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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.


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.


Friday, March 24, 2017

redwing

A redwing blackbird hides in the hemlock by the studio stairs

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 32 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the SW at 0-7 mph, and it just started snowing. Relative humidity is 33%, dewpoint 9, barometric pressure 30.37” and falling. Snowpack is 11.5”. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was 18.

Forecast:

We’ve got an active weather pattern ahead of us for the next several days. A warm front will lift through the region today bringing a mixed bag of precipitation types with snow changing to rain today through tonight. The precipitation will push south of the area on Saturday, but then a cold front will move across the region late Saturday night and into Sunday and Monday bringing a renewed mix of rain, sleet, and snow.

We’ll see a chance of snow this morning, then snow or rain this afternoon. We may see snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ before the transition. Highs will be in the upper 30s with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Tonight should be cloudy with rain until midnight then a chance of snow or rain after midnight. We may see additional snow accumulations of a dusting to 1″. Lows will be in the upper 20s with southwest winds around 10 mph, becoming northwesterly after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with a chance of snow in the morning, then a slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs will be around 40 with north winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Saturday night should be mostly clear with lows around 16 with light and variable winds.

Sunday rain is likely or a chance of light snow. Expect little or no snow accumulation. Highs will be in the upper 30s with southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Sunday night rain or sleet are likely with little or no sleet accumulation. Lows will be in the lower 30s. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 42 and a low of 27. We picked up 0.07″ of rain and 0.75″ of snow. The woodcocks had returned.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 43 and lows of 24.
The record high was 66°F in 1979.
The record low was -6°F in 1896.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:47 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:09 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 20m
Length of Day: 12h 22m
Tomorrow will be 3m5s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25.5 days old with 17% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:56 AM EDT
Moonset: 3:24 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I’m sure many of you have seen or heard the chattering of redwing blackbirds recently as they’ve returned to the region. Our feeder attract them (along with their common grackle buddies) and they hide in the hemlock by my studio stairs before heading to the feeder. It’s a little challenging getting a clear shot of them through the branches—kind of like playing hide ‘n’ seek.

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


Thursday, March 23, 2017

tree-cicles

Icicles form on spruce boughs atop Bald Hill

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently -1 (minus 1) degree under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint -3, barometric pressure 30.53” and rising. We picked up 0.75” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 11.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 33 (and midnight 3/22), and the overnight low was -2.

Forecast:

High pressure will crest over the region this afternoon bringing mostly sunny skies and light winds. Temperatures will moderate a bit, with daytime highs mainly in the upper 20s to lower 30s. A warm front will approach from the southwest on Friday bringing overcast skies and a wintry precipitation mix across the regin. Some light accumulations of snow and sleet are expected Friday morning before transitioning to mostly rain later in the day. The front should stall and linger into the weekend with additional chances for mixed precipitationa and rain.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the mid 20s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become mostly cloudy. Lows will be around 18 with west winds around 10 mph, becoming southerly after midnight.

Friday should bring snow in the morning transitioning to snow, sleet, or rain in the afternoon. We may see snow and sleet accumulation of 1″ to 3″ before the changeover to rain. Highs will be in the mid 30s with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Friday night rain or a chance of snow or sleet are likely. Expect little or no additional snow accumulation. Lows will be in the lower 30s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Saturday’s looking cloudy with a 40% chance of rain, snow, or sleet. Highs will be around 40 with north winds around 10 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 20.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 45 and a low of 29. We picked up 0.05″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 43 and lows of 25.
The record high was 81°F in 2012 (we had a high of 80).
The record low was 1°F in 1934.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:49 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:08 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 17m
Length of Day: 12h 19m
Tomorrow will be 3m4s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24.6 days old with 25% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:16 AM EDT
Moonset: 2:21 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Along the south facing ridge of Bald Hill, I came across a couple of spruce trees that had these interesting icicles hanging from their boughs. I was taken with the angle of their, well, dangle, as they weren’t hanging straight down, but rather at a bit of an angle. I figured they’d formed when the air was just starting to cool in the afternoon as the warm March sun worked the snowpack on the boughs. Perhaps then they were pointing straight down. The next day, the sun went to work again melting the snow and allowing the boughs to spring up a bit creating the angle. Go figure…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 32mm, ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/1600″ exposure.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

