Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions/Images For Wednesday October 9th, 2019

Periods of rain mixed with light snow today. Wind becoming north 20 km/h this afternoon. Temperature steady near 2. Rain mixed with light snow ending late this evening then cloudy. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light early this evening. Low minus 2. Wind chill minus 6 overnight. Currently we have clouds a temperature of 3 feels like -1 and our winds are 14 km/h from the  NNW and will increase to 15-25 km/h throughout the day.

Currently we have a SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT: Statements 4:49 AM CDT Wednesday 09 October 2019 Grand Rapids and Easterville First taste of winter weather is coming.
A cold front pushing in from Saskatchewan will bring colder temperatures with some rain or snow Wednesday. This has led to some snowfall warnings being issued for the Riding Mountain area.
There is also a potential for accumulating snowfall from over the southwest corner of the province into the Red River valley and northwestward toward Berens River as a Colorado Low tracks north Thursday. Amounts could be in excess of 5 cm by Thursday night.
Currently, it appears regions in the Red River Valley and eastward will see a transition from rain to snow Thursday. However, exact position and timing of the transition is still uncertain, so the precipitation amounts and type in the forecast may change as the system develops.
This Colorado Low will affect Manitoba with snow and strong winds throughout the weekend. Travel will be affected.

There is NO marine weather/wind warnings at this time.

Currently our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT FALL DRIVING CONDITIONS.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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NGC 7714: Starburst after Galaxy Collision
Image Credit: NASAESAHubble Legacy Archive;
Processing & Copyright: Rudy Pohl

Explanation: Is this galaxy jumping through a giant ring of stars? Probably not. Although the precise dynamics behind the featured image is yet unclear, what is clear is that the pictured galaxy, NGC 7714, has been stretched and distorted by a recent collision with a neighboring galaxy. This smaller neighbor, NGC 7715, situated off to the left of the featured frame, is thought to have charged right through NGC 7714. Observations indicate that the golden ring pictured is composed of millions of older Sun-like stars that are likely co-moving with the interior bluer stars. In contrast, the bright center of NGC 7714 appears to be undergoing a burst of new star formation. The featured image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. NGC 7714 is located about 130 million light years away toward the constellation of the Two Fish (Pisces). The interactions between these galaxies likely started about 150 million years ago and should continue for several hundred million years more, after which a single central galaxy may result.Tomorrow’s picture: the window seat

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions/Images For Tuesday October 8th, 2019

Increasing cloudiness today. High 17. Cloudy with 60% chance of showers tonight. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 this evening. Low 1. Currently it’s 10 and clear, our winds are 6 km/h from the S and will increase to 20 km/h with gusts from 30-40 km/h later this afternoon.

WE CURRENTLY HAVE A SPECIAL WEATHER FOR OUR AREA: Statements 5:46 AM CDT Tuesday 08 October 2019 Special weather statement in effect for: Grand Rapids and Easterville – An unseasonably warm spell for Monday and Tuesday through southern Manitoba will give way to colder temperatures with rain and snow for the latter half of the week and into the holiday weekend.
A cold front from Alberta will bring some rain or snow into Westman Tuesday night which will then slowly push through southern Manitoba on Wednesday.
More significantly, there is also a potential for the development of a Colorado Low which could bring heavy rain or heavy snow to parts of southern Manitoba beginning sometime Thursday and continuing into the weekend. It is too early to predict exactly where and how much of this precipitation will fall. More specific details will be forthcoming as these weather systems develop.

There a MARINE WEATHER/WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CDT 08 October 2019 Today Tonight and Wednesday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind south 15 to 20 knots becoming south 15 early this morning then diminishing to west 10 late this afternoon. Wind increasing to north 20 early this evening and to north 25 near midnight. Wind north 20 Wednesday.

Currently our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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Sprite Lightning in HD
Image Credit & Copyright: Stephane Vetter (TWAN)

Explanation: This phenomenon occurs in the sky over our heads, not the sea. It is a type of lightning known as red sprite, and rarely has it ever been photographed in this detail. Even though sprites have been recorded for over 30 years, their root cause remains unknown. Some thunderstorms have them, but most don’t. These mysterious bursts of light in the upper atmosphere momentarily resemble gigantic jellyfish. A few years ago high speed videos were taken detailing how red sprites actually develop. The featured image was captured last month in high definition from Italy. One unusual feature of sprites is that they are relatively cold — they operate more like long fluorescent light tubes than hot compact light bulbs. In general, red sprites take only a fraction of a second to occur and are best seen when powerful thunderstorms are visible from the side.

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions/Images For Monday October 7th, 2019

LOOKS LIKE WE MAY GET SOME SNOW THIS WEEK. Sunny today. Fog patches dissipating early this morning. High 16. A few clouds tonight. Low 8. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of 4, our winds are 3 km/h from the SSE and will increase to 15-20 km/h throughout the day.

