Saturday, January 17, 2015
This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently a chilly -12 degrees under clear skies. The crescent moon is hanging nicely in the trees to the south. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 82%, dewpoint -15, barometric pressure 30.38” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.75” of fluff in the squalls that passed through yesterday morning and have 7” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 25, and the overnight low was -11.
There is a Winter Storm Watch in effect from Sunday afternoon through Monday afternoon.
Cold dry air Arctic will continue to filter into the region today as high pressure builds into the area. That will lead to cold and below normal temperatures today before a warm southerly return airflow sets up this evening resulting in warmer temperatures on Sunday. Then we’ll be under the effects of a coastal nor’easter which should bring a good shot of mixed precipitation and then snow to the region.
We’ll see sunny skies this morning, then mostly cloudy skies later in the day. Highs today will get up to around 15 with northwest winds around 10 mph, becoming southerly this afternoon. Tonight should be mostly cloudy until midnight, then become partly cloudy. Lows will be around 12 with temperatures rising into the lower 20s after midnight on southerly winds at 15 to 20 mph.
A coastal low will be moving up the Atlantic coast Sunday morning bringing cloudy skies and a chance of snow showers in the morning, then a chance of rain or snow likely in the afternoon as temperatures rise. Expect little or no snow accumulation during the daylight hours. Daytime highs will make it into the upper 30s with south winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. The storm will move up just off the the New England coast Sunday night bringing more snow with some rain possible south and east. Expect moderate snow accumulations overnight. Overnight lows should be around 30 with west winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Snow will continue into Monday morning. We may see snow accumulations on the order of 6-10″ between midnight and 10:00AM Monday. Highs will be in the lower 30s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 80%. The storm will move up into the Canadian Maritimes by Monday afternoon allowing for a few more inches of wrap-around snow during the day and into the evening. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 10 above.
Last year on this date we had a high of 37 and a low of 19. We picked up 0.50″ of snow and had 2″ at the stake.
Burlington norms for this date are highs of
Sunrise: 7:23 AM EST
Sunset: 4:41 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 21m
Length of Day: 9h 17m
Tomorrow will be 1m54s longer.
The Moon is a waning crescent, 26d 11h old with 12% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:16 AM EST
Moonset: 2:05 PM EST
About Today’s Photo:
The redpoles have returned to our feeder. We usually get a flock during the winter. These diminutive birds summer up in northern Canada and find our neck of the woods just right for overwintering. The distinctive red forehead patch and black chin are keys to identifying them (right Deb?)