Saturday, January 22, 2011

22 January 2011 - Conditions at 8:32 AM: -5.7C, Clear, Wind: W 27 gust 40 km/h

Yesterday was quite messy here with snow beginning in the morning and continuing into the early afternoon when it then changed to rain.Snowfall amounts were less than 5cms and the rain washed most of it away.High temps were near +9C.

Temps began to drop in the early evening and were below freezing by 9PM.The re were a few light flurries through the late evening and overnight with no measurable accumulations.Winds were quite brisk and still are this morning.

Temps will be below freezing for the next few days with some extremely cold weather expected early next week.


Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max -1C / Min -10C)

Today

Cloudy with sunny periods and 40 percent chance of flurries this morning. Clearing near noon. Wind west 40 km/h gusting to 60 diminishing to 20 gusting to 40 this afternoon. High minus 4.

Tonight

Clear. Becoming cloudy periods near midnight. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light overnight. Low minus 11.

Sunday

Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 early in the evening. High minus 6.

Monday

Sunny. Low minus 15. High minus 11.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Freezing spray warning in effect.
Wind westerly 35 knots diminishing to northwest 30 this morning and
 to 20 early this afternoon. Wind backing to west 10 to 15 late this
 afternoon then diminishing to light this evening. Wind increasing to
 northeast 15 to 20 Sunday morning then backing to north 25 Sunday
 afternoon. A few flurries ending early this afternoon. Chance of
 flurries Sunday. Freezing spray ending this afternoon. Freezing
 spray beginning Sunday afternoon. Temperatures near minus 4.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

22 January 2008: A group of convicted teenage car thieves from Winnipeg, MB, were walking to a court-ordered counselling program in bone-chilling -40°C temperatures. So what did they do? They stole a car to get there. A detective in the city's car-theft unit said 3 of the 4 teens were "level four" offenders-the highest designation for chronic car thieves. -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:

No sightings until Jan 23.

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The planet Venus and the star Antares team up in the eastern sky at first light. Venus is the brilliant "morning star," with orange-tinted Antares to its right or lower right.

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

Friday, January 21, 2011

21 January 2011 - Conditions at 6:05 AM: -5.2C, Overcast, Wind: NNW 8 km/h

It wasn’t too bad here yesterday with a little snow in the morning (approx. 3 cms) and temps a couple of degrees below freezing.Temps rose to a few degrees above freezing in the afternoon.The evening was generally clear with temps dropping to slightly below freezing and reaching -5C overnight.

We are expecting a small amount of snow this morning.Temps will rise and the precip will change to rain this afternoon along with gusty SE winds.

Temps will be dropping to below freezing as cold air moves into the area this evening and a freeze up is expected.The cold air mass will be with us well into next week.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max -1C / Min -10C)

Today

Cloudy. Periods of snow beginning this morning changing to rain late this afternoon. Snowfall amount 2 cm except 10 cm inland. Fog patches developing this afternoon. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h this morning then increasing to 40 gusting to 60 this afternoon. High plus 4.

Tonight

Rain ending this evening then cloudy periods. 30 percent chance of flurries overnight. Rainfall amount 10 to 15 mm. Fog patches dissipating this evening. Wind southeast 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming southwest 40 gusting to 70 this evening. Low minus 5.

Saturday

A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of flurries in the morning then a few clouds. Wind west 40 km/h gusting to 60 diminishing to 20 in the afternoon then becoming light in the evening. Temperature steady near minus 5.

Sunday

A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 13. High minus 8.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind light increasing to southeast 15 knots early this morning and to
 25 late this morning. Wind increasing to southeast 35 early this
 afternoon then veering to southwest 35 late this afternoon. Wind
 veering to west 45 early this evening then diminishing to 35 late
 this evening. Wind diminishing to northwest 30 overnight and to 20
 Saturday afternoon. Wind backing to west 10 to 15 Saturday evening.
 A few flurries changing to periods of rain and fog patches early
 this morning then to a few flurries early this evening and ending
 Saturday morning. Visibility 1 mile or less in fog patches and in
 flurries. Temperatures minus 1 rising to plus 6 this evening then
 falling to minus 3 Saturday afternoon.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

21 January 1906: In the midst of a wild 2-day winter storm raging from Swift Current, SK, to Kenora, ON, a farm labourer near Portage la Prairie, MB, started out for home. He never reached his destination. The next morning his team was discovered near the city, one of the horses so badly cut that it was presumed they had wandered all night against barbwire fencing. -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:

No sightings until Jan 23.

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The star Regulus arcs over the top of the Moon tonight. The leading light of Leo is to the upper left of the Moon as they climb into view by around 8:30 or 9 p.m., and to the right of the Moon at first light tomorrow.

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

Thursday, January 20, 2011

20 January 2011 - Conditions at 7:26 AM: -1.3C, Overcast, Wind: NNW 13 km/h

Yesterday was quite mild here with high temps near +9C until mid afternoon when they began to drop.There were a few flurries in the late evening and some periods of snow overnight with temps a degree or two below freezing.There are a few cms of snow on the ground this morning and some roads are reported as being snow covered and slippery.

