Today’s Weather and Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! Dec. 1st 2017

Mostly sunny sky’s today with calm to low winds and a very nice high of 0C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -5C feels like -11C with our light windchill, our winds are from the SW at 11 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

There are no weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways in and around our area are bare and in good driving conditions. Please plan ahead for winter driving.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

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North America and the Pelican
Image Credit & Copyright: Paolo Moroni
Explanation: Fans of our fair planet might recognize the outlines of these cosmic clouds. On the left, bright emission outlined by dark, obscuring dust lanes seems to trace a continental shape, lending the popular name North America Nebula to the emission region cataloged as NGC 7000. To the right, just off the North America Nebula’s east coast, is IC 5070, whose profile suggests the Pelican Nebula. The two bright nebulae are about 1,500 light-years away, part of the same large and complex star forming region, almost as nearby as the better-known Orion Nebula. At that distance, the 6 degree wide field of view would span 150 light-years. This careful cosmic portrait uses narrow band images to highlight the bright ionization fronts and the characteristic red glow from atomic hydrogen gas. These nebulae can be seen with binoculars from a dark location. Look northeast of bright star Deneb in the constellation of Cygnus the Swan.

Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend

Today’s Weather and Current Highway Conditions For Thursday Nov. 30th, 2017

We should see the sun peek through the clouds today with calm to low winds a nice high of 0C, there is no snow in the forecast until at least early to mid next week. Currently we have overcast shy, temperature of -3C there is no windchill, our winds are from the WNW at 2 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day.

There no weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways are in good winter driving conditions. Caution is still recommended and please plan ahead if your traveling.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

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M33: Triangulum Galaxy
Image Credit & Copyright: Peter Nagy
Explanation: The small, northern constellation Triangulum harbors this magnificent face-on spiral galaxy, M33. Its popular names include the Pinwheel Galaxy or just the Triangulum Galaxy. M33 is over 50,000 light-years in diameter, third largest in the Local Group of galaxies after the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), and our own Milky Way. About 3 million light-years from the Milky Way, M33 is itself thought to be a satellite of the Andromeda Galaxy and astronomers in these two galaxies would likely have spectacular views of each other’s grand spiral star systems. As for the view from planet Earth, this sharp composite image nicely shows off M33’s blue star clusters and pinkish star forming regions along the galaxy’s loosely wound spiral arms. In fact, the cavernous NGC 604 is the brightest star forming region, seen here at about the 7 o’clock position from the galaxy center. Like M31, M33’s population of well-measured variable stars have helped make this nearby spiral a cosmic yardstick for establishing the distance scale of the Universe.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather and Current Highway Conditions For Nov. 29th, 2017

Very windy, warm with flurries this morning then switching to light snow for the afternoon, total accumulations will be in or around 2CM and a high of possibly +1C for today. Currently we have cloudy sky’s, a temperature of at -1C, our winds are from the SSE at 19 km/h feels like -6C with our windchill and will increase to 35 km/h throughout the day.

There is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the OPEN LAKE today and no other warnings for our area at this time.

Our highways sit in GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS at this time. Caution needs to be taken in open areas as BLOW SNOWING PERSISTS. PLEASE plan ahead for winter driving.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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M42: The Great Orion Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Francesco Battistella
Explanation: Few astronomical sights excite the imagination like the nearby stellar nursery known as the Orion Nebula. The Nebula‘s glowing gas surrounds hot young stars at the edge of an immense interstellar molecular cloud. Many of the filamentary structures visible in the featured image are actually shock waves – fronts where fast moving material encounters slow moving gas. The Orion Nebula spans about 40 light years and is located about 1500 light years away in the same spiral arm of our Galaxy as the Sun. The Great Nebula in Orion can be found with the unaided eye just below and to the left of the easily identifiable belt of three stars in the popular constellation Orion. The featured image, taken last month, shows a two-hour exposure of the nebula in three colors. The whole Orion Nebula cloud complex, which includes the Horsehead Nebula, will slowly disperse over the next 100,000 years.

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Today’s Weather and Current Highway Conditions For Nov. 28th, 2017

The chance of isolated flurries with blowing snow in open areas continues this morning but will diminish by later this afternoon with moderate to high winds and a high of -10C. Currently we have a temperature of -12C feels like -24C with our windchill, our winds are from the WNW 24 km/h and wind gusts will hit 35 km/h throughout the day.

There is a MARINE WIND WARNING, but no other warnings for our area.