hump-from-bald

Camel’s Hump from the top of Bald Hill

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:00AM it’s currently a blustery 18 degrees and snowing under overcast skies. Winds are out of the west at 5-8 mph. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 15, barometric pressure 29.98” and rising rapidly. We’ve picked up 2.25” of snow and 0.02” of rain in the past 24hrs. We have 12” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 39, and the overnight low was 18.

Forecast:

An Arctic cold front moving across Vermont and New York during the pre-dawn hours will bring in much colder air today along with strong and gusty northwesterly winds. Flurries will end this morning, with a few icy spots possible on roadways. Afternoon temperatures will generally range from the upper teens to lower 20s. High pressure moving in for Thursday will result in lighter
winds and moderating temperatures. A warm front will arrive on Friday bringing increasing clouds and mixed wintry precipitation across the region.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with snow showers likely this morning, then partly sunny skies with a slight chance of snow showers this afternoon. We’ve already seen 2.25″ here and might see a tad more. It’ll be brisk with highs only around 16 with northwest winds 15 to 25 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Chance of snow is 70%. Tonight should be mostly clear with a slight chance of snow showers until midnight. Lows will be around 7 above with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

Thursday should be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 20s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 17 and southwest winds around 10 mph.

Friday snow and sleet likely with light snow accumulations possible in the morning. Highs will be in the mid 30s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Friday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain, snow, sleet, or freezing rain. Lows will be in the upper 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 44 and a low of 22.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 42 and lows of 24.
The record high was 81°F in 2012 (we had a high of 80).
The record low was 1°F in 1885.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:50 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:07 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 14m
Length of Day: 12h 16m
Tomorrow will be 3m6s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23.6 days old with 35% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:33 AM EDT
Moonset: 1:22 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I and some intrepid friends made the ascent of Bald Hill on a bluebird day over the weekend. Camel’s Hump was in fine form across the Burrows Trail saddle. And yes, the ski back down was sensational!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 21mm, ISO 800, f/14, 1/400″ exposure.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

snow-antenna

Two twigs emerge from the snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:40AM it’s currently 31 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 90%, dewpoint 29, barometric pressure 29.92” and falling slowly. Snowpack is 11” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 47, and the overnight low was 30.

Forecast:

A weak upper level trough will move eastward across the region today bringing clouds and a few rain or snow showers. An Arctic front follows tonight, bringing
a period of late evening snow showers or localized snow squalls, followed by gusty northwest winds and much colder temperatures. Highs on Wednesday will only reach the upper teens to lower 20s across northern New York and Vermont. High pressure returns Thursday along with moderating temperatures.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a chance of snow showers this morning, then a chance of snow or rain showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 40s with light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 9 above with west winds around 10 mph, becoming northwesterly 15 to 20 mph and gusting up to 30 mph after midnight.

Wednesday should be partly sunny with a 50% chance of snow showers mainly in the morning. Highs will only be around 18 with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 6 above and northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

Thursday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the mid 20s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows 10 to 15.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 40 and a low of 23.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 42 and lows of 24.
The record high was 81°F in 2012 (we had a high of 80).
The record low was -2°F in 2007 (we had a low of -5).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:52 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:05 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 11m
Length of Day: 12h 13m
Tomorrow will be 3m5s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 22.7 days old with 44.5% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:46 AM EDT
Moonset: 12:28 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Fluffy snow, warm temperatures, and a strong March sun make for some interesting creations. These two twigs, once bent under the snowpack, have sprung up leaving interesting trenches in the snow. Reminds me a bit of a cicada with two antennae.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/800″ exposure.


