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Monday, November 19, 2018

two-oak-leaves

A pair of red oak leaves on snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently 34 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 31, barometric pressure 30.12” and falling slowly. We have 6” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 31, and the overnight low was 31.

Forecast:

We’ll see below normal temperatures and chances for light snow Tuesday as a weak coastal low moves to our east. A strong upper disturbance moving in from the Great Lakes Wednesday should bring some snow squalls followed by a sharp cold front and strong Arctic airmass. Temperatures on Thanksgiving will be well a good 20 to 25 degrees below normal with highs struggling to reach 20. Conditions should be mostly dry for Thanksgiving. A ridge of high pressure will initiate a warming trend later in the week heading into the weekend.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today, with a high near 38 and south winds 5 to 7 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Tonight should bring a 30% chance of snow showers. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 27 and calm winds.

Tuesday snow showers are likely mainly before noon. It’ll be cloudy with a high near 31 and calm winds becoming northerly around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with snow accumulation of 1″ to 2″ possible. Tuesday night should bring a 40% chance of snow showers before 10pm. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 18 and west winds around 6 mph.

Wednesday snow showers are likely in the afternoon. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a high near 28 and southwest winds 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with snow accumulations of less 1″ possible. Wednesday night snow showers are likely, mainly before 8:00pm. It’ll be mostly cloudy and cold with a low around 7 and northwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 52 and a low of 29. We picked up 0.35″ of rain and had no snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 30 and a high of 44.
The record low was 10 in 1962.
The record high was 67 in 1941.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:53ASM
Sunset: 4:21PM
Length of day: 9:28:14
Today will be 2:08 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10.8 days old with 83% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:55PM
Moonset: 2:31AM

About Today’s Photo:

When seasons bump up against each other, lovely photo opportunities exist. The snowpack in the woods up at Sleepy Hollow Ski Center are strewn with red oak leaves as the last of these late droppers continue to shed their coppery foliage. I was particularly drawn to the drops of water—melted snow—on the surface of the leaves.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  32mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/640″ exposure.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

oak-leaves-water-snow

Snow, open water, and oak leaves up at Sleep Hollow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently a brisk 10 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 8, barometric pressure 30.39”and rising slowly. We picked up 1.75” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 7” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 39, and the overnight low was 9.

Forecast:

Chilly temperatures expected today as high pressure builds in to the region bringing a couple of days of dry conditions. Our next chance for widespread showers will be on Monday night into Tuesday as an arctic cold front sweeps through the region bringing scattered snow showers. Behind that cold front we’ll see well below normal temperatures as we look forward to a rather chilly Thanksgiving holiday. At this point the upcoming weekend looks to be dry with moderating temperatures.

Clouds will be on the increase today with a high near 29 and calm winds becoming southerly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should bring a 20% chance of snow showers between. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 25 and south winds around 8 mph.

Monday should be mostly cloudy with a high near 37 and south winds 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Monday night should bring a 40% chance of snow showers after 11:00pm. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 25 and light and variable wind. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tuesday should bring a 50% chance of snow showers. It’ll be cloudy with a high near 33 and light and variable winds becoming northwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. New snow accumulation of less 1″ possible. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 17 and light west winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 42 and a low of 15. We had 1″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 31 and a high of 45.
The record low was 14 in 1956.
The record high was 65 in 1953.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:51AM
Sunset: 4:22PM
Length of day: 9:30:23
Today will be 2:11 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9.8 days old with 75% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:29PM
Moonset: 1:28AAM

About Today’s Photo:

Early snow has brought a boon to skiers (like me!) this season as a wonderful base covers much of the region. Fall doesn’t seem to be completely finished however, as late dropping red oaks are still unloading their leaves. The contrast of snow, open water, and coppery oak leaves is quite lovely up at Sleepy Hollow Ski Center.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  21mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/125″ exposure.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

downy-woodpecker

A downy woodpecker on the birch in our side yard

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 32 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm.we have a bit of graupel snizzle coming down with a hint of drizzle as well. We picked up 2” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 6” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was 31.

Forecast:

An upper level shortwave trough will track across the region today bringing isolated to scattered light mountain snow showers. A sharp cold front will sags south out of Canada bringing chilly air Sunday going into the upcoming week. Quiet weather is expected along with below normal temperatures through the
Thanksgiving holiday.

We’ll see scattered snow showers possibly mixing with rain today before 4:00pm, then scattered snow showers going into the evening. It’ll be partly sunny with a high near 38 and west winds 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Tonight should bring scattered snow showers. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 18 and northwest winds 5 to 9 mph becoming light after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Sunday should be mostly sunny with a high near 29 and light and variable winds becoming southwesterly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 23 and south winds around 8 mph.

