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Sunday, January 31, 2016

bear-tree

A beech tree showing dramatic bear claw marks

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:30AM it’s currently a balmy 40 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 56%, dewpoint 25, barometric pressure 29.81”. We have 4.75” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 38, and the overnight low was 29.

Forecast:

A series of storm systems will pass to our west across the eastern
Great Lakes through midweek placing our region solidly on the warm side of persistent southerly airflow. Temperatures today will warm into the 40s with a chance of showers this afternoon. We’ll see little change in temperatures overnight with breezy south winds ahead of a weak cold front on Monday. Slightly cooler temperatures arrive on Tuesday before a widespread rain event occurs with gusty winds on Wednesday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 40% chance of rain showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 40s with south winds around 10 mph. Tonight will be cloudy with a 30% chance of showers mainly after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 30s with south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph.

Monday should be cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Highs will be in the mid 40s with southwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 20s and northwest winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the lower 30s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow late, changing over to mixed precip and then rain by Wednesday morning. Lows will be in the mid 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 9 and low of -11. We had 17″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 28 and lows of 10.
The record high was 56°F in 1988.
The record low was -27°F in 1920.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:11 AM EST
Sunset: 4:59 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 49m
Length of Day: 9h 47m
Tomorrow will be 2m30s longer.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 21d 12h old with 56% illumination.
No Moon Rise
Moonset: 10:48 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

I came across this magnificent example of a bear-clawed beech tree up at Camel’s Hump Nordic yesterday morning. This tree has seen a lot of traffic over the years from black bear climbing to gorge on beechnuts. I didn’t see any fresh scars, but the tree held plenty of nuts up high. Here’s a close-up of the claw marks:

bear-tree-close

A beech tree showing dramatic bear claw marks


Saturday, January 30, 2016

cardinal

A bright red male cardinal pause briefly on his way to one of our feeders

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 21 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 19, barometric pressure 29.97” and rising rapidly. We picked up 3.85” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 5.75” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 36, and the overnight low was 21.

Forecast:

A brief ridge of high pressure is cresting over the region this morning. This will be short lived, however, as low pressure over James Bay will drag a warm front across the region later today. This will kick off and extended period of above average temperatures continuing through next week. Dare I utter the “R” word…

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 30% of snow showers later this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 30s with light and variable winds, becoming southerly 10 to 15 mph and gusting up to 30 mph this afternoon. Tonight will be cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers until midnight. Temperatures will remain near steady—in the lower 30s or even rising overnight—spurred on by strong southerly winds 15 to 20 mph and gusting to 35 mph until midnight.

Sunday’s looking mostly cloudy with highs in the lower 40s and south winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of light rain. Lows will be in the upper 30s with south winds around 10 mph.

A more powerful low pressure system will head our way Monday from the Great Lakes bringing mostly cloudy skies and a 50% chance of rain. Highs will be in the mid 40s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 20s.

At this point it’s looking like dry conditions on Tuesday with another round of “R” arriving Wednesday.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 29 and a low of 4. We picked up 8.25 of new snow and had 17″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 28 (up a degree!) and lows of 10.
The record high was 57°F in 2013 (we had a high of 59).
The record low was -20°F in 1948.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:12 AM EST
Sunset: 4:58 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 47m
Length of Day: 9h 45m
Tomorrow will be 2m27s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20d 11h old with 65% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:44 PM EST
Moonset: 10:19 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

We have a pair of cardinals this season frequenting our feeders. They seem to have a pretty set schedule, showing up shortly after first light and then returning at dusk. Most of the other birds are around all day long.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/13s(!) exposure.


Friday, January 29, 2016

highland-beefs

Scotch Highland cattle in the meadow at Trapp’s yesterday morning

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 28 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 25, barometric pressure 29.47” and falling. We have 2.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 36, and the overnight low was 26.

