Saturday, April 17, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - Warmer than expected

17 April 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 6:48:14 AM : -1.3°C | Clear | Wind: WNW 13 km/h

 (Normals: Max: 9°C Min: 1°C)

      We had a much better day here yesterday than what was forecast.Afternoon temps were near +15°C and the day was mostly sunny.The evening was clear but cool with temps dropping to below freezing overnight.There isn’t as much frost this morning as there has been for the past few days.

      Today is forecast to be similar to yesterday so we may see some more of the warmer weather again.Showers are on the way for tomorrow and they will be with us through the weekend.

Today -- A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming cloudy this morning. High 6. UV index 3 or moderate. 

Tonight -- Cloudy. A few rain showers beginning this evening and ending overnight then 30 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Low plus 1.

Sunday -- Cloudy. 30 percent chance of rain showers or flurries in the morning. A few rain showers beginning near noon. Rainfall amount 2 to 4 mm. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h in the afternoon. High plus 3. 

Monday -- Showers. Low plus 1. High plus 4.

 

  • Today’s Weather Trivia:

April 17,1835: During an intense snowstorm on Prince Edward Island, an elderly couple from Portage left their son-in-law's to return home, about 300 m away. Halfway there, the couple was completely bewildered by the violent storm and stopped to argue about the route to take. The wife sat down, covered with a rug, and was found uninjured the next morning. Her husband was found dead about 0.5 km away.

Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

  • Sky Events:

ISS w/ shuttle docked:

Date: Sunday, April 18, 2010
Time: 04:29 AM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 22°
Approach: 21° above NNW
Departure: 17° above NNE

Date: Sunday, April 18, 2010
Time: 06:04 AM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 20°
Approach: 15° above NNW
Departure: 19° above NNE

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Corvus, the crow, is low in the southeast at nightfall and arcs across the southern sky during the night. Corvus's brightest stars form a small but distinct box. In mythology, the crow was a servant of the god Apollo.

 

-Al C

 

 

Friday, April 16, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - Cool weather for the next week

16 April 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 7:30:50 AM : -0.1°C | Clear | Wind: NW 12 km/h

 (Normals: Max: 9°C Min: 1°C)

      Yesterday was a cool day here with the high barely making it to +10°C.The evening was cool and temps dropped to freezing overnight.This is the 4th morning in a row that we have had frost.More of the same type of weather is expected for here over the next week.

Today -- Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 early this afternoon. High 6. UV index 5 or moderate. 

Tonight -- A few clouds. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40. Low minus 2. 

Saturday -- Sunny with cloudy periods. Becoming cloudy late in the day. 30 percent chance of showers or drizzle late in the evening. Wind northeast 20 km/h. High 10.

Sunday -- Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 4. High 6.

 

  • Today’s Weather Trivia:

April 16,1958: A tornado struck near Watrous and Drake, SK. At 1st touchdown, it hurled a wagon through a fence, then demolished a tool shed and blew down cemetery headstones. At its next stop, barns were smashed and piglets scattered more than 1,600 m. At its 3rd stop, the twister dismantled a 2-storey chicken coop, bashed in windows, flipped over a car, and lifted ducks off a slough.

Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

  • Sky Events:

ISS w/ shuttle docked:

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2010
Time: 04:06 AM
Duration: Less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 25°
Approach: 25° above NNE
Departure: 22° above NNE

 

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2010
Time: 05:40 AM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 18°
Approach: 16° above NNW
Departure: 16° above NNE

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A thin crescent Moon is in the west at nightfall this evening. The planet Venus, the brilliant "evening star," stands directly below the Moon, and the planet Mercury is to the lower right of Venus. Mercury looks like a fairly bright star.

-Al C

 

 

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - Cool weather staying for a while

15 April 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 7:14:44 AM : -0.1°C | Clear | Wind: N 8 km/h

 (Normals: Max: 9°C Min: 0°C)

      It turned out to be a much better day than originally expected yesterday.Afternoon temps were in the lower teens here along with some sunshine.The late afternoon was quite cloudy but we did not get any of the showers that were reported in other areas.It cooled off quite a bit in the evening with overnight temps near 0°C.

