Saturday, January 29, 2011

29 January 2011 - Conditions at 6:48 AM: -3.1C, Overcast, Wind: NNW 10 km/h

Yesterday was a quiet weather day with afternoon temps a few degrees above freezing and generally sunny skies.The evening was mostly clear with temps dropping to a couple of degrees below freezing.

Flurries are expected over the next few days with a small amount of accumulation expected.


Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max -1C / Min -11C)

Today

Cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries early this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. High zero.

Tonight

Cloudy periods. 60 percent chance of flurries overnight. Low minus 5 except minus 9 inland.

Sunday

Cloudy with sunny periods. Flurries beginning near noon. Amount 2 cm. Wind east 20 km/h becoming south 20 in the evening. High zero.

Monday

A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 7. High minus 5.

The marine forecast:

Wind north 10 to 15 knots diminishing to light this evening then
 becoming variable 10 to 15 Sunday morning. Chance of flurries today.
 Periods of snow and rain overnight and Sunday. Temperatures
 near zero.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

29 January 2008: The bodies of two sisters, one 3 and the other 1, were discovered yesterday in the Yellow Quill First Nation community (SK). Police searched for them after their father, found hypothermic and frostbitten, asked about them 8 hours later. It was -35°C with a -50 windchill when he set out with the girls, who were dressed in diapers and T-shirts. The father faces charges of criminal negligence causing death. -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 30, 2011

Time: 06:47 AM Duration: 3 minutes Maximum Elevation: 21° Approach: 15° above NW Departure: 16° above NNE

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The eastern sky offers some well-known sights on winter evenings. By around 9 o'clock tonight, for example, Leo is springing skyward in the east, with the Big Dipper standing on its handle in the northeast.

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

Friday, January 28, 2011

28 January 2011 - Conditions at 6:52 AM: -2.2C, Mostly clear, Wind: SW 17 km/h

It was a little messy here yesterday morning with some rain and a few ice pellets in the morning.The precip ended by noon and temps were a few degrees above freezing.Temps began to drop in the late afternoon and there were a few flurries.Overnight temps were a couple of degrees below freezing.

The next few days will be quiet with just a few flurries expected.The next possibility of stormy weather is in the middle of next week.


Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max -1C / Min -11C)

Today

A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light early this morning. High zero.

Tonight

Cloudy periods. Low minus 6.

Saturday

Cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries in the morning then a mix of sun and cloud. High minus 1.

Sunday

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 10. High minus 2.

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The marine forecast:

Wind northwest 20 to 25 knots diminishing to west 15 this morning and
 to light near noon. Wind becoming north 10 to 15 overnight then
 diminishing to light Saturday evening. Chance of flurries today and
 beginning Saturday morning. Temperatures near zero.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

28 January 2008: A -40°C cold snap filled emergency shelters in Yellowknife, NT. In Yukon, ice fog enveloped entire areas and mail delivery was halted. Store clerks took off their gloves to use cash registers and hikers and dog walkers were absent from trails. Tow trucks rescued countless frozen vehicles and repair shops were backlogged. The annual Polar Games for Grade 5 and 6 students were cancelled. -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 29, 2011

Time: 06:21 AM Duration: 3 minutes Maximum Elevation: 30° Approach: 27° above NW Departure: 15° above NE

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The Moon shoots the gap between two bright companions before dawn tomorrow. Venus, the "morning star," is to the left of the Moon, with Antares, the star at the heart of Scorpius, is about the same distance to the upper right of the Moon.

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

Thursday, January 27, 2011

27 January 2011 - Conditions at 7:22 AM: +3.1C, Rain, Wind: NE 37 gust 55 km/h

Yesterday was a decent day for this time of the year with afternoon temps a few degrees above freezing.The morning and afternoon were generally clear and sunny,clouds moved into the area in the late afternoon.Evening temps were about a ½ a degree below freezing.Some wet snow began to fall in the late evening.

Overnight the temps rose to above freezing and the snow changed to rain.Winds are very strong here this morning.We may see the rain change back to snow later today as temps drop to below freezing.

The storm will be out of the area by tomorrow and the rest of the week will be quiet with a few flurries a possibility.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max -1C / Min -11C)

Today

Snow or rain changing to rain early this morning and ending this afternoon then cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. Risk of freezing rain early this morning. Rainfall amount 10 to 20 mm. Wind northeast 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming northwest 40 gusting to 60 this afternoon. High plus 3.

