Friday, December 31, 2010

31 December 2010 - Conditions at 7:43 AM: -1.3C, Clear, Wind: WNW 6 km/h

Yesterday started out quite cool but warmed up nicely to about +4C.The evening was clear and calm with temps slightly below freezing.

We have a couple of warm days on the way with temps expected to be well above normal.


Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +1C / Min -9C)

Today

Sunny. High plus 5.

Tonight

Clear. Becoming cloudy periods near midnight. Low plus 2.

Saturday

Sunny. Increasing cloudiness in the evening. High 8.

Sunday

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. Low plus 1. High plus 3.

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The marine forecast:

Wind northwest 20 to 25 knots diminishing to 15 this morning and to
 light Saturday afternoon.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

31 December 2004: In Manitoba, a 3-day storm dumped 33 cm of snow on the Winnipeg Winter Club's Bubble, an indoor-soccer dome. It was enough to collapse its roof and cancel, postpone, or reschedule more than 82 games. Before it could be mended, the dome's fabric had to thaw, but for that to happen, the outside temperature needed to warm up to -15°C, which occurred only 3 days in January.– Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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ISS visible sightings:

None

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About 45 minutes to an hour before sunrise tomorrow, Venus, the "morning star," stands well above the Moon. Antares, the brightest star of Scorpius, is directly below the Moon, while the planet Mercury is off to the left of Antares..

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AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be quite.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

30 December 2010 - Conditions at 7:05 AM: -4.2C, Clear, Wind: NW 18 km/h

We had another cold day here yesterday with high temps only near the freezing point.The day was clear and winds were generally light.

Temps are expected to be on the rise for the next few days and highs will be a few degrees above normal.There is no precip expected until early next week.


Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +1C / Min -9C)

Today

Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High plus 3.

Tonight

A few clouds. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low minus 1.

Friday

Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High plus 4.

Saturday

A mix of sun and cloud. Low zero. High plus 5.

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The marine forecast:

Wind northwest 25 knots diminishing to 15 Friday morning.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

30 December 2007: A Quebec man sold the "magnificent" 2-m-high snowbank in front of his home on eBay for $3,550, less than two weeks after putting it up for sale. His sales pitch was: "Perfect for ski hills. No returns or refunds." Bidding started at 99 cents. Proceeds went to Operation Enfant Soleil, a Quebec charity for children's hospitals. The buyer used it to supply a snowball fight with his family. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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ISS visible sightings:

Date: Thursday, December 30, 2010

Time: 06:33 PM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 26° Approach: 16° above WNW Departure: 26° above NNW

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Look for the planet Venus a little to the upper left of the crescent Moon at dawn tomorrow. It is the brilliant "morning star," which shines brighter than anything else in the night sky except the Moon itself.

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AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be low.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

29 December 2010 - Conditions at 7:43 AM: -2.5C, Partly clear, Wind: NW 28 gust 44 km/h

Yesterday was a chilly day with temps a little below freezing for the day and windchills in the -10C range.The evening was mostly clear and there was no significant change in the temperature.

Today is expected to be similar to yesterday.It will begin to warm up tomorrow with above normal temps expected by the weekend.


Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +1C / Min -9C)

Today

Cloudy with sunny periods. 30 percent chance of flurries this morning. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High minus 1.

Tonight

A few clouds. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low minus 5.

Thursday

Sunny in the morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of flurries or rain showers in the afternoon. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High zero.

Friday

A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 3. High plus 3.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind northwest 25 to 35 knots becoming 25 late this morning. Chance
 of flurries this morning. Temperatures near minus 3.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

29 December 2004: About 30 cm of new snow, a weak snowpack, and rain created dangerous avalanche conditions in the Rockies. North of the Whitewater Ski (BC) area, fog and freezing rain prevented a rescue helicopter from gaining much height, delaying the rescue of 3 lost backcountry skiers. They dug a cave to wait out the fog; low cloud foiled their attempt to leave so they built a fire to keep warm. Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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ISS visible sightings:

Date: Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Time: 06:07 PM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 52° Approach: 30° above W Departure: 28° above NE

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The Moon puts on a fine display before dawn tomorrow. It's a thin crescent low in the southeast, with the planet Venus, which shines as the brilliant "morning star," to its lower left.

