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Sunday, December 31, 2017

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A pair of mouse tracks bracket a dried aster

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:40AM it’s currently -5 degrees and snizzling lightly under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 80%, dewpoint -10, barometric pressure 30.24” and rising. We picked up 0.30” of snow in the past 24hrs and have 8” at that stake. Yesterday’s high was was a blistering 11, and the overnight low was -6.

Forecast:

After a brief respite yesterday we’ll be treated to another reinforcing shot of Arctic air today which will keep daytime highs in the single digits around zero today and into the middle of next week. Windchills will also be a concern as a breezy northwest wind picks up later today. Be sure to bundle up for your New Years activities tonight! The next chance for a moderation in temperatures will come Tuesday into Wednesday as a clipper system moves through the region bringing temperatures in the teens and a bit of snow. Cold will return, however, on Friday and into next weekend.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with highs near 0F and NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with lows around -10F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Monday—New Years Day—should be partly to mostly cloudy with highs around 0F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows around -11F and light and variable winds.

Tuesday’s looking mostly cloudy and a bit “milder” with highs around 10F and SW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night should be overcast with lows around 9F and SSW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 35 and a low of 9. We had 2″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 13.
The record high was 56°F in 1965.
The record low was -19°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:29AM
Sunset: 4:23PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 0m
Length of Day: 8h 54m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 47 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 12.7 days old with 95% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:20PM
Moonset: 5:29AM

About Today’s Photo:

Fresh snow offers up all kinds of stories to those keeping their eyes open. I came across this set up mouse tracks while skiing at Camels Hump Nordic yesterday. I’m pretty sure it was just one individual coming and going. You can see the tail impression clearly on the lower set of tracks. There’s also an older set of tracks beneath the fresh snow between the fresh set. Despsite the cold, it’s busy up there in the woods!

iPhone 6S

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

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A chilly looking Camel’s Hump summit emerges from light clouds

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently -7 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint -11, barometric pressure 30.13” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.60” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 7.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 1, and the overnight low was -14.

Forecast:

An upper level trough of low pressure will move into the region today bringing clouds and light snow this morning in the ‘Dacks and this afternoon in the Greens before gradually tapering off tonight. We’ll also enjoy a brief respite from the single digits as temperatures rise into the low teens today. Heat wave! Another surge of Arctic air moves into the region on northwest winds tonight and Sunday bringing very cold wind chill temperatures later tonight through Sunday afternoon. Winds will taper off Sunday night but very cold temperatures will
persist to start the New Year with another brief “warm up” on Wednesday and Thursday. Longer term forecasts call for a return of Arctic cold going into next weekend.

We’ll see generally cloudy skies today with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Highs will be around 11F with light and variable winds. Tonight should be cloudy with snow showers mainly during the evening. Lows will be around -6F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 50% with snow accumulations of a dusting to 2″.

Sunday should be cloudy with highs around -1F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday night should be cloudy with lows around -12F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

New Years Day should be mostly cloudy with highs near 0F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows around -13F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 32 and a low of 18. We picked up 0.50″ of new snow and had 3″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 13.
The record high was 51°F in 1990.
The record low was -29°F in 1933.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:28AM
Sunset: 4:22PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 0m
Length of Day: 8h 53m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 43 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11.6 days old with 89% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:30PM
Moonset: 4:15AM

About Today’s Photo:

Light clouds skirt the summit of Camel’s Hump in late afternoon light. Must be cold up there!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 177mm, ISO 400, f/16, 1/640″ exposure.


Friday, December 29, 2017

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A close look at frost crystals forming on the inside of our garage windows

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently -5 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint -8, barometric pressure 30.32” and dropping slowly. We have 7” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 1, and the overnight low got down to -15. Brrrr!

Forecast:

Arctic high pressure will deliver another in a long string of fridgid days today. Temperatures should be a a degree or two warmer today—in the mid single digits—but winds should be light so wind chill will be less of a concern. Saturday should see temperatures moderate into the low teens before a reinforcing blast of Arctic air returns Sunday dropping the mercury back to around zero for daytime highs on Sunday and Monday. Temperatures should begin to moderate a bit by the middle of next week. Stay warm!