A few cms of snow is expected tomorrow with the typical change over to rain here on the coast.

Cold air is expected to move into the area on Friday and remain with us through the weekend.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max -1C / Min -10C)

Today

A few flurries ending near noon then cloudy. High minus 1.

Tonight

Cloudy periods. Low minus 7.

Friday

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries in the morning. Snow beginning early in the afternoon changing to rain late in the afternoon. Snowfall amount 2 cm except 5 cm inland. Rainfall amount 15 mm. Fog patches developing in the afternoon. Wind southeast 20 km/h increasing to 40 gusting to 60 in the afternoon then becoming southwest 30 gusting to 50 in the evening. High plus 4.

Saturday

A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 8. High minus 5.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind north 15 to 20 knots backing to northwest 10 to 15 this
 afternoon then diminishing to light late this evening. Wind
 increasing to southeast 15 to 20 near noon Friday and to 30 Friday
 afternoon. Wind increasing to southwest 35 Friday evening. A few
 flurries ending near midnight. Light snow beginning overnight and
 changing to rain and fog patches Friday morning and ending Friday
 evening. Temperatures plus 1 rising to plus 5 Friday evening.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

20 January 1827: Near Point Prim, PE, 2 lads hunting for seals were carried out to sea on floating ice. To reach them, 4 men dragged their boat through nearly 8 km of lally (soft ice). Only 1 boy was found. "After partaking of some restoratives," he said that the 2nd boy had expired the day before. To get nearer land, the surviving boy had moved to another cake of ice. His feet were frost burnt. -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:

No sightings until Jan 23.

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Look toward the northeast in late evening for the Big Dipper. The handle points toward the horizon, with the bowl high in the sky. The second star from the end of the handle is called Mizar. If you look carefully, you might see its faint companion, Alcor.

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

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

19 January 2011 - Conditions at 7:18 AM: +6.9C, Rain, Wind: E 38 gust 49 km/h

Yesterday started off quite cold but temps quickly warmed up and were above freezing by mid morning.Rain began in the early evening and continued through the night with temps near +5C.Overnight the temps continued to rise and it is well above the seasonal normals here this morning.

More rain is expected today but most should end by later this morning.Temps will begin to drop later today and flurries are possible tonight and into tomorrow.

Snow is still expected for Friday.No amounts have been given yet.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max -1C / Min -10C)

Rainfall warning in effect.

Today

Rain ending near noon then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Amount 10 mm. Fog patches dissipating this afternoon. Wind southeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this morning. Wind becoming northwest 20 gusting to 40 this afternoon. Temperature falling to plus 1 this afternoon.

Tonight

Cloudy. Flurries beginning late this evening. Wind north 20 km/h. Low minus 3.

Thursday

Flurries ending in the afternoon then cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light in the afternoon. High minus 1.

Friday

Snow. Low minus 8. High zero.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind southeast 30 to 40 knots diminishing to southwest 20 to 30 early
 this morning then veering to northwest 20 to 25 this afternoon. Wind
 veering to northerly 15 to 20 late this evening then backing to
 northwesterly 10 to 15 near noon Thursday. Wind diminishing to light
 Thursday evening. Periods of rain ending near noon. A few flurries
 beginning Thursday morning. Fog patches dissipating this afternoon.
 Visibility 1 mile or less in fog patches and as low as 1 mile in
 flurries. Temperatures plus 7 falling to zero Thursday morning.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

19 January 2009: A vintage-style, open cockpit, 2-seater plane left Neepawa, MB. After a 7-week stretch of inhospitable weather, conditions improved enough for the morning take-off commemorating the 80th anniversary of the first airmail delivery from Winnipeg to Edmonton. Strong headwinds helped the flight's ground crew, on the highway from Russell to Yorkton, arrive faster than the aircraft. -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:

No sightings until Jan 23.

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The Moon is full today at 3:19 p.m. CST. It rises around sunset and remains in view all night. The full Moon of January is known as the Old Moon, Moon After Yule, or Wolf Moon.

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

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

18 January 2011 - Conditions at 7:29 AM: -12.2C,Clear, Wind: NNW 8 km/h

It was sunny but cold here yesterday with high temps slightly below freezing.The evening was clear with temps dropping to the upper double digits below freezing.

A warm up will begin today and we are expecting mild temps with rain beginning this evening and lasting into tomorrow.

Cooler weather will be back by the end of the week with some snow expected on Friday.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Sunny with cloudy periods. Increasing cloudiness this afternoon. High zero.

Tonight

Cloudy. Rain beginning this evening. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Fog patches developing this evening. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming east 30 gusting to 50 after midnight. Temperature rising to plus 5 by morning.

Wednesday

Rain ending in the afternoon then cloudy. Amount 10 mm. Fog patches dissipating in the afternoon. Wind east 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light in the morning. Wind becoming northwest 20 gusting to 40 early in the evening. Temperature falling to plus 2 in the afternoon.

