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Saturday, December 31, 2016

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A solitary beech leaf beneath a drift of snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 14 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the west at 0-4 mph. Relative humidity is 83%, dewpoint 9, barometric pressure 30.01” and rising slowly. We have 2” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was 9.

Forecast:

Low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes will drag a warm front through the region this afternoon and tonight bringing light snow to the region mainly this afternoon and tonight. A ridge of high pressure will build into the region on Sunday and will remain over us through Monday, with fair and dry weather expected. A low pressure area moving northeast across the western Great Lakes Monday night and Tuesday will bring a mix of sleet, freezing rain and rain to the region Monday night and Tuesday, with some ice accumulation possible. Ugh.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 50% chance of snow this afternoon. Highs will be around 30 with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight snow is likely with total snow accumulations of 2″ to 4″. Lows will be in the upper 20s with southwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 70%.

Sunday should start out cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers in the morning, then become partly sunny in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 30s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 13 and light and variable winds.

Monday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the lower 30s and light and variable winds. Monday night should be cloudy with a chance of sleet. Lows will be in the upper 20s. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 38 and a low of 32. We had 1.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 13.
The record high was 56°F in 1965.
The record low was -19°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27 AM EST
Sunset: 4:22 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 01m
Length of Day: 8h 55m
Tomorrow will be 0m51s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2 days old with 4% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:50 AM EST
Moonset: 7:00 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

While up skiing Lion’s Ridge at the Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Center yesterday, I came across this beech leaf below the curl of small drift. Reminds me a bit of a boat at sea…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 19mm, ISO 800, f/14, 1/60″ exposure.

Happy New Year!

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Friday, December 30, 2016

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Warn raccoon tracks along Fargo Brook

Well that was a bust…

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:05AM it’s currently 31 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the SW at 5-7 mph. Relative humidity is 71%, dewpoint 22, barometric pressure 29.33” and rising. We picked up a paltry 0.50” of snow in the past 24hrs. It boggles the mind… We have 3” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was 30.

We’re still under a Winter Storm Warning until 1:00PM EST this afternoon.

Forecast:

The low pressure system that dumped snow to our east (Springfield was the big winner with 10″) is moving through northern Maine this morning. As winds shift into the west and northwest today upslope snow will develop with some additional accumulation likely mostly in the ‘Dacks and along the western slopes of the Greens north. We may see a couple of inches wrung out of it, but I’ll believe it when I shovel it. A clipper system will move through the region late Saturday into Sunday bringing widespread light snow.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be around 30 with west winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers until midnight. Lows will be around 13 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 20s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night snow is likely with light snow accumulation (1″-2″) possible. Lows will be in the mid 20s with south winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 70%.

High pressure will build in for Sunday bringing partly sunny skies. Highs will be in the lower 30s with west winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows around 15.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 38 and a low of 31. We picked up 0.25″ of new snow and had 3″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 13.
The record high was 51°F in 1990.
The record low was -29°F in 1933.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27 AM EST
Sunset: 4:21 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 00m
Length of Day: 8h 54m
Tomorrow will be 0m44s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1 day old with 1% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:08 AM EST
Moonset: 6:00 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Raccoons stay active year round here in Vermont. I came across these tracks along Fargo Brook the other day.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 21mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/125″ exposure.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

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A set of worn tracks ambles across the beaver pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 29 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the southeast at 3-7 mph. Relative humidity is 74%, dewpoint 21. barometric pressure 29.90” and falling rapidly. We picked up 2.75” of fluffy snow yesterday and have 3” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was 21.

There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect for our region from 10:00AM this morning until 1:00PM EST Friday.

Forecast:

We got us a nor’easter on our hands folks! It’s a bit of a two-fister at that. Low pressure will track from the northern Great Lakes eastward across central Canada and a coastal low will form over Long Island area by about noon today and tracks northeastward towards Boston by midnight tonight. Snow accumulations
will range from a couple inches across the Saint Lawrence valley to well over a foot for central and eastern Vermont, especially the mountains. Jay Peak may see two feet. A quick clipper system will bring minor accumulating snow on Saturday afternoon into Sunday. Get your snow shovels ready!

We’ll see light snow starting mid-day today with snow accumulation of 2″ to 4″. Highs will be in the lower 30s with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of snow is near 100%. Snow will continue through tonight with snow being heavy at times until midnight. We should see additional snow accumulations of 4″ to 6″ overnight. Lows will be in the upper 20s with southwest winds around 10 mph, becoming northwesterlyt 15 to 20 mph and gusting up to 30 mph after midnight. Chance of snow is near 100%.