Monday, March 20, 2017: The Vernal Equinox

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A pom-pom sporting tree

Happy Spring!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 11 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 90%, dewpoint 8, barometric pressure 30.22” and rising slowly. Snowpack is down to 12.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 44, and the overnight low was 9.

Forecast:

High pressure will deliver another dry and seasonable day today, with just some advancing high level clouds moving in from the west this afternoon. A weak upper
level trough will bring a chance of snow showers later tonight into Tuesday, especially across the northern mountains. A strong Arctic cold front moving in from Quebec will bring additional snow showers or possible snow squalls to the area during the first half of Tuesday night. Seasonably cold and dry weather will follow Wednesday and Thursday.

We’ll see sunny skies this morning, then partly cloudy skies this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 40s with light and variable winds. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 20s with light and variable winds. Chance of snow 40 percent with only a dusting to an inch over higher terrain expected.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers in the morning, then partly sunny with a slight chance of rain or snow showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 30s with light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers as a cold front swings through. Lows will be around 10 above with west winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

Wednesday should be partly sunny with a 30% chance of snow showers. Highs will be around 14 with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows zero to 5 above zero.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 40 and a low of 10.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 41 and lows of 24.
The record high was 80°F in 2012 (we had a high of 79).
The record low was -2°F in 1949.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:54 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:04 PM EDT
Length of Visible Ligh: 13h 07m
Length of Day: 12h 10m
Tomorrow will be 3m4s longer.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 21.8 days old with 53% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:56 AM EDT
Moonset: 11:40 AM EDT

The Spring or Vernal Equinox occurred this morning at 6:28AM. This is the point in the earth’s orbit around the sun when the tilt of its axis is perpendicular to the plane of the sun allowing for equal amounts of day and night time at the equator. It also marks the astronomical beginning of spring. You can read more about equinoxes here.

Here’s a handy diagram:

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About Today’s Photo:

I came across this pom-pom sporting tree along the trail heading to Bald Hill the other day. In the deep snow, a ball like structure had managed to stick to this tree. As the snowpack consolidated and compressed in the strong March sun, the ball remained attached to the tree.  Kinda neat!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 61mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/8000″ exposure.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

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A perfect mink slide in the woods near Bald Hill

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:05AM it’s currently 14 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint 10, barometric pressure 30.33” and rising slowly. Snowpack has compacted to 14.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 43, and the overnight low was 10.

Forecast:

A ridge of high pressure remains over the region today and will deliver another fine, bluebird day. Temperatures will continue to slowly climb back toward seasonal averages into early next week before a midweek trough brings another round of well below normal temps for the second half of the week.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the upper 30s and light and variable winds, becoming northerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 19 and north winds around 10 mph.

Monday should be partly sunny with highs in the upper 30s adn light and variable winds. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 20s and light and variable winds.

Tuesday’s looking partly sunny with a 40% chance of snow showers as an arctic cold front drops into the region. Highs will be in the mid 30s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 10 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 33 and a low of 14. We picked up 0.04″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 41 and lows of 23.
The record high was 79°F in 2012 (we had a high of 77).
The record low was -10°F in 1993.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:56 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:03 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 04m
Length of Day: 12h 06m
Tomorrow will be 3m6s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 21 days old with 62% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:03 AM EDT
Moonset: 10:57 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

On our way up to ski the powder of Bald Hill yesterday, my posse and I came across several sets of mink tracks in the fresh snow. Here, you can see where the mink was bounding along (in the foreground) and then sliding a good 4′-5′ along the firmer crust where the warm March sun had gone to work the day before. As a skier, that sure looked like fun!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 30mm, ISO 800, f/14, 1/1300″ exposure.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

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A tree sparrow stops by

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently a chilly 1 degree under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint -2, barometric pressure 30.30” and steady. Ou snowpack has settled further to 17.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 35, and the overnight low was 1.

