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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.


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

pool-reflection

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.


Monday, February 22, 2016

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A large pressure ridge at the edge of a marsh in Bulwagga Bay by Crown Point, NY yesterday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 16 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 83%, dewpoint 12, barometric pressure 30.16” and rising rapidly. Yesterday’s high was 38, and the overnight low was 16.

Forecast:

High pressure currently building into the region this morning will dominate our weather through Tuesday afternoon. A coastal low will bring warm temperatures, mixed precipitation, and then rain to the region Wednesday into Thursday (sound familiar?)

We’ll see partly sunny skies this morning then clearing skies later today. Highs will be in the lower 20s with north winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be clear and seasonably chilly with lows around zero and light and variable winds.

Tuesday should be partly sunny and mild with highs in the lower 30s and light and variable winds becoming southerly around 10 mph in the afternoon as the high moves to our east. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of light snow. Lows will be in the lower 20s with southeast winds around 10 mph.

Wednesday morning snow, sleet, or rain are likely with a light snow accumulation (~1″) possible before warm air advection changes it over to all rain. Highs will be in the upper 30s with southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Wednesday night rain is likely. Lows will be in the upper 30s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 34 and a low of 8. We had 22″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 32 and highs of 14.
The record high was 61°F in 1981.
The record low was -20°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:41 AM EST
Sunset: 5:30 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 47m
Length of Day: 10h 48m
Tomorrow will be 2m58s longer.

The Moon is the full “Snow” moon (hah!)(Northeast Native American, Neo-Pagan Wiccan)
13d 21h old with 100% illumination
Moonrise: 5:39 PM EST
Moonset: 6:27 AM EST
Other names for this month’s full moon include: “Trapper” (Colonial American), “Wold” (English), “Ice” (Celtic), and “Storm” (Medieval Wiccan).

About Today’s Photo:

Robin & I took a little road trip to Crown Point yesterday morning. We wandered over to the west side of the park and into the finger of floodplain separating Bulwagga Bay from the main Lake Champlain channel. Out at the edge of the marsh, we could see a tall ice pressure ridge. We walked out on the icy marsh and found an impressive display: large plates of marsh-grass-riddled ice buckled up from a southerly fetch. You can just make out Robin near the top of the ridge.

Here’s another view:

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Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 400, f/14, 1/80″ exposure.


Sunday, February 21, 2016

hump-moon-river

A waxing gibbous moon rises over Camel’s Hump and the Huntington River

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently a balmy 35 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 33, barometric pressure 29.82” and rising. We picked up 0.07” of rain in the past 24hrs, and are back down to bare ground at the snow stake. Yesterday’s high was 47, and the overnight low was 35.

Forecast:

The clipper low that delivered yesterday’s showers is over the Gulf of St. Lawrence this morning, and will continue to spin a few sprinkles or higher elevation snow showers across the region today. A cold front will move through this evening ushering in more seasonable temperatures and high pressure for Monday and Tuesday, while another damp low looks to be in the cards for Wednesday.

We’ll see cloudy skies with a 20% chance of rain or snow showers today. Highs will be in the upper 30s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 20% slight chance of snow showers until midnight, then become partly cloudy after midnight as the cold front moves in from the west. Lows will drop to around 11 with northwest winds around 10 mph.

Monday should be partly sunny in the morning then clearing as high pressure builds in. Highs will be around 20 with north winds around 10 mph. Monday night should be clear and seasonably chilly with lows around 1 above and light and variable winds.

Tuesday’s looking mostly sunny with highs in the upper 20s and light and variable winds. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 23 and a low of -10. We picked up 2.5″ of new snow and had 20″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 32 and lows of 14.
The record high was 59°F in 1981.
The record low was -19°F in 1950.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:43 AM EST
Sunset: 5:28 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 44m
Length of Day: 10h 45m
Tomorrow will be 2m57s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 12d 21h old with 98% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:39 PM EST
Moonset: 5:54 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Out and about taking pictures of ice on the Huntington River the other day, I was greeted by the waxing gibbous moon rising over Camel’s Hump in the late afternoon. A fine sight despite the almost utter lack of snow for mid-February…

 

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 200, f/16, 1/160″ exposure.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

thin-ice

A thin layer of ice acts like a magnifying glass on the bank of the Huntington River

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 37 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 5-7 mph. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint 33, barometric pressure 29.74” and falling rapidly. We picked up 0.50” of snow overnight and have 0.50” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 39, and the overnight low was 32.

