Saturday, December 4, 2010

4 December 2010 - Conditions at 6:28 AM: +4.5C, Overcast, Wind: S 18 km/h

We had another mild day yesterday along with plenty of rain.Afternoon temps were near +10C.Winds were brisk for most of the day but died out in the evening which was mild and foggy with some showers.Overnight the temps dropped a few degrees but remained well above freezing.Total rainfall yesterday was near 20mm.

The mild weather will be with us for a few more days.Most of the rain will end later today and we may possibly see some sunshine tomorrow.However,more rain is expected on Monday.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +4C / Min -4C)

Today

Periods of rain or drizzle ending this afternoon then cloudy. Amount 5 mm. Fog patches. Wind south 20 km/h becoming southwest 20 this afternoon. Temperature steady near 8.

Tonight

Cloudy with 40 percent chance of drizzle. Fog patches. Wind southwest 20 km/h. Low plus 5.

Sunday

Cloudy with sunny periods and 40 percent chance of drizzle. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. Wind south 20 km/h becoming light in the evening. High 6.

Monday

Rain. Windy. Low plus 4. High 6.

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The marine forecast:

Weather & Visibility

Periods of drizzle and occasional fog patches ending near midnight.

Winds

Wind southwest 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 early this evening then diminishing to light Sunday evening.

Waves

Seas 2 to 3 metres subsiding to 1 to 2 this afternoon.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

4 December 1953:1953: Unusually phenomenal weather, more benefiting May than the Christmas season, occurred on Manitoulin Island (ON). Pansies were picked in some gardens, and fields were plowed that week. Another unusual happening for this time of year was a very brilliant rainbow, following a sudden shower. Its colours were vibrant and it was visible for quite a few minutes. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

ISS visible sightings:

Date: Sunday, December 05, 2010

Time: 05:39 AM Duration: Less than 1 minute Maximum Elevation: 16° Approach: 16° above NNE Departure: 16° above NNE

Time: 07:12 AM Duration: Less than 1 minute Maximum Elevation: 17° Approach: 15° above NNW Departure: 17° above NNW

The Moon will be "new" at 11:36 a.m. CST tomorrow, as it crosses the imaginary line between Earth and Sun. It will be hidden in the Sun's glare, but will return to view as a thin crescent early Sunday or Monday evening.

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

Friday, December 3, 2010

3 December 2010 - Conditions at 7:28 AM: +8.7C, Overcast, Wind: ENE 27 km/h

It was very mild but wet here yesterday.Afternoon high temps were near +10C and there were periods of rain throughout most of the day and evening.Temps held almost steady through the day and overnight.

It is quite mild here this morning and the warm air is expected to be with us well into next week.20 to 30mm total rainfall is forecast from now through the weekend.

Excerpt from today's Chronicle Herald:

Global warming has hit Canada harder than most other parts of the world and 2010 is on track to be Canada’s warmest year, the UN weather agency said Thursday.

While cautioning that the final ranking for 2010 will not be clear until November and December data are analyzed in early 2011, the WMO said: "Temperatures averaged over Canada have been the highest on record."

In particular, the agency said "Canada had its warmest winter on record, with national temperatures of 4 degrees C above the long-term average; winter temperatures were 6 degrees C or more above normal in parts of the country’s North."

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +4C / Min -4C)

Today

Showers or periods of drizzle. Amount 5 mm. Fog patches. Wind east 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 8.

Tonight

Rain. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Fog patches. Wind east 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light overnight. Low plus 5.

Saturday

Periods of drizzle changing to rain in the afternoon. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Fog patches in the morning and in the evening. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 in the afternoon. High 9.

Sunday

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 5. High 6.

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The marine forecast:

Weather & Visibility

Periods of rain and fog patches ending near midnight. Chance of showers beginning overnight.

Winds

Wind easterly 15 to 20 knots diminishing to light early this evening then increasing to westerly 10 to 15 near midnight. Wind increasing to west 20 to 25 Saturday afternoon.

Waves

Seas 2 metres building to 3 Saturday evening.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

3 December 2007:2007: A snow blower duel in Levis, QC, between an elderly woman and her 43-year-old neighbour triggered a street fight. When the woman blew snow from her walk onto her neighbour's entrance, he blew the flakes right back. It was a real battle of the blowers. Finally, the combatants faced each other in the street, throwing punches. Another neighbour saw the commotion and called police.

