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Monday, December 11, 2017

anne-lace-snow

Dried Queen Anne’s lace becomes a basket of snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 22 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 19, barometric pressure 29.92” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.50” of snow overnight and have 1” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was 22.

There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect (!!!) from 1 am Tuesday to 7 PM EST
Wednesday. Get your snow shovels ready!

Forecast:

Weak high pressure will crest over the region today with any morning light snow showers ending and seasonably cold temperatures expected. A two phase low pressure system will track across the region on Tuesday bringing modest snowfall, then backing and intensify to our northeast on Wednesday and bringing
a more widespread moderate to locally heavy snowfall Wednesday. We could see a two day total of 6″-10″ in our area. Behind this system, a cold airmass settles into the region keeping temperatures below seasonal norms into Friday before temperatures moderate just a bit by next weekend.

Any snow this morning will give way to partly cloudy skies this afternoon. Highs will be near 25F with north winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 100% the snow accumulations of less than one inch. Tonight should be cloudy with snow showers developing after midnight. Lows will be around 16F with ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 50% with snow accumulations of less than one inch.

Tuesday should be cloudy and snowy. Highs will be around 35F with SE winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 100% with snow accumulations of 3″ to 5″. Snow showers will continue into Tuesday night and become steadier overnight. Lows will be around 18F with west winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 70% with snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″.

Wednesday, heavier snow during the morning will taper to snow showers during the afternoon. Highs will be around 21F with WNW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 70% with 1″ to 3″ of snow expected. Wednesday night should bring scattered lingering snow showers during the evening, then become partly to mostly cloudy overnight. Lows will drop to around 6F with west winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 40%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 28 and a low of 7. We picked up 0.50″ of new snow and had 1.75″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 35 and lows of 21.
The record high was 61°F in 1966.
The record low was -13°F in 1958.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:19AM
Sunset: 4:14PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 1m
Length of Day: 8h 54m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 45 seconds shorter

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23 days old with 39% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:26AM
Moonset: 1:04PM

About Today’s Photo:

A light morning snowfall turns a dried Queen Anne’s lace seed head into a basket of snow. The morning sun behind lights the scene.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/3.3, 1/4000″ exposure.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

puddle-ice

Convoluted forms in puddle ice

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:05AM it’s currently 27 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 25, barometric pressure 29.69” and steady. We picked up 0.50” of snow overnight and have 0.50” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 33, and the overnight low was 25.

Forecast:

A weak trough of low pressure moving from the Great Lakes will bring snow showers to much of the region today. Tonight lake effect snow from Lake Ontario will move across parts of the region with minor snow accumulations possible mainly over portions of northern New York. Relatively dry weather is expected on Monday before the next northern clipper low moves across the region Tuesday into Wednesday bringing more widespread light to moderate snowfall. We could see a few inches out of that one. Stay tuned!

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Highs will be around 32F with west winds at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight should be cloudy late-night snow showers. Lows will be around 21F with SW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 50% with perhaps an inch of accumulation.

Monday should bring a few flurries early. It’ll be mostly cloudy early with partial sunshine expected later in the day. Highs will be around 24F with NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Monday night should be cloudy with snow showers developing after midnight. Lows will be around 16F with ESE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 50% with snow accumulations of less than one inch.

Tuesday snow is likely. Highs will be around 30F with ESE winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with snow showers lingering before midnight. Lows will be around 16F with west winds at at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 60%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 21 and a low of 15. We had 1.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 35 and lows of 21.
The record high was 61°F in 1966.
The record low was -9°F in 1958.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:18AM
Sunset: 4:14PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 1m
Length of Day 8h 55m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 49 seconds shorter.

The moon is in its last quarter, 22 days old with 49% illumination.
No moonrise
Moonset: 12:35PM

About Today’s Photo:

A thin skim of ice forms on a driveway puddle. What do you see?

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 32mm, ISO 1600, f/4.9, 1/4000″ exposure.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

beaver-path

A well warn beaver path though the grasses by one of the Taft Road beaver ponds

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:30AM it’s currently 25 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 22, barometric pressure 29.96”. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was 21.

Forecast:

We’re sitting between two weather systems today with a trough of low pressure to our west over the Great Lakes and a nor’easter type low of deeper moisture off the East Coast. The deeper moisture will eventually move westward and bring light snow to Vermont this afternoon and tonight. Areas east of the Greens may see 1-3″ while we’ll see just a trace in the Champlain Valley. The low to our west will move in later tonight and Sunday and bring snow showers to our immediate region with maybe a couple inches. A more widespread snow event is expected Monday night into Wednesday morning as a low pressure system moves down from Canada. Stay tuned!

