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!

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

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

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! Mar 23rd. 2018

Breezier today with wind gusts up to 30 km/h with a mix of sun and cloud and a high of -1C. There is a chance of some light snow overnight and for most of the weekend. Currently we have a some cloud cover, a temperature of -13C, our winds are from the E at 14 km/h with wind gusts up to 30-40 km/h throughout the day.

We have no weather or marine warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD winter driving conditions. Please continue to drive with caution and plan ahead before traveling on our Northern Highways.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

 

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Sharpless 249 and the Jellyfish Nebula 
Image Credit & CopyrightAlbert Barr
Explanation: Normally faint and elusive, the Jellyfish Nebula is caught in this alluring telescopic image. Centered in the scene it’s anchored right and left by two bright stars, Mu and Eta Geminorum, at the foot of the celestial twin. The Jellyfish Nebula is the brighter arcing ridge of emission with dangling tentacles. In fact, the cosmic jellyfish is part of bubble-shaped supernova remnant IC 443, the expanding debris cloud from a massive star that exploded. Light from the explosion first reached planet Earth over 30,000 years ago. Like its cousin in astrophysical waters the Crab Nebula supernova remnant, the Jellyfish Nebula is known to harbor a neutron star, the remnant of the collapsed stellar core. An emission nebula cataloged as Sharpless 249 fills the field at the upper left. The Jellyfish Nebula is about 5,000 light-years away. At that distance, this image would be about 300 light-years across.

Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday Mar. 22nd, 2018

Identical weather as yesterday. A mix of sun and cloud, low to moderate winds with next to no windchill and a high of 0C. Currently we have some cloud cover, a temperature -8C feels like -9C with our light windchill, our winds are from the NE at 3 km/h.

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. Please continue to drive with caution and plan ahead.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

NGC 253: Dusty Island Universe 
Image Credit & CopyrightStefano CancelliPaul Mortfield
Explanation: Shiny NGC 253 is one of the brightest spiral galaxies visible, and also one of the dustiest. Some call it the Silver Dollar Galaxy for its appearance in small telescopes, or just the Sculptor Galaxy for its location within the boundaries of the southern constellation Sculptor. Discovered in 1783 by mathematician and astronomer Caroline Herschel, the dusty island universe lies a mere 10 million light-years away. About 70 thousand light-years across, NGC 253 is the largest member of the Sculptor Group of Galaxies, the nearest to our own Local Group of Galaxies. In addition to its spiral dust lanes, tendrils of dust seem to be rising from a galactic disk laced with young star clusters and star forming regions in this sharp color image. The high dust content accompanies frantic star formation, earning NGC 253 the designation of a starburst galaxy. NGC 253 is also known to be a strong source of high-energy x-rays and gamma rays, likely due to massive black holes near the galaxy’s center. Take a trip through extragalactic space in this short video flyby of NGC 253.

Tomorrow’s picture: cousin of the crab

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Mar. 21st, 2018

Today is the first full day of Spring and it will be another nice day with a mix of sun and cloud, low to moderate winds, and a high of +3C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -8C feels like -10C with our light windchill, our winds are from the SE at 3 km/h and will increase to 10-15 km/h throughout the day.

We do not have any weather or marine warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD winter driving conditions. Please continue to drive with caution and plan ahead when traveling on our Northern Highways.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

   

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Camera Orion 
Image Credit & Copyright: Derrick Lim
Explanation: Do you recognize this constellation? Although it is one of the most recognizable star groupings on the sky, Orion’s icons don’t look quite as colorful to the eye as they do to a camera. In this 20-image digitally-composed mosaic, cool red giant Betelgeuse takes on a strong orange tint as the brightest star at the upper left. Orion’s hot blue stars are numerous, with supergiant Rigel balancing Betelgeuse at the lower right, and Bellatrix at the upper right Lined up in Orion’s belt are three stars all about 1,500 light-years away, born from the constellation’s well-studied interstellar clouds. Below Orion’s belt a reddish and fuzzy patch that might also look familiar — the stellar nursery known asOrion’s Nebula. Finally, just barely visible to the unaided eye but quite striking here by camera is Barnard’s Loop — a huge gaseous emission nebula surrounding Orion’s Belt and Nebula discovered over 100 years ago by the pioneering Orion photographer E. E. Barnard.

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Tomorrow’s picture: dusty universe

Camera Orion 
Image Credit & Copyright: Derrick Lim
Explanation: Do you recognize this constellation? Although it is one of the most recognizable star groupings on the sky, Orion’s icons don’t look quite as colorful to the eye as they do to a camera. In this 20-image digitally-composed mosaic, cool red giant Betelgeuse takes on a strong orange tint as the brightest star at the upper left. Orion’s hot blue stars are numerous, with supergiant Rigel balancing Betelgeuse at the lower right, and Bellatrix at the upper right Lined up in Orion’s belt are three stars all about 1,500 light-years away, born from the constellation’s well-studied interstellar clouds. Below Orion’s belt a reddish and fuzzy patch that might also look familiar — the stellar nursery known asOrion’s Nebula. Finally, just barely visible to the unaided eye but quite striking here by camera is Barnard’s Loop — a huge gaseous emission nebula surrounding Orion’s Belt and Nebula discovered over 100 years ago by the pioneering Orion photographer E. E. Barnard.

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Tomorrow’s picture: dusty universe

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday Mar. 20th, 2018

11:15 BEGINS SPRING. A mix of sun and cloud throughout the day, with low to moderate winds and a high of 0C. Currently we have a some cloud cover, a temperature of -9C with no windchill as our winds are currently calm.

We have no weather or marine warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD winter driving conditions. Please continue to drive with caution and to plan ahead when traveling on our Northern Highways.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY

   

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Chicagohenge: Equinox in an Aligned City 
Image Credit & Copyright: Anthony Artese
Explanation: Sometimes, in a way, Chicago is like a modern Stonehenge. The way is east to west, and the time is today. Today, and every equinox, the Sun will set exactly to the west, everywhere on Earth. Therefore, today in Chicago, the Sun will set directly down the long equatorially-aligned grid of streets and buildings, an event dubbed #chicagohengeFeatured here is a Chicago Henge picture taken during the last equinox in mid-September of 2017 looking along part of Upper Wacker DriveMany cities, though, have streets or other features that are well-aligned to Earth’s spin axis. Therefore, quite possibly, your favorite street may also run east – west. Tonight at sunset, with a quick glance, you can actually find out.

Tomorrow’s picture: beyond human vision

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday Mar. 19, 2018

Another nice week ahead with no snow in the near future. For today will see a mix of sun and cloud, low to moderate winds and high of -5C. Currently we have some cloud cover, a temperature of -13C with no windchill as our winds are currently calm.

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 winter driving conditions. Please continue to plan ahead when traveling on our Northern Highways.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

  

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

The Nebra Sky Disk 
Image Credit: DbachmannWikipedia
Explanation: It is considered the oldest known illustration of the night sky. But what, exactly, does it depict, and why was it made? The Nebra sky disk was found with a metal detector in 1999 by treasure hunters near NebraGermany, in the midst of several bronze-age weapons. The ancient artifact spans about 30 centimeters and has been associated with the Unetice culture that inhabited part of Europe around 1600 BC. Reconstructed, the dots are thought to representstars, with the cluster representing the Pleiades, and the large circle and the crescent representing the Sun and Moon. The purpose of the disk remains unknown — hypotheses including an astronomical clock, a work of art, and a religious symbol. Valued at about $11 million, some believe that the Nebra sky disk is only one of a pair, with the other disk still out there waiting to be discovered.

Tomorrow’s picture: Chicago Henge