Saturday, February 19, 2011

19 February 2011 - Conditions at 6:53 AM: +3.9C, Light rain, Wind: WNW 6 km/h

Yesterday was another mild day with temps near +5C for the day.Fog moved on shore in the late afternoon and remain with us for the evening.Some light rain began to fall overnight.

The showers are expected to continue through the day.We should have some clearing tomorrow and colder air is on the way to start the work week.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

A few rain showers ending this morning then cloudy with sunny periods. 60 percent chance of rain showers or flurries late this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming west 20 km/h early this morning then northwest 30 gusting to 50 early this afternoon. High plus 4.

Tonight

Cloudy. 60 percent chance of rain showers or flurries changing to 30 percent chance of flurries this evening. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low minus 2.

Sunday

A mix of sun and cloud. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High plus 2.

Monday

Cloudy. Low minus 3. High minus 3.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Wind west 15 to 20 knots increasing to 25 this morning and to
 northwest 30 to 35 early this evening. Wind diminishing to northwest
 25 Sunday afternoon. A few showers and a few flurries. Risk of
 thunderstorms early this morning changing to a few flurries near
 midnight and ending Sunday morning. Fog patches dissipating early
 this morning.
 

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

19 February 2007: Temperatures on the Yukon Quest route ranged from -40°C to -55°C. Teams' frosty breath made it hard to see lead dogs. Mushers feared for fingers, toes, and dogs' privates. Some dogs wore heavy jackets and belly protectors but urine freezes to protectors and the ice touched their penises as they ran. Dogs never got warm even while bedded down, had to eat more often, and dehydrated easily. -Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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The brightest star in the night sky is Sirius, the Dog Star. It is low in the south right now. If you live in the southern United States, look for Canopus, the second-brightest star, well to the south of Sirius.

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

Friday, February 18, 2011

18 February 2011 - Conditions at 6:41 AM: -2.5C, Clear, Wind: calm

We had a very mild day here yesterday with highs near +9C along with mostly clear skies.The evening remained clear with temps dropping to the mid single digits.Overnight temps were slightly below freezing.

Some rain is expected today.Temps will drop to near freezing overnight and a few flurries are possible tomorrow.


Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Increasing cloudiness. A few rain showers beginning this morning and ending late this afternoon. Risk of freezing rain late this morning. Rainfall amount 2 mm. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h early this afternoon. High plus 4.

Tonight

A few showers ending late this evening then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming west 20 after midnight. Temperature rising to plus 5 this evening then falling.

Saturday

Cloudy. A few flurries beginning early in the afternoon. Wind west 30 km/h becoming northwest 30 gusting to 50 late in the afternoon. Temperature steady near plus 1.

Sunday

Flurries. Windy. Low minus 2. High plus 1.

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The marine forecast:

Wind light increasing to southeast 15 knots late this morning and to
 southwest 25 late this afternoon. Wind veering to northwest 30
 Saturday afternoon. A few showers beginning early this afternoon
 changing to a few flurries Saturday afternoon. Fog patches forming
 early this afternoon and dissipating near midnight.
 

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

18 February 1932: Bringing stories of hardship, rain, snow, cold (-30°C), unfriendly timber wolves, and friendly humans, a young man from France arrived in Halifax, completing his 4-month hike from Five Lakes, SK. Tired but 5 kg heavier, the adventurer recounted his experiences on his 5,400-km trek. He stayed in Halifax to the end of the month before sailing home. -Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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The Moon is full today at 2:36 a.m. CST. The full Moon is February is known as the Lenten Moon, Sap Moon, or Worm Moon.

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

Thursday, February 17, 2011

17 February 2011 - Conditions at 6:40 AM: -0.3C, Overcast, Wind: W 9 km/h

Yesterday started out very cold but warmed up nicely.Temps were above freezing by late morning and the afternoon high was near +3C with calm winds and lots of sunshine.Temps remained above freezing through the evening and overnight.

The mild air will stay with us for the next few days with temps above freezing along with the possibility of some fog and rain.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

A mix of sun and cloud. Wind southwest 20 km/h becoming northwest 20 gusting to 40 this morning. High plus 5.

Tonight

Clear. Increasing cloudiness after midnight. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 2.

Friday

Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning near noon. Amount 2 to 4 mm. Fog patches developing near noon. Wind becoming south 20 km/h in the morning. High plus 5.

Saturday

Periods of rain or snow. Low zero. High plus 1.

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The marine forecast:

Wind westerly 15 to 20 knots veering to northwest 15 late this
 afternoon then becoming south 15 Friday morning. Wind increasing to
 southwest 25 Friday evening. Periods of rain beginning Friday
 afternoon.
 

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

17 February 2005: In one 3-hour period, Toronto paramedics responded to 107 calls from icy tumbles-double the normal number during one of the busiest slip-and-fall periods in years. Warm weather over 2 days melted the snow, leaving puddles on sidewalks and streets. When temperatures dropped below freezing, standing water froze into hazardous patches of ice camouflaged by a light dusting of snow. -Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Regulus, the brightest star of Leo, the lion, stands to the lower left of the Moon at nightfall. Regulus moves across the sky a distance equal to the diameter of the Moon in about 7,000 years. It also is moving away from Earth at about 13,000 miles an hour.

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AURORA (‘Northern Lights’) WATCH: Auroral activity will be ACTIVE. Weather permitting, active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Igaluit to Juneau, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Sept-Iles, and visible low on the horizon from Vancouver, Great Falls, Pierre, Madison, Lansing, Ottawa, Portland and St. Johns.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

16 February 2011 - Conditions at 7:21 AM: -10.5C, Clear, Wind:NW 25 gust 39 km/h

It started out above freezing yesterday but temps soon dropped and we were below freezing by the mid-morning.Temps continued to drop through the day and the wind was brisk from the north.There were a few scattered flurries through the day and evening.

