Saturday, February 5, 2011

5 February 2011 - Conditions at 6:43 AM: -9.1C, Overcast,Wind: WNW 12 km/h


Yesterday was a nice day here with temps reaching a few degrees above freezing.The sunshine and milder temps helped to melt a bit of the snow that we had on Wednesday.The evening was partly clear with temps dropping to a few degrees below freezing.

Temps are expected to rebound today and will be a few degrees above freezing.Some precip is on the way for tonight and into Sunday.Rain is expected here along the coast and temps will be above freezing until Monday night.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Sunny with cloudy periods. Increasing cloudiness late this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h late this morning. High plus 3.

Tonight

Cloudy. Snow mixed with rain beginning late this evening changing to rain after midnight. Rainfall amount 20 mm. Fog patches developing after midnight. Wind becoming east 30 km/h after midnight. Low plus 1.

Sunday

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers in the morning then a mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating near noon. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 70 becoming northwest 40 gusting to 70 near noon then diminishing to 20 early in the evening. High plus 3 with temperature falling to zero in the afternoon.

Monday

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

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind northwest 15 knots backing to southwest 10 to 15 early this
 morning then increasing to 15 to 20 this afternoon. Wind backing to
 southeasterly 20 late this evening then increasing to 25 to 30
 overnight. Wind increasing to southwest 35 Sunday morning then
 veering to northwest 35 near noon Sunday. Wind diminishing to
 northwest 20 to 25 Sunday afternoon. Rain beginning this evening and
 ending Sunday afternoon. Fog patches forming late this evening and
 dissipating near noon Sunday.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

5 February 2009: A man crashed his pick-up into a tree near Fort McMurray, AB. Fearing police questions about prior convictions he fled into the wilderness. The temperature was -20°C and he had no coat. He started text messaging friends in a nearby work camp to come and get him. Police search dogs tried tracking him, and a helicopter scoured the area. He was found frozen to death 16 hours after the crash. -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, February 06, 2011

Time: 06:41 AM Duration: 3 minutes Maximum Elevation: 48° Approach: 15° above NW Departure: 35° above ENE

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The Orion Nebula, a cloud of interstellar gas and dust that has given birth to hundreds of stars, is visible as a faint smudge of light in the constellation Orion, which is in the southeast as darkness falls and swings westward during the night.

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

Friday, February 4, 2011

4 February 2011 - Conditions at 8:32 AM: -3.2C, Overcast,Wind: WSW 14 km/h

Yesterday was a good day to clean up after the storm with temps near the freezing mark and plenty of sunshine.Winds were calm.The evening was partly clear with temps dropping to -8C.The temps rose overnight and today is expected to be near 0C.A few flurries are a possibility.Some snow is on the way for later tomorrow with a change over to rain here on the coast into Sunday.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Increasing cloudiness. 40 percent chance of flurries. Wind becoming west 30 km/h this morning. High zero.

Tonight

Clearing this evening. Wind west 30 km/h becoming light this evening. Low minus 7.

Saturday

Sunny with cloudy periods. Increasing cloudiness in the afternoon then snow beginning in the evening. Wind southwest 20 km/h becoming southeast 20 in the evening. High plus 2.

Sunday

Periods of rain or snow. Windy. Low minus 2. High plus 1.

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The marine forecast:

Wind northwest 10 to 15 knots increasing to southwest 25 early this

afternoon then diminishing to northwest 15 after midnight. Wind

diminishing to light Saturday morning then increasing to southwest

15 Saturday afternoon. Wind backing to southeast 15 to 20 Saturday

evening. Snow and chance of rain beginning Saturday evening.

Visibility 1 mile or less in snow. Temperatures minus 3 rising to

plus 2 this evening.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

4 February1952: A 200-m-tall radio tower near Carman, MB, the highest "skyscraper"...1952: A 200-m-tall radio tower near Carman, MB, the highest "skyscraper" in western Canada, was no more! An RCAF plane crashed into it in thick fog, killing 3 young airmen and buckling the tower. A repair crew tried to stop the 85-tonne structure from toppling, but a "weird grinding, followed by a sharp crack" was heard before it crashed to the ground, taking 3 young "high riggers" to their 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: Saturday, February 05, 2011

Time: 06:16 AM Duration: 3 minutes Maximum Elevation: 25° Approach: 19° above NNW Departure: 15° above ENE

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Pegasus, the flying horse, stands low in the west as darkness falls and sets by midnight. Look for four moderately bright stars that form the Great Square of Pegasus. The square stands on one point as it drops from view.

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

Thursday, February 3, 2011

3 February 2011 - Conditions at 6:40 AM: -4.2C, Overcast, Wind: NNW 14 km/h

We had quite a snowstorm here yesterday with a total accumulation of about 15cms along with high winds,heavy snow and periods of sleet.Temps were between -1C and -5C for most of the day.Travel had ground to an almost complete halt during the height of the storm.Most of the snow ended in the early evening.