Monday’s looking mostly cloudy with a high near 35 and southwest winds 3 to 7 mph. Monday night should bring a 30% chance of snow showers late. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 20 and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 33 and a low of 15. We picked up 1″ of snow and had 1″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 31 and a high of 45.
The record low was 8 in 1972.
The record high was 70 in 2006 (we had a high of 68).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:50AM
Sunset: 4:23PM
Length of day: 9:32:34
Today will be 2:13 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9 days old with 66% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:03PM
Moonset: 12:26AM

About Today’s Photo:

We put up our bird feeders the other day, and almost instantaneously, the chickadees found them and started chattering excitedly. Now the usual suspects are in attendance: chickadees, titmice, bluejays, and this downy woodpecker who’s mostly attracted to our suet feeder. It’s wonderful having them back!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  201mm, ISO 1600, f/5, 1/400″ exposure.

Friday, November 16, 2018

hemlock-snow

Snow clings to hemlock twigs in our

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:05AM it’s currently 24 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 22, barometric pressure 29.79” and falling rapidly. We picked up 2.5” of sugary snow overnight and have 4” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 29, and the overnight low was 24.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for our region until 3:00PM this afternoon.

Forecast:

The nor’easter centered over NYC this morning will track up the New England Coast today and continue to produce periods of moderate to heavy snow this morning with widespread 5″ to 10″ expected across our region. The snow should begin to taper off by mid afternoon with another 1″ to 3″ of lingering snow possible through Saturday. High pressure will build in from the Great Lakes Saturday night into Sunday bringing quiet conditions along with well below normal temperatures through Thanksgiving.

We’ll see moderate to heavy snow today before 1:00pm, tapering to snow showers this afternoon. Highs will be near 33 with north winds 5 to 7 mph becoming southerly in the afternoon. Chance of snow is 100% with snow accumulations of 2″ to 4″ possible. Tonight snow showers are likely before 11:00pm then a chance of rain and snow showers between late as warmer air noses in. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 30 and southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ possible.

Saturday should bring a slight chance of snow showers before 7:00am, then a chance of rain showers after 1:00pm. It’ll be partly sunny with a high near 39 and west winds 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Saturday night should bring a 40% chance of rain and snow showers. It’ll be cloudy, becoming partly cloudy with a low around 22 and west winds around 6 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Sunday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 28 and light and variable winds.
Sunday night should bring 50% chance of light snow. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 21 and calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 49 and a low of 33.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 31 and a high of 45.
The record low was 6 in 1967.
The record high was 73 in 1989.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:49AM
Sunset: 4:23PM
Length of day: 9:34:48
Today will be 2:16 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8 days old with 57% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:36PM
No Moonset.

About Today’s Photo:

This shot of snow on hemlocks is from the other day when the snow was wet and heavy. Colder temperatures today have made for a much finer, sugary snow consistency which sticks less to trees. But it makes for great skiing!

Nikon D600, Nikon 14-120mm lens @ 86mm, ISO 800, f/4, 1/640″ exposure.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

ash-berries-snow

Korean Mountain ash berries in the snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently a chilly 11 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 90%, dewpoint 9, barometric pressure 30.62” and steady. We have 2” of crusty snow on the ground. Yesterday’s high was 22, and the overnight low was 9.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for our region from 7:00PM tonight until 3:00PM Friday.

Forecast:

High pressure today will give way as an advancing winter storm as another November Nor’easter rolls up the coast. We’ll see widespread moderate and, at times, heavy snow across the region tonight into Friday morning, with snow totals ranging from 4″ to 9″ through midday on Friday with another round of light snow Friday night. Lingering snow is possible Saturday as well. Cool high pressure will bring quiet conditions coming out of the weekend and into the middle of next week.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a high near 28 and calm winds becoming southeasterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Tonight snow is likely, mainly after 11:00pm. Snow could be heavy at times. Lows will be around 22 with southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with snow accumulation of 3″ to 5″ possible.

Friday snow is likely before noon with a chance of rain and snow between noon and 3:00pm, then snow likely heading towards evening. Highs will be near 35 with light and variable winds becoming northerly around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with snow accumulation of 1″ to 3″ possible. Friday night snow is likely. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 30 and west winds 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ possible.