We’ll see cloudy skies with a few snow showers this afternoon. Highs will be around 2F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 30%. Tonight should be cloudy with lows around -6F and light and variable winds.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with highs around 11F and light and variable winds. Saturday night should be cloudy with lows around -6F and light and variable winds.

Sunday’s looking overcast with highs around -1F and NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night should be cloudy with lows around -11F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 32 and a low of 24. We picked up 2.75″ of new snow and had 3″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 13.
The record high was 58°F in 1984.
The record low was -29°F in 1933.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:28AM
Sunset: 4:21PM
Length of Visible Light: 9h 59m
Length of Day: 8h 53m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 38 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10.5 days old with 80% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:49PM
Moonset: 3:02AM

About Today’s Photo:

Cold temperatures have some advantages not the least of which is the formation of wonderful ice crystals on the inside of our garage windows. This shot shows maybe a square inch of frost, and you can really get a sense of the amazing structure of the crystals.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 320, f/9, 1/640″ exposure.


Thursday, December 28, 2017

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Hoar frost crystals on Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:20AM it’s currently -9 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 81%, dewpoint -14, barometric pressure 30.51” and steady. We picked up 0.25” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 7” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 9, and the overnight low got down to -12.

A Wind chill warning remains in effect until 7:00AM EST Friday.

Forecast:

Arctic high pressure over much of Canada and the US will keep us in the deep freeze straight through to early next week. Wind chill will reach dangerous levels today—25 below to 40 below—courtesy of continued northwest winds. Be sure to cover up exposed skin if you need to be outside for any extended length of time!

We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with bitter cold temperatures with highs only around -2F and NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with lows around -9F locally and -20 in colder pocket of the ‘Dacks and NEK. Winds will be out of the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Friday should be overcast and cold with highs around 3F and light and variable winds. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with lows around -8F and light and variable winds.

Saturday’s looking cloudy with highs around 7F and light and variable winds. Saturday night should be cloudy with lows around -8F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 32 and a low of 21. We had 1.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 29 and lows of 13.
The record high was 57°F in 1982.
The record low was -16°F in 1933.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:28AM
Sunset: 4:21PM
Length of Visible Light: 9h 59m
Length of Day: 8h 52m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 33 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9.4 days old with 71% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:13PM
Moonset: 1:50AM

About Today’s Photo:

A chilly photo for a chilly morning. Hoar frost crystals form near open water on Fargo Brook.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, IOS 800, f/14, 1/400″ exposure.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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A hairy woodpecker feasts on suet

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently -7 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint -10, barometric pressure 30.45” and steady. We picked up 0.30” of new snow in a brief flurry around 7:30PM last night. We have 7” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 20, and the overnight low got down to -10.

There’s a Wind chill warning in effect from 7:00PM this evening to 7:00AM EST Friday.

Forecast:

Arctic high pressure will continue to pour fridgid air into the region from Canada today, with highs only in the single digits north to low teens in the southern valleys. Wind chill values will dip to -15 to -25 this morning, and will reach more dangerous levels of -25 to -40 tonight through Thursday night on continued northwesterly winds. Both daytime highs and overnight lows will be 20 degrees below normal through Monday of next week. While a few flurries are possible at times over this perious, no major precipitation systems are forecast over the next 5 to 7 days. Stay warm!

We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with highs only around 7F and WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows near -10F and WNW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday will be bitterly cold and cloudy with daytime highs of only -2F and NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night should be cloudy with lows around -8F and to -20 in cold pockets in the ‘Dacks and NEK. Winds should be light and variable.

Friday’s looking overcast with highs around 4F and light and variable winds. Friday night should be cloudy with lows around -8F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 48 and a low of 32. We had 1.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 30 and lows of 14.
The record high was 55°F in 1949.
The record low was -23°F in 1968.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:28AM
Sunset: 4:20PM
Length of Visible Light: 9h 58m
Length of Day: 8h 51m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 29 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8.4 days old with 60% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:41PM
Moonset: 12:41AM

About Today’s Photo:

We have two species of woodpecker that overwinter in our region and that you might see at your bird feeders—the downy, and the hairy. This is a male hairy woodpecker. The hairy looks a lot like the downy with the males sporting a red spot on their head. Hairys are about 20% larger, however, and their bills are noticeably longer. My mnemonic device for remembering the difference is: “hairys are huge and downys are dinky.” The much larger pileated woodpecker also overwinters in the region, but you won’t find them at your feeders as they’re off in the woods drilling large square holes in dead trees searching for insects. You might here their distinctive call though!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 240mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/800″ exposure.