Friday snow is likely as the coastal low tracks into Maine and put us on the wrap-around side of its flow. We could see total snow accumulations of 6″ to 10″ here in Huntington with significantly higher amounts from the spine of the Greens eastward. Highs will be in the lower 30s with west winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of snow is 70%. Snow will finally taper off Friday night to cloudy skies with a 50% chance of lingering snow showers. Lows will be around 12 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers in the afternoon as the aforementioned clipper system slips through. Highs will be in the upper 20s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night snow is likely with snow accumulations of 1″ to 2″ possible. Lows will be in the mid 20s. Chance of snow is 60%. High pressure is set to build in New Years Day.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 33 and a low of 18. We picked up 2.25″ of new snow and had 2.5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 13.
The record high was 58°F in 1984.
The record low was -29°F in 1933.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27 AM EST
Sunset: 4:21 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 00m
Length of Day: 8h 53m
Tomorrow will be 0m42s longer.

The Moon is new, 6 hours old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:22 AM EST
Moonset: 5:05 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

A curious coyote (or perhaps a fox) was making the rounds on the snow covered ice of the Mailbox beaver pond.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 800, f/15, 1/1000″ exposure.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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A rusted milk can in the snow near the Mailbox beaver pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 30 degrees and snowing lightly under overcasts skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 82%, dewpoint 25, barometric pressure 29.97” and rising rapidly. We’ve picked up just a dusting of snow so far and have a spotty 1.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 48, and the overnight low was 30.

There’s a Winter Storm Warning in effect from 10:00AM Thursday to 1:00PM
Friday.

Forecast:

Variable clouds along with a few morning flurries or snow showers are expected today as temperatures settle back to more typical late December values. A rapidly deepening coastal storm will track across eastern New England later tomorrow into Friday bringing significant snowfall across eastern Vermont counties, New Hampshire, and Maine. Quieter weather is expected on Saturday before a clipper system brings more snow showers Saturday night into Sunday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 40% chance of snow showers this morning courtesy of a weak cold front currently moving across the region. Highs will be in the upper 20s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 20s and light and variable winds, becoming southeasterly around 10 mph after midnight.

Thursday will bring snow with a dusting to 2″ west of the Greens. Highs will be in the lower 30s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of snow is 90%. Snow will continue into Thursday night with additional moderate snow accumulation likely. Lows will be in the mid 20s with west winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of snow is 90%.

Friday snow is likely with additional light snow accumulation possible. Highs will be around 30 with west winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of snow is 70%. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be 10 to 15. At this point it’s looking like we’ll see 2″ to 7″ here in Huntington, with higher totals —7″ to 14″— east of the Greens into New Hampshire and Maine. A jiggle in the storms track east or owest could alter these number signifcantly.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 28 and a low of 15. We picked up 0.23″ of rain and 0.50″ of snow and had 0.50″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 13.
The record high was 57°F in 1982.
The record low was -16°F in 1933.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27 AM EST
Sunset: 4:20 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 9h 59m
Length of Day: 8h 52m
Tomorrow will be 0m36s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 28.7 days old with 1% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:32 AM EST
Moonset: 4:14 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

The Fargo family had a farm off Taft Road right along where the Mainbox Trail used to go. The cellar hole for the house is still there (with an old gas range disintegrating in it) along with a barn foundation and the concrete ring of the silo. Bits and pieces of farm life can be found here and there including this rusting milk can.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 37mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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Ice bells formed in Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently 44 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the southwest at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 81%, dewpoint 38, barometric pressure 29.66” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.27” of rain in the past 24hrs. Snowpack is down to a spotty 1.5”. Yesterday’s high was 44, and the temp bumped up to 48 overnight.

Forecast:

The low pressure system that deliverd yesterday’s nastiness is currently moving into the Canadian Maritimes this morning. It will drag a trailing cold front through the region tonight and into Wednesday bringing chances of scattred snow to northern regions. A more potent coastal storm looks to deliver some more significant snow to the eastern regions Thursday night into Friday. Stay tuned!

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 20% chance of rain showers this morning. Highs will top out in the lower 40s this morning and drop into the mid-30s this afternoon. Winds will be out of the west winds 15 to 20 mph and gusting up to 30 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers mainly after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 20s with west winds 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the upper 20s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Wednesday night should be cloudy with near steady temperature in the mid 20s and light and variable winds.

