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Sunday, March 26, 2017

chickadee

A fine chickadee in the studio hemlock

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 10 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 8, barometric pressure 30.50” and steady. We picked up a 0.01” trace of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 36, and the overnight low was 9.

There is a Freezing Rain Advisory in effect from 7:00PM this evening to
11:00AM EDT Monday.

Forecast:

We’ve got an active and damp weather pattern ahead of us for the next couple of days. High pressure over the region this morning will give way to unsettled and warmer weather for tonight and Monday as developing low pressure over the central U.S. pushes a warm front northward through the region. Periods of freezing rain over the western slopes of the Greens and eastward tonight into Monday will transition to all rain by Monday afternoon. A second trough will move through Tuesday bringing more rain and ending as snow Tuesday night.

We’ll see sunny this morning, then mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 30s with southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 20%. Tonight rain is likely with a slight chance of freezing rain, then rain likely after midnight. We may see ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch. Lows will be in the lower 30s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Monday should bring freezing rain in the morning changing over to all rain. We may see ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch. Highs will be in the lower 40s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is near 100%. Monday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of rain showers. Lows will be in the upper 30s with south winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday rain showers are likely. Highs will be in the upper 40s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain or snow showers. Lows will be in the lower 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 47 and a low of 27.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 44 and lows of 26.
The record high was 71°F in 1945.
The record low was -4°F in 1960.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:43 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:12 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 26m
Length of Day: 12h 28m
Tomorrow will be 3m4s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27.6 days old with 4% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:06 AM EDT
Moonset: 5:40 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Chickadees have been singing their distictive three-note spring song since the shortly after the winter solstice. But the lengthening days have really cranked up their singing as they prepare for the breeding season.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/500″ exposure.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

afternoon-snow

Rosy afternoon sunshine casts long shadows on unbroken snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 32 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 31, barometric pressure 30.23” and rising rapidly. We picked up 3” of snow, 0.50” of sleet, and 0.13” of rain in the past 24hrs (quite the messy, now frozen, blend). We have 13” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 35, and the overnight low was 32.

Forecast:

High pressure building in from the north today will push the frontal boundary which brought yesterday’s messy mix south of the area allowing for some afternoon sunshine mainly across central and northern areas. A clear and cold night is expected tonight with low temperatures widely varying from the single digits to the upper teens above zero. Unsettled and warmer weather returns for the end of the weekend as developing low pressure over the central U.S. pushes the front back north Sunday afternoon into Monday bringing periods of rain, snow, and mixed precipitation into the upcoming week.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of snow this morning. Highs will be in the upper 30s with north winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be clear with lows around 10 above and north winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Sunday should start out partly sunny in the morning, then become mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain or a slight chance of sleet in the afternoon. Highs will be around 40 with light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Sunday night rain or sleet are likely with little or no sleet accumulation expected. Lows will be in the lower 30s with southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Monday rain is likely. Highs will be around 40 with southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Monday night rain is likely. Lows will be in the mid 30s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 54 and a low of 29. We picked up 0.16″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 44 and lows of 26.
The record high was 68°F in 1987.
The record low was 0°F in 1960.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:45 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:10 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 23m
Length of Day: 12h 25m
Tomorrow will be 3m5s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26.5 days old with 10% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:32 AM EDT
Moonset: 4:31 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Rosy late afternoon sunshine casts longs shadows across the unbroken snow of our front field.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 162mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/800″ exposure.

Friday, March 24, 2017

redwing

A redwing blackbird hides in the hemlock by the studio stairs

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 32 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the SW at 0-7 mph, and it just started snowing. Relative humidity is 33%, dewpoint 9, barometric pressure 30.37” and falling. Snowpack is 11.5”. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was 18.

Forecast:

We’ve got an active weather pattern ahead of us for the next several days. A warm front will lift through the region today bringing a mixed bag of precipitation types with snow changing to rain today through tonight. The precipitation will push south of the area on Saturday, but then a cold front will move across the region late Saturday night and into Sunday and Monday bringing a renewed mix of rain, sleet, and snow.

We’ll see a chance of snow this morning, then snow or rain this afternoon. We may see snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ before the transition. Highs will be in the upper 30s with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Tonight should be cloudy with rain until midnight then a chance of snow or rain after midnight. We may see additional snow accumulations of a dusting to 1″. Lows will be in the upper 20s with southwest winds around 10 mph, becoming northwesterly after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with a chance of snow in the morning, then a slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs will be around 40 with north winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Saturday night should be mostly clear with lows around 16 with light and variable winds.

