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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.


Sunday, January 24, 2016

hobble-bat

A hobble bush bud dusted with rime

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently -4 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint -7, barometric pressure 30.04”. We have 5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 20, and the overnight low was -6.

Forecast:

A weak upper level disturbance will bring increasing clouds to the region today along with some isolated snow showers mainly across the higher terrain tonight. Low pressure tracking northwest of region will bring a mix of rain and snow Tuesday through Wednesday, with temperatures warming above normal for the first half of the week.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today then mostly cloudy skies this afternoon. Highs will be around 19 with light and variable winds. Tonight should be cloudy with a 20% chance of higher elevation snow showers until midnight. Temperatures will remain near steady at around 14 with light and variable winds.

Monday should be partly sunny with highs in the lower 30s and light and variable winds. Monday night should be partly cloudy with temperatures in the upper 20s and south winds 10 to 15 mph.

The aforementioned low will approach the region Tuesday bringing cloudy skies with highs in the upper 30s and south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Tuesday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of rain or snow showers. Lows will be in the upper 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 37 and a low of 18. 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 1906.
The record low was -22°F in 1948.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:18 AM EST
Sunset: 4:49 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 34m
Length of Day: 9h 31m
Tomorrow will be 2m13s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 14d 11h old with close to 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:49 PM EST
Moonset: 7:19 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

This hobble bush bud (Viburnum lantanoides) reminds me a bit of a bat’s head sporting a dusting of rime.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/2500″ exposure.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

sensitive-snow

A sensitive fern seed head acts like a sundial in the afternoon sun

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 2 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint -1, barometric pressure 30.16” and falling rapidly. We have 5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 27, and the overnight low was -2.

Forecast:

The powerful coastal low that is currently dumping snow onto the mid-Atlantic states and parts of southern New England will stay well to our south and east, and high pressure will continue to deliver dry and seasonably cool weather through the weekend. We’ll see cloudy skies this morning (thanks to the storm), then partly sunny skies later today as the low moves further out to sea taking the clouds with it. Highs will be in the lower 20s with light and variable winds, becoming northerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows around 3 above and light and variable winds.

Sunday should be partly sunny with highs in the lower 20s and light and variable winds. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with lows around 15 and light and variable winds. There’s a slight chance of mountain snow showers Sunday night.

Monday’s looking mostly cloudy and milder with highs in the lower 30s and light and variable winds. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 29 and a low of 5. We had 10″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 64°F in 1906.
The record low was -19°F in 1970.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:19 AM EST
Sunset: 4:48 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 32m
Length of Day: 9h 29m
Tomorrow will be 2m11s longer.

The Moon is the full “Wolf” moon (Northeast Native American, Medieval Wiccan)
13d 10h old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:47 PM EST
Moonset: 6:38 AM EST
Other names for this month’s full moon include: “Winter” (Colonial American), “Old” (English), “Quiet” (Celtic), & “Ice” (Neo Pagan Wiccan).

About Today’s Photo:

Winter is a great time to explore positive and negative space. The bright white snow offers a textured canvas for shadows, light, and form to compose themselves. This sensitive fern seed head marks the sun’s angle in the afternoon light.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 115mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1000″ exposure.


Friday, January 22, 2016

vine-frost

Delicate rime crystals on vine tendrils

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:35AM it’s currently 13 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 9, barometric pressure 30.28”. We have 5.25” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 20, and the overnight low was 2.

Forecast:

Surface high pressure will continue to dominate our weather into the weekend. We’ll see mostly cloudy this morning, then partly sunny skies later in the day. Highs will be around 18 with northwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 4 above and north winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Saturday should be partly sunny with highs around 20 and light and variable winds, becoming northerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Saturday night should be mostly clear with lows around 1 above and light and variable winds.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the lower 20s and light and variable winds. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with lows 10 to 15.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 29 and a low of 1. We had 10″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 59°F in 1906.
The record low was -22°F in 1970.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:20 AM EST
Sunset: 4:47 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 30m
Length of Day: 9h 27m
Tomorrow will be 2m8s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 12d 10h old with 97% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:47 PM EST
Moonset: 5:51 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

I skied up onto the Lion’s Ridge loop of the Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Center yesterday morning. At about 2000′ and in a wind protected pocket, the trail held some lovely rime formations on the windward side of the trees. This vine was festooned with especially delicate crystals.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 84mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/2000″ exposure.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

afternoon-snow

Late afternoon light on fresh snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:50AM it’s currently 13 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. A few snowflakes are drifting down. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 10, barometric pressure 30.13” and rising slowly. We picked up a 0.25” dusting of snow in the past 24hrs and have 6” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 23, and the overnight low was 2.

