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Saturday, January 18, 2020

snow-stem-arch

A bent stem casts its shadow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 0 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint -3, barometric pressure 30.61” and dropping rapidly. We have 6.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 12, and the overnight low got down to -10.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for our region from 1:00PM today until 4:00PM Sunday.

Forecast:

After a chilly and clear start to the day, temperatures will begin to warm today as low pressure approaching from the Great Lakes lifts a warm front through the region along with a widespread snowfall. The heaviest snowfall should start around 4:00-6:00PM here in Vermont and continue into the first part of tonight, before tapering off through the day Sunday. Snowfall amounts will be between 3″-7″ are expected region wide with the lowest totals in the Champlain valley and the highest amounts across higher terrain of the northern ‘Dacks and Greens. Polar high pressure will build in behind the departing low Sunday night and dominate our weather for much of the upcoming week with quieter conditions and below normal temperatures expected for the first half of next week.

We’ll see increasing clouds today with snow likely this afternoon. Highs will be near 18 with calm winds becoming southeasterly 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80% with total daytime snow accumulation of less than 1″ expected. Tonight should be cloudy with snow, heavy at times. Temperature will be rising to around 26 by 5:00am on southeast winds 10 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with new snow accumulations of 2″ to 4″ possible.

Sunday should be cloudy with snow showers likely, mainly before 1:00pm. Highs will top our at around 29 by 11:00am, then begin falling to around 18 during the remainder of the day. Winds will be out of the south at 11 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulation of 1″ to 2″ possible. Sunday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of lingering mountain snow showers. Lows will be around 9 with north winds around 9 mph.

M.L. King Day, Monday, should be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 17 and west winds 7 to 10 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 0 and west winds 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 31 and a low of 13. We had 9.75″ of snow at the stake.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:22AM
Sunset: 4:41POM
Length of day: 9:18:59
Today will be 1:53 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23 days old with 41% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:05AM
Moonset: 12:02PM

About Today’s Photo:

Yesterday’s bright (and chilly!) sunshine made for some great shadow chasing out in our front field. This bent goldenrod stem casts a parabolic arch across the snow.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/10, 1/1300″ exposure.

Friday, January 17, 2020

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A red squirrel dives for seeds beneath our feeder

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 0 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint -4, barometric pressure 30.68” and rising rapidly. We picked up 6.2” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 8” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was 0.

Forecast:

Chilly Arctic high pressure building into the region this morning will deliver a brief period of dry weather with below normal temperatures and clearing skies today. Low pressure moving through the Saint Lawrence valley over the weekend will bring another round of plowable snow to the region late Saturday through Sunday morning. Snow accumulations from this systems should be on the order of 3″-8″ with the lowest amounts in the central and northern Champlain Valley, and the highest amounts along the southern Greens and ‘Dacks. Quieter weather with below normal temperatures is expected for the first half of next week.

We’ll have a chilly day today with partly sunny skies and a high only near 8 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting to 26 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy and cold with a low around -6 and north winds 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with snow likely in the afternoon. Highs will be near 23 with light and variable winds becoming southeasterly 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulations of 1″ to 2″ possible. Saturday night should be cloudy wit snow likely. Lows will be around 20 with southeast winds 11 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with new snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ possible.

Sunday should be cloudy with snow showers. Highs will be near 33 with south winds 10 to 15 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70% with new snow accumulations of less than 1″ expected. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 9 with northwest winds around 7 mph gusting to 20 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 16 and a low of -9. We picked up 0.25″ of new snow and had 10″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -22 in 1974.
The record high was 52 in 1990.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:23AM
Sunset: 4:40PM
Length of day: 9:17:06
Today will be 1:49 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 22 days old with 52% illumination.
No Moonrise
Moonset: 11:34AM

About Today’s Photo:

One of our attendant red squirrels was busy yesterday morning diving for sunflower seeds hidden beneath the fresh snow. I watched him as he repeatedly disappeared beneath the snow only to suddenly pop up—snow dusted—with his prize.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/400″ exposure.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

brook-ice

Brook ice Rorschach test anyone?

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 31 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 30, barometric pressure 29.79” and falling rapidly. We picked up 3.5” of fairly dense “snowball-able” snow overnight and have 3.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 38, and the overnight low was 31.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for our region until 7:00PM tonight.

Forecast:

Low pressure approaching from the southern Great Lakes this morning will pass over central New England today continuing and enhancing our accumulating snowfall through most of the day today. Most areas will see snow totals between 2″ and 6″, with 6″ to 10″ across the northern ‘Dacks and northern Greens. Gusty northwest winds will develop this afternoon behind the departing low causing blowing and drifting snow and bringing in much colder air. Daytime highs will top out around midday today and start dropping sharply later this afternoon. Cold Canadian high pressure will deliver below normal temperatures Friday and Friday night with early morning lows on Saturday expected to be below zero region-wide. Low pressure moving out the Great Lakes on Saturday will bring another round of accumulating snow Saturday evening into Sunday. Quiet but chilly conditions are expected for the first half of the next week.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with snow  and areas of blowing snow this afternoon. Temperature will top out in the low 30s around noon and fall to around 20 by 5:00pm. Winds will be northwesterly at 5 to 10 mph increasing to 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon and gusting to 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with new daytime snow accumulations of 3″ to 5″ possible. Tonight should be cloudy with lingering snow showers. Lows will be around 0 with blustery northwest winds at 18 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with new snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ possible.