Conditions in the mid-afternoon:

A few flurries are expected for the next couple of days but we should see the sun and above freezing temps by Saturday.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Periods of snow ending this morning then cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind north 30 km/h. High minus 2.

Tonight

Clearing this evening. Low minus 14.

Friday

Increasing cloudiness. 40 percent chance of flurries in the morning and afternoon. Wind becoming west 30 km/h in the morning. High minus 1.

Saturday

A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 6. High plus 2.

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The marine forecast:

Wind northeasterly 20 to 25 knots diminishing to 15 early this
 evening and to light near midnight. Wind increasing to southwest 15
 to 20 Friday morning then veering to westerly 25 Friday afternoon.
 Chance of flurries today. Chance of flurries beginning Friday
 afternoon. Fog dissipating early this morning. Temperatures near
 plus 1.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

3 February 1923: Railway and ferry services were abandoned in St. John's, NL, during the worst winter storm in many years. Temperatures below -23°C and fierce gales along the coast severed all communication with the outside. A mail boat to Nova Scotia took 3 days to cover half of what was usually a 24-hour trip and tremendous ice floes off the east coast seriously impeded ocean shipping.-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, February 04, 2011

Time: 05:51 AM Duration: 1 minutes Maximum Elevation: 19° Approach: 19° above N Departure: 15° above NE

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Mars is hiding in the light. Tomorrow, the little planet will pass behind the Sun as seen from Earth, so it is immersed in the Sun's glare. It will return to view in late spring, but it won't be in good view until summer.

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

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

2 February 2011 - Conditions at 8:13 AM: -6.3C, Light snow, Wind: NNE 14 km/h

The first wave of snow moved through yesterday and left about 15cms before it tapered off to flurries overnight.

More snow is on the way for today and blizzard like conditions are possible.Snowfall warnings are still in effect and conditions are expected to begin to deteriorate soon.Temps will rise to near 0C here on the coast and a change over to rain and/or freezing rain is possible tonight.

Clearing will begin tomorrow with sunny conditions expected to end the week.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Snowfall warning in effect.

Today

A few flurries changing to snow at times heavy late this morning. Amount 20 cm. Local blowing snow late this afternoon. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning then increasing to 40 gusting to 60 this afternoon. High minus 4.

Tonight

Snow changing to rain or periods of freezing rain early this evening and then to snow after midnight and ending overnight then cloudy. Snowfall amount 10 cm. Rainfall amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind northeast 40 km/h gusting to 60 diminishing to 20 gusting to 40 after midnight. Temperature rising to zero this evening then falling.

Thursday

A few flurries ending near noon then clearing. Wind northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light in the afternoon. High minus 1.

Friday

Sunny. Low minus 11. High minus 1.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind east 25 knots increasing to northeast 35 late this afternoon
 then diminishing to north 25 after midnight. Wind diminishing to
 northeast 15 Thursday afternoon and to light Thursday evening. Snow
 at times heavy beginning early this morning changing to rain this
 evening and ending after midnight. Chance of flurries Thursday
 morning. Fog forming this afternoon and dissipating Thursday
 morning. Visibility 1 mile or less in precipitation and near zero in
 fog. Temperatures near plus 1.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

2 February 1976: The Groundhog storm knocked out power for days in Saint John, NB. Temperatures plunged 25 degrees and winds peaked at 160 km/h, toppling trees and utility poles and casting the city into darkness. You could only keep from being blown away by lying flat on the ground. Salt spray blew far inland, short-circuiting electrical transformers for weeks and killing cedars and other evergreens. -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, February 03, 2011

Time: 06:58 AM Duration: 3 minutes Maximum Elevation: 24° Approach: 16° above NNW Departure: 15° above ENE

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Today is Groundhog Day, which tradition says will tell us whether spring is nigh. Groundhog Day evolved from Candlemas, the "40th day of Christmas." It is a cross-quarter day, which occurs roughly midway between a solstice and an equinox.

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

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

1 February 2011 - Conditions at 7:01 AM: -13.7C, Overcast, Wind: W 9 km/h

Yesterday was a cold day here with high temps only about -5C.It was mostly sunny and the wind was fairly brisk by times.The evening saw temps drop to the minus double digits and clouds began to move into the area.

A major snowstorm is on it’s way here and warnings are now in effect.We will see a little snow this afternoon but the bulk of the storm is not expected until tomorrow.Significant accumulation is expected.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Snowfall warning in effect.

Today

Increasing cloudiness. 30 percent chance of flurries this morning. Snow beginning early this afternoon. Amount 2 cm. High minus 3.

Tonight

Snow ending near midnight then cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries. Amount 10 cm. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 this evening. Low minus 6.

Wednesday

Cloudy. Flurries beginning in the morning changing to snow at times heavy and local blowing snow late in the morning. Amount 25 cm. Wind northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming east 30 gusting to 50 in the morning then northeast 50 gusting to 70 in the afternoon. High minus 5 except zero along parts of the coast.

