Monday, February 29, 2016
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.
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.
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).
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.