Saturday, May 8, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - Cloudy. Rain beginning this morning. Amount 10 mm.

8 May 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 7:00:48 AM : 7.9°C | Partly Clear | Wind: WSW 9 km/h

 (Normals: Max: 14°C Min: 4°C)

            Yesterday was a sunny day with temps reaching +22°C here.It was also very windy for most of the day.The wind died out in the early evening and temps dropped to the lower double digits.

            Rain is forecast for the next few days but there are no signs of that yet.It is currently only partly cloudy and there are only a few small pockets of showers showing up on the radar.

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

·         Today -- Cloudy. Rain beginning this morning. Amount 10 mm. Fog patches developing this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon then becoming southeast 20. High 12.

·         Tonight -- Rain ending late this evening then cloudy periods. Risk of thundershowers this evening. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Fog patches dissipating overnight. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming southwest 30 gusting to 50 near midnight. Low 7.

·         Sunday -- Cloudy with sunny periods. 40 percent chance of showers. Wind west 30 km/h becoming southwest 30 gusting to 50 in the morning then west 20 in the evening. High 10.

·         Monday -- Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Low 6. High 9.

Today's Weather Trivia:

May 8,1901: At noon, lightning struck the Bullock School, about 8 km from Beebe-Plain, QC. The teacher was at dinner and escaped. About a dozen people in the building were all more or less injured. Two girls who were sitting together had their hair burned and their shoes torn from their feet. They remained unconscious and paralyzed in their lower limbs for some time. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

Sky Events:

ISS(visible):

1. Date: Saturday, May 08, 2010

Time: 09:18 PM

Duration: 2 minutes

Maximum Elevation: 20°

Approach: 18° above NNW

Departure: 16° above NE

 

2. Date: Saturday, May 08, 2010

Time: 10:54 PM

Duration: Less than 1 minute

Maximum Elevation: 42°

Approach: 28° above NW

Departure: 42° above NNW

 

Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, stands a little below the crescent Moon at first light tomorrow. Jupiter looks like a brilliant cream-colored star.-- [StarDate Online | Weekly Stargazing Tips]

 

 

 

 

-Al C




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Friday, May 7, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - Sunny. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 15.

7 May 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 7:28:53 AM : 9.8°C | Clear | Wind: W 23 gust 33 km/h

 (Normals: Max: 14°C Min: 4°C)

            Yesterday’s weather was a combination of everything from thunder and lightning to sunshine and warmth.Temps were near +20°C for the high.The thunderstorm that moved through just prior to the clearing in the late afternoon was short lived but did produce some heavy rains.The evening was generally clear and temps were fairly mild.

            There’s lots of sunshine expected today but more rain is on the way for the weekend.




                                      Double rainbow after yesterday's t-storm.

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

>·         >Today -- Sunny. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 15. UV index 6 or high.

>·         >Tonight -- Clear. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light late this evening. Low plus 5.

>·         >Saturday -- Increasing cloudiness. Periods of rain beginning in the morning. Risk of thundershowers late in the day. Amount 10 mm. Fog patches developing late in the day. Wind becoming southeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 in the afternoon. High 11.

>·         >Sunday -- Cloudy. Low 6. High 12.

 

Today’s Weather Trivia:

May 7,1950: A northeast gale blowing at 120 km/h snapped a pole carrying high tension wires to a lumber mill in Rimouski, QC, sparking a huge fire in a dry lumber pile. Sparks ignited a residential area, destroying several homes. Early the next day, the wind shifted and drove the fire deep into the heart of the city's business district, burning 2 convents, a seminary, a theatre, and scores of stores. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

Sky Events:

ISS:

1. Date: Friday, May 07, 2010

Time: 08:53 PM

Duration: 2 minutes

Maximum Elevation: 20°

Approach: 20° above NNW

Departure: 16° above NNE

 

2. Date: Friday, May 07, 2010

Time: 10:29 PM

Duration: 2 minutes

Maximum Elevation: 26°

Approach: 22° above NNW

Departure: 21° above NE

 

Rasalgethi, one of the brightest stars of Hercules, rises in early evening and soars high overhead during the night. It is about 380 light-years away, so its light has been traveling since shortly after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.-- [StarDate Online | Weekly Stargazing Tips]

 

 

 

 

-Al C

 

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - Sunny. Increasing cloudiness early this afternoon then periods of rain. Risk of thundershowers..

