that, as a crescent Earth rose into view. With the gravity of the Moon and the advice of many industrious NASA engineers and scientists, a few days later Apollo 13 opened its parachutes over the Pacific Ocean and landed safely back on Earth.Tomorrow’s picture: galaxies dance