Today’s Weather And Current Road Conditions For Saturday Feb. 3rd, 2018

The EXTREME COLD WARNING CONTINUES FOR OUR AREA. Mainly sunny and cold, high windchill’s with low to moderate winds. Our daytime high should reach -24C with windchill’s in the mid to high -30C’s. Currently we have mainly clear sky’s, a very cold -30C feels like -42C with the windchill, our winds are from the NW at 14 km/h and will increase to 20 km/h by this evening.

There is an EXTREME COLD WARNING including MARINE EXTREME COLD WARING FOR THE LAKE. Please see below for the warning.

All our highways in and around our area are GOOD DRIVING CONDITIONS, but extreme cold temperatures means to pack a winter survival packing and leaving in your vehicle. Please plan ahead before traveling.

HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY!

Warnings

4:50 AM CST Saturday 03 February 2018
Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville
  • Waterhen Meadow Portage and Skownan

A prolonged period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Overnight lows around -30 celsius combined with northerly winds of 10 to 15 km/h will give extreme windchill values to portions of central Manitoba early Saturday morning.

Extreme windchill values are expected to moderate through the day, but will likely return Saturday night.

Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.

Watch for colour changes on fingers and toes, pain, numbness, a tingling sensation, or swelling. If present, move indoors and begin warming.

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.

Warnings (In effect)

Extreme Cold Warning in effect

Lake Winnipegosis

Issued 04:50 AM CST 03 February 2018 A prolonged period of very cold wind chills is expected.

Overnight lows around -30 celsius combined with northerly winds of 10 to 15 km/h will give extreme windchill values to portions of central Manitoba early Saturday morning.

Extreme windchill values are expected to moderate through the day, but will likely return Saturday night.

Cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.

If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.

Watch for colour changes on fingers and toes, pain, numbness, a tingling sensation, or swelling. If present, move indoors and begin warming.

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.

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Earthshadow and the Beehive
Image Credit & Copyright: Tunç Tezel (TWAN)
Explanation: The Earth’s dark umbral shadow is shaped like a cone extending into space. Of course its circular cross section at the distance of the Moon is more easily seen during a lunar eclipse. In fact, in this composite telephoto image from Earth’s night side on January 31, the Earth’s shadow has taken on a reddish tinge. The extent of the shadow along the lunar orbit is illustrated by aligning three frames taken just before the start, near the middle of, and just after the end of the total eclipse phase that lasted about 76 minutes. At the upper right and more easily seen during the eclipse’s darker total phase is M44, one of the closest large star clusters. A mere 600 light-years away, M44 is also known as the Praesepe or the Beehive Cluster.

Tomorrow’s picture: Venus and the Ultraviolet Sun

 

EXTREME COLD WARNING FOR CHEMAWAWIN/EASTERVILLE

There has been an EXTREME COLD WARNING ISSUED FOR OUR AREA INCLUDING A MARINE EXTREME COLD WARNING FOR THE LAKE TODAY/TONIGHT/OVERNIGHT

Warnings

3:27 PM CST Friday 02 February 2018
Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville
  • Waterhen Meadow Portage and Skownan

Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions. Watch for updated statements.

Please refer to the latest public forecasts for further details and continue to monitor the situation through your local radio and television stations or Weatheradio.

Warnings (In effect)

Extreme Cold Warning in effect

Lake Winnipegosis

Issued 3:27 PM CST 02 February 2018 Navigators in or near this marine area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions. Watch for updated statements. Please refer to the latest marine forecasts for further details and continue to monitor the situation through Canadian Coast Guard radio or Weatheradio stations.

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For FRIDAY! Feb. 2nd, 2018

Partly cloudy sky’s, cold with high winchills and our winds will be low to moderate throughout the day. Our high today will only reach -22C. Currently we have a few clouds, a temperature of -23C with no current windchill, our winds are calm but will increase to 25 km/h by this afternoon.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD driving conditions. Caution is still needed when traveling, PLEASE PLAN AHEAD.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY AND WEEKEND!