Morning sunshine will become overcast later today. Highs will be around 34F with light and variable winds. Tonight should be cloudy with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Lows will be around 26F with light and variable winds.

Sunday should be cloudy with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Highs will be around 33F with west winds at 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Lows will be around 17F with west winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Monday’s looking cloudy skies with partial clearing later. Highs will be around 23F with light and variable winds. Monday night should be cloudy with showers developing after midnight. Lows will be around 18F with ESE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 60% with snow accumulations around one inch.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 31 and a low of 19. We had 1.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 36 and lows of 22.
The record high was 61°F in 1966.
The record low was -10°F in 1902.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:17AM
Sunset: 4:14PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 2m
Length of Day: 8h 56m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 54 seconds shorter

The Moon is waning gibbous, 21 days old with 60% illumination
Moonrise: 11:21PM
Mooset: 12:05PM

About Today’s Photo:

The brief warm snap and rain reopened many of the beaver ponds locally, so the beavers got an opportunity to get out of their lodges. Their path is cleary visible through the grasses near the Taft Road pond complex. There’s a stand of young birch at the other end of this path—a preferred source of food for the large rodents.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm @ 14mm, ISO 800, f/18, 1/200″ exposure.

Friday, December 8, 2017

fern-moss

Fern and moss still life

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 28 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 24, barometric pressure 29.94” and steady. We’ve picked up just a dusting of snow. Yesterday’s high was 35, and the overnight low was 23.

Forecast:

Lake effect snow over northern New York and portions of western Vermont will wind on down today as a southerly airflow sets up. A brief ridge of high pressure will build in this evening through Saturday afternoon bringing some breaks in the clouds to start the weekend. Low pressure moving up the coast will spread some light snowfall over Vermont Saturday night into Sunday with highest amounts east of the Greens where a couple of inches may fall. Another low moving in from the Great Lakes will add the potential of a bit more snow west of the Greens Sunday. The next chance for snow arrives Tuesday into Wednesday and we may see a few inches out of that one. Fingers crossed…

We’ll see snow showers this morning with glimpses of sunshine later today. Highs will be around 33F with SW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 40%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 23F and SSW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday should be cloudy with snow showers developing in the afternoon. Highs will be around 34F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 40%. Tomorrow night should be cloudy with snow showers. Lows will be near 25F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 50% with snow accumulations of less than one inch west of the Greens.

Sunday’s looking cloudy with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Highs will be around 32F with west winds at 10 to 20 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy early, with some snow showers arriving later at night. Lows will be around 21F with SW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 60% with snowfall amounts under an inch.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 37 and a low fo 29. We had 1.5″ of snow at the stake.

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: 7:16AM
Sunset: 4:14PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 3m
Length of Day: 8h 57m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 58 seconds shorter

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20 days old with 71% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:12PM
Moonset: 11:30AM

About Today’s Photo:

It’s hard to find color out in the woods these days, but there’s still a bit o’ green. Ferns and mosses will keep their color as the snow piles deep (hopefully!) soon.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 900, f/9, 1/500″ exposure

Thursday, December 7, 2017

ice-print

Ice abstract

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 32 degrees under overcast skies. A few lazy snowflakes are drifting down. Relative humidity is 77%, dewpoint 26, barometric pressure 29.85” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 53 (at 12:30AM) though the daytime high was 39. The overnight low was 32.

Forecast:

Lake effect snow bands will continue to bring snow showers to northern New York through Friday. Some of these bands will reach into Vermont from time to time bringing just scattered flurries. Drier weather is expected going into this weekend with some snow showers returning Sunday as a weakening low pressure system tracks northeastward from the Great Lakes. Temperatures next week trend cooler as a colder air mass moves down to New England from Canada.