Sunday rain is likely or a chance of light snow. Expect little or no snow accumulation. Highs will be in the upper 30s with southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Sunday night rain or sleet are likely with little or no sleet accumulation. Lows will be in the lower 30s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 42 and a low of 27. We picked up 0.07″ of rain and 0.75″ of snow. The woodcocks had returned.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 43 and lows of 24.
The record high was 66°F in 1979.
The record low was -6°F in 1896.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:47 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:09 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 20m
Length of Day: 12h 22m
Tomorrow will be 3m5s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25.5 days old with 17% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:56 AM EDT
Moonset: 3:24 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I’m sure many of you have seen or heard the chattering of redwing blackbirds recently as they’ve returned to the region. Our feeder attract them (along with their common grackle buddies) and they hide in the hemlock by my studio stairs before heading to the feeder. It’s a little challenging getting a clear shot of them through the branches—kind of like playing hide ‘n’ seek.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/500″ exposure.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

tree-cicles

Icicles form on spruce boughs atop Bald Hill

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently -1 (minus 1) degree under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint -3, barometric pressure 30.53” and rising. We picked up 0.75” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 11.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 33 (and midnight 3/22), and the overnight low was -2.

Forecast:

High pressure will crest over the region this afternoon bringing mostly sunny skies and light winds. Temperatures will moderate a bit, with daytime highs mainly in the upper 20s to lower 30s. A warm front will approach from the southwest on Friday bringing overcast skies and a wintry precipitation mix across the regin. Some light accumulations of snow and sleet are expected Friday morning before transitioning to mostly rain later in the day. The front should stall and linger into the weekend with additional chances for mixed precipitationa and rain.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the mid 20s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become mostly cloudy. Lows will be around 18 with west winds around 10 mph, becoming southerly after midnight.

Friday should bring snow in the morning transitioning to snow, sleet, or rain in the afternoon. We may see snow and sleet accumulation of 1″ to 3″ before the changeover to rain. Highs will be in the mid 30s with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Friday night rain or a chance of snow or sleet are likely. Expect little or no additional snow accumulation. Lows will be in the lower 30s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Saturday’s looking cloudy with a 40% chance of rain, snow, or sleet. Highs will be around 40 with north winds around 10 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 20.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 45 and a low of 29. We picked up 0.05″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 43 and lows of 25.
The record high was 81°F in 2012 (we had a high of 80).
The record low was 1°F in 1934.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:49 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:08 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 17m
Length of Day: 12h 19m
Tomorrow will be 3m4s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24.6 days old with 25% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:16 AM EDT
Moonset: 2:21 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Along the south facing ridge of Bald Hill, I came across a couple of spruce trees that had these interesting icicles hanging from their boughs. I was taken with the angle of their, well, dangle, as they weren’t hanging straight down, but rather at a bit of an angle. I figured they’d formed when the air was just starting to cool in the afternoon as the warm March sun worked the snowpack on the boughs. Perhaps then they were pointing straight down. The next day, the sun went to work again melting the snow and allowing the boughs to spring up a bit creating the angle. Go figure…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 32mm, ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/1600″ exposure.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

hump-from-bald

Camel’s Hump from the top of Bald Hill

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:00AM it’s currently a blustery 18 degrees and snowing under overcast skies. Winds are out of the west at 5-8 mph. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 15, barometric pressure 29.98” and rising rapidly. We’ve picked up 2.25” of snow and 0.02” of rain in the past 24hrs. We have 12” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 39, and the overnight low was 18.

Forecast:

An Arctic cold front moving across Vermont and New York during the pre-dawn hours will bring in much colder air today along with strong and gusty northwesterly winds. Flurries will end this morning, with a few icy spots possible on roadways. Afternoon temperatures will generally range from the upper teens to lower 20s. High pressure moving in for Thursday will result in lighter
winds and moderating temperatures. A warm front will arrive on Friday bringing increasing clouds and mixed wintry precipitation across the region.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with snow showers likely this morning, then partly sunny skies with a slight chance of snow showers this afternoon. We’ve already seen 2.25″ here and might see a tad more. It’ll be brisk with highs only around 16 with northwest winds 15 to 25 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Chance of snow is 70%. Tonight should be mostly clear with a slight chance of snow showers until midnight. Lows will be around 7 above with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

Thursday should be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 20s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 17 and southwest winds around 10 mph.