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Moonrise Eclipse
Image Credit & Copyright: Neelam and Ajay Talwar
Explanation: This atmospheric picture of a distant horizon looks toward the tall Trisul peaks of India’s snowy Himalayan mountains. Taken from a remote location on January 31, brightest star Sirius shines at the upper right. The red Moon rising is gliding through Earth’s shadow during the evening’s much anticipated total lunar eclipse. Enjoyed across the planet’s night side, the eclipse was the first of two total lunar eclipses in 2018, kicking off a good year for moonwatchers. But this was a rare treat. The eclipsed Moon also loomed large near perigee, the closest point in its orbit, during the second Full Moon of the month, also known as a Blue Moon. For the July 27, 2018 total lunar eclipse, the Full Moon will be very near apogee.

Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Thursday Feb. 1st, 2018

Partly cloudy sky’s, cold, low to moderate windchill and low to moderate winds with a chance for flurries in the late afternoon/evening/overnight. Currently we have a few clouds, a cold temperature of -30C with no current windchill, our winds are calm but will increase throughout the morning to 20 km/h and will remain steady.

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

Our highways in and around our area are in GOOD WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS. With the cold temperatures precaution needs to be taken when traveling and PLEASE plan ahead.

HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY!

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Moonset Eclipse
Image Credit & Copyright: Fred Espenak (MrEclipse.com)
Explanation: Near the closest point in its orbit, the second Full Moon of the month occurred on January 31. So did the first Total Lunar Eclipse of 2018, as the Moon slid through planet Earth’s shadow. In a postcard from planet Earth, this telescopic snapshot captures the totally eclipsed Moon as it set above the western horizon and the Chiricahua Mountains of southern Arizona. The Moon’s evocative reddened hue is due to sunlight scattered into the shadow. Still, the planet’s shadow visibly grows darker near the center, toward the top of the lunar disk.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Wednesday Jan. 31st, 2018

A few clouds and cold right now but we will see some more flurries throughout the day, with high to very high winds. High windchill’s are expected throughout the day and evening. Currently we have increasing cloud, a temperature of -20C feels like -34C with our windchill, our winds are from the NNW at 39 km/h and will decrease to 20 km/h by the afternoon.

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

Our highways in and around area are partly covered, slippery and blowing snow is expected throughout the day in open areas. Caution please while traveling today.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

The First Explorer
Image Credit: NASA
Explanation: Sixty years ago, on January 31, 1958, the First Explorer was successfully launched by the Army Ballistic Missile Agency on a Jupiter-C rocket. Inaugurating the era of space exploration for the United States, Explorer I was a thirty pound satellite that carried instruments to measure temperatures, and micrometeorite impacts, along with an experiment designed by James A. Van Allen to measure the density of electrons and ions in space. The measurements made by Van Allen’s experiment led to an unexpected and then startling discovery of two earth-encircling belts of high energy electrons and ions trapped in the magnetosphere. Now known as the Van Allen Radiation belts, the regions are located in the inner magnetosphere, beyond low Earth orbit. Explorer I ceased transmitting on February 28, 1958, but remained in orbit until March of 1970.

Tomorrow’s picture: spiral comet


Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Tuesday Jan. 30th, 2018

Well the winds are here we are just waiting for the snow now, it should be here in the next couple hours. Clouds, snow up to 15CM by this evening, high winds gusts up to 55 km/h throughout the day/afternoon/evening. There are WEATHER, MARINE WIND WARNINGS and BLOWING SNOW ADVISORIES all around our area including our area. Currently we have cloudy sky’s, a temperature -18C feels like -30C with our high windchill’s, our winds are from the SE at 29 km/h gusts up to 40 km/h.

There are WEATHER, MARINE WIND and BLOWING SNOW ADVISORIES and WARNINGS for our area and surrounding parts. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR THE WARNINGS.

Our highways in and around our area will deteriorate throughout the day and will become dire, travel is not recommended by the AFTERNOON as the snow accumulates.

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!

