Saturday, March 20, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - A few more warm days and then....

20 March 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 7:00:28 AM : 5.0°C | Clear | Wind: SSW 14 km/h

(Normals: Max: 4°C Min: -4°C)

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Yesterday was another beautiful day here with afternoon temps in the +16°C range and less wind than on Thursday.The evening was clear and cool,perfect weather for viewing the ISS as it glided through the western sky just below the crescent moon a little before 9PM.Temps remained mild throughout the overnight hours.

Today is expected to be sunny and warm once again.Unfortunately,the nice weather will be coming to an end next week with some rain and cooler temps on the way.There was actually a mention of possible flurries on Wednesday but that has been revised to just rain.

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The 3 day forecast for our area issued by Environment Canada:

  • Today:  Sunny. Wind southwest 20 km/h. High 8 except 16 inland. UV index 4 or moderate. 
  • Tonight:  A few clouds. Wind southwest 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low plus 1. 
  • Sunday:  Sunny with cloudy periods. High 7 except 11 inland. 
  • Monday:  Cloudy. Low plus 1. High 10.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

20 March 1940: A 2-day storm dumped 15 cm of snow on southern Alberta, blocking rural roads and preventing many from voting in the provincial election. Some used horses to reach polling places (at times through 30-cm-thick mud), an all-day round trip. An official took just 5 hours to drive soldiers' ballots from Edmonton to Calgary although he drove more than half the distance through a snowstorm.– Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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SKY EVENTS TONIGHT:

ISS: Rising at 7:50PM in the northwest,traveling directly overhead as it moves towards the southeast.

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The crescent Moon and the Pleiades star cluster snuggle close together tonight. They are high in the west at nightfall and set after midnight. The Moon is to the left of the small, dipper-shaped Pleiades.

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-Al C

 

 

Friday, March 19, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - Dry and warm

19 March 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 7:04:55 AM : -0.6°C | Clear | Wind: N 9 km/h

(Normals: Max: 4°C Min: -4°C)

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It’s a bit chilly here this morning but the days just keep getting better as the week progresses and yesterday was an exceptional day with temps hitting +18°C(64F) in the afternoon.The wind was a bit brisk but it was westerly and did not cause very much cooling.We have more sun on the way for today and through the weekend with the warm temps holding.

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The 3 day forecast for our area issued by Environment Canada:

  • Today: Sunny with cloudy periods. High 10. UV index 4 or moderate.
  • Tonight: A few clouds. Low zero with temperature rising to plus 3 by morning.
  • Saturday: Sunny. Becoming cloudy periods in the evening. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h in the morning. High 11 except 16 inland.
  • Sunday: Sunny. Low plus 3. High 8.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

19 March 1951: A storm-stranded party of 42 was rescued from a stalled train after 60 hours in a blinding prairie blizzard near Oyen, AB. The engine was a sheet of ice and the 6-car train was completely buried, with snow to the roof line on the left side and to the windows on the right side. CNR employees hiked through 5-m-high drifts to bring fresh meat and bread.Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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SKY EVENTS TONIGHT:

ISS: Rising at 8:50PM in the northwest,traveling through the western sky as it moves towards the south.

Spring arrives in the northern hemisphere tomorrow, at a moment known as the vernal equinox. This is the point at which the Sun crosses the equator heading from south to north. In many ancient societies, the equinox marked the beginning of a new year.

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-Al C

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - Warm and sunny days continue

18 March 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 7:43:29 AM : 4.2°C | Clear | Wind: SW 18 km/h

(Normals: Max: 4°C Min: -5°C)

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Yesterday was a sunny and very warm day here with the high reaching the +15°C range.The evening was clear with temps dropping to +5 and the overnight temps remained above freezing.Even though we’ve been having mild days for awhile,last night was the first night this week that temps stayed above freezing overnight and there is no frost this morning.

