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Friday, March 31, 2017

shelburne-farms-beach

The view from Shelburne Farms beach yesterday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 36 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 65%, dewpoint 25, barometric pressure 30.11” and steady. We have 6.25” of crusty snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 43, and the overnight low was 30.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 2:00PM EDT Saturday.

Forecast:

It’s looking like April Fools’ Day might live up to its name. Low pressure moving out of the Ohio River valley and into the mid-Atlantic states today will deliver widespread snow and mixed precipitation to the region today and tonight before tapering off on Saturday. A significant wet snowfall is expected across higher terrain, especially in central and southern counties. Quiet weather returns by Sunday into Monday before additional chances of rain and snow arrive by the middle of next week.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a chance of snow this morning, then rain or snow is likely this afternoon with snow accumulations of a dusting to 2″ before nightfall. Highs will be in the upper 30s with light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Tonight will bring rain until midnight mixing with snow at higher elevation. We may see additional snow accumulations of 2″ to 4″. Lows will be around 30 with southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is near 100%.

Saturday morning snow is likely changing over to rain in the afternoon with additional snow accumulations of a dusting to 2″. Highs will be in the upper 30s with east winds around 10 mph in the morning, becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Saturday night lingering snow showers are likely with additional light snow accumulations possible. Lows will be in the upper 20s with north winds around 10 mph. Chance of snow is 70%. Final snowfall amounts may be a high as 2″-3″ in the Champlain Valley and 4″-6″ along the western slopes of the Greens. Thermal profiles will play a big role in final amounts as just a degree or two either way can mean rain, sleet, or snow.

High pressure will build in for Sunday bringing mostly cloudy skies with highs in the lower 40s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 65 and a low of 50.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 47 and lows of 29.
The record high was 84°F in 1998.
The record low was 2°F in 1954.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:34 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:18 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 42m
Length of Day: 12h 43m
Tomorrow will be 3m3s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 3.6 days old with 14% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:04 AM EDT
Moonset: 11:41 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

We made a stop by the Shelburne Farms beach yesterday late morning. This beach, like many along this part of the Lake, has an abundance of the distinctive Iberville Shale—grey with shots of white calcite in it. The cliff face on the upper right of this shot is made up of the Iberville Shale. Lake Champlain’s water level is average for this time of year at 96.89″.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 9mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/14, 1/250″ exposure.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

raindrops

Raindrops on branches near our pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 31 degrees under clear skies. Winds are out of the west at 3-5 mph. Relative humidity is 61%, dewpoint 19, barometric pressure 30.28” and rising slowly. We have 6.5” of firm snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 38, and the overnight low was 29.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 5:00AM Friday to 2:00PM EDT
Saturday.

Forecast:

High pressure will build across the region today bringing sunny to partly
sunny skies and seasonable early spring temperatures. Low pressure will approach from the Ohio River valley and pass south of the region on Friday into Saturday
bringing widespread wet accumulating snow. The snow may mix with or change to rain in lower elevations on Friday. Dry weather returns by Sunday into Monday before additional rains and snows arrive by the middle of next week.

We’ll see partly sunny skies with highs in the lower 40s and north winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 20s with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 20%.

Friday should be cloudy with a chance of snow in the morning, then snow or rain likely in the afternoon. We may see snow accumulations a dusting to 2″. Highs will be in the mid 30s with southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Friday night snow is likely with additional light snow accumulations likely. Lows will be around 30 with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 90%.

Saturday snow or rain showers are likely with some additional light snow accumulation. Highs will be in the upper 30s with light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Saturday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of lingering snow showers. Lows will be in the upper 20s. Overall, we may see as much as 4″-6″ of heavy, wet snow in our area from this weather event before is all shuts down.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 55 and a low of 19. We had 1″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 46 and lows of 28.
The record high was 80°F in 1977.
The record low was 6°F in 1884.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:36 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:17 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 39m
Length of Day: 12h 40m
Tomorrow will be 3m4s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2.5 days old with 7% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:23 AM EDT
Moonset: 10:30 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Raindrops cling to branches and twigs of shrubs near the pond.

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 200, f/1.8, 1/2000″ exposure.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

wind-gap-clouds

Clouds drop down into Wind Gap in the late afternoon

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 34 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 33, barometric pressure 30.10” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.09” of rain in the past 24hrs and have 7” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 56, and the overnight low was 33.