Forecast:

The clipper system that brought overnight snow is tracking to our north this morning near the Ontario-Québec border. We’ll see a few lingering mountain snow showers and rain today as the low moves northeastward. A cold front will swing through on Sunday producing snow showers or sprinkles of rain, then high pressure will build in for Monday.

We’ll see a chance of rain or snow showers this morning, then rain showers likely this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 40s with southwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Tonight should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain or snow showers. Lows will be in the lower 30s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain or snow showers mainly in the morning as the aforementioned cold front swings through. Highs will be in the upper 30s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with lows around 11 and northwest winds around 10 mph.

High pressure will build in Monday bringing mostly sunny skies and seasonably chilly temperatures with highs around 19 and north winds around 10 mph. Monday night should be mostly clear with lows 5 to 10 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 13 and a low of -10. We picked up 2.75″ of new snow and had 20.50″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 32 and highs of 14.
The record high was 58°F in 1981.
The record low was -13°F in 1950.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:44 AM EST
Sunset: 5:27 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 41m
Length of Day: 10h 42m
Tomorrow will be 2m56s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11d 21h old with 95% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:38 PM EST
Moonset: 5:17 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

This thin layer of ice caught my eye as I was shooting much larger, optic slabs along the Huntington River the other day. I like the way the ice acts like a magnifying glass on the fine gravel below.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 200, f/8, 1/320″ exposure.


Friday, February 19, 2016

ice-slabs

Large slabs of ice along the Huntington River

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently 5 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 90%, dewpoint 3, barometric pressure 30.57”. Yesterday’s high was 24, and the overnight low was 5.

Forecast:

The roller-coaster continues: strong high pressure currently cresting over the northeastern United States will slide east of New England this evening, and a clipper low and associated warm front approaching from the Great Lakes will bring a light mix of snow and rain tonight into Saturday. Strong south to southwesterly winds with gusts locally in excess of 40 miles per hour in the Champlain and St. Lawrence valleys tonight will allow temperatures to warm considerably. High temperatures will reach the low to middle 40s for most lower
elevation sections on Saturday. A few sprinkles or mountain snow showers remain possible for Sunday.

We’ll see sunny skies this morning then partly sunny skies later in the day as the low approaches. Highs will be in the mid 30s with light and variable winds, becoming southerly 10 to 15 mph this afternoon. Tonight snow is likely mixing with rain after midnight. We could see snow accumulations of a dusting to 2″ before the transition. It’ll be breezy with lows in the upper 20s and south winds 15 to 25 mph gusting up to 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday we’ll see cloudy skies. Any spotty morning snow showers should transition to all rain by mid-morning. Highs will be in the lower 40s with south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Saturday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain in the valleys or snow showers at higher elevations. Lows will be in the lower 30s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

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

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 17 and a low of 0. We picked up 0.50″ of new snow and had 19″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 32 and lows of 13.
The record high was 62°F in 1981.
The record low was -23°F in 1944.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:46 AM EST
Sunset: 5:26 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 38m
Length of Day: 10h 39m
Tomorrow will be 2m56s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10d 21h old with 90% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:38 PM EST
Moonset: 4:34 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

The recent heavy rains broke up most of the ice along the Huntington River. These large slabs were laid up along the banks at the Audubon Nature Center yesterday.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 200, f/16, 1/160″ exposure.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

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Dangling icicles hang from a log across Fargo Brook yesterday afternoon

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 10 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the north at 0-4 mph. Relative humidity is 81%, dewpoint 6, barometric pressure 30.42” and rising rapidly. We picked up a light dusting of snow overnight. Still mostly bare ground at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was 10.

