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Monday, March 2, 2015

Look who came to visit yesterday afternoon!

Look who came to visit yesterday afternoon!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:30AM it’s currently 20 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 18, barometric pressure 29.99”. We picked up 3.5” of fluffy snow overnight and have 23” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was a balmy 30, and the overnight low was 19.

Forecast:

Scattered light snow showers will continue through the morning hours before tapering off this afternoon as high pressure builds into the region tonight. We’ll see cloudy skies with numerous snow showers this morning. Expect additional snow accumulations of a dusting to 2 inches. Highs will be in the upper 20s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph this afternoon. Chance of snow is 70%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with isolated snow showers until midnight, then mostly clear after midnight. It’ll be brisk once again with lows around 1 above and northwest winds 15 to 25 mph.

Tuesday should start out sunny in the morning, then become cloudy with a chance of snow in the afternoon as the next low moves our way from the Great Lakes. Highs will be in the lower 20s with light and variable winds becoming southerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of snow is 50%. Tuesday night snow is likely as the low moves well to our north putting us on the warm side of a southerly airflow. Expect light snow accumulations on the order of 1-3″ possible. Lows will be in the lower 20s with south winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is near 100%.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy and much warmer with highs around 40 and west winds 15 to 20 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 10 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 30 and a low of -4. We picked up 1.75″ of new snow and had 16″ on the ground.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 35 and lows of 17.
The record high was 58°F in 1991.
The record low was -18°F in 1980.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:27 AM EST
Sunset: 5:41 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 12h 11m
Length of Day: 11h 13m
Tomorrow will be 3m2s longer.

Then Moon is waxing gibbous, 11d, 12h old with 91% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:03 PM EST
Moonset: 4:34 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Our pal the barred owl was back yesterday afternoon, making himself (herself?) very comfortable on the top of our feeder stand for a good two hours. He seemed to be most interested in the goings on right below the feeder, no doubt waiting for a juicy mouse or other rodent to make its appearance. At times it looked like he was napping. Interestingly, none of the little birds seemed to mind too much that he was there, as the chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, and even cardinals happily munched at our other feeders just a few feet away from the owl.

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 330mm, ISO 1250, f/5.6, 1/200″ exposure.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

More shadows on snow...

More shadows on snow…

Rabbit-rabbit!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:10AM it’s currently 7 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Wind are calm. Relative humidity is 90%, dewpoint 5 barometric pressure 30.61” and starting to fall slowly. We have 19.75” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was a splendid 26, and the overnight low got down to -5.

Forecast:

The high pressure that brought us the past two blue-bird days is now east of the region. A weak trough of low pressure will move through the region today. We’ll see cloudy skies with a 50% chance of snow this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 20s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight will bring more consistent snow with accumulations of a dusting to 2 inches overnight. Lows will be around 19 with south winds 10 to 15 mph, becoming southwesterly after midnight. Chance of snow is 90%.

Monday should start out cloudy with snow likely in the morning diminishing to a chance of lingering snow showers in the afternoon. Total snow accumulations from this event should be on the order of 1 to 3 inches. High pressure will build in behind the departing low bringing breezy conditions with highs in the upper 20s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph, increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Monday night should be partly cloudy and brisk with lows -2 below to 4 above zero with northwest winds 20 to 25 mph gusting up to 35 mph.

Tuesday should start out partly sunny with increasing clouds and a 40% chance of snow towards the end of the day as another, warmer, juicier low approaches from the Great Lakes. Highs will be in the mid 20s during the day with south winds around 10 mph. Tuesday night should bring snow with light snow accumulation possible overnight. It’ll be breezy with lows in the lower 20s. Chance of snow is 90%.

