Monday, March 20, 2017: The Vernal Equinox
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.