Forecast:

A cold front moving east of Vermont early this morning has brought in much colder air mass overnight. High temperatures today will range from the middle teens across northern New York and the upper teens to lower 20s for central and
northern Vermont. Surface high pressure building eastward from the Great Lakes will bring mostly clear skies for the rest of today and tonight. As this high pressure system shifts to our east Friday afternoon, an approaching warm front and associated clipper system will bring chances for rain and snow showers Friday night and Saturday. Temperatures will warm considerably on strengthening south to southwest
winds with high temperatures back into the low to middle 40s for Saturday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies with a 20% chance of snow showers this morning, then sunny skies this afternoon. Highs will be around 16 with north winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be clear and chilly with lows around 2 above and light and variable winds.

Friday should be mostly sunny in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers in the afternoon as the aforementioned clipper and warm front move in. The low will pass to our north, once again putting us on the warm side of things. Highs will be in the mid 30s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Friday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the upper 20s with south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

Saturday’s looking cloudy with a 50% chance of rain or snow showers. Highs will be in the lower 40s with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Saturday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain or snow showers. Lows will be in the lower 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 28 and a low of -9. We had 19.25″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 31 and lows of 13.
The record high was 58°F in 1981.
The record low was -25°F in 1979.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:47 AM EST
Sunset: 5:24 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 36m
Length of Day: 10h 36m
Tomorrow will be 2m54s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9d 21h old with 82% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:40 PM EST
Moonset: 3:46 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

All the rain we had on Tuesday washed the bulk of the ice out of Fargo Brook and caused a couple of ice jams here and there. These fat, dangling icicles reached down to just above the surface of the flowing water.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/30″ exposure.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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Icing on our backyard magnolia yesterday morning

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 27 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 82%, dewpoint 22, barometric pressure 29.89” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.61” of rain yesterday, and we’re once again down to bare ground at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 51, and the overnight low was 27.

High temperature records were set yesterday at Burlington (55 degrees) and St. Johnsbury (53 degrees). And Massena, NY set a record rainfall amount of 1.47″.

Forecast:

The low pressure system that brought yesterday’s mayhem is now well to our northeast over northern Québec. An upper level trough the Great Lakes and southeastern Ontario will move eastward this afternoon bringing some light snow
shower activity to the region late this afternoon and through the first half of tonight. A cold front will then usher in colder temperatures with lows tonight in the teens across Vermont and the single digits across northern New York. High pressure will bring fair and seasonably cold conditions through Thursday and Thursday night.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 50% chance of snow showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 30s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with snow showers likely until midnight, then partly cloudy with a chance of snow showers after midnight. We could see snow accumulations of a dusting to 2″. Lows will be around 11 with southwest winds around 10 mph, becoming northwesterly after midnight. Chance of snow is 70%.

Thursday should be partly sunny with a 20% chance of snow showers in the morning, then sunny in the afternoon as high pressure builds in. Highs will be around 20 with northwest winds around 10 mph in the morning, becoming light and variable. Thursday night should be clear with lows around 5 above and light and variable winds.

Friday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the lower 30s and south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. A clipper system will approach Friday night bringing rain or snow with some light snow accumulation possible. Lows will be in the upper 20s. Chance of precipitation is 70%. At this point it’s looking like more rain on Saturday…

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 18 and a low of -17. We had 19.75″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 31 and lows of 13.
The record high was 53°F in 1981.
The record low was -21°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:49 AM EST
Sunset: 5:23 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 33m
Length of Day: 10h 33m
Tomorrow will be 2m54s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8d 21h old with 73% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:45 PM EST
Moonset: 2:51 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Well, yesterday was another head-spinner for us. 5″ of snow goes down the drain (again) and temperatures soar to record highs after near record lows just the day before. The morning offered some lovely icing (as long as you didn’t have to drive in it…) The magnolia in our back yard sported a shiny coating before the temperature skyrocketed.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 88mm, ISO 800, f/10, 1/60″ exposure.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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Bright afternoon sunshine cast long shadows across a nearby beaver pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 32 degrees and raining under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 31, barometric pressure 29.90” and falling rapidly. We picked up 1” of snow/sleet overnight along with a 0.10” coating of ice. We have 5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 25, and the overnight low was 25.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 1 PM EST this
afternoon. Also, driving conditions are very difficult this morning due to icing on the roads. Please be careful out there!

