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Monday, February 29, 2016

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Robins arrived yesterday!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently a balmy 51 degrees and just beginning to rain under overcast skies. Winds are out of the southwest at 4-7 mph. Relative humidity is 47%, dewpoint 32, barometric pressure 29.38” and falling. We’re back down to bare ground for the third time this February. Yesterday’s high was 49, and the overnight low was 25.

Forecast:

We’ve got an active period of weather ahead this week with a series of storm systems expected across the region through midweek. A clipper system will lift a warm front through the region this morning and into the early afternoon bringing rain. Morning temperatures range widely from 52 here in Huntington to 28 in Norwich were the warm air hasn’t yet arrived. Another clipper and its associated cold front will move through later tonight producing scattered snow showers with limited accumulations. A more potent low pressure system will move in Tuesday night into Wednesday with a mix of precipitation types expected.

We’ll see cloudy skies with rain showers likely this morning, then partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain showers this afternoon. It will be unseasonably warm (surprise!) with highs in the lower 50s with southwest winds 15 to 20 mph, becoming westerly this afternoon as temperature fall to around 40 in advance of a cold front. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers until midnight, then partly cloudy after midnight. It’ll be windy with lows around 14 and southwest winds 20 to 30 mph, becoming northwesterly 20 to 25 mph after midnight and gusting up to 45 mph. Chance of snow is 50%.

High pressure will build in briefly on Tuesday bringing partly sunny skies with highs in the mid 20s and northwest winds around 10 mph in the morning, becoming light and variable. The aforementioned low will move in Tuesday night bringing snow or sleet overnight with light snow accumulations possible. Lows will be in the lower 20s with east winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Wednesday should be a bit of a mess with snow, rain, freezing rain, or sleet likely. Highs will be in the upper 30s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Colder air will move in behind the departing low Wednesday night bringing partly cloudy skies with a 50% chance of lingering snow showers. Lows will be around 10 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we didn’t have this date, so I got nuthin’ to say!

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 34 and lows of 16.
The record high was 50°F in 1896.
The record low was -12°F in 2008 (we had a low of -15).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:30 AM EST
Sunset: 5:39 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 12h 07m
Length of Day: 11h 09m
Tomorrow will be 3m3s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20d 21h old with 84% illumination.
No Moon Rise
Moonset: 9:54 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

We had a group of robins pull in yesterday. I heard them feed under the winterberry bush by the pond. They flew up into the pond-side willows as I approached.

A neighbor pointed out that he’s been seeing robins in the Champlain Valley all “winter” long. My understanding is that these are probably Canadian robins who overwinter in the relatively warmer valley, while our Vermont robins do indeed head further south, returning in early spring. With this winter though, who knows what’s up.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

addison-maples

A stand of maples across a hayfield in Addison

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 35 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 78%, dewpoint 29, barometric pressure 29.80” and rising slowly. We picked up a 0.01” of rain overnight and have 0.50” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 36, and the overnight low was 35.

Forecast:

A cold front dropping southward from Canada will deliver clouds and light precipitation this morning across the international border before stalling around mid-day. As a clipper low approaches from the Great Lakes later this afternoon, the stalled front will lift northward as a warm front tonight into Monday bringing rain and perhaps some freezing rain in the northern St. Lawrence Valley. The potential for a more significant snowfall event (by this winter’s standards) looks to be in the cards for Tuesday into Wednesday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a chance of rain or snow this morning, then a slight chance of rain this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 30s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. Lows will be in the mid 30s with south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph after midnight.

Monday should be cloudy with a chance of rain in the morning, then partly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 40s with southwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph, and becoming westerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 50%. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with lows around 16 and west winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

A brief shot of high pressure will build in Tuesday bringing partly sunny skies and seasonably cool temperatures with highs in the mid 20s and northwest winds around 10 mph. A more potent low pressure system will approach the region from the Ohio River valley Tuesday night bringing a snow with light snow accumulation possible overnight. Lows will be in the lower 20s. Chance of snow is 70%. This storm should continue into Wednesday with the potential for 4″-6″ by Wednesday if current forecasts models keep on track. Stay tuned!

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 26 and a low of -10. We had 20″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 34 and lows of 16.
The record high was 55°F in 1903.
The record low was -17°F in 1920.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:31 AM EST
Sunset: 5:38 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 12h 04m
Length of Day: 11h 06m
Tomorrow will be 3m1s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19d 22h old with 73% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:28 PM EST
Moonset: 9:20 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

This stand of maples and oaks across a hayfield in Addison were illuminated by a brief shot of sunshine breaking through the clouds.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/2000″ exposure.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

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Rabbit tracks across the backyard this morning

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 12 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 10, barometric pressure 30.06”. We have 1.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 27, and the overnight low was 5.