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AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be quiet.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

28 December 2010 - Conditions at 8:15 AM: -2.5C, Partly clear, Wind: NW 32 gust 51 km/h

Yesterday was quite warm here with temps reaching into the upper single digits in the afternoon.There was some rain but most of it had ended by midday.Overnight the temps dropped to below freezing and there were a few scattered flurries with enough accumulation to put a coating on the roofs this morning.Today and tomorrow are expected to be breezy and a bit chilly with flurries.A warm up will begin later in the week with temps rising to above freezing by the weekend.


Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +1C / Min -9C)

Today

Flurries ending this morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Local amount 2 cm. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 70. Temperature falling to minus 3 this afternoon.

Tonight

Cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 60. Temperature steady near minus 4.

Wednesday

Cloudy with sunny periods. 30 percent chance of flurries in the morning. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High minus 2.

Thursday

A mix of sun and cloud. Windy. Low minus 5. High minus 1.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind northwest 35 to 40 knots diminishing to 30 late this evening. A
 few flurries ending near midnight. Visibility as low as 1 mile in
 flurries. Temperatures near zero.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

28 December 1959: Toronto braced for a second crippling ice storm in two days while thousands of hydro linemen fought to restore heat and light to thousands of homes in the GTA. Fallen trees and broken hydro lines blocked scores of streets. Bell Telephone reported 1,000 lines out. Hospital admissions to emergency wards were 3 times normal because of falls on icy streets. Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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ISS visible sightings:

Date: Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Time: 05:40 PM Duration: 3 minutes Maximum Elevation: 52° Approach: 25° above SSW Departure: 18° above ENE

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A bright star tags along with the Moon before dawn tomorrow. Spica, the leading light of Virgo, is to the left of the Moon as they rise around 2 a.m., and directly above it at first light.

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AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be minimum.

Monday, December 27, 2010

27 December 2010 - Conditions at 7:43 AM: +4.4C, Rain, Wind: NNE 29 gust 49 km/h

There was a light dusting of snow here yesterday morning but temps warmed up to a couple of degrees above freezing and it had all melted away by noon.There were a few showers and flurries passing through the area in the afternoon but no accumulation.Overnight the wind picked up and there was heavy rain.Temps continued to rise and leveled out near +4C.

More rain.along with very mild temps,is expected today.Temps will be dropping later today and a change to snow is possible.Accumaltions are expected to be slight.

This is the 4th Monday in a row that we have had high winds and heavy rainfall.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +1C / Min -8C)

Rainfall warning in effect.

Today

Periods of rain ending late this morning then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Wind east 40 km/h gusting to 70 becoming south 20 gusting to 40 this morning. High 7.

Tonight

Periods of rain changing to flurries near midnight. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming northwest 40 gusting to 70 near midnight. Low minus 4.

Tuesday

Cloudy with sunny periods and 60 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 70. Temperature steady near minus 3.

Wednesday

A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of flurries. Windy.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind east 35 to 45 knots diminishing to southerly 20 early this
 morning then increasing to 20 to 30 early this afternoon. Wind
 diminishing to variable 15 to 20 early this evening then increasing
 to northwest 35 to 40 late this evening. Wind diminishing to
 northwest 30 Tuesday evening. Periods of rain ending early this
 afternoon with a risk of thunderstorms. Showers beginning early this
 evening and changing to a few flurries after midnight. Visibility as
 low as 1 mile in flurries. Temperatures plus 4 rising to plus 9 this
 morning then falling to zero Tuesday morning.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

27 December 1951: The ice-clogged Rivière des Prairies left 200 Montreal (QC)-area families homeless. The Red Cross fed and housed them and a school for retarded children provided shelter. Rescue boats passed over some houses; a fire in 1 house was fought from another's roof. Rescuers worked in hip-deep water and a woman froze and cut her legs and hands on ice battling through 10 km of waist-deep water. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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ISS visible sightings:

Date: Monday, December 27, 2010

Time: 05:15 PM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 17° Approach: 15° above SSE Departure: 15° above ESE

Time: 06:49 PM Duration: Less than 1 minute Maximum Elevation: 39° Approach: 24° above W Departure: 39° above W

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The planet Saturn keeps company with the Moon late tonight. They rise after midnight and stand high in the south at first light tomorrow, with Saturn to the upper left of the Moon. The star Spica is nearby, too.

