Saturday, February 12, 2011

12 February 2011 - Conditions at 7:34 AM: -10.4C, Mostly clear, Wind: ESE 21 km/h


After a very cold start,temps warmed up to near the freezing mark yesterday.There was a mix of sun and flurries.The flurries were quite intense by times but left no accumulation.The evening was mostly clear with temps dropping to near -10C.

It’s another cold start here this morning but temps are expected to be above freezing today.We are also expecting a few flurries today and tomorrow.Some stormy weather is on the way for Monday.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Cloudy with sunny periods. 30 percent chance of flurries this morning. Flurries beginning this afternoon. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h early this morning then south 30 gusting to 50 early this afternoon. High plus 1.

Tonight

Flurries ending late this evening then cloudy periods with 40 percent chance of flurries. Amount 2 cm. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming northwest 30 gusting to 50 near midnight. Low minus 6.

Sunday

A mix of sun and cloud. 40 percent chance of flurries in the morning. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming west 20 in the morning then light early in the evening. High minus 3.

Monday

Periods of snow or rain. Low minus 7. High plus 2.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Freezing spray warning in effect.
Wind light becoming southeast 10 to 15 knots this morning then
 veering to southwest 15 late this afternoon. Wind increasing to
 northwest 35 late this evening then diminishing to 25 Sunday
 morning. Wind diminishing to west 15 Sunday afternoon. Flurries or
 showers beginning this morning and ending near midnight. Freezing
 spray Sunday morning and afternoon. Temperatures minus 5 rising to
 plus 3 this afternoon then falling to minus 5 Sunday morning.
 

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

12 February 2009: At St-Lazare, QC, the roof of a stable collapsed under a heavy load of snow injuring a man and his 6 horses. Firefighters cut through the fallen timbers to rescue 3 horses; some suffered deep cuts and were spooked. The incident served as a reminder to property owners to begin clearing rooftops of the near-record snowfall.-Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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Sat Feb 19

07:20 PM

1

15

15 above S

15 above S

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The Crab Nebula stands high overhead in mid-evening. Small telescopes reveal a fuzzy blob of light with bright filaments that resemble the outline of a crab. The nebula is the debris from a once-mighty star that blasted itself to bits.

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

Friday, February 11, 2011

11 February 2011 - Conditions at 7:30 AM: -16.3C, Clear, Wind:W 10 km/h


Yesterday was a quiet day with a few flurries and temps near 0C for the day.The evening was clear with temps dropping to the double digits below 0.Overnight temps were near -15C,winds were light.

The next few days will see highs near the freezing mark and cold overnight temps.Only a few flurries are expected.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Increasing cloudiness. Flurries beginning this morning and ending this afternoon. Wind becoming west 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High zero.

Tonight

Cloudy periods. Clearing before morning. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light late this evening. Low minus 8 except minus 12 inland.

Saturday

Increasing cloudiness. Flurries beginning in the afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 early in the afternoon. High plus 1.

Sunday

A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 6. High minus 3.

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The marine forecast:

Wind northwest 15 to 20 knots backing to west 10 to 15 this morning
 then increasing to 20 this afternoon. Wind diminishing to light
 overnight then increasing to southwest 15 Saturday afternoon. Wind
 veering to west 20 Saturday evening. Chance of flurries this
 morning. Flurries or showers beginning Saturday afternoon. Risk of
 freezing spray this morning. Temperatures minus 5 rising to plus 2
 Saturday afternoon.
 

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

11 February 1951: An unprecedented 3-day downpour, over 300 mm in places, followed by 15 cm of snow, inundated parts of the Fraser Valley, BC, forcing hundreds to flee. When temperatures plunged, parts of the valley became a vast skating pond. Chilliwack was hardest hit with a metre of water threatening the water supply. Three people perished. Schools closed and rail lines were severed by mud slides and washouts.-Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sat Feb 12

06:10 AM

1

15

15 above SW

15 above SSW

Sat Feb 19

07:20 PM

1

15

15 above S

15 above S

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The Moon is at first quarter at 1:18 a.m. CST today. Despite the name, sunlight illuminates half of the lunar hemisphere that faces Earth. The "first-quarter" designation indicates that the Moon has completed one-fourth of its month-long cycle of phases.

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

Thursday, February 10, 2011

10 February 2011 - Conditions at 7:19 AM: -2.6C, Overcast w/ flurries, Wind: NNW 8 km/h


Yesterday started a bit on the chilly side but afternoon temps reached to near 0C and the winds died down making for a decent February day.The evening was generally clear and not too cold with temps only a few degrees below freezing.

A few flurries are expected over the next few days but,other than that,things will be uneventful in the weather dept for the next week.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

A few flurries ending this afternoon then a mix of sun and cloud. Local amount 2 cm. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High minus 2.