Thursday

Flurries. Low minus 3. High minus 1.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind light increasing to southeast 15 to 20 knots this afternoon and
 to 25 early this evening. Wind increasing to southeast 25 to 35
 overnight then becoming southwest 25 to 30 Wednesday morning. Wind
 veering to northwest 25 to 30 Wednesday evening. Periods of rain
 beginning late this evening and ending Wednesday morning. Fog
 patches forming early this evening and dissipating Wednesday
 evening. Temperatures minus 4 rising to plus 8 Wednesday morning.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

18 January 2007: Rescuers discovered the bodies of 2 skiers from Kamloops, BC, in a snow cave that experts said collapsed on the pair as they huddled near the Wapta Icefields, north of Lake Louise, AB. A 4-member team of mountaineers and an avalanche dog quickly found their bodies under about 1.5 m of snow, but poor weather prevented body recovery for several days. . -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:

No sightings until Jan 23.

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The story of Jason and the Argonauts is told in the remains of the ancient constellation Argo Navis, which in modern times has been split into four constellations. Parts of these constellations are low in the south on winter evenings.

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

Monday, January 17, 2011

17 January 2011 - Conditions at 8:21 AM: -10.4C,Clear, Wind: WNW 10 km/h

Yesterday was a cool day with a few occasional flurries moving through the area.Afternoon highs were near +4C.The evening was clear and calm with temps steadily dropping.Overnight we hit -10C,the coldest we have been for almost a year.

Temps are expected to remain below freezing for today.A warm up will begin tomorrow and temps will be well above seasonal values on Wednesday.

Some snow is possible by the end of the week.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Sunny with cloudy periods. 40 percent chance of flurries this morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High minus 5.

Tonight

A few clouds. Low minus 13.

Tuesday

Sunny. Increasing cloudiness in the afternoon with periods of rain beginning in the evening. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h in the morning. High plus 4.

Wednesday

Periods of rain. Low plus 1. High 6.

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The marine forecast:

Freezing spray warning in effect.
Wind northwest 15 to 20 knots becoming 15 this afternoon then
 diminishing to light this evening. Wind increasing to southeast 15
 to 20 Tuesday afternoon and to 25 Tuesday evening. Chance of
 flurries early this morning. Freezing spray ending this morning.
 Temperatures minus 6 rising to plus 4 Tuesday evening.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

17 January 1907: A cold, stormy period on Canada's Pacific coast left citizens angry with Mother Nature for daily shipwrecks, flooding, stranded tugboats, trees falling on houses, stalled trains, downed telegraph wires, and the effects of extreme cold (-16.7°C). On this day, the liquid in a Vancouver, BC, soda-pop factory's machinery froze and pipes burst, while filled bottles exploded; damage was $1,500. -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:

No sightings until Jan 23.

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Cancer, the crab, is in the east this evening. It rises as darkness falls and is well up in the east by mid-evening. Its most interesting object is a cluster of stars known as the Beehive. To the unaided eye, it looks like a tiny smudge of light.

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

Sunday, January 16, 2011

16 January 2011 - Conditions at 8:56 AM: +1.6C,Partly clear, Wind: WSW 19 km/h

Yesterday was an uneventful weather day with temps a few degrees above freezing along with generally clear skies and calm winds.Temps dropped to a few degrees below freezing in the evening.Overnight the temps began to rise and we are above freezing this morning.

We may see a few flurries or showers today and temps are expected to begin to drop this afternoon.Tomorrow is expected to be a winter day with cold temps expected.A big warm up is on the way for mid week.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

A few flurries ending this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of flurries. A few showers along the coast this morning. Amount 2 cm. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming west 30 gusting to 50 near noon. High plus 2 with temperature falling to minus 2 this afternoon.

Tonight

Cloudy periods with 40 percent chance of flurries. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming northwest 20 gusting to 40 this evening. Low minus 10.

Monday

A mix of sun and cloud. 40 percent chance of flurries in the morning. Clearing in the evening. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High minus 5.

Tuesday

A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 12. High zero.

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The marine forecast:

Freezing spray warning in effect.
Wind southwest 20 to 25 knots veering to northwesterly 25 to 30 late
 this afternoon then diminishing to northwest 20 near midnight. Wind
 diminishing to northwest 15 Monday afternoon. Flurries ending this
 morning. Chance of flurries today. Freezing spray beginning this
 evening and ending Monday afternoon. High today zero. Low tonight
 minus 8. High Monday minus 2.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

16 January 1913: A huge piece of ice fell and killed a mine worker in Sudbury, ON. He was near an open pit when the chunk of ice, hanging about 25 m above, dropped from the wall. The descending mass loosened by thawing weather struck and broke a bench, lifting the victim and killing him instantly. The fatality was the third attributable to a balmy thaw spell in a week. -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:

No sightings until Jan 23.

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Winter nights abound with some of the brightest stars in the sky: Rigel and Betelgeuse in Orion, Aldebaran in Taurus, and Procyon in Canis Minor, the little dog, to name but a few.

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