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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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Two chipmunks cavort on “Chipmunk Hill”

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:05AM it’s currently 37 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 86%, dewpoint 33, barometric pressure 29.98” and falling slowly. Yesterday’s high was 51, and the overnight low was 31.

Forecast:

Low pressure skirting to our north this morning may bring a few spotty light showers early this morning, along with increasing clouds. A weak frontal boundary will quickly cross the North Country this evening and overnight, bringing more showers. These showers will end by daybreak Thursday as the
front exits the region. The next chance of precipitation will be arrives Thursday night into Friday as a low pressure system from the Midwest moves toward the Mid-Atlantic Coast. At this point the track of this system are uncertain as are the temperature profiles. We may see some snow out of it, we may not… Stay tuned.

We’ll see partly cloudy this morning becoming cloudy during the afternoon with a slight chance of a rain shower. Highs will be around 54F with SSW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be cloudy skies with off and on rain showers overnight. Lows will be around 33F with west winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 50%.

Thursday should be cloudy but dry with highs around 43F and north winds at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night should bring rain showers early changing to mixed rain and snow later at night. Lows will be around 34F with ENE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday should be windy with periods of rain and snow in the morning changing to mainly rain in the afternoon. Temperatures will remain nearly steady in the mid to upper 30s with NNE winds at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% and winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph. Friday night should be cloudy with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Lows will be around 31F with north winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 51 and a low of 27. We picked up 0.2″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 34 and lows of 16.
The record high was 55°F in 1903.
The record low was -17°F in 1920.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:32AM
Sunset: 5:39PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 5m
Length of Day: 11h 7m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 1 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 13 days old with 96% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:10PM
Moonset: 5:46AM

About Today’s Photo:

We went for a bushwhack walk up on the hill above East Street and Delfrate Road yesterday. At the top of the hill we came across at least 7 chipmunks cavorting amongst the fallen trees, logs, and other playground equipment. Lots of chasing and hiding. They were not particularly shy of us either, coming within inches of our feet to investigate.

Chipmunks will spend most of the colder months in a tupor state (as opposed to true hibernation) in solitary burrows, but seeing as we’re not seeming to have any of that “colder” stuff, they’re emerging a bit early to kick off their spring breeding season that runs from late February to April. I’m guessing the concentration of so many of them in one place had to do with breeding and the availability of plenty of mast crops as the beech and oaks on the hill were prolific last fall. We’ve dubbed the hill “Chimpunk Hill”.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 125mm, ISO 800, f/9, 1/400″ exposure.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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Coyote tracks across a field at Craftsbury

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 24 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 23, barometric pressure 30.31” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 46, and the overnight low was 23.

Forecast:

High pressure building over the eastern US will keep the North Country dry today with above normal temperatures. A weak low over Canada will bring some clouds later this afternoon along with spotty light precipitation to the higher terrain of northern Vermont and New York tonight. Clouds will increase Wednesday as a weak frontal boundary to our north will spread bring light snow and rain across mainly the far north. The next chance for precipitation will be Thursday night into Friday as a low pressure system moves from the Midwest to the Mid Atlantic Coast. We may see a bit of snow out of this one…

We’ll see sunshine with a few afternoon clouds today. Highs will be around 47F with SW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy early giving way to cloudy skies late with a slight chance of a shower late. Lows will be around 35F with SW winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of a rain shower. Highs will be around 49F with SSW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night should be cloudy with lows around 32F and light and variable winds.

Thursday’s looking cloudy with high around 39F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night should bring intermittent light snow or snow showers becoming steadier late at night. Lows will be around 31F with NNE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 70% with about 1″ of snow expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 43 and a low of 28. We picked up 0.15″ of rain and were back down to bare ground at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 34 and lows of 16.
The record high was 57°F in 2000 (we had a high of 61).
The record low was -21°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:34AM
Sunset: 5:38PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 2m
Length of Day: 11h 4m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 1 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11.8 days old with 90% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:57PM
Moonset: 4:59AM

About Today’s Photo:

It’s still winter up in Craftsbury where I was delighted to find plenty of snow to ski yesterday at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. These tracks tell the story of a coyote cruising across the field in the early morning.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @ 12mm, ISO 200, f/16, 1/1300″ exposure.


