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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

fox-tracks

A nice set of red fox tracks in Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 35 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 3-6 mph. Relative humidity is 75%, dewpoint 27, barometric pressure 29.96 and rising slowly. We picked up 0.75” of heavy sleety snow overnight and have 1.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 40, and the overnight low was 34.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 1:00PM EST this afternoon.

Forecast:

The low that delivered last night’s precipitation is moving to the east this morning while another low south of Long Island early this morning will move slowly eastward south of New England today keeping us cloudy with some lingering precipitation possible. High pressure will build in Thursday and dominate the weather for the upcoming weekend. Temperatures will remain well above seasonal averages for the period.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 50% chance of snow or rain. Highs will be in the mid 30s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow or rain mainly until midnight. Temperatures will remain near steady in the lower 30s with south winds around 10 mph.

Thursday should be cloudy with a slight chance of freezing drizzle in the morning. Highs will be in the upper 30s with light and variable winds. Thursday night should be cloudy with lows in the upper 20s and light and variable winds.

Friday should be mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 30s and light and variable winds. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 25 and a low of 9. We picked up 3″ of new snow and had 3.5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 53°F in 1996.
The record low was -24°F in 1974.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:22 AM EST
Sunset: 4:42 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 24m
Length of Day: 9h 20m
Tomorrow will be 1m59s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20.7 days old with 65% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:39 PM EST
Moonset: 10:46 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Fresh snow (remember that?) offers a great opportunity to see who’s been doing what outside. Streams like Fargo Brook are natural corridors for animal travel, and I’ll often find quite a few tracks of different species nearby. This set of red fox tracks was just about perfect. The fox seemed to be walking carefully placing its hind paws directly in its front prints (called direct registering) as it traveled along the ice upstream. A pair of squirrel prints are at the lower right of the image.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/160″ exposure.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

jewel

A small chunk of clear ice perched on a stone along the Winooski River

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 17 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 15, barometric pressure 30.27” and rising slowly. We have a 0.25” dusting of snow at the stake but the ground is mostly bare. Yesterday’s high was 37, and the overnight low was 16.

There’s a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for our region from 4:00PM this afternoon to 1:00PM EST Wednesday.

Forecast:

Low pressure will move northeast through the eastern Great Lakes today and up the St. Lawrence Valley tonight and Wednesday. A mix of wintry precipitation will begin in northern New York late today, and spread eastward across Vermont overnight, and continue area-wide through Wednesday. East central Vermont should be the big winner getting 4″-6″ while the Champlain Valley may see only an inch or two. High pressure will build in late Thursday bringing dry and unseasonably warm weather through the weekend.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a 50% chance of snow and sleet this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 30s with light and variable winds, becoming southeasterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight snow and sleet are likely with accumulations of 2″ to 4″. Temperatures will remain near steady at around 30 with southeast winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is near 100%.

Wednesday should be cloudy with snow likely mainly in the morning. Total snow accumulations of 3″ to 5″ are possible and it’ll be the heavy dense stuff. Highs will be in the mid 30s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 70%. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Temperatures will be near steady in the lower 30s with south winds around 10 mph.

Thursday’s looking cloudy with a 30% chance of rain or snow showers. Highs will be around 40 with light and variable winds. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 30 and a low of 20. We picked up 0.18″ of rain and had 1″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 56°F in 1889.
The record low was -22°F in 1974.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:23 AM EST
Sunset: 4:41 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 22m
Length of Day: 9h 18m
Tomorrow will be 1m55s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19.8 days old with 74% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:39 PM EST
Moonset: 10:18 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

I took a stroll along the banks of the Winooski River in Richmond yesterday. This small chunk (mayber and inch or two long) of clear ice caught my eye as it glistened in the midday sun. It wasn’t until I looked at it on my computer that I saw that the ice was perched on small stone!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 32mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/6.3, 1/5000″ exposure.

Monday, January 16, 2017

beaver-food-ice

Stockpiled food under the ice by the beaver lodge on Gillette Pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 18 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 15, barometric pressure 30.38” and just starting to drop. We picked up 1” of fluffy snow yesterday during the morning and have about 0.5” at the stake this morning. Yesterday’s high was 24, and the overnight low was 8.

