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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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Coppery birch bark peeled by the wind

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently 7 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint 3, barometric pressure 30.21” and rising slowly. We have 1.25” of white concrete at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 18, and the overnight low was 7.

Forecast:

Surface high pressure over the region this morning is bringing us a cool and clear morning. A clipper low sliding north of the region this afternoon and eveing will bring widespread light snow that will mix with light rain on Thursday in valley locations as southerly winds bring in warmer air. The sytem is a bit moisture starved so we’re not expecting much in the way of accumulation from this event. A cold front behind the departing low will bring another round of cold weather to end the week. Another clipper system will bring the potential for additional snow this weekend. We might see a few inches out of that one. Looking further ahead there’s the potential for a coastal storm Monday going into Tuesday. Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned!

We’ll see sunshine this morning, becoming mostly cloudy with snow showers developing this afternoon. Highs will be around 24F with west winds shifting to S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 40%. Tonight should be cloudy with snow showers mainly during the evening. Lows will be around 22F with SSW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 40%.

Thursday should be cloudy with a few snow showers developing later in the day. Highs will top out at around 38F with SSW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 30%. Thursday night should be cloudy with snow showers mainly during the evening. Lows will be around 13F with west winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 50% with snow accumulations less than one inch.

Friday’s looking overcast and colder with high around 17F and NW winds at 15 to 25 mph. Friday night should be mostly cloudy early, becoming partly cloudy late. Lows will be near 0F with WNW winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 26 and a low of 0. We picked up 0.50″ of new snow and had 3″ a the stake.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:12AM
Sunset: 5:00PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 50m
Length of Day: 9h 48m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 30 seconds longer

The Moon is the full “Wolf” moon (Northeast Native American)
14.5 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:23PM
Moonset: 7:12AM

There’s been a fair amount of hype about this month’s “blue moon” being both a “supermoon” and experiencing a total eclipse. It is indeed a “blue moon”, meaning that it’s our second full moon in the month of January. The term “supermoon” is somewhat meaningless and simply refers to the fact that the moon is at perigee (at its closest to the earth in its monthly orbit). There is indeed an eclipse occurring, and it’s happening right now. If you happened to be on the west coast of the Continental US you’d see a partial eclipes before sunrise, while folks in Hawaii and in the mid Pacific will be able to to see totality in a few hours (at around noon our time). When the moon rises again this evening, it will be past full.

About Today’s Photo:

I came upon this bright peel of birch bark while walking (yes walking) along the CHN trails the other day. The tree was on an exposed southwest slope, and the wind had done a fine job of slowly peeling the bark from the tree.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 32mm, ISO 800, f/4.5, 1/3200″ exposure.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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Iced beech leaves along the trail

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 14 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 11, barometric pressure 30.07” and steady. We have 1.25” of crusty snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 31, and the overnight low was 13.

Forecast:

Light snow is possible across parts of northern New York today as a weak low pressure system passes well south of the area. The next best shot of widespread snowfall will be later Wednesday through Thursday when a clipper low passes north of our area dragging a cold front and then a warm front across the region. Aside from Thursday, temperatures will be below normal over the next week.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a few flurries or snow showers possible south and west. Highs will be around 17F with NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight shoul be partly cloudy early with increasing clouds overnight. Lows will be around 3F with NW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny during the morning hours, giving way to occasional snow showers in the afternoon. Highs will be around 23F with west winds shifting to the south at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 40%. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Lows will be around 21F with SSW winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday should be overcast and mild as the aforementioned warm front lifts through. Highs will be around 36F with south winds at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night should be cloudy with snow showers developing after midnight. Lows will be around 11F with west winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 60%. We may see 1″-3″ of snow out of this low with the potentional of some rain at lower elevations later Thursday afternoon. After the passage of the low, much colder Arctic air will move in dropping temperatures quickly Thursday night into Friday.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 26 and a low of 10. We picked up 0.30″ of new snow and had 2.5″ at the stake.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:13AM
Sunset: 4:59PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 47m
Length of Day: 9h 45m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 28 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 13.4 days old with 98% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:09PM
Moonset: 6:20AM

About Today’s Photo:

Ice is one of the few things to take pictures of this season it seems… These beech leaves in a ditch along one of the trails at Camel’s Hump Nordic sport a thin skin of ice.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 55mm, ISO 800, f/9, 1/50″ exposure.


