Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Wednesday January 15th, 2020

Increasing cloudiness early this morning. 60% chance of light snow. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -25. Wind chill near -34. Risk of frostbite. Clearing this evening. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -32. Wind chill -34 this evening and -42 overnight. Frostbite in minutes. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of -31 feels like -40, our winds are 11 km/h from the W.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings. Later this evening into the over night hours there may be an EXTREME COLD WARNING FOR OUR AREA ISSUED as our temperature should dip to the low to mid -40’s.

Currently our highways in and around our area ARE NOW IN GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH SLIPPERY SECTIONS AS YOU APPROACH JUNCTIONS. Please use cautions when entering these areas.

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Iridescent Clouds over Sweden
Image Credit & Copyright: Goran Strand

Explanation: Why would these clouds multi-colored? A relatively rare phenomenon in clouds known as iridescence can bring up unusual colors vividly or even a whole spectrum of colors simultaneously. These polar stratospheric clouds clouds, also known as nacreous and mother-of-pearl clouds, are formed of small water droplets of nearly uniform size. When the Sun is in the right position and, typically, hidden from direct view, these thin clouds can be seen significantly diffracting sunlight in a nearly coherent manner, with different colors being deflected by different amounts. Therefore, different colors will come to the observer from slightly different directions. Many clouds start with uniform regions that could show iridescence but quickly become too thick, too mixed, or too angularly far from the Sun to exhibit striking colors. The featured image and an accompanying video were taken late last year over OstersundSweden.Follow APOD in English on: InstagramFacebookReddit, or Twitter
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Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Tuesday January 14th, 2020

Periods of snow ending this afternoon then cloudy. Amount 2 cm. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h this morning. High -19. Wind chill -24 this morning and -31 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. Partly cloudy tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -26. Wind chill -25 this evening and -36 overnight. Risk of frostbite. Currently we have flurries a temperature -21 feels like -30, our winds are 14 km/h from the WNW

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings.

Our highways in and around our area continue to be COVERED AND SLIPPERY THIS MORNING AND VERY SLIPPERY IN JUNCTION AREAS. PLEASE DRIVE WITH CAUTION FOR ON COMING TRAFFIC. PLEASE SEE THE IMAGES BELOW.

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Evidence of an Active Volcano on Venus
Image Credit: NASAJPL-CaltechESAVenus Express:VIRTISUSRALPI

Explanation: Are volcanoes still active on Venus? More volcanoes are known on Venus than Earth, but when Venusian volcanoes last erupted is not directly known. Evidence bolstering very recent volcanism on Venus has recently been uncovered, though, right here on Earth. Lab results showed that images of surface lava would become dim in the infrared in only months in the dense Venusian atmosphere, a dimming not seen in ESA’s Venus Express images. Venus Express entered orbit around Venus in 2006 and remained in contact with Earth until 2014. Therefore, the infrared glow (shown in false-color red) recorded by Venus Express for Idunn Mons and featured here on a NASA Magellan image indicates that this volcano erupted very recently — and is still active today. Understanding the volcanics of Venus might lead to insight about the volcanics on Earth, as well as elsewhere in our Solar System.New: APOD now available in Turkish from Turkey
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Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Monday January 13th, 2020

Periods of snow ending this afternoon then cloudy. Amount 2 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -10. Wind chill near -17. Cloudy tonight. Periods of snow beginning late this evening. Amount 2 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 16. Wind chill near minus 20. Currently we have light snow a temperature of -13 feels like -16, our winds are 5 km/h from the W.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings.

Our highways in and around our area are SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY AT THIS TIME. PLEASE DRIVE WITH CAUTION AND SLOW DOWN TO ON COMING TRAFFIC.

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A Desert Eclipse
Image Credit & Copyright: Maxime Daviron

Explanation: A good place to see a ring-of-fire eclipse, it seemed, would be from a desert. In a desert, there should be relatively few obscuring clouds and trees. Therefore late last December a group of photographers traveled to the United Arab Emirates and Rub al-Khali, the largest continuous sand desert in world, to capture clear images of an unusual eclipse that would be passing over. A ring-of-fire eclipse is an annular eclipse that occurs when the Moon is far enough away on its elliptical orbit around the Earth so that it appears too small, angularly, to cover the entire Sun. At the maximum of an annular eclipse, the edges of the Sun can be seen all around the edges of the Moon, so that the Moon appears to be a dark spot that covers most — but not all — of the Sun. This particular eclipse, they knew, would peak soon after sunrise. After seeking out such a dry and barren place, it turned out that some of the most interesting eclipse images actually included a tree in the foreground, because, in addition to the sand dunes, the tree gave the surreal background a contrasting sense of normalcy, scale, and texture.Explore the Universe: Random APOD Generator
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Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For FRIDAY! January 10th, 2020

Mainly sunny today. Wind up to 15 km/h. Temperature steady near -20. Wind chill near -30. Risk of frostbite. Clear tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -30. Wind chill -38 overnight. Risk of frostbite. Currently we have clear sky’s a temperature of -23 feels like -35, our winds are 24 km/h from the WNW.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings

Our highways in and around our area are NOW IN GOOD WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH THE ODD COVERED SLIPPERY SECTION MOSTLY AROUND JUNCTIONS. PLEASE TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHEN ENTERING THESE SECTIONS.