Thursday should bring snow or rain in valley locations with light snow accumulation expected. Highs will be in the lower 30s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Thursday night snow is likely with additional moderate snow accumulations possible west of the Greens and more significant snow east of the Greens. Lows will be in the upper 20s. Chance of snow is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 44 and a low of 27. We picked up 0.26″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 30 and lows of 14.
The record high was 55°F in 1949.
The record low was -23°F in 1968.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27 AM EST
Sunset: 4:19 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 9h 59m
Length of Day: 8h 52m
Tomorrow will be 0m32s longer.

The Moon a waning crescent, 27.7 days old with 3.6% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:39 AM EST
Moonset: 3:29 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

I call these interesting ice formations “ice bells”. They form just above the surface of the running water. I’m sure they’re gone this morning as Fargo Brook is running higer after the overnight rains.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 800, f/20, 1/13″ exposure.


Monday, December 26, 2016

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Icicles formed along a cliff edge near the beaver pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 9 degrees under a lovely pinked partly cloudy sky. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 7, barometric pressure 30.71” and falling slowly. We have 4” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 37, and the overnight low was 8.

Forecast:

The roller-coaster continues. Low pressure tracking east from the Great Lakes into central Canada will bring a variety of weather to the region today into tonight including light mixed precipitation, rain and gusty winds. After milder weather returns tonight into Tuesday, temperatures will gradually cool to more seasonal late December values by later this week. The weather pattern will remain active through most of the upcoming week with the next chance of widespread light snows arriving by Thursday into Thursday night.

We’ll see partly sunny skies this morning, then cloudy skies with a chance of rain or freezing rain and a slight chance of sleet this afternoon. It’ll be breezy with highs climbing into the upper 30s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph, increasing to south 20 to 25 mph and gusting up to 40 mph this afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Tonight will bring rain with lows in the upper 30s and south winds 20 to 30 mph gusting up to 50 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Tuesday should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain showers and a chance of snow showers in the afternoon as a cold front swings through. It’ll be breezy with highs topping out around 40 in the morning and falling during the day. Winds will be out of the west at 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the mid 20s with west winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

Wednesday snow showers are likely with little or no snow accumulation. Highs will be around 30 with northwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of snow is 60%. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with lows around 20.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 44 and a low of 26.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 30 and lows of 14.
The record high was 58°F in 1982.
The record low was -26°F in 1980.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:26 AM EST
Sunset: 4:18 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 9h 58m
Length of Day: 8h 52m
Tomorrow will be 0m26s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent,
Moonrise: 4:44 AM EST
Moonset: 2:49 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

A seep at the top of a small cliff near the Mailbox beaver pond creates toothlike icicles.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 34mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/50″ exposure.


Sunday, December 25, 2016: Christmas Day

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Christmas Bunny!

Merry Christmas!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently a blustery 29 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the west at 3-8 mph. Relative humidity is 70%, dewpoint 20, barometric pressure 30.41” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.08” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 42, and the overnight low was 29.

Forecast:

High pressure building into the region this morning will bring increasing sunshine this afternoon along with falling temperatures as the day progresses. Clear and cold conditions are expected tonight, followed by a return of warmer conditions Monday as strong low pressure system moving northwest out of the upper Great Lakes brings a wintry mix Monday afternoon and night, along with very strong winds in the Champlain Valley.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning with possible breaks of sunshine this afternoon. Highs will top out in the upper 20s this morning and drop into the mid-teen this afternoon as an attendant cold front swings through. Winds will be out of the north at 15 to 20 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows around 5 above and light and variable winds.

Monday should start out partly sunny in the morning, then become cloudy with a chance of rain and freezing rain or sleet in the afternoon. Highest probability of freezing rain will be east of the Green and in sheltered valley of the ‘Dacks. It’ll be breezy with highs in the upper 30s and southeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusting to 25 mph, then increasing to the south at 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Monday night should bring straight rain with lows in the upper 30s and south winds 20 to 25 mph gusting up to 45 mph. Chance of rain is 90%.

Tuesday’s looking cloudy with a 40% chance of rain or snow showers. Highs will be in the upper 30s with west winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the lower 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 51 and a low of 31.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 30 and lows of 15.
The record high was 62°F in 1964.
The record low was -25°F in 1980.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:26 AM EST
Sunset: 4:18 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 9h 58m
Length of Day: 8h 51m
Tomorrow will be 0m24s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26 days old with 14% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:47 AM EST
Moonset: 2:14 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

We have a pair of Eastern Cottontail rabbits who hang out beneath the hemlock tree by one of our bird feeders. They are there every morning (indeed they’re there now as I type!) They feed on the dropped sunflower seeds as well as hemlock sprigs (as the photo shows). We haven’t gotten around to giving them names yet. Any suggestions?

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @140mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/640″ exposure.