Forecast:

A ridge of high pressure is cresting over the region today and will give way
to a weak low pressure system that will pass to our south on tonight into Sunday. Temperatures slowly climb back toward seasonal norms over the rest of the weekend and into early next week before a mid week trough brings another
round of well below normal temps for the second half of the week.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the mid 30s and southeast winds around 10 mph. Tonigth should be mostly clear until midnight, then become partly cloudy. Lows will be around 18 with southeast winds around 10 mph.

Sunday should be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 30s and light and variable winds, becoming northerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 16 and north winds around 10 mph.

Monday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the upper 30s and light and variable winds. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with lows in the mid 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 42 and a low of 24. We picked up 0.05″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 41 and lows of 23.
The record high was 76°F 2012 (we had a high of 77. Here begins the weeklong 2012 stretch of record breaking highs…)
The record low was -7°F in 1961.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:58 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:02 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 01m
Length of Day: 12h 03m
Tomorrow will be 3m5s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20 days old with 72% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:07 AM EDT
Moonset: 10:18 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

While waiting on my studio deck trying to take photos of redwing blackbirds (not much success), I noticed this little tree sparrow hopping about in the branches of the hemlock by our feeders. He was much more patient than the furtive blackbirds…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/640″ exposure


Friday, March 17, 2017

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Crossing tracks in deep snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 6 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 86%, dewpoint 2, barometric pressure 30.14” and rising rapidly. We have 20.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 27, and the overnight low was 6.

Forecast:

A ridge of high pressure will build into the region with clearing skies and cool temperatures expected today and tonight. A weak clipper system will pass to our south on Saturday into Sunday bringing some snow to the Adirondacks into the southern Green Mountains, but we shouldn’t see much of anything here. Temperatures will slowly climb back toward seasonl norms over the weekend into early next week.

We’ll see mostly clear skies today with highs in the upper 20s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows 2 to 8 above and light and variable winds.

Saturday should be sunny with highs in the lower 30s and southeast winds around 10 mph. Saturday night should be mostly clear with lows around 17 ands southeast winds around 10 mph.

Sunday’s looking mostly sunny with highs in the mid 30s and light and variable winds. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows 15 to 20.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 57 and a low of 33. We picked up 0.34″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 40 and lows of 22.
The record high was 69°F in 1990.
The record low was -8°F in 2014 (we had a low of -11).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:00 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:00 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 12h 58m
Length of Day: 12h 00m
Tomorrow will be 3m6s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19 days old with 80% illumination.
No Moon Rise
Moonset: 9:44 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Tracks at a crossroad up at Camel’s Hump Nordic.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

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The view of our front yard this morning.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 14 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 80%, dewpoint 9, barometric pressure 29.78” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 22, and the overnight low was 14. We picked up an additional 11.75” of snow in the past 24hrs (8.5″@5:00PM 3/15, 3.25″@7:30AM 3/16), and have 25” at the stake. This brings our total for the storm to 35”. Wow.

Forecast:

The snow machine is finally winding down. Burlington reported 30.4″ of snow from the storm which put it at #1 for March snowfalls and #2 for all snowfalls on record. We’ll continue to see a few upslope, wraparound snow showers today along the western slopes of the Greens north. Some breaks in the clouds allow for the sun to pop out Friday, then a weak low moving out of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Valley will bring another chance of snow Saturday mostly to southern portions of Vermont. It’s looking like temperatures will remain well below seasonal averages clear through next week, so winter’s here for a while longer folks!

We’ll see cloudy skies today with snow showers likely mainly this morning. We may see another 1″ to 3″. Highs will be around 20 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 70%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers mainly until midnight. Lows will be around 11 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Friday should be partly sunny with highs in the mid 20s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be mostly clear with lows around 5 above and light and variable winds.

Saturday’s looking mostly sunny with a 50% chance of snow showers south. Highs will be in the lower 30s with southeast winds around 10 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be 15 to 20.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 54 and a low of 36.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 40 and lows of 22.
The record high was 78°F in 1990.
The record low was -9°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:02 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:59 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 12h 55m
Length of Day: 11h 57m
Tomorrow will be 3m5s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 18.2 days old with 87% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:10 PM EDT
Moonset: 9:12 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

It’s been a few years since our front yard looked like this. It’s a welcomed sight for skiers!