At this point, it looks like the snow will continue into Wednesday morning possibly mixing with sleet or rain later Wednesday. Stay tuned…

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 31 and a low of -6. We had 14.50″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 34 and lows of 16.
The record high was 59°F in 1954.
The record low was -14°F in 1948.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:29 AM EST
Sunset: 5:39 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 12h 08m
Length of Day: 11h 10m
Tomorrow will be 3m2s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10d 13h old with 85% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:07 PM EST
Moonset: 3:57 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Another shot of shadows on snow…

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Shadows bend and tuck across a snow covered stream

Shadows bend and tuck across a snow covered stream

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently -8 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint -11, barometric pressure 30.75” and rising. We have 20” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was a lovely 21, and the overnight low was -10.

Forecast:

High pressure continues to build into the region this morning and will bring us sunny skies this morning, then partly sunny skies this afternoon. Highs will rebound much like they did yesterday into the lower 20s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy and less chilly with lows around 4 above with southwest winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Sunday should start out partly sunny in the morning, then become mostly cloudy with a 40% of snow in the afternoon as a low pressure wave approaches from the Ohio River valley. Highs will be in the upper 20s with south winds around 10 mph. Snow will continue into Sunday night with light snow accumulations on the order of 2-3″ possible. Lows will be around 17 with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 80%.

Monday should be cloudy with a 50% chance of lingering snow showers. Highs will be in the upper 20s with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy and chilly with lows around zero.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 17 and a low of -10. We picked up 1.25″ of new snow and had 15″ at the stake.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 34 and lows of 16.
The record high was 55°F in 1903.
The record low was -17°F in 1920.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:31 AM EST
Sunset: 5:38 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 12h 05m
Length of Day: 11h 07m
Tomorrow will be 3m1s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9d 12h old with 77% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:11 PM EST
Moonset: 3:15 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

As I’m out on the snow these days,  I find myself captivated by shadows in the bright sunlight. I love the subtle curves…

Friday, February 27, 2015

Drifted snow and shadows up near Crow Hill

Drifted snow and shadows up near Crow Hill

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:35AM it’s currently -11 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint -15, barometric pressure 30.36” and rising rapidly. We have 20” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 13, and the overnight low was -11.

Forecast:

Arctic high pressure is currently building into the region and will deliver cold and quiet weather through early Sunday. We’ll see partly sunny skies with highs around 12 today with light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy and cold with lows around -3 below with light and variable winds.

Saturday should be mostly sunny and a bit milder with highs around 19 and southwest winds around 10 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 2 above and light and variable winds.

Sunday should start out partly sunny, but then become cloudy with a 40% chance of snow as a weak area of low pressure moves in from the Great Lakes. Highs will be in the mid 20s with south winds around 10 mph. Sunday night snow likely with light overnight snow accumulations possible. Lows will be seasonable (haven’t used that word too much this winter…) at around 20. Chance of snow is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 22 and a low of -4. We had 14″ of snow on the ground.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 34 and lows of 16.
The record high was 57°F in 2000 (we had a high of 61).
The record low was -21°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:33 AM EST
Sunset: 5:37 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 12h 02m
Length of Day: 11h 04m
Tomorrow will be 3m1s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8d 11h old with 68% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:18 PM EST
Moonset: 2:27 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

The texture of the snow in the woods is luscious right now. With a good 3 feet of coverage and a creamy texture, it makes for divine backcountry skiing!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bear claw marks on a beech tree up near Bald Hill

Bear claw marks on a beech tree up near Bald Hill

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 2 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 80%, dewpoint -3, barometric pressure 30.14” and steady. We picked up just the barest dusting of snow in the past 24hrs and have 20” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 26, and the overnight low was -4.

