Saturday, December 11, 2010

11 December 2010 - Conditions at 7:33 AM: -5.2C, Clear, Wind: calm

It was quite cold here yesterday with temps staying below freezing all day.The evening was clear with temps near -5C.

We are expecting a few flurries today and temps will be on the rise through the weekend.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +3C / Min -6C)

Today

Cloudy with sunny periods. Flurries beginning this morning changing to rain showers near noon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h this morning. High plus 4.

Tonight

Showers ending this evening then clearing. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low minus 2 except minus 7 in low lying inland areas.

Sunday

Sunny. Increasing cloudiness in the afternoon with showers beginning in the evening. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h in the afternoon then increasing to 40 gusting to 60 in the evening. High plus 5.

Monday

Periods of rain. Windy. Low plus 3. High 12.

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The marine forecast:

Wind light increasing to southwest 20 knots near noon then veering to
 northwest 15 this evening. Wind diminishing to light after midnight
 then increasing to northeast 10 to 15 near noon Sunday. Wind veering
 to east 20 Sunday afternoon then increasing to southeast 30 Sunday
 evening. A few showers and chance of flurries today. Rain beginning
 Sunday evening. Temperatures minus 1 rising to plus 8 Sunday
 evening.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

11 December 1927:1927: A Winnipeg, MB, man was found dead, with a revolver in each frozen hand, in the city's Elmwood Cemetery, near the grave of his wife. The revolvers were so tightly grasped they could not be removed until his body reached the morgue. Temperatures over the past week had been -33°C. Following serious domestic trouble, officials had taken his 6 children from him, prompting his suicide.– Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

ISS visible sightings:

Date: Sunday, December 12, 2010

Time: 05:29 AM Duration: Less than 1 minute Maximum Elevation: 27° Approach: 27° above E Departure: 22° above E

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Two "dog stars" rise in mid evening. The brighter of the two is Sirius, the brightest star in Canis Major, the big dog, and in the entire night sky. Procyon, the brightest star of Canis Minor, the little dog, stands well to the left of Sirius

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

Friday, December 10, 2010

10 December 2010 - Conditions at 6:59 AM: -5.3C, Clear, Wind: NW 12 km/h

It was a sunny but cold day here yesterday with the high temp barely above 0C.The evening was clear with temps dropping to -5C where they remained overnight.

Today is expected to be another cold day but warmer weather is on the way by the end of the weekend.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +3C / Min -6C)

Today

A mix of sun and cloud. 60 percent chance of flurries early this morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High minus 3.

Tonight

Increasing cloudiness. Low minus 8.

Saturday

Cloudy with sunny periods. 40 percent chance of rain showers or flurries in the afternoon and evening. Wind becoming south 20 km/h late in the morning then becoming southwest 20 gusting to 40. High plus 2.

Sunday

A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 1. High 6.

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The marine forecast:

Wind northwest 20 to 25 knots diminishing to 15 late this morning and
 to light late this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 10 to 15
 Saturday afternoon. Flurries ending near noon. Visibility 1 mile or
 less in flurries. Temperatures zero rising to plus 5 Saturday
 afternoon.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

10 December 1864:1864: The steamer George Moffatt bound for Toronto, ON, with a cargo of salt encountered a storm off Port Darlington. The windstorm broke her smokestack, causing a loss of steam. She was driven ashore stern-first fast between 2 rocks. Inhabitants lined the beach to help. All made it ashore and were cared for by locals. Attempts to re-float the steamer were unsuccessful. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

ISS visible sightings:

Date: Saturday, December 11, 2010

No visible sightings.

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Three steeds gallop across the sky tonight: Pegasus, the flying horse; Equuleus, the little horse; and Monoceros, the unicorn. Pegasus is the brightest. Look for its Great Square: four fairly bright stars that outline the horse's body

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

Thursday, December 9, 2010

9 December 2010 - Conditions at 7:16 AM: -6.1C, Clear, Wind: WNW 6 km/h

We had a mix of sun and cloud yesterday with a few passing flurries.Afternoon temps reached +5C.The evening was mostly clear with temps dropping below freezing.

