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Wednesday, December 21, 2016: The Winter Solstice


A sensitive fern seed pod acts like a sundial in the afternoon sun

Happy Solstice!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 26 degrees under mostly cloudy (although nicely pink!) skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 80%, dewpoint 20, barometric pressure 30.01” and rising slowly. Snowpack is 3.5”. Yesterday’s high was 28, and the overnight low was 26.


A weak trough passing to our north this morning will deliver cloudy skies today with flurries and or snow showers expected in the mountains. A more organized low moving out of the Great Lakes tonight will drag a warm front across the region tomorrow bringing snow showers and some rain to valley locations tomorrow. High pressure will deliver a dry day Friday while tzemperatures will remain on the warm side throught the Holiday weekend.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with highs in the lower 30s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with snow likely mainly after midnight. Snow accumulations should be a dusting to 1″ overnight. Lows will be in the mid 20s with wouthwest winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable. Chance of snow is 70%.

Thursday should bring snow in the morning, then snow or a chance of rain in the broader valleys in the afternoon. Expect total snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″. Highs will be in the mid 30s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the mid 20s with west winds around 10 mph.

Friday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the mid 30s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 20s.


Last year on this date we had a high of 46 and a low of 33. We had 1.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 31 and lows of 16.
The record high was 61°F in 1957.
The record low was -22°F in 1955.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:24 AM EST
Sunset: 4:15 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 9h 57m
Length of Day: 8h 50m
Tomorrow will be 0m3s longer.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 22.4 days old with 47% illumination.
No Moon Rise
Moonset: 12:17 PM EST

The Winter Solstice occurred this morning at 5:44AM. This is the shortest day of the year for the Northern hemisphere and marks the astronomical start of winter for us. It is the point in the Earth’s orbit around the sun when the Earth’s axis is inclined fully (23.5 degrees) to the sun. Southern lattitudes are now in summer. From today until the Summer Solstice in June, our days will continue to get longer. You can read more about the Solstice here.



2 responses

  1. Gillian

    Yay…today is the low point of the year…it’s up from here!

    December 21, 2016 at 9:12 am

    • Low point in terms of the sun for sure!

      December 21, 2016 at 9:46 am

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