Friday should be mostly sunny and cold with a high near 10 and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a low around -8 and northwest winds 5 to 10 mph becoming light northerly after midnight.

Saturday should be cloudy with snow likely in the afternoon. Highs will be near 25 with light east winds becoming southeasterly 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70% with new snow accumulations of less than 1″ expected. Saturday night should be cloudy with snow likely. Lows will be around 20 with south winds 13 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with new snow accumulations in the 1″-3″ range.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 32 and a low of 6. We had 10.25″ at the stake.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:24AM
Sunset: 4:39PM
Length of day: 9:15:16
Today will be 1:46 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 21 days old with 63% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:52PM
Moonset: 11:07AM

About Today’s Photo:

Thin ice on Fargo Brooks creates and interesting pattern against the rocks. Rorschach test anyone? What do you see?

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

ice-noodles-water

More interesting and beautiful ice formations in Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 33 degrees and drizzling just a bit under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 33, barometric pressure 30.11” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.07” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 38 (at around midnight last night), and the overnight low was 33.

There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect for our region from 11:00PM tonight until 7:00PM Thursday.

Forecast:

We’ve got some active weather on tap for the North Country starting tonight and continuing into the weekend. Low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes today will bring widespread accumulating snows later tonight through Thursday evening. Winter Storm Warnings and Watches have been posted for much of Vermont and northern New York. Locally we may see 6″-10″ of snow along with gusty winds which will compound travel impacts during tomorrow’s commute. Very cold air will move into the region behind the departing low Thursday night into Friday with daytime highs on Friday will only be in the 5 to 15 degree range, and lows Friday night below zero region wide. Another low pressure system will move into the region Saturday into Sunday bringing more widespread snow to the region. Looks like winter is staging a comeback! Stay tuned!

We’ll see cloud skies today with a slight chance of rain or snow this morning. Highs will be near 35 with west winds 5 to 7 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with snow likely after 10:00pm. Lows will be around 30 with calm winds becoming southeasterly 5 to 7 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 100% with new snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ possible.

Thursday should be cloudy with snow likely and areas of blowing snow in the afternoon. Highs will be near 31 with northwest winds 7 to 17 mph gusting to 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with new snow accumulations of 3″ to 5″ possible. Thursday night should cloudy with a chance of snow before 7:00pm tapering to mountain showers late. Lows will be around 0 with northwest winds around 17 mph gusting to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40% with new snow accumulations of around 1″ possible.

Friday’s looking mostly sunny and cold with a high near 9 and northwest winds 9 to 14 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a low around -7 with north winds 3 to 8 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 28 and a low of 0. We had 11″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -30 in 1957 (brrrr!)
The record high was 66 in 1995.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:24AM
Sunset: 4:38PM
Length of day: 9:13:30
Today will be 1:43 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19.8 days old with 74% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:38PM
Moonset: 10:39AM

About Today’s Photo:

Yesterday I shared some “ice bells”, today, how about some “ice pasta” shapes? Where the bells were likely formed by a slow accretion of ice as placid water levels dropped, these shapes are more likely formed by the splash of fast moving water rushing beneath. I like the way the slow shutter speed captures the splashing of the water.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  55mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/10″ exposure.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

ice-bells

“Ice bells” in Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 25 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 23, barometric pressure 30.37” and steady. We picked up a light sifting of snow overnight. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was 24.

Forecast:

Active weather will be the rule for most of this week. A shortwave trough will pass to our north later today bringing another round of light snow across the North Country this evening and overnight along with the potential for some light freezing drizzle later tonight into early Wednesday. A more potent low pressure system will move across the area from the Great Lakes Wednesday night into Thursday bringing accumulating snow to the region. Forecasts are calling for 2″-4″ in valley locations with 4″-7″ over higher elevations of the ‘Dacks and northern Greens. Frigid Canadian high pressure will build in behind the departing low Thursday night through Friday night delivering daytime highs in the single digits Friday and overnight low below zero for Friday night. Another potent low pressure system will push through the Ohio River valley Saturday and develop into a coastal low Saturday night into Sunday bringing another round of accumulating snow to the region. This may be a good one! Stay tuned!

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a slight chance of snow showers this evening. Highs will be near 34 with calm winds becoming southerly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be cloudy with snow likely before midnight, perhaps mixing with freezing drizzle late. Lows will be around 31 with south winds 8 to 10 mph becoming southwesterly after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ expected.

Wednesday should be cloudy with a chance of snow showers and freezing drizzle before noon, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers between noon and 1:00pm. Highs will be near 36 with west winds 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30% with little or no snow accumulation expected. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a 70% chance of rain and snow early, then snow likely overnight. Lows will be around 26 with light and variable winds becoming southerly 5 to 10 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70% with new snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ possible.