Overnight the temps dropped to -6 and it is quite frosty here this morning.Temps are expected to be a little below 0 for highs over the next few days.We should see a slight warm up by the weekend.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Sunny with cloudy periods. 30 percent chance of flurries early this morning. High minus 1.

Tonight

A few clouds. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 overnight. Low minus 6.

Friday

Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light late in the afternoon. High minus 2.

Saturday

Cloudy with 40 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Low minus 6. High plus 2.

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The marine forecast:

Wind northwest 10 to 15 knots increasing to 20 to 25 near midnight
 then diminishing to 15 near noon Friday. Wind diminishing to light
 Friday evening. Flurries ending near noon Friday. Visibility 1 mile
 or less in flurries.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

9 December 2005:2005: Canada's 1st winter general election in 25 years had some meteorological moments. On the Prairies, -40 wind chills halted door-to-door canvassing and "permafrost" foiled the posting of lawn signs. In central Canada, candidates faced poor driving conditions and election signs buried in snow. Bad weather at Windsor, ON, diverted NDP leader Jack Layton's campaign plane to Ottawa for 11 hours. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

ISS visible sightings:

Date: Friday, December 10, 2010

Time: 06:11 AM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 41° Approach: 32° above NNW Departure: 26° above ENE

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The Moon passes through Capricornus, the sea-goat, tonight. The constellation's brightest stars form a wide triangle, like the bottom of a bikini bathing suit. Capricornus' second-brightest star, Dabih, is a little to the right of the Moon.

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

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

8 December 2010 - Conditions at 6:31 AM: +0.2C, Overcast, Wind: W 10 km/h

Yesterday started out with a few light flurries but all were over by the afternoon.Temps reached to about +5C and there were a few periods of sunshine.The evening was generally cloudy with temps near +2.

We are expecting a few showers or flurries today and tomorrow.Friday will be a bit on the cool side and then conditions will be a bit unsettled into next week with more showers and flurries along with increasing temps.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Cloudy. A few rain showers or flurries beginning this morning. Wind west 20 km/h. High plus 2.

Tonight

A few rain showers or flurries ending this evening then cloudy. 60 percent chance of flurries overnight. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light late this evening. Low minus 1.

Thursday

Cloudy with sunny periods. 60 percent chance of flurries in the morning and early in the afternoon. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h early in the afternoon. High plus 1.

Friday

A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 4. High minus 1.

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The marine forecast:

Weather & Visibility

Chance of showers or flurries.

Winds

Wind west 15 to 20 knots increasing to 25 this morning then diminishing to 15 to 20 overnight. Wind veering to northwest 10 to 15 Thursday evening.

Waves

Seas 2 metres.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

8 December 1906:1906: A nasty storm left thousands of cattle to perish on the Prairies. That summer was the shortest growing season on record and, consequently, ranchers had little hay to tide over their herds. Hundreds of carcasses were left behind. Up to 10,000 head of cattle grazing on the banks of the Belly River in the Lethbridge, AB, area, drifted away just before and during the blizzard. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

ISS visible sightings:

Date: Thursday, December 09, 2010

Time: 05:46 AM Duration: 1 minutes Maximum Elevation: 23° Approach: 23° above NNE Departure: 17° above NE

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Lepus, the rabbit, hops across the evening sky this month, beneath the feet of Orion, the hunter. Since the rabbit was one of Orion's favorite quarries, early skywatchers thought it fitting for hunter and prey to inhabit the same area of the sky.


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


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

7 December 2010 - Conditions at 6:36 AM: +2.6C, Overcast, Wind: SSW 36 gust 47 km/h

Yesterday was quite a wild day here with high winds,rain,ice pellets and a little snow.Temps were mild in the morning but dropped through the day to about +3C where they held overnight.There were scatted power failures throughout the province,some storm surge flooding and wind damage.Most of the storm was over by early evening but we still had a few periods of ice pellets and snow through the evening.There was no accumulation in this area.