More warm weather is in store for us for the rest of the week and the rain expected for the weekend has been pushed ahead into next week.

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The 3 day forecast for our area issued by Environment Canada:

  • Today: Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind west 30 km/h. High 11. UV index 4 or moderate.
  • Tonight: A few clouds. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low plus 1 except minus 4 in low lying areas.
  • Friday: Sunny. High 8.
  • Saturday: Cloudy. Low plus 1. High 10.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

18 March 2008 Freezing rain and 40 cm of snow halted snowplows and closed schools, government offices, courts, and banks in Newfoundland. All flights to and from St. John's International Airport were disrupted and Metrobus shut down. Locals say that after St. Patrick and his friends partied on the 17th, the dust that angry Sheila swept up the next day turned into a snowstorm called "Sheila's Brush.– Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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SKY EVENTS TONIGHT:

ISS: Rising at 8:25PM in the northwest,traveling directly overhead as it moves towards the southeast.

Spring is just about to spring, but a great pattern of stars named for winter still dominates the western evening sky. The Winter Circle includes some of the most prominent stars of all, including Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.

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-Al C

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - Warm days,cool nights

17 March 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 7:33:44 AM : -1.3°C | Clear | Wind: SE 2 km/h| Windchill: -4

(Normals: Max: 4°C Min: -5°C)

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Although it’s been warm here during the daytime for quite some time the evenings are still cool.Yesterday’s high was near +10°C but temps dropped to below freezing late in the evening and there is a frost this morning.It is still winter for another few days so that is to be expected.

The warmer than normal weather is continuing and will be with us for the rest of the week.Today we may see near record breaking highs for this time of the year.

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The 3 day forecast for our area issued by Environment Canada:

  • Today: Sunny. High 13 except 8 along parts of the coast. UV index 3 or moderate.
  • Tonight: Clear. Becoming cloudy periods this evening. Wind becoming southwest 30 km/h this evening. Low plus 2.
  • Thursday: Sunny with cloudy periods. 30 percent chance of showers early in the morning. Wind west 30 km/h becoming light in the evening. High 10.
  • Friday:A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 1. High 10.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

17 March 2003: The ice thickness in the Upper Great Lakes approached 60 cm-greater than that of 1979, also a bad year. Officials deployed a powerful icebreaker in St. Mary's River and used an escort-convoy system for navigating early ships, the first time in 7 years. The ice cover finally thawed at the end of April. Further complicating matters, icebound channels blocked ice chunks from flowing downstream. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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SKY EVENTS TONIGHT:

ISS: Rising at 8:00PM in the northwest,traveling through the northern sky towards the east.

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-Al C

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - Temps way above normal

16 March 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 7:44:30 AM : 0°C | Overcast | Wind: NE 22 gust 37 km/h | Windchill: -6

(Normals: Max: 4°C Min: -5°C)

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The mild weather is continuing here with temps expected to be about 2 to 3 times the seasonal norm for the rest of the week (related article).Yesterday’s high was near +8°C but there was quite a lot of wind so it did feel somewhat cooler.The forecasted rain never happened here and it looks like most of it went to New England where they had high winds and torrential rain with flooding conditions extremely bad in Massachusetts.

Today we are expecting a warm and sunny day with much more to come throughout the rest of the week.The strong winds are also expected to diminish.

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The 3 day forecast for our area issued by Environment Canada:

  • Today: Sunny. High 7 except 11 inland. UV index 4 or moderate. 
  • Tonight: Clear. Low minus 2 except minus 7 in low lying inland areas. 
  • Wednesday: Sunny. Increasing cloudiness in the evening. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h in the evening. High 12. 
  • Thursday: Showers. Low plus 2.   High 9.
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Today’s Weather Trivia:

16 March 2007: While crossing Great Slave Lake (NT), 2 snowmobilers ran out of gas but managed to survive 2 nights on the ice in -30°C weather. The RCMP said the men ran out of fuel after their extra gas tank sprang a leak. They began walking to Yellowknife and were picked up 60 km from their destination. Along the way, they made lean-tos and built fires to keep warm. Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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SKY EVENTS TONIGHT:

ISS: Rising at 9:10PM in the northwest,visible for about 3 mins as it moves high in the sky.