Forecast:

A moisture laden low pressure system centered over the central Appalachians early this morning will track northeastward to the southern tier of New York by early afternoon and across our region by this evening. Warmer air aloft surging northward with this system will result in snow changing to sleet, freezing
rain, and eventually just plain rain across all of Vermont by this afternoon.

We’ll see freezing rain or rain this morning, then rain this afternoon. Ice accumulations should be around a trace. It’ll be breezy with highs in the upper 40s this afternoon and southeast winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph this afternoon. Chance of precipitation is near 100%. Tonight rain or snow are likely until midnight, transitioning to snow after midnight. We could see total snow accumulations of 2″ to 4″ to finish of this storm. Lows will be in the upper 20s with southwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph, and becoming westerly 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is near 100%.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers in the afternoon as a trough crossed the region. Highs will be in the lower 30s with northwest winds around 10 mph in the morning, becoming light and variable. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers with lows around 12 and northwest winds around 10 mph. We could see a dusting to 3″ of snow overnight.

High pressure will build in Thursday brining partly sunny skies with highs around 19 and north winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be clear with lows zero to 5 above.

Almanac:

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

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 31 and lows of 13.
The record high was 49°F in 1921.
The record low was -26°F in 1943.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:50 AM EST
Sunset: 5:21 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 30m
Length of Day: 10h 30m
Tomorrow will be 2m53s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 7d 21h old with 63% illumination
Moonrise: 11:54 AM EST
Moonset: 1:50 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

We walked up to the beaver pond at the top of Delfrate Road Sunday afternoon (only -3 degrees—balmy!) The late afternoon sunshine cast shadows of surrounding trees in long lines across the flat snow covered ice.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 69mm, ISO 400, f/13, 1/400″ exposure.


Monday, February 15, 2016

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Frost feathers along Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:05AM it’s currently -13 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint -15, barometric pressure 30.57. We have 4” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 2, and the overnight low was -16.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 7:00 PM this evening to
1:00 PM EST Tuesday

Forecast:

High pressure will move east of the region today putting us in a warming southerly airflow this afternoon out ahead of next approaching storm system. A low pressure system will track from West Virginia to northern New England tonight and into Tuesday bringing a period of snow to the region initially before changing over to mixed precipitation and eventually rain Tuesday afternoon. It’s gunna get sloppy folks.

We’ll see sunny skies this morning, then mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow this afternoon. Highs will be around 20 with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph this afternoon. Tonight snow likely until midnight, changing over to snow or sleet after midnight. We could see snow and sleet accumulations of 1″ to 3″ overnight. Lows will be around 19 with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is near 100%.

Tuesday will bring rain or freezing rain and sleet in the morning changing over rain in the afternoon. We could see additional sleet accumulation a dusting to 1″ and ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch before the transition to rain. With road surfaces being so cold, the Tuesday morning commute could be challenging. Highs will be in the mid 40s by the afternoon with southeast winds around 10 mph and increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is near 100%. Tuesday night rain will transition back to snow with little or no snow accumulation before shutting down. Lows will be in the upper 20s with southwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Wednesday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow. Highs will be in the mid 30s with west winds around 10 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be 10 to 15.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 12 and a low of -9. We picked up 2.25″ of new snow and had 21″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 31 and lows of 12.
The record high was 54°F in 2006 (we had a high of 54).
The record low was -26°F in 1943.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:52 AM EST
Sunset: 5:20 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 27m
Length of Day: 10h 28m
Tomorrow will be 2m51s longer.

The Moon is in its first quarter, 6d 22h old with 53% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:08 AM EST
Moonset: 12:45 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Frigid morning temperatures make for lovely frost feathers above the open water of Fargo Brook. These tiny and delicate feathers are maybe 3mm across. It’s a cold job but someone’s gotta do it!

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 30mm macro lens, IOS 400, f/5.6, 1/160″ exposure.


Sunday, February 14, 2016; Valentine’s Day

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A hairy woodpecker at our kitchen window suet feeder

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently -23 degrees below zero. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 80%, dewpoint -27, barometric pressure 30.52” and rising rapidly. We picked up a 0.25” dusting of snow in the past 24hrs and have 4” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 18 above at midnight dropping consistently through the day to -14 by midnight last night. The overnight low was -24.

