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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

ermine-tracks

Ermine tracks in fresh snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 1 degree under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint -2, barometric pressure 29.94”. We picked up 0.5” of new snow overnight and have 3” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 26, and the overnight low was 0.

Forecast:

Weak high pressure over the region this morning will give way to a clipper low that will track to our south bringing widespread light snowfall tonight night and Wednesday. The second half of the week looks quiet under a persistent northwest flow that will deliver with some light snow showers mainly in the higher elevations. Seasonable temperatures are expected to start February but trend colder than normal as we head toward the weekend.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs in the lower 20s and light and variable winds. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with light snow likely mainly after midnight. We could see snow accumulations of a dusting to 2″ overnight with highest amounts south. Lows will be around 18 with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 70%.

Wednesday should bring light snow with total snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ with highest amounts south and east. Highs will be in the upper 20s with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 80%. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 18 with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Thursday’s looking cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers as a weak cold front swings through. Highs will be in the lower 20s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows 5 to 10 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 51 and a low of 29. We had 4.75″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 28 and lows of 10.
The record high was 56°F in 1988.
The record low was -27°F in 1920.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:10 AM EST
Sunset: 5:00 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 51m
Length of Day: 9h 49m
Tomorrow will be 2m30s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 3.3 days old with 12% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:09 AM EST
Moonset: 9:13 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

While skiing around Crow Hill the other day, I came across a set of ermine (short-tailed weasel) tracks. The critter was bounding about investigating under logs and around trees. The photo (top) shows a typical set of tracks with the ermine headed towards the camera. The photo below shows the tracks up close where it had paused briefly under a log.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

snow-twigs

Minimalist still life with snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 22 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 82%, dewpoint 17, barometric pressure 29.73”. We picked up a 0.30” dusting of snow and graupel in the past 24hrs, and have 2.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 37, and the overnight low was 22.

Forecast:

An upper level trough is swinging through the region this morning bringing some snow showers. Weak high pressure will move in today with cooler, near seasonable temperatures. The next organized system will be a clipper low that tracking to our south Wednesday and bringing widespread light snowfall. The second half of the week should be rather quiet as temperatures will hover just above near normal to start February.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a 30% chance of snow showers mainly this morning. Highs will be in the lower 20s with light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers until midnight. Lows will be around 6 above with northwest winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday should be partly sunny in the morning, then beceom mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of light snow in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 20s with light and variable winds. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow. Lows will be around 16 with light and variable winds.

Wednesday’s looking cloudy with a 50% chance of snow. Highs will be in the mid 20s with light and variable winds. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with lows around 15.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 38 and a low of 21. We picked up 3.85″ of new snow and had 5.75″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 28 and lows of 10.
The record high was 57°F in 2013 (we had a high of 59).
The record low was -20°F in 1948.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:12 AM EST
Sunset: 4:59 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 49m
Length of Day: 9h 47m
Tomorrow will be 2m29s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2.3 days old with 6% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:37 AM EST
Moonset: 8:05 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

Pausing for a moment in my ski around Crow Hill yesterday morning, my eye was drawn by the simplicity of this arrangement of snow and half buried shrubs.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 26mm, ISO 800, f/9, 1/160″ exposure.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

fisher-tracks

A nice set of fisher tracks in fresh snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 30 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west at 2-6 mph. Relative humidity is 74%, dewpoint 23, barometric pressure 29.55”. Snowpack is 2.5”. Yesterday’s high was 35, and the overnight low was 30.

Forecast:

An upper level trough and associated weak disturbance in the winds aloft will combined with a surface cold front to produce scattered snow showers through tonight. A dusting to several inches of accumulation is possible. Weak high pressure with colder temperatures are expected for Monday before a clipper
system brings widespread light snow for midweek.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with snow showers likely mainly this afternoon. Total snow accumulations could be 1″ to 3″. Highs will be in the lower 30s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 70%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 18 with west winds around 10 mph.

Monday should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the lower 20s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 7 above and west winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the mid 20s with light and variable winds. Tuesday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 15.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 36 and a low of 24. We had 2.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 49°F in 1950.
The record low was -18°F in 1954.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:13 AM EST
Sunset: 4:57 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 46m
Length of Day: 9h 44m
Tomorrow will be 2m28s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1.3 days old with 2% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:04 AM EST
Moonset: 6:58 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

We skied in an inch or two of fresh snow up at Camel’s Hump Nordic yesterday. There were many kinds of tracks to be seen including this fine set up fisher tracks loping up the hill (towards the camera) and across the trail. The photo below shows the tracks up close with my ski for scale.

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Fisher tracks up close

 


Saturday, January 28, 2017

flecked-chickadee

This chickadee with a ivory bill and white flecks in its black cap visited our feeder the other day

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 9:00AM it’s currently 29 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are out of the west at 2-5 mph. Relative humidity is 72%, dewpoint 21, barometric pressure 29.50”. We picked up 0.25” of light fluff overnight and have 2.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was 27.

Forecast:

A trough of low pressure draped across the northeast will continue to bring rounds of snow showers through the region especially late tonight into Sunday. Several more inches of snow in the mountains can be expected by Sunday evening before a brief break in the action occurs on Monday. A clipper like system will arrive late Tuesday into Wednesday bringing widespread light snow.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the lower 30s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the mid 20s with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Sunday snow showers are likely with snow accumulations of a dusting to 2″ possible. Highs will be around 30 with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of snow is 70%. Sunday night snow showers are likely with little or no additional snow accumulation. Lows will be around 14 with northwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of snow is 60%.

