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Thursday, December 8, 2016

napping-downy

A downy woodpecker takes a nap near the suet feeder

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 34 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 3-6 mph. Relative humidity is 77%, dewpoint 27, barometric pressure 29.85” and falling slowly. We have 1.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 38, and the overnight low was 29.

Forecast:

A weak trough of low pressure over nortHern Québec this morning will drag a weak cold front through the region today bringing showers of rain and/or snow to the region. Much colder air will move south from Canada tonight with high temperatures from Friday through Sunday only in the 20s. A weak ridge of high pressure will be over the region on Saturday, with fair and dry weather expected. There will be chance for snow showers across the region from Sunday
through Wednesday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with snow showers maybe mixing with drizzle in valley locations. Highs will be near 35F with winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50% with snow accumulations of less than 1″. Tonight should be cloudy with snow showers or flurries. Lows will be around 24F with winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 50% with snow accumulations of less than 1″.

Friday should bring a few snow showers scattered about the area in the morning, otherwise it’ll be mosly cloudy. Highs will be around 25F with winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 30%. Friday night should be cloudy with lows around 14F and winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday’s looking cloudy and chilly with highs around 21F and winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 13F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 40 and a low of 22.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 36 and lows of 22.
The record high was 58°F in 1927.
The record low was -10°F in 1906.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:15 AM EST
Sunset: 4:12 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 03m
Length of Day: 8h 57m
Tomorrow will be 0m57s shorter.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8.4 days old with 60% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:03 PM EST
Moonset: 12:23 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

I posted this photo on my Photography blog yesterday, but thought I’d share it here for those of you who don’t subscribe to that blog (nudge-nudge!) This little female downy woodpecker has been hanging around our suet feeder for the past several days. She will fly in, nibble from the feeder, then hop on to the adjacent birch, tuck her head under her wing and take a little nap. She’ll repeat the process through the day. I was wondering if this was normal behavior, so I consulted Bird Diva, Bridget Butler, about it. She was a tad unsure and looked things up. You can read about what she discovered here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

taft-meadow-copse

A trio of trees form a copse on a steep hay meadow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 32 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 32, barometric pressure 29.92”. We picked up 0.50” of new snow and have 3” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 38, and the overnight low was 24.

Forecast:

A weak trough of low pressure is currently bringing light snow to the region and will continue through the morning commute. Accumulations will be light but will create slippery driving conditions. A strong upper level trough will move through the Great Lakes overnight bringing additional snow showers Thursday into Friday as colder air begins to moves in to the region. Significant lake effect snow accumulations are possible in parts of northern New York with some accumulations over higher elevations of the northern Greens as well. Valley locations in Vermont should only see a dusting to an inch. The weekend is expected to be seasonably cold with scattered snow showers each day.

We’ll see cloudy with snow showers mainly during the morning. Highs will be around 38F with winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 40%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Lows will be around 30F with winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday should be cloudy with snow showers developing in the afternoon. Highs will be around 35F with winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 50%. Thursday night should bring occasional snow showers. Lows will be around 25F with winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 40% with snow accumulations less than 1″.

Friday’s looking cloudy with snow showers mainly during the morning. It’ll be colder with highs around 26F with winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 40%. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with low near 15F and winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 42 and a low of 23.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 36 and lows of 23.
The record high was 67°F in 1998 (we had a high of 64).
The record low was -6°F in 1906.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:14 AM EST
Sunset: 4:12 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 04m
Length of Day: 8h 58m
Tomorrow will be 1m0s shorter.

The Moon is in its first quarter, 7.4 days old with 50% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:31 PM EST
No Moon Set

About Today’s Photo:

A hay meadow hiding above Taft Road offers a nice pitch for some early season turns. The distinctive copse of trees in the middle of the meadow makes for an atmospheric photo opp.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 30mm, ISO 800, f/14, 1/100″ exposure.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

beech-snow

Pale beech leaves with a dusting of snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 30 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 27, barometric pressure 30.15” and rising slowly. We picked up 1” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 3.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was 29.

Forecast:

A weak ridge of high pressure is building into the region this morning and will contribute to a quite day weather-wise. Low pressure moving out of the northern Great Lakes overnight will bring the next chance for snow showers Wednesday morning. Colder air will move into the region Thursday night into the weekend.