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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A curiously tawny red squirrel

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 14 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west at 4-7 mph. Relative humidity is 64%, dewpoint 3, barometric pressure 30.16” and rising. We have 7” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was 12.

Forecast:

A cold front across the Ottawa Valley this morning will provide a shot of arctic air to the region later today into tonight while bringing scattered snow showers this afternoon, especially across the northern Adirondacks and central Vermont. Wind chill values will dip to -15 to -25 below by daybreak on Wednesday, and will reach more dangerous levels Wednesday night and Thursday on continued northwesterly winds. Both high and low temperatures will be 20 degrees below normal by mid week. The next chance of snow arrives next weekend.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with a few flurries or snow showers possible this afternoon. Highs will be around 16F with WNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly to mostly cloudy. Lows will be around -4F with light and variable winds.

Wednesday should be partly cloudy and cold with highs only around 7F and WNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy and cold with lows around -11F and WNW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday’s looking bitterly cold and loudy with daytime highs around -2F and NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night should be overcast with lows around -8F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 44 and low of 8. We had 4″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 30 and lows of 14.
The record high was 58°F in 1982.
The record low was -26°F in 1980.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:28AM
Sunset: 4:19PM
Length of Visible Light: 9h 58m
Length of Day: 8h 51m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 24 seconds longer

The moon is in its first quarter, 7.4 days old with 50% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:12PM
No Moonset

About Today’s Photo:

This curiously tawny red squirrel has been hanging around our bird feeders this season. There might actually be two… Red squirrels go through a fall molt when their coats become the familiar reddish brown, however, this little critter seemed to miss that appointment. My best guess is that it’s a juvinile that was born late in the summer (red squirrels can have two litters if food sources are good which this year they are…) and hasn’t quite caught up to things color-wise.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/1300″ exposure.


Monday, December 25, 2017: Christmas Day

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A male junco pauses briefly in the rhododendrons near our feeders

Merry Christmas!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:30AM it’s currently 23 degrees and snow lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 21, barometric pressure 29.63” and falling rapidly. We’ve picked up 2” of new snow and have 8” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 28, and the overnight low was 18.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 4:00PM EST this afternoon.

Forecast:

Low pressure across western New York state early this morning will redevelop across Cape Cod and the Gulf of Maine later this morning. This system will bring 4″ to 8″ of snowfall to the region with the lesser amounts west of the Greens and higher amounts east. Areas of blowing snow will develop this afternoon as winds become gusty from the west. Arctic air will filter into the region on Tuesday with northwesterly winds and well below normal temperatures through the end of the week. Wednesday night into Thursday should bring the coldest air of the season so far with temperatures dropping into the teens below zero along with significant windchills.

Snow will taper off and end this morning but skies will remain cloudy this afternoon as a westerly wind kicks in. Highs will be around 28F with south winds shifting to west at 10 to 20 mph this afternoon. Chance of snow is 90% with snow accumulations of 2″ to 4″. Tonight should be partly cloudy with occasional snow showers overnight. Lows will be around 11F with WSW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 40%.

Tuesday should bring a mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Highs will be around 14F with west winds at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with lows around -6F and WNW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday should be generally sunny with highs only around 5F and WNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night should be clear and cold with lows around -12F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 37 and a low of 8. We picked up 0.08″ of rain and had 4″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 30 and lows of 15.
The record high was 62°F in 1964.
The record low was -25°F in 1980.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27AM
Sunset: 4:19PM
Length of Visible Light: 9h 57m
Length of Day: 8h 51m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 19 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 6.4 days old with 40% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:44AM
Moonset: 11:36PM

About Today’s Photo:

We have quite the bumper crop of juncos this season. I’d count a good two dozen bopping around in the shrubs near the house by the feeders. Though these little birds might appear drab, they have a certain “restrained elegance” I think. Like their sporting little tuxedos…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 280mm, ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/1300″ exposure.