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AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be low.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

26 December 2010 - Conditions at 8:09 AM: -0.6C, Overcast w/ light snow, Wind: NW 8 km/h

We had perfect weather here for Christmas Day.Temps were near +4C,there was lots of sunshine and winds were calm.Evening temps were near 0 where they remained through the overnight hours.

Overnight a disturbance began to move into the area and there are 3 weather warnings now in effect for today and tomorrow.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +1C / Min -8C)

Freezing drizzle warning in effect

Snowfall warning in effect

Rainfall warning in effect.

Today

Freezing drizzle or flurries ending this morning then cloudy with sunny periods and 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind becoming east 20 km/h gusting to 40 late this afternoon. High plus 2.

Tonight

Cloudy. Rain at times heavy beginning early this evening except snow at times heavy inland and over higher terrain this evening and after midnight. Rainfall amount 20 mm except snowfall amount 15 cm inland and over higher terrain. Wind east 20 km/h gusting to 40 increasing to 50 gusting to 80 after midnight. Temperature steady near plus 2 except low zero inland and over higher terrain.

Monday

Periods of rain changing to periods of snow in the evening. Rainfall amount 20 mm. Snowfall amount 2 cm. Wind southeast 40 km/h gusting to 70 becoming south 20 gusting to 40 in the morning then northwest 40 gusting to 70 in the evening. High 8 with temperature falling to plus 1 in the afternoon.

Tuesday

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Windy. Low minus 6. High

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind light increasing to east 25 knots this evening and to 35 to 45
 near midnight. Wind diminishing to southerly 25 Monday morning then
 increasing to northwest 35 to 40 Monday evening. Flurries changing
 to rain this afternoon.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

26 December 2005: A wet and wild Boxing Day storm, with heavy snow, freezing rain, and strong winds, left 1,000s of New Brunswick shoppers without power. In the north, St. Leonard got 70 cm of snow and Bathurst and Edmundston more than 60 cm. At the Moncton airport, 400 travellers were stranded. Boxing Day shoppers said that having to trudge through waist-deep snow did not deter them from bargain hunting. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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ISS visible sightings:

Date: Monday, December 27, 2010 Time: 05:15 PM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 17° Approach: 15° above SSE Departure: 15° above ESE

Date: Sunday, December 26, 2010 Time: 06:22 PM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 46° Approach: 16° above SSW Departure: 45° above SSE

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Look to the northwest after darkness falls this evening for the Northern Cross, a pattern of stars that's also known as Cygnus, the swan. The cross appears to stand upright as it sets, as though it were anchored to the horizon.

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AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be low.

Friday, December 24, 2010

24 December 2010 - Conditions at 6:38 AM: +1.6C, Mostly clear, Wind: N 23 gust 39 km/h

We had another wet and windy day again yesterday.Temps were in the +5C range and it was very windy for most of the day and evening.Overnight the sky finally began to clear and the winds died down.

We are expecting a few showers or flurries today and things are looking great for Christmas Day and Boxing Day with sunny periods and no precip expected.

We may get hit with another storm on Monday.It is still too early to say if it will be rain or snow.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +1C / Min -8C)

Today

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain showers or wet flurries. Wind north 30 km/h gusting to 50. High plus 2.

Tonight

Cloudy. Wind north 30 km/h. Low minus 2

Saturday

Cloudy with sunny periods. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light in the evening. High zero.

