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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Ruffed grouse tracks in the woods

Ruffed grouse tracks in the woods

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:30AM it’s currently 41 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are variable at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 38, barometric pressure 29.99”. We picked up 0.07” of rain in the past 24hrs. Snowpack is down to 9.5”. Yesterday’s high was 43, and the overnight low was 40.

There is an Areal Flood Watch in effect for our region from this evening until Friday morning.

Forecast:

The thaw is upon us. Morning radar imagery paints a complex picture of warm fronts and low pressure systems bringing lots of moisture and warm temperatures out of the Gulf states and into our region today. We’ll see rain and drizzle this morning, then periods of rain this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 40s with southeast winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%. Rain will continue into tonight and be heavy at times. Lows will be in the lower 40s with south winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%.

Christmas day will be cloudy with showers likely in the morning, then becoming partly sunny with a slight chance of showers in the afternoon as a cold front swings through finally turning off the tap. It’ll be breezy with highs in the mid 40s and southwest winds 15 to 25 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Thursday night should be partly cloudy and breezy with lows in the lower 30s and west winds 20 to 25 mph gusting up to 45 mph.

Friday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the upper 30s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 25 and a low of 5. We picked up 0.08″ of rain and had 3.5″ of snow on the ground.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 30 and lows of 15.
The record high was 51°F in 1941.
The record low was -18°F in 1989.

The Eye On The Sky guys posted an interesting chart showing the prevalence of a Christmas thaw over the past 120 years of data collection at the Fairbanks Museum. This kind of thaw is, apparently, something of the norm for our region…

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:26 AM EST
Sunset: 4:17 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 9h 58m
Length of Day: 8h 51m
Tomorrow will be 0m16s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2d 10h old with 8% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:09 AM EST
Moonset: 7:45 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

More snow stories: I came across this set of ruffed grouse tracks while skiing up at Camel’s Hump Nordic the other day. They marched right across the trail and up into the woods. The snow had a very light crust on it that the bird just barely broke through.

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