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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

fargo-thaw

Muddy waters in Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 40 degrees and spitting a bit under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 2-5mph. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 37, barometric pressure 29.72” and falling rapidly. We picked up 0.08” of rain overnight and have 3” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 38, and the overnight low was 37.

Forecast:

Low pressure moving out the Great Lakes this morning lifted a cold front across the region overnight bringing widespread rain and freezing rain to the region. More rain is expected today as the low tracks over the region dragging a cold front through. Cold air will move in behind the departing low Wednesday with any lingering precipitation changing over snow on its way out. Temperatures will be noticeably colder going into the weekend with yet another warm up in store for Sunday.

We’ll cloudy skies today with periods of rain. Highs will be around 45F with SSE winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 100% with rainfall around a half an inch. Tonight should bring light rain early with a few flurries or snow showers possible late. Lows will be around 20F with WSW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with maybe an inch or two of snow falling over the mountains.

Wednesday should be cloudy early followed by partial clearing. A few flurries or snow showers are possible in the morning. High near 25F with NW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 3F and NW winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday’s looking mostly sunny and seasonably chilly with highs around 14F and NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 2F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 37 and a low of 31. Bare ground at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 64°F in 1906.
The record low was -19°F in 1970.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:20AM
Sunset: 4:49PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 32m
Length of Day: 9h 29m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 11 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5.8 days old with 33% illumination.
Moonris: 10:43AM
Moonset: 11:37PM

About Today’s Photo:

This photo is from the last thaw a couple weeks back (Fargo Brook is pretty placid so far this morning…) Milk chocolate colored waters froth as the break up the ice.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 65mm, ISO 400, f/18, 1/20″ exposure.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

fox-tracks

Fox tracks in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 26 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 23, barometric pressure 30.23” and rising slowly. We have 3.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 41, and the overnight low was 26.

Forecast:

We’ve got a messy weather picture ahead of us for the next 48 hours. Low pressure moving out of the Ohio River Valley will drag a warm front northeast into the region this afternoon and evening bringing a wintry mix this afternoon and tonight before changing over to rain during the morning hours on Tuesday. Light ice accumulations are expected in the ‘Dacks and east of the Greens. The warm front will move north of the area early on Tuesday and rain is expected for all areas as highs climb into the 40s. Colder air will move in behind the departing warm front allowing for a change-over to snow Wednesday night. We should see a dusting to 2″ in valley locations with 2″-5″ in the mountains. Cold high pressure will be in place for the remainder of the week with another warmup possible for next weekend.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with periods of snow late along with some sleet or freezing rain possible in the ‘Dacks and east of the Greens. Highs will be near 35F with ENE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with 1″ to 3″ of snow expected. Tonight should bring occasional rain tapering to a few showers late. Areas of freezing rain possible. Lows will be around 32F with SE winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Tuesday will bring rain. Highs will be around 46F with SSE winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 100% with rainfall near a half an inch. Tuesday night should bring rain and snow in the evening transitioning to snow showers late. Lows will be around 22F with WSW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 70%.

Wednesday should be cloudy skies followed by partial clearing. Highs will be around 25F with WNW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows of 4F and NW winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 37 and lows of 33. We picked up 0.01″ of rain and were down to bare ground at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 59°F in 1906.
The record low was -22°F in 1970.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:21AM
Sunset: 4:48PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 30m
Length of Day: 9h 27m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 8 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4.8 days old with 24% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:16AM
Moonset: 10:31PM

About Today’s Photo:

Fox tracks meander along one of the paths in our front field. This is the same fox (I think!) whose tracks were featured in yesterday’s post. You can often determine whether tracks are from wild animals (foxes or coyotes) as opposed to domesticated dogs by the paths they follow. Wild animals tend to move through the landscape with a purpose (they’re usually hunting…) while dogs tend to wander around a bit more aimlessly. Coyotes and foxes also “direct register” (place back paws in the same place as front paws) as they travel while dogs tend to have a messier track.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 17mm, ISO 200, f/14, 1/500″ exposure.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

fox-hunt

Evidence of a hunt!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 34 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 30, barometric pressure 30.09” and rising slowly. We have 4” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 43, and the overnight low was 33.