Forecast:

Surface high pressure building slowly eastward from the northern Great Lakes will bring an extended period of mainly dry weather through the remainder of this week and into the upcoming weekend.

A weak shortwave trough will deliver mostly cloudy skies and a 20% chance of snow showers this morning, then we should see partly sunny this afternoon. Highs will be around 19 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with lows around 5 above and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Friday should be mostly cloudy in the morning, then become partly sunny. Highs will be in the lower 20s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 4 and light and variable winds.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the lower 20s and light and variable winds. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows zero to 5 above.

As mentioned yesterday, the coastal storm that’s on tap for the weekend will stay well to our south and east.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 24 and a low of -4. We had 10″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 54°F in 2006 (we had a low of 58).
The record low was -15°F in 1971.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:20 AM EST
Sunset: 4:45 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 28m
Length of Day: 9h 24m
Tomorrow will be 2m5s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11d 10h old with 93% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:50 PM EST
Moonset: 4:57 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Going kind of minimalist on you all today. The late afternoon sunlight yesterday created subtle shadows and colors on the fresh snowfall in our front field. This about catches the mood.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 37mm, ISO 800, f/9, 1/500″ exposure.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

downy-woodpecker

Up close with a downy woodpecker at one of our suet feeders

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:00AM it’s currently 14 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. A few lingering snowflakes are falling. Winds are out of the west at 1-4 mph. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 12, barometric pressure 30.15” and rising. We picked up 5.5” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 7” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 14, and the overnight low was 10.

Forecast:

High pressure is currently building into the region and will dominate our weather into the weekend. The nor’easter you may have heard about looks to be tracking south and east of us this coming weekend and, unfortunately for us skiers, may miss us entirely.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of lingering snow showers this morning, then partly sunny skies this afternoon. Highs will be around 19 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with lows around 7 above and northwest winds around 10 mph.

Thursday should be partly sunny with highs around 16 and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 5 above and northwest winds around 10 mph.

Friday’s looking partly sunny with highs around 19 and light and variable winds. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows 5 to 10 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 23 and a low of -1. We had 11″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 52°F in 1951.
The record low was -22°F in 1970.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:21 AM EST
Sunset: 4:44 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 26m
Length of Day: 9h 22m
Tomorrow will be 2m3s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10d 9h old with 86% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:56 PM EST
Moonset: 3:57 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

We have a suet feeder hanging just inches from our kitchen window. Besides keeping our cats endlessly intrigued, it offers a chance to get pretty close to the variety of avian visitors who come to feed. This downy woodpecker didn’t seem to take much mind of me as he ate. Moments later he was chased away by a larger, more aggressive hairy woodpecker.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/320″ exposure.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

mrg-morning

Pale morning light in the Mad River Valley

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 7 degrees under overcast skies. There’s a little be of snizzle falling. Winds are out of the southwest at 2-5 mph. Relative humidity is 79%, dewpoint 1, barometric pressure 29.82” and rising slowly. We have 2.75” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 25, and the overnight low was 5.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for our region until 5:00AM Wednesday morning.

Forecast:

A cold northwesterly flow of air will prevail today through Thursday. We’ll see upslope snow showers today and into tonight which should deliver moderate snow accumulations for north-central Vermont and the adjacent western slopes of the Greens. Drier weather is forecast for the remainder of the workweek with seasonable mid-January temperatures.

A disturbance in the flow aloft will kick off upslope snow showers mainly this afternoon and tonight. We can expect additional snow accumulation of 2″ to 4″ by nightfall. Highs will be around 14 with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Chance of snow is near 100%. Tonight will be cloudy with snow showers likely mainly until midnight. We should see total snow accumulations of 3″ to 5″ along the western slopes of the Greens with higher totals—up to a foot!—over the higher summits. I smell a powder day Wednesday! Lows will around 9 above with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph until midnight. Chance of snow is 70%.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers in the morning, then partly sunny in the afternoon. Highs will be around 19 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 7 above and northwest winds around 10 mph.