 


Wednesday, March 15, 2017: Winter Storm Stella

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The snow stake this morning

Zowee! Just a little bit ‘o snow here…

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:50AM it’s currently 16 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 14, barometric pressure 29.35” and steady. We’ve picked up a total of 23.25” of new snow (3”@2:00PM 3/14, 7.25”@6:00PM 3/14, 13”@6:45AM 3/15), and have 22” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 22, and the overnight low was 16.

It’s gunna take a little while digging out this morning…

The Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 8:00PM EDT this evening.

Forecast:

The deep low pressure system that delivered Winter Storm Stella is currently centered over central Maine this morning. Snow – along with blowing and drifting snow – will continue on the backside of the system with snowfall concentrated around the higher terrain and western slopes of the Greens tonight into early Thursday. We might see another 4″-8″ out of it before high pressure moves in Friday bringing drier weather conditions. Another area of low pressure tracking east-southeastward from the Great Lakes will bring a chance of additional light snow Saturday into early Sunday.

We’ll see snow and areas of blowing snow this morning with additional accumulations of 3″ to 5″ during the day. Highs will be in the lower 20s with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of snow is near 100%. Snow will continue until midnight with additional snow showers likely after midnight bringing an additional accumulation of 1″ to 3″. Lows will be around 11 with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of snow is 90%.

Thursday should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be around 20 with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 9 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Friday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the upper 20s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 10 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 52 and a low of 35. We picked up 0.27″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 39 and lows of 21.
The record high was 72°F in 1990.
The record low was -12°F in 1993.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:03 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:58 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 12h 52m
Length of Day: 11h 54m
Tomorrow will be 3m5s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17.3 days old with 93% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:12 PM EDT
Moonset: 8:43 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I figured it was only fitting to post a shot of the trusty snow stake this morning. It’s been lonely for a while, but now it’s living the dream!

iPhone 6S


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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More “cellophane” water and ice

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 20 degrees and just starting to snow under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 3-5 mph. Relative humidity is 64%, dewpoint 10, barometric pressure 30.18” and falling rapidly. We have a spotty 0.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 21, and the overnight low was 14.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 7:00AM this morning to 8:00PM EDT Wednesday.

Forecast:

Ready for the Pi Day nor’easter folks?

Snow will spread across the region this morning, becoming heavy at times during the afternoon and into tonight as deep low pressure tracks northeastward across Cape Cod and into downeast Maine over the next 24 hours. Winds will intensify this afternoon through early Wednesday, creating whiteout conditions, and blowing and drifting snow. Wraparound light snow and blowing and drifting conditions will continue through the day Wednesday as the low departs. High pressure will bring drier weather conditions Thursday and Friday, then another area of low pressure tracking east-southeastward from the Great Lakes region will bring the potential for additional snowfall Saturday into early Sunday.

We’ll see snow today with areas of blowing snow this afternoon. Snow may be heavy at times this afternoon with snow accumulations of 6″ to 10″. Highs will be in the lower 20s with northeast winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of snow is near 100%. Snow will continue into tonight with areas of blowing snow. Snow may be heavy at times until midnight with additional snow accumulation of 6″ to 10″. Lows will be around 13 with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of snow is near 100%.

Wednesday should bring snow and areas of blowing snow in the morning with additional snow accumulations of 2″ to 4″. Highs will be in the lower 20s with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 90%. Wednesday night snow is likely with additional light snow accumulations possible. Lows will be around 11 with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of snow is 70%.

Thursday should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow. Highs will be around 20 with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 10 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 41 and a low of 25. We picked up 0.5″ of sleet.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 39 and lows of 21.
The record high was 68°F in 1946.
The record low was -9°F in 1926.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:05 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:57 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 12h 49m
Length of Day: 11h 51m
Tomorrow will be 3m5s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16.4 days old with 97% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:12 PM EDT
Moonset: 8:14 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Here’s another shot, similar to yesterday’s, of Fargo Brook ice and “cellophane” water.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 69mm, ISO 100, f/20, 1/25″ exposure.


