Sunday, December 25, 2016: Christmas Day
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.
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.
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.
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.