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

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Sky Events:

· ISS visible sightings:

Date: Saturday, December 04, 2010

Time: 06:46 AM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 19° Approach: 16° above NNW Departure: 15° above NNE


Orion clears the eastern horizon by about 8 p.m. Its most prominent feature is its belt of three stars. The Orion Nebula, which is the faint smudge of light to the lower right of the belt, is a vast stellar nursery


AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: NOAA forecasters estimate a 25% to 30% chance of geomagnetic activity on Dec. 3rd when a CME might hit Earth's magnetic field.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

2 December 2010 - Conditions at 6:51 AM: +9.0C, Overcast, Wind: ESE 26 km/h

Yesterday was a very mild day with temps reaching to +8C in the shade and a little higher in the sun.The wind began to pick up in the late afternoon and some light rain moved into the area in the early evening.

The next few days are expected to be quite mild but wet.We are expecting a fair amount of rain to fall,especially tomorrow.The mild weather is expected to stay in the area until the middle of next week.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +4C / Min -4C)

Today

Periods of drizzle changing to rain this afternoon. Amount 2 mm. Wind southeast 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 9.

Tonight

Rain. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Fog patches. Wind east 20 km/h gusting to 40. Low 7.

Friday

Periods of rain. Amount 5 mm. Wind east 30 km/h gusting to 50. Temperature steady near 8.

Saturday

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 4. High 7.

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The marine forecast:

Weather & Visibility

Periods of drizzle changing to periods of rain and fog patches this afternoon.

Winds

Wind southeast 20 knots increasing to 25 to 30 late this morning then diminishing to 15 to 20 overnight. Wind backing to easterly 25 Friday morning.

Waves

Seas 1 to 2 metres building to 2 to 3 this morning.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

2 December 2005:2005: On a slick stretch of Highway 401 near Ingersoll, ON, a beer-laden tanker truck slammed into the rear of a bus carrying teenage hockey players. The crash was among 100s on area roads, after a snow squall dumped 25 cm, causing frequent whiteouts and closing several major roads. At a local park, fun seekers used plastic sleds, inner tubes, and even a canoe to slide down snowy hills.– Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

· ISS visible sightings:

Date: Friday, December 03, 2010

Time: 06:21 AM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 21° Approach: 20° above NNW Departure: 15° above NNE

The planet Venus, which shines about 10 times brighter than any other pinpoint of light in the night sky right now, lines up above the Moon about 45 minutes before sunrise tomorrow. The star Spica and the planet Saturn stand above them.

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

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

1 December 2010 - Conditions at 7:25 AM: -1.3C, Mostly clear, Wind: NNW 12 km/h

We had a very nice day here yesterday with temps near +8C,calm winds and lots of sun.The evening was clear with temps dropping to just slightly below freezing.

Today is expected to be similar to yesterday but rain will be moving into the area later today.There is lots of rain and wind expected for tomorrow but temps will be very mild for this time of the year.The rain is expected to remain in the area into next week.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +4C / Min -4C)

Today

A mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming east 20 km/h this afternoon. High 7.

Tonight

Cloudy. Periods of drizzle beginning this evening. Wind east 20 km/h becoming southeast 30 gusting to 50 this evening. Temperature steady near 7.

Thursday

Periods of drizzle changing to rain in the morning. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Fog patches developing early in the evening. Wind southeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light in the evening. High 9.

Friday

Periods of rain. Low plus 5. High 7.

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The marine forecast:

Weather & Visibility

Chance of showers this evening. Rain beginning Thursday morning.

Winds

Wind northerly 15 knots veering to east 15 to 20 this afternoon then to southeast 20 to 25 overnight. Wind increasing to southeast 25 to 30 Thursday afternoon.

Waves

Seas 1 metre or less building to 1 to 2 this afternoon and to 3 Thursday morning.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

1 December 2008:2008: Sudbury, ON, residents awoke to 10 cm of snow. The next day, a disabled person got stuck for 2 hours in his electric wheelchair in a sidewalk snowbank. A pedestrian reluctantly pushed him onto a busy, 6-lane roadway. Motorists honked and rolled down windows to curse him. The City responded that when sidewalks are impassable, disabled residents should use Handi-Transit. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

· ISS visible sightings:

Date: Thursday, December 02, 2010

Time: 05:55 AM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 31° Approach: 31° above N Departure: 15° above NE

The planet Venus, which shines as the brilliant "morning star," stands to the left of the crescent Moon at first light tomorrow. The star Spica and the planet Saturn line up above them, with Spica closer to the Moon.

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

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

30 November 2010 - Conditions at 6:50 AM: -3.4C, Mostly clear, Wind: NNW 9 km/h

Yesterday was a mostly sunny day with temps near +5C.It was clear and cool in the evening with temps dropping to a few degrees below freezing overnight.

The next couple of days are expected to be sunny with the high about double the seasonal norm.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +4C / Min -4C)

Today

Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming north 20 this afternoon. High plus 5.

Tonight

A few clouds. Low minus 2.

Wednesday

Sunny with cloudy periods. Increasing cloudiness in the afternoon. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming east 20 early in the evening. High 8.