Alerts for: Grand Rapids, Easterville, Waterhen

Warnings

3:34 AM CST Tuesday 30 January 2018
Snowfall warning in effect for:

  • Grand Rapids and Easterville
  • Waterhen Meadow Portage and Skownan

Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is forecast for central Manitoba.

A strong low pressure system is tracking across the prairies today bringing significant snowfall to central sections of province. Snowfall has begun over west central Manitoba and will spread southeastward over the province through the morning. Blowing snow reducing visibilities below 1 km is possible in exposed areas. Snow will taper off Tuesday night.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight.

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.

Warnings (In effect)

Blizzard warning in effect

Lake Winnipegosis

Issued 01:43 AM CST 30 January 2018 Blizzard conditions with gusty winds and visibility frequently near zero in snow and blowing snow are expected or occurring.

Blizzard today into Wednesday.

A strong low pressure system will cross central Manitoba today. Over the lakes, strong southerly winds gusting up to 80 km/h are expected to develop this morning, and give way to similarly strong northwesterly winds tonight. Accompanied by 10 to 15 cm of fresh snow, blizzard conditions with very poor visibilities in snow and blowing snow are likely for the day. Visibilities are forecast to remain poor into Wednesday as winds remain strong for a second day even as snowfall slowly tapers off. The wind will finally diminish late in the day on Wednesday as another round of cold arctic air settles in over the region.

Travel is expected to be extremely hazardous due to reduced visibility. Protect yourself from wind, cold and disorientation by staying sheltered, indoors or with your vehicle. Avoid outdoor activities.

Blizzard warnings are issued when widespread reduced visibilities of 400 metres or less are expected for at least 4 hours.

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.

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Venus at Night in Infrared from Akatsuki
Image Credit: JAXA, ISAS, DARTS; Processing & Copyright: Damia Bouic
Explanation: Why is Venus so different from Earth? To help find out, Japan launched the robotic Akatsuki spacecraft which entered orbit around Venus late in 2015 after an unplanned five-year adventure around the inner Solar System. Even though Akatsuki was past its original planned lifetime, the spacecraft and instruments were operating so well that much of its original mission was reinstated. Also known as the Venus Climate Orbiter, Akatsuki’s instruments investigated unknowns about Earth’s sister planet, including whether volcanoes are still active, whether lightning occurs in the dense atmosphere, and why wind speeds greatly exceed the planet’s rotation speed. In the featured image taken by Akatsuki‘s IR2 camera, Venus’s night side shows a jagged-edged equatorial band of high dark clouds absorbing infrared light from hotter layers deeper in Venus’ atmosphere. The bright orange and black stripe on the upper right is a false digital artifact that covers part of the much brighter day side of Venus. Analyses of Akatsuki images and data has shown that Venus has equatorial jet similar to Earth’s jet stream.

Watch: Lunar Extravaganza
Tomorrow’s picture: The First Explorer

Snow Fall Warnings Issued For Our Area

ALERTS IN EFFECT

Snowfall Warning

Issued at 10:26 Monday 29 January 2018

Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is forecast for central sections of the province.

A strong Pacific low pressure system will track into Saskatchewan tonight, and through Manitoba on Tuesday, bringing significant snowfall to central sections of province. Snowfall will begin over west central Manitoba early Tuesday morning and spread southeastward over the province through the morning. Blowing snow reducing visibilities below 1 km is possible in exposed areas. Snow will taper off Tuesday night.

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Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

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.

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Monday Jan. 29th, 2018

Another cold day, low to moderate windchill’s, sunny sky’s and low to moderate winds. But all that changes tomorrow with a fast moving winter storm approaching to our area bringing significant snow falls and high winds, snow fall amounts are hard to determine at this time. Currently our temperature sits at -26C with no current winchill, our winds are calm but will increase to 10 km/m throughout the day/evening.

There are No Weather Warnings for our area at this time but that will change by the end of the day. There is a MARINE WINTER STORM WARNING for the LAKE.