Friday snow and sleet likely with light snow accumulations possible in the morning. Highs will be in the mid 30s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Friday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain, snow, sleet, or freezing rain. Lows will be in the upper 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 44 and a low of 22.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 42 and lows of 24.
The record high was 81°F in 2012 (we had a high of 80).
The record low was 1°F in 1885.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:50 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:07 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 14m
Length of Day: 12h 16m
Tomorrow will be 3m6s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23.6 days old with 35% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:33 AM EDT
Moonset: 1:22 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I and some intrepid friends made the ascent of Bald Hill on a bluebird day over the weekend. Camel’s Hump was in fine form across the Burrows Trail saddle. And yes, the ski back down was sensational!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 21mm, ISO 800, f/14, 1/400″ exposure.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

snow-antenna

Two twigs emerge from the snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:40AM it’s currently 31 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 90%, dewpoint 29, barometric pressure 29.92” and falling slowly. Snowpack is 11” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 47, and the overnight low was 30.

Forecast:

A weak upper level trough will move eastward across the region today bringing clouds and a few rain or snow showers. An Arctic front follows tonight, bringing
a period of late evening snow showers or localized snow squalls, followed by gusty northwest winds and much colder temperatures. Highs on Wednesday will only reach the upper teens to lower 20s across northern New York and Vermont. High pressure returns Thursday along with moderating temperatures.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a chance of snow showers this morning, then a chance of snow or rain showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 40s with light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 9 above with west winds around 10 mph, becoming northwesterly 15 to 20 mph and gusting up to 30 mph after midnight.

Wednesday should be partly sunny with a 50% chance of snow showers mainly in the morning. Highs will only be around 18 with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 6 above and northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

Thursday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the mid 20s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows 10 to 15.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 40 and a low of 23.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 42 and lows of 24.
The record high was 81°F in 2012 (we had a high of 80).
The record low was -2°F in 2007 (we had a low of -5).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:52 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:05 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 11m
Length of Day: 12h 13m
Tomorrow will be 3m5s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 22.7 days old with 44.5% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:46 AM EDT
Moonset: 12:28 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Fluffy snow, warm temperatures, and a strong March sun make for some interesting creations. These two twigs, once bent under the snowpack, have sprung up leaving interesting trenches in the snow. Reminds me a bit of a cicada with two antennae.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/800″ exposure.

Monday, March 20, 2017: The Vernal Equinox

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A pom-pom sporting tree

Happy Spring!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 11 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 90%, dewpoint 8, barometric pressure 30.22” and rising slowly. Snowpack is down to 12.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 44, and the overnight low was 9.

Forecast:

High pressure will deliver another dry and seasonable day today, with just some advancing high level clouds moving in from the west this afternoon. A weak upper
level trough will bring a chance of snow showers later tonight into Tuesday, especially across the northern mountains. A strong Arctic cold front moving in from Quebec will bring additional snow showers or possible snow squalls to the area during the first half of Tuesday night. Seasonably cold and dry weather will follow Wednesday and Thursday.

We’ll see sunny skies this morning, then partly cloudy skies this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 40s with light and variable winds. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 20s with light and variable winds. Chance of snow 40 percent with only a dusting to an inch over higher terrain expected.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers in the morning, then partly sunny with a slight chance of rain or snow showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 30s with light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers as a cold front swings through. Lows will be around 10 above with west winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

Wednesday should be partly sunny with a 30% chance of snow showers. Highs will be around 14 with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows zero to 5 above zero.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 40 and a low of 10.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 41 and lows of 24.
The record high was 80°F in 2012 (we had a high of 79).
The record low was -2°F in 1949.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:54 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:04 PM EDT
Length of Visible Ligh: 13h 07m
Length of Day: 12h 10m
Tomorrow will be 3m4s longer.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 21.8 days old with 53% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:56 AM EDT
Moonset: 11:40 AM EDT

The Spring or Vernal Equinox occurred this morning at 6:28AM. This is the point in the earth’s orbit around the sun when the tilt of its axis is perpendicular to the plane of the sun allowing for equal amounts of day and night time at the equator. It also marks the astronomical beginning of spring. You can read more about equinoxes here.

Here’s a handy diagram:

seasons_solstice_equinox_NASA

About Today’s Photo:

I came across this pom-pom sporting tree along the trail heading to Bald Hill the other day. In the deep snow, a ball like structure had managed to stick to this tree. As the snowpack consolidated and compressed in the strong March sun, the ball remained attached to the tree.  Kinda neat!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 61mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/8000″ exposure.