Thursday

A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 3. High 8.

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The marine forecast:

Weather & Visibility

Winds

Wind northerly 10 to 15 knots veering to northeast 15 to 20 overnight then to east 20 to 25 Wednesday evening.

Waves

Seas 1 metre or less building to 1 to 2 this morning then subsiding to 1 or less overnight. Seas building to 1 to 2 Wednesday morning.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

30 November 1910:1910: The season's worst marine accident occurred near Sault Ste. Marie, ON, in a driving snowstorm. A Great Lakes tug going to assist a steamer ashore on St. Martin's reef was cut in two by the CPR steamer Athabasca, upbound in the blinding snow. The tug sank in 2 minutes, with the loss of 3 persons. The steamer's crew saved 6 on the tug and stood by until no hope remained for the other 3.– Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

· ISS visible sightings:

Date: Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Time: 05:30 AM Duration: 1 minutes Maximum Elevation: 33° Approach: 33° above NE Departure: 17° above NE

Time: 07:03 AM Duration: 3 minutes Maximum Elevation: 22° Approach: 15° above NW Departure: 15° above NNE

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Look for the planet Saturn to the left or upper left of the Moon before dawn tomorrow. Saturn looks like a bright golden star. The true star Spica and the planet Venus, the brilliant "morning star," are below them.

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

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Monday, November 29, 2010

29 November 2010 - Conditions at 7:59 AM: -1.6C, Mostly clear, Wind: W 5 km/h

Yesterday was sunny but cool with the high only about +5C.The evening remained clear with temps dropping below freezing.

Most of this week is looking like it will be sunny and seasonable.Some showers are expected towards the end of the week.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +4C / Min -4C)

Today

Cloudy. Becoming sunny with cloudy periods this morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High plus 3.

Tonight

Clear. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low minus 5.

Tuesday

Sunny. High plus 4.

Wednesday

A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 2. High plus 5.

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The marine forecast:

Weather & Visibility

Chance of showers this morning.

Winds

Wind northwest 15 knots veering to north 10 to 15 late this afternoon then to northeast 15 Tuesday morning.

Waves

Seas 1 to 2 metres.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

29 November 1894:1894: Citizens of Montreal, QC, debated whether to hold a winter ice carnival this year. The festivities attracted numerous visitors, but some felt that the marketing did Canada more harm than good, as it cemented the notion of it as a land of perpetual ice and snow. Said a critic of winter carnivals: our aim should be to show Canada at its best possible advantage at every opportunity.– Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

· ISS visible sightings:

Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Time: 06:36 AM Duration: 4 minutes Maximum Elevation: 34° Approach: 15° above W Departure: 16° above NE

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The planet Mercury is in the southwest at sunset, and comes into view as the sky begins to darken. Although it is fairly bright, it is so low in the sky that it's hard to find. Binoculars will help you find it through the glow of twilight.

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

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

28 November 2010 - Conditions at 9:25 AM: +0.5C, Clear, Wind: WNW 17 km/h

We had a few showers yesterday along with a little snow or ice pellets mixed in.The evening was generally clear and cold with the odd passing light flurry.Temps were between 6C for the high and -1C for the low.

The next couple of days should be uneventful in the precip dept but it will be a bit on the chilly side.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +5C / Min -3C)

Today

Sunny with cloudy periods. 30 percent chance of flurries early this morning. Wind northwest 30 km/h. High plus 2.

Tonight

A few clouds. Fog patches developing overnight. Wind northwest 30 km/h becoming light overnight. Low minus 4.

Monday

Sunny with cloudy periods. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h in the morning. High plus 3.

Tuesday

Sunny. Low minus 3. High plus 4.

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The marine forecast:

Weather & Visibility

Chance of showers this morning.

Winds

Wind northwest 20 to 25 knots diminishing to 15 early this afternoon.

Waves

Seas 2 to 3 metres subsiding to 1 to 2 early this afternoon.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

28 November 2006: 2006: Alberta's recent big chill led to 5 deaths, including 2 people found frozen solid, huddled by a spent propane heater in a converted school bus in Stony Plain. A postal worker who stumbled on a 3rd frozen body thought it was a mannequin until he saw the man's face. Calgary's homeless shelters cared for nearly 1,500 people. At Edmonton's Valley Zoo, animals had to be fed twice as much food. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

· ISS visible sightings:

Date: Monday, November 29, 2010

Time: 06:11 AM Duration: 4 minutes Maximum Elevation: 79° Approach: 25° above WSW Departure: 17° above ENE

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The Moon reaches its "last-quarter" phase at 2:36 p.m. CST. It stands at a right angle to the line from Earth to the Sun, so sunlight illuminates exactly half of the lunar hemisphere that faces our way.

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

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