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Thursday, December 31, 2015

winterberry

Winterberry holly in yesterday morning’s snow

Morning Observation:

On this last morning of 2015 at 7:15AM it’s currently 33 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 33, barometric pressure 30.01”. We picked up 0.22” of rain overnight. Snowpack is down to a soggy 1.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 38, and the overnight low was 33.

Watch out for frozen road surface this morning, especially if you’re heading east of the region towards the Montpelier area.

Have a safe and happy New Years everyone—thanks for reading my blog!

Forecast:

A broad upper level trough will set up over the East Coast today and deliver several rounds of scattered snow showers over the weekend, especially over the higher terrain in the ‘Dacks and Greens. We will see our first brief period of Arctic air Sunday night into Monday with temperatures below normal expected. However temperatures will moderate back to near normal to slightly above
by middle week.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with a 20% chance of rain or snow showers today. Highs will be in the mid 30s with west winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the mid 20s with west winds around 10 mph.

Friday should be cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the mid 30s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Friday night should be cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the lower 20s with west winds 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday’s looking cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Highs in the lower 30s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the lower 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 20 and a low of 8. We had 3″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 13.
The record high was 56°F in 1965.
The record low was -19°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27 AM EST
Sunset: 4:22 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 00m
Length of Day: 8h 54m
Tomorrow will be 0m46s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20d 2h old with 66% illumination. Moonrise: 11:03 PM EST
Moonset: 10:55 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

We have a large winterberry holly bush over by the pond that has a good crop of berries on it this season. Critters have already found it though, as this is a popular food source for a variety of animals.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 400, f/4.9, 1/80″ exposure.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

hemlock-cones

Fresh snow on hemlock cones

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 31 degrees under overcast skies. A spotty of drizzle is coming down. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 31, barometric pressure 30.25” and rising. We picked up a crusty 0.25” of sleet/rain mix in the past 24hrs and have 3” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 33, and the overnight low was 31.

Forecast:

A decaying occluded front will deliver spotty light mixed precipitation today. A weak low pressure system will bring a more widespread light wintry mix tonight. Then a series of disturbances will provide for chances of scattered snow showers Thursday into the weekend. Temperatures should be above normal through Thursday and then turn colder to start the New Year.

We’ll see patchy freezing fog this morning. It’ll remain cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers and a chance of snow showers mainly this morning. Highs will be in the mid 30s with light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Tonight snow or rain is likely or a chance of sleet until midnight, then rain likely after midnight. Expect little or no snow or sleet accumulation. Temperatures will remain near steady in the mid 30s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow or rain showers. Highs will be in the mid 30s with west winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be cloudy with lows in the mid 20s and west winds around 10 mph.

Friday—New Year’s Day—is looking mostly cloudy with highs in the lower 30s and west winds 10 to 15 mph. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 18 and a low of 6. We had 3″ of snow on the ground.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 13.
The record high was 51°F in 1990.
The record low was -29°F in 1933.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27 AM EST
Sunset: 4:21 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 00m
Length of Day: 8h 53m
Tomorrow will be 0m43s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19d 2h old with 75% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:05 PM EST
Moonset: 10:27 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

It’s finally looking a bit more like the season it is! The hemlock in our side yard has a nice dusting of fresh snow on it this morning.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 34mm, ISO 400, f/4.7, 1/125″ exposure.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

taft-rd-beech

A stately beech along Taft Road

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 22 degrees and sleeting under overcasts skies. Winds are out of the south at 4-6 mph. Relative humidity is 82%, dewpoint 17, barometric pressure 30.26” and falling rapidly. We’ve picked up 2.25” of snow and sleet overnight. Yesterday’s daytime high was 18, and the overnight low was 18.

Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 7 PM EST this
evening.

Forecast:

We’re getting our first taste of winter weather this season, and it’s a bit of a messy one. Low pressure will be tracking across lower Michigan and Lake Huron today and into southern Ontario by this evening. Any snowfall will turn to sleet by midmorning with freezing drizzle likely this afternoon to top it all off. We can expect total sleet accumulations of 3″ to 5″ and a trace of ice accumulation. Highs today will top out around 30 with southeast winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Chance of precipitation near is 100%. Tonight should be cloudy with lingering freezing drizzle and snow likely until midnight, then a chance of freezing drizzle after midnight. Expect little or no additional snow accumulation and maybe a trace of ice accumulation. Lows will be in the upper 20s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Wednesday should be cloudy with a chance of freezing drizzle in the morning, then a slight chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 30s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow or rain as a weak trough slides through. Lows will be in the lower 30s with south winds around 10 mph.