Monday, March 13, 2017

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A close-up of ice and flowing water on Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:00AM it’s currently 3 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 74%, dewpoint -3, barometric pressure 30.47” and rising. We have 0.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 18, and the overnight low was 3.

There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect from 7:00AM Tuesday to 8:00PM EDT
Wednesday.

Forecest:

Surface high pressure will crest over the region today with dry conditions and mostly sunny skies. A storm developing off the Carolina coast Monday night will move northeast up the coastline, intensifying rapidly on Tuesday and nearing Cape Cod Tuesday night. Snow is expected to develop across the region during the day on Tuesday, and become heavy at times Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning, before slowly tapering off Wednesday night. Winter’s not done with us yet folks!

We’ll se partly sunny skies today with highs around 19 and northwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with lows around 11 and light and variable winds.

Tuesday will bring snow with accumulation of 4″ to 6″ during the day. Highs will be in the lower 20s with northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is near 100%. Snow will continue into Tuesday night with additional heavy snow accumulation. Lows will be around 14 with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 90%.

Wednesday snow is likely with additional moderate snow accumulations possible. Highs will be in the lower 20s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of snow is 80%. Wednesday night snow is likely with additional light snow accumulation possible. Lows will be around 10 above. Chance of snow is 70%.

Overall, we’re looking at total snow accumulations from this storm of 0″-14″ from the Adirondacks eastward across the Champlain Valley, and 12″-18″ east of the Champlain Valley with higher amounts possible across the higher terrain. Some snow may linger into Thursday across higher elevations north.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 50 and a low of 27.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 39 and lows of 21.
The record high was 67°F in 2012 (we had a high of 65).
The record low was -7°F in 1948.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:55 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 12h 46m
Length of Day: 11h 48m
Tomorrow will be 3m5s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 15.4 days old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:10 PM EDT (3/13)
Moonset: 7:46 AM EDT (3/13)

About Today’s Photo:

A few years ago, I stumbled across what I’ve dubbed the “cellophane effect” when shooting moving water. I found myself exploring it again a bit yesterday as I took some photos along Fargo Brook. The key to achieving the effect is a fairly slow shutter speed (~1/25″) and shooting with the sun in front of you so that the light is bouncing directly off the water towards the lens. The light traces fine squiggly lines across the moving water.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 100, f/18, 1/25″ exposure.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

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Water frozen and flowing at Huntington Gorge

Did we all remember to “spring forward” this morning?

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:45AM DST, it’s currently 3 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west at 3-7 mph. Relative humidity is 68%, dewpoint -5, barometric pressure 30.28”. We have 0.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 9, and the overnight low was -1.

A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until 2:00 PM EDT this afternoon.
And there’s a Winter Storm Watch in effect from Tuesday morning through Wednesday evening.

Forecast:

Cold Arctic air remains entrenched across the region this morning and will be with us through early this week, with temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below normal for this time of year. A storm developing off the Carolina coast Monday night will move northeastward up the coast and will intensify rapidly on Tuesday, reaching Cape Cod Tuesday night. Snow is expected to develop across the region during the day on Tuesday, and become heavy at times late Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning, before slowly tapering off Wednesday night.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs 9 to 15 above and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy until midnight, then becoming partly cloudy. It’ll be cold with lows around -1 below and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Monday should be partly sunny with highs around 18 and north winds around 10 mph in the morning, becoming light and variable. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with lows around 7 above and light and variable winds.

Tuesday snow is likely with moderate snow accumulation—perhaps 3″-6″ locally during the day. Highs will be in the mid 20s with northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 80%. Snow will continue into Tuesday night with additional moderate snow accumulation of perhaps 2″-6″ locally. Lows will be 15 to 20. Chance of snow is 90%. Wrap arond snow will linger into Wednesday before finally shutting down.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 57 and a low of 23. We picked up 0.01″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 38 and lows of 20.
The record high was 63°F in 2012 (we had a high of 62).
The record low was -17°F in 1885.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:09 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:54 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 12h 43m
Length of Day: 11h 45m
Tomorrow will be 3m4s longer.