It’s a chilly one this morning. Looking at lows around the region, the coldest spots are the usual suspects—Saranack Lake at -26, and -34 in Oswegatchie, NY in the eastern ‘Dacks. We here on East Street are pretty much as cold as it’s gotten in Vermont with -11 in Burlington. The top of Mt. Washington is -26 this morning with winds out of the northwest at 43mph. Brrrr!

A Wind Chill Warning remains in effect for our region until 7:00PM tonight.

Forecast:

Arctic high pressure will crest over the region today, keeping cold air and windy conditions in place throughout the day. A warming trend is in store for us Monday going into Tuesday with the threat of mixed precipitation and rain Tuesday as a juicy low moves up from the Mississippi Valley and into the region.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today. It’ll be cold with highs around only -2 below and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Wind chill values could be as low as -38 below. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then clearing. It’ll be cold with lows around -12 below with west winds around 10 mph until midnight, then becoming light and variable.

Monday should start off partly sunny with clouds moving in and a 40% chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs will move up into the mid 20s on south winds 10 to 15 mph. Monday night snow is likely with light snow accumulation. Lows will be around 20 with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of snow is 90%.

Tuesday morning snow will transition to rain, sleet, or freezing rain. There’s a lot of precipitable moisture in this storm—1″ to 2″—so things could get pretty messy during the day. Highs will be in the upper 30s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 905. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow or rain. Lows will be in the mid 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 17 and a low of -15. We had 20″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 30 and lows of 12.
The record high was 55°F in 1946.
The record low was -19°F in 1979.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:53 AM EST
Sunset: 5:19 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 25m
Length of Day: 10h 25m
Tomorrow will be 2m51s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5d 22h old with 41% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:26 AM EST
No Moon Set

About Today’s Photo:

We often see hairy and downy woodpeckers at our suet feeders. The larger hairys are more aggressive and will often chase the downys away. This male hairy made for a good model yesterday busily eating just inches away from our kitchen window.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/125″ exposure.


Saturday, February 13, 2016

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A male purple finch by the feeders this morning

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 3 degrees under party cloudy skies. Winds are out of the north at 0-4 mph. Relative humidity is 80%, dewpoint -2, barometric pressure 29.95” and rising rapidly. We picked up 1” of new snow overnight and have 4.75” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 21, and the overnight low was 3.

The is a Wind Chill Warning in effect for our region until 7 PM EST Sunday.

Forecast:

The much advertised Arctic cold front is currently crossing the region bringing
with it a brief period of snow showers and squalls. Moderate northwest winds behind the front will usher in the coldest air mass of the season with dangerously low wind chills through Sunday. A moderation in temperatures will begin Monday along with a strong and moisture laden storm system bringing potential mixed wintry precipitation late Monday night through Tuesday.

We’ll see cloudy skies with a 40% chance of snow showers mainly this morning. Highs will only be 2 to 8 above with temperature falling to around -10 below this afternoon on northwest winds at 15 to 20 mph. Wind chill values could be as low as -39 below. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers. It’ll be much colder with lows around -20 below with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Wind chill values could drop to as low as -47 below.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers in the morning, then partly sunny in the afternoon. I’ll be cold with highs only around 1 below with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Wind chill values could be as low as -47 below. Sunday night should be mostly clear and not as cold with lows around -9 below with light and variable winds.

Monday’s looking partly sunny and seasonable as the Arctic high slides to our east allowing for warm air to move into the region ahead of the next storm system . Highs will be in the lower 20s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Monday night snow is likely with light snow accumulation possible overnight. Lows will be around 20. Chance of snow is 70%.

At this point it’s looking like this moisture laden storm (as much as 1″ to 2″ of precipitable moisture) could go either way delivering quite a bit of snow, rain, or mixed precipitation on Tuesday.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 7 and a low of -15. We picked up 2.20″ of new snow and had 20.50″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 30 and lows of 12.
The record high was 53°F in 1937.
The record low was -25°F in 1967.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:55 AM EST
Sunset: 5:17 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 22m
Length of Day: 10h 22m
Tomorrow will be 2m51s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4d 22h old with 30% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:48 AM EST
Moonset: 11:36 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

We have a flock of purple finches visiting this morning. This male took time out of his busy feeding schedule to pose for me for a moment.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/320″ exposure.