Tonight

Cloudy. 40 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 diminishing to 20 gusting to 40 near midnight. Low minus 5.

Friday

Cloudy with sunny periods. 30 percent chance of flurries in the morning. High minus 1.

Saturday

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 6. High minus 2.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind northeast 25 knots increasing to 40 this morning then
 diminishing to variable 20 near noon. Wind increasing to northwest
 40 this afternoon then diminishing to 25 overnight. Wind diminishing
 to northwest 15 Friday morning and to light Friday afternoon. Snow
 and rain ending late this morning. Flurries and showers this
 evening. A few showers beginning Friday evening. Fog patches forming
 early this morning and dissipating this afternoon. Temperatures near
 plus 2.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

27 January 1941: A boat from the Columbia Coast Mission in BC sailed for Prince Rupert. A trip of usually a few hours took 4 days. The little ship battled 80 km/h winds and 7 m waves. Suitcases, furniture, dishes, and charts were strewn about the cabin floor. Winds blew down the chimney stack and covered the cabin with soot. Frozen spray encased the lifeboats. -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 28, 2011

Time: 05:56 AM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 54° Approach: 54° above NNE Departure: 17° above NE

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Horologium, the constellation that honors the first accurate mechanical clock, is visible from far-southern latitudes in mid-evening. The constellation's stars are all faint, so you will need dark skies and a good starchart to find it.

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

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

26 January 2011 - Conditions at 7:57 AM: -6.3C, Clear, Wind: NNW 13 km/h

It was much better here yesterday than what it was on Monday.Temps rose to about -5C in the afternoon and winds were light.Some light snow began to fall in the late afternoon and there was a couple of cms of accumulation.Temps actually rose in the evening to -1C.

Overnight the sky cleared and temps dropped to near -7C.Today is expected to be sunny with temps near the freezing point.Some snow is expected tonight with a change to ice pellets as temps rise by tomorrow morning.Freezing rain and rain is expected for here tomorrow with a change back to snow later in the day.

It should be an interesting day here tomorrow.


Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max -1C / Min -11C)

Today

Sunny with cloudy periods. High minus 2.

Tonight

Becoming cloudy this evening then snow at times heavy changing to ice pellets overnight. Snow and ice pellet amount 5 to 10 cm. Wind becoming northeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 overnight. Low minus 5 with temperature rising to zero by morning.

Thursday

Ice pellets changing to snow near noon and ending in the evening then cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Risk of freezing rain early in the morning. Rain along the coast in the afternoon. Snow and ice pellet amount 5 cm except rainfall amount 5 mm along the coast. Wind northeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming northwest 30 gusting to 50 in the afternoon. High plus 1 with temperature falling to minus 3 in the afternoon.

Friday

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

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind variable 10 to 15 knots becoming northwest 10 to 15 this morning
 then veering to northeast 10 to 15 this afternoon. Wind veering to
 east 20 late this evening then increasing to northeast 35 after
 midnight. Wind increasing to northeast 40 Thursday morning then
 diminishing to north 20 to 30 near noon Thursday. Wind increasing to
 northwest 40 Thursday afternoon. Snow beginning this evening
 changing to rain near midnight then to flurries Thursday afternoon.
 Visibility 1 mile or less in snow. Temperatures zero rising to
 plus 5 Thursday morning then falling to zero Thursday evening.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

26 January 1932: Heavy snow blanketed Vancouver, BC, and vicinity, slowing traffic and causing widespread damage. The second storm in 2 weeks extended as far east as Agassiz. Thick snow blanketed the waterfront, reducing visibility to a few hundred metres and causing navigators anxiety as they crept into and out of the harbour. Gale-force winds created blizzard conditions, leading to the collision of 2 ships. -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 27, 2011

Time: 07:02 AM Duration: 4 minutes Maximum Elevation: 32° Approach: 17° above WNW Departure: 15° above NE

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The Moon is at last quarter at 6:57 a.m. CST. It stands at a right angle to the line between Earth and the Sun, so sunlight illuminates just half of the visible lunar surface. That makes it look as though someone has sliced the Moon in half.

