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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

philo-witness-tree

A stately “witness tree” along the road on Mt. Philo

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 18 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 16, barometric pressure 29.68” and falling. We picked up 0.75” of snow and have 0.50” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 31, and the overnight low was 16.

Forecast:

A closed upper low and a weak surface low pressure area over the eastern Great Lakes will bring periods of light snow to the region today through Saturday. An Arctic cold front will move south from Canada on Friday and will bring the coldest air of this “winter” season Friday through Sunday night with high temperatures only in the single digits above zero on Saturday and Sunday and below zero temperatures expected Saturday night.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with light snow likely mainly this morning. We could see additional snow accumulations of a dusting to 1″. Highs will be in the upper 20s with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 60%. Tonight should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 20 with light and variable winds.

Wednesday should be cloudy with snow showers likely mainly in the afternoon. We could see snow accumulations of a dusting to 2″. Highs will be in the lower 30s with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 60%. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 15 with light and variable winds.

Thursday’s looking cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be around 19 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows around zero.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 23 and a low of 8. We picked up 0.50″ of new snow and had 20.75″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 11.
The record high was 53°F in 1925.
The record low was -28°F in 1934.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:00 AM EST
Sunset: 5:12 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 11m
Length of Day: 10h 11m
Tomorrow will be 2m43s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 22h old with 1% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:27 AM EST
Moonset: 6:47 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

On our way down Mt. Philo on Sunday, we came across this stately “witness tree” sugar maple in a clearing along the road. It seemed as if the park caretakers had gone to special lengths to accommodate this giant, clearing the underbrush and removing competing trees from around it. “Witness trees” were often left by farmers to mark the edges or corners of property lines. I’d wager this tree was at least 200 years old.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/500″ exposure.

Monday, February 8, 2016

lake-champlain-philo

Looking west across Lake Champlain from Mt. Philo yesterday morning

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 19 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 17, barometric pressure 29.91” and falling slowly. Yesterday’s high was 35, and the overnight low was 17.

Forecast:

A weak ridge of high pressure will keep the region dry on today before a deepening trough of low pressure produces widespread light snow for Monday night into Wednesday. Total snow accumulations will range from a dusting to several inches possible in the mountains during this time period.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 40% chance of light snow this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 20s with easterly winds around 10 mph this morning, becoming light and variable. Tonight light snow is likely with snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ possible overnight. Lows will be in the lower 20s with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 70%.

Tuesday should be cloudy with light snow likely mainly in the morning. We my see total snow accumulations of 2″ to 4″ by midday. Highs will be in the mid 20s with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 60%. Tuesday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 20 with light and variable winds.

Wednesday’s looking cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the upper 20s with light and variable winds. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Lows will be 10 to 15.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 20 and a low of 17. We picked up 3″ of new snow and had 21″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 11.
The record high was 51°F in 1925.
The record low was -25°F in 1934.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:02 AM EST
Sunset: 5:10 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 09m
Length of Day: 10h 08m
Tomorrow will be 2m44s longer.

The Moon is new, 29d 11h old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:48 AM EST
Moonset: 5:35 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

It was a hazy and snow-free Champlain Valley that greeted us from the top of Mt. Phil yesterday morning. The open waters of the Lake and completely bare fields are a tad unusual for this time of year…

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 9mm, ISO 800, f/14, 1/320″ exposure.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

sharp-shin-bluejay

A sharp-shinned hawk makes a morning meal of bluejay

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 31 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 76%, dewpoint 24, barometric pressure 30.13” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 36, and the overnight low was 31.

Forecast:

A weak ridge of high pressure currently cresting over the region this morning will give way to a low pressure system that will pass well to our north. This will produced some isolated to scattered showers across northern New York and Vermont. To begin the work week expect a pattern that will see off and on light snow through the middle week.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a 20% chance of snow showers in the morning. Highs will be in the mid 30s with west winds around 10 mph in the morning, becoming light and variable. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 19 and light and variable winds.

Monday should be mostly cloudy with highs around 30 and light and variable winds. Monday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers as the aforementioned low approaches from the Great Lakes. Lows will be around 20.

Tuesday should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be around 30. Tuesday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the lower 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 20 and a low of 9. We picked up 3.25″ of new snow and had 21.50″ at that stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 11.
The record high was 49°F in 2005 (we had a high of 45).
The record low was -27°F in 1993.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:03 AM EST
Sunset: 5:09 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 06m
Length of Day: 10h 05m
Tomorrow will be 2m42s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 28d 11h old with 2% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:06 AM EST
Moonset: 4:24 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

I posted this photo on my photography blog yesterday. My breakfast yesterday morning was disturbed by the sound of bluejays screaming outside the windows by the feeders. Looking out, I saw them scatter as a fast moving shape slammed one of them to the ground. A sharp-shinned hawk had found its breakfast!

The hawk flew the still struggling jay over to underneath the apple trees near the brook to finish its prey off. I was able to get a few shots from the living room window before it flew off into the woods to finish its meal.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/250″ exposure.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

shield-lichen

Shield lichen adds a spot of color to cherry bark along Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 24 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. A few lazy snowflakes are drifting down. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 21, barometric pressure 30.27. Yesterday’s high was 31, and the overnight low was 15.

Forecast:

Weak surface ridging over the region will come to an end this afternoon as an upper level trough tracks east of James Bay. This will produced some isolated to scattered showers across the northern areas of New York and Vermont. The rest of the weekend will be relatively quiet with seasonably colder temperatures.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with highs in the mid 30s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 20s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers in the morning. Highs will be in the mid 30s with west winds around 10 mph in the morning, becoming light and variable. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 19 and light and variable winds.