Forecast:

Surface high pressure will ridge over the region today through Saturday night bringing dry weather and below normal temperatures. We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs only around 9 above with north winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy and cold with lows -2 below to -8 below zero with northwest winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Friday should be mostly sunny with highs around 10 above and light and variable winds. Friday night should be partly cloudy and cold with lows -5 below to 1 above zero with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny and milder with highs around 18 and southwest winds around 10 mph. Saturday night should be mostly clear and cold with lows around zero.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 19 and a low of -4. We picked up 0.25″ of new snow and had 14″ on the ground,

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 34 and lows of 15.
The record high was 60°F in 1957.
The record low was -19°F in 1970.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:34 AM EST
Sunset: 5:35 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 59m
Length of Day: 11h 01m
Tomorrow will be 3m1s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 7d 13h old with 59% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:27 AM EST
Moonset: 1:34 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Up near Bald Hill yesterday, I friend and I came across several beech trees that showed evidence of bears climbing to munch on succulent beechnuts. This one was a particularly good example.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A snow filled bird's nest along the Honey Hollow trail

A snow filled bird’s nest along the Honey Hollow trail

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:45AM it’s currently a balmy 15 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 70%, dewpoint 7, barometric pressure 29.72” and steady. We have 20.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 18, and the overnight low was 3.

Forecast:

An area of low pressure over Quebec will pass north of the region today. The low will drag another Arctic cold front through the region later today along with a chance of snow showers. We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with a 30% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the lower 20s with south winds around 10 mph, becoming westerly and gusting up to 25 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy and cold once again with lows around -5 below with northwest winds around 10 mph.

High pressure will build in Thursday and dominate the weather into the weekend. We’ll see partly sunny skies in the morning, then cloudy skies in the afternoon. It’ll be cold with highs only around 6 above with light and variable winds. Thursday night should be cloudy an cold with lows -1 below to -11 below zero with light and variable winds.

Friday’s looking partly sunny and continues cold with highs only around 9 above with light and variable winds. Friday night should be mostly clear with lows around -5 below.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 17 and a low of 7. We picked dup 1.5″ of new snow and had 14.5″ at the stake.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 33 and lows of 15.
The record high was 55°F in 1985.
The record low was -17°F in 1962.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:36 AM EST
Sunset: 5:34 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 56m
Length of Day: 10h 58m
Tomorrow will be 3m0s longer.

The Moon is in its first quarter, 6d 12h old with 48% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:40 AM EST
Moonset: 12:34 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

I came across this snow-filled nest while skiing down the Honey Hollow trail the other day. It was quite small and intricately woven. Not sure what kind of bird it belonged to…

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A particularly red redpole near our feeder

A particularly red redpole near our feeder

Morning Observation:

Brrrrrr! This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently -18 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 81%, dewpoint -22, barometric pressure 30.26” and falling slowly. We have 21” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s official high was 25 at 12:00AM on 2/23, but it was 6 by sunrise and the temperature slid all day to reach -20 by midnight last night. The overnight low was -20. Yup, chilly…

Forecast:

A weak ridge of high pressure will crest over the region today bringing partly sunny skies. Winds will become southerly which will allow temperatures to climb into the teens today—a welcome relief. Highs will be around 13 with south winds 10 to 15 mph. An area of low pressure will skirt to our north overnight bringing cloudy skies with a chance of snow showers mainly after midnight. Lows will be around 9 above with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of snow is 50%.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers mainly in the morning. Highs will be around 19 with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph, becoming westerly in the afternoon. Chance of snow is 50%. The low will drag another cold front though Wednesday night bringing partly cloudy skies and more chilly air with lows -6 below to zero on northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday’s looking partly sunny and cold with highs only around 5 above with northwest winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows around -10 below.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 27 and a low of 16. We had 13.5″ of snow on the ground.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 33 and lows of 15.
The record high was 55°F in 1930.
The record low was -18°F in 1914.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:38 AM EST
Sunset: 5:33 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 53m
Length of Day: 10h 55m
Tomorrow will be 2m58s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5d 12h old with 37% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:57 AM EST
No Moon Set

About Today’s Photo:

This brilliantly colored redpole caught my eye the other day as he (I’m pretty sure it’s a “he”) was hanging around the feeders with a dozen or so of his compatriots. Maybe it’s just me, but it’s looking like the male birds are getting a bit brighter in anticipation of spring. One can hope!

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