Forecast:

Deep low pressure over central Quebec this morning will continue to provide abundant cloud cover to the region today, along with areas of fog and drizzle this morning and some scattered rain and snow showers across north-central Vermont this afternoon. High pressure will deliver a brief period of sunnier and drier conditions Thursday, but unsettled weather will return for the end of the
week and into the weekend, as low pressure arriving from the Ohio River valley will bring valley rain and mountain snow Friday into Saturday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a chance of drizzle or a chance of freezing drizzle this morning, then isolated rain showers this afternoon. Highs will be around 40 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight should be cloudy with isolated rain or snow showers until midnight. Lows will be in the mid 20s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday should be partly sunny with highs around 40 and north winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 20s and northeast winds around 10 mph.

Friday rain is likely or a chance of snow. Expect little or no snow accumulation in valley locations. Highs will be in the upper 30s with southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Friday night snow or rain are likely with additional light snow accumulation at higher elevation possible. Lows will be around 30. Chance of precipitation is near 100%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 40 and a low of 24. We picked up 0.86″ of rain and 1.75″ of snow.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 46 and lows of 28.
The record high was 84°F in 1946.
The record low was -8°F in 1923.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:38 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:15 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 36m
Length of Day: 12h 37m
Tomorrow will be 3m4s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1.3 days old with 2% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:46 AM EDT
Moonset: 9:17 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Taft Hill is one of my favorite places to take photos. The long views down the Huntington River valley or, like this shot, looking southeastward towards Mt. Ira Allen and Wind Gap, always provide some fine eye candy. Here, late afternoon sunshine lights up the bare trees while clouds slide silently down the shoulder of Ira Allen and into Wind Gap.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 24mm, ISO 14, 1/320″ exposure.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

tom-hens-2

A tom turkey struts his stuff for some appreciated hens

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 36 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 35, barometric pressure 29.91” and steady. We picked up 0.16” of rain in the past 24hrs and have 10” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 43, and the overnight low was 35.

Forecast:

Low pressure tracking eastward across central Quebec this morning will push a cold front through the region this afternoon brining scattered showers from mid-day through this evening. Behind the front, some scattered snow showers are expected tonight into Wednesday, with drier conditions on Thursday as a ridge of high pressure builds over the region. Unsettled weather returns for the end of the week and into the weekend, as another storm system will bring valley rain
and mountain snow to the area Friday into Saturday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with showers likely mainly this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 40s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight should be cloudy with scattered rain showers mixing with some scattered snow showers after midnight at higher eleveations. Lows will be around 30 with light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with scattered snow showers transitioning to scattered rain showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 30s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 20s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

Thursday’s lookking mostly sunny with highs around 40 and northwest winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 48 and a low of 35.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 45 and lows of 27.
The record high was 79°F in 1945.
The record low was -5°F in 1923.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:39 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:14 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 33m
Length of Day: 12h 34m
Tomorrow will be 3m4s longer.

The Moon is just barely a waxing crescent (it was new at 10:59PM last night) 0.2 days old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:12 AM EDT
Moonset: 8:04 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Driving down Taft Hill yesterday morning, I had to stop as a flock of turkeys crossed the road ahead of me. There were about a dozen birds—mostly hens—with one tom who was in full courting display mode. While he was happy to share his feathered magnificence with his hens, he was less so with me, seeming to take special care to be behind trees or facing away from me as he spread his tail feathers into a fan and puffed up. I managed this shot between the branches from my car window.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1600″ exposure.


Monday, March 27, 2017

deer-tracks-snow

Fresh deer tracks cut across sparkling morning snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:45AM it’s currently 38 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are out of the west at 3-6 mph. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 36, barometric pressure 30.05” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.17” of rain overnight. Snowpack is 11.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 43, and the overnight low was 34.

Forecast:

Unsettled and warmer weather will move into the region today as low pressure moving northward through the Great Lakes pushes a warm front into the region. Periods of rain and freezing rain will develop this morning before transitioning to all rain by this afternoon, and then tapering off tonight. Scattered showers redevelop Tuesday as high pressure pushes the front back southward bringing some higher elevations snow showers Tuesday night and Wednesday after the front passes. High pressure will briefly return for Thursday before another storm system looks to affect the region on Friday.

