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Saturday, December 24, 2016

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Morning sunlight backlights a bit of snow on apple branches

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently a balmy 40 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-4 mph. Relative humidity is 40%, dewpoint 18, barometric pressure 30.01” and falling rapidly. Snowpack is 5.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 40, and the overnight low was 33.

Forecast:

A weak area of low pressure passing to our north this morning will bring light snow to the region this morning, and some areas of drizzle this afternoon before high pressure returns for Christmas day. More mixed precipitation is expected Monday evening and night, with cooler and more seasonable weather returning for the middle to end of next week.

We’ll see a chance of snow or rain this morning, then rain likely with a slight chance of drizzle this afternoon. Expect little or no snow accumulation. Highs will be in the upper 30s with southwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is near 100%. Tonight should be cloudy with a 20% chance of drizzle and a slight chance of freezing drizzle or snow showers after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 20s with west winds 15 to 20 mph.

Sunday should be partly sunny and seasonable with highs in the mid 20s and northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows around 3 above and northeast winds around 10 mph.

Monday should be cloudy with a chance of freezing rain in the northern ‘Dacks and east of the Greens. Highs will be in the mid 30s with south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Monday night rain is likely. It’ll be breezy with lows in the mid 30s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 66 and a low of 33. We picked up 0.23″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 30 and lows of 15.
The record high was 68°F in 2015 (we had a high of 66).
The record low was -18°F in 1989.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:26 AM EST
Sunset: 4:17 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 9h 58m
Length of Day: 8h 51m
Tomorrow will be 0m17s longer.

The Moon is a waning cresent, 25 days old with 20% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:49 AM EST
Moonset: 1:42 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

I like the way the morning sunlight backlights the snow lining this apple twig.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm @ 140mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/1300″ exposure.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

vine-twist-snow

A twist of vine casts its shadow above the snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 24 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 23, barometric pressure 30.25” and rising slowly. We picked up 1.25” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 6” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was 24.

Forecast:

High pressure will build into the region today bringing dry, sunny, and seasonably warm conditions today. Clouds will build in tonight as an upper level trough of low pressure moves toward the region. Low will cross the region tomorrow bringing widespread light rain and snow Saturday mid-morning. The low will move out Saturday night and high pressure returns for Christmas day bringing dry weather along with highs in the mid 20s to lower 30s.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs in the upper 30s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become cloudy. Lows will be around 30 with south winds around 10 mph.

Saturday will bring rain with possible snow or sleet in the morning, then rain likely in the afternoon. Expect little or no snow and sleet accumulation. Highs will be in the upper 30s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with lows in the mid 20s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the upper 20s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows 5 to 10.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 59 and a low of 36. We picked up 0.94″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 31 and lows of 15.
The record high was 58°F in 1990.
The record low was -18°F in 1955.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:25 AM EST
Sunset: 4:16 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 9h 57m
Length of Day: 8h 51m
Tomorrow will be 0m13s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24 days olde with 29% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:51 AM EST
Moonset: 1:13 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

I love the play of shadows on the snow in afternoon light. This little twist of dried vine casts an intersting shadow across the fresh snow.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 28mm, ISO 800, f/10, 1/800″ exposure.


Thursday, December 22, 2016

horseshoe-bend-ice

A circle of ice at Horseshoe Bend on the Huntington River

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:50AM it’s currently 32 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 31, barometric pressure 29.93” and falling slowly. We picked up 1.5” of snow overnight and have 5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 37, and the overnight low was 29.

Forecast:

An upper level disturbance will move across the region today bringing light snow to the region and a mix of light rain and light snow to the larger valleys. We should see 1″ to 3″ of snow today before tapering off tonight. High pressure builds in on Friday bringing dry weather and above normal temperatures. Another upper level disturbance will moves into the region Christmas eve for another chance of light rain and light snow. Dry weather is expected for Christmas day.

We’ll see light snow this morning, then light snow likely or a chance of light rain in the valleys this afternoon. Expect total snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″. Highs will be in the mid 30s with south winds around 10 mph this morning, becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is near 100%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a chance of light snow until midnight. Lows will be in the upper 20s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of snow is 40%.

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

Saturday should be cloudy with a 50% chance of light rain or light snow. Highs will be in the upper 30s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 51 and a low of 38. We picked up 0.04″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 31 and lows of 16.
The record high was 57°F in 1990.
The record low was -20°F in 1955.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:25 AM EST
Sunset: 4:16 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 9h 57m
Length of Day: 8h 50m
Tomorrow will be 0m9s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23.3 days old with 37% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:53 AM EST
Moonset: 12:45 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

The current flowing around Horseshoe Bend in the Huntington River creates and interesting circle of ice when the conditions are just right.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016: The Winter Solstice

seed-pod-sundial

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.