Most Central/Northern Manitoba Highways are snow covered and slippery at this time, further south the driving conditions improve. Caution in the open areas as blowing snow will persist throughout the day.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CST 28 November 2017

Today Tonight and Wednesday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind northwest 20 knots increasing to northwest 25 this morning then diminishing to northwest 15 near noon. Wind diminishing to light this afternoon then increasing to southwest 15 early this evening. Wind increasing to south 20 overnight then diminishing to south 10 near noon Wednesday. Wind becoming light Wednesday afternoon then increasing to northwest 25 Wednesday evening.

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Juno Spots a Complex Storm on Jupiter
Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, SwRI, MSSS; Processing: Gerald Eichstädt & Seán Doran
Explanation: Some storms on Jupiter are quite complex. The swirling storm was captured late last month by the NASA’s robotic Juno spacecraft currently orbiting the Solar System’s largest planet. The featured image spans about 30,000 kilometers, making this storm system just about as wide as planet Earth. The disturbance rotates counter-clockwise and shows a cloud pattern that includes light-colored updrafts thought to be composed predominantly of ammonia ice. These light clouds are the highest up and even cast discernable shadows toward the right. Juno will continue to orbit and probe Jupiter over the next few years as it tries to return data that help us to better understand Jupiter‘s atmospheric water abundance and if the planet has a solid surface underneath these fascinating clouds.

Tomorrow’s picture: orion nebula detailed

Today’s Weather And Currently Highway Conditions For Nov. 27th, 2017

A mostly cloudy day with moderate to high winds and a high of 0C. There is a chance of scattered flurries or light snow for this evening into the over night hours. Currently we have overcast sky’s, a temperature of -8C feels like -14C with our windchill, our winds are from the ESE at 16 km/h and will increase to 30 km/h throughout the day.

There is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE today and no other weather warnings for our area at this time.

Highways in Northern and Central areas are in good winter driving conditions at this time. Please travel safe and plan ahead for winter traveling.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

 

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Hurricane Season Animated
Video Credit: M. R. Radcliff (USRA) et al., NASA‘s GSFC, SVS; Music: Elapsing Time by C. Telford & R. A. Navarro (ASCAP)
Explanation: Where do hurricanes go? To better understand dangerous storms, NASA compiled data from several satellites into a supercomputer simulation of this past year’s hurricane season. Specifically, the featured video shows how smoke (white), sea salt (blue), and dust (brown) tracked from 2017 August through October across the northern half of Earth’s Western Hemisphere. These aerosols usefully trace sometimes invisible winds. In the midst of the many mesmerizing flows, hurricanes can be seen swirling across the Atlantic Ocean on the right. Some of these hurricanes lashed islands and coastal regions in North America before dissipating in the northern Atlantic. Studying this year’s weather patterns may bolster more accurate storm forecasts as soon as next year.

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Today’s Weather and Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! Nov. 24th, 2017

Breezy day and warm, the sun sun should poke through the clouds but for the most part will be cloudy with a high of -2C then will slowly get colder this evening into the over night hours. No snow in the forecast until at least Sunday overnight or Monday. Currently we have a mostly cloudy sky, a nice temperature of -3C feels like -10C with our windchill, our winds are moderate from the WNW at 19 km/h and will increase to 25 km/h by this afternoon.

There is a MARINE WIND WARNING for the open LAKE FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW and no other weather warnings at this time.

Highways in North Central and Southern Manitoba are in GOOD driving condition with the occasional slippery section. CAUTION for a chance FREEZING RAIN in SOUTHERN MANITOBA.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CST 24 November 2017

Today Tonight and Saturday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind west 20 knots veering to northwest 20 to 25 early this morning then diminishing to northwest 15 near noon. Wind diminishing to light near midnight then becoming south 10 Saturday morning. Wind increasing to northwest 20 Saturday evening.

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Apollo 17 at Shorty Crater
Image Credit: Apollo 17 Crew, NASA
Explanation: In December of 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt spent about 75 hours on the Moon in the Taurus-Littrow valley, while colleague Ronald Evans orbited overhead. This sharp image was taken by Cernan as he and Schmitt roamed the valley floor. The image shows Schmitt on the left with the lunar rover at the edge of Shorty Crater, near the spot where geologist Schmitt discovered orange lunar soil. The Apollo 17 crew returned with 110 kilograms of rock and soil samples, more than was returned from any of the other lunar landing sites. Forty five years later, Cernan and Schmitt are still the last to walk on the Moon.

Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend

Today’s Weather and Current Highway Conditions For Thursday Nov. 23rd 2017

Conditions will worsen throughout the day with light flurries for this morning into this evening. There is a warning for FREEZING RAIN today but I don’t think it will get warm enough for us to get it. Our winds will be low to moderate and high of -4C for today. Currently we have mostly cloudy sky’s, a temperature of -13C feels like -17C with our windchill, our winds are from the NE at 6 km/h and will increase to 15 km/h throughout the day.