Monday’s looking mostly cloudy with highs around 30 and light and variable winds. An upper level trough over the western Great Lakes will move slowly eastward on Monday night bringing cloudy skies and a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 20.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 18 and a low of -16. We had 19″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 11.
The record high was 50°F in 2005 (we had a high of 55).
The record low was -24°F in 1993.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:04 AM EST
Sunset: 5:07 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 04m
Length of Day: 10h 03m
Tomorrow will be 2m40s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27d 11h old with 6% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:19 AM EST
Moonset: 3:18 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Rough speckled shield lichen adds a colorful burst to ruddy cherry bark on a tree along Fargo Brook.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 55mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/25″ exposure.

Friday, February 5, 2016

fargo-water

Clear water flowing in wide open Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 29 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 82%, dewpoint 24, barometric pressure 30.17” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 57 (at midnight Thursday morning), and the overnight low was 28.

Forecast:

Low pressure passing east of Cape Cod today will deliver a glancing blow of wet precipitation to southern parts of Vermont and Massachusetts today, but we’ll see dry and seasonable conditions up here in the north.

We’ll see cloudy this morning, becoming partly sunny this afternoon. Highs will be around 30 with northwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 18 and northwest winds around 10 mph, becoming westerly after midnight.

Saturday should be cloudy with highs in the upper 30s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night should be cloudy with lows in the mid 20s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with a 40% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the lower 30s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 10 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 28 and a low of -12. We picked up 4.75″ of new snow and had 21″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 28 and lows of 11.
The record high was 51°F in 1991.
The record low was -27°F in 1908.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:05 AM EST
Sunset: 5:06 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 01m
Length of Day: 10h 00m
Tomorrow will be 2m39s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 26d 11h old with 11% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:28 AM EST
Moonset: 2:17 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Fargo Brook is pretty much wide open where it runs behind our house. There’s still a little edge ice in places…

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 77mm, ISO 200, f/9, 1/13″ exposure.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

orange-slime-mold

Bright beads of orange slime mold pop against the moss and back of this fallen branch

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:05AM it’s currently 40 degrees under overcasts skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 38, barometric pressure 29.88” and rising. We picked up 0.30” of rain in the past 24hrs. What remaining pockets of snow we may have had yesterday are now entirely gone. Yesterday’s high was 57 (at midnight last night), and the overnight low was 40.

A local sugar maker was boiling yesterday, and Burlington set another high temperature record yesterday making it 5 new record highs from December 1st through today… Weird stuff…

Forecast:

Mild temperatures will continue today as a cold front makes its way across the region this afternoon. Behind this front a return to cooler, more seasonal weather is expected by Friday and into the upcoming weekend. The next chance of more widespread precipitation occurs by Saturday night as another cold front and scattered snow showers move in.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with a 30% chance of rain showers this morning. Highs will remain more or less steady—in the lower 40s—with west winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with lows in the mid 20s and northwest winds around 10 mph.

Friday should be mostly cloudy in the morning, then become partly sunny. Highs will be in the upper 20s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 19 and west winds around 10 mph.

Saturday’s looking mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 30s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers as the aforementioned cold front moves through. Lows will be in the mid 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 30 and a low of 14. We had 17.75″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 28 and lows of 11 (up a degree).
The record high was 52°F in 1991.
The record low was -26°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:07 AM EST
Sunset: 5:05 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 59m
Length of Day: 9h 57m
Tomorrow will be 2m37s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25d 10h old with 19% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:34 AM EST
Moonset: 1:23 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

This fallen tree branch was covered with these tiny slime mold heads—about 0.5mm across—that popped against the green and grey of the branch.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 81mm, ISO 400, f/5.4, 1/100″ exposure.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

fern-moss

Fern moss capsules peek above eroding snow in the woods across Fargo Brook.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:55AM it’s currently a blustery 36 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 4-7 mph. Relative humidity is 69%, dewpoint 26, barometric pressure 30.09” and falling rapidly. We picked up a trace of freezing rain in the past couple of hours. Bare ground at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 24, and the overnight low was 22.

Forecast:

We’re on the cusp of an unseasonably was and warm day. Low pressure currently out over the Great Lakes will track northeastward south James Bay by this evening placing us squarely on the warm side of a fair amount of precipitation of the wet sort. We’ll see rain, sleet, or snow this morning, changing over to all rain this afternoon as temperatures climb through the day. It’ll be breezy and much warmer with highs in the lower 50s and south winds 15 to 25 mph gusting up to 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is near 100%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers mainly until midnight. Lows will be in the upper 30s with southwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph.

High pressure will build in Thursday brining partly sunny skies. It’ll still be unseasonably mild with highs in the mid 40s and west winds 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 20s and northwest winds around 10 mph.

Friday’s looking partly sunny with highs around 30 and northwest winds around 10 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 19 and a low of -17. We picked up 1.75″ of new snow and had 18.50″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 28 and lows of 10.
The record high was 49°F in 1991.
The record low was -25°F in 1971.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:08 AM EST
Sunset: 5:03 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 56m
Length of Day: 9h 55m
Tomorrow will be 2m35s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24d 10h old with 28% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:37 AM EST
Moonset: 12:36 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

With the snow eroding in the woods, mosses and other ground cover are peeking up. Not necessarily a good thing, as many species of ground covering plants rely on snowpack to protect them from midwinter cold. Not that we’ve seen much of that either…

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 30mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/40″ exposure.

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