Tonight

Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light overnight. Low minus 13.

Friday

Sunny in the morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of flurries late in the morning and in the afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High minus 3.

Saturday

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 11. High plus 1.

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The marine forecast:

Freezing spray warning in effect.
Wind southwest 20 knots diminishing to 15 early this morning then
 veering to northwest 15 this afternoon. Wind increasing to northwest
 20 to 25 this evening then diminishing to 15 to 20 overnight. Wind
 diminishing to light Friday morning then increasing to west 20
 Friday afternoon. Wind diminishing to west 15 Friday evening. A few
 flurries. Freezing spray tonight. High today zero. Low tonight
 minus 6. High Friday plus 1.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

10 February1930: An Inuit hunter lost his way in a horrible blizzard at Atatami on the Hudson Bay coast. Without food, shelter, and his knife for cutting snow blocks for an igloo, he wandered for 2 days to keep from freezing to death. Then he lay down and slept. When he awoke, the storm had abated and he found himself within 300 m of the camp. At the hospital in The Pas, he asked only for raw meat-no moose! -Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Fri Feb 11/05:45 AM

2

41

41 above S

15 above SE

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Beta Pictoris, a star in the constellation Pictor, is visible low in the south from the far-southern United States. The star is surrounded by a disk of debris which appears to contain planets. Astronomers have taken a picture of one of the planets.

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

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

9 February 2011 - Conditions at 7:39 AM: -8.0C, Clear, Wind:WNW 27 gust 45 km/h

It was a bit messy here yesterday with some rain and then some wet snow.Temps were near +3C for the high and held there for most of the day.Temps droped overnight and the wind increased considerably.This morning it is quite cold with extreme windchills near -18C.

The cold weather will be with us until the weekend.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Clearing early this morning. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming west 20 this morning. High minus 4.

Tonight

Becoming cloudy this evening with flurries. Wind southwest 20 km/h becoming light after midnight. Temperature rising to minus 2 by morning.

Thursday

Flurries ending in the morning then cloudy. High minus 2.

Friday

A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 11. High minus 4.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Freezing spray warning in effect.
Wind northwest 35 to 45 knots becoming 35 this morning then
 diminishing to west 25 to 30 this afternoon. Wind diminishing to
 west 15 overnight then veering to northerly 15 Thursday afternoon. A
 few flurries. Visibility 1 mile or less in flurries. Freezing spray
 ending this afternoon. Temperatures minus 5 rising to plus 1 this
 evening.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

9 February 2007: In what was dubbed The World's Largest Pub Crawl, party-goers in Halifax, NS, filled 26 bars and hopped between them despite bitterly cold weather. More than 3,300 people were estimated to have attended the event, which was designed to put Halifax in the Guinness Book of World Records. The cold weather seemed to keep the well-behaved party-going crowds in check. -Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Thu Feb 10 05:19 AM

1

31

31 above E

20 above ESE

Thu Feb 10 06:52 AM

2

17

15 above WSW

15 above SSW

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Andromeda descends the northeastern sky this evening, far to the right of the Moon. Among its many wonders is Upsilon Andromedae, a system of two stars and at least three planets that are similar to Jupiter, the giant of our own solar system.

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

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

8 February 2011 - Conditions at 6:49 AM: +3.0C, Overcast,Wind: E 21 km/h

Yesterday was another mild day here with afternoon temps well above freezing at +7C.Temps remained above freezing through the evening and overnight.

We are expecting some precip today and it looks like it will be rain here.Inland areas will see some snow.Colder air will move in later today and flurries are expected through the rest of the week.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Cloudy. Periods of snow beginning this morning except rain along parts of the coast. Amount 5 to 10 cm. Wind becoming east 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning then northwest 20 this afternoon. Temperature steady near zero except near plus 2 along parts of the coast.

Tonight

Periods of snow except rain along parts of the coast this evening. Amount 5 cm. Local blowing snow overnight. Wind becoming southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 late this evening then northwest 50 gusting to 80 after midnight. Low minus 7.

Wednesday

Flurries ending in the morning then a mix of sun and cloud. 40 percent chance of flurries in the evening. Local blowing snow early in the morning. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 70 becoming west 20 gusting to 40 in the afternoon then southwest 30 gusting to 50 in the evening. High minus 5.

