Saturday, January 8, 2011

8 January 2011 - Conditions at 7:48 AM: +1.3C, Snow/Rain, Wind: N 11 km/h

Yesterday was damp with periods of drizzle and a few showers, temps reached a high of +4C.The evening saw temps remain above freezing and most of the precip ended.Overnight temps were slightly above 0C.

Unsettled weather will be with us for the next few days.Periods of snow are expected tomorrow for inland areas.Here on the coast we are expecting to get mostly rain.

Temps will remain generally mild through next week.So far this winter we have not had any extremely cold weather with the coldest overnight temp being -10C for a few hours a couple of days ago.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max 0C / Min -10C)

Today

A few rain showers and wet flurries ending this afternoon then cloudy. High plus 2.

Tonight

Cloudy. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h overnight. Low zero.

Sunday

Cloudy. Wet snow beginning in the morning except periods of rain along the coast in the morning and afternoon. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming north 30 in the morning then northwest 40 gusting to 60 early in the evening. High plus 1.

Monday

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 1. High plus 2.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind northeast 15 knots diminishing to light near noon then
 increasing to northeast 15 to 20 overnight. Wind increasing to
 northeast 25 Sunday morning and to northwest 35 Sunday evening.
 Showers ending near noon. Periods of rain beginning Sunday morning.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

8 January 1901: Major Bennett of the Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles rebuked some men who refused to attend a service for the safe return of South African soldiers due to a "petty" snowstorm in Vancouver, BC. [Hardly petty-111.3 cm of snow fell over the previous 8 days.] The major called them fair-weather soldiers, unfit to wear the Queen's uniform, and a curse and a disgrace to their regiment. -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: Saturday, January 08, 2011

Time: 05:44 PM Duration: 3 minutes Maximum Elevation: 29° Approach: 17° above NNW Departure: 16° above ENE

Time: 07:19 PM Duration: Less than 1 minute Maximum Elevation: 19° Approach: 15° above WNW Departure: 19° above WNW

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Orion, the hunter, climbs high across the southern sky tonight. Its most prominent feature is its "belt" of three bright stars. Not far from the belt is a dark cloud that, through a telescope, looks like the knight in a chess game: the Horsehead Nebula.

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

Friday, January 7, 2011

7 January 2011 - Conditions at 8:31 AM: -1.1C, Overcast, Wind: NNW 10 km/h

We had a nice day here yesterday with plenty of sunshine,calm winds and temps reaching +4C.The early evening saw a drop in temps and some periods of snow that left a couple of centimeters on the ground.The snow will be gone by later today as temps rise to above freezing along with a possibility of some shower activity.More showers or flurries are possible over the next few days with periods of snow expected on Sunday.Temps will be near 0 for the next few days as well.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max 0C / Min -10C)

Today

Cloudy with sunny periods and 40 percent chance of flurries this morning. Rain showers beginning this afternoon except flurries inland. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h this afternoon. High plus 2.

Tonight

Showers except flurries inland. Amount 2 to 4 mm. Wind east 20 km/h gusting to 40. Low plus 1.

Saturday

Flurries ending in the afternoon then cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. Snowfall amount 2 cm. Wind northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light in the afternoon. Temperature steady near plus 1.

Sunday

Periods of snow. Low minus 3. High zero.

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The marine forecast:

Wind north 10 to 15 knots veering to northeast 15 to 20 near noon
 then increasing to 25 this evening. Wind diminishing to northeast 15
 Saturday morning and to light Saturday evening. Chance of flurries
 or showers this morning. Showers tonight and Saturday.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

7 January 2005: The weather turned ugly at Tuktoyaktuk, NT, a hamlet of about 1,000 people. During the storm, temperatures dipped below -30°C, winds topped 117 km/h, some homes lost power for 5 days, and water and sewage services were unavailable. Five houses froze solid, likely with burst pipes and ruined pumps. One family without power was forced to melt snow over a camp stove for water to flush their toilet. -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: Friday, January 07, 2011

Time: 05:20 PM Duration: Less than 1 minute Maximum Elevation: 19° Approach: 19° above NNE Departure: 16° above NE

Time: 06:53 PM Duration: 1 minutes Maximum Elevation: 30° Approach: 16° above NW Departure: 30° above NW

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The planet Venus stands farthest from the Sun for its current "morning-star" appearance early tomorrow. It rises about four hours before the Sun and is high in the southeast at first light

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

Thursday, January 6, 2011

6 January 2011 - Conditions at 8:26 AM: -8.6C, Clear, Wind: WNW 10 km/h

Yesterday was a sunny day with temps above freezing for most of the day.Winds were calm.The evening was clear with temps dropping to below freezing.Overnight temps were near -10C.