Our highways in and around our area are in good winter driving conditions. Please plan ahead when traveling and pack a survival pack for cold temperature.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

The Spider and The Fly
Image Credit & Copyright: Joe Morris
Explanation: Will the spider ever catch the fly? Not if both are large emission nebulas toward the constellation of the Charioteer (Auriga). The spider-shaped gas cloud on the left is actually an emission nebula labelled IC 417, while the smaller fly-shaped cloud on the right is dubbed NGC 1931 and is both an emission nebula and a reflection nebula. About 10,000 light-years distant, both nebulas harbor young, open star clusters. For scale, the more compact NGC 1931 (Fly) is about 10 light-years across.

Tomorrow’s picture: Venusian glow

Today’s Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Sunday Jan. 28th, 2018

A few clouds, cold with moderate windchill in the low -30C’s and our wind will remain in the low to moderate winds. Currently we have mostly clear sky’s, a cold temperature of -28C with no windchill, our winds are calm and will increase to 10 km/h throughout the day/evening/overnight.

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. Because of the cold conditions be sure to travel with a emergency survival pack and plan ahead.

HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY!

A Total Lunar Eclipse Over Tajikistan
Video Credit & Copyright: Jean-Luc Dauvergne (Ciel et Espace); Music: Valère Leroy & Sophie Huet (Space-Music)
Explanation: If the full Moon suddenly faded, what would you see? The answer during the total lunar eclipse in 2011 was recorded in a dramatic time lapse video from Tajikistan. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth moves between the Moon and the Sun, causing the moon to fade dramatically. The Moon never gets completely dark, though, since the Earth’s atmosphere refracts some light. As the featured video begins, the scene may appear to be daytime and sunlit, but actually it is a nighttime and lit by the glow of the full Moon. As the Moon becomes eclipsed and fades, the wind dies down and background stars can be seen reflected in foreground lake. Most spectacularly, the sky surrounding the eclipsed moon suddenly appears to be full of stars and highlighted by the busy plane of our Milky Way Galaxy. The sequence repeats with a closer view, and the final image shows the placement of the eclipsed Moon near the Eagle, Swan, Trifid, and Lagoon nebulas. Nearly two hours after the eclipse started, the moon emerges from the Earth’s shadow and its bright full glare again dominates the sky. This Wednesday another total lunar eclipse will take place — but this one will be during a rare Super Blue Blood Moon.

Tomorrow’s picture: spider versus fly
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Your Weekend Weather And Current Highway Conditions For Saturday Jan. 27th, 2018

Mostly cloudy sky’s, cold with high’s of only -18C with windchill’s in the high -20C’s to low -30’s and driving our windchill’s will be moderate to high winds throughout the day into the evening and overnight hours. Currently we have mostly cloudy skies, our temperature sits at -18C feels like -29C with our windchill, our winds are from the N at 16 km/h and will remain steady throughout the day/evening/overnight.

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

Highways in and around our area are snow covered, snow packed and slippery with blowing snow in open areas. CAUTION NEEDS TO BE TAKEN WHEN TRAVELING THIS MORNING UNTIL THE PLOWS GET OUT THERE. Please plan ahead for winter driving on our highways regardless of the conditions.

HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY!

CURRENT HIGHWAY CONDITIONS

Laguna Starry Sky
Image Credit & Copyright: Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn (Weather and Sky Photography)
Explanation: Staring toward the heavens, one of the many lagunas in the Atacama Desert salt flat calmly reflects a starry night sky near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, planet Earth. Cosmic rifts of dust, star clouds, and nebulae of the central Milky Way galaxy are rising in the east, beyond a volcanic horizon. Caught in the six frame panorama serenely recorded in the early morning hours of January 15, planets Jupiter and Mars are close. Near the ecliptic, the bright planets are immersed in the Solar System’s visible band of Zodiacal light extending up and left from the galactic center. Above the horizon to the south (right) are the Large and Small clouds of Magellan, satellite galaxies of the Milky Way.

Tomorrow’s picture: full moon fading