Thursday, March 20, 2014: The Spring Equinox!
Happy First Day of Spring!
This morning in Huntington at 7:05AM it’s currently 33 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 32, barometric pressure 29.64” and falling. We picked up 1” of heavy, wet snow overnight and have 24.75” on the ground. Yesterday’s high was 40, and the overnight low was 32.
Surface low pressure passing to our north across Quebec will bring a wintry mix of precipitation to the region during the morning hours. A developing moist west and northwest low-level airflow in the wake of this low will allow for development of upslope snow showers across the Adirondacks and the central and northern Green Mountains tonight. We’ll see cloudy skies with a chance of rain showers or upper elevation snow showers mainly this morning. We could see additional snow accumulations of a dusting to 2 inches. Highs will be in the upper 30s with south winds 10 to 15 mph, becoming southwesterly this afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Tonight snow showers are likely mainly after midnight with additional snow accumulations of a dusting to 2 inches. Lows will be in the mid 20s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 70%.
Friday should be cloudy with a chance of snow showers in the morning, then become partly sunny in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 30s with west winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of snow is 50%. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 18 and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
A clipper system will move through the region on Saturday bringing snow or a chance of rain. We could see a dusting to a couple of inches out of it. Highs will be in the mid 30s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers and lows around 20.
Last year on this date we had a high of 32 and a low of 16. We picked up 3.75″ of new snow and had 7.25″ on the ground.
Burlington norms for this date are highs of 41°F and lows of 24°F.
Record high was 80°F in 2012 (we had a high of 79).
Record lows were -2°F in 1949.
Sunrise: 6:55 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:04 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 13h 07m
Length of Day: 12h 09m
Tomorrow will be 3m 6s longer.
The Moon is waning gibbous, 19d 3h old with 86% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:31 PM EDT
Moonset: 8:50 AM EDT
The Spring Equinox occurs today at 12:56PM. This marks the moment when the plane of Earth’s equator passes the center of the Sun, and the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun. It marks the first day of astronomical spring. You can read more about the equinox here.
About Today’s Photo:
I saw this group of robins feeding on crab apples along the Main Road the other morning. When I drove past later in the day, they were still there. A good food source is hard to find this year with the deep layer of snow…
Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 320, f/16, 1/1250″ exposure.