Friday, February 12, 2016

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Window frost

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently a chilly -11 (minus 11) under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint -14, barometric pressure 30.15”. We picked up 2” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 20, and the overnight low was -11.

There is a Wind Chill Warning in effect from 3 am Saturday to 7 PM EST
Sunday.

Forecast:

A brief ridge of high pressure is currently cresting over the region this morning. It will be short-lived, however, as an upper level shortwave and trough will approach from the Great Lakes region today then be over the region tonight A sharp Arctic boundary will work its way across our area overnight and usher in the coldest air of the season thus far.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a 20% chance of snow showers this afternoon. Highs will be around 18 with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a chance of snow showers until midnight, then cloudy with snow showers likely after midnight as the cold front moves through. We could see another 1″ to 3″ out of it overnight. It’ll be cold with lows around -2 below and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of snow is 70%.

Saturday the cold air will be in place. We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will only be around 1 above with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph and wind chill values as low as -31 below.
Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. It’ll be much colder with lows around -18 below with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph and wind chill values as low as -39 below.

Cold Arctic high pressure will move in on Sunday bringing partly sunny skies with highs only around zero and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with wind chill values as low as -40 below. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows around -10 below.

At this point forecasts are calling for a roller-coaster ride of warming temperatures Monday into the middle of next week with possible mixed precipitation or rain on Tuesday. This winter continues to play the trickster…

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 21 and a low of 4. We picked up 0.75″ of new snow and had 19″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 30 and lows of 12.
The record high was 56°F in 1999 (we had a high of 61).
The record low was -30°F in 1979.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:56 AM EST
Sunset: 5:16 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 19m
Length of Day: 10h 19m
Tomorrow will be 2m48s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 3d 21h old with 20% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:12 AM EST
Moonset: 10:25 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Cold mornings make for lovely frost displays…


Thursday, February 11, 2016

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Our resident red squirrel keeps watch on the back patio

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 18 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 90%, dewpoint 16, barometric pressure 29.70” and rising. We picked up 4” of light new snow overnight and have 4.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 36, and the overnight low was 17.

Forecast:

An upper level trough along with a shortwave disturbance crossing the region today will provide us with more light snow especially focused on the higher elevations. An Arctic cold front will bring the chance for snow squalls Friday
evening, followed by the coldest air of the season thus far for the weekend. Temperatures are forecast to be only in the single digits above zero Saturday and Sunday, and well below zero both nights.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be around 16 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers until midnight. It’ll be much colder with lows around -2 below with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph.

Friday should start off partly sunny in the morning followed by cloud and a 20% chance of snow showers in the afternoon as a quick clipper low approaches to our north. Highs will be around 19 with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers as the clipper passes to our north followed by the aforementioned Arctic cold front. We could see an additional 2″ to 3″ of new snow out of it. Lows will around 1 above with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Saturday the cold Arctic air will be in place in ernest. We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with a 50% chance of snow showers and an upper level low slides through. Highs will only be around 2 above with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Wind chill values could drop as low as -29 below. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy and cold with lows -10 below to -15 below zero.

At this point, Sunday and Monday looking chilly as well with a warming trend starting Tuesday.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 24 and a low -7. We had 19″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 30 and lows of 12.
The record high was 58°F in 1981.
The record low was -27°F in 1979.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:58 AM EST
Sunset: 5:14 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 17m
Length of Day: 10h 16m
Tomorrow will be 2m47s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2d 22h old with 11% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:38 AM EST
Moonset: 9:13 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

This little red squirrel lives someplace nearby—I think maybe in a nest in the white pines by the garage. He’s active all day by the bird (squirrel) feeders, and defends his domain aggressively. I’ve seen him chase interloping squirrels away with regularity, and he’ll even chase bluejays who deign to perch in “his” hemlock tree by the studio steps. Here he’s sitting an a rock on our back patio torturing one of our cats.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/1600″ exposure.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Mouse and vole tracks in our side yard near the bird feeders

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 26 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 24, barometric pressure 29.53”. We picked up a dusting of new snow overnight and have 0.75” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 28, and the overnight low was 24.