Sunday

Cloudy. Low minus 3. High zero.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind north 35 to 40 knots diminishing to northwest 25 to 30 near noon
 and to north 20 overnight. Wind backing to northwest 15 Saturday
 afternoon. A few showers ending Saturday morning.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

24 December 2008: A handful of volunteers frantically dug out a herd of starving horses near McBride, BC. Trapped in snow more than 2 m deep, the horses were skinny, frostbitten, and missing large patches of hair. Their frail health precluded a helicopter rescue. Snowmobilers and other volunteers began hand-digging a 2,300 m trail to bring the animals to safety despite difficult weather. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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ISS visible sightings: Date: Saturday, December 25, 2010 Time: 05:58 PM Duration: Less than 1 minute Maximum Elevation: 15° Approach: 15° above SE Departure: 15° above SE

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The heart of a king follows the Moon tonight: the star Regulus. It is the brightest star of Leo, the lion -- the king of the beasts -- and its name means "the little king." It is to the lower left of the Moon as they rise in mid evening..

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AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be quiet.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

23 December 2010 - Conditions at 6:30 AM: +4.4C, Overcast, Wind: N 23 gust 36 km/h

Yesterday was wet and mild here with temps once again in the +5C range.The wind was less brisk than the previous few days and there were showers through most of the day.The showers continued throughout the evening.

More showers are expected today with temps a little cooler than yesterday.We may see a few flurries tomorrow as conditions begin to return to normal.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +1C / Min -8C)

Today

Showers. Amount 2 to 4 mm. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60. High plus 4.

Tonight

Cloudy. 30 percent chance of rain showers changing to 30 percent chance of flurries after midnight. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60. Low plus 1.

Friday

Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries in the morning. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud in the afternoon. Wind north 30 km/h gusting to 50. Temperature steady near plus 1.

Saturday

Cloudy. Low minus 3. High plus 1.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind northerly 20 to 25 knots increasing to north 35 to 40 early this
 afternoon then diminishing to northwest 25 Friday morning. Showers.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

23 December 2004: A major pre-Christmas storm roared through the Lower Great Lakes. In Ottawa, 9 cm of snow fell, followed by 20 mm of rain and freezing rain, and a flash freeze. Cars surfed through water up to their hub caps. Travellers from Windsor to Timmins became stranded, delaying family reunions and celebrations across the nation. Metro Toronto Zoo, usually open except on Christmas, closed to the public. Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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ISS visible sightings:No visible sightings until Dec 25.

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Orion, the hunter, shines in prime time during winter's long nights. It's in full view in the east soon after nightfall. Its brightest stars flank Orion's three-star belt: orange Betelgeuse to the left, and blue-white Rigel to the right.

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AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be minimum.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

22 December 2010 - Conditions at 6:25 AM: +3.4C, Overcast, Wind: NNW 25 gust 39 km/h

Yesterday was a windy and overcast day with temps near +6C.Overnight the wind continued to howl and some rain moved into the area.More wind and showers are expected today and continuing into the weekend.Clearing,and calmer winds,is not expected until Sunday.


Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +1C / Min -8C)

Today

Showers. Amount 5 mm. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60. High plus 4.

Tonight

Showers. Amount 5 mm. Wind north 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low plus 2.

Thursday

A few showers ending in the afternoon then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Amount 2 mm. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60. High plus 4.

Friday

Cloudy. Windy. Low zero. High plus 1.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind north 30 to 35 knots diminishing to northerly 20 to 25 late this
 morning then increasing to northeasterly 25 to 35 Thursday morning.
 Wind backing to north 40 Thursday afternoon. Showers ending Thursday
 evening.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

22 December 1944: By heaping record amounts of coal into furnaces, householders in Ottawa, ON, struggled to fight off the outside cold, which stood at -35°C. King Frost was blamed for many a nipped nose and ear. Frozen automobiles meant crowded street cars and long delays in towing calls. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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ISS visible sightings:No visible sightings until Dec 24.

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Three bright stars flank the Moon as they rise in mid evening. Castor and Pollux, the "twins" of Gemini, are to the upper right of the Moon, with Castor higher in the sky. And farther to the lower right of the Moon is Procyon, the "little dog" star.