Thursday’s looking partly sunny with highs around 17 and northwest winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 5 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 34 and a low of 19. We picked up 0.29″ of rain and 6.5″ of new snow. We had 9.5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 65°F in 1996.
The record low was -24°F in 1976.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:22 AM EST
Sunset: 4:43 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 24m
Length of Day: 9h 20m
Tomorrow will be 1m59s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9d 11h old with 77% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:08 PM EST
Moonset: 2:53 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Riding the Double Chair at Mad River Glen the other day, I was drawn to the pale morning light filling the Mad River Valley below and backlighting the shoulder of conifers sloping down from General Stark Mountain.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140m lens @ 46mm, ISO 400, f/14, 1/250″ exposure.


Monday, January 18, 2016

shelburne-beach

Calm, open water at Shelburne Beach yesterday midday.

Morning Observation:

Now this is more like it!

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 16, barometric pressure 29.62”. We picked up 3” of fluffy snow overnight and have 3.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 30, and the overnight low was 19.

Forecast:

The low pressure system that brought us our new cover of snow is now moving northeast of our region this morning, but will continue to influence our weather with a persistent chance of off-an-on upslope snowshoers over the next few days. Temperatures will remain slightly below seasonal averages into the middle of the upcoming week.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 50% chance of snow showers mainly this morning. Highs will top out at about where they are now—around 19—with west winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 3 above with west winds 15 to 20 mph.

Tuesday should be cloudy with upslope snow showers likely mainly in the afternoon. We could see accumulations of 1″ to 3″ possible. Highs will be around 14 with west winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 70%. Tuesday night snow showers are likely with additional light snow accumulation possible. Lows will be around 9 above with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of snow is 70%.

Wednesday’s looking partly sunny with highs around 19 and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 5 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 45 and a low of 25. We had 6.5″ 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 -24°F in 1974.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:23 AM EST
Sunset: 4:42 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 23m
Length of Day: 9h 19m
Tomorrow will be 1m56s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8d 11h old with 68% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:25 PM EST
Moonset: 1:45 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

We went down to Shelburne yesterday to check out an interesting exhibit of rug-hooked renderings of Tarot cards at the All Souls Interfaith center (highly recommended!) Afterwards we drove down to the Shelburne town beach to catch the view. As one might expect from this winter, the water was wide open. I liked the way the slips of ice had covered the rocks in the foreground.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 400, f/14, 1/100″ exposure.


Sunday, January 17, 2016

sensitive-fern-seeds

A sensitive fern seed head pops above the snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:25AM it’s currently 20 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 17, barometric pressure 29.87” and rising. We picked up 0.18” of rain yesterday. Snowpack is down to a crusty 1” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 37, and the overnight low was 20.

Forecast:

A brief ridge of high pressure will deliver a dry and seasonable day today before an upper level low approaching from the Great Lakes region brings a period of widespread light snow to the region tonight and into Monday morning with snow accumulations generally 2″ to 4″.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs in the mid 20s and west winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight light is snow likely as the aforementioned low moves in. We should see snow accumulations of 2″ to 4″ overnight with higher amounts possible at higher elevations. Lows will be around 15 with light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly around 10 mph after midnight. Chance of snow is 70%.

Monday should be cloudy with continued light snow likely, mainly in the morning. We may see total snow accumulations from this system of 3″ to 5″. Highs will be around 17 with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 60%. Cold air will move in behind the departing low on Monday night with mostly cloudy skies and lows around 4 above and west winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

Tuesday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be around 15 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 10 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 27 and a low of 12. We had 7″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 56°F in 1889.
The record low was -22°F in 1974.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:23 AM EST
Sunset: 4:40 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 21m
Length of Day: 9h 17m
Tomorrow will be 1m53s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 7d 12h old with 57% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:46 AM EST
Moonset: 12:35 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Positive and negative space: the colors of this sensitive fern seed head pull the eye against a background of snowy white.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 400, f/5.3, 1/250″ exposure.