Thursday should be cloudy with snow showers likely. Highs will be near 34 with northwest winds 9 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with new snow accumulations of 2″ to 4″ possible. Thursday night should be cloudy with a 30% chance of lingering snow showers. Lows will be drop to around 0 with northwest winds around 15 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 21 and a low of -10. We had 11.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -25 in 1957.
The record high was 60 in 1995.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:25AM
Sunset: 4:36PM
Length of day: 9:11:46
Today will be 1:39 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 18.7 days old with 83% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:24PM
Moonset: 10:10AM

About Today’s Photo:

Nature has quite the knack for creating some beautiful forms as she works her alchemy through water and ice. These perfect little “ice bells” formed on a stick along the edge of Fargo Brook Sunday night as stream water receded in chilly air allowing the water to slowly create the shapes. There were many such interesting creations along the cut bank side of the brook.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  84mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/15″ exposure.

Monday, January 13, 2020

tamarack-cones

Tamarack cones in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 25 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint 22, barometric pressure 30.41” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.05” of rain in the past 24hrs and just a hint of snow. Yesterday’s high was 37, and the overnight low was 19.

Forecast:

A shortwave trough will pass north and west of the region today bringing the potential for some light snow and light freezing drizzle this afternoon. Dry weather is expected for Tuesday, and then another low pressure system will bring additional light precipitation later Wednesday into Thursday. Chilly Canadian high pressure will build in for Thursday bringing below normal temperatures to the region Thursday night and Friday. Yet another more potent low pressure system will move toward the region this weekend. This system looks to have the potential to produce fairly widespread snow across northern New England late Saturday into Sunday. Stay tuned!

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a 30% chance of snow and freezing drizzle this afternoon. Highs will be near 33 with south winds 5 to 8 mph. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. Tonight should be cloudy with a 30% chance of snow and freezing drizzle, mainly before 8:00pm. Lows will be around 21 with southwest winds around 6 mph becoming light and variable. Little or no snow accumulation is expected.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with a 30% chance of rain and snow showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 36 with calm winds becoming southeasterly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. Tuesday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain and snow showers. Lows will be around 33 with southeast winds 9 to 11 mph becoming southwesterly after midnight. New snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ are expected.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with a high near 38 and west winds 5 to 8 mph.
Wednesday night should be cloudy with snow showers likely after 1:00am. Lows will be around 26 with calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 14 and a low of -13. We had 12″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -20 in 1957.
The record high was 55 in 2005 (we had a high of 62).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:25AM
Sunset: 4:35PM
Length of day: 9:10:07
Today will be 1:35 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17.6 days old with 91% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:08PM
Moonset: 9:38AM

About Today’s Photo:

Tamarack cones await the spring on the tree in our font field.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

subnivian-trails

Critter trails emerging from beneath the snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 32 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are out of the southwest at 2-4 mph. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 31, barometric pressure 29.68” and steady. We picked up 1.09” of rain in the past 24hrs and have seemed to escape any icing. We’re back down to bare ground at the snow stake however. Yesterday’s high topped out at 59 around 2:00PM, and the overnight low was 32.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for our region until 1:00PM today, and a Flood Watch in effect until 7:00PM tonight.

Forecast:

Morning radar imagery shows a band of heavy showers currently tracking though the Hudson River valley and southern Vermont, with more showers and freezing rain signals back to the west and north. We can expect rain, freezing rain, sleet, and gusty winds today, with snow showers later this afternoon. Ice accumulations are still expected this morning across the far northern portions of New York and Vermont, and area waterways will continue to rise with the threat of flooding across much of the North Country. The low pressure system responsible for this weather will move east of the region this afternoon and some lingering snow showers are expected this afternoon into this evening. High pressure will build in later tonight and Monday for drier weather, with another chance for rain/snow showers on Tuesday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with rain or freezing rain before 11:00am, then rain and snow showers likely between 11:00am and 2:00pm, then a chance of snow showers after 2:00pm. Highs will be near 35 with southwest winds 7 to 17 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90% with total daytime ice accumulations of less than a 0.10″ expected. Total daytime snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ are expected. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers before 8:00pm. Lows will be around 15 with north winds 9 to 14 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Monday should be partly sunny with a high near 33 and southeast winds 6 to 8 mph becoming southwesterly in the afternoon. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 23 and calm winds.

Tuesday should be cloudy with a 40% chance of rain and snow showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 39 with calm winds. Tuesday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain and snow showers. Lows will be around 31 with southeast winds around 6 mph becoming southwesterly after midnight. New precipitation amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 15 and a low if -13. We had 14″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -23 in 1968.
The record high was 61 in 2018 (we had a high of 63).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:26AM
Sunset: 4:34PM
Length of day: 9:08:31
Today will be 1:32 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16.4 days old with 96% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:52PM
Moonset: 9:00AM

About Today’s Photo:

As the snow melted yesterday, I came across these critter tunnels emerging. Voles, shrews, and mice remain active all winter long, moving in the “subnivean” layer through a series of tunnels dug beneath the surface of the snow. The subnivean world offers some protection from predators, and a way for these little mammals to navigate from food cache to food cache. If you look closely at the image above, you can see the tiny footprints! I’m not entirely sure if these are vole or shrew tunnels.

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