Monday, February 26, 2018

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Ice and water flow in Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 29 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 28, barometric pressure 30.04” and rising slowly. We picked up a dusting of snow and sleet and 0.06” of melted precipitation/rain. Yesterday’s high was 41, and we had a top wind gust of 34mph. The overnight low was 27.

Forecast:

High pressure will build across the region today into Tuesday bringing dry weather, more sunshine, and continued above normal temperatures. The next chance for precipitation arrives Wednesday with a weak frontal passage. A potentially more potent system might be in the cards for Friday, but it’s too soon to say what we might get from it.

We’ll see mostly sunny skis today with highs around 44F and west winds at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows around 27F and west winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday should be sunny with highs around 48F and SW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night should be partly to mostly cloudy with lows around 36F and SW winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday’s looing mostly cloudy with a chance of a rain shower. Highs will be around 50F with WSW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy early followed by a mixture of light rain and snow overnight. Lows will be around 33F with light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 34 and a low of 20. We picked up 1″ of snow and had 1″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 34 and a low of 15.
The record high was 60°F in 1957
The record low was -19°F in 1970.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:35AM
Sunset: 5:36PM
Length of Visible Light: 11h 59m
Length of Day: 11h 0m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 0 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10.7 days old with 82% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:48PM
Moonset: 4:06AM

About Today’s Photo:

I never tire of playing with water and trying to capture different aspects of its flow using different shutter speeds. I’ve found that speeds of around 1/300″ seem to capture the liquidity of water nicely. The ice gives the eye something solid to hold on to.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/8, 1/320″ exposure.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

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A bent stem drops its snow load

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 35 degrees under mostly
cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 34, barometric pressure 30.12” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.10” of rain in the past 24hrs. Bare ground at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 39, and the overnight low was 34.

Forecast:

High pressure building into the region this morning will deliver a quiet and dry day today with some clearing skies tonight. Low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes will lift a warm front through the region Sunday bringing another round of snow, mixed precipitation, and rain Sunday along with gusty southeasterly downslope winds especially along the western slopes of the Greens. High pressure builds back in Monday. The above normal temperature trend will continue through the next 7 days.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with highs near 40F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 29F and east winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday should bring a wintry mix in the morning changing to rain showers in the afternoon. Highs will be around 38F with SE winds at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with snow and ice accumulations of 1″ to 3″. Sunday night should be cloudy early followed by partial clearing. Lows will be around 32F with south winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Monday’s looking mostly sunny with highs near 45F and WSW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night should be mostly clear with lows around 27F and west winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 50 and a low fo 32. We picked up 0.20″ of rain and were down to bare ground at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 33 and lows of 15.
The record high was 55°F in 1930.
The record low was -19°F in 2015 (we had a low of -20).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:39AM
Sunset: 5:34PM
Length of Visible Light: 11h 53m
Length of Day: 10h 54m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 59 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8.5 days old with 61% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:49AM
Moonset: 2:00AM

About Today’s Photo:

Back when there was snow on the ground (remember that?) this bent stem caught my eye. I like the way the light snow load on it had fallen to create a complementary arch.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 40mm, ISO 400, f/9, 1/1300″ exposure.


Friday, February 23, 2018

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An interesting pattern of fungus on a birch

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 24 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 22, barometric pressure 30.61” and falling rapidly. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was 17.

Forecast:

We’ve got an active period of weather on tap starting today and lasting through the upcoming weekend as two shortwave troughs swing through delivering a mixed bag of precipitation. The first system impacts our region this afternoon with the second on Sunday as the above normal temperatures trend continues. Minor ice accumulation could be seen in eastern and central Vermont this afternoon and could produce a few slick spots during the evening commute. Gusty southeast downslope winds along the western slopes of the Greens are possible on Sunday.

We’ll see cloudy skies with rain developing this afternoon with some mixed precipitation possible before the changeover. Highs will be around 40F wiht SSE winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Tonight should be cloudy with occasional rain showers. Lows will be around 36F with SW winds at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday should be cloudy early with partial sunshine expected later in the day. Highs will be around 39F with NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with low around 29F and east winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday’s looking windy with a wintry mix in the morning changing to rain showers in the afternoon. Highs will be around 38F with SE winds at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with 1″ to 3″ of snow and ice expected before the changeover. Sunday night should be cloudy early becoming partly cloudy later at night. Lows will be around 33F with south winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 64 and a low of 35. We were down to bare ground at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 33 and lows of 14.
The record high was 63°F in 2017 (we had a high of 64).
The record low was -22°F in 1972.