Saturday, January 16, 2016

fargo-snow-ice

Snow and ice in Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 36 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 33, barometric pressure 29.44” and falling rapidly. Snowpack is down to 1.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 31, and the overnight low was 22.

Forecast:

Two low pressure systems—one approaching from the Great Lakes and the other a coastal nor’easter off the Massachusetts coast this morning—will deliver a wintery mix to the region today. The nor’easter will deliver snow to northern New Hampshire and Maine, but we’ll miss that boat. We’ll see rain, snow, or sleet arriving shortly this morning, then rain or snow this afternoon. We could see snow and sleet accumulations a dusting to 2″. Highs will be in the upper 30s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow until midnight, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows will be around 20 with west winds around 10 mph. Chance of snow is 20%.

Sunday should be partly sunny with highs in the mid 20s and west winds around 10 mph. A clipper low will move through the region Sunday night bringing snow with light snow accumulations possible. Temperatures will also drop behind the low. Lows will be around 14 with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 70%.

Snow will continue into Monday with additional light snow accumulations possible. Highs will be around 17 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of snow is 70%. Monday night should be mostly cloudy and much colder with lows around zero.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 25 and a low of 3. We had 7.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 63°F in 1995.
The record low was -21°F in 2009 (we had a low of -20).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:24 AM EST
Sunset: 4:39 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 19m
Length of Day: 9h 15m
Tomorrow will be 1m50s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 6d 10h old with 45% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:10 AM EST
No Moon Set

About Today’s Photo:

Fargo Brook is running clear now, and ice once again fringes the edges of rocks.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @97mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 400, f/18, 1/15″ exposure.


Friday, January 15, 2016

hydrangea-snow

A piece of dried hydrangea casts its shadow on fresh snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:55AM it’s currently 18 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 16, barometric pressure 29.98”. Snowpack is 2.25”. Yesterday’s high was 24, and the overnight low was 9.

Forecast:

A weak area of high pressure is currently cresting over the region this morning. Clouds will increase during the day today out ahead of low pressure moving in from the Great Lakes and a second low moving up the Atlantic coast. These will bring a wintery mix to the region tonight and into Saturday. Colder air arrives on Sunday.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with highs in the lower 30s and light and variable winds, becoming southeasterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of sleet after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 20s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

The inland low will be over us on Saturday bringing rain, snow, or sleet in the morning, then rain or snow in the afternoon. Total snow accumulations will be on the order of a dusting to 2″. Highs will be in the mid 30s with south winds around 10 mph, becoming southwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 20s and west winds around 10 mph.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the mid 20s and northwest winds around 10 mph. A clipper low will move through the region Sunday night bringing snow showers with light snow accumulations possible. Lows will be around 10 above. Chance of snow is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 25 and a low of -4. We had 7.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 66°F in 1995.
The record low was -30°F in 1957.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:24 AM EST
Sunset: 4:38 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 18m
Length of Day: 9h 13m
Tomorrow will be 1m46s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5d 10h old with 34% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:37 AM EST
Moonset: 11:25 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

A bit of a summer memory—this piece of dried hydrangea had been broken off by the weekend’s strong winds to cast its shadow on the fresh snow.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/80″ exposure.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

chickadee-print

A tell-tale impression of wings and tail in fresh snow…

chickadee-apple

…and a likely suspect!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 10 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 90%, dewpoint 8, barometric pressure 29.83”. We have 2.25” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 23, and the overnight low was 1.

Forecast:

A shortwave tough moving across the region will produce scattered snow showers in addition to the Lake Ontario effect snow showers today. We’ll see more widespread light snow and mixed precipitation this weekend as low pressure moves into the Great Lakes states and heads our way. Unfortunately for snow lovers, a low moving up the Atlantic coast on Saturday will be too far out to sea to bring us a nor’easter, though it will help to rotate in warmer air that will affect the type of precipitation we can expect on Saturday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 20% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the mid 20s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers until midnight. Lows will be around 14 with light and variable winds.