      It looks like the cool weather is here to stay for a while with on and off precip for about the next week.

Today -- A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming cloudy this afternoon with a few showers. Amount 5 mm. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h near noon. High 9. UV index 4 or moderate. 

Tonight -- A few showers ending this evening then cloudy periods. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low minus 1.

Friday -- Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 in the morning. High 6.

Saturday -- Cloudy. Low plus 1. High 9.

 

  • Today’s Weather Trivia:

April 15,1834: According to the Gleaner newspaper, the Isabella was struck by lightning while at berth in the Saint John, NB, harbour. The bolt carried away the fore and main topmast and shattered the starboard side of the deck, before exiting under the fore chains. Lightning bolts struck twice, the first time making a sailor insensible.

Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

  • Sky Events:

ISS w/ shuttle docked:

Date: Friday, April 16, 2010
Time: 03:43 AM
Duration: Less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 16°
Approach: 16° above ENE
Departure: 16° above ENE

Date: Friday, April 16, 2010
Time: 05:15 AM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 22°
Approach: 15° above NW
Departure: 17° above NNE

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Venus, the "evening star," stands to the Moon's upper left at nightfall. The smaller planet Mercury, which is only a fraction as bright as Venus, is about a degree below the Moon, which is less than the width of a finger held at arm's length.

 

-Al C

 

 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - Flurries!!??

14 April 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 6:42:13 AM : -2.1°C | Clear | Wind: N 6 km/h

 (Normals: Max: 9°C Min: 0°C)

      It was quite cool here yesterday with temps only in the +10°C range.The best part of the day was the late afternoon/early evening when the wind died out and there was some sunshine.Prior to that,there were periods of clouds and a brisk northerly breeze.The evening was clear but quite cool with temps dipping below the freezing point…..the first time it’s been that low for quite a few weeks.

Today is expected to be similar to yesterday and there’s a chance that we may see a few flurries tonight and into tomorrow….gotta love Nova Scotia in the spring!! The cool weather is expected to stay for the rest of this week.

Today -- Sunny. Increasing cloudiness early this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h near noon. High 8 except plus 5 along parts of the coast. UV index 5 or moderate.

Tonight -- Cloudy. 30 percent chance of rain showers after midnight then 30 percent chance of flurries or rain showers overnight. Wind southwest 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low plus 1.

Thursday -- Cloudy. 60 percent chance of flurries or rain showers early in the morning. Rain showers beginning in the morning. Rainfall amount 2 to 4 mm. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h near noon. High 8 except plus 5 along parts of the coast. 

Friday -- A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 2. High 9.

 

  • Today’s Weather Trivia:

April 14,1897: A French fishing vessel bound for Miquelon struck an iceberg on the Grand Banks. Only 7 survived. On the fifth day of their ordeal, crazed by their experiences and in desperation, the survivors were driven to cannibalism and ate the dead. Cold, hungry, suffering from thirst, and worn from rowing, the sailors were so badly frostbitten that their arms had to be amputated.

Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

  • Sky Events:

ISS w/ shuttle docked:

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2010
Time: 04:52 AM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 34°
Approach: 33° above NW
Departure: 22° above NNE Approach: 15° above NW
Departure: 17° above NNE

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The Moon is "new" at 7:29 a.m. CDT today as it crosses the imaginary line between Earth and Sun. It is lost from view in the Sun's glare. It will return to view as the barest of crescents not long after sunset tomorrow.

-Al C

 

 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - Cooler

13 April 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 6:54:27 AM : 3.3°C | Clear | Wind: NW 11 km/h

 (Normals: Max: 9°C Min: 0°C)

      Yesterday was another warm day here with afternoon temps in the +20°C range.It cooled off rather quickly in the evening,though, and temps dipped to near the freezing point.

A few showers are possible today and temps are expected to remain cool for the remainder of the week.

Today -- A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. High 10 except 6 along parts of the coast. UV index 5 or moderate. 

Tonight -- Clear. Low minus 2.

Wednesday -- Sunny in the morning and early in the afternoon then a mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of showers late in the day. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h in the afternoon. High 9 except 6 along parts of the coast.

Thursday -- A mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 3. High plus 4.

