Here are 8 fast facts about Friday’s mysterious #BlackMoon

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 8:10 PM – If you were a fan of the giant and gorgeous Harvest Moon, you won’t want to miss your chance to experience Friday night’s mysterious Black Moon.


It will occur at 8:11 p.m. ET and rise above the Western Hemisphere, but here’s the catch. It will be more or less invisible as the side of the moon lit by the sun is facing away from the Earth. However, sky watchers will be treated to plenty of stars, weather permitting. This is because moonless skies appear darker, so the stars are easier to view.

Here are 8 fast facts about this week’s Black Moon:

  1. There hasn’t been a Black Moon since March 2014 and there will not be another until July 2019.
  2. A Black Moon is the second new moon in a calendar month. Whereas, the Blue Moon refers to a second full moon in a single month.
  3. When the moon is full, its Earth-facing side is fully illuminated by sunlight, while a new moon occurs when the side facing the Earth is in shadow.
  4. On average, a new moon occurs every 29.5 days.
  5. Those in the Eastern Hemisphere will have to wait until either Oct. 30 or Halloween night to see a Black Moon.
  6. During full or new moons, which occur when the Earth, sun, and moon are nearly in alignment, average tidal ranges are slightly larger. This occurs twice each month, according to NOAA.
  7. According to some Christian beliefs, a Black Moon heralds the “End of Days.”
  8. Spells and rituals are said to be more effective under a Black Moon, according to some members of the Wiccan religion.

Source: The Weather Network

Here’s how you can catch the northern lights this week

By Nicole Mortillaro | Global News

If the sky is clear where you live, head outside tonight for a possible light show.

For the past few nights, the northern lights, or aurora borealis, have been visible across Canada. If you’ve missed them, you’ll get a chance again on Thursday and Friday.

There haven’t been any solar flares or coronal mass ejections from the sun to cause this. Instead, it’s due to a massive coronal hole where fast-moving particles are blown out into space and travel along the solar wind.

When these particles reach Earth, they interact with our magnetic field setting the sky alight with beautiful curtains of green, red and purple.

Earlier this week, people from across the country captured beautiful displays.

Both the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center and Natural Resources Canada are predicting storm activity on Sept. 29 and 30, with activity dropping afterwards.

If you want to try to catch them for yourselves, head outside once the sky gets dark and look north. It may take time for your eyes to adjust to the dark, but after they do, you should be able to see even faint aurora if it’s present.

Another option is to set up a camera on a tripod and set it to a high ISO and take a long-exposure photograph, maybe around 15 seconds. The camera is far more sensitive than the human eye in this set-up.

Don’t miss out on Friday’s Harvest Moon. Here are some fun facts.

Don’t miss out on Friday’s Harvest Moon. Here are some fun facts.

Leeanna McLean | The Weather Network

Every year as summer comes to a close in the Northern Hemisphere, the September full moon rises and because it occurs closer to the autumnal equinox than the October full moon, it’s called the Harvest Moon.

Here are 7 fun facts about this week’s Harvest Moon.

  1. Full moons have names corresponding to calendar months or seasons of the year, which dates back to early Native American tradition. Distinctive names were given to each recurring full moon so tribes were able to keep track of the seasons. As a result, the September full moon is also called the “Full Corn Moon,” because it marks when corn was supposed to be harvested.
  2. Depending on the year, the Harvest Moon can come anywhere from two weeks before or two weeks after the autumn equinox.
  3. On average, the moon rises 50 minutes later each day. However, for several days before and after the full Harvest Moon, it rises 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.
  4. Friday’s spectacle will also be a supermoon, that is, when the moon is full, it is within 90 per cent of its closest distance to Earth for the month. However, this isn’t the closest full moon of 2016. That doesn’t occur until Nov. 14.
  5. While people may say Friday’s Harvest Moon will look bigger than usual, that is certainly not the case. When the moon is seen low on the horizon, the human eye and brain combine to create an optical illusion known as the moon illusion, whereby the moon viewed close to the horizon seems larger than when seen overhead. Cover the moon with a dime at arm’s length and you will see there is no difference.
  6. This year’s Harvest Moon is special because it will also be a penumbral lunar eclipse as it passes through the outer edge of the Earth’s shadow. This means, we won’t see the glorious crimson of a total lunar eclipse. However, it will be visible to varying degrees anywhere in eastern Europe, eastern Africa, most of Asia and western Australia.
  7. The last time the Harvest Moon perfectly coincided with the autumnal equinox was in 2010 and this won’t happen again until 2029. The 2016 Strawberry Moon was the first to coincide with the June solstice in decades, and the first to be visible in all of Canada since 1948.

This must-see will fill the sky on Sept. 16.

Photo Credit – Courtesy: Thomas Goray — September 26, 2015 — Ladywood, Manitoba


The community continues to pull together a week after 2 tornadoes struck Windsor & LaSalle.

Excerpted article written by Kelly Steele, Windsor Star

Arnold Brown, 60, is homeless after Wednesday’s tornado destroyed the home he rents on Victory street. The roof was ripped off leaving the inside exposed to the rain and most of his belongings inside destroyed. Red Cross has put him up in a hotel for a few nights but he’s faced with looking for a place to live.

“It’s pretty devastating,” he said. “There’s no way you can look at it any other way. We lost everything. I just started crying afterward.”

But Brown said in the midst of all the chaos, the neighbours all pulled together to help.