Forecast:

A quiet day is expected today with just a slight chance of a sprinkle or flurry. Low pressure approaching from the Ohio River Valley late Monday into Tuesday will lift a warm front through the region bringing a wintry mix of precipitation Monday night and then just plain rain on Tuesday as it rotates a cold front through. We have messy weather in store for that time period. By mid week colder and more seasonal temperatures will return across the region.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with temperatures nearly steady in the mid 30s and light and variable winds. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with lows around 27F and light and variable winds.

Monday should be cloudy with snow or a wintery mix likely in the afternoon. Highs will be around 33F with east winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with about 1″ of snow expected. Monday night should be cloudy with rain and snow showers in the evening. Lows will be around 31F with SE winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with snow accumulations less than one inch.

Tuesday should be cloudy with periods of rain. Highs will be around 44F with SSE winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 100% with rainfall around a half an inch. Tuesday night rain showers should taper off early mixing with snow on the way out as colder air moves in. Lows will be around 24F with SW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 43 and a low of 35. We picked up 0.01″ of rain and had bare ground.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 54°F in 2006 (we had a high of 58).
The record low was -15°F in 1971.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:21AM
Sunset: 4:46PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 28m
Length of Day: 9h 25m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 6 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4 days old with 16% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:48AM
Moonset: 9:27PM

About Today’s Photo:

I was following a set of fox prints in our front field the other day when I came across this “story” printed in the snow. By the arrangement of prints, I could surmise that the fox had stopped at this location—probably hearing prey beneath the snow—and then jumped headfirst to try and snatch a vole or mouse. Note the impression of two hind paws at the bottom of the photo with two front paw prints above. Note as well the line of vole tracks crossing diagonally at the top of the photo. No telling if the fox was successful…

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


Saturday, January 20, 2018

ice-bells

Bells of ice over Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 33 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 70%, dewpoint 24, barometric pressure 29.65” and rising. Snowpack is at 5”. Yesterday’s high was 30, and the overnight low was 30. It did bump up to 37 at 6:00AM this morning however.

Forecast:

A weak warm front is currently lifting across the region bringing above freezing temperatures and breezy southwest winds. This front will shift back south as a cold front with additional clouds and cooler temperatures moves through later tonight with a few mountains snow showers with a light accumulation possible. Low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes late Monday into Tuesday will bring the a wintry mix of precipitation into Tuesday morning before changing over to the “r” word…

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs around 41F and SW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with snow showers. Lows will be around 27F with west winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 50% with snow accumulations of less than one inch.

Sunday should be cloudy with highs around 34F and light and variable winds. Sunday night should be cloudy with lows of 27F with light and variable winds.

Monday’s looking cloudy with afternoon snow showers. Highs will be around 30F with north winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 50 with accumulations less than one inch. Monday night evening snow showers should change over to rain showers by daybreak. Lows will be around 27F with SE winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with snowfall around one inch and some icing in regions where the colder air takes longer to scour out (‘Dacks, NEK).

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 39 and a low of 32. We were down to bare ground at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 52°F in 1951.
The record low was -22°F in 1970.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:22AM
Sunset: 4:45PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 26m
Length of Day: 9h 23m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 3 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 3 days old with 9.6% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:20AM
Moonset: 8:24PM

About Today’s Photo:

Interesting “bell” like ice formations in Fargo Brook.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 102mm, ISO 400, f/18, 1/20″ exposure.


Friday, January 19, 2018

ramp-seedhead

Ramp seedheads above the snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 23 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 20, barometric pressure 29.94” and steady. We picked up a dusting of snow in the past 24hrs and have 5.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 25, and the overnight low was 20.

Forecast:

A ridge of high pressure extending from the upper Ohio Valley northeastward into New York and New England will bring seasonable and relatively quiet weather conditions today and through the weekend. A few flurries are possible this morning, and across the northern mountains over the weekend. A more significant storm system is expected Monday night into Tuesday, with the potential for substantial mixed wintry precipitation. Stay tuned…

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with highs around 30F and SSW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be overcast with lows around 28F and SSW winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday should be partly cloudy with highs around 41F and SW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy during the evening followed by cloudy skies overnight. Lows will be around 29F with WSW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday’s looking cloudy with highs around 35F and light and variable winds. Sunday night should be cloudy with snow showers developing after midnight as a cold front swings through. Lows will be around 21F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 40% with just a dusting or so expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 38 and a low of 32. We picked up 0.03″ of rain 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 65°F in 1996.
The record low was -24°F in 1976.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:23AM
Sunset: 4:44PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 25m
Length of Day: 9h 21m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 0 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2 days old with 4.6% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:49AM
Moonset: 7:23PM