Friday should be mostly cloudy with highs in the lower 30s and light and variable winds. The aforementioned Great Lakes low will move in on Friday night
bringing snow or sleet. Expect little or no snow accumulation overnight. Lows will be in the upper 20s with southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday snow, rain, or sleet are likely. We can expect little or no snow accumulation. Highs will be in the mid 30s with light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Any wet stuff should finish off as snow Saturday night as cooler air moves in behind the departing low. We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with lows around 20.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 21 and a low of -13. We had 8″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 60°F in 1995.
The record low was -26°F in 1914.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:25 AM EST
Sunset: 4:37 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 16m
Length of Day: 9h 11m
Tomorrow will be 1m43s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4d 11h old with 24% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:03 AM EST
Moonset: 10:15 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

I was out shooting yesterday afternoon and came across these wing prints in the snow underneath a lilac bush in the back yard. As I bent to take a shot, I heard the burbling chirrup of a chickadee above my head. Looking up, I grabbed a shot of this little fellow as he perched briefly in the branches wondering what I was doing.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens, ISO 400, f/11, various exposure times.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

fargo-chocolate

Another view of milk chocolate waters flowing in Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:55AM it’s currently 18 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the southwest at 3-5 mph. Relative humidity is 79%, dewpoint 13, barometric pressure 29.67” and rising rapidly. We picked up 3.25” of fluffy snow overnight and have 3.25” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 28, and the overnight low was 18.

Forecast:

The deep low pressure system that delivered last night’s snowfall has moved to up into the Canadian Maritime provinces. We’ll see occasional snow flurries during the day today before a ridge of high pressure builds in tonight.

We’ll see cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers this morning, then partly sunny skies this afternoon. Highs will be around 19 with west winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear until midnight, then become partly cloudy with lows around 8 above and west winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph and becoming southwesterly after midnight.

Thursday should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of Lake Ontario-effect snow showers. Highs will be in the lower 20s with light and variable winds, becoming westerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with lows around 14 and light and variable winds.

Friday’s looking mostly cloudy and milder with highs around 30 and light and variable winds. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with lows in the mid 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 16 and a low of -16. We picked up 3.5″ of new snow and had 8.5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 60°F in 1932.
The record low was -23°F in 1914.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:25 AM EST
Sunset: 4:35 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 15m
Length of Day: 9h 10m
Tomorrow will be 1m40s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 3d 10h old with 14% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:29 AM EST
Moonset: 9:04 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Using a moderately slow shutter speed (1/15″) allows for interesting forms to emerge from flowing water. I’m always delighted by the results…

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/15″ exposure.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

fargo-flow

Café au lait flowing in Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 14 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 11, barometric pressure 29.96” and falling slowly. We picked up a quick 0.25” of snow yesterday morning and have just a dusting on the ground now. Yesterday’s high was 36, and the overnight low was 10.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for our region until 7:00AM Wednesday.

Forecast:

A clipper low will move across the region over the next 24hrs bringing light to moderate snow starting later this afternoon and continuing into tonight. We’ll see cloudy skies with a slight chance of light snow this morning, then snow likely this afternoon. We can expect snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ by nightfall. Highs will be in the mid 20s with southeast winds around 10 mph gusting up to 25 mph this afternoon. Chance of snow is 90%. Tonight will be cloudy with snow likely until midnight, then a chance of snow showers after midnight. We’re looking at total snow accumulations of 2″ to 5″ with higher amounts over the higher elevations by Wednesday morning. Lows will be around 16 with south winds around 10 mph, becoming southwesterly after midnight. Chance of snow is 70%.

Wednesday should be cloudy with a chance of snow showers in the morning, then partly sunny with a slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Highs will be around 19 with west winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of snow is 50%. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 6 above and west winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

Thursday’s looking mostly cloudy with highs in the lower 20s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows 10 to 15.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 32 and a low of 16. We picked up 1.20″ of new snow and had 5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 55°F in 1980.
The record low was -23°F in 1968.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:26 AM EST
Sunset: 4:34 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 13m
Length of Day: 9h 08m
Tomorrow will be 1m36s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2d 11h old with 7% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:53 AM EST
Moonset: 7:54 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

The other day’s high water flowed like café au lait in Fargo Brook.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140 lens @ 46mm, ISO 200, f/8, 1/15″ exposure.