Overnight the sky clear but the wind is still strong and temps are quite cold this morning.We should see a slight warm up today and temps are expected to be above freezing tomorrow.Rain is on the way for Friday.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Sunny. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 diminishing to 20 gusting to 40 this morning then becoming light late this afternoon. High minus 3. Cold wind chill minus 25 this morning.

Tonight

Increasing cloudiness early this evening. Low minus 5.

Thursday

Sunny. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light late in the afternoon. High plus 5.

Friday

Periods of rain. Low minus 2. High plus 3.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Freezing spray warning in effect.
Wind northwest 35 to 40 knots diminishing to 30 late this morning and
 to west 15 to 20 this afternoon. Wind backing to southwest 20
 overnight then veering to west 15 Thursday morning. Chance of
 flurries today. Freezing spray ending this afternoon. Temperatures
 minus 6 rising to zero this evening.
 

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

16 February 1959: Five people died when an avalanche plunged over a rock cliff and destroyed 3 houses in St. John's, NL. The snow crushed the flimsy buildings; only a crumpled wall remained. Because it was difficult to move equipment with 3 m drifts on roads, fires were also a threat. The storm took out the city's 2 radio towers, almost halting communication with the mainland. -Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Three constellations that spin into view this month are named for early machines: Sextans, Antlia, and Pyxis -- the sextant, air pump, and magnetic compass. Sextans is low in the east in mid-evening, with Antlia and Pyxis climbing into view in the south and southeast.

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

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

15 February 2011 - Conditions at 6:40 AM: +1.1C, Overcast, Wind: NW 27 gust 45 km/h

Yesterday was a very nice day here with afternoon temps well above normal at +10C.The evening was mild and calm with temps near +5.Ovenight temps droped but remain above freezing.

We are expecting a drop in temps today to below freezing with double digit cold on the way for tonight.Temps will beging to recover tomorrow and we will be back above freezing by Thursday.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

A few flurries ending this morning then cloudy with sunny periods and 40 percent chance of flurries. Wind west 20 km/h becoming northwest 40 gusting to 60 this morning. Temperature falling to minus 7 this afternoon.

Tonight

Clearing late this evening. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 60. Low minus 12.

Wednesday

Sunny. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming west 20 late in the afternoon. High minus 2.

Thursday

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

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Freezing spray warning in effect.
Wind southwest 15 knots increasing to northwest 35 this morning then
 diminishing to 30 Wednesday morning. Wind diminishing to northwest
 20 near noon Wednesday then backing to west 15 Wednesday evening. A
 few flurries beginning this morning and ending near midnight.
 Visibility 1 mile or less in flurries. Freezing spray beginning this
 afternoon and ending Wednesday afternoon. High today plus 3. Low
 tonight minus 6. High Wednesday plus 1.
 

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

15 February 2008: A record snowfall led a Shawinigan, QC, man to put his snow pile up for sale. He promised to deliver it anywhere in the province at any time-even for a snow party in July. Through a simple local newspaper ad, he sold 3 truckloads of snow. The entrepreneur always covered the snow in his backyard with wood shavings to ensure it stayed until August. -Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Cassiopeia, the queen, is written large across the northern sky this evening. It looks like a big letter M or W. It's high in the northwest at nightfall and wheels low across the north later on.

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

Monday, February 14, 2011

14 February 2011 - Conditions at 6:55 AM: +2.1C, Overcast, Wind: SSW 10 km/h


Yesterday was sunny with temps near or slightly above the freezing mark.Temps held through the evening and overnight.

Showers and mild temps are expected today.A drop in temps will begin tomorrow and colder weather is expected Wed.The rest of the week is expected to be mild with temps well above freezing for highs.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

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

Today

Cloudy with sunny periods. 60 percent chance of showers early this morning. Wind southwest 20 km/h. High plus 5.

Tonight

Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers overnight. Wind southwest 20 km/h becoming northwest 30 overnight. Low minus 2.

Tuesday

A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 30 km/h becoming north 40 gusting to 60 in the morning. Temperature falling to minus 6 in the afternoon.

Wednesday

Sunny. Low minus 13. High minus 2.

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The marine forecast:

Gale warning in effect.
Freezing spray warning in effect.
Wind southwest 20 to 25 knots diminishing to 15 to 20 late this
 morning then increasing to 25 to 30 late this afternoon. Wind
 diminishing to southwest 15 near midnight then increasing to
 northwest 35 Tuesday morning. A few showers ending early this
 evening. A few flurries Tuesday. Visibility 1 mile or less in
 flurries. Freezing spray beginning Tuesday evening. Temperatures
 plus 2 falling to minus 5 Tuesday afternoon.
 

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Today’s Weather Trivia:

14 February 2007: In southern Ontario, extreme cold, harsh winds, and loads of snow closed schools, put vehicles in ditches, and made florists miserable on their busiest day of the year. Valentine's Day flower deliveries moved at a snail's pace. From Hamilton to Burlington, some areas got up to 60 cm of snow (with 1-m drifts), although most received fewer than 20 cm.-Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Two bright yellow-orange stars that are nearing the ends of their lives highlight tonight's sky. Capella, in the constellation Auriga, the charioteer, is high in the north-northeast at nightfall. Arcturus, in Bootes, the herdsman, rises around 9 p.m.

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