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Nacreous Clouds over Sweden
Image Credit & Copyright: P-M Hedén (Clear SkiesTWAN)

Explanation: Vivid and lustrous, wafting iridescent waves of color filled this mountain and skyscape near Tanndalen, Sweden on January 3. Known as nacreous clouds or mother-of-pearl clouds, they are rare. This northern winter season they have been making unforgettable appearances at high latitudes, though. A type of polar stratospheric cloud, they form when unusually cold temperatures in the usually cloudless lower stratosphere form ice crystals. Still sunlit at altitudes of around 15 to 25 kilometers the clouds can diffract sunlight after sunset and before the dawn.

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Thursday January 9th, 2020

Periods of light snow ending this afternoon then cloudy with 60% chance of flurries. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -14. Wind chill -17 this morning and -28 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. Cloudy with 60% chance of flurries this evening then partly cloudy. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -24. Wind chill -28 this evening and -34 overnight. Risk of frostbite. Currently we have clouds a temperature of -16 feels like -23, our winds are 11 km/h from the E.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings.

Our highways in and around our area are SNOW PACKED, COVERED AND SLIPPERY. THE PLOWS HAVE NOT BEEN OUT OVER NIGHT. PLEASE DRIVE WITH CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING THIS MORNING.

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Perihelion to Aphelion
Image Credit & Copyright:Ian Griffin (Otago Museum)

Explanation: Perihelion for 2020, the point in Earth’s elliptical orbit when it is closest to the Sun, occurred on January 5th. The distance from the Sun doesn’t determine the seasons, though. Those are governed by the tilt of Earth’s axis of rotation, so January is still winter in the north and summer in southern hemisphere. But it does mean that on January 5 the Sun was at its largest apparent size. This composite neatly compares two pictures of the Sun, both taken from planet Earth with the same telescope and camera. The left half was captured on the date of the 2020 perihelion. The right was recorded only a week before the July 4 date of the 2019 aphelion, the farthest point in Earth’s orbit. Otherwise difficult to notice, the change in the Sun’s apparent diameter between perihelion and aphelion amounts to a little over 3 percent. The 2020 perihelion and the preceding 2019 aphelion correspond to the closest and farthest perihelion and aphelion of the 21st century.Tomorrow’s picture: clouds like pearls

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Wednesday January 8th, 2020

Increasing cloudiness today. Snow beginning this afternoon. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -19. Wind chill -39 this morning and -26 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. Snow tonight. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. Temperature steady near -18. Wind chill -28 this evening and -22 overnight. Risk of frostbite. Currently we have clear sky’s a temperature of -29 feels like -33, our winds are 3 km/h from the SE.

Current our area IN NOT in the SNOWFALL WARNING AREA and there is NO marine weather/wind warning.

Currently our highway’s in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS. BUT WILL DETERIORATE THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND NIGHT. TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED THIS EVENING.

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Galaxies in the River
Image Credit & Copyright:Star Shadows Remote ObservatoryPROMPT, CTIO

Explanation: Large galaxies grow by eating small ones. Even our own galaxy engages in a sort of galactic cannibalism, absorbing small galaxies that are too close and are captured by the Milky Way’s gravity. In fact, the practice is common in the universe and illustrated by this striking pair of interacting galaxies from the banks of the southern constellation EridanusThe River. Located over 50 million light years away, the large, distorted spiral NGC 1532 is seen locked in a gravitational struggle with dwarf galaxy NGC 1531 (right of center), a struggle the smaller galaxy will eventually lose. Seen edge-on, spiral NGC 1532 spans about 100,000 light-years. Nicely detailed in this sharp image, the NGC 1532/1531 pair is thought to be similar to the well-studied system of face-on spiral and small companion known as M51.Tomorrow’s picture: happy perihelion

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Tuesday January 7th, 2020

Cloudy with 30% chance of flurries this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this morning. High -18. Wind chill -32 this morning and -25 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. Clear tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -29. Wind chill -25 this evening and -34 overnight. Risk of frostbite. Currently we blowing snow a temperature of -19 feels like -29, our winds are 19 km/h from the WNW.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings.

Our highways in and around our area HAVE SOME SNOW PACKED SLIPPERY AREAS WITH BLOWING SNOW IN OPEN AREAS. PLEASE DRIVE WITH EXTREME CAUTION IN THESE AREAS.