Thursday’s looking cloudy with highs in the mid 30s and west winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers as a trough passes to our north. Lows in the mid 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 32 and a low of 16. We picked up a trace of new snow and had 3.5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 13.
The record high was 58°F in 1984.
The record low was -29°F in 1933.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27 AM EST
Sunset: 4:20 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 9h 59m
Length of Day: 8h 53m
Tomorrow will be 0m38s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 18d 2h old with 83% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:05 PM EST
Moonset: 9:57 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

This stately beech caught my eye the other day walking along Taft Road. The smooth, elephantine bark and tenacious, gripping roots invite a bit of pondering…

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 11mm, IOS 400, f/4.7, 1/200″ exposure.


Monday, December 28, 2015

silo-hole

An old silo foundation along the Mailbox Trail

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:40AM it’s currently a 17 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 83%, dewpoint 13, barometric pressure 30.48” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.23” of rain and a 0.50” layer of snow/sleet/graupel. Yesterday’s high was 44, and the overnight low was 17.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from midnight tonight until 7:00PM Tuesday.

Forecast:

High pressure currently building into the region this morning will provide for seasonably cool and dry conditions today. This will be short-lived, however, as low pressure currently over the Plains moves northeastward and into the region tonight bringing ample moisture. We’ll see snow developing overnight tonight and a mixed bag of wintery precipitation Tuesday. Here comes winter!

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a 40% chance of snow showers this morning. Highs will only be around 20 with north winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become cloudy with snow after midnight. Expect snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ overnight. Lows will be around 13 with light and variable winds, becoming southeasterly 10 to 15 mph and gusting up to 30 mph after midnight. Chance of snow is 90%.

Tuesday will bring snow or sleet in the morning (prepare for a messy commute), then sleet and freezing rain with freezing drizzle likely in the afternoon as temperatures rise. Snow may be heavy at times in the morning. Expect total snow accumulation of 4″ to 6″ along with a trace of ice accumulation. It’ll be breezy with highs in the lower 30s and southeast winds 15 to 25 mph gusting up to 40 mph in our neck of the woods. Chance of precipitation is near 100%. Tuesday night should be cloudy with drizzle and freezing drizzle likely. Lows will be in the lower 30s with south winds 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday’s looking mostly cloudy and seasonably mild with highs in the upper 30s and light and variable winds. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of rain or snow showers. Expect little or no snow accumulation. Lows will be in the lower 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 47 and a low of 33. We had 4″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 13.
The record high was 57°F in 1982.
The record low was -16°F in 1933.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27 AM EST
Sunset: 4:19 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 9h 59m
Length of Day: 8h 52m
Tomorrow will be 0m32s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17d 1h old with 90% illumination. Moonrise: 8:04 PM EST
Moonset: 9:23 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

This old silo foundation along the Mailbox Trail has always caught my eye. There’s a drywall stone foundation by it as well—the remains of the barn—and a house foundation a couple dozen yards further east. Remnants of the farm that used to be here. The old map of Huntington that we have shows it to be the J.J. Fargo farm. As I walk the woods I often wonder about the farmer who worked this swampy bit of land and laboriously stacked the rocks to form the stone piles and fences I come across…

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 9mm, ISO 400, f/11, 1/60″ exposure.


Sunday, December 27, 2015

beaver-chew

Recently chewed maple by the beaver pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:10AM it’s currently 41 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 41, barometric pressure 29.88” and falling rapidly. We picked up 0.26” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 44, and the overnight low was 37.

Forecast:

For all of you awaiting winter, the time has come as the next 48 hours will bring our first real dose of winter weather!

An elongated surface low is located along a tight thermal gradient stretching from the Central Plains to the Ohio Valley and into southern New England. This low will slowly sag southward today bringing in colder air that will change this morning’s rain showers to mixed precipitation and snow later today. We’ll see rain this morning, then rain showers or a chance of snow showers this afternoon. Highs today will be in the lower 40s with temperature falling into the lower 30s this afternoon. Winds will be out of the south winds at around 10 mph, becoming northwesterly this afternoon as the cold air moves in. Chance of precipitation is near 100%. Tonight should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 18 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph after midnight. We could see total snow accumulations of a dusting to 2″ by Monday morning with higher amounts across mountain summits.

Monday should be partly sunny with a 50% chance of Lake Champlain effect snow showers in the morning, then become sunny in the afternoon as a brief window of chilly high pressure move in. Highs will be around 20 with north winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph in the morning. A more powerful and moisture laden low pressure system will head our way from the Ohio River valley Monday night bringing snow overnight. Expect a few inches on the ground by Tuesday morning and a sloppy commute. Lows will be around 13 with east winds around 10 mph. Chance of snow is 80%.