 

  • Today’s Weather Trivia:

April 13,2005: A small patrol of Canadian soldiers driving snowmobiles fanned out across the Arctic archipelago on sovereignty manoeuvres. They reached Isachsen 4 days later. High winds rocked trailers on huge I-frames and wheels 1 m in diameter. Despite severely reduced visibility, the patrol arrived within 500 m of its destination. The worst anyone suffered after the -30°C trek was minor frostbite.

Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

  • Sky Events:

ISS w/ shuttle docked:

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Time: 04:29 AM
Duration: Less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 41°
Approach: 41° above NE
Departure: 25° above NE

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Time: 06:03 AM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 22°
Approach: 15° above NW
Departure: 17° above NNE

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Our stellar neighborhood is thinly settled. Only 11 stars lie within 10 light-years of the solar system, and only one of them is visible from northern skies: Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, which is well up in the southwest in early evening.

 

-Al C

 

 

Monday, April 12, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - A dry week ahead

12 April 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 7:23:57 AM : 4.6°C | Clear | Wind: SW 9 km/h

(Normals: Max: 8°C Min: 0°C)

Although it wasn’t supposed to be a real warm day yesterday,temps reached to +20°C here in the afternoon.There was a bit of a cool breeze but it was still a nice day.The evening was clear and temps dropped to the +10°C range.

Today is looking good at the start with clear skies and no wind.Temps are expected to be warm with no precip expected at all this week.

Today -- Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. High 13 except 7 along parts of the coast. UV index 5 or moderate.

Tonight -- Cloudy periods. Low plus 2.

Tuesday -- Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind becoming north 20 km/h near noon. High 11.

Wednesday -- Sunny. Low minus 2. High 10.

  • Today’s Weather Trivia:

April 12,1865: A "serious" gale blew across southern Ontario, damaging houses and felling trees and fences. At Nottawasaga, a 12-year-old girl driving home cattle from the bush was killed by a falling tree, along with 7 cattle. Near Creemore, the winds lifted a barn from its foundation and carried it into a garden.

Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

  • Sky Events:

ISS w/ shuttle docked:

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Time: 04:07 AM
Duration: Less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 16°
Approach: 16° above E
Departure: 16° above E

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Time: 05:38 AM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 35°
Approach: 15° above W
Departure: 22° above NNE

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Three of the "stars" of spring are climbing higher into the evening sky. Around 10 p.m., look overhead for Regulus in Leo, the lion. Spica, in Virgo, is in the east-southeast, with yellow-orange Arcturus well to its left in Bootes, the herdsman.

-Al C

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - Dry but cooler this week

11 April 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 7:22:03 AM : 4.9°C | Clear | Wind: SW 12 km/h

 (Normals: Max: 8°C Min: 0°C)

      Yesterday was cool and damp with afternoon temps only around +9°C.It began to clear by evening but temps remained cool.

This week is expected to be fairly dry with temps in the seasonal range.

Today -- Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 8 except 12 inland. UV index 6 or high. 

Tonight -- A few clouds. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light overnight. Low plus 3. 

Monday -- Sunny in the morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of showers in the afternoon and evening. High 11. 

Tuesday -- Cloudy. Low plus 4. High 9. 

Wednesday -- A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 2. High 8. 

Thursday -- Cloudy. Low zero. High 7. 

Friday -- A mix of sun and cloud. Low zero. High 6. 

Saturday -- A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 1. High 8.

 

  • Today’s Weather Trivia:

April 11,1941: Three years ago, lightning struck a barn in West Montrose, ON. Two years later, it was rebuilt. Then, on Good Friday, lightning struck and burned it again. A farmer purchased the remains and moved them to his farm, where 200 men helped him raise the frame. Thirty women prepared food to feed the gang of men in an old fashioned barn raising. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

  • Sky Events:

ISS w/ shuttle docked:

Date: Monday, April 12, 2010
Time: 05:15 AM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 82°
Approach: 42° above WSW
Departure: 32° above NE

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Virgo is the second-largest constellation. It is so big that it takes about four hours for the whole constellation to clear the eastern horizon. Yet is contains only one bright star: blue-white Spica, which climbs into view around nightfall.

-Al C