Saturday, March 19, 2011

19 March 2011, 7:34 AM: -0.7°C, mostly overcast

Official conditions in Liverpool (via Western Head* wx station) @ 7:00 AM:

-3.1°C, Humidity 85%, Wind NW 8 km/h

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We had a very warm day here yesterday with temps reaching +14°C.The day was mostly clear and it remained that way through the evening.Temps dropped top slightly below freezing overnight.

Temps are expected to be cool for the next few days with some precip on the way for early next week.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +4°C / Min -4°C)

Today

A mix of sun and cloud. Wind north 20 km/h. High zero. UV index 3 or moderate.

Tonight

A few clouds. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light overnight. Low minus 6.

Sunday

Sunny. High plus 3.

Monday

Sunny. Low minus 8. High plus 3.

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The marine forecast:

Wind northwest 15 to 20 knots with gusts to 30 veering to northeast
 15 early this morning then increasing to 20 to 25 early this
 evening. Wind diminishing to northeast 15 Sunday morning and to
 light Sunday evening. Chance of flurries tonight and Sunday morning.
 Temperatures near minus 1.
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Today’s Weather Trivia:

19 March 1921: Severe storms-tornadoes, hail, heavy rains-raked areas of Ontario. A farmer near Glammis died when a tornado crushed his barn. North of Holland Landing, floods washed out the Grand Trunk Railway track. Minutes before the train from North Bay, a local resident waved his red socks, flagging down the train to avert a tragedy. Passengers handed him $28 in appreciation. -Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

Solar Activity: Solar activity is expected to be at predominately very low levels for the next three days (19 - 21 March).

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

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Next ISS visible sightings:

LOCAL

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APPROACH º

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Fri Mar 25

06:36 AM

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17

11 above S

17 above ESE








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The Moon scoots past an apt companion tonight: the planet Saturn. They rise in mid-evening, with bright golden Saturn to the lower left of the Moon. The planet is an appropriate companion because today is Saturn's day -- Saturday.

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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 18, 2011

18 March 2011, 7:14 AM: +2.7°C, overcast

Official conditions in Liverpool (via Western Head* wx station) @ 7:00 AM:

+1.8°C, Humidity 99%, Wind SW 26 km/h

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It was a beautiful day here yesterday with afternoon temps near +13°C along with a mostly clear sky.The evening was clear and calm with temps staying above freezing.

Temps will remain mild today with the chance of a few afternoon showers.Temps will drop tonight and there is a possibility of flurries overnight.Cool but clear for the weekend.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +4°C / Min -5°C)

Today

Cloudy with sunny periods. A few showers beginning this afternoon. Amount 2 to 4 mm. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h then increasing to 40 gusting to 70 near noon. High 9. UV index 3 or moderate.

Tonight

A few rain showers ending near midnight then cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 70 becoming northwest 40 gusting to 70 this evening then diminishing to 20 gusting to 40 overnight. Low minus 5.

Saturday

Cloudy with sunny periods and 40 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming north 20 gusting to 40 near noon. High zero.

Sunday

Sunny. Low minus 6. High plus 1.

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The marine forecast:

Wind southwest 10 to 15 knots increasing to 20 this morning and to 30
 near noon. Wind veering to northwest 25 near midnight then
 diminishing to 15 overnight. Wind increasing to northerly 20 to 25
 Saturday evening. A few showers and fog patches this evening. Chance
 of flurries beginning Saturday evening. Temperatures plus 4 falling
 to minus 3 near noon Saturday.
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Today’s Weather Trivia:

18 March 2006: Edmonton, AB, had its harshest storm of the winter and its busiest day for towing companies. The 22 cm of snow set a new record for March, but 100 protesters still marched against the Iraq war. Highway drivers faced ice, bad visibility, and blowing snow. At one corner, 6 buses were stuck. Snow clearing was difficult because the booming economy had lured away many snowplow operators.-Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

Solar Activity: Solar activity is expected to be at predominately very low levels for the next three days (18 - 20 March).

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

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Next ISS visible sightings:

LOCAL

Date and Time

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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The full Moon climbs high across the sky tonight, casting a chilly glow on the penultimate night of winter. It's a beautiful sight, but the moonlight overpowers the view of many of the stars, leaving only the brightest to shine through.

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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 17, 2011

17 March 2011, 7:01 AM: +6.5°C, overcast

Official conditions in Liverpool (via Western Head* wx station) @ 6:00 AM:

+6.0°C, Humidity 99%, Wind WNW 14 km/h

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Yesterday started out with a heavy frost and cold temps but quickly warmed up to give us lots of sunshine and temps near +7°C.Clouds began to move into the area in the late afternoon and there were a few showers in the early evening.The showers changed to periods of heavy rain in the late evening.Temps remianed well above freezing.