The Moon is the full “Worm” moon (Northeast Native American)
14.5 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:07 PM EDT
Moonset: 7:17 AM EDT
Other names for this month’s full moon include: “Fish” (Colonial American), “Lenten” (English), “Wind” (Celtic), “Chaste” (Medieval Wiccan), and “Death” Neo-Pagan Wiccan).

About Today’s Photo:

Capturing water in two of its states: frozen & flowing.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 40mm, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/15″ exposure.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

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A well-formed regiment of British soldier lichens atop one of our bluebird houses

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently -2 (minus 2) degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west at 3-6 mph. Relative humidity is 62%, dewpoint -12, barometric pressure 30.10”. We picked up 0.75” of snow overnight and have 0.75” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 30, and the overnight low was -3.

A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until 1:00PM EST this afternoon.

Forecast:

A strong Arctic high pressure area will be over the region through Monday bringing cold temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below normal for this time of year. A nor’easter developing off the Carolina coast Monday night will move northeastward up the coast and intensify rapidly, reaching the south Coast of New England by early Tuesday night. Snow is expected to develop across the region during the day on Tuesday, and become heavy at times Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, before slowly tapering off Wednesday night. Stay tuned!

We’ll see mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers today. It’ll be brisk with highs only 4 to 10 above with northwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Wind chill values could be as low as -25 below so bundle up! Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers until midnight, then partly cloudy after midnight. It’ll be cold with lows -6 below to zero with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of snow is 20%.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny in the morning, then becoming mostly cloudy. Highs will be around 13 with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy and cold with lows -5 below to 1 above zero with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

Monday’s looking partly sunny and chilly with highs around 18 and northwest winds around 10 mph. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with lows around 10 above.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 39 and a low of 26. We picked up 0.62″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 38 and lows of 20.
The record high was 56°F in 1977.
The record low was -8°F in 1961.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:11 AM EST
Sunset: 5:53 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 12h 40m
Length of Day: 11h 42m
Tomorrow will be 3m6s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 13.5 days old with 98% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:03 PM EST (3/11)
Moonset: 5:45 AM EST (3/11)

About Today’s Photo:

While cleaning out our bluebird houses in the front field, I couldn’t help but notice this bright clump of British soldier lichen camped atop one of the houses. The vibrant scarlet certainly catches the eye!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/16, 1/100″ exposure.


Friday, March 10, 2017

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A white oak leave on ice

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 23 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 81%, dewpoint 18, barometric pressure 29.89” and falling. We picked up a just the barest dusting of snow overnight, but are down to bare ground at the snow stake. Yesterday’s high was 41, and the overnight low was 23.

There is a Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 1:00AM to 1:00PM Saturday.

Forecast:

A strong Arctic cold front will sweep south across the region this afternoon and into the early evening bringing with it a period of heavier snow showers and possible squalls. Behind this front much colder air arrives for the upcoming weekend. Cold weather will continue into next week with additional chances of snow by Tuesday and Wednesday of next week as a nor’easter slides up the coast.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with a chance of snow showers this morning, then occasional snow showers with possible snow squalls this afternoon. Snow may be heavy at times this afternoon with total snow accumulations of a dusting to 2″. Highs will be around 30 with light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly 10 to 15 mph this afternoon. Chance of snow is 80%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers mainly until midnight. It’ll be much colder with lows around -3 below and northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Wind chill values could drop to as low as -24 below.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers. Highs will only be around 8 above with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph and wind chill values as low as -26 below. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy and cold with lows around -1 below and northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with highs around 10 above and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows around zero.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 56 and a low of 27. We picked up 0.02″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 37 and lows of 19.
The record high was 63°F in 2002 (we had a high of 67).
The record low was -9°F in 1971.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:12 AM EST
Sunset: 5:52 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 12h 37m
Length of Day: 11h 39m
Tomorrow will be 3m4s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 12.5 days old with 94% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:58 PM EST
Moonset: 5:11 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

The wind blew this white oak leaf onto the pond sometime over the course of the winter. Bright sun and warmer temperatures the other day allowed for it to begin to float on a thin layer of water on the surface of the ice. I like the gathering of tiny bubbles (cue champagne music!)