We’ll see rain today. Highs will be in the lower 40s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is near 100%. Tonight should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain showers. Lows will be in the mid 30s with south winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Tuesday should be cloudy with scattered rain showers. Highs will be in the upper 40s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 50%. Tuesday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain or snow showers. Lows will be in the lower 30s with north winds around 10 mph.

Wednesday’s looking mostly cloudy with 30% a chance of snow showers. Highs will be around 40 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 61 and a low of 25.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 45 and lows of 27.
The record high was 71°F in 1921.
The record low was -1°F in 1923.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:41 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:13 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 29m
Length of Day: 12h 31m
Tomorrow will be 3m4s longer.

The Moon is new, 28.7 days old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:39 AM EDT
Moonset: 6:51 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Yesterday’s clear skies and chilly morning temperatures made for sparkling snow as the sun came up. A fresh set of deer tracks completes the composition.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 84mm, ISO 800, f/14, 1/1600″ exposure.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

chickadee

A fine chickadee in the studio hemlock

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 10 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 8, barometric pressure 30.50” and steady. We picked up a 0.01” trace of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 36, and the overnight low was 9.

There is a Freezing Rain Advisory in effect from 7:00PM this evening to
11:00AM EDT Monday.

Forecast:

We’ve got an active and damp weather pattern ahead of us for the next couple of days. High pressure over the region this morning will give way to unsettled and warmer weather for tonight and Monday as developing low pressure over the central U.S. pushes a warm front northward through the region. Periods of freezing rain over the western slopes of the Greens and eastward tonight into Monday will transition to all rain by Monday afternoon. A second trough will move through Tuesday bringing more rain and ending as snow Tuesday night.

We’ll see sunny this morning, then mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of rain showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 30s with southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 20%. Tonight rain is likely with a slight chance of freezing rain, then rain likely after midnight. We may see ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch. Lows will be in the lower 30s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Monday should bring freezing rain in the morning changing over to all rain. We may see ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch. Highs will be in the lower 40s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is near 100%. Monday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of rain showers. Lows will be in the upper 30s with south winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday rain showers are likely. Highs will be in the upper 40s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain or snow showers. Lows will be in the lower 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 47 and a low of 27.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 44 and lows of 26.
The record high was 71°F in 1945.
The record low was -4°F in 1960.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:43 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:12 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 26m
Length of Day: 12h 28m
Tomorrow will be 3m4s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27.6 days old with 4% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:06 AM EDT
Moonset: 5:40 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Chickadees have been singing their distictive three-note spring song since the shortly after the winter solstice. But the lengthening days have really cranked up their singing as they prepare for the breeding season.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/500″ exposure.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

afternoon-snow

Rosy afternoon sunshine casts long shadows on unbroken snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 32 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 31, barometric pressure 30.23” and rising rapidly. We picked up 3” of snow, 0.50” of sleet, and 0.13” of rain in the past 24hrs (quite the messy, now frozen, blend). We have 13” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 35, and the overnight low was 32.

Forecast:

High pressure building in from the north today will push the frontal boundary which brought yesterday’s messy mix south of the area allowing for some afternoon sunshine mainly across central and northern areas. A clear and cold night is expected tonight with low temperatures widely varying from the single digits to the upper teens above zero. Unsettled and warmer weather returns for the end of the weekend as developing low pressure over the central U.S. pushes the front back north Sunday afternoon into Monday bringing periods of rain, snow, and mixed precipitation into the upcoming week.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of snow this morning. Highs will be in the upper 30s with north winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be clear with lows around 10 above and north winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Sunday should start out partly sunny in the morning, then become mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain or a slight chance of sleet in the afternoon. Highs will be around 40 with light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Sunday night rain or sleet are likely with little or no sleet accumulation expected. Lows will be in the lower 30s with southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Monday rain is likely. Highs will be around 40 with southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Monday night rain is likely. Lows will be in the mid 30s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 54 and a low of 29. We picked up 0.16″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 44 and lows of 26.
The record high was 68°F in 1987.
The record low was 0°F in 1960.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:45 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:10 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 23m
Length of Day: 12h 25m
Tomorrow will be 3m5s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26.5 days old with 10% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:32 AM EDT
Moonset: 4:31 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Rosy late afternoon sunshine casts longs shadows across the unbroken snow of our front field.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 162mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/800″ exposure.