Monday, January 29, 2018

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Beech nut husks, stick, and birch seed in snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 23 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. A few lazy flakes of snow are falling. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 80%, dewpoint 18, barometric pressure 30.34” and rising. We have 1.25” of crusty snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 45, and the overnight low was 23.

Forecast:

Weak high pressure to our north will provide dry conditions and below normal temperatures are through Wednesday. The next chance for some light snow showers will occur Wednesday evening into Thursday as a clipper low passes to our north. Look for a bit of a warm-up Thursday and cold temperatures again on Friday.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with highs of 26F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with a few flurries or snow showers possible mostly over the ‘Dacks. Lows will be around 11F with light and variable winds.

Tuesday should be overcast with highs around 17F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 6F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday’s looking mostly sunny during the morning hours and becoming overcast in the afternoon. Highs will be near 25F with south winds at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night should be cloudy with snow likely after midnight. Lows will be around 23F with south winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 70% with snow accumulations of less than one inch.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 36 and a low of 25. We had 2.5″ of snow at the stake.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:14AM
Sunset: 4:57PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 45m
Length of Day: 9h 43m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 26 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 12 days old with 92% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:00PM
Moonset: 5:21AM

About Today’s Photo:

Beech nut husks are abundant on the snow this season. It was a good mast crop this fall, and I’m finding these bristly hulls quite frequently in the woods, even, seemingly, in places where I can’t find a single beech tree nearby. The seeds in the upper left corner of the image are birch and are also quite ubiquitous this season.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 109mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/500″ exposure.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

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Ornate ice formations on Cobb Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 33 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 31, barometric pressure 30.19” and rising rapidly. We picked up just the barest trace of rain overnight and have 1.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 47, and the overnight low was 33.

Forecast:

Variable clouds and mild temperatures will continue today ahead of a dry cold front dropping south across the region toward evening. Behind this front temperatures be seasonably cold from Monday onward through mid week. Outside a few stray snow showers Monday night with passing trough, mainly dry weather is expected.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with highs near 40F and west winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with lows near 20F and light and variable winds.

Monday should be cloudy with highs around 25F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Monday night should be cloudy with late-night snow showers. Lows will be around 12F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 40% with minimal accumulation expected.

Tuesday’s looking cloudy with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Highs will be around 17F with NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 6F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 35 an a low of 27. We picke up 0.25″ of snow and had 2.5″ at the stake.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:15AM
Sunset: 4:56PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 43m
Length of Day: 9h 40m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 24 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11 days old with 85% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:59PM
Moonset: 4:15AM

About Today’s Photo:

Multiple pools and cascades make for some beautifully ornate ice formations on Cobb Brook.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 21mm, ISO 200, f/14, 1/13″ exposure.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

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Ice disc form in Cobb Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently a balmy 36 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the southwest at 3-7 mph. Relative humidity is 57%, dewpoint 22, barometric pressure 30.31” and falling slowly. We have 2” of crusty snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 30, and the overnight low was 30 as well.

Forecast:

Low pressure near James Bay this morning has lifted a warm front into the region this morning bringing breezy and mild conditions. A cold front will move through tonight and into Sunday bringing a few passing rain or snow showers. Colder but generally quiet weather returns for Monday onward into much of next week. The next chance of more widespread precipitation should be next Thursday and Friday when a coastal low enters the picture. Still too soon to say whether this will deliver any precious white stuff to us. Stay tuned…

We’ll see partly cloudy skies this morning becoming overcast during the afternoon. Highs will be around 43F with SSW at 15 to 25 mph. Tonight should bring light scattered rain showers or some mountain snow with overcast skies. Lows will be around 35F with SW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40% with minimal amounts expected.