Sky Notes:

Sunset: 6:40AM
Sunset: 5:32PM
Length of Visible Light: 11h 50m
Length of Day: 10h 52m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 59 seconds longer

The Moon is in its first quarter, 7.4 days old with 50% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:02AM
Moonset: 12:52AM

About Today’s Photo:

While exploring up in the Missisquoi National Wildlife Management Area the other day, we came across this interesting patterning of fungus on a birch.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 26mm, ISO 640, f/7.1, 1/1300″ exposure.

 


Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Snow melt pours down the mountain at Mad River Glen yesterday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at :40AM it’s currently 27 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 72%, dewpoint 19, barometric pressure 30.64” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.05” of rain in the past 24hrs and are down to bare ground at the snow stake. Yesterday’s high made it up to 70, and the overnight low was 27.

Forecast:

Cloud cover will increase today as a weak shortwave trough brings a chance of snowfall to southern Vermont this afternoon. Clouds will then decrease through the overnight hours allowing temperatures to drop and return to near seasonal norms. Another shortwave trough will approach the region Friday and temperatures will quickly to near 40. Precipitation will build across the region late Friday morning with a transition from snow to sleet to rain expected. There’s not much moisture to work with so no real impacts are expected with this system as it quickly exits the region Friday night. High pressure builds in for Saturday. In general, temperatures are expected to be above seasonal averages for the foreseeable future…

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with highs around 30F and light and variable winds. Tonight should be clear with lows around 21F and light and variable winds.

Friday should start out partly cloudy in the morning then become cloudy with a mix of rain and snow later in the day. Some mixed winter precipitation is possible. Highs will be around around 40F with SSE winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Friday night should be cloudy with occasional rain showers. Lows will around 36F with SW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 50%.

Saturday’s looking cloudy with highs around 39F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with lows around 30F and east winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 58 and a low of 33. We were out of town so I have unreliable precipitation data.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 32 and lows of 14.
The record high was 61°F in 1981 (Burlington set a new high of 69 for yesterday’s date).
The record low was -20°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:42AM
Sunset: 5:31PM
Length of Visible Light: 11h 47m
Length of Day: 10h 49m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 58 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 6.3 days old with 38% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:22AM
No Moonset

About Today’s Photo:

Record high temperatures wreaked havoc the snowpack yesterday. Those of us skiing at Mad River Glen yesterday were commenting on how it was like April ski conditions in February. One of the waterfalls along the trails was gushing water and the sound of running water was ubiquitous.

iPhone 6S


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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A birch cone dangles by a thread

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:05AM it’s currently 45 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 44, barometric pressure 30.11” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.11” of rain in the past 24hrs and are down to about 1/5” of ice-ish cover at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 50, and the overnight low was 41, and the overnight high was 58 at 3:30AM!

Forecast:

Record breaking warm temperatures are expected today which will cause significant snow melt and sharp rises on local streams and rivers. Areas of ice jam flooding are possible through Wednesday night. An Areal Flood Watch remains in effect for our region. Scattered rain showers will pop up this afternoon as a cold front pushes through the region allowing temperatures to drop back into the 20s and 30s tonight with drier conditions expected on Thursday. Friday will bring a renewed chance for some like snow or mixed precipitation in the afternoon. Long term forecasts are calling for above normal temperatures well into next week. Wherefore art thou Winter?

Morning sunshine will give way to rain for the afternoon. Record high temperatures are expected with highs near 65F and WSW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Tonight should be partly cloudy and cooler with lows around 23F and NNW winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday should be cloudy with high near 30F and light and variable winds. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with low around 22F and light and variable winds.

Friday’s looking partly cloudy skies during the morning hours, giving way to cloudy skies with a mix of rain and snow developing in the afternoon. Highs will be around 38F with SSE winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Friday night rain showers early will mix with snow showers late. Lows will be around 32F with SW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 47 and a low of 12. We picked up 2″ of new snow and had 9″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 32 and lows of 14.
The record low was 59°F in 1981.
The record low was -19°F in 1950.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:44AM
Sunset: 5:30PM
Length of Visible Light: 11h 45m
Length of Day: 10h 46m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 57 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5.3 days old with 28% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:48AM
Moonset: 11:44PM

About Today’s Photo:

A birch cone dangles by a thread from a branch on the tree at the edge of our front field.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/400″ exposure.