Forecast:

We’ve got a fairly unsettled and milder weather pattern expected across the region through the upcoming week with several storm systems producing periods of various sorts of precipitation. A weak low and trailing cold front passing north of the border tonight will bring some light rain and snow to the area, along with gusty south to southwesterly winds. Two potentially stronger systems on Sunday night and again Tuesday night through Wednesday will bring more mixed precipitation along with strong winds.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies this morning becoming mostly cloudy this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 30s with south winds 10 to 15 mph and gusting up to 30 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow or rain showers mainly after midnight as the aforementioned low skirts to our north. Lows will be in the upper 20s with southwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph.

Sunday should bring a chance of snow showers in the morning. It’ll be cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers. Highs will be in the lower 40s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Sunday night
Cloudy with a 50% chance of rain showers as a clipper low moves to our north. It’ll be breezy with lows in the mid 30s and south winds 20 to 25 mph gusting up to 40 mph.

The clipper will pass to our east on Monday allowing slightly cooler air to move in behind it. We should see partly sunny skies with a 40% chance of rain showers. It’ll be breezy with highs in the upper 30s and west winds 20 to 25 mph gusting up to 40 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 21 and a low of -11. We had 20″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 34 and lows of 16.
The record high was 57°F in 2000 (we had a high of 61).
The record low was -21°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:33 AM EST
Sunset: 5:36 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 12h 01m
Length of Day: 11h 03m
Tomorrow will be 3m1s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 18d 22h old with 80% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:31 PM EST
Moonset: 8:50 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

A rabbit was about early this morning bounding from our patio steps across the backyard to Fargo Brook. I like the way the long morning shadows play across this image.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm @ 21mm, ISO 400, f/14, 1/200″ exposure


Friday, February 26, 2016

middlebury-falls

The roaring falls at Middlebury yesterday afternoon.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 14 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west at 1-4 mph. Relative humidity is 82%, dewpoint 10, barometric pressure 29.68” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.13” of rain and 2.25” of snow (you know, that mythical white stuff the history books speak of…) in the past 24hrs. We have 2.25” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 52, and the overnight low was 14.

Forecast:

The low pressure system that delivered yesterday’s rain and snow is currently move to the east of the region, and high pressure is beginning to build in. This morning’s thick cloud cover and mountain snow showers will give way to clearing skies through the day and into tonight with temperatures plummeting into the single digits. Milder weather returns for this weekend, with some light rain or snow showers possible Saturday night and Sunday.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with a 50% chance of snow showers this morning, then partly sunny skies this afternoon. Highs will be around 18 with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear until midnight, then become partly cloudy. Lows will be around 6 above with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph until midnight then becoming light and variable.

Saturday should be partly sunny in the morning, then become mostly cloudy as a clipper system skirts to our north. Highs will be in the lower 30s with south winds around 10 mph, becoming southwesterly 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph in the afternoon. Saturday night should be cloudy with lows in the mid 20s and southwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

Sunday should be cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the upper 30s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain showers. Lows will be in the lower 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 13 and a low of -4. We had 20″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 34 and lows of 15.
The record high was 60°F in 1957.
The record low was -19°F in 1970.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:35 AM EST
Sunset: 5:35 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 58m
Length of Day: 11h 00m
Tomorrow will be 3m0s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17d 22h old with 87% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:33 PM EST
Moonset: 8:21 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

The recent heavy rains swelled rivers and streams across the region in the past day. Otter Creek was full and roaring as it plummeted over the falls in Middlebury yesterday afternoon.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 19mm, ISO 400, f/4, 1/400″ exposure.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

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A pressure ridge reaches northward from the shore of Crown Point

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 50 degrees and raining steadily under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 48, barometric pressure 29.13” and falling slowly. We picked up 1.52” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 49, and the overnight low was 39.

Forecast:

Strong low pressure over the eastern Great Lakes this morning will shift north of the international border today, and eventually off into the Gulf of St. Lawrence tonight. Another round of rain is expected to develop through the morning, though lighter than the past 12 hours, transitioning to a rain and snow
mix this evening, and eventually all snow tonight before ending early Friday morning. Minor snow accumulations of a dusting to 2″ is expected at the valley floor, with up to 5″ possible across the higher peaks of northern Vermont.