Forecast:

High pressure over the region this morning will deliver mostly sunny skies today and into Tuesday. Low pressure moving out of the Ohio River valley Tuesday will set the stage for another round of mixed precipitation Tuesday night into Wednesday. Dry and unseasonably be warm condition are on tap for the remainder of the work week.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the lower 30s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be clear until midnight, then becoming partly cloudy. Lows will be around 20 with southwest winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with a chance of rain or snow in the afternoon as the aforementioned low approaches. Highs will be in the mid 30s with light and variable winds, becoming southeasterly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Tuesday night snow or rain likely with some light snow accumulation possible. Lows will be in the upper 20s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Wednesday snow transitioning to rain is likely. Highs will be in the upper 30s with southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow or rain showers. Lows will be around 30.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 37 and a low of 22. We had 1.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 63°F in 1995.
The record low was -21°F in 2009 (we had a low of -20).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:23 AM EST
Sunset: 4:40 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 20m
Length of Day: 9h 16m
Tomorrow will be 1m52s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 18.8 days old with 82% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:37 PM EST
Moonset: 9:49 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

There’s an active beaver lodge on the eastern shore of Gillette pond about halfway down the main arm. In the fall, beavers will stockpile branches and twigs near their lodge to get them through the winter. The stockpile was plain to see through the clear ice the other day.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @14mm, ISO 800, f/10, 1/200″ exposure.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

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Rocks and ice at Gillette Pond yesterday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:25AM it’s currently 23 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 82%, dewpoint 19, barometric pressure 30.33” and rising slowly. We’ve picked up a 0.25” dusting of snow. Just that quarter inch at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 23, and the overnight low was 23.

Forecast:

An upper level disturbance will move across the area this morning bringing light snow to the northern ‘Dack York and the northern half of Vermont. Expect just a dusting. High pressure will build into the region from Canada this afternoon and remain over the area through Monday bringing drier weather and a warming trend into the middle of next week.

We’ll see cloudy skies with light snow likely this morning, then partly sunny skies this afternoon. Snow accumulation should be a dusting to 1″. Highs will be in the lower 20s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 70%. Tonight shoud be partly cloudy until midnight, then clearing. Lows will be around 11 with light and variable winds.

Monday should be sunny with highs in the lower 30s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 18 and southwest winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday’s looking partly sunny and seasonably mild with highs in the upper 30s and southeast winds around 10 mph. Another low pressure system moving out of the Ohio River Valley will approach Tuesday night bringing snow, sleet, or a chance of rain. Light snow accumulations are possible. Lows will be in the upper 20s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 31 and a low of 9. We had 2.25″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 66°F in 1995.
The record low was -30°F in 1957.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:24 AM EST
Sunset: 4:39 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 19m
Length of Day: 9h 14m
Tomorrow will be 1m50s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17.8 days old with 89% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:33 PM EST
Moonset: 9:18 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

We went for a skate on Gillette Pond yesterday. The ice was in great shape after having been “Zambonied” by the recent warm temperatures and rain and then flash frozen overnight. There’s a good 5″-6″ of clear ice across the pond and the skating was great!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 800, f/14, 1/200″ exposure.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

frost-feathers-twigs

Frost feathers bloom on leaf stems above Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:25AM it’s currently 3 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 0, barometric pressure 30.69” and falling slowly. Yesterday’s daytime high was 31 (down from 46 at midnight), and the overnight low was 3. Zilch on snow.

Forecast:

High pressure over the entire northeast today will deliver lenty of sunshine and temperatures a few degrees below seasonal averages. An upper level disturbance will drop down from Canada later tonight into the first half of Sunday bringing increasing clouds and a chance of snow showers to the northern ‘Dacks and the north central and northeast portions of Vermont. High pressure will build back into the region Sunday night into Monday bringing dry weather, then a warming trend will begin on Monday with high temperatures a few degrees above normal.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with highs in the lower 20s and light and variable winds. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 14 and light and variable winds, becoming westerly around 10 mph after midnight.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy in the morning, then become partly sunny. Highs will be in the lower 20s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows around 7 and light and variable winds.

