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Sunday, December 4, 2016

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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

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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

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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.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

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A broken chrome hinge and graupel

Rabbit-rabbit!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 42 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 41, barometric pressure 29.46” and falling rapidly. We picked up 0.49” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 52, and the overnight low was 42.

Forecast:

Deep low pressure over the Great Lakes this morning will continue to influence the our weather through the next 24 hours as an occluded front pushes through the region. Widespread frontal rains and gusty southeasterly winds earlier this morning have shifted east of the area with some lingering scattered showers currently across eastern Vermont. As we head into the late morning to early afternoon hours, precipitation will increase again in areal coverage and becoming more terrain focused across the ‘Dacks and northern Greens. Winds will shift to the west/southwest, and be fairly gusty up to 25 mph in spots, but not as strong as last night. Temps aloft begin to fall back below freezing by the afternoon as well, with a transition to snow expected above 2000 feet.

Any showers this morning will become a steady light rain during the afternoon hours with snow mixing in above 2000’. Highs will be around 47F with winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Tonight should be cloudy early with some clearing expected late. Lows will be around 36F with winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Friday should be overcast with occasional rain showers and snow mixing in at higher elevations. Highs will be around 42F with winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Friday night should bring intermittent snow or snow showers becoming steadier late at night. Some rain may mix in early. Lows will be around 32F with winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of is snow 60% with 1″ to 3″ of snow expected.

Saturday should bring occasional snow showers. Temperatures will be nearly steady in the low to mid 30s with winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 60% with snow accumulating 1″ to 3″. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with lingering snow showers around before midnight. Lows will be around 27F with winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 50%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 39 and a low of 17.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 39 and lows of 25.
The record high was 64°F in 1934.
The record low was -4°F in 1958.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:08 AM EST
Sunset: 4:13 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 11m
Length of Day: 9h 05m
Tomorrow will be 1m25s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1.6 days old with 3% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:37 AM EST (12/1)
Moonset: 6:18 PM EST (12/1)

About Today’s Photo:

While tramping through the woods at my family’s place in Grafton over Thanksgiving weekend, I came across a rusting chunk of car slowly returning to the soil. This still shiny chromed hinge on the trunk caught my eye. I like the dusting of graupel like powdered sugar.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 40mm, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/160″ exposure.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Winterberries by the beaver pond down in Grafton

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 37 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 36, barometric pressure 29.91”. We picked up 0.40” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 43, and the overnight low was 37.

Forecast:

We’re in a bit of a dry albeit foggy slot between weather systems this morning. Low pressure the Wisconsin/Minnesota border this morning will shift north of the Great Lakes by Thursday morning, and then eastward through southern Ontario on Friday. This will bring unsettled conditions to the region through the end of the work week with rain and some snow at higher elevations. Temperatures will remain above seasonal averages until Saturday when high pressure begins to build in.

We’ll see foggy conditions this morning, then occasional rain showers during the afternoon. Highs will be around 48F with winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Tonight rain is likely. Lows will be around 41F with winds ESE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 100% with rainfall near 1/4″.

Thursday should be cloudy with a few showers later in the day. Highs will be around 46F with winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. Thursday night should bring a few rain showers early mixing with snow showers late over higher elevations. Lows will be around 36F with winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Friday should bring rain showers in the morning becoming a steady light rain in the afternoon. Snow may mix in over higher elevations. Highs will be around 41F with winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Friday night should be variably cloudy with snow showers. Lows should be around 31F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 60% with snowfall around 1″ most likely over higher elevations.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 32 and a low of 14. We picked up 0.50″ of snow and 0.50″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 39 and lows of 26.
The record high was 63°F in 2006 (we had a high of 64).
The record low was -2°F in 1958.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:07 AM EST
Sunset: 4:14 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 12m
Length of Day: 9h 07m
Tomorrow will be 1m28s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1 day old with 0.6% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:45 AM EST
Moonset: 5:31 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata) is the only true holly native to New England. It prefers wetland habits, and its glossy red berries provide an important source of food for a variety of critters. There were large thickets of the holly around the beaver pond at my family’s place in Grafton.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/500″ exposure.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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An iconic view of Camel’s Hump from East Street yesterday afternoon

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 37 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are light out of the south. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 36, barometric pressure 30.03” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.04” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 37, and the overnight low was 23.