Yesterday afternoon on the coast.


Today is expected to be similar to yesterday.We may see a few flurries or showers tonight.Unsettled weather is expected tomorrow and through the weekend with some snow a possibility.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max 0C / Min -10C)

Today

A mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of flurries. High zero.

Tonight

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h overnight. Low minus 2.

Friday

Cloudy. A few flurries or rain showers beginning in the morning. Wind northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40. High plus 2.

Saturday

Periods of snow. Low minus 1. High zero.

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The marine forecast:

Wind west 15 knots diminishing to light this morning then increasing
 to northeast 15 to 20 after midnight. Wind veering to east 20 Friday
 evening. Chance of flurries today. Showers overnight and Friday.
 Temperatures minus 1 rising to plus 6 Friday morning.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

6 January 2007: Ontario had soft ground, ice-free lakes and rivers, no snow, and leaves on trees. For the 1st time, a January thaw caused the Blue Mountain ski resorts in Collingwood to lay off 1,300 staff for over 3 weeks. Mice, bats, and rats were breeding, not sleeping, and the Toronto Zoo's African animals enjoyed the outdoors. Construction workers put in long hours in unseasonably mild, dry conditions. -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, January 06, 2011

Time: 06:27 PM Duration: 1 minutes Maximum Elevation: 27° Approach: 17° above NNW Departure: 27° above N

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Only a few of the stars of Camelopardalis, the giraffe, are visible to the unaided eye. With binoculars, though, you can pick out several pretty sights. One example is Kemble's Cascade, a string of about 20 stars along the giraffe's neck. The stars aren't related to each other, they just line up in the same direction in the sky.

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

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

5 January 2011 - Conditions at 8:00 AM: -6.3C, Mostly clear, Wind: WSW 9 km/h

Yesterday started out on the cold side but warmed up to a few degrees above freezing by mid afternoon.Winds were a bit brisk but skies were generally clear.The evening saw temps drop to a few degrees below freezing and the sky remained mostly clear.

This morning is the coldest we have been for some time but temps are expected to rise to above freezing as the day progresses.We may see a few flurries over the next few days with slight accumulations possible.There is still no snow cover here and no significant amounts are expected in the foreseeable future.So far,the winter has been mild and uneventful.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max 0C / Min -9C)

Today

Sunny. Wind becoming west 20 km/h this morning. High plus 1.

Tonight

Clear this evening then cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of flurries overnight. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low minus 6.

Thursday

A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of flurries in the evening. High plus 1.

Friday

Cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 3. High plus 1.

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The marine forecast:

Wind west 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 early this morning
 then diminishing to light Thursday morning. A few flurries.
 Temperatures near zero.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

5 January 1904: Notes from a Yukon musher: "Left Dawson and in 4 days reached McQuesten. The weather turned bitterly cold. Old-timers said the wind at Crooked Creek would blow the hair off a dog. I carried a handkerchief tied over my face covering everything but my eyes ... The only thing that did give me anxiety was my nose and the mass of ice I was carrying in front of my face, the latter making breathing difficult. from E. C. Stahl, Dawson News . -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, January 05, 2011

Time: 06:01 PM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 20° Approach: 16° above NNW Departure: 17° above NNE

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Two bright winter stars have invisible companions: stellar corpses known as white dwarfs. The stars are Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, and Procyon. Sirius is in the southeast in mid-evening, with Procyon to its upper left.

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

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

4 January 2011 - Conditions at 6:46 AM: -2.5C, Overcast, Wind: W 22 gust 37 km/h

Yesterday started out with temps on the plus side but dropped steadily through the day and we were down to 0C by late afternoon.The wind also was brisk creating windchills below freezing.There were a few passing flurries in the early evening.

Today and tomorrow will be on the chilly side with warmer weather expected later in the week.


Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max 0C / Min -9C)

Today

A mix of sun and cloud. 60 percent chance of flurries this morning. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming west 20 gusting to 40 near noon. High minus 2.

Tonight

Cloudy periods. 30 percent chance of flurries overnight. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light near midnight. Low minus 5.

Wednesday

Clearing in the morning. High minus 1.