Monday’s looking mostly sunny with highs in the lower 30s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 20.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 24 and a low of 2. We had 2.25″ of snow on the ground.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and a low of 10.
The record high was 60°F in 1995.
The record low was -26°F in 1914.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:24 AM EST
Sunset: 4:37 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 17m
Length of Day: 9h 12m
Tomorrow will be 1m45s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16.8 days old with 95% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:27 PM EST
Moonset: 8:42 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Delicate frost feathers bloom on poplar leaf stems embedded in the snow along Fargo Brook.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/125″ exposure.

Friday, January 13, 2017

adirondack-stark

Looking west from General Stark Mtn. over the Champlain valley to the High Peaks of the Adirondacks

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:10AM it’s currently 31 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Wind are out of the west at 0-4 mph. Relative humidity is 72%, dewpoint 23, barometric pressure 30.29” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.02” of rain in the past 24hrs and have lost all our snow. Yesterday’s high was 54, and the overnight low was 31.

Forecast:

Roller coaster goes up, roller coaster goes down. Now it’s heading down. Colder air will be moving into the region today behind a cold front that moved through last night. High temperatures will top out this morning then fall throughout the day. Morning clouds and mountain snow showers will give way to clearing skies this afternoon. High pressure will build down from Canada tonight and Saturday bringing below normal temperatures to the area through the entire weekend. Time to break out the ice skates!

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning with a slight chance of snow showers, then partly sunny skies this afternoon. Highs will top our around 30 then fall to around 18 this afternoon with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows around zero and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday should be mostly sunny with highs around 19 and light and variable winds. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 14 and southwest winds around 10 mph.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the lower 20s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows around 10 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 23 and a low of 1. We picked up 3.25″ of snow and had 3.25″ at the stake. Yup, more snow last year than now. Not a good sign…

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 60°F in 1932.
The record low was -23°F in 1914.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:25 AM EST
Sunset: 4:36 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 16m
Length of Day: 9h 11m
Tomorrow will be 1m42s longer.
The Moon is waning gibbous, 15.7 days old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:19 PM EST (1/13)
Moonset: 8:01 AM EST (1/13)

About Today’s Photo:

Here’s another view from the top of General Stark Mtn. at the top of Mad River Glen. This time we’re looking west across the (snowless) Champlain Valley, the open waters of Lake Champlain, and to the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in the ‘Dacks can be seen just about in the center of the ridgeline.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 28mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/1600″ exposure.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

hump-starks-nest

A fine view of Camel’s Hump yesterday from the porch of the Stark’s Nest at the top of the Mad River Glen Single Chair

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 48 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 3-7 mph. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 45, barometric pressure 29.84” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.09” of rain overnight and still have 2” of snow at the stake, though our front south-facing field is bare. Yesterday’s high was 48, and the overnight low was 40.

Forecast:

Low pressure moving out of the Ohio River valley this morning towards the northeast will pass to our north today bringing more rain today. Highs will be around 50 with south winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. They’re be a break in the rain later this morning but a cold front pushing through tonight will bring another round of showers through the region until midnight. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a chance of snow late in higher elevations. Lows will drop into the mid 20s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Friday should be partly sunny with a slight chance of snow showers in the morning. High pressure will be building in bringing cooler temperatures with highs in the upper 20s falling to around 17 in the afternoon. Winds will be northwesterly at 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Friday night should be mostly clear and much colder with lows around -2 below and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

Saturday’s looking mostly sunny with highs around 17 and light and variable winds. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 10 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 28 and a low of 10. We picked up 0.25″ of snow and had 0.25″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 55°F in 1980.
The record low was -23°F in 1968.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:25 AM EST
Sunset: 4:35 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 14m
Length of Day: 9h 09m
Tomorrow will be 1m39s longer.

The Moon is the full “Wolf” moon (Northeast Native American, Medieval Wiccan), 14 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:11 PM EST
Moonset: 7:13 AM EST
Other names for this month’s full moon include: “Winter” (Colonial American), “Old” (English), “Quiet” (Celtic), and “Ice” (Neo-Pagan Wiccan).

About Today’s Photo:

Yesterday’s bluebird conditions made for a fine portrait of Camel’s Hump from the porch of the Stark’s Nest at the top of the Mad River Glen Single Chair.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 73mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/2000″ exposure.