Saturday, March 12, 2011

12 March 2011, 6:54 AM: +9.4°C, rain

Observations @ the Western Head* wx station : +6.5°C, Humidity 100%, Wind SSW 37 gust 53 km/h

Yesterday was a damp and foggy day with temps in the +7°C range.There were a few light showers through the day but generally it was just foggy.There was no change in conditions in the evening and overnight heavy rain began and it is still raining quite hard this morning.We are currently under a rainfall warning and 15 to 25 mm can be expected today.Temps will drop to near 0C tonight once the rain ends.Clearing is expected tomorrow with mild temps remaining until Monday.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +3°C / Min -6°C)

Rainfall warning in effect.

Today

Rain ending near noon then a mix of sun and cloud. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Fog patches dissipating late this afternoon. Wind south 40 km/h gusting to 60 diminishing to 20 gusting to 40 this morning then becoming southwest 30 gusting to 50 this afternoon. Temperature falling to plus 4 this afternoon. UV index 3 or moderate.

Tonight

Cloudy periods. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. Low zero.

Sunday

Sunny with cloudy periods. Increasing cloudiness late in the morning with 60 percent chance of showers in the afternoon and evening. Fog patches developing early in the evening. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light late in the afternoon. High 8.

Monday

A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 3. High minus 2.

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The marine forecast:

Wind southeast 25 knots veering to southwest 15 to 20 early this
 morning then increasing to 25 late this afternoon. Wind diminishing
 to southwest 15 to 20 Sunday morning. Rain and fog patches ending
 this morning with a risk of thunderstorms. A few showers early this
 afternoon. Chance of showers beginning near noon Sunday. Fog patches
 forming Sunday afternoon.
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Today’s Weather Trivia:

12 March 2007: Parks Canada issued extreme avalanche warnings for parts of Banff and Yoho national parks in the Rocky Mountains. Mudslides, avalanches, and high winds closed area highways. A snowboarder lost north of Lake Louise, AB, spent a night in a fierce snowstorm before being found. The Canmore, AB, man took a wrong turn amid heavy snowfall and ended up off course in a nearby valley. -Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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· Solar Activity: Solar activity is expected to remain moderate for the next three days (11-13 March).

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

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Next ISS visible sightings:

LOCAL

DURATION

(Minutes)

MAX ELEV

(Degrees above horizon)

APPROACH º

DEPARTURE º

Fri Mar 25

06:36 AM

2

17

11 above S

17 above ESE








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Cancer, the crab, is well up in the east at nightfall and passes high overhead later on. Although it is part of the zodiac, its stars are dim. The brightest, Beta Cancri, is so faint you may not be able to see it from a suburb, let alone a city.

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* The Western Head weather station is the official reporting station for this area.It is NOT located in Liverpool but is approx 10kms outside of town and on the seashore.The temperature difference between the town of Liverpool and the weather station can be quite large,especially in the summer months.

Friday, March 11, 2011

11 March 2011, 7:02 AM: +3.3°C, overcast

Observations @ the Western Head* wx station : +2.0°C, Humidity 99%, Wind NE 15 km/h

Yesterday was fairly good here with afternoon temps near +4°C but generally cloudy.Temps remained mild though the evening and overnight as an approaching storm gets closer.Heavy rains will begin tonight and last into tomorrow with total the total rainfall expected to be near 35mm.High temps will be well above seasonal normals as the system moves through the area.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +3°C / Min -6°C)

Rainfall warning in effect.

Today

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of drizzle or showers this morning and early this afternoon. Showers or periods of drizzle beginning this afternoon. Amount 2 to 4 mm. Fog patches developing this morning. Wind southeast 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 7.

Tonight

Showers or periods of drizzle changing to rain at times heavy overnight. Amount 25 mm. Fog patches. Wind southeast 40 km/h gusting to 60. Temperature rising to 9 by morning.

Saturday

Rain at times heavy ending late in the morning then a mix of sun and cloud. Amount 10 mm. Fog patches dissipating late in the morning. Wind southeast 40 km/h gusting to 70 becoming southwest 30 gusting to 50 late in the morning. Temperature falling to plus 3 in the afternoon.