Currently we have NO weather warnings BUT THERE IS A MARINE WEATHER/WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CDT 07 October 2019 Today Tonight and Tuesday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind southwest 10 knots increasing to south 15 to 20 early this evening then becoming south 15 Tuesday morning. Wind increasing to northwest 20 Tuesday afternoon.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

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Io Eclipse Shadow on Jupiter from Juno
Image Credit & LicenseNASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSProcessing: Kevin M. Gill

Explanation: What’s that dark spot on Jupiter? It’s the shadow of Jupiter‘s most volcanic moon Io. Since Jupiter shines predominantly by reflected sunlight, anything that blocks that light leaves a shadow. If you could somehow be in that shadow, you would see a total eclipse of the Sun by IoIo‘s shadow is about 3600 kilometers across, roughly the same size as Io itself — and only slightly larger than Earth’s Moon. The featured image was taken last month by NASA’s robotic Juno spacecraft currently orbiting Jupiter. About every two months, Juno swoops close by Jupiter, takes a lot of data and snaps a series of images — some of which are made into a video. Among many other things, Juno has been measuring Jupiter’s gravitational field, finding surprising evidence that Jupiter may be mostly a liquid. Under unexpectedly thick clouds, the Jovian giant may house a massive liquid hydrogen region that extends all the way to the center.Tomorrow’s picture: sprite lightning in HD

Today’s Weather and Highway Conditions/Images For FRIDAY! October 4th, 2019

Mainly sunny today. High 14.Increasing cloudiness tonight. 60% chance of showers overnight. Low 6. Currently our temperature is 1 and clear, our winds are 2 km/h from the SE and will increase to 10-14 km/h by the afternoon.

Currently we have NO weather warnings BUT THERE IS A MARINE WEATHER/WIND WARNINGS FOR THE LAKE: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CDT 04 October 2019 Today Tonight and Saturday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind south 15 knots increasing to south 20 early this evening then diminishing to south 15 after midnight. Wind diminishing to light Saturday afternoon then becoming northwest 15 Saturday evening.

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY! AND WEEKEND!

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InSight on a Cloudy Day
Image Credit: NASAJPL-CaltechMars InSight

Explanation: Clouds drift through the sky as the light fades near sunset in this three frame animated gif. The scene was captured on sol 145 beginning around 6:30pm local time by a camera on the Mars InSight lander. Of course, InSight’s martian day, sol 145, corresponds to Earth calendar date April 25, 2019. Under the 69 centimeter (2.3 foot) diameter dome in the foreground is the lander’s sensitive seismometer SEIS designed to detect marsquakes. Earthquakes reveal internal structures on planet Earth, and so tremors detected by SEIS can explore beneath the martian surface. In particular, two typical marsquakes were recorded by SEIS on May 22 (sol 173) and July 25 (sol 235). The subtle tremors from the Red Planet are at very low frequencies though, and for listening have to be processed into the audio frequency range. In the sped up recordings external noises more prevalent on cool martian evenings and likely caused by mechanical shifts and contractions have been technically dubbed dinks and donks.Tomorrow’s picture: moon shadow

Today’s Weather and Highway Condition/Images For Wednesday October 2nd, 2019

A mix of sun and cloud today. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 10. Partly cloudy tonight. Low -2. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of 0 feels like -1, our winds are calm and will increase to 10 km/h throughout the day.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in EXCELLENT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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Molecular Clouds in the Carina Nebula
Image Credit: NASAESAHubble

Explanation: They are not alive — but they are dying. The unusual forms found in the Carina nebula, a few of which are featured here, might best be described as evaporating. Energetic light and winds from nearby stars are breaking apart the dark dust grains that make the iconic forms opaque. Ironically the figures, otherwise known as dark molecular clouds or bright rimmed globules, frequently create in their midst the very stars that later destroy them. The floating space structures pictured here by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope span a few light months. The Great Nebula in Carina itself spans about 30 light years, lies about 7,500 light years away, and can be seen with a small telescope toward the constellation of Keel(Carina).Tomorrow’s picture: galaxy in the local group

Today’s Weather and Highway Condition/Images For Tuesday October 1st, 2019

Wet snow changing to a few rain showers this morning and ending early this afternoon then cloudy. High 7. Mainly cloudy tonight. 30% chance of rain showers or flurries before morning. Low 0. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of 1 feels like -1 , our winds are 6 km/h from the NNW and will increase to km/h by afternoon.

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

Our highways CURRENTLY ARE WET WITH SLIPPERY SECTIONS AND WILL BECOME WET AS THE MORNING SUN RISES AND WILL START TO DRY OUT AS THE DAY GOES ON.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!!

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Black Hole Safety Video
Video Credit: NASA‘s GSFCSVSMusic: Prim and Proper from Universal Production Music

Explanation: If you were a small one-eyed monster, would you want to visit a black hole? Well the one in this video does — but should it? No, actually, but since our little friend is insistent on going, the video informs it what black holes really are, and how to be as safe as possible when visiting. Black holes are clumps of matter so dense that light cannot escape. Pairs of black holes, each several times the mass of our Sun, have recently been found to merge by detection of unusual gravitational radiation. The regions surrounding supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies can light up as stars that near them get shredded. The closest known black hole to the Earth is V616 Mon, which is about 3,300 light years away. The best way for our monster friend to stay safe, the video informs, is to not go too close.Tomorrow’s picture: found floating in space

Today’s Weather and Highway Observation Images For Monday September 30th, 2019

Cloudy today. Rain beginning this morning. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40. Temperature steady near 6. Rain becoming mixed with wet snow after midnight. Rainfall amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light before morning. Low plus 1. Currently we have some clouds a temperature of 4, our winds are 18 km/h from the NE and will increase to 20-25 km/h with gusts of up to 40 km/h.