6 May 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 7:06:06 AM : 8.0°C | Clear | Wind: SSW 17 km/h

 (Normals: Max: 14°C Min: 4°C)

            After a little rain and a cool start yesterday turned out to be pretty nice once it cleared in the late afternoon.The temp rose to about +22°C in the late afternoon and it remained warm and sunny until sunset.The evening was clear with temps dropping to near +10.Overnight it dropped a couple of degrees but remained clear.Interestingly,the official high yesterday from the EC station at Western Head was +32°C.I don’t think that’s quite correct.

            Today should be warm and sunny but a front is moving in later and it may produce some thunder showers this evening.Cooler and a bit unsettled to end the week and through the weekend.

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

·         Today -- Sunny. Increasing cloudiness early this afternoon then periods of rain. Risk of thundershowers late this afternoon. Amount 2 mm. Wind becoming southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 near noon. High 18 except 12 along parts of the coast. UV index 6 or high.

·         Tonight -- Periods of rain ending near midnight then clearing. Risk of thundershowers this evening. Amount 2 mm. Fog patches dissipating near midnight. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low 7.

·         Friday -- A mix of sun and cloud. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 14.

·         Saturday -- Cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. Low 6. High 13.

 

Today’s Weather Trivia:

May 6,2006: After 72 days and 965 km, a British explorer abandoned his quest to be the first person to ski solo across the North Pole from Russia to Canada. Open water (some 15 km wide) on the Canadian side ended his trek. So much polar ice had melted that he doubted anyone would ever again reach the Pole by foot. During his trek, temperatures reached a record 15°C and he skied minus hat and mittens. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

Sky Events:

ISS:

1. Date: Thursday, May 06, 2010

Time: 10:04 PM

Duration: 2 minutes

Maximum Elevation: 20°

Approach: 19° above N

Departure: 16° above NE

 

2. Date: Date: Thursday, May 06, 2010

Time: 11:38 PM

Duration: Less than 1 minute

Maximum Elevation: 19°

Approach: 15° above NW

Departure: 19° above NW

 

Under clear, dark skies, the globular star cluster known as M13 is just visible to the unaided eye. It looks like a small, faint blob of light along one side of the Keystone of Hercules. It is a family of several hundred thousand ancient stars.-- [StarDate Online | Weekly Stargazing Tips]

 

 

 

 

-Al C

 

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - Sunny. Increasing cloudiness early this afternoon then periods of rain. Risk of thundershowers..

6 May 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 7:06:06 AM : 8.0°C | Clear | Wind: SSW 17 km/h

 (Normals: Max: 14°C Min: 4°C)

            After a little rain and a cool start yesterday turned out to be pretty nice once it cleared in the late afternoon.The temp rose to about +22°C in the late afternoon and it remained warm and sunny until sunset.The evening was clear with temps dropping to near +10.Overnight it dropped a couple of degrees but remained clear.Interestingly,the official high yesterday from the EC station at Western Head was +32°C.I don’t think that’s quite correct.

            Today should be warm and sunny but a front is moving in later and it may produce some thunder showers this evening.Cooler and a bit unsettled to end the week and through the weekend.

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

·         Today -- Sunny. Increasing cloudiness early this afternoon then periods of rain. Risk of thundershowers late this afternoon. Amount 2 mm. Wind becoming southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 near noon. High 18 except 12 along parts of the coast. UV index 6 or high.

·         Tonight -- Periods of rain ending near midnight then clearing. Risk of thundershowers this evening. Amount 2 mm. Fog patches dissipating near midnight. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low 7.

·         Friday -- A mix of sun and cloud. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 14.

·         Saturday -- Cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. Low 6. High 13.

 

Today’s Weather Trivia:

May 6,2006: After 72 days and 965 km, a British explorer abandoned his quest to be the first person to ski solo across the North Pole from Russia to Canada. Open water (some 15 km wide) on the Canadian side ended his trek. So much polar ice had melted that he doubted anyone would ever again reach the Pole by foot. During his trek, temperatures reached a record 15°C and he skied minus hat and mittens. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

Sky Events:

ISS:

1. Date: Thursday, May 06, 2010

Time: 10:04 PM

Duration: 2 minutes

Maximum Elevation: 20°

Approach: 19° above N

Departure: 16° above NE

 

2. Date: Date: Thursday, May 06, 2010

Time: 11:38 PM

Duration: Less than 1 minute

Maximum Elevation: 19°

Approach: 15° above NW

Departure: 19° above NW

 

Under clear, dark skies, the globular star cluster known as M13 is just visible to the unaided eye. It looks like a small, faint blob of light along one side of the Keystone of Hercules. It is a family of several hundred thousand ancient stars.-- [StarDate Online | Weekly Stargazing Tips]

 

 

 

 

-Al C

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - A few showers ending this morning then clearing.