We’ll see cloudy skies early with glimpses of sunshine expected late. Highs will be around 35F with light and variable winds. Tonight should be cloudy with late-night snow showers. Lows will be around 27F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 70% with snow accumulations of less than 1″.

Wednesday should be cloudy with snow showers mainly during the morning. Highs will be around 38F with winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 40%. Wednesday night should be cloudy with lows near 30F and winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday should bring some scattered snow showers. Highs will be around 35F with winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 50% with snow accumulations of less than 1″. Thursday night should be partly cloudy early with some snow showers later at night. Lows will be near 25F with winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 50% with snow accumulations of less than 1″.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 42 and a low of 23.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 37 and lows of 23.
The record high was 64°F in 2001 (we had a high of 63).
The record low was -8°F in 1910.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:13 AM EST
Sunset: 4:12 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 05m
Length of Day: 8h 59m
Tomorrow will be 1m5s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 6.4 days old with 39% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:59 AM EST
Moonset: 11:16 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Snow falls on beech leaves in the woods above an undisclosed skiing location…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 19mm, ISO 800, f/10, 1/125″ exposure.

Monday, December 5, 2016

mgr-waterfall

The waterfall at Mad River Glen yesterday morning

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 26 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 25, barometric pressure 29.95” and falling rapidly. We picked up 1.25” of new snow overnight and have 3” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 31, and the overnight low got down to 17.

Forecast:

A weak upper level low and associated weak warm front will lift through the region today bringing widespread light snowfall through midday. The morning
commute should be a bit slippery, so take your time this morning. We’ll be in an active weather patter as we move through the work week with several additional systems bringing renewed chances of light rain and snow through Friday.

Steady snow this morning will diminish to occational snow showers this afternoon. Highs will be around 37F with winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with 1″ to 3″ of snow expected. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with snow flurries and snow showers overnight. Lows will be around 30F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 40%.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy with high around 37F and light and variable winds. Tuesday night should be cloudy with snow showers developing after midnight. Lows will be around 30F with winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 50% with wnow accumulations less than 1″.

Wednesday’s looking mostly cloudy with snow showers around in the morning. Highs will be near 40F with winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 40%. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with lows near 30F and light and variable winds.

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 37 and lows of 24.
The record high was 67°F in 1941.
The record low was -12°F in 1886.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:12 AM EST
Sunset: 4:12 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 06m
Length of Day: 9h 00m
Tomorrow will be 1m8s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5.4 days old with 29% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:25 AM EST
Moonset: 10:10 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

While out earning some turns yesterday at Mad River Glen, I had to pause briefly on my climb to get a shot of the waterfall along the Waterfall Trail. The icicles are just starting to build as they become quite built up and ornate later in the season. FYI, a ski pole makes for a handy monopod for longer exposures!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 21mm, ISO 100, f/13, 1/13″ exposure.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

fargo-brook-snow

A light snowfall along Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 29 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 25, barometric pressure 30.21”. We picked up 1.25” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 2” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was 28.

Forecast:

Cloudy skies and lingering morning snow flurries will give way to partial sunshine later today as a weak ridge of high pressure builds across the region. A weakening upper level trough will spread into the region Monday bringing widespread light snow and flurries. It looks like an active weather pattern for work week ahead with several additional systems bringing renewed chances of light rain and snow.

We’ll see cloudy skies this morning, then partly cloudy skies this afternoon. Highs will be around 30F with winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear then become cloudy after midnight with a few flurries or snow showers possible late. Lows will be around 21F with light and variable winds.

Monday snow during the morning will diminish to snow showers during the afternoon. Highs will be around 35F with winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 80% with snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″. Monday night should be cloudy with snow showers mainly during the evening. Lows will be around 26F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 50%.

Tuesday’s looking partly cloudy with highs around 37F and light and variable winds. Tuesday night should be cloudy with snow showers in the evening and steadier snow likely after midnight. Lows will be around 29F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 70% with around 1″ of snow expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 38 and a low of 27. We picked up 0.16″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 38 and lows of 24.
The record high was 65°F in 1982.
The record low was -17°F in 1940.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:11 AM EST
Sunset: 4:13 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 07m
Length of Day: 9h 01m
Tomorrow will be 1m13s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4.4 days old with 20% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:48 AM EST
Moonset: 9:07 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