Sunday

Cloudy. Low plus 2. High 7.

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The marine forecast:

Wind east 15 to 20 knots veering to southeast 20 to 25 early this
 morning then increasing to 25 to 30 early this evening. Wind
 diminishing to southwest 15 Saturday morning then increasing to 25
 Saturday afternoon. Periods of rain beginning this morning changing
 to rain at times heavy after midnight and ending Saturday morning.
 Risk of thunderstorms overnight and Saturday morning. Fog patches
 dissipating Saturday morning.
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Today’s Weather Trivia:

11 March 2008: Record snowfall in Quebec was triggering snow rage. In Quebec City, a man pointed a cocked 12-gauge shotgun at a snowplow operator blowing snow onto his property, while a Montreal resident flashed a (toy) gun while arguing over a lone parking spot on a snow-clogged street. Quebec City police had received more than 12 calls this winter over snow-blowing disputes between neighbours. -Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

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· Solar Activity: Solar activity is expected to be moderate with a slight chance for an X-class x-ray event from Region 1166 or 1169 for the next three days (11-13 March).

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

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ISS visible sightings:

LOCAL

DURATION

MAX ELEV

APPROACH º

DEPARTURE º

none








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Aldebaran, the star that represents the "eye" of Taurus, the bull, is to the lower left of the Moon this evening. The star shines bright orange, indicating that its surface is thousands of degrees cooler than the surface of the Sun.

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* The Western Head weather station is the official reporting station for this area.It is NOT located in Liverpool but is approx 10kms outside of town and on the seashore.The temperature difference between the town of Liverpool and the weather station can be quite large,especially in the summer months.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

10 March 2011, 6:52 AM: -2.1°C, overcast

Observations @ the Western Head* wx station : -2.7°C, Humidity 87%, Wind NE 17 gust 29 km/h

Yesterday was mostly sunny but cool with temps near +3°C.The sky remained mostly clear through the evening with temps dropping to just a couple of degrees below freezing.

Overnight some clouds moved into the area and it will be a little stormy here over the next few days.We may see a few late winter flurries today and rain is expected tomorrow and into the weekend.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +3°C / Min -6°C)

Today

Cloudy with sunny periods. 30 percent chance of flurries this afternoon. Wind northeast 30 km/h becoming southeast 30 this afternoon. High plus 1. UV index 3 or moderate.

Tonight

Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries changing to 60 percent chance of rain showers or drizzle after midnight. Wind southeast 30 km/h. Temperature rising to plus 3 by morning.

Friday

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers or drizzle in the morning and early in the afternoon. Periods of rain beginning in the afternoon. Amount 2 to 4 mm. Fog patches developing in the morning. Wind southeast 40 km/h gusting to 60. High 6.

Saturday

Periods of rain. Windy. Low plus 5. High 8.

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The marine forecast:

Wind east 15 to 20 knots veering to southeast 20 to 25 Friday
 morning. Chance of flurries this morning. Periods of rain and fog
 patches beginning Friday morning. Temperatures minus 1 rising to
 plus 5 Friday evening.
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Today’s Weather Trivia:

10 March 2005: Residents of New Brunswick were cleaning up after yesterday's huge winter storm. Winds gusting to more than 140 km/h knocked down power lines, tore the roofs from buildings in Saint John, and blew trucks over. Fredericton got snow and heavy rain (25 mm); Edmundston was rocked by 60 cm of snow. One resident noticed his barn was missing; the next day it was found several metres down the street. -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:

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DURATION

MAX ELEV

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DEPARTURE º








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The Pleiades star cluster, which looks like a tiny dipper, stands just above the Moon this evening. The cluster represents the shoulder of Taurus, the bull. The bull's baleful eye, Aldebaran, is to the upper left of the Pleiades.