Today we’ll see more rain. It’ll be warmer with highs in the lower 50s and south winds 15 to 20 mph, becoming westerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight snow or rain likely until midnight, changing over to all snow after midnight as colder air moves in behind the departing low. Expect total snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ in our immediate area with up to 5″ over higher summits. Lows will be drop around 13 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

A cold front will cross the region Friday brining mostly cloudy skies with a 40% chance of snow showers in the morning, then partly sunny skies in the afternoon as a brief period of chilly high pressure builds in. Highs will be around 18 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy and seasonably chilly with lows around 3 above and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

The high will shift to our east on Saturday allowing for a warmer southerly airflow to return out ahead of a weak clipper system. We’ll see partly sunny skies with highs in the lower 30s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Saturday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the upper 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 26 and a low of 3. We had 20.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 33 and lows of 15.
The record high was 55°F in 1985.
The record low was -17°F in 1962.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:36 AM EST
Sunset: 5:34 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 55m
Length of Day: 10h 57m
Tomorrow will be 3m0s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16d 21h old with 93% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:36 PM EST
Moonset: 7:53 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Under a moody grey sky, a long pressure ridge reaches northward towards the broad Lake from a spit of land off of Crown Point.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 9mm, ISO 400, f/16, 1/100″ exposure.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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Looking up while looking down…

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 33 degrees and sleeting/freezing raining under overcast skies. Winds are out of the southwest at 3-7 mph. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint 28, barometric pressure 30.16” and dropping quickly. We’ve picked up a 0.10” coating of sleet. Yesterday’s high was 39, and the overnight low was 31.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 2 PM EST this afternoon.

Forecast:

Light mixed precipitation will fall across much of the region through early to middle afternoon before changing over to rain later in the day. The rain will be steady at times tonight and Thursday as a strong low pressure system currently over the Mississippi and Tennessee River valleys tracks just to the west of our area. Eventually this low will move far enough north and east of the region to allow for colder air to return and change the rain over the snow showers late
Thursday night and Friday. Some minor snow accumulations will be possible especially in the mountains at that time.

We’ll see occasional light freezing rain, rain, or sleet this morning changing over to light rain this afternoon. Snow and sleet accumulations should be on the order of a dusting to 1″ with just a trace of ice accumulation. Highs will be around 40 today with east winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is near 100%. Tonight rain is likely with a slight chance of thunderstorms as the aforementioned low moves in. Lows will be around 40 with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%.

Thursday should bring a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning with rain likely. It’ll be warmer with highs in the lower 50s and south winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Thursday night rain is likely, changing over to snow late as cold air moves in behind the departing low. We could see snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ overnight with highest amounts over the mountains. Lows will be around 19 with west winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Friday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the lower 20s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows 5 to 10 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 18 and a low of -20. We had 21″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 33 and lows of 15.
The record high was 55°F in 1930.
The record low was -18°F in 1914.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:38 AM EST
Sunset: 5:32 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 53m
Length of Day: 10h 54m
Tomorrow will be 2m58s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 15d 21h old with 97% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:38 PM EST
Moonset: 7:26 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Ice and standing water in a vernal pool in the floodplain forest near Bulwagga Bay let you look up while looking down.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 19mm, ISO 800, f/16, 1/30″ exposure.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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A lone ice-fisherman on Bulwagga Bay

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:30AM it’s currently 7 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 6, barometric pressure 30.42” and risings slowly. Yesterday’s high was 25, and the overnight low was 5.

Forecast:

We have another quiet day weather-wise on tap for today courtesy of high pressure that is currently moving to our east. A strong low pressure system brewing over the lower Mississippi Valley today will bring widespread precipitation to the northeast tonight through Friday. Precipitation will begin across the area as a mix of snow and sleet late tonight, but transitions to mainly rain for Wednesday afternoon right through Thursday. There’s even some thunder involved. The storm will end with a transition back to snow Thursday night, before pulling away on Friday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs in the mid 30s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become cloudy with a 50% chance of light snow. Lows will be in the mid 20s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

Wednesday should bring some light snow or sleet in the morning transitioning to light rain in the afternoon as temperatures rise though the day. Any morning snow and sleet accumulations should be on the light side — a dusting to 1″. Highs will be in the upper 30s with east winds around 10 mph in the morning, becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Wednesday night rain is likely. Lows will be in the upper 30s with east winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%.

Thursday will bring widespread rain. It’ll be unseasonably warm (gee, how unusual…) with highs around 50 and south winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%, and we may hear a few rumbles of thunder during the day. Thursday night rain should transition back to snow before tapering off with light snow accumulations possible (1″-3″ with higher amounts being in the mountains). Lows will be in the mid 20s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 25 and a low of -20. We picked up 0.30″ of new snow and had 22″ at the stake.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:40 AM EST
Sunset: 5:31 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 50m
Length of Day: 10h 51m
Tomorrow will be 2m59s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 14d 21h old with nearly 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:39 PM EST
Moonset: 6:58 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

There were a few ice-fishermen out on Bulwagga Bay the other day, and a few on the Vermont side as well near the Champlain Bridge. This one guy, however, had a broad stretch of the Bay to himself as he was out about a quarter mile from the shore. In the still, windless air, we could hear his boots crunching on the ice when he walked around.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 183mm, ISO 400, f/16, 1/125″ exposure.