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Sunday, February 14, 2016; Valentine’s Day

hairy-woodpecker

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.

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