Monday’s looking mostly cloudy with highs around 18 and light and variable winds. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows 5 to 10 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 36 and a low of 12. We picked up 0.25″ of new snow and had 2.5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 56°F in 1916.
The record low was -26°F in 1925.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:14 AM EST
Sunset: 4:56 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 44m
Length of Day: 9h 42m
Tomorrow will be 2m25s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent (barely), 0.4 days old with 0.1% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:27 AM EST
Moonset: 5:53 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

I was taking photos of birds at our feeder the other day when I noticed this chickadee amongst the crowd. I first thought that the bird had bits of snow on its head, but, after getting a shot of it, I noticed that the flecks were actually white feathers in its black cap. Its bill is curiously ivory instead of black. I’ve consulted with the Bird Diva but haven’t heard back yet.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/250″ exposure.


Friday, January 27, 2017

larch-ice

An ice encrusted tamarack twig in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently a blustery 32 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west at 6-11 mph. Relative humidity is 72%, dewpoint 24, barometric pressure 29.40” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.06” of rain and 0.75” of snow in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 43, and the overnight low was 31.

Forecast:

A broad mid-to-upper level trough with several embedded shortwaves disturbances will continue to affect the region through this weekend. Aided by a prevailing moist westerly flow from the Great Lakes, periods of snow shower activity will continue, most frequent across the higher terrain of the northern ‘Dacks and northern Greens. Only minimal snow accumulations are expected in valley locations, but several inches may fall in favored upslope flow locations. Temperatures will trend cooler, but will remain somewhat above average for late January.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the lower 30s with west winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Tonight snow showers are likely mainly until midnight. We could see total snow accumulations of 3″ to 5″. Lows will be in the mid 20s with west winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 70%.

Saturday should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the upper 20s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the lower 20s with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Sunday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the upper 20s with west winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 10 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 37 and a low of 13. We picked up 0.01″ of rain and had 2.5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 53°F in 1996.
The record low was -29°F in 1994.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:15 AM EST
Sunset: 4:54 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 42m
Length of Day: 9h 39m
Tomorrow will be 2m23s longer.

The Moon is new, 28.9 days old with 0.5% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:47 AM EST
Moonset: 4:50 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

The tamarack in our front field had a nice, decorative layer of ice on it the other day after the freezing rain. All that ice is gone now after yesterday’s warming.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/500″ exposure.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

iced-elm-buds

A layer of ice on elm buds in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 36 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 36, barometric pressure 29.32” and falling. We have 2.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 33, and the overnight low was 33.

Forecast:

We’ll be under the influence of a broad mid-level trough with several embedded shortwave troughs that will bring chances for daily precipitation into early next week. With the colder air filtering in, temperatures will trend cooler, but remain above normal for late January. Scattered snow showers will be likely in the higher terrain with decent accumulations across the mountains, but only minimal snow accumulations are expected in valley locations through Sunday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a chance of rain showers this morning then snow showers likely mainly this afternoon. We could see snow accumulations of a dusting to 1″. Highs will be in the lower 40s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Tonight should be cloudy with snow or rain showers likely until midnight, then a chance of snow showers after midnight. We could see snow accumulations of a dusting to 2″. Lows will be in the mid 20s with west winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday snow showers are likely mainly in the afternoon with additional snow accumulation of a dusting to 2″ 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 snow showers are likely with additional light snow accumulations possible. Lows will be in the mid 20s with west winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of snow is 70%.

Saturday’s looking cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the upper 20s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night snow showers are likely with light snow accumulations possible. Lows will be in the lower 20s. Chance of snow is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 44 and a low of 32. We had 5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 55°F in 1950.
The record low was -25°F in 1994.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:16 AM EST
Sunset: 4:53 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 40m
Length of Day: 9h 37m
Tomorrow will be 2m19s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 28 days old with 3% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:03 AM EST
Moonset: 3:51 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

The icing conditions of the other day created a decent layer of ice on twigs and branches. These elm buds in our front field had a pretty good coating.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/320″ exposure.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

mourning-dove-pair

A pair of mourning doves resting above Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently 27 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 25, barometric pressure 29.58” and rising. We picked up a 1.30” layer cake of frozen sleet, snow, a thin créme brûlée crust of ice, and a dusting of powder on top. We have 2.75” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was 26.

Forecast:

Low pressure over the Gulf of Maine this morning will move northeast into the Canadian Maritimes later today. An upper level trough will move east from the Great Lakes late tonight and Thursday bringing a chance for rain and snow showers to the region late tonight and Thursday. Cyclonic flow aloft will deliver colder air and a chance of snow showers from Friday through this weekend, though temperatures will remain 6-8 degrees above seasonal averages.

We’ll see cloudy skies with a 20% chance of snow showers this morning. Highs will be in the mid 30s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers after midnight. Temperatures will remain near steady at around 30 with light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph after midnight.

Thursday should be cloudy with snow showers early possibly mixing with rain in the afternoon. We may see snow accumulations of a dusting to 2″. Highs will be in the upper 30s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Thursday night snow showers are likely with additional light snow accumulations possible. Lows will be in the upper 20s with west winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of snow is 70%.

Friday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the lower 30s with west winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Friday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the lower 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 37 and a low of 9. We picked up 0.50″ of snow and had 5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 55°F in 1938.
The record low was -19°F in 1912.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:17 AM EST
Sunset: 4:52 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 10h 38m
Length of Day: 9h 35m
Tomorrow will be 2m19s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27 days old with 7% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:15 AM EST
Moonset: 2:57 PM EST

About Today’s Photo:

We’ve been seeing a pretty good herd of mourning doves from time to time here at our feeder. As many as 15 will show up at a time to browse below the feeders and then fly off in a whistling whir of wings when startled. These two (along with a few others) were perched in a poplar above Fargo Brook.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/500″ exposure.