Forecast:

A weak surface low pressure area and an upper level trough over the eastern Great Lakes will combine to bring periods of light snow to the region today through Thursday. A strong Arctic cold front will move south from Canada on Friday and brining a chance of snow showers on Friday along with the coldest air of the winter season so far with high temperatures Saturday and Sunday in the single digits above zero and below zero temperatures Saturday night and
Sunday night.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with light snow likely mainly this afternoon. We could see snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ during the day. Highs will be in the lower 30s with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 70%. Tonight should be cloudy with light snow likely mainly until midnight. We should see additional snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″. Lows will be around 15 with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 60%.

Thursday should be cloudy with a chance of light snow in the morning then snow showers likely in the afternoon as the aforementioned upper level trough slide through. We may see total snow accumulations of 3″ to 5″. Highs will be around 19 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 70%. Thursday night snow showers likely with little or no additional snow accumulation. Much colder air will begin to move in overnight with lows around -1 below and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph and gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of snow is 70%.

Friday’s looking partly sunny with a 30% chance of snow showers. Highs will be around 19 with southwest winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. It’ll be cold with lows around zero.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 19 and a low of -1. We picked up 0.20″ of new snow and had 19.75″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 11.
The record high was 46°F in 1925.
The record low was -26°F in 1948.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:59 AM EST
Sunset: 5:13 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 14m
Length of Day: 10h 14m
Tomorrow will be 2m47s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1d 21h old with 5% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:03 AM EST
Moonset: 8:00 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

A light dusting of snow reveals a lot of non-avian activity around our bird feeder. Here, you can make out jumping mouse tracks (with the tail plainly visible) along with a vole track (looks like it made several trips) between the feeders and the safety of the space under my studio stairs. It’s been a tough year for critters that rely on a good snowpack to make their way safely to food sources. Usually, voles will create tunnels under the snow to get to their food, safely out of sight of predators. Not so lucky this year…

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/500″ exposure.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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A stately “witness tree” along the road on Mt. Philo

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 18 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 16, barometric pressure 29.68” and falling. We picked up 0.75” of snow and have 0.50” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 31, and the overnight low was 16.

Forecast:

A closed upper low and a weak surface low pressure area over the eastern Great Lakes will bring periods of light snow to the region today through Saturday. An Arctic cold front will move south from Canada on Friday and will bring the coldest air of this “winter” season Friday through Sunday night with high temperatures only in the single digits above zero on Saturday and Sunday and below zero temperatures expected Saturday night.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with light snow likely mainly this morning. We could see additional snow accumulations of a dusting to 1″. Highs will be in the upper 20s with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 60%. Tonight should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 20 with light and variable winds.

Wednesday should be cloudy with snow showers likely mainly in the afternoon. We could see snow accumulations of a dusting to 2″. Highs will be in the lower 30s with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 60%. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 15 with light and variable winds.

Thursday’s looking cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be around 19 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows around zero.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 23 and a low of 8. We picked up 0.50″ of new snow and had 20.75″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 11.
The record high was 53°F in 1925.
The record low was -28°F in 1934.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:00 AM EST
Sunset: 5:12 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 11m
Length of Day: 10h 11m
Tomorrow will be 2m43s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 22h old with 1% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:27 AM EST
Moonset: 6:47 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

On our way down Mt. Philo on Sunday, we came across this stately “witness tree” sugar maple in a clearing along the road. It seemed as if the park caretakers had gone to special lengths to accommodate this giant, clearing the underbrush and removing competing trees from around it. “Witness trees” were often left by farmers to mark the edges or corners of property lines. I’d wager this tree was at least 200 years old.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/500″ exposure.


Monday, February 8, 2016

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Looking west across Lake Champlain from Mt. Philo yesterday morning

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 17, barometric pressure 29.91” and falling slowly. Yesterday’s high was 35, and the overnight low was 17.

