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Monday, February 23, 2015

A barred out lurks on one of our broken willows

A barred out lurks on one of our broken willows

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 5 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the southwest at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 74%, dewpoint -1, barometric pressure 30.26” and rising rapidly. We picked up a 0.30” dusting of snow overnight and have 22” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was a balmy 34, and the overnight low was 6.

There is a Wind Chill Advisory in effect for our region from 3:00PM this afternoon until 9:00AM Tuesday.

Forecast:

An Arctic cold front will move across the region today and will once again visit upon us more frigid air. We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with highs topping out at around 5 above this morning then falling to around -4 below this afternoon. Winds will be out of the northwest at 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph this afternoon. Wind chill values will be as low as 29 below. Tonight will be mostly cloudy and frigid with lows around -15 below with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph, becoming westerly after midnight.

The Arctic high will slide to our east Tuesday putting us in a southerly airflow and allowing for temperatures to rebound some. We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with highs around 16 and south winds 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night should be cloudy with lows around 8 above and south winds 10 to 15 mph.

A surface trough will pass to our north on Wednesday bringing cloudy skies and a 40% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the lower 20s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. More cold air will move in behind the trough on Wednesday night bringing partly cloudy with lows -5 below to -10 below zero.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 45 and a low of 22. We had 13.75″ of snow on the ground.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 33 and lows of 14.
The record high was 56°F in 1984.
The record low was -22°F in 1972.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:39 AM EST
Sunset: 5:31 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 50m
Length of Day: 10h 52m
Tomorrow will be 2m59s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4d 12h old with 27% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:17 AM EST
Moonset: 11:30 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

As I walked up our walkway yesterday afternoon coming back from a ski, I caught the movement of a larger critter flying out of the hemlock by the feeder. Sure enough, it was this barred owl lurking about looking for a meal. It flew up into the top of one of our now broken willow trees by the pond. Note the chickadee in the branch just below the owl. Chickadees like to know where the predators are, and will stay close and even harass them as a warning to other birds. Just another reason I love chickadees so much! The owl was nice enough to wait for me as I went inside and grabbed my camera.

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/1250″ exposure

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10 responses

  1. Dave Brautigam

    Hi John, Just wanted to let you know that your weather blog and photos w/comment add to the great feeling of community in Huntington. The presence of the chickadee in your owl photo does a great job of creating a sense of scale. I’m gaining and should be home within the week. See ya! Dave

    February 23, 2015 at 7:40 am

    • Thanks Dave! Looking forward to seeing you back in the saddle! Heal up!

      February 23, 2015 at 12:07 pm

  2. Gillian

    So, you don’t support the entire avian chain with food by throwing out a mouse when you see a raptor? That chickadee was telling the owl how much better he’s treated!

    February 23, 2015 at 8:32 am

    • Frozen mice perhaps… MouseSicles?

      February 23, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      • Gill

        Perhaps it is not true, but I was taught owls won’t eat what they didn’t kill. So don’t go filling up the freezer without some research!

        February 23, 2015 at 12:18 pm

  3. tcummings

    John, I think this guy was just outside my house whooping it up last night! Great photo, I love the ever brave Chickadee keeping an eye on him.

    February 23, 2015 at 9:16 am

    • Thanks Todd! There was a group of chickadees keeping an eye on him. One of the ways you can call birds to you in the woods is to mimic predators like saw-whet owls. It works like a charm!

      February 23, 2015 at 12:09 pm

  4. Ken Kretzer

    And his little bird too …. ahahaha!

    February 23, 2015 at 9:22 am

  5. Marcia Liotard

    I haven’t heard the Barred Owl’s call that much as of late but that’s mainly because I’ve not been outside at sunset as it’s too darn cold! I love the Chickadee looking as though he’s telling Owl that he can go elsewhere. I agree with you that chickadees are my favorite birds. I’ve debated naming our place “Chickadee Run” or “Dragonfly Fields,” as the latter is my spirit guide.

    February 24, 2015 at 9:53 am

    • Hi Marcia,
      Yup, the chickadees are indeed plucky. There were several harassing the owl. I haven’t heard them hooting either as my windows have been shut tight all night!

      February 24, 2015 at 12:22 pm

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