Monday, January 11, 2016

fargo-full

A fast running Fargo Brook yesterday at midday

Well, that was an interesting day…

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently 23 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. A bit of a snow shower is falling and delivered about a quarter-inch of snow in the time it’s taken to write this post… Winds are out of the west at 3-8 mph. Relative humidity is 73%, dewpoint 19, barometric pressure 29.62” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.88” of rain in the past 24hrs. We set a new high wind record for our protected hollow of 48 mph yesterday at midday (just about when our power went out…) We are down to bare ground at the snowstake. Yesterday’s high was 51, and the overnight low was 26.

Forecast:

The powerful low pressure system that brought us yesterday’s wild’n’wooly weather is now centered over James Bay. It will rotate seasonably cool air into the region today along with the chance of scattered lake effect snow showers. We’ll see partly sunny skies today with flurries this morning, then a slight chance of snow showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 20s with west winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Chance of snow is 20%.
Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers until midnight. Lows will be around 12 with west winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph, then becoming southwesterly around 10 mph after midnight.

Tuesday should be cloudy with light snow likely mainly in the afternoon as a clipper low moves in from the Great Lakes and is augmented by a coastal low out over the Canadian Maritimes. We could see snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ in valley locations with 3″ to 6″ at higher elevations above 1000′. Highs will be in the mid 20s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of snow is 70%. Tuesday night light snow is likely with additional light snow accumulation possible. Lows should be around 18 with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of snow is 70%.

Wednesday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be around 19 with west winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows 5 to 10 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 27 and a low of 2. We had 4″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 56°F in 1980 (Burlington set a record high of 53 yesterday.)
The record low was -27°F in 1968.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:26 AM EST
Sunset: 4:33 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 12m
Length of Day: 9h 07m
Tomorrow will be 1m32s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1d 10h old with 3% illumination. Moonrise: 8:13 AM EST
Moonset: 6:44 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

The heavy rains and melting snowpack helped to push Fargo Brook’s water up fairly high yesterday afternoon.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 200, f/14, 1/10″ exposure.


Sunday, January 10, 2016

windslab

Windslabbed snow on the upper mountain at Mad River Glen

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:50AM it’s currently a blustery 40 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the southwest gusting to 25 mph. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint 36, barometric pressure 29.87” and falling rapidly. We’re down to 1” of icy crust at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 41, and the overnight low was 37.

There is a High Wind Warning in effect for our region from 7:00AM this morning until 5:00PM this evening. Get your generators ready…

Forecast:

A strong low pressure system will lift into western Quebec into bringing widespread rain and locally strong winds. Behind this system a return to colder, more seasonable temperatures are expected for much of next week with scattered snow showers, especially across the higher terrain. The best chance for more organized snow showers and light accumulations will occur Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night as low pressure lifts through the Saint Lawrence valley.

We’ll see rain and very windy with highs in the upper 40s today. Winds will be out of the southeast winds 20 to 30 mph, increasing to 30 to 40 mph this afternoon and gusting up to 60 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%. Tonight should be cloudy with rain showers until midnight, then a chance of rain or snow showers after midnight as a cold front moves in behind the departing low. Expect little or no snow accumulation. Lows will drop into the lower 20s with south winds 15 to 20 mph, becoming westerly after midnight and gusting up to 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Monday should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. It’ll be breezy with highs in the mid 20s and west winds 15 to 25 mph gusting up to 40 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 12 and southwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph.

A clipper system will slide our way Tuesday bringing snow shower s with light snow accumulations possible. Highs will be in the upper 20s with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of snow is 60%. Tuesday night snow showers are likely with additional light snow accumulations possible. Lows will be around 20. Chance of snow is 60%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 16 and a low of 8. We picked up 2.25″ of new snow and had 5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 49°F in 1939.
The record low was -22°F in 1968.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:26 AM EST (it’s finally getting lighter earlier!)
Length of Visible Light: 10h 10m
Length of Day: 9h 05m
Tomorrow will be 1m27s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 10h old with just a touch of illumination.
Moonrise: 7:30 AM EST
Moonset: 5:37 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Wind creates fanciful patterns in the snow. The zig-zags of this windslabbed snow on the upper mountain at Mad River Glen seem to suggest numerous profiles, or maybe waves of water…

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 130mm, ISO 400, f/11, 1/1000″ exposure.