Forecast:

A series of clipper-like systems will move through the area over the next several days delivering snow showers today and then again on Saturday. We’ll see snow showers today with accumulations of a dusting to 2″. Highs will be in the mid 30s with light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Chance of snow is 90%. Tonight will be cloudy with snow showers continuing mainly until midnight. We may see total snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ in valley locations with higher amounts in northern mountains. Lows will be in the lower 20s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 70%.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow in the afternoon as the second weak clipper moves through. Highs will be in the mid 30s with light and variable winds, becoming southerly 10 to 15 mph and gusting up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Accumulations will be on the order of a dusting. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with lows around 30 and south winds 15 to 20 mph.

A turn towards significantly warmer weather will begin on Sunday with mostly cloudy and highs in the lower 40s and south winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of rain with lows in the mid 30s. The rest of the upcoming work week is looking dismal from a skier’s perspective as a regime similar to that which we saw in December reestablishes itself…

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 34 and a low of -6. We had 12″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 49°F in 1950.
The record low was -18°F in 1954.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:13 AM EST
Sunset: 4:56 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 45m
Length of Day: 9h 42m
Tomorrow will be 2m25s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19d 11h old with 74% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:46 PM EST
Moonset: 9:51 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Robin & I skied up at Trapp’s yesterday morning. On the way, we passed one of the meadows replete with a herd of picturesque Scotch Highland cattle. They posed diligently.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 26mm, ISO 400, f/14, 1/500″ exposure.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

hor-frost

Hoar frost crystals on a recently iced-over puddle

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 19 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 18, barometric pressure 29.95” and falling rapidly. We picked up a dusting of snow in the past 24hrs and have 2.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s daytime high was 37, and the overnight low was 12.

Forecast:

We’re on the cusp of an active weather patter that will take us through the weekend. Clouds will increase this morning from west to east out ahead of an approaching Alberta clipper. Scattered light snow will develop this afternoon, and continue through Friday bringing a dusting to 2″ in lower elevations, and 2″ to 4″ over the higher terrain, mainly in the north. There will be a brief break in the action late Friday night into Saturday, then renewed chances for snow showers Saturday into Sunday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies this morning, turing mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 30s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers mainly after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 20s with south winds 10 to 15 mph.

Friday snow showers are likely with snow accumulations of a dusting to 2″ during the daylight hours. Highs will be in the lower 30s with light and variable winds becoming northwesterly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of snow is 80%. Snow showers will continue into Friday night. Lows will be in the lower 20s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of snow is 70%. We should expect total snow accumulations of a dusting to 2″ at lower elevations and 2″ to 4″ at higher elevations. Northern mountain summits (Mt. Mansfield & Jay) may see as much as 8″ total.

Saturday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the lower 30s with south winds around 10 mph. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the upper 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 17 and a low of -4. We picked up 3.5″ of new snow and had 12.75″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and low of 10.
The record high was 56°F in 1916.
The record low was -26°F in 1925.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:14 AM EST
Sunset: 4:55 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 42m
Length of Day: 9h 40m
Tomorrow will be 2m23s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 18d 11h old with 82% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:48 PM EST
Moonset: 9:24 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Spiny hoar frost crystals form along the surface of recently ice-over open water along the trail at Camel’s Hump Nordic.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 37mm, ISO 800, f/4.6, 1/1600″ exposure.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

beech-leaves-snow

Dried beech leaves contrast in bright frosted snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 35 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the west at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 75%, dewpoint 28, barometric pressure 29.87” and rising. We picked up a 0.01” trace of melted precipitation in the past 24hrs. Snowpack is down to 2.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 44, and the overnight low was 35.

Forecast:

Light snow showers are expected this morning as a cold front sweeps southeastward across the region bringing a dusting to a couple inches of snow.
A brief period of high pressure will build in this evening and overnight bringing drier conditions and clearing skies. A clipper approaching from the west will bring some additional light snow showers Thursday night into Friday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the lower 30s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 16 and west winds around 10 mph, becoming southerly after midnight.

Thursday should be partly sunny in the morning, then become mostly cloudy. Highs will be in the lower 30s with south winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the mid 20s with south winds around 10 mph.