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AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be quiet.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

21 December 2010 - Conditions at 6:22 AM: +4.5C, Overcast, Wind: N 24 gust 40 km/h

Yesterday was an overcast day with temps near +2C and gusty winds.Some snow began to fall in the early evening and we got enough to cover the ground.Temps began to rise and the snow quickly changed to rain.

All of the snow is now gone and today is expected to mild for the first day of winter.Windy conditions with light rain are expected.The temps will be above 0 for the remainder of the week and it will not be a white Christmas on the south shore this year.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +1C / Min -8C)

Storm surge warning in effect.

Today

Periods of drizzle or showers ending this morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Amount 2 mm. Wind northeast 40 km/h gusting to 60. Temperature steady near plus 5.

Tonight

Showers except periods of wet snow over higher terrain overnight. Amount 5 mm. Wind northeast 40 km/h gusting to 60. Low plus 2.

Wednesday

Showers. Amount 5 mm. Wind north 30 km/h gusting to 50. Temperature steady near plus 3.

Thursday

Rain showers or flurries. Windy. Low plus 1. High plus 1.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
High water level warning in effect.
Wind northeast 25 to 35 knots increasing to 40 early this morning.
 Showers.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

21 December 1938: On their way from The Pas, MB, to the New York World's Fair, 2 northern mushers and their 7 huskies arrived in Winnipeg. Lack of snow had forced them to put their heavily loaded sleigh on wheels, only to have it break down some 2 km away, in the Riding Mountain area. They then hitchhiked, loading everything onto a truck, into Winnipeg, where things were looking up-it had started to snow. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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ISS visible sightings:No visible sightings until Dec 24.

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Today is the December solstice, which marks the Sun's southernmost point in its year-long journey along the horizon. It also is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, where it marks the start of winter.

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AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be quiet.

Monday, December 20, 2010

20 December 2010 - Conditions at 6:46 AM: -0.1C, Overcast, Wind: NE 22 gust 38 km/h

Yesterday was a sunny day with afternoon highs reaching to near +5C.The evening was clear with temps dropping to near 0.

Today is expected to be stormy,as the past 2 Mondays have been also.Snow,changing to rain,and high winds are expected for today and tomorrow.We may see more rain than snow here on the coast with temps currently near 0 here and above 0 on the coast.Regardless,it will be windy and nasty for the next 24 hours or so.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +1C / Min -8C)

Storm surge warning in effect.

Today

Cloudy. Snow beginning this morning. Amount 5 to 10 cm. Wind becoming northeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. High zero.

Tonight

Snow changing to rain near midnight. Snowfall amount 5 cm. Rainfall amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind northeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 increasing to 50 gusting to 80 this evening. Temperature rising to plus 5 by morning.

Tuesday

Rain ending in the morning then cloudy. Periods of rain beginning early in the evening. Amount 10 mm. Wind northeast 50 km/h gusting to 80 becoming north 30 gusting to 50 in the morning. Temperature steady near plus 5.

Wednesday

Flurries. Windy. Low zero. High plus 2.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
High water level warning in effect.
Wind northeast 15 knots increasing to 20 early this morning and to 35
 this afternoon. Wind increasing to northeast 45 this evening then
 backing to north 35 Tuesday morning. Wind diminishing to northeast
 30 Tuesday evening. Rain and periods of snow and occasional fog
 patches beginning this morning. Risk of thunderstorms after
 midnight. Visibility 1 mile or less in fog patches and in rain.
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Today’s Weather Trivia:

20 December 2004: A wind swept from Edson, AB, to the Saskatchewan border, felling trees, toppling radio towers, flipping small planes, tearing up roofs, and knocking out power to thousands. In a freak accident, the 100-km/h winds blew a kite boarder into an abandoned church in Alberta Beach, killing the adventurer. Wind gusts recorded at Edmonton's City Centre Airport tied the December record of 98 km/h. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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ISS visible sightings:No visible sightings until Dec 24.

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A total lunar eclipse will be visible across North America tonight. The dark inner portion of Earth's shadow first touches the lunar disk at 12:32 a.m. CST. The Moon will be completely immersed by 1:41, and will remain in the shadow for more than an hour.

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AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be minimum.