Friday, December 31, 2010

31 December 2010 - Conditions at 7:43 AM: -1.3C, Clear, Wind: WNW 6 km/h

Yesterday started out quite cool but warmed up nicely to about +4C.The evening was clear and calm with temps slightly below freezing.

We have a couple of warm days on the way with temps expected to be well above normal.


Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +1C / Min -9C)

Today

Sunny. High plus 5.

Tonight

Clear. Becoming cloudy periods near midnight. Low plus 2.

Saturday

Sunny. Increasing cloudiness in the evening. High 8.

Sunday

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. Low plus 1. High plus 3.

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The marine forecast:

Wind northwest 20 to 25 knots diminishing to 15 this morning and to
 light Saturday afternoon.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

31 December 2004: In Manitoba, a 3-day storm dumped 33 cm of snow on the Winnipeg Winter Club's Bubble, an indoor-soccer dome. It was enough to collapse its roof and cancel, postpone, or reschedule more than 82 games. Before it could be mended, the dome's fabric had to thaw, but for that to happen, the outside temperature needed to warm up to -15°C, which occurred only 3 days in January.– Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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ISS visible sightings:

None

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About 45 minutes to an hour before sunrise tomorrow, Venus, the "morning star," stands well above the Moon. Antares, the brightest star of Scorpius, is directly below the Moon, while the planet Mercury is off to the left of Antares..

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

Thursday, December 30, 2010

30 December 2010 - Conditions at 7:05 AM: -4.2C, Clear, Wind: NW 18 km/h

We had another cold day here yesterday with high temps only near the freezing point.The day was clear and winds were generally light.

Temps are expected to be on the rise for the next few days and highs will be a few degrees above normal.There is no precip expected until early next week.


Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +1C / Min -9C)

Today

Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High plus 3.

Tonight

A few clouds. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low minus 1.

Friday

Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High plus 4.

Saturday

A mix of sun and cloud. Low zero. High plus 5.

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The marine forecast:

Wind northwest 25 knots diminishing to 15 Friday morning.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

30 December 2007: A Quebec man sold the "magnificent" 2-m-high snowbank in front of his home on eBay for $3,550, less than two weeks after putting it up for sale. His sales pitch was: "Perfect for ski hills. No returns or refunds." Bidding started at 99 cents. Proceeds went to Operation Enfant Soleil, a Quebec charity for children's hospitals. The buyer used it to supply a snowball fight with his family. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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ISS visible sightings:

Date: Thursday, December 30, 2010

Time: 06:33 PM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 26° Approach: 16° above WNW Departure: 26° above NNW

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Look for the planet Venus a little to the upper left of the crescent Moon at dawn tomorrow. It is the brilliant "morning star," which shines brighter than anything else in the night sky except the Moon itself.

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

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

29 December 2010 - Conditions at 7:43 AM: -2.5C, Partly clear, Wind: NW 28 gust 44 km/h

Yesterday was a chilly day with temps a little below freezing for the day and windchills in the -10C range.The evening was mostly clear and there was no significant change in the temperature.

Today is expected to be similar to yesterday.It will begin to warm up tomorrow with above normal temps expected by the weekend.


Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +1C / Min -9C)

Today

Cloudy with sunny periods. 30 percent chance of flurries this morning. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High minus 1.

Tonight

A few clouds. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low minus 5.

Thursday

Sunny in the morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of flurries or rain showers in the afternoon. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High zero.

Friday

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

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind northwest 25 to 35 knots becoming 25 late this morning. Chance
 of flurries this morning. Temperatures near minus 3.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

29 December 2004: About 30 cm of new snow, a weak snowpack, and rain created dangerous avalanche conditions in the Rockies. North of the Whitewater Ski (BC) area, fog and freezing rain prevented a rescue helicopter from gaining much height, delaying the rescue of 3 lost backcountry skiers. They dug a cave to wait out the fog; low cloud foiled their attempt to leave so they built a fire to keep warm. Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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ISS visible sightings:

Date: Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Time: 06:07 PM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 52° Approach: 30° above W Departure: 28° above NE

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The Moon puts on a fine display before dawn tomorrow. It's a thin crescent low in the southeast, with the planet Venus, which shines as the brilliant "morning star," to its lower left.

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

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

28 December 2010 - Conditions at 8:15 AM: -2.5C, Partly clear, Wind: NW 32 gust 51 km/h

Yesterday was quite warm here with temps reaching into the upper single digits in the afternoon.There was some rain but most of it had ended by midday.Overnight the temps dropped to below freezing and there were a few scattered flurries with enough accumulation to put a coating on the roofs this morning.Today and tomorrow are expected to be breezy and a bit chilly with flurries.A warm up will begin later in the week with temps rising to above freezing by the weekend.


Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +1C / Min -9C)

Today

Flurries ending this morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Local amount 2 cm. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 70. Temperature falling to minus 3 this afternoon.

Tonight

Cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 60. Temperature steady near minus 4.

Wednesday

Cloudy with sunny periods. 30 percent chance of flurries in the morning. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High minus 2.

Thursday

A mix of sun and cloud. Windy. Low minus 5. High minus 1.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind northwest 35 to 40 knots diminishing to 30 late this evening. A
 few flurries ending near midnight. Visibility as low as 1 mile in
 flurries. Temperatures near zero.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

28 December 1959: Toronto braced for a second crippling ice storm in two days while thousands of hydro linemen fought to restore heat and light to thousands of homes in the GTA. Fallen trees and broken hydro lines blocked scores of streets. Bell Telephone reported 1,000 lines out. Hospital admissions to emergency wards were 3 times normal because of falls on icy streets. Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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ISS visible sightings:

Date: Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Time: 05:40 PM Duration: 3 minutes Maximum Elevation: 52° Approach: 25° above SSW Departure: 18° above ENE

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A bright star tags along with the Moon before dawn tomorrow. Spica, the leading light of Virgo, is to the left of the Moon as they rise around 2 a.m., and directly above it at first light.