· Solar Activity: X CLASS FLARE

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

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* The Western Head weather station is the official reporting station for this area.It is NOT located in Liverpool but is approx 10kms outside of town and on the seashore.The temperature difference between the town of Liverpool and the weather station can be quite large,especially in the summer months.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

9 March 2011, 6:40 AM: -2.7°C, Mostly clear

Observations @ the Western Head* wx station : -3.4°C, Humidity 78%, Wind N 15 km/h

Yesterday was a nice day here with afternoon temps near +7°C and a mostly clear sky.The sky remained clear through the evening and temps dropped to a few degrees below freezing.

We are expecting clear conditions today ahead of a stretch of cloudy and wet weather that will be moving into the area tonight.We may not be seeing the sun again until early next week.Temps will be in the seasonal range.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +3°C / Min -6°C)

Today

A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming sunny this morning. Wind becoming northeast 30 km/h this morning. High plus 2. UV index 4 or moderate.

Tonight

Increasing cloudiness this evening. Wind northeast 30 km/h. Low minus 5.

Thursday

Cloudy with sunny periods. 30 percent chance of flurries in the afternoon and evening. Wind northeast 30 km/h becoming southeast 30 in the afternoon. High plus 2.

Friday

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low minus 1. High plus 5.

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The marine forecast:

Wind northeast 20 knots veering to east 15 to 20 Thursday morning.
 Chance of flurries overnight. Temperatures near zero.
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Today’s Weather Trivia:

9 March 2007: Snow and high wind led to chain-reaction crashes of cars, trucks, vans, motorcoaches, and school buses on Highway 400 from Toronto to Barrie, ON. Near Newmarket, the driver of a car "submarined" under a semi-trailer was trapped for 4 hours in a -37°C wind chill until a crane lifted the semi and he was cut from the wreckage. Despite frostbite, bruises, and a broken ankle, he survived. -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:

LOCAL

DURATION

MAX ELEV

APPROACH º

DEPARTURE º

Wed Mar 09

07:17 PM

3

28

25 above WSW

11 above SSE








THE FOLLOWING SHUTTLE SIGHTINGS ARE POSSIBLE FROM THU FEB 24 TO THU MAR 10

SATELLITE

LOCAL

DURATION

MAX ELEV

APPROACH

DEPARTURE

DATE/TIME

(MIN)

(DEG)

(DEG-DIR)

(DEG-DIR)

SHUTTLE

Fri Feb 25/07:14 PM

1

19

15 above NW

18 above N

SHUTTLE

Sat Feb 26/07:13 PM

3

23

18 above NW

16 above NNE

SHUTTLE

Sun Feb 27/07:39 PM

1

19

16 above NNW

18 above N

SHUTTLE

Mon Feb 28/06:29 PM

3

22

15 above NW

15 above NNE

SHUTTLE

Mon Feb 28/08:06 PM

1

17

15 above NNW

17 above NNW

SHUTTLE

Tue Mar 01/06:56 PM

2

19

16 above NNW

16 above NNE

SHUTTLE

Wed Mar 02/07:23 PM

2

21

15 above NNW

18 above NE

SHUTTLE

Thu Mar 03/07:48 PM

2

30

15 above NW

30 above N

SHUTTLE

Fri Mar 04/06:39 PM

3

21

15 above NNW

15 above NE

SHUTTLE

Fri Mar 04/08:15 PM

1

25

20 above NW

25 above NW

SHUTTLE

Sat Mar 05/07:05 PM

4

33

15 above NW

18 above ENE

SHUTTLE

Sun Mar 06/07:32 PM

2

80

25 above NW

43 above ESE

SHUTTLE

Mon Mar 07/07:59 PM

1

32

24 above W

32 above SW

SHUTTLE

Tue Mar 08/06:50 PM

3

88

32 above WNW

16 above ESE

SHUTTLE

Wed Mar 09/07:16 PM

2

28

26 above WSW

16 above SSE

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Queen Berenice spreads her golden tresses across the eastern sky this evening. They form a tight spray of faint stars known as Coma Berenices. The constellation is low in the east at nightfall and climbs high across the sky later on.