Saturday, January 9, 2016

mrg-waterfall

The waterfall at Mad River Glen thinks it’s winter…

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 37 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 2-4 mph. Relative humidity is 79%, dewpoint 31, barometric pressure 30.14” and falling slowly. We have 2.25” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 41, and the overnight low was 36.

Forecast:

We’ve got active weather ahead for the next couple of days, and it ain’t going to be playing nice for those of us who enjoying playing in the white stuff… A weak disturbance is currently moving into the region this morning and will deliver a light mix bag of precipitation. A strong, warmer, and wetter low pressure system will move in overnight tonight delivering widespread rain. Yuck.

It’ll be cloudy today with a chance of snow showers this morning mixing or changing to rain showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 30s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers until midnight, increasing after midnight. Temperatures will remain hear steady—in the mid 30s—with southeast winds 15 to 20 mph and gusting up to 35 mph after midnight. Chance of rain is 40%.

The aforementioned potent low pressure system will move out of the Great Lakes and track to our north Sunday bringing widespread rain and high winds (a High Wind Watch is in effect for our region from 7:00AM to 7:00PM Sunday). Highs will be in the mid 40s and southeast winds 20 to 30 mph gusting up to 55 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%. A cold front will move in behind the departing low Sunday night allowing any lingering rain showers to transition to snow. Lows will drop into the lower 20s with southwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 45 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. We could see a 1/3″ of rain (or more) out of this storm in our immediate area, with over an inch in southeastern regions.

Monday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the mid 20s with west winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be 10 to 15. At this point it looks like some active and seasonably cold weather is ahead for next week, with snow showers likely most days. Fingers crossed…

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 22 and a low of 10. We had 2″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 57°F in 1937.
The record low was -24°F in 1968.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27 AM EST
Sunset: 4:31 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 09m
Length of Day: 9h 04m
Tomorrow will be 1m25s longer.

The Moon is new, 29d 1h old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:41 AM EST
Moonset: 4:33 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

The big waterfall at Mad River Glen is in lovely mid-winter form with a lovely cascade of ice.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 400, f/11, 1/80″ exposure.


Friday, January 8, 2016

hump-mrg

Camel’s Hump from Mad River Glen

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 12 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 10, barometric pressure 30.26”. We have 3” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 40, and the overnight low was 11.

Forecast:

We’ve got ore more day of dry weather and sunshine today, along with high temperatures in the 30s. Changes take place this weekend with a low pressure system moving into the region late tonight and into Saturday. Expect some light mixed precipitation with this initial system. There will be a brief break Saturday night before a a more potent low pressure system moves in on Sunday bringing widespread rain and strong winds to the western slopes of the Greens.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the mid 30s and light and variable winds, becoming southeasterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become cloudy with a 20% chance of snow after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 20s with southeast winds around 10 mph gusting up to 25 mph after midnight.

Saturday should be cloudy with a chance of snow in the morning, transitioning to a chance of rain in the afternoon as a weak upper level trough moves through. Highs will be in the upper 30s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. Temperatures will remain near steady—in the mid 30s—with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

The aforementioned potent low pressure system will move into the region from the Great Lakes on Sunday tracking to our northwest and putting us on the warm side of the system. It’ll bring widespread rain. It’ll be breezy with highs in the upper 40s and southeast winds 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%. There’s quite a bit of moisture in this system, and we can expect 3/4″ to 1″ of rain. Bummer. A cold front will follow up the passage of the low on Sunday night bringing mostly cloudy skies with a 50% chance of rain or snow showers. Lows will drop to the mid 20s.

Ski it while you can folks…

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 16 and a low of -17. We picked up 1.25″ of new snow and had 2″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 11.
The record high was 63°F in 2008 (we had a high of 58).
The record low was -21°F in 1968.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27 AM EST
Sunset: 4:30 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 08m
Length of Day: 9h 02m
Tomorrow will be 1m20s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 28d 1h old with 3% illumination. Moonrise: 5:48 AM EST
Moonset: 3:36 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Camel’s Hump, Mt. Ira Allen, and Burnt Rock Mountain line up nicely in this view from Mad River Glen on Wednesday.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 400, f/16, 1/800″ exposure.