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

Monday, December 27, 2010

27 December 2010 - Conditions at 7:43 AM: +4.4C, Rain, Wind: NNE 29 gust 49 km/h

There was a light dusting of snow here yesterday morning but temps warmed up to a couple of degrees above freezing and it had all melted away by noon.There were a few showers and flurries passing through the area in the afternoon but no accumulation.Overnight the wind picked up and there was heavy rain.Temps continued to rise and leveled out near +4C.

More rain.along with very mild temps,is expected today.Temps will be dropping later today and a change to snow is possible.Accumaltions are expected to be slight.

This is the 4th Monday in a row that we have had high winds and heavy rainfall.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +1C / Min -8C)

Rainfall warning in effect.

Today

Periods of rain ending late this morning then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Wind east 40 km/h gusting to 70 becoming south 20 gusting to 40 this morning. High 7.

Tonight

Periods of rain changing to flurries near midnight. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming northwest 40 gusting to 70 near midnight. Low minus 4.

Tuesday

Cloudy with sunny periods and 60 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 70. Temperature steady near minus 3.

Wednesday

A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of flurries. Windy.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind east 35 to 45 knots diminishing to southerly 20 early this
 morning then increasing to 20 to 30 early this afternoon. Wind
 diminishing to variable 15 to 20 early this evening then increasing
 to northwest 35 to 40 late this evening. Wind diminishing to
 northwest 30 Tuesday evening. Periods of rain ending early this
 afternoon with a risk of thunderstorms. Showers beginning early this
 evening and changing to a few flurries after midnight. Visibility as
 low as 1 mile in flurries. Temperatures plus 4 rising to plus 9 this
 morning then falling to zero Tuesday morning.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

27 December 1951: The ice-clogged Rivière des Prairies left 200 Montreal (QC)-area families homeless. The Red Cross fed and housed them and a school for retarded children provided shelter. Rescue boats passed over some houses; a fire in 1 house was fought from another's roof. Rescuers worked in hip-deep water and a woman froze and cut her legs and hands on ice battling through 10 km of waist-deep water. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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ISS visible sightings:

Date: Monday, December 27, 2010

Time: 05:15 PM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 17° Approach: 15° above SSE Departure: 15° above ESE

Time: 06:49 PM Duration: Less than 1 minute Maximum Elevation: 39° Approach: 24° above W Departure: 39° above W

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The planet Saturn keeps company with the Moon late tonight. They rise after midnight and stand high in the south at first light tomorrow, with Saturn to the upper left of the Moon. The star Spica is nearby, too.

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

Sunday, December 26, 2010

26 December 2010 - Conditions at 8:09 AM: -0.6C, Overcast w/ light snow, Wind: NW 8 km/h

We had perfect weather here for Christmas Day.Temps were near +4C,there was lots of sunshine and winds were calm.Evening temps were near 0 where they remained through the overnight hours.

Overnight a disturbance began to move into the area and there are 3 weather warnings now in effect for today and tomorrow.

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Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +1C / Min -8C)

Freezing drizzle warning in effect

Snowfall warning in effect

Rainfall warning in effect.

Today

Freezing drizzle or flurries ending this morning then cloudy with sunny periods and 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind becoming east 20 km/h gusting to 40 late this afternoon. High plus 2.

Tonight

Cloudy. Rain at times heavy beginning early this evening except snow at times heavy inland and over higher terrain this evening and after midnight. Rainfall amount 20 mm except snowfall amount 15 cm inland and over higher terrain. Wind east 20 km/h gusting to 40 increasing to 50 gusting to 80 after midnight. Temperature steady near plus 2 except low zero inland and over higher terrain.

Monday

Periods of rain changing to periods of snow in the evening. Rainfall amount 20 mm. Snowfall amount 2 cm. Wind southeast 40 km/h gusting to 70 becoming south 20 gusting to 40 in the morning then northwest 40 gusting to 70 in the evening. High 8 with temperature falling to plus 1 in the afternoon.

Tuesday

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Windy. Low minus 6. High

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind light increasing to east 25 knots this evening and to 35 to 45
 near midnight. Wind diminishing to southerly 25 Monday morning then
 increasing to northwest 35 to 40 Monday evening. Flurries changing
 to rain this afternoon.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

26 December 2005: A wet and wild Boxing Day storm, with heavy snow, freezing rain, and strong winds, left 1,000s of New Brunswick shoppers without power. In the north, St. Leonard got 70 cm of snow and Bathurst and Edmundston more than 60 cm. At the Moncton airport, 400 travellers were stranded. Boxing Day shoppers said that having to trudge through waist-deep snow did not deter them from bargain hunting. – Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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ISS visible sightings:

Date: Monday, December 27, 2010 Time: 05:15 PM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 17° Approach: 15° above SSE Departure: 15° above ESE

Date: Sunday, December 26, 2010 Time: 06:22 PM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 46° Approach: 16° above SSW Departure: 45° above SSE

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Look to the northwest after darkness falls this evening for the Northern Cross, a pattern of stars that's also known as Cygnus, the swan. The cross appears to stand upright as it sets, as though it were anchored to the horizon.

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