Forecast:

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.

Almanac:

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.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

transitions

The edge of open water on Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 16 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 68%, dewpoint 7, barometric pressure 30.56” and falling slowly. We have 3.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 18, and the overnight low was 6.

Forecast:

High pressure will continue to deliver quiet weather over the next 24 hours. Temperatures will moderate for the remainder of the work week with the next chance of light rain or snow showers arriving on Thursday with a weak trough passing to our north.

We’ll see sunny this morning, then partly sunny skies this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 20s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 20 and southwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

Wednesday should be partly sunny with a 20% chance of snow showers in the morning, then mostly cloudy in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 30s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow. Lows will be in the mid 20s with south winds around 10 mph.

Thursday should bring light snow in the morning mixing with rain in the broader valleys later in the day. Light snow accumulations on the order of a dusting to 2″ possible. Highs will be in the mid 30s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow. Lows will be in the mid 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 33 and a low of 21. We picked up 2.25″ of snow and had 2.25″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 32 and lows of 17.
The record high was 62°F in 1957.
The record low was -23°F in 1942.

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 0m2s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 21.4 days old with 57% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:53 PM EST
Moonset: 11:50 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Open water, edge ice, frost and snow along Fargo Brook. An interesting layering…

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/160″ exposure.


Monday, December 19, 2016

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Snow-capped burdock along Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:20AM it’s currently -2 (minus 2) degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 86%, dewpoint -6, barometric pressure 30.77’ and climbing rapidly. We picked up 0.13” of rain and a dusting of snow in the past 24hrs. We have 3.5” of snow at the stake. Quite the transition yesterday midday when the cold front roared through at around noon! Yesterday’s high was 48, and the overnight low was -3.

Forecast:

Strong high pressure will build across the region today with a brief return to cold temperatures. A warming trend will kick in from Tuesday through the rest of the work week as a westerly air flow brings in milder air. The next chance for precipitation will be towards the end of the week as low pressure tracks through the Great Lakes and into the northeast Thursday.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs around and 1ight and variable winds. Tonight should be clear with lows around 6 and south winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday should be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 20s and south winds 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 20s and south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

Wednesday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the lower 30s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the mid 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 34 and a low of 26. We picked up 0.01″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 32 and lows of 17.
The record high was 49°F in 1895.
The record low was -16°F in 1942.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:23 AM EST
Sunset: 4:14 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 9h 57m
Length of Day: 8h 51m
Tomorrow will be 0m6s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20.5 days old with 67% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:51 PM EST
Moonset: 11:20 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

I came across these snow-capped burdocks along Fargo Brook. I thought they looked pretty dapper in their little fluffy hats!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/400″ exposure.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

frost-tufts

Frost tufts on the ice of Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:35AM it’s currently 45 degrees and raining under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 2-5 mph. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 43, barometric pressure 29.55”. We picked up 2.25” of fluffy snow by yesterday afternoon and 0.46” of rain overnight. We have 4” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 37, and the overnight low was 33.

Forecast:

A wave of low pressure tracking northeastward through the St. Lawrence Valley this morning is bringing areas of freezing rain to far northern and northeastern New York, and areas of Vermont east of the Green Mountains. Plain rain is expected this morning on the Vermont side of the Champlain Valley with locally warmer temperatures. As the low departs, a trailing cold front will move eastward across the region, bringing in rapidly falling temperatures. Clearing skies and blustery cold conditions will prevail tonight. High pressure will bring lighter winds and quieter weather conditions Monday through Wednesday.

We’ll see rain likely this morning, then a chance of snow showers this afternoon as the cold front swings through bringing snow accumulations of a dusting to 1″. Highs will top out in the mid to upper 40s before falling into the mid 20s this afternoon. Winds will be southwest winds 10 to 15 mph, becoming westerly 15 to 20 mph and gusting up to 30 mph this afternoon. Chance of precipitation near is 100%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers until midnight, then mostly clear after midnight. Lows will drop to around zero with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph.

Monday should be sunny with highs around 13 and light and variable winds. Monday night should be mostly clear with lows around 8 and south winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday should be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 20s and south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 46 and a low of 33. We picked up 0.28″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 32 and lows of 17.
The record high was 57°F in 1921.
The record low was -13°F in 1919.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:23 AM EST
Sunset: 4:14 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 9h 57m
Length of Day: 8h 51m
Tomorrow will be 0m10s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19 days old with 75% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:47 PM EST (12/18)
Moonset: 10:48 AM EST (12/18)

About Today’s Photo:

Frost tufts grow from the ice covering Fargo Brook the other day when it was -5 below. Those tufts and much of the ice is now being washed downstream by muddy water that runs in the brook this morning.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/320″ exposure.