“The neighbours all came over to see if we were okay,” he said. “It really looked bad around here. This is going to stay with me for awhile, I’ve been having nightmares about it.”

Erik Lobzun, who lives next door, said the roof of his home sustained substantial damage, windows were broken and he suspects there may be other damage to the house.

“We are picking up and things are getting cleaned up,” he said. “Insurance is being really good, which helps. The community really pulled together which really helped.”

After the storm subsided, neighbours went from house to house in the Victory Street area helping to tarp exposed roofs. Some walked around with chainsaws helping to cut up the fallen trees. Zehrs came out with coolers of water and food for everyone.

“You start to lose faith in humanity and something like this brings it back,” he said. “I was amazed at the level of effort from everyone.”

In Windsor, close to 400 workers from Empire Roofing, Belfor Property Restoration and Rosati construction have pulled together since Saturday to fix the roof at Kautex Corporation on Deziel Drive by Friday. The tornado ripped the roof off the auto parts plant forcing its to shut down leaving its 200 employees out of work.

“It’s an extremely expensive undertaking but we’ve all joined forces to make this happen,” said Nada Tayar, service manager with Empire Roofing. “Every piece of our equipment is there and we’ve pulled manpower from every job site in Windsor, Toronto and London.”

Workers are staying in hotels and working countless hours on the roof. Despite the long hours, Tayar said morale is great as everyone is “working from their heart to support their community.”

Sara Monger, spokesperson for Kautex, said the company is continuing to proceed with clean up and repairs and are looking to get things “back on track as soon as possible.” The damage is extensive as the roof was peeled off as well as two walls were blown off.

“We have a pretty strict timeline of events that we are adhering to and we are in constant contact with our customers,” she said. “At this point we don’t even have power at the plant and are running off generators.”

On Tuesday, the plant did manage to get one of its production lines running by using the generators. “We are trying as hard as we can to get things up and back on line. We need that and so do our customers.”

Last Wednesday, Environment Canada’s Storm team confirmed two separate tornadoes touched down. The first tornado, a confirmed F1, touched down in LaSalle around 7:06 p.m. bringing winds from 135- 175 km/hr. The storm gained power and by 7:15 p.m. it had become an F2 tornado when it hit the industrial areas around E.C. Row and Central Avenue. It carried winds between 200 – 220 km/hr.

On the weekend, members of the Windsor Essex County Canoe Club grabbed their kayaks, canoes and boats and headed out to Peche Island to clean up the debris dropped by the tornado. Club president Stacey Adam said most of the debris was roofing material likely from the Kautex plant. The club collected close to 60 bags and are planning to go back Thursday to finish the cleanup.

Transit Windsor continues to detour its Central 3 route which normally travels through Deziel Drive, Kautex Drive and Mannhein Way. The detour will now see the route only travel to Rhodes Drive avoiding the affected areas. Gary Brown, manager of operations with Transit Windsor, said they are monitoring the area but at this point those roads are still closed.

Damage costs from the storms are still being tallied. Steve Kee, director of media and digital communications with Insurance Bureau of Canada said they are still dealing with insurance companies submitting claims. The IBC is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, auto and business insurers.

Severe summer storm in Alberta & Saskatchewan causes close to $65 million in insured damage

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports a severe storm that swept through Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan during the third week of July has resulted in nearly $65 million in insured damage according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ).

From July 15 – 16, a low pressure system caused heavy rainfall, large hail, and localized flash flooding in parts of southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan. This system caused significant hail damage in Lethbridge, AB and localized flooding in Calgary, AB and Arbour Lake, AB. This storm also brought over 60mm of rain to Swift Current, SK in less than one hour.

“This is yet another example of severe weather events causing extensive damage in our region,” said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western and Pacific, IBC. “This has been an active summer across the Prairies and it reinforces the need for Canadians to understand their insurance policies and to have an emergency preparedness plan for when bad weather strikes.”

Most damage was reported to have occurred in Alberta. Damage to homes and autos in that province, largely due to hail, resulted in upwards of $59 million in claims alone. This storm follows a previous system that hit the Prairies a week earlier which resulted in more than $48 million in insured damage.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 120,000 Canadians, pays $8.2 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 billion.

For media releases and more information, visit IBC’s Media Centre at If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC’s Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.

About CatIQ
Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) delivers detailed analytical and meteorological information on Canadian natural and man-made catastrophes. Through its online subscription-based platform, CatIQ combines comprehensive insured loss indices and other related information to better serve the needs of the insurance and reinsurance industries, public sector and other stakeholders. To learn more, visit

If you require more information, IBC spokespeople are available to discuss the details in this media release.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

Central & northern Alberta rocked by extreme weather; emergency alert issued for Westlock, Alta.

Parts of central Alberta were slammed with severe weather Monday evening.

The Alberta government issued an emergency alert for Westlock after heavy rain caused significant flooding in the central Alberta town.

Just after 7 p.m., officials said the town’s emergency and operations staff were “on scene dealing with the incident.”

Area residents were asked to avoid all flooded areas and not to drive past any roadblocks.

The town of Westlock is about a one-hour drive northwest of Edmonton.

Flooding was also being reported by viewers in Onoway, about a 45-minute drive southwest of Westlock, and in Buck Lake, which is about a 90-minute drive southwest of Edmonton. The extent of flooding in those communities is unknown

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