Overnight the rain ended and temps stayed mild.Today is expected to be sunny and warm but more rain is on the way for tomorrow.Clearing but cooler on the weekend.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +4°C / Min -5°C)

Today

Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers or drizzle early this morning. Clearing this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind south 20 km/h becoming northwest 20 this morning. High 9. UV index 4 or moderate.

Tonight

A few clouds. Low zero.

Friday

Increasing cloudiness. Rain beginning in the afternoon and ending in the evening. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind becoming southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 near noon then becoming west 30 gusting to 50 in the evening. High plus 5.

Saturday

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

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The marine forecast:

Wind southwest 20 knots veering to northwest 15 early this morning
 then increasing to southwest 20 to 25 Friday morning. Wind veering
 to northwest 30 Friday evening. Drizzle and fog patches ending this
 morning. A few showers Friday afternoon.
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Today’s Weather Trivia:

17 March 2009: Three British explorers skiing to the North Pole to measure ice thickness were down to 1 day's food ration as bad weather hampered supply flights. For the past 17 days, temperatures were around -40°C. Three attempts to drop food supplies were aborted in bad weather. A greater challenge awaited: premature ice break-up barred the team's progress. -Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

Solar Activity: Solar activity is expected to be low

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

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Next ISS visible sightings:

LOCAL

Date and Time

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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Regulus, the brightest star of Leo, the lion, stands to the upper left of the Moon as darkness falls. A curving pattern of stars that looks like a backwards question mark stretches to the upper left of Regulus.

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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 16, 2011

16 March 2011, 7:28 AM: -4.2°C, clear

Official conditions in Liverpool (via Western Head* wx station) @ 7:29 AM:

-5.3°C, Humidity 94%, Wind SW 8 km/h

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Yesterday was a sunny day with temps near +4°C.Winds were generally light for the day.The evening was clear and calm with temps dropping to a few degrees below freezing overnight.

Today will be a nice late winter day with mild temps.Some rain will move through the area tonight,ending tomorrow.More rain is expected on Friday but the weekend is looking like it will be dry and seasonable.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +4°C / Min -5°C)

Today

Sunny with cloudy periods. Increasing cloudiness this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h this afternoon. High plus 5. UV index 4 or moderate.

Tonight

Cloudy. Rain beginning this evening and ending overnight then 60 percent chance of drizzle or showers. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Fog patches developing late this evening. Wind southwest 20 km/h becoming southeast 30 gusting to 50 this evening. Low plus 3 with temperature rising to 6 by morning.

Thursday

A mix of sun and cloud. Clearing late in the afternoon. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light early in the evening. High 8.

Friday

Rain. Low plus 1. High plus 4.

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The marine forecast:

Wind southwest 10 to 15 knots backing to south 20 late this afternoon
 then increasing to 25 this evening. Wind diminishing to northwest 20
 overnight then backing to west 10 to 15 Thursday afternoon. Rain
 beginning this evening and ending overnight. Fog patches forming
 near midnight and dissipating Thursday morning. Temperatures zero
 rising to plus 5 Thursday morning.
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Today’s Weather Trivia:

16 March 2005: A storm surge sent 10-m waves and tonnes of ice crashing along Newfoundland's east coast of the Avalon Peninsula, causing millions in damage. At Flatrock, strong winds felled 12-m cranes into the water. Thin ice was driven ashore with a tremendous force, ripping apart sheds and boats and wrecking fishing gear. Some tossed boulders were the size of a small car and were moved more than 50 m inland. -Excerpt from 'The Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar' by David Phillips. © Environment Canada

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Sky Events:

Solar Activity: Solar activity is expected to be low with a chance of an M-class event from Region 1166 for the next two days (16-17 March).

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

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Next ISS visible sightings:

LOCAL

Date and Time

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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Look for the planet Mercury quite low in the west shortly after sunset. It looks like a fairly bright star. It is to the upper right of much brighter Jupiter, so it's easy to pluck from the fading evening twilight.

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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 15, 2011

15 March 2011, 7:00 AM: -7.1°C, clear

Official conditions in Liverpool (via Western Head* wx station) @ 7:00 AM:

-8.3°C, Humidity 89%, Wind NNW 10 km/h

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We had a cool day here yesterday with highs only near +2°C.The day and evening were mostly clear and evening temps dropped to below freezing.The overnight low was a couple of degrees below the seasonal normal.

Today will be similar to yesterday with warmer weather on the way for the rest of the work week.Rain is also expected through the latter part of the week.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +3°C / Min -5°C)

Today

Sunny. High plus 2. UV index 4 or moderate.

Tonight

Clear. Low minus 4.

Wednesday

Sunny. Increasing cloudiness in the afternoon with 60 percent chance of showers in the evening. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h in the afternoon. High plus 5.

Thursday

Periods of rain. Low plus 2. High 8.

