Sunday, December 21, 2014; The Winter Solstice
This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 17 degrees under overcast (once again…) skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 16, barometric pressure 30.37″ and rising slowly. We have 12.5″ of snow on the ground. Yesterday’s high was 28, and the overnight low was 8.
An upper level disturbance passing to our south brought in clouds overnight. Otherwise, high pressure remains the defining feature and will continue to effect our weather for the next couple days. We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning, then partly sunny skies later in the day. Highs will be in the mid 20s with light and variable winds. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 17 and light and variable winds.
Monday should be partly sunny in the morning, then become cloudy and milder. Highs will be in the lower 30s with light and variable winds. Monday night should be cloudy with lows in the upper 20s and southeast winds around 10 mph.
Tuesday will bring cloudy skies with a chance of rain or snow showers out ahead of the next (rather nasty looking) weather maker. Highs will be in the upper 30s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Tuesday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. Lows will be in the mid 30s. At this point, things are looking pretty grim for Wednesday’s weather. I’m afraid a rather significant rain event is in the cards for us. More on that in tomorrow’s blog…
Last year on this date we had a high of 52 and a low of 25. We picked up 0.11″ of rain. We had 4″ of snow on the ground.
Burlington norms for this date are highs of 31 and lows of 16.
The record high was 61°F in 1957.
The record low was -22°F in 1955.
Sunrise: 7:24 AM EST
Sunset: 4:15 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 9h 57m
Length of Day: 8h 51m
Tomorrow will be 0m0s shorter.
The Moon is new, 29d 1h old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:35 AM EST
Moonset: 4:22 PM EST
The Winter Solstice occurs this evening at 6:02PM. This is the first day of astronomical winter, the shortest day of the year, the longest night of the year, and marks the point in the Earth’s orbit around the sun when the northern hemisphere is angled the furthest from the plain of the sun’s rays. You can read more about the Solstice here. Light a candle and celebrate!
About Today’s Photo:
Yesterday’s sunshine was a clarion call to get out with my camera. As the sun set, I caught this shot of sparkling ice clinging to buckthorn twigs.
Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 38mm, ISO 200, f/4, 1/3200″ exposure.