Thursday

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

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The marine forecast:

Wind west 25 knots diminishing to northwest 15 late this evening.
 Chance of flurries.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

4 January 1929: Two bush pilots in an open cockpit made a brave trip from Edmonton to Fort Vermilion, AB, in bitter cold to deliver some diphtheria antitoxin. Wind chill was -65 for the mercy flight. They wore buffalo coats, boots and leggings, 7 pairs of socks, and lined leather flying helmets, goggles, and scarves. At the end of the flight, when taking off his silk scarf, one pilot also took off part of his lip. -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, January 04, 2011

Time: 05:35 PM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 19° Approach: 16° above NNW Departure: 15° above NNE

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Camelopardalis, the giraffe, is one of the largest constellations, covering a large wedge of the northern sky. But it isn't very bold. All of its stars are so faint that you need to get away from city lights to see them..

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

Monday, January 3, 2011

3 January 2011 - Conditions at 8:06 AM: +4.0C, Rain, Wind: N 13 km/h

Yesterday was a wet day with showers beginning in the early afternoon and lasting though the day and overnight.

More rain is expected today and temps will be dropping later today so we may also see some snow.Flurries and cooler weather is expected for the rest of the week.


Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max 0C / Min -9C)

Today

Rain ending this morning then cloudy with sunny periods and 60 percent chance of flurries. Rainfall amount 5 to 10 mm. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 early this morning then increasing to 40 gusting to 60 late this morning. Temperature falling to minus 1 this afternoon.

Tonight

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 60. Low minus 3.

Tuesday

Cloudy with sunny periods and 60 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming west 20 gusting to 40 in the afternoon then light in the evening. High zero.

Wednesday

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

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The marine forecast:

Wind variable 10 to 15 knots increasing to northwest 30 late this
 morning then diminishing to west 20 Tuesday afternoon. Periods of
 rain changing to a few flurries near noon and ending after midnight.
 Chance of flurries beginning Tuesday morning.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

3 January 1922: Across eastern Nova Scotia, powerful winds whipped as much as 35 cm of snow into enormous drifts and stopped train service for 3 days in Antigonish. When service was restored, passengers arriving on the first train had a moving adventure to tell. Some resourceful spirits organized an amateur theatrical company, which put on impromptu sketches and greatly helped to wile away the long hours. -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, January 03, 2011 Time: 06:44 PM Duration: Less than 1 minute Maximum Elevation: 16° Approach: 16° above NNW Departure: 16° above NNW

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Earth is at perihelion today, its closest approach to the Sun for the entire year. The Sun is about 1.5 million miles closer than the average distance of 93 million miles.

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

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2 January 2011 - Conditions at 8:03 AM: +1.8C, Overcast, Wind: N 5 km/h

We had great weather to end 2010 and to start 2011.Highs on Friday were near +7C and yesterday’s high was near +10C.Both days were generally sunny with clear skies and above freezing temps in the evenings.

Today’s temps are expected to be above normal with some rain moving into the area later today.Temps will be back into the normal range by mid-week with a few flurries expected on Wednesday.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max 0C / Min -9C)

Today

Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 6.

Tonight

Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers early this evening. Periods of rain beginning this evening. Amount 5 mm. Fog patches. Temperature steady near plus 5.

Monday

Periods of rain ending in the morning then cloudy with sunny periods. 60 percent chance of flurries in the afternoon and evening. Rainfall amount 2 to 4 mm. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 increasing to 40 gusting to 60 late in the morning. Temperature falling to minus 2 in the afternoon.

Tuesday

A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 4. High minus 2.

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The marine forecast:

Wind light becoming southeast 10 to 15 knots this afternoon then
 becoming variable 10 to 15 after midnight. Wind increasing to
 northwest 25 Monday morning. A few showers today. Rain beginning
 this evening changing to a few flurries Monday morning. Temperatures
 plus 2 rising to plus 7 this afternoon then falling to zero Monday
 evening.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

2 January 2005: Montreal, QC, area hospitals treated an unusually high number of injuries directly attributable to slippery city sidewalks and streets. In one emergency room, the flow of patients with broken arms, dislocated shoulders, and sprained ankles was 4 times the daily average. Near Qu├ębec City, 2 snowmobilers went through thin ice on Lac-St-Joseph. -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: Sunday, January 02, 2011

Time: 06:18 PM Duration: 1 minutes Maximum Elevation: 19° Approach: 16° above NNW Departure: 19° above N

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The Quadrantid meteor shower should be at its best tomorrow night. The meteors can streak across any part of the sky, so you don't need to look in a particular direction to see them. The Moon is out of the way, so it could be a good show.

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