Forecast:

A weak ridge of high pressure will keep the region dry on today before a deepening trough of low pressure produces widespread light snow for Monday night into Wednesday. Total snow accumulations will range from a dusting to several inches possible in the mountains during this time period.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 40% chance of light snow this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 20s with easterly winds around 10 mph this morning, becoming light and variable. Tonight light snow is likely with snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ possible overnight. Lows will be in the lower 20s with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 70%.

Tuesday should be cloudy with light snow likely mainly in the morning. We my see total snow accumulations of 2″ to 4″ by midday. Highs will be in the mid 20s with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 60%. Tuesday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 20 with light and variable winds.

Wednesday’s looking cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the upper 20s with light and variable winds. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Lows will be 10 to 15.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 20 and a low of 17. We picked up 3″ of new snow and had 21″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 11.
The record high was 51°F in 1925.
The record low was -25°F in 1934.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:02 AM EST
Sunset: 5:10 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 09m
Length of Day: 10h 08m
Tomorrow will be 2m44s longer.

The Moon is new, 29d 11h old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:48 AM EST
Moonset: 5:35 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

It was a hazy and snow-free Champlain Valley that greeted us from the top of Mt. Phil yesterday morning. The open waters of the Lake and completely bare fields are a tad unusual for this time of year…

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 9mm, ISO 800, f/14, 1/320″ exposure.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

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A sharp-shinned hawk makes a morning meal of bluejay

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 31 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 76%, dewpoint 24, barometric pressure 30.13” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 36, and the overnight low was 31.

Forecast:

A weak ridge of high pressure currently cresting over the region this morning will give way to a low pressure system that will pass well to our north. This will produced some isolated to scattered showers across northern New York and Vermont. To begin the work week expect a pattern that will see off and on light snow through the middle week.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a 20% chance of snow showers in the morning. Highs will be in the mid 30s with west winds around 10 mph in the morning, becoming light and variable. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 19 and light and variable winds.

Monday should be mostly cloudy with highs around 30 and light and variable winds. Monday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers as the aforementioned low approaches from the Great Lakes. Lows will be around 20.

Tuesday should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be around 30. Tuesday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the lower 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 20 and a low of 9. We picked up 3.25″ of new snow and had 21.50″ at that stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 11.
The record high was 49°F in 2005 (we had a high of 45).
The record low was -27°F in 1993.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:03 AM EST
Sunset: 5:09 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 06m
Length of Day: 10h 05m
Tomorrow will be 2m42s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 28d 11h old with 2% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:06 AM EST
Moonset: 4:24 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

I posted this photo on my photography blog yesterday. My breakfast yesterday morning was disturbed by the sound of bluejays screaming outside the windows by the feeders. Looking out, I saw them scatter as a fast moving shape slammed one of them to the ground. A sharp-shinned hawk had found its breakfast!

The hawk flew the still struggling jay over to underneath the apple trees near the brook to finish its prey off. I was able to get a few shots from the living room window before it flew off into the woods to finish its meal.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/250″ exposure.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

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Shield lichen adds a spot of color to cherry bark along Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 24 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. A few lazy snowflakes are drifting down. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 21, barometric pressure 30.27. Yesterday’s high was 31, and the overnight low was 15.

Forecast:

Weak surface ridging over the region will come to an end this afternoon as an upper level trough tracks east of James Bay. This will produced some isolated to scattered showers across the northern areas of New York and Vermont. The rest of the weekend will be relatively quiet with seasonably colder temperatures.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with highs in the mid 30s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 20s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers in the morning. Highs will be in the mid 30s with west winds around 10 mph in the morning, becoming light and variable. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 19 and light and variable winds.

Monday’s looking mostly cloudy with highs around 30 and light and variable winds. An upper level trough over the western Great Lakes will move slowly eastward on Monday night bringing cloudy skies and a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 20.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 18 and a low of -16. We had 19″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 11.
The record high was 50°F in 2005 (we had a high of 55).
The record low was -24°F in 1993.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:04 AM EST
Sunset: 5:07 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 11h 04m
Length of Day: 10h 03m
Tomorrow will be 2m40s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27d 11h old with 6% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:19 AM EST
Moonset: 3:18 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Rough speckled shield lichen adds a colorful burst to ruddy cherry bark on a tree along Fargo Brook.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 55mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/25″ exposure.