About Today’s Photo:

There’s a certain spot along the Camel’s Hump Nordic trails in the Huntington Town Forest where ramps grow prolifically in the spring. At this time of year, the only evidence of their presence is their dried seedheads poking above the snow. With a bit of powder crowning them, they look a bit like Seussian Truffula trees.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 800, f/16, 1/200″ exposure.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

gold-finches

A crew of goldfinches hang out near our feeders

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:20AM it’s currently 14 degrees under overcast skies. A few lazy snowflakes are drifting down. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 12, barometric pressure 30.00” and falling slowly. We picked up 1.25” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 5.75” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 28, and the overnight low was 2.

Forecast:

We’ll be on the northern edge of high pressure today and Friday. Developing south to southwest winds will bring about a gradual moderation in temperatures, and cloudy skies associated with moisture from the eastern Great Lakes. A few snow showers are possible tonight as a weak clipper tracks across northern New York into northern New England. Generally quiet weather is expected over the weekend, with temperatures on Saturday expected to reach the lower 40s in many locations. A frontal system and surface low pressure passing to our west Monday night into Tuesday should bring mixed wintry precipitation and a period of plain rain to the region, before somewhat cooler temperatures arrive for Wednesday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Highs will be around 26F with light and variable winds. Tonight should be cloudy with snow showers developing late. Lows will be around 18F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 40% with maybe a half to one inch of snow expected.

Friday should be mostly cloudy with highs around 31F and SSW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with lows around 27F and SSW winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday should be partly sunny with highs around 42F and SW at 10 to 20 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming cloudy overnight. Lows will be around 29F with WSW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 38 and a low of 33. We picked up 0.75″ of new snow and had 1.50″ 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 -24°F in 1974.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:23AM
Sunset: 4:43PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 23m
Length of Day: 9h 19m
Tomorrow will be 1 minutes 57 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1.1 days old with 1.5% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:15AM
Moonset: 6:23PM

About Today’s Photo:

We have a good showing by goldfinches this season at the feeder. I’d say there are a dozen or so flitting about and feeding (they like the nyger seed best) during peak hours. This grouping looked like ornaments on the apple tree near the feeders. The falling snow adds to the effect. This time of year the males are quite drab, but their plumage will brighten up considerably as spring arrives.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 210mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/800″ exposure.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

vole-tracks

Meadow vole tracks in the snow of our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently 18 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 16, barometric pressure 30.33” and steady. We picked up 0.75” of new snow and have 4.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 27, and the overnight low was 15.

Forecast:

A developing coastal low will track into the Gulf of Maine today bringing light to moderate snowfall to the region with additional snow accumulations of up to 2″ locally and up to 4″ expected in southern and eastern Vermont. Snow should taper off later today. Some light snow showers will develop through the end of the week along with a general warming trend going into the weekend.

We’ll see occasional snow showers today with highs around 27F and light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 60% with snow accumulations of an inch or two locally. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 13F and SSW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday should be mostly cloudy early, then become partly cloudy in the afternoon. A few flurries or snow showers are possible. Highs will be around 26F with WSW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night should be cloudy with a few snow showers later at night. Lows will be near 20F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 30%.

Friday’s looking cloudy early, becoming partly cloudy later in the day. Highs will be around 32F with light and variable winds. Friday night should be partly cloudy during the evening followed by cloudy skies overnight. Lows will be around 27F with SSW winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 40 and a low of 14. We had 0.25″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 27 and lows of 10.
The record high was 56°F in 1889.
The record low was -22°F in 1974.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:24AM
Sunset: 4:41PM
Length of Visible Light: 10h 21m
Length of Day: 9h 17m
Tomorrow will be 1 minutes 54 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 0.2 days old with 0.1% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:38AM
Moonset: 5:25PM

About Today’s Photo:

There are so many stories in the snow after a fresh snowfall. Here, a meadow vole made a perilous foray out on top of the snow for quite a distance. You can see deer tracks at the top of the image, and there were fox tracks there as well. Why voles decide to come up above the snow—exposing themselves to preditors like the fox—instead of keeping to their subnivian tunnels (under the snow) is anybody’s guess…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 21mm, ISO 200, f/14, 1/400″ exposure.