5 May 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 7:01:31 AM : 9.1°C | Rain | Wind: NNE 9 km/h

 (Normals: Max: 13°C Min: 4°C)

            It was just like mid-summer here yesterday with temps reaching the upper +20°C range.The official temp was recorded at 26.6°C.The wind was quite gusty but that diminished in the late afternoon/early evening as clouds began to move into the area.Evening temps were in the upper teens but dropped overnight as some precip began.

            It is currently raining lightly but that is expected to end this morning.Temps will be cooler than yesterday but will still be a little above what is considered normal.

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

Today -- A few showers ending this morning then clearing. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h near noon. High 16. UV index 5 or moderate.

 Tonight -- Clear. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 8 except plus 4 in low lying inland areas.

 Thursday -- Sunny. Increasing cloudiness early in the afternoon with periods of rain beginning in the afternoon. Risk of thundershowers in the evening. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Fog patches developing late in the day. Wind becoming southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 near noon then becoming west 30 gusting to 50 in the evening. High 19 except 12 along parts of the coast.

 Friday -- Sunny. Low 8. High 14.

Today’s Weather Trivia:

May 5,1886: A cyclone hit at night near Melita, SK, tossing a shanty and its occupant into the air. While airborne, the man received a 15-cm gash to his head from a flying piece of timber. Another resident sought safety by clinging to grass as his small house was lifted and transported 1 km. Amazingly, a suit coat stored in a trunk remained there but one sleeve was ripped off and never seen again. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

Sky Events:

ISS:

1. Date: Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Time: 09:39 PM

Duration: 1 minutes

Maximum Elevation: 21°

Approach: 20° above N

Departure: 16° above NNE

 

2. Date: Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Time: 11:14 PM

Duration: Less than 1 minute

Maximum Elevation: 25°

Approach: 21° above NNW

Departure: 25° above N

 

Two giant star clusters are visible in the constellation Hercules. They are families of hundreds of thousands of stars packed into a ball that's only a few dozen light-years across. Known as M13 and M92, they are in the northeast at nightfall.-- [StarDate Online | Weekly Stargazing Tips]

 

 

 

 

-Al C

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - High 23. UV index 7 or high.

4 May 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 6:37:40 AM : 14.8°C | Clear | Wind: W 17 gust 33 km/h

 (Normals: Max: 13°C Min: 3°C)

            Yesterday was an exceptionally warm day here for this time of the year.Temps were near +23°C in the afternoon and it was quite humid.The sky was mostly overcast and there were a few scattered showers throughout the area.It began to clear in the evening and temps remained warm.It was still +18°C here at midnight and only dropped a few degrees through the overnight hours.The mild weather brought out the summer bugs and,believe it or not,the June bugs were out in large numbers last night.

            Temps are still very mild here this morning and today is expected to be at least as warm as yesterday.There will also be lots more sunshine.Some rain is on the way for mid-week but we are expecting a warm and dry weekend.

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

·         Today -- Sunny. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming west 20 this afternoon. High 23. UV index 7 or high.

·         Tonight -- Increasing cloudiness. A few showers beginning late this evening. Amount 5 mm. Fog patches developing near midnight. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 6.

·         Wednesday -- A few showers ending in the morning then clearing. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. High 14.

·         Thursday -- Showers. Low 6. High 16.

 

Today’s Weather Trivia:

May 4,2003: At the Forks in Winnipeg, MB, it rained during the 10th Anniversary of the Great Manitoba Dog Party. Dog owners had to wring out their pets. The cold drizzle wetted both man and beast; however, the downpour didn't put a damper on the dog's party. The previous year it had snowed. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

Sky Events:

ISS:

1. Date: Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Time: 09:13 PM

Duration: 2 minutes

Maximum Elevation: 28°

Approach: 27° above NNW

Departure: 16° above NE

 

2. Date: Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Time: 10:49 PM

Duration: 1 minutes

Maximum Elevation: 20°

Approach: 19° above N

Departure: 18° above NNE

 

Like its constellation, Hercules, the star Mu Herculis is faint and difficult to find. Yet the star is of particular interest because in some ways it seems to be an older version of the Sun, so it has had plenty of time to give rise to life. -- [StarDate Online | Weekly Stargazing Tips]

 

 

 

 

-Al C

 

Monday, May 3, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - Cloudy. A few showers beginning near noon.