Currently we have NO weather warnings BUT THERE IS A MARINE WEATHER/WIND WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CDT 30 September 2019 Today Tonight and Tuesday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northeast 20 knots diminishing to northeast 15 after midnight and to light Tuesday morning.

Our highways in Central and Northern Manitoba are in VERY GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS. BUT WILL BECOME WET TODAY and POSSIBLY SLIPPERY AND SLUSHY AFTER MIDNIGHT. CAUTION AFTER THE MIDNIGHT HOURS WILL BE NEEDED.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!!

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Orion Rising over Brazil
Image Credit & CopyrightCarlos Fairbairn

Explanation: Have you seen Orion lately? The next few months will be the best for seeing this familiar constellation as it rises continually earlier in the night. However, Orion’s stars and nebulas won’t look quite as colorful to the eye as they do in this fantastic camera image. In the featured image, Orion was captured by camera showing its full colors last month over a Brazilian copal tree from Brazil‘s Central-West Region. Here the cool red giant Betelgeuse takes on a strong orange hue as the brightest star on the far left. Otherwise, Orion’s hot blue stars are numerous, with supergiant Rigel balancing Betelgeuse at the upper right, Bellatrix at the upper left, and Saiph at the lower right. Lined up in Orion’s belt (bottom to top) are Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka all about 1,500 light-years away, born of the constellation’s well studied interstellar clouds. And if a “star” toward the upper right Orion’s sword looks reddish and fuzzy to you, it should. It’s the stellar nursery known as the Great Nebula of Orion.Tomorrow’s picture: unsafe horizons

Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For FRIDAY! September 27th, 2019

A mix of sun and cloud today. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h early this afternoon. High 9. Partly cloudy tonight. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light early this evening. Low -1 with frost. Currently we have a few clouds a temperature of 4, our winds are 13 km/h from the N and will increase to 20-25 by the afternoon.

Currently we have NO weather warnings BUT THERE IS A MARINE WEATHER/WIND WARNING: Winds Issued 03:00 AM CDT 27 September 2019 Today Tonight and Saturday.Strong wind warning in effect. Wind north 10 knots increasing to north 20 late this morning then diminishing to northwest 15 after midnight. Wind diminishing to light Saturday evening.

As forest fire season winds down this will be the last FIRE DANGER report for the season and I will be focusing more on our highway conditions. Our FIRE DANGER remains at LOW.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

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The Annotated Galactic Center
Image Credit & Copyright:Miguel Claro (TWANDark Sky Alqueva)

Explanation: The center of our Milky Way galaxy can be found some 26,000 light-years away toward the constellation Sagittarius. Even on a dark night, you can’t really see it though. Gaze in that direction, and your sight-line is quickly obscured by intervening interstellar dust. In fact, dark dust clouds, glowing nebulae, and crowded starfieds are packed along the fertile galactic plane and central regions of our galaxy. This annotated view, a mosaic of dark sky images, highlights some favorites, particularly for small telescope or binocular equipped skygazers. The cropped version puts the direction to the galactic center on the far right. It identifies well-known Messier objects like the Lagoon nebula (M8), the Trifid (M20), star cloud M24, and some of E.E. Barnard’s dark markings on the sky. A full version extends the view to the right toward the constellation Scorpius, in all covering over 20 degrees across the center of the Milky Way.

Today’s Weather, Daily FIRE DANGER Report and Highway Observation Images For Thursday September 26th, 2019

Mainly cloudy today. 60% chance of showers this morning. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h early this afternoon. High 11. Cloudy tonight. Low 2. Currently we have clouds, a temperature of 8. Our winds are 23 km/h from the WNW and should decrease a bit throughout the day.

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

Our FIRE DANGER has been LOWERED to LOW.

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Da Vinci Rise
Image Credit & Copyright:Likai Lin

Explanation: An old Moon rose this morning, its waning sunlit crescent shining just above the eastern horizon before sunrise. But earthshine, light reflected from a bright planet Earth, lit the shadowed portion of the lunar disk and revealed most of a familiar lunar near side to early morning risers. In fact, a description of earthshine in terms of sunlight reflected by Earth’s oceans illuminating the Moon’s dark surface was written over 500 years ago by Leonardo da Vinci. One lunation ago this old Moon also rose above the eastern horizon. Its sunlit crescent and da Vinci glow were captured in stacked exposures from the Badain Jilin Desert of Inner Mongolia, China on August 29, 2019. This year marks the 500th anniversary of Leondardo da Vinci’s death.Tomorrow’s picture: annotated GC