We’ll see a few snow showers scattered about the area this morning, otherwise it will be mostly cloudy with highs in the mid 30s and WSW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 50%. Tonight should be cloudy early, followed by partial clearing with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Lows will be around 26F with SW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Friday should be partly cloudy with highs around 33F and SSW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night should be clear to partly cloudy with low around 23F and SSW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday’s looking partly cloudy with highs arounds 36F and light and variable winds. Saturday night should be partly cloudy early, becoming overcast later during the night. Lows will be around 24F with light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 38 and a low of 28. We picked up 0.5″ of new snow and had 3″ at the stake.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:15AM
Sunset: 4:14PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 4m
Length of Day: 8h 58m
Tomorrow will be 1 minutes 2 seconds shorter

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19 days old with 81% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:02PM
Moonset: 10:49AM

About Today’s Photo:

This abstract-ish photo is actually a paw print. I’m guessing a coyote judging by the size and the placement of the prints across the ice. The animal was running across the thin ice surface of a local beaver pond and its feet were breaking through the slushy ice in places. Cold overnight temperatured had allowed for a thin skim of fresh ice to form in the print.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 40mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/160″ exposure.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

beaver-stump

A chewed off birch stump pokes above the ice

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently a breezy and balmy 45 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 4-8 mph. Relative humidity is 74%, dewpoint 37, barometric pressure 30.13” and falling slowly. Yesterday’s high was 44 and the overnight low was 39.

Forecast:

Low pressure over the northern Great Lakes this morning has pushed a warm front will into the region overnight bringing well above average temperatures and windy conditions particularly in the norther Champlain Valley where a wind advisory is in effect. The low will push a cold front through the region later this eveng bringing rain showers this afternoon and into tonight. Behind the front, a gradual trend toward cooler weather is expected by late week with on and off chances of lake effect snow showers and flurries, mainly across the northern mountains and east of Lake Ontario.

We’ll see a few showers early with rain becoming steady this afternoon. Highs will be around 47F with SSE winds at 15 to 25 mph and gusting to 50 mph in the northern Champlain Valley. Chance of rain is 90%. Tonight rain is likely. Lows will be around 33F with SW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 100% with rainfall near a half an inch.

Wednesday should be partly cloudy with temperatures nearly steady in the mid 30s and SW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 29F and SSW winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday’s looking cloudy with highs in the low to mid 30s and WSW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloud with low around 24F and SSW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 34 and a low of 17. We pickd up 1.5″ of new snow and had 3″ at the stake.

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: 7:13AM
Sunset: 4:14PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 6m
Length of Day: 9h 0m
Tomorrow will be 1 minutes 11 seconds shorter

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16.7 days old with 95% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:43PM
Moonset: 9:03AM

About Today’s Photo:

The ice on our local beaver ponds is solidly in place now, so the beavers are pretty much relegated to their lodges for the duration of the winter unless a strong thaw occurs (and that never happens…) This birch stump was once on dry land, but the industrious rodents up along Taft Road have been building their dams higher over the past few seasons, and it’s now in their pond.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/400″ exposure.

Monday, December 4, 2017

upside-down

Bare branches reflected in a layer of water over ice

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 23 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 21, barometric pressure 30.43” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 49, and the overnight low was 22.

Forecast:

High pressure will remain region through this evening with light winds, seasonably mild temperatures and dry conditions. A strong low pressure system moving in from the Great Lakes will spin a warm front throught the region Tuesday bumping temperatures into the upper 40s and low 52 along with breezy
conditions in the Champlain Valley. Then a cold front will cross the region with widespread light to moderate rainfall Tuesday night into Wednesday. Behind the front a gradual trend toward cooler weather is expected later in the week with on and off chances of lake effect snow showers and flurries, mainly across the northern mountains and east of Lake Ontario.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies this morning giving way to partly cloudy skies this afternoon. Highs will be around 44F with SE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be cloudy skies with lows around 37F and SE winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Tuesday should bring rain showers in the morning evolving into a more steady rain in the afternoon. Highs will be around 48F with SSE winds at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Tuesday night should be showery with snow mixing in over higher elevations late. Lows will be near 35F with SSW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 100% with rainfall around a half an inch.

Wednesday should bring some lingering morning flurries or snow showers with a mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. Temperatures should remain nearly steady in the mid 30s with SW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 28F and SW winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 31 and a low of 17. We picked up 1.25″ of snow and had 2″ at the stake.

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: 7:12AM
Sunset: 4:14PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 7m
Length of Day: 9h 2m
Tomorrow will be 1 minutes 15 seconds shorter

The Moon is waning gibbous (lovely full moon last nigth!), 15.5 days old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:40PM
Moonset: 7:56AM

About Today’s Photo:

Warm daytime temperatures create reflective pools of standing water atop ice on a nearby beaver pond.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 109mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/640″ exposure.