Sunday should be partly sunny with highs around 40F and west winds at 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with lows around 19F and light and variable winds.

Monday’s looking cloudy with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Highs will be arounds 27F with NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Monday night should be cloudy with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Lows will be arounds 12F with light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 34 and a low of 30. We picked up 0.06″ of rain and 0.75″ of snow and had 3″ at the stake.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:16AM
Sunset: 4:55PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 41m
Length of Day: 9h 38m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 21 seconds longer

The Moon is waxging gibbous, 10 days old with 76% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:07PM
Moonset: 3:05AM

About Today’s Photo:

Robin & I took a short hike up Cobb Brook yesterday afternoon. I was confident that we’d find some interesting ice formations among the stream’s numerous falls and cascades. We were not disappointed. The hilight was finding these ice discs or ice pans floating in the pool beneath one of the larger falls. These discs form as ice accumulates in slow moving eddy currents. The discs ranged in size here from around 16″ to over 3 feet.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 1600, f/13, 1/25″ exposure.


Friday, January 26, 2018

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Chilly nights make nice ice

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:25AM it’s currently 6 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 3, barometric pressure 30.71” and rising slowly. We have 2” of crusty snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 18, and the overnight low was 4.

Forecast:

We’ve got a lovely day on tap courtesy of high pressure over the region this morning. We’ll see dry conditions along with warming temperatures today and
tonight. A windy and warm day is expected Saturday as low pressure over the northern Great Lakes rotates a warm front through the region bringing a few
rain and snow showers late in the day and into Saturday night. Sunday will be warm as well, with temperatures remaining well above normal and little to no
precipitation.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs near 25F and light and variable winds. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 20F and south winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday should bring a mix of clouds and sun early, then cloudy skies later in the day with a slight chance of a rain shower. Highs will be near 45F with SSW winds at 15 to 25 mph. Saturday night should be cloudy with lows around 36F and SSW winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Sunday’s looking partly cloudy with highs near 40F and west winds at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 22F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 43 and a low of 31. We had 2.5″ of snow at the stake.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:17AM
Sunset: 4:53PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 38m
Length of Day: 9h 36m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 19 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9 days old with 66% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:23PM
Moonset: 1:54AM

 


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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Graceful shapes in flowing water

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 22 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west at 3-6 mph. Relative humidity is 73%, dewpoint 14, barometric pressure 29.83” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.84” of rain and a skim of icing overnight. We’ve managed to keep 2” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 44, and overnight temperatures have been dropping from a high of 37 at 1:00AM to 22 now.

Forecast:

Cold Artic high pressure will move into the region today on gusty west to
northwest winds. The mountains may see some snow showers and light accumulations today while most of the area remains dry under mostly cloudy to cloudy skies. Below normal temperatures and dry weather will be the rule for the remainder of the work week as high pressure slowly drifts eastward heading into the weekend when a warming trend will take place (again…) bringing the chances for mixed precipitation and rain Sunday. Stay tuned…

We’ll see cloudy skies early with peeks of sunshine expected late. A few mountain flurries or snow showers possible north. Highs will top out around 23F with NW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 3F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday should be partly cloudy with highs around 14F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night should be clear with lows around 3F and light and variable winds.

Friday’s looking sunny with highs around 24F and light and variable winds. Friday night should be partly cloudy early, becoming overcast later during the night. Lows will be around 20F with south winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 34 and alow of 27. We picked up 0.47″ of rain and 1″ of snow and had 1″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 52°F in 1999 (we had a high of 57).
The record low was -22°F in 1948.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:19AM
Sunset: 4:51PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 34m
Length of Day: 9h 31m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 14 seconds longer

The Moon is in its first quarter, 7 days old with 44% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:13AM
No Moonset

About Today’s Photo:

Fargo Brook got fairly high yesterday with the rain and snow melt. Graceful shapes emerge from the flowing water with the right shutter settings on your camera.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 40mm, ISO 100, f/9, 1/8″ exposure.