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

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* The Western Head weather station is the official reporting station for this area.It is NOT located in Liverpool but is approx 10kms outside of town and on the seashore.The temperature difference between the town of Liverpool and the weather station can be quite large,especially in the summer months.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

8 March 2011, 6:30 AM: -3.2°C, Mostly clear

Observations @ the Western Head* wx station : -4.0°C, Humidity 86 %, Wind WNW 12 km/h

It was a mild day here yesterday with temps near +9°C for most of the day.There were a few showers and periods of rain in the late afternoon.Temps dropped to below freezing overnight and there was a passing flurry or two leaving a slight coating on the ground.

Temps will warm to a few degrees above freezing today and winds are expected to be brisk.Cool temps will be in the area until the weekend.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +2°C / Min -6°C)

Today

Clearing this morning. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming north 20 near noon. High plus 3. UV index 4 or moderate.

Tonight

Clear. Wind north 20 km/h becoming northeast 20 near midnight. Low minus 9.

Wednesday

Sunny. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming light in the evening. High plus 1.

Thursday

Cloudy. Low minus 7. High minus 1.

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The marine forecast:

ind northwest 25 to 30 knots diminishing to 20 this morning then
 veering to northeast 20 this evening. Temperatures near zero.
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Today’s Weather Trivia:

8 March 2007: The Toronto (ON) Humane Society noted that milder falls and winters allows cats to stay outdoors more and leads naturally to a population explosion. Some shelters had 3 times more cats than their space allows. Females come into heat every few weeks until they mate and can become pregnant even if nursing kittens. Fortunately, dog owners usually keep their pets under control. -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:

LOCAL

DURATION

MAX ELEV

APPROACH º

DEPARTURE º

Tue Mar 08 06:50 PM

4

88

32 above WNW

10 above ESE

THE FOLLOWING SHUTTLE SIGHTINGS ARE POSSIBLE FROM THU FEB 24 TO THU MAR 10

SATELLITE

LOCAL

DURATION

MAX ELEV

APPROACH

DEPARTURE

DATE/TIME

(MIN)

(DEG)

(DEG-DIR)

(DEG-DIR)

SHUTTLE

Fri Feb 25/07:14 PM

1

19

15 above NW

18 above N

SHUTTLE

Sat Feb 26/07:13 PM

3

23

18 above NW

16 above NNE

SHUTTLE

Sun Feb 27/07:39 PM

1

19

16 above NNW

18 above N

SHUTTLE

Mon Feb 28/06:29 PM

3

22

15 above NW

15 above NNE

SHUTTLE

Mon Feb 28/08:06 PM

1

17

15 above NNW

17 above NNW

SHUTTLE

Tue Mar 01/06:56 PM

2

19

16 above NNW

16 above NNE

SHUTTLE

Wed Mar 02/07:23 PM

2

21

15 above NNW

18 above NE

SHUTTLE

Thu Mar 03/07:48 PM

2

30

15 above NW

30 above N

SHUTTLE

Fri Mar 04/06:39 PM

3

21

15 above NNW

15 above NE

SHUTTLE

Fri Mar 04/08:15 PM

1

25

20 above NW

25 above NW

SHUTTLE

Sat Mar 05/07:05 PM

4

33

15 above NW

18 above ENE

SHUTTLE

Sun Mar 06/07:32 PM

2

80

25 above NW

43 above ESE

SHUTTLE

Mon Mar 07/07:59 PM

1

32

24 above W

32 above SW

SHUTTLE

Tue Mar 08/06:50 PM

3

88

32 above WNW

16 above ESE

SHUTTLE

Wed Mar 09/07:16 PM

2

28

26 above WSW

16 above SSE

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Regulus, the "heart" of the lion, is high in the evening sky. To find it, line up the two stars that form the inner edge of the Big Dipper's bowl, then follow that line from right to left. The first bright star the line intersects is Regulus.

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

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* The Western Head weather station is the official reporting station for this area.It is NOT located in Liverpool but is approx 10kms outside of town and on the seashore.The temperature difference between the town of Liverpool and the weather station can be quite large,especially in the summer months.