Thursday

A mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 7. High minus 3.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind light increasing to east 15 knots early this evening and to 25
 overnight. Wind increasing to northeast 35 Wednesday afternoon. Snow
 today. Snow at times heavy and rain beginning Wednesday morning.
 Visibility 1 mile or less in precipitation. Temperatures minus 3
 rising to plus 2 Wednesday evening.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

1 February 2007: Heavy snow and whiteouts caused fiery crashes on Highway 401 near Cobourg, ON, that left 2 dead and about 12 injured. The weather kept some air ambulances from reaching the crash sites. The fires were so hot that they melted licence plates on some vehicles and damaged the road enough to close it for 1 or 2 days. The snow squall off Lake Ontario dumped up to 20 cm of snow.-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, February 02, 2011

Time: 06:32 AM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 19° Approach: 16° above NNW Departure: 15° above NE

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February, the shortest month of the year, is named for the Roman god of purification. The original Roman calendar consisted of 10 months, beginning with March. January and February were later added to the end of the year.

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

Monday, January 31, 2011

31 January 2011 - Conditions at 7:46 AM: -6.5C, Clear, Wind: W 15 km/h

We had flurries here for most of yesterday until late in the afternoon when it changed to steady snow.The snow continued into the evening with total accumulations of about 5cm.Temps were near the freezing point for the day and dropped to -7C overnight.

A few flurries are expected over the next couple of days with heavier snow on the way for Wed.Still no official amounts have been issued.

Temps will be below freezing for the week.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Sunny with cloudy periods. 30 percent chance of flurries this morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h. Temperature falling to minus 8 this afternoon.

Tonight

Clear. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low minus 12.

Tuesday

Increasing cloudiness. A few flurries beginning early in the evening. High minus 4.

Wednesday

Snow. Windy. Low minus 11. High minus 5.

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The marine forecast:

Freezing spray warning in effect.
Wind northwest 25 to 30 knots diminishing to 15 this evening and to
 light overnight. Flurries ending early this evening. Flurries
 beginning Tuesday evening. Visibility 1 mile or less in flurries.
 Freezing spray beginning this morning and ending this evening.
 Temperatures minus 1 falling to minus 5 to minus 2 this evening.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

31 January 1916: In Vancouver, BC, snow was heaped high in the business and shopping districts. Some 67.7 cm fell during the month. Vehicles moved slowly, their wheels churning up snow like paddlewheelers. When a pedestrian did not hear the horn of an oncoming vehicle, the car drove over him, but the soft cushion of snow provided all the protection he needed, and he was not injured.-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, February 01, 2011

Time: 06:06 AM Duration: 1 minutes Maximum Elevation: 20° Approach: 20° above NNW Departure: 16° above NNE

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The Big Dipper wheels around the North Star like an hour-hand on a giant clock, ticking off the hours of the night. And winter is an especially good time to watch it, because it's in good view pretty much all night long.

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

Sunday, January 30, 2011

30 January 2011 - Conditions at 7:09 AM: -3.4C, Overcast, Wind: N 7 km/h

It was fairly nice here yesterday for late January with calm winds,sunny skies and temps near +3C.The evening was clear with temps dropping to a few degrees below freezing.

This week is expected to be cold with high temps below freezing from start to finish.Flurries are expected but there is also a possibility of steadier snow on Wednesday.No amounts have been issued yet by Canada’s official forecaster,Environment Canada.However,another national forecasting service is saying 25 to 35cm.Time will tell.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries early this morning. Flurries beginning this afternoon. High minus 2.

Tonight

Flurries ending overnight then cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of flurries. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Low minus 6.

Monday

A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of flurries in the morning. Clearing near noon. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. Temperature falling to minus 8 in the afternoon.

Tuesday

A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 16. High minus 8.

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The marine forecast:

Freezing spray warning in effect.
Wind light increasing to variable 10 to 15 knots early this morning
 and to northwest 25 to 30 early this evening. Wind diminishing to
 northwest 15 Monday evening. Flurries. Freezing spray beginning
 overnight and ending Monday evening. Temperatures zero falling to
 minus 8 to minus 5 Monday morning.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

30 January 1908: In brutally cold weather with temperatures hovering around -29°C, Montreal firefighters responded to one of the most spectacular conflagrations ever-at a paint and oil firm. The oils and varnishes kept feeding the flames inside the building. Outside, firefighters, in attempting to reach the top of the ladder, froze fast to the rungs halfway up at least half a dozen times. -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 31, 2011

Time: 05:41 AM Duration: Less than 1 minute Maximum Elevation: 20° Approach: 20° above NNE Departure: 17° above NNE

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The Milky Way is arching high overhead in early to mid evening. It is anchored in the southeast by Sirius, the night sky's brightest star. The Milky Way climbs from Sirius to the "horns" of Taurus high overhead, then drops toward M-shaped Cassiopeia in the north and the tail of Cygnus, the swan, in the northwest.

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