3 May 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 7:10:54 AM : 12.0°C | Overcast | Wind: SW 5 km/h

 (Normals: Max: 13°C Min: 3°C)

            Just as I expected,yesterday was quite warm here with the afternoon high temp reaching to a little above +20°C.It was quite a bit cooler on the coast with temps making it to only about ½ of what we had in Liverpool.The evening was fairly mild for this time of the year and the cloud cover began to build.It is completely overcast here this morning and there’s a good chance that we we will see some showers this afternoon.We are already almost to the forecast high for this area and temps should make it into the lower 20s here today but it will certainly be cooler on the coast.

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

·         Today -- Cloudy. A few showers beginning near noon. Amount 2 mm. Fog along the coast. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h this afternoon. High 14. UV index 3 or moderate.

·         Tonight -- Clearing late this evening. Fog patches dissipating overnight. Wind southwest 20 km/h becoming west 20 gusting to 40 late this evening. Low 9.

·         Tuesday -- Sunny. Increasing cloudiness late in the evening. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 19.

·         Wednesday -- Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 6. High 12.

Today’s Weather Trivia:

May 3,1955: In Saskatchewan, rain soaked fields and forced streams to overflow their banks. In Regina, the floods were the worst in the city's history. Police rescued several motorists from car rooftops. At Regina Beach, rising waters capsized pleasure boats, dashing them to pieces. The mayor of Moose Jaw broadcast evacuation orders. When one family refused to move, he threatened martial law. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

Sky Events:

ISS:

1.Date: Monday, May 03, 2010

Time: 08:47 PM

Duration: 3 minutes

Maximum Elevation: 53°

Approach: 37° above W

Departure: 16° above NE

 

2.Date: Monday, May 03, 2010

Time: 10:24 PM

Duration: 2 minutes

Maximum Elevation: 21°

Approach: 21° above NNW

Departure: 15° above NNE

 

Although Hercules is a large constellation, its stars are so faint that you need fairly dark skies to see it. The strongman's leading light is Kornephoros, "the club bearer." It is near the right edge of the constellation as Hercules climbs into view.

 

-Al C

 

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Liverpool,Nova Scotia - Cloudy with sunny periods. 30 percent chance of showers this morning.

2 May 2010

Conditions in Liverpool,NS at 6:56:22 AM : 7.4°C | Overcast | Wind: NE 4 km/h

 (Normals: Max: 13°C Min: 3°C)

      Yesterday was a very nice day here with afternoon temps just about touching the 20°C mark making it a nice lawn maintenance day.The sky was generally clear and remained that way through the evening as temps dropped to just slightly below 10°C.It was a perfect night for viewing the International Space Station as it traveled across NS at approx 9:30PM (pic below).

Overnight some clouds moved into the area and we may see a few showers today.Other than that,and contrary to the EC forecast,we should see temps once again in the 20° range today.

The upcoming week is not looking too bad temperature wise but we can expect some cloudy conditions and there's a good possibility of some light rain.

The 7 day forecast for our area issued by Environment Canada:

>·         >Today -- Cloudy with sunny periods. 30 percent chance of showers this morning. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h near noon. High 10 except 18 inland. UV index 6 or high.

>·         >Tonight -- Cloudy. Fog developing this evening. Wind southwest 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 8.

>·         >Monday -- Cloudy with sunny periods. 30 percent chance of showers or drizzle in the afternoon and evening. Fog retreating to the coast. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h in the morning. High 12 except 23 inland.

>·         >Tuesday -- A mix of sun and cloud. Low 10. High 21.

>·         >Wednesday -- Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 9. High 15.

>·         >Thursday -- Cloudy. Low 7. High 17.

>·         >Friday -- Cloudy. Low 9. High 17.

>·         >Saturday --Cloudy. Low 8. High 15.

 

Today’s Weather Trivia:

May 2,1843: Relentless rains and sudden snowmelt generated a high freshet in New Brunswick. Several bridges were damaged or carried away when large quantities of firewood clogged streams and rivers. For days, men, women, and children busily secured "drift stuff" from the watercourses. In many places, roads along riverbanks were washed away, making travel and mail delivery extremely difficult.– Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

Sky Events:

ISS:

Date: Sunday, May 02, 2010

Time: 09:58 PM

Duration: 2 minutes

Maximum Elevation: 28°

Approach: 28° above NNW

Departure: 17° above NE

 

 




  Above,the ISS gliding over NS on a cloudless night (1 May 2010).Click on the image for a larger view.



Ursa Major, the big bear, is high in the northern sky this evening. The Big Dipper outlines his body and tail, while three pairs of stars represent his feet. Two pairs represent the northern and southern leaps of a gazelle.

 

 

-Al C