Snow will continue into Tuesday morning with additional moderate snow accumulations as the low passes and is reinforced by a secondary low off the New England coast. Highs will be around 30 with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of snow is near 100%. Tuesday night snow with freezing drizzle or sleet with possible drizzle is likely as temperatures rise. Expect little or no additional snow accumulation. Lows will be in the upper 20s. Chance of precipitation is 80%. We’re looking at total snow accumulations of 3″-8″ region wide with lesser amounts west of the Champlain Valley.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 42 and a low of 30. We had 4″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 30 and lows of 14.
The record high was 55°F in 1949.
The record low was -23°F in 1968.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:26 AM EST
Sunset: 4:19 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 9h 58m
Length of Day: 8h 52m
Tomorrow will be 0m29s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16d 3h old with 95% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:02 PM EST
Moonset: 8:45 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

The beavers have been busy at the Mailbox Trail beaver pond. These recently munched maples create an interesting still life on the forest floor near the water.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 11mm, ISO 400, f/11, 1/50″ exposure.


Saturday, December 26, 2015

xmas-beaver-pond

The Mailbox Trail beaver pond on Christmas Day

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 26 degrees under mostly clear skies. The full moon is setting in the west and Venus hangs in the southeast. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 25, barometric pressure 20.53” and rising rapidly. Yesterday’s high was 51, and the overnight low was 26.

Forecast:

An active weather pattern is ahead for the next 3 to 5 days with the potential for widespread wintry precipitation Tuesday into Wednesday. We’ll see a cold rain tonight into Sunday with some mixed precipitation likely along the international border. Cool and dry weather is expected on Monday before snow develops on Tuesday morning and changes to a wintry mix by Tuesday evening.

We’ll see sunny skies for most of today. Highs will be in the lower 40s with light and variable winds. Tonight rain or snow is likely mainly after midnight as surface low pressure passes to our south. We may see snow accumulations of a dusting to 1″ in an initial overnight burst before the precipitation turns to rain. Lows will be in the lower 30s with light and variable winds, becoming southeasterly around 10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation near is 100%.

Sunday should start out with rain in the morning with rain or snow likely in the afternoon as cold air moves in behind the departing low. Expect snow accumulations of a dusting to 1 inch. Highs will be around 40 with south winds around 10 mph, becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Sunday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 20 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Monday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the mid 20s and north winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Low pressure will approach the region Monday night setting us up for the first significant winter weather event of the season. We should see snow developing overnight and may have accumulations of 4″-6″ by midday on Tuesday. Lows will be around 15. Chance of snow is 80%. Fingers crossed!

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 58 and a low of 36. We picked up 0.52″ of rain and had 4.75″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 30 and a low of 14.
The record high was 58°F in 1982.
The record low was -26°F in 1980.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:26 AM EST
Sunset: 4:18 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 9h 58m
Length of Day: 8h 51m
Tomorrow will be 0m22s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 15d 1h old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:01 PM EST
Moonset: 8:00 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

The Mailbox Trail beaver pond was ice free this Christmas Day. This pond has gone through a lot of changes over the decades, including a dam blowout that drained it several years back. The beavers have been quite busy of late, however, having rebuilt the main dam and constructed several ancillary dams but up- and an downstream of the main pond.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 9mm, ISO 400, f/11, 1/80″  exposure.


Thursday, December 24, 2015

ozure-drops

Willow branches, raindrops, reflections at our pond yesterday morning.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently a ridiculous… er, balmy, 55 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 53, barometric pressure 29.71” and falling rapidly. We picked up 0.23” of rain overnight along with some very high winds (38mph which is not too far below the 46 mph record for our protected hollow location) that knocked out our power overnight. Yesterday’s high was 59, and the overnight low was 51.

Forecast:

Record high temperatures are expected across the region today with highs mainly in the 60s. The low pressure system that pulled this warm air in—along with some unexpectedly high winds overnight—is currently centered over central Ontario. It will move further northeast and will drag a weak cold front through the region later today. Any lingering morning showers should clear out by midday.

We’ll see cloudy skies with a 40% chance of showers this morning, then partly sunny skies this afternoon. Highs will top out in the mid 60s with southwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows in the upper 30s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph until midnight, then becoming light and variable.

Friday—Christmas day—should be partly sunny as high pressure builds in briefly. Highs will be in the mid 40s and light and variable winds. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 30s and light and variable winds.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny with a 50% chance of rain showers in the afternoon as a warm front lifts our way out ahead of the next low moving in from the Ohio River valley. Highs will be in the lower 40s with light and variable winds. Saturday night rain is likely with a chance of sleet over higher elevations. Expect little or no sleet accumulation. Lows will be in the mid 30s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 46 and a low of 35. We picked up 0.07″ of rain and had 9.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 30 and lows of 15.
The record high was 51°F in 1941 (that record has already fallen…)
The record low was -18°F 1989.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:25 AM EST
Sunset: 4:17 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 9h 58m
Length of Day: 8h 51m
Tomorrow will be 0m14s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 13d 1h old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:04 PM EST
Moonset: 6:10 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Raindrops bead on willow branches by the pond yesterday morning.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 109mm, ISO 400, f/16, 1/60″ exposure.