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The marine forecast:

Wind northeast 15 knots becoming south 15 near noon Wednesday then
 increasing to 20 Wednesday evening. Rain beginning Wednesday
 evening. Temperatures minus 2 rising to plus 4 Wednesday evening.
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Today’s Weather Trivia:

15 March 2007: A 68-year-old Gimli, MB, woman spent 4 nights in her car after losing her way and becoming snowbound at an old farm near Winnipeg. She tried walking for help but her arthritis forced her back. Daytime temperatures were above freezing, but it was -15°C at night. A fan of the Survivor TV show, she fortunately had a winter survival kit in her trunk, including candles and blankets. -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 low with a chance for an M-class event for day one (15 March).

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

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Next ISS visible sightings:

LOCAL

Date and Time

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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The little planet Mercury is putting in its best evening sky-appearance for the year this month. It is in the west at sunset and looks like a fairly bright star. Today, it's close to the right of much-brighter Jupiter.

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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.

Monday, March 14, 2011

14 March 2011, 7:36 AM: -0.2°C, overcast

Official conditions in Liverpool (via Western Head* wx station) @ 7:47:38 AM:

-1.1°C, Humidity 74%, Wind NNW 14 km/h

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Yesterday was a very nice day here with afternoon temps near +12°C.Winds were light and the sky was mostly clear.Temps remained mild through the evening and were still at +6° in the late evening.Overnight a cold air mass moved in and temps dropped to the freezing point.

Today will be a cool day but a gradual warm up is expected as the week progresses.It will be sunny and dry until the later part of the week.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +3°C / Min -5°C)

Today

Cloudy with sunny periods. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40. High zero. UV index 3 or moderate.

Tonight

Cloudy. Clearing overnight. Low minus 9.

Tuesday

Sunny. High plus 1.

Wednesday

Sunny. Low minus 4. High plus 3.

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The marine forecast:

Wind north 20 to 25 knots veering to northeast 15 to 20 near noon
 then diminishing to light Tuesday morning. A few flurries ending
 early this morning. Temperatures near plus 1.
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Today’s Weather Trivia:

14 March 1920: A major blizzard crippled railway traffic and telegraph and telephone services in the West. Trains ran up to 15 hours behind schedule or were cancelled. Telegraph poles were carried away in Saskatchewan, but the worst damage occurred between Elie and Willow Range, MB, where only 3 poles were left standing in a 12-km stretch. More than 1 metre of wet snow collected in places. -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 low with a chance for an M-class event.

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

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Next ISS visible sightings:

LOCAL

Date and Time

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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The largest and smallest planets in the solar system slide past each other this week. Jupiter is the larger and brighter of the two. Mercury, the smallest planet, creeps up toward Jupiter tonight, passes it tomorrow night, and pulls away later on.

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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.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

13 March 2011, 8:23 AM: +3.4°C, overcast

Observations @ the Western Head* wx station : +2.3°C, Humidity 98%, Wind SW 19 km/h

Yesterday was a wet but mild with temps near +10°C through most of the morning.Rainfall amounts were near 25mm.The rain ended in the early afternoon and temps dropped to near 7°C,winds were brisk making it feel cooler.More clouds moved back into the area in the evening.Temps were a few degrees above freezing overnight.

We are expecting showers later today and the wind will switch to the north this evening.A few flurries are possible as temps move down towards the freezing point.Clearing but cool weather for tomorrow and Tuesday.Warmer for the rest of the work week.

Forecasts for our area issued by Environment Canada :

(Normals: Max +3°C / Min -6°C)

Today

Increasing cloudiness. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Wind southwest 20 km/h becoming light late this afternoon. High 8.

Tonight

Periods of rain mixed with snow ending overnight then cloudy periods. Rainfall amount 5 to 10 mm. Fog patches dissipating after midnight. Wind becoming north 30 km/h gusting to 50 late this evening. Low minus 4.

Monday

Cloudy with sunny periods. Wind north 20 km/h. High minus 2.

Tuesday

Sunny. Low minus 8. High plus 2.

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The marine forecast:

Wind southwest 20 knots becoming 15 to 20 this morning then
 diminishing to variable 10 to 15 this evening. Wind increasing to
 north 20 to 25 after midnight then veering to northeast 15 to 20
 near noon Monday. Chance of showers beginning early this afternoon
 changing to a few flurries after midnight and ending Monday morning.
 Fog patches forming late this afternoon and dissipating after
 midnight.
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Today’s Weather Trivia:

13 March 2008: Snow, fierce winds, and freezing rain shut down ferry service and made roads impassable in central Newfoundland. Hospital staff worked 2 straight shifts when the next shift couldn't get in. Downtown St. John's was quiet, except for the din of snowblowers and snowplows. On Fogo Island, an avalanche buried several homes and damaged a bridge, the worst snow the mayor had seen in a long time. -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 for the next three days (13-15 March).

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

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Next ISS visible sightings:

LOCAL

Date and Time

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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Virgo, the constellation most identified with spring, is entering prime evening viewing time. Most of its stars are relatively faint. But Virgo's brightest star, blue-white Spica, is easy to pick out. It rises in the east in mid-evening.

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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.