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1000″ exposure.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

bluebird-2017

Look who’s back!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 9:00AM it’s currently 29 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west gusting to 10 mph. Relative humidity is 58%, dewpoint 16, barometric pressure 29.83” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.11” of rain in the past 24hrs and a 0.25” dusting of snow overnight. Yesterday’s high was 52, and the overnight low was 29.

Signs of Spring:

We had a visit from a bluebird yesterday!

Forecast:

The weather roller-coaster continues! A cold front moving through the region this morning will deliver scattered snow showers and squalls through the morning hours. Gusty winds will taper off later today and then pick up again on Thursday behind a secondary cold front. Towards the weekend there is the potential for snow squalls to develop on Friday as an Arctic cold front brings much colder temperatures to the region.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with numerous snow showers this morning. We may see additional snow accumulations of a dusting to 1″. It’ll be blustery with highs in the lower 30s and west winds 15 to 25 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Chance of snow is 70%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers until midnight. Lows will be around 17 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Friday should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the upper 20s with light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Friday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. It’ll be much colder with lows around -1 below and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

Saturday’s looking mostly cloudy and frigid with highs only around 9 above and northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy and cold with lows around zero.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 68 and a low of 44. The bluebirds had returned.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 37 and lows of 19.
The record high was 70°F in 2016 (we had a high of 68).
The record low was -15°F in 2007 (we had a low of -18).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:14 AM EST
Sunset: 5:50 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 12h 33m
Length of Day: 11h 36m
Tomorrow will be 3m5s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11.5 days old with 88% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:52 PM EST
Moonset: 4:31 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

No sooner had I cleaned out the nesting boxes in our front field, than this male bluebird came by to check things out! It couldn’t have been more than half an hour! Talk about timing!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1300″ exposure.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

osier-twist

A twist of dried morning glory vine on red osier

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 36 degrees and raining steadily under overcast skies. A few wet snowflakes are mixing in. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 34, barometric pressure 29.91” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.38” of rain overnight, and we’re down to bare ground at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 52, and the overnight low was 36.

Forecast:

A cold front moving through the region this morning will deliver widespread showers and continued mild temperatures today. A secondary cold front will cross the area tonight bringing scattered snow showers and ushering a trend toward cooler temperatures Thursday into Friday. A stronger Arctic cold front will drop through the region Friday night bringing even colder air for the upcoming weekend.

We’ll see rain showers this morning, then occasional rain showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be around 50 with west winds around 10 mph, becoming southwesterly this afternoon. Chance of rain is 90%. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become cloudy with a 50% chance of rain or snow showers. Lows will be in the upper 20s with southwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 40 mph.

Thursday should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers mainly in the morning. Highs will be in the lower 30s with west winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with lows around 19 and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

Friday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be in the upper 20s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. It’ll be much colder with lows around zero.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 51 and a low of 33. We picked up 1″ of new snow and had 0.75″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 37 and lows of 19.
The record high was 61°F in 2000 (we had a high of 60).
The record low was -10°F in 1913.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:16 AM EST
Sunset: 5:49 PM EST
Length of Visible Light: 12h 30m
Length of Day: 11h 33m
Tomorrow will be 3m4s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10.4 days old with 80% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:47 PM EST
Moonset: 3:46 AM EST

About Today’s Photo:

The bright  bark of red osier pops against a grey background along the edge of our pond. A dried twist of morning glory hangs in remembrance of last season’s growth.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/100″ exposure.