Monday, December 21, 2015: The Winter Solstice
Happy Winter Solstice!
This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 37 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 51%, dewpoint 20, barometric pressure 30.14” and falling slowly. We have 1.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 33, and the overnight low was 33.
Our brief taste of winter this past weekend was sweet but will be short-lived. Strengthening surface and upper level high pressure moving off the eastern Seaboard this morning will take residence over Bermuda for the foreseeable future. This will help to set up a a warm south/southwesterly airflow which will dominate our weather with a return of abnormally to record warm temperatures for late December. Showery conditions will be the rule for the upcoming week with record high temperatures in store for Christmas Eve.
This morning’s sunshine will give way to cloudy skies with a 50% chance of rain showers this afternoon as a surface low approaches from the southwest. Highs will be in the lower 40s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain showers, mainly until midnight. Temperatures will remain near steady—in the upper 30s—with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.
Tuesday morning should start out cloudy but dry, with showers arriving in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 40s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 30s with south winds around 10 mph.
Wednesday’s looking partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of showers, mostly in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 40s with southeast winds around 10 mph. Wednesday night should bring a more persistent slug of rain. Lows will be in the lower 40s. Chance of rain is 80%.
Last year on this date we had a high of 25 and a low of 8. We had 12.5″ of snow at the stake.
Burlington averages 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 1 second longer!
The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10d 1h old with 81% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:45 PM EST
Moonset: 2:46 AM EST
The Winter Solstice occurs tonight at 11:49PM EST. This marks the beginning of astronomical winter for the norther hemisphere, and the shortest day of the year for us. The Winter Solstice occurs at the point in the Earth’s orbit around the sun when the northern hemisphere is tilted the furthest from sun—approximately 23.5 degrees. For folks in the southern hemisphere, this is the first day of summer. Here’s a handy graphic:
About Today’s Photo:
Yesterday’s brief taste of winter was enough for me to get out the rock skis and head for a favorite hay meadow. There was just enough snow to slide over the grass stubble. When the sun eventually emerged, the view of the Huntington River valley was quite nice.
Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 400, f/16, 1/125″ exposure.