Today is expected to be a little better but showers are a possibility.According to the forecast we won’t see any sun until Friday.Temps are also expected to be colder by week’s end.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Cloudy with sunny periods and 60 percent chance of showers. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High plus 4.

Tonight

Cloudy with 40 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming west 20 late this evening. Low plus 1.

Wednesday

Cloudy with sunny periods and 40 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Wind west 20 km/h. High plus 3.

Thursday

Cloudy. Low minus 2. High zero.

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The marine forecast:

Weather & Visibility

A few showers ending this evening. Chance of showers beginning Wednesday morning.

Winds

Wind southwest 25 to 30 knots diminishing to 20 this afternoon then veering to west 15 to 20 overnight.

Waves

Seas 3 to 4 metres subsiding to 2 to 3 near noon and to 1 to 2 Wednesday morning.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

7 December 2008:2008: Two men flying a small plane from the U. S. to Sweden crash landed on a slab of mushy ice, 160 km south of Iqaluit, NU. The ice was just thick enough to support the aircraft, but within 5 minutes gave way as the pair clambered through a window to safety. Both suffered minor frostbite. The ice was only 10 cm thick, and the overnight temperatures were a relatively comfortable -8°C. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

ISS visible sightings:

Date: Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Time: 06:54 AM Duration: 3 minutes Maximum Elevation: 39° Approach: 15° above NW Departure: 25° above ENE

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The Sun sets earliest for the year in the northern hemisphere about now. The shortest day of the year is the winter solstice, December 21. But the earliest sunset takes place a few days earlier. It occurs earliest in the month at southern latitudes.

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

Monday, December 6, 2010

6 December 2010 - Conditions at 6:36 AM: +3.9C, Overcast, Wind: W 41 gust 62 km/h

Yesterday was mild with temps near +10C.The day consisted of mostly overcast skies with some showers.There were a few brief periods of shunshine but those were few and far between.Steady rain began in the evening and increased overnight along with strong winds.

It is quite stormy here this morning with strong winds and heavy rain.Temps will once again be mild for this time of the year.These condition are expected to persist through the day and into tomorrow.A storm surge warning is currently in effect for this area.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Storm surge warning in effect.

Today

Snow or rain changing to rain showers or flurries this morning. Snowfall amount 5 cm except 10 cm along the coast. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 70 becoming southwest 50 gusting to 80 early this morning. Temperature steady near plus 5.

Tonight

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

Tuesday

Cloudy with sunny periods and 40 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High plus 4.

Wednesday

Cloudy. Low zero. High plus 4.

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The marine forecast:

Weather & Visibility

Chance of showers today.

Winds

Gale warning in effect.
High water level warning in effect.
Wind northerly 30 to 40 knots backing to west 45 early this morning then to southwest 35 this afternoon. Wind diminishing to southwest 25 to 30 early this evening and to 20 Tuesday afternoon.

Waves

Seas 3 to 5 metres building to 5 to 7 this morning then subsiding to 3 to 4 this evening. Seas subsiding to 2 to 3 Tuesday morning.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

6 December 1858:1858: A work train with a snowplough left Sherbrooke, QC, ahead of a passenger train to clear snow and freezing rain. Halfway across the Magog Bridge, the train engineer heard the timber cracking. On reaching the end, he leaped from the train. A fellow trainman died beneath the caboose wheels. Officials said that if the snowplough train had not gone first, the passenger train might have fallen through, causing a score of deaths. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

ISS visible sightings:

Date: Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Time: 06:29 AM Duration: 3 minutes Maximum Elevation: 23° Approach: 18° above NNW Departure: 16° above NE

Venus is the magnificent "morning star" in the east at first light this month. A Japanese spacecraft, Akatsuki ("dawn"), is scheduled to enter orbit around the planet tomorrow.

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