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

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

25 January 2011 - Conditions at 6:46 AM: -12.9C, Clear, Wind: W 12 km/h

Yesterday was a very cold day with high temps reaching only to -10C.The wind was quite strong from the north and windchills were near -25C for most of the day.The evening was clear with calmer winds.Temps held near -13C through the overnight hours.

Temps will be somewhat warmer today and a few flurries are possible.

Wednesday should bring temps near 0C,a storm is expected for Thursday.It will be another snow/rain event.Actual amounts are not determined at this time.


Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Sunny. Increasing cloudiness this afternoon then flurries. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this morning. High minus 8.

Tonight

Flurries ending overnight then clearing. Amount 2 cm. Wind south 20 km/h becoming northwest 20 after midnight. Temperature rising to minus 3 this evening then falling.

Wednesday

Sunny. Increasing cloudiness late in the evening. High minus 2.

Thursday

Periods of snow or rain. Low minus 4. High plus 1.

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The marine forecast:

Freezing spray warning in effect.
Wind northwest 20 knots diminishing to 15 this morning then
 increasing to west 25 this evening. Wind diminishing to west 15
 after midnight then becoming easterly 10 to 15 Wednesday morning.
 Wind increasing to east 25 Wednesday evening. Periods of snow today.
 Snow beginning Wednesday evening changing to rain Wednesday evening.
 Visibility 1 mile or less in snow. Freezing spray ending this
 morning. Temperatures minus 8 to minus 4 rising to plus 1 Wednesday
 evening.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

25 January 1842: The schooner Cherub's arrival at Lehave, NS, was quite pleasing though unexpected. Last October, she sailed from Lunenburg for Boston, MA, with a load of cordwood and 3 passengers, but nothing was heard of her until now. A storm drove the vessel to Barbados, where the cargo of wood was sold, thus making a more lucrative trip than if she had succeeded in getting to Boston.. -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 26, 2011

Time: 06:35 AM Duration: 4 minutes Maximum Elevation: 75° Approach: 16° above WSW

Departure: 17° above NE

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Look high in the south in mid evening for Orion, the hunter. Orion's short "belt" of three bright stars stands near the center of the constellation. The Belt points down toward Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.

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

Monday, January 24, 2011

24 January 2011 - Conditions at 7:32 AM: -15.5C, Clear, Wind: W 17 km/h

The really cold winter weather has finally made an appearance here and this morning it is extremely cold.

Yesterday wasn’t too bad with temps almost making it to the freezing mark in the afternoon.The day was clear and sunny and winds were light.The sky remained clear in the evening but temps dropped rapidly after sunset.

The next couple of days will feel like winter with below freezing temps for highs and a few flurries.

A warm up will begin in the middle of the week and temps are expected to be well above freezing by Thursday.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Cloudy with sunny periods and 40 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High minus 10. Cold wind chill minus 27 this morning.

Tonight

Cloudy periods. 30 percent chance of flurries this evening. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low minus 15.

Tuesday

Sunny. Increasing cloudiness in the afternoon with 60 percent chance of flurries late in the afternoon. Flurries beginning in the evening. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light in the morning. High minus 6.

Wednesday

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

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The marine forecast:

Freezing spray warning in effect.
Wind northwest 30 knots diminishing to 20 late this evening and to
 light Tuesday morning. A few flurries ending late this evening.
 Chance of flurries overnight and Tuesday morning. Visibility 1 mile
 or less in flurries. Severe freezing spray ending Tuesday morning.
 Temperatures minus 7 falling to minus 12 this morning then rising to
 minus 7 Tuesday evening.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

24 January 2007: Faint cries led a Canada Post carrier in Ottawa, ON, to a child in a snow-covered field. The temperature was -14°C. The boy was wearing a T-shirt, light pants, and socks. Carrying the boy, the postie followed backwards his tiny footprints in the snow to determine that the 3 year old had come from a nearby daycare centre. The tot and his mother were first-time visitors. -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 25, 2011

Time: 06:09 AM

Duration: 3 minutes Maximum Elevation: 34° Approach: 16° above SSW Departure: 29° above ESE

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The planet Saturn is in good view in the morning sky right now. It looks like a bright golden star. Tomorrow, it stands to the upper left of the Moon as they climb into view around 1 a.m. The star Spica rounds out the view, to the lower left of the Moon.

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