Sunny, hazy, low to moderate winds and a high of 23C for today. Currently we have clear skies with haze from the forest fires in Northern Manitoba, a temperature of 11C and our winds are calm but will increase to 12 km/h by the afternoon.
Our FIRE DANGER continues to be in the HIGH TO VERY HIGH. We also have a SPECIAL AIR QUALITY statement and a MARINE WIND WARNING for our area.
HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!!
4:34 AM CDT Wednesday 30 August 2017
Special air quality statement in effect for:
- Grand Rapids and Easterville
- Waterhen Meadow Portage and Skownan
Elevated pollution levels are expected or occurring.
Much of central Manitoba will see reduced visibilities and extremely poor air quality at times for another day as forest fire smoke continues to drift over the region.
Later this morning, easterly winds will begin to direct fresh smoke from large fires in Saskatchewan away from the area. However, smoke already in place may be slow to clear, and additional smoke plumes from another large fire northwest of Island Lake will continue to drift over the area today. Tonight, winds across central Manitoba will turn southeasterly and begin to direct smoke into northern Manitoba.
Due to the smoky conditions, individuals living in or travelling to the above noted areas are advised to be aware of potential health concerns that can be associated with current air conditions. In these current conditions, even healthy individuals may experience sore eyes, tears, coughing and a runny nose.
In areas affected by smoke from wildland fires, Manitobans are encouraged to:
– limit outdoor activity and/or strenuous physical activity; if breathing becomes difficult or uncomfortable, stop or reduce the activity
– reduce exposure to smoke by staying indoors or moving to areas with cleaner air, as conditions can vary dramatically by area
– turn off furnaces and air-conditioning units that may draw smoke indoors
– keep indoor air cleaner by avoiding smoking or burning other materials
People at higher risk include young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with heart or lung conditions (particularly asthma), and therefore should avoid as much exposure to smoke as possible.
Manitobans with health questions or concerns can contact their health-care provider or call Health Links – Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257. More information on the health effects of smoke is available at www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/environmentalhealth/smoke.html
Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.
Issued by Environment Canada and Manitoba Health
Issued 03:00 AM CDT 30 August 2017
Today Tonight and Thursday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northeast 10 knots becoming light early this afternoon then increasing to south 15 late this evening. Wind increasing to south 20 Thursday morning then diminishing to south 15 Thursday evening.
Panoramic Eclipse Composite with Star Trails
Image Credit & Copyright: Stephane Vetter (Nuits sacrees, TWAN) Explanation:
What was happening in the sky during last week’s total solar eclipse? This featured little-planet
, double time-lapse, digitally-fused composite captured celestial action during both night and day from a single location. In this 360×180 panorama
, north and south are at the image bottom and top, while east and west are at the left and right edges, respectively. During four hours the night before the eclipse, star trails
were captured circling the north celestial pole
(bottom) as the Earth
spun. During the day of the total eclipse, the Sun
was captured every fifteen minutes from sunrise to sunset (top), sometimes in partial eclipse. All of these images were then digitally merged onto a single image taken exactly during the total solar eclipse
. Then, the Sun’s bright corona
could be seen flaring around the dark new Moon
(upper left), while Venus
simultaneously became easily visible (top). The tree in the middle, below the camera, is a Douglas fir
. The images were taken with care and planning
at Magone Lake
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Tomorrow’s picture: open space