Thursday

A mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 7. High minus 6.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Freezing spray warning in effect.
Wind southeast 15 knots backing to northeast 20 this morning then to
 northwest 15 early this afternoon. Wind backing to southwest 20
 early this evening then increasing to west 35 near midnight. Wind
 increasing to west 45 overnight then veering to northwest 35
 Wednesday morning. Wind diminishing to west 25 near noon Wednesday.
 Periods of snow or rain ending this evening. A few flurries
 beginning overnight. Freezing spray Wednesday morning. High today
 plus 2. Low tonight minus 6. High Wednesday zero.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

8 February 1895: A vicious storm moved into the Great Lakes area, the snow and wind impeding travel. Near Toronto, ON, the Grand Trunk train from Chicago, 5 hours late, was stuck fast. Blinding snow foiled a brakeman's attempt to signal the train from London and it ran into the Chicago train with great force. Fires broke out. Several people died or were injured; many were pulled through windows to safety. -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 09, 2011

Time: 06:25 AM Duration: 4 minutes Maximum Elevation: 53° Approach: 19° above WNW Departure: 15° above SE

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A beautiful array of stars decorates the southern sky this evening, including the dazzling constellation Orion. Its brightest stars are Betelgeuse and Rigel. Betelgeuse is at the top left of the constellation, with Rigel at the bottom right.

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

Monday, February 7, 2011

7 February 2011 - Conditions at 8:26 AM: -1.3C, Mostly clear,Wind: WNW 8 km/h

Yesterday was a mild day with temps reaching +4C.The evening was generally clear with temps dropping to a little below freezing overnight.

Today will be a quiet weather day with above freezing temps.Some rain or snow is a possibility for tomorrow.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. High plus 2.

Tonight

Increasing cloudiness. 60 percent chance of flurries overnight except a few showers along parts of the coast. Wind becoming southeast 30 km/h overnight. Low minus 2 except plus 2 along parts of the coast.

Tuesday

Cloudy. Periods of snow beginning in the morning and ending early in the evening then 60 percent chance of flurries in the evening. Rain along parts of the coast late in the morning and in the afternoon. Amount 5 to 10 cm. Wind east 30 km/h becoming north 30 in the afternoon then becoming southwest 30 in the evening. High zero except temperature steady near plus 2 along parts of the coast.

Wednesday

A mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 8. High minus 6.

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The marine forecast:

Wind northwest 15 knots becoming southeast 15 near midnight then
 backing to northeast 20 Tuesday morning. Wind becoming westerly 15
 to 20 Tuesday afternoon. Periods of snow or rain beginning
 overnight. Temperatures near plus 1.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

7 February 2009: A huge ice floe 13 km long broke away from Lake Erie's shoreline, trapping more than 130 ice fishers. Rescuers lowered baskets onto the ice from helicopters. Others boarded airboats that glided across the ice. The ice cracked as temperatures rose and winds up to 60 km/h moved the ice. What really hurt was leaving behind fishing tackle, coolers, snowmobiles, and all terrain vehicles. .-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 08, 2011

Time: 06:00 AM Duration: 2 minutes Maximum Elevation: 52° Approach: 36° above NNW Departure: 30° above E

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The crescent Moon and the planet Jupiter stage a nice encounter in the western sky this evening. Jupiter is below the Moon, and looks like a brilliant star. If you look carefully, you might notice a little color in Jupiter -- a hint of cream or ivory.

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

Sunday, February 6, 2011

6 February 2011 - Conditions at 9:33 AM: +4.6C, Rain,Wind: SW 64 gust 80 km/h

We had a very nice day here yesterday with temps hitting +8C for a high along with lots of sunshine.The evening saw clouds move in and some hail and freezing rain began to fall near midnight but quickly changed to rain.

It is currently raining and very windy.The rain should end later this morning and temps will fall to near freezing later today.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Rain showers ending this morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind southwest 50 km/h gusting to 80 becoming northwest 40 gusting to 70 late this morning. Temperature falling to plus 1 this afternoon.

Tonight

Cloudy periods. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light after midnight. Low minus 4.

Monday

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

Tuesday

Periods of snow. Low minus 2. High plus 1.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind southeasterly 25 to 30 knots increasing to southwest 40 early
 this morning then veering to northwest 35 near noon. Wind
 diminishing to northwest 25 late this afternoon and to 15 to 20 this
 evening. Wind diminishing to light overnight. Rain ending near noon
 with a risk of thunderstorms. Fog patches dissipating this morning.

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

6 February 1920: A snow- and rainstorm swept Halifax, NS, and other parts of the Maritimes. Rain roared down hills and enlarged miniature lakes. Rising waters flooded cellars, extinguished furnaces, and interrupted tram service. Many a tired worker trod home on the deplorable streets through slush that rose above the ankle, to spend the night drying footwear. The heavy rain solved a water shortage.-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, February 07, 2011

Time: 05:35 AM Duration: 1 minutes Maximum Elevation: 26° Approach: 26° above NNE Departure: 19° above ENE

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The Moon descends the western sky this evening. A bright companion stands to its left: Jupiter. The giant planet looks like a brilliant cream-colored star, far outshining all the true stars in the night sky.

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