There is a Freezing Rain Advisory in effect for our region until 9:00AM. Roads may be slick so drive carefully!

Forecast:

Low pressure moving out the the Great Lakes this morning will bring widespread precipitation to the region this morning before tapering off from west to east this afternoon. Most of the precipitation will be in the form of rain, but areas east of the Greens will see freezing rain and the potential for light ice accumulations before changing over to rain later midday. We’ll see a brief break in the showers early Wednesday before another low moves in bringing widespread rain into the region later Wednesday into Wednesday night. Temperatures will remain above seasonal averages for the period.

We’ll see periods of rain today. Highs will be around 42F with winds SE at 15 to 25 mph gusting to 40mph. Chance of rain is 90% with rainfall around 1/4″. Tonight rain should way to foggy conditions overnight. Lows will be around 41F with winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday should start off foggy with rain developing later in the day. Highs will be around 49F with winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Wednesday night rain is likely. Lows will be around 42F with winds SE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 90% with rainfall near 1/2″.

Thursday’s looking showery in the morning with some clearing in the afternoon. Highs will be around 48F with winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Thursday night should bring a few showers early with mostly cloudy conditions later. Lows will be around 37F with winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 32 and a low of 19.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 40°F and lows of 26°F
The record high was 68°F in 2005 (we had a high of 62).
The record low was 2°F in 1940.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:05 AM EST
Sunset: 4:14 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 13m
Length of Day: 9h 08m
Tomorrow will be 1m33s shorter.

The Moon is new today, 29.4 days old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:51 AM EST
Moonset: 4:50 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

The sun popped out yesterday around midday and Camel’s Hump was gleaming in a coating of rime as I drove up East Street. I just had to stop and take a shot!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 69mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/1000″ exposure.

Monday, November 28, 2016

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A burst cattail at the edge of a beaver pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 30 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 83%, dewpoint 25, barometric pressure 30.17” and rising slowly. We picked up a dusting of crusty snow overnight. Snow at the stake in the front yard is down to bare ground, but we still have a patchy couple of inches in our front field. Yesterday’s high was 36, and the overnight low was 30.

Forecast:

A ridge of high pressure will build into the region today bringing dry weather and increasing amounts of sunshine. The dry weather will be short lived, however, as a large trough of low pressure will move toward the region later tonight into Tuesday. Clouds will be on the increase tonight and precipitation will become widespread across the region during the early and mid morning hours on Tuesday. There may be a brief period of mixed precipitation at the onset, especially east of the Greens, but should change to all rain region wide as a warm front lifts through the region ahead of the low. Unsettled weather will be the rule through the rest of the week as another low moves through Wednesday bringing more rain. Temperatures should be seasonalbly mild through the period.

We’ll see cloudy skies this morning, followed by partial clearing. Highs will be around 36F with light and variable winds. Tonight should be partly cloudy this and become cloudy after midnight with areas of freezing rain possible late especially east of the Greens. Lows will be around 28F with winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday areas of freezing rain are possible early especially east of the Greens, transitioning to all rain by mid morning. Highs will be around 45F with winds SE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 90% with rainfall around 1/4″. Tuesday night should bring a slight chance of a rain showers. It will be mild for this time of year with lows around 41F and winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday, morning showers early should becoming a steady rain later in the day. Highs will be around 49F with wzinds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 90% with rainfall near 1/4″. Wednesday night should bring occasional light rain. Lows will be around 42F with winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 39 and a low of 27. We picked up 0.29″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 40°F and lows of 27°F.
The record high was 68°F in 1990.
The record low was 1°F in 1936.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:04 AM EST
Sunset: 4:15 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 15m
Length of Day: 9h 10m
Tomorrow will be 1m36s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 28.5 days old with 1% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:55 AM EST
Moonset: 4:13 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

The cattails around the beaver pond at my family’s place in Grafton were in various states of intactness. I like the way this one was furry blur dusted with a bit of graupel like some sort of carnival confection.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/4, 1/1300″ exposure.