Friday snow showers are likely with light snow accumulation possible—a dusting to an inch in valley locations and 2″-6″ over higher elevations. Highs will be in the lower 30s with west winds around 10 mph. Chance of snow is 70%. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with lows around 20.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 10 and a low of 5. We had 9.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 53°F in 1996.
The record low was -29°F in 1994.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:15 AM EST
Sunset: 4:54 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 40m
Length of Day: 9h 38m
Tomorrow will be 2m22s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17d 10h old with 89% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:50 PM EST
Moonset: 8:56 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

I love the colors of these beech leaves as they contrast with the bright. Overnight frost crystals the size of dimes had formed on the snowpack and shimmered in the morning sunlight.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 92mm, ISO 400, f/14, 1/1300″ exposure.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

frost-fingers

Long fingers of frost extruding from damp soil under the snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 36 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 3-6 mph, Relative humidity is 63%, dewpoint 24, barometric pressure 29.90” and falling rapidly. We have 5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 37, and the overnight low was 32.

Forecast:

Low pressure developing over the central Great Lakes this morning will track to our north and west across Ontario today. It will bring increasing south to southwesterly winds which will be moderately strong in the Champlain Valley westward across northern New York, especially this afternoon and into the first half of tonight. Precipitation should begin as a light mix of sleet and freezing rain across northern New York early this morning before temperatures warm with a chance of light rain showers through the day across northern New York into
northwestern Vermont. A trailing cold front will move across the region tonight allowing light precipitation to transition back to snow during the overnight hours with light accumulations possible. Mountain snow showers will continue during the day Wednesday.

We’ll see a chance of sleet and freezing rain this morning. It’ll be cloudy with a 40% chance of rain. Highs will be around 40 with south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 40 mph this morning. Tonight will be cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers until midnight transitioning to snow showers. It’ll be breezy with lows in the upper 20s and southwest winds 15 to 25 mph.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers in the morning as a weak trough crosses the region. We could see a dusting to 2″ of snow out of this. Highs will be around 30 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 13 and southwest winds around 10 mph.

Thursday’s looking partly sunny with a 40% chance of snow showers as a clipper system slides through. Highs will be around 30 with south winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the lower 20s. Another couple of inches of snow are possible from this system.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 17 and a low of -10. We had 9.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 55°F in 1950.
The record low was -25°F in 1994.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:16 AM EST
Sunset: 4:52 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 38m
Length of Day: 9h 35m
Tomorrow will be 2m18s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16d 11h old with 94% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:50 PM EST
Moonset: 8:27 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

I skied by a small spring the other day. There were several extrusions of long frost fingers curling up into the air from under the snow. This batch was about 4″-6″ long and quite delicate.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 55mm, ISO 400, f/14, 1/500″ exposure.


Monday, January 25, 2016

snow-shelf-fungi

Shelves of polypore fungi hold fresh fallen snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:55AM it’s currently 9 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 7, barometric pressure 30.24” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.50” of new snow overnight and have 5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 23, and the overnight low was 9.

Forecast:

A brief ridge of high pressure is currently building into the region and will deliver dry weather and variable clouds today through tonight. A storm system tracking northwest of region front the Great Lakes will bring a mix of rain and snow on Tuesday and Tuesday night, with some mountain snow showers for Wednesday. Temperatures look to be above normal throughout the week.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs around 30 and light and variable winds. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 20s ands south winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday should be cloudy with a slight chance sleet in the morning and rain showers in the afternoon. Highs will be be around 40 with south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tuesday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the upper 20s with southwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

Wednesday snow showers are likely as a cold front moves through in the early morning. We can expect light snow accumulation possible—1″ to 2″. Highs will be around 30 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of snow is 70%. Wednesday night should partly cloudy with lows around 10.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 30 and a low of -7. We picked up 1″ of new snow and had 9.75″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 55°F in 1938.
The record low was -19°F in 1912.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:17 AM EST
Sunset: 4:51 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 36m
Length of Day: 9h 33m
Tomorrow will be 2m16s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 15d 10h old with 98% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:50 PM EST
Moonset: 7:55 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

My friend and I—skiing up at Camel’s Hump Nordic—came across this yellow birch sporting shelves of polypore fungi that had acquired caps of fresh fallen snow. Worth a shot!

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 800, f/4.9, 1/800″ exposure.