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IC 405: The Flaming Star Nebula
Image Credit & CopyrightEric Coles and Mel Helm

Explanation: Rippling dust and gas lanes give the Flaming Star Nebula its name. The orange and purple colors of the nebula are present in different regions and are created by different processes. The bright star AE Aurigae, visible toward the image left, is so hot it is blue, emitting light so energetic it knocks electrons away from surrounding gas. When a proton recaptures an electron, red light is frequently emitted (depicted here in orange). The purple region’s color is a mix of this red light and blue light emitted by AE Aurigae but reflected to us by surrounding dust. The two regions are referred to as emission nebula and reflection nebula, respectively. Pictured here in the Hubble color palette, the Flaming Star Nebula, officially known as IC 405, lies about 1500 light years distant, spans about 5 light years, and is visible with a small telescope toward the constellation of the Charioteer (Auriga).Tomorrow’s picture: galaxies in the river

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Monday January 6th, 2020

Increasing cloudiness today. Periods of light snow beginning early this afternoon. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High -10. Wind chill -24 this morning and -13 this afternoon. Periods of light snow ending overnight then partly cloudy. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low -22. Wind chill -20 this evening and -30 overnight. Risk of frostbite. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of -16 feels like -23, our winds are 13 km/h from the SE.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings.

Our highways in and around our area are GENERALLY IN GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH COME SNOW COVERED SLIPPERY SECTIONS. Please drive with caution when entering these areas.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! AND ENJOY YOUR MONDAY!

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Tumultuous Clouds of Jupiter
Image Credit & LicenseNASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSProcessing: Kevin M. Gill

Explanation: Some cloud patterns on Jupiter are quite complex. The featured tumultuous clouds were captured in May by NASA’s robotic Juno spacecraft currently orbiting our Solar System‘s largest planet. The image was taken when Juno was only about 15,000 kilometers over Jupiter‘s cloud tops, so close that less than half of the giant planet is visible. The rough white clouds on the far right are high altitude clouds known as pop-up clouds. Juno’s mission, now extended into 2021, is to study Jupiter in new ways. Among many other things, Juno has been measuring Jupiter’s gravitational field, finding surprising evidence that Jupiter may be mostly a liquid.Tomorrow’s picture: star flame

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For FRIDAY! December 20th, 2019

Cloudy with 30% chance of flurries today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -10. Wind chill near -17. Cloudy with 30% chance of flurries tonight. Wind up to 15 km/h. Temperature steady near -9. Wind chill near -15. Christmas Eve Clearing. High minus 8. Christmas Day! Sunny. High minus 8. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of -14 feels like -22, our winds are 16 km/h from the ESE.

There are NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS. Please pack emergency kits in your vehicles and continue to drive safe over the HOLIDAYS!

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY! WEEKEND! AND HOLIDAY! MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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Late Afternoon on Mars
Image Credit: NASAJPL-CaltechMarco Di Lorenzo

Explanation: Shadows grow long near sunset in this wide panoramic view from the Curiosity rover on Mars. Made with Curiosity’s navcam, the scene covers about 200 degrees from north through east to south (left to right), stitched together from frames taken by the Mars rover on sol 2616. That’s just Earth date December 16. Curiosity is perched on top of a plateau on Western Butte. The distant northern rim of Gale crater is visible along the left. Near center is Central Butte, already visited by Curiosity. On the right, the shadow of the rover seems to stretch toward the base of Aeolis Mons (Mount Sharp), a future destination. The monochrome navcam frames have been colorized to approximate the colors of the late martian afternoon.

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions and Images For Tuesday December 17th, 2019

Sunny today. Wind up to 15 km/h. High -22. Wind chill -37 this morning and -27 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. Clear tonight. Increasing cloudiness near midnight then periods of snow. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low -26 with temperature rising to -17 by morning. Wind chill -36 this evening. Risk of frostbite. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of -27 feels like -34, our winds are 8 km/h from the NW.

Currently we have NO weather warnings and NO marine weather/wind warnings.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITION. CAUTION WHEN ENTERING HIGHWAY JUNCTIONS AS THEY ARE COVERED AND SLIPPERY, REDUCE SPEED AS REQUIRED.

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The Horsehead Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Mark Hanson & Martin PughSSROPROMPTCTIONSF

Explanation: Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, a magnificent interstellar dust cloud by chance has assumed this recognizable shape. Fittingly named the Horsehead Nebula, it is some 1,500 light-years distant, embedded in the vast Orion cloud complex. About five light-years “tall”, the dark cloud is cataloged as Barnard 33 and is visible only because its obscuring dust is silhouetted against the glowing red emission nebula IC 434. Stars are forming within the dark cloud. Contrasting blue reflection nebula NGC 2023, surrounding a hot, young star, is at the lower left of the full image. The featured gorgeous color image combines both narrowband and broadband images recorded using several different telescopes.Tomorrow’s picture: open space