There is a SPEACIAL WEATHER STATEMENT and a MARINE WIND WARNING for the LAKE TODAY.

Currently the highways are in good driving condition but will be reduced throughout the day.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

Statements

4:37 AM CST Thursday 23 November 2017
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville
  • Waterhen Meadow Portage and Skownan

Freezing rain will be possible beginning Thursday afternoon through Friday morning across portions of eastern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba. A low pressure system is forecast to move through the region, spreading a narrow band of freezing rain along its track.

The highest risk areas are forecast to be through the Humboldt and Hudson Bay regions in Saskatchewan, then moving into Manitoba and spreading east-southeast through Swan River, the central and northern Interlake, and then east of Lake Winnipeg.

current analysis indicates that the freezing rain will be relatively light and patchy in nature, however, some regions may see prolonged periods of it resulting in some ice accumulation. Confidence in the regions affected by the freezing rain is low, and further information will be included in future forecasts and/or warnings.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.storm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #MBStorm.

Winds

Issued 03:00 AM CST 23 November 2017

Today Tonight and Friday. Strong wind warning in effect. Wind light becoming southeast 10 knots this morning then becoming west 10 near midnight. Wind increasing to northwest 25 Friday morning then diminishing to northwest 15 Friday afternoon.

 

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Alnitak, Alnilam, Mintaka
Image Credit & Copyright: Mohammad Nouroozi
Explanation: Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka, are the bright bluish stars from east to west (lower right to upper left) along the diagonal in this cosmic vista. Otherwise known as the Belt of Orion, these three blue supergiant stars are hotter and much more massive than the Sun. They lie from 800 to 1,500 light-years away, born of Orion’s well-studied interstellar clouds. In fact, clouds of gas and dust adrift in this region have some surprisingly familiar shapes, including the dark Horsehead Nebula and Flame Nebula near Alnitak at the lower right. The famous Orion Nebula itself is off the right edge of this colorful starfield. This well-framed, 2-panel telescopic mosaic spans about 4 degrees on the sky.

Tomorrow’s picture: remembering where you parked

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday Nov. 22nd 2017

More snow is on the way for tomorrow and Friday. For today we will see a mix of sun and cloud low to moderate winds and a high of -10C. Currently we have a few clouds, a chilly temperature -14C feels like -18C with our light windchill, our winds are from the SSW at 11 km/h and should remain steady throughout the day.

There are no weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.

Highways in and around our area are in good winter driving conditions.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

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‘Oumuamua: Interstellar Asteroid
Illustration Credit: European Southern Observatory, M. Kornmesser
Explanation: Nothing like it has ever been seen before. The unusual space rock ‘Oumuamua is so intriguing mainly because it is the first asteroid ever detected from outside our Solar System — although likely many more are to follow given modern computer-driven sky monitoring. Therefore humanity’s telescopes — of nearly every variety — have put ‘Oumuamua into their observing schedule to help better understand this unusual interstellar visitor. Pictured is an artist’s illustration of what ‘Oumuamua might look like up close. ‘Oumuamua is also intriguing, however, because it has unexpected parallels to Rama, a famous fictional interstellar spaceship created by the late science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. Like Rama, ‘Oumuamua is unusually elongated, should be made of strong material to avoid breaking apart, is only passing through our Solar System, and passed unusually close to the Sun for something gravitationally unbound. Unlike a visiting spaceship, though, ‘Oumuamua’s trajectory, speed, color, and even probability of detection are consistent with it forming naturally around a normal star many millions of years ago, being expelled after gravitationally encountering a normal planet, and subsequently orbiting in our Galaxy alone. Even given ‘Oumuamua‘s likely conventional origin, perhaps humanity can hold hope that one day we will have the technology to engineer ‘Oumuamua — or another Solar System interloper — into an interstellar Rama of our own.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday Nov. 21st, 2017

The snow is gone but it’s a CHILLY MORNING! A mix of sun and cloud with calm to low winds and a high of -8C. A system is approaching that could bring more snow by Thursday. Currently we have a temperature of -12C  feels like -18C with our windchill, our winds are from the WNW at 11 km/h and will remain steady throughout most of the day.

There are no weather or marine wind warnings for our area at this time.

Most highways in Northern and North Central Manitoba remain snow covered and slippery as day light approaches. Caution is recommended if traveling this morning. Please watch for safety vehicles, semi’s and snow plows and plan ahead for winter traveling.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

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