It was snowing nicely yesterday morning as I headed down to Fargo Brook to take some photos. Large flakes were falling steadily as I set up my tripod in the streambed. After a dry summer, the brook is finally flowing more than the trickle it’s been for quite some time. I had hoped to get a shotlong shutter speed of smooth water and streaks of snowflakes against the dark background, but that was not to be. Interestingly, I had to shorten the shutter speed to around 1/6″ to get any snowflake streaks. I settled for this shot with a 3.2″ exposure as I like the water better.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 100, f/22, 3.2″ exposure.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

reed-beaver-pond

Common reeds and winterberry holly around a beaver pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 33 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 31, barometric pressure 29.89” and rising rapidly. We picked up 1.25” of wet snow and 0.06” of melted precipitation. We have 1” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 43, and the overnight low was 32.

Forecast:

Low pressure is currently over the Canadian Maritimes putting us on the backside of its influence. Cloudy skies with scattered rain and snow showers will persist
across the region today with partial sunshine possible in the southern valleys by this afternoon. High pressure will build in tonight bringing fairly quiet and seasonable weather by Sunday into early next week with just a slight chance of rain or snow showers on Monday. A more active weather pattern will kick in mid-week.

We’ll see occasxional snow showers today with temperatures nearly steady in the low to mid 30s with winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 80% with about 1″ of snow expected. Tonight should bring more occasional snow showers. Lows will be around 26F with winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 50% with snow accumulations of less than an inch.

Sunday should start out cloudy early, then become partly cloudy in the afternoon. High wil be near 30F with winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy in the evening, then become cloudy overnight. Lows will be around 20F with light and variable winds.

An upper level trough will swing through the region Monday bringing occasional snow showers. High will be around 34F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 50% with wnow accumulations less than 1″. Monday night should be mostly cloudy early, then become partly cloudy after midnight. Lows will be around 24F with light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 40 and a low of 33. We picked up 0.70″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 38 and lows of 25.
The record high was 59°F in 2009 (we had a high of 57).
The record low was -15°F in 1940.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:10 AM EST
Sunset: 4:13 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 08m
Length of Day: 9h 02m
Tomorrow will be 1m17s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 3.5 days old with 13% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:08 AM EST
Moonset: 8:07 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

There’s a bumper crop of common reeds at the edge of the lower beaver pond at my family’s place in Grafton. The red of winterberry holly contrasts nicely with the green of white pine and hemlock along the far shore.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 81mm, ISO 800, f/9, 1/125″ exposure.

Friday, December 2, 2016

oak-leaf-ice

An oak leaf beneath the ice

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 38 degrees and sprinkling a bit under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 36, barometric pressure 29.70”. We picked up 0.30” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 48, and the overnight low was 34.

Forecast:

Deep low pressure moving slowly east through southern Quebec will continue to influence our weather through Saturday with plenty of clouds and periods of higher terrain rain and snow showers. We should see some sun in the later half of the weekend as a ridge of high pressure builds into the region on Sunday bringing fair and dry weather which should continue into the early part of next week.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with periods of rain this afternoon. Snow may mix in at elevations above 1500′. Highs will be around 42F with winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Tonight should be cloudy with snow showers mostly over higher elevations, though snow should eventually reach valley floors before daybreak Sunday. Some rain may mix in early. Lows will be around 33F with winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 80% with 1″ to 3″ of snow expected in Huntington and 4″ to 6″ over mountain summits.

Saturday should be variably cloudy with snow showers. Temperasures will be nearly steady in the mid 30s with winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 70% with 1″ to 3″ of snow expected. Saturday night will bring more lingering snow showers. Low will be around 27F with winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 60% with a dusting to 1″ of snow expected.

Sunday’s looking cloudy early then becoming partly cloudy later in the day. Highs will be around 32F with winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy skies in the evening, then becoming cloudy overnight. Lows will be around 22F with light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 47 and a low of 38. We picked up 0.63″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 39 and lows of 25.
The record high was 62°F in 1914.
The record low was -3°F in 1989.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:09 AM EST
Sunset: 4:13 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 09m
Length of Day: 9h 04m
Tomorrow will be 1m21s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2.6 days old with 7% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:25 AM EST
Moonset: 7:10 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

There are a lot of oaks, both white and red, around my family’s place down in Grafton. This leaf had found itself trapped in the ice at the edge of the lower beaver pond. The dusting of graupel adds to the confection.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm lens, ISO 800, f/3.2, 1/1000″ exposure.