Saturday’s looking mostly cloudy with a high near 37 and west winds 8 to 11 mph.
Saturday night should bring a 30% chance of snow showers after midnight. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 21 and northwest winds 3 to 5 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 43 and a low of 27.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 31 and a high of 46.
The record low was 11 in 1996.
The record high was 67 in 1956.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:47AM
Sunset: 4:24PM
Length of day: 9:37:04
Today will be 2:18 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is in its first quarter, 7 days old with 47% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:07PM
Moonset: 11:26PM

About Today’s Photo:

The Korean mountain ash in our front yard still sports a few berries that the birds have yet to munch. The bright red contrasts nicely with the crusty snow.

Nikon D600, Nikon 14-120mm lens @ 120mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/200″ exposure.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

pond-ice

First of the season pond ice

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently a brisk 17 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 80%, dewpoint 12, barometric pressure 30.25” and rising rapidly. We picked up an additional 0.5” of snow and 0.17” of melted precipitation, and have 1.5” of crusty snow on the ground. Yesterday’s high was 38, and the overnight low was 17.

Forecast:

High pressure will build into the region today bringing clearing skies and slowly decreasing winds. Temperatures will be on the chilly side with highs mainly in the teens to mid 20s. Tonight should be clear with light winds which, combined with some snow pack in the higher terrain, will help to produces lows ranging from near zero to the mid-teens near Lake Champlain. Thursday’s looking dry and chilly, and then another November Nor’easter is set to bring widespread plowable snow to the region Thursday night into Friday.

Morning clouds should give way to mostly sunny skies today with a high near 24 and northwest winds 13 to 15 mph gusting to 28 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear and cold with a low around 6 and northwest winds 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Thursday should be partly sunny with a high near 28 and calm winds becoming southerly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Thursday night snow is likely. Lows will be around 23 with southeast winds 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with snow accumulation of 1″ to 3″ possible.

Friday snow is likely before 1:00pm with rain and snow likely in the afternoon, transitioning back to snow in the evening. Highs will be near 35 with calm winds becoming westerly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90% with snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ possible. Friday night should bring a 30% chance of snow. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 30 and southwest winds 3 to 5 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 35 and a low of 31.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 32 and a high of 46.
The record low was 10 in 1996.
The record high was 67 in 1959.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:46AM
Sunset: 4:25PM
Length of day: 9:39:22
Today will be 2:20 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 6.2 days old with 38% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:34PM
Moonset: 10:27PM

About Today’s Photo:

With consistent cold temperatures, our pond has frozen over. Before yesterday’s snowfall, the ice set up on calm water creating  wide variety of crystalline shapes and sizes. The “fan” pictured here is a good 20″ long. You can get a sense of its size by the white pine needles and asters imbedded in the ice alongside.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  81mm, ISO 640, f/8, 1/160″ exposure.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

oak-leaf-snow

Fresh snow falling on an oak leaf

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 33 degrees and snowing under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 32, barometric pressure 30.12” and falling slowly. We’ve picked up 1” of dense snow overnight. Yesterday’s high was 43, and the overnight low was 33.

Forecast:

Low pressure moving along the East Coast will bring a mix of rain and wet snow to the region today. We’ll see snow accumulations of an inch or two in the Champlain Valley to 3″ to 6″ in the northern ‘Dacks and NEK of Vermont. A cold front will usher in blustery and colder conditions tonight into Wednesday, with highs mainly in the upper teens to upper 20s. Another coastal system will impact our region on Friday into Saturday with a mix of rain and snow likely.

Morning snow should give way to rain by midday today, then transition back to snow in the late afternoon. Highs will be near 38 with light and variable winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon and gusting to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with total daytime snow accumulations of 1″ to 2″ possible. Tonight should bring a 30% chance of rain and snow showers, tapering off late. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 19 and west winds 13 to 16 mph gusting to 29 mph.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy then gradually becoming sunny with a high near 25 and blustery northwest winds 11 to 16 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly clear and chilly with a low around 12 and northwest winds 8 to 13 mph becoming light north after midnight.

Thursday’s looking mostly sunny and chilly with a high near 29 and calm winds becoming southerly 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Thursday night snow is likely late. Lows will be around 23 with south winds 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 36 and a low of 21.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 32 and a high of 47.
The record low was 14 in 1941.
The record high was 65 in 2012 (we had a high of 65).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:45AM
Sunset: 4:26PM
Length of day: 9:41:43
Today will be 2:23 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5.4 days old with 29% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:57AM
Moonset: 9:29PM

About Today’s Photo:

Things are white this morning! The leaves of the red oak in our front yard sport a lovely mantle of fresh wet snow.

Nikon D600, Nikon 234-120mm lens @ 85mm, ISO 800, f/4, 1/25″ exposure.