The planet Venus is slowly returning to prominence. It is quite low in the west at sunset, and sets in early evening. Look for it a little to the left or upper left of the Moon as darkness falls tonight, and well below the Moon tomorrow evening.

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-Al C

 

 

Monday, March 15, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - No rain here

15 March 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 8:18:23 AM : 3.4°C | Overcast | Wind: NE 26 gust 42 km/h

(Normals: Max: 4°C Min: -5°C)

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Yesterday was cool and blustery but there wasn’t any rain.There was little change through the evening and overnight and rain is still a possibility for today.Warmer than normal temps and sunshine are forecast for most of the rest of the week.

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The 3 day forecast for our area issued by Environment Canada:

  • Today: Periods of rain ending early this afternoon then cloudy. Amount 2 mm. Wind northeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 increasing to 50 gusting to 80 early this morning. High plus 5. 
  • Tonight: Cloudy. Clearing overnight. Wind northeast 50 km/h gusting to 80 diminishing to 30 gusting to 50 this evening. Low plus 1. 
  • Tuesday: Sunny. High 7. 
  • Wednesday: Sunny. Low minus 1. High 11.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

15 March 2003: This winter saw a record number of frozen water-pipe breaks in Saskatoon, SK-184 since January 1, more than double the previous 7-year average of 82. Crews worked 12- to 16-hour shifts, 7 days a week, to repair the breaks. Frost normally penetrates to 1.5 m, but this year, it penetrated as deep as 2.1 m and deeper in some places. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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SKY EVENTS:

ISS: Rising at 8:46PM in the northwest and traveling through the northern sky as it moves towards the northeast.

The Moon is "new" at 8:01 p.m. ADT as it crosses the imaginary line between Earth and Sun. It is lost from sight in the Sun's glare, but should return to view on Wednesday evening as a thin crescent low in the west shortly after sunset.

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-Al C

 

 

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - A little rain today

14 March 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 8:24:11 AM : 2.7°C | Overcast | Wind: NE 23 km/h

(Normals: Max: 3°C Min: -6°C)

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Yesterday wasn’t too bad here with afternoon temps reaching to around +5°C.It would have been nicer had it not been for a cool northerly breeze.The evening was calm and above freezing with clouds moving in ahead of some rain the we will be getting today and into tomorrow.The rest of the week is looking good with a return to sunshine and above seasonable temps.

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The 3 day forecast for our area issued by Environment Canada:

  • Today: Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this afternoon. Wind east 30 km/h gusting to 50 increasing to 50 gusting to 70 this afternoon. High plus 4. 
  • Tonight: Periods of rain. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind northeast 50 km/h gusting to 80. Low plus 1. 
  • Monday: Periods of rain ending in the morning then a mix of sun and cloud. Wind northeast 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 6. 
  • Tuesday: Sunny. Low minus 2. High 8. 
  • Wednesday: Sunny. Low minus 4. High 10. 
  • Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 1. High 9. 
  • Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 1. High 8.
  • Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 1. High plus 5.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

14 March 1913: Dense fog settled over Montreal, QC, around the dinner hour, becoming denser throughout the night. It only added to pedestrians' weather misery, having already endured melting snow, rain, and the attendant deluge of mud. In the thick fog, streetcar motormen could not see 5 m in front of their cars, creating many close calls along the tracks as the trolleys appeared from nowhere. Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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SKY EVENTS:

ISS: Rising at 8:21PM in the northwest and traveling through the northern sky as it moves towards the northeast.

Rising at 9:56PM in the northwest and traveling through the northern sky as it moves towards the northeast.

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-Al C