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Saturday, March 31, 2018

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Melting snow and rain made for fast flowing water in Fargo Brook yesterday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 23 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 21, barometric pressure 30.19” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.19” of rain in the past 24hrs and have 7” of frozen snow at the stake (though we are down to bare ground on the south-facing slope of our front field.) Yesterday’s high was 43, and the overnight low was 22.

Forecast:

Building high pressure will deliver a quiet day today with clear skies and seasonal temperatures. Low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes this evening will bring a return to unsettled weather later tonight and into Sunday rain and snow showers spread across the region. Gusty winds develop overnight and continue into Sunday afternoon. High pressure returns Sunday
into Monday as temperatures trend below normal. The next widespread rain event will move through Tuesday into Wednesday as temperatures conintue to trend below normal through the upcoming week.

We’ll see sunny to partly sunny skies for most of the day today. High will be around 49F with SW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be cloudy and windy after midnight. Lows will be around 38F with SSW winds at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over to 40 mph.

Sunday should bring a mix of clouds and sun early, then cloudy skies later in the day with a few rain or snow showers possible. Highs will be around 41F with west winds at 15 to 25 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with low around 22F and west winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Monday’s looking partly cloudy with highs around 41F and WNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Monday night should be partly to mostly cloudy with lows around 27F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 38 and a low of 30. We had 6.25″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 47 and lows of 29.
The record high was 84°F in 1998.
The record low was 2°F in 1954.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:35AM
Sunset: 7:18PM
Length of Visible Light: 13h 40m
Length of Day: 12h 42m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 3 seconds longer

The Moon is the full “Worm” moon, it’s also a blue moon as we had another full moon in March 1st. 14.5 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:35PM
Moonset: 6:59AM

About Today’s Photo:

Rain, warm temperatures, and rapid snow melt make for fast moving water in Fargo Brook. A branch of a tree fallen cuts the water. Dialing in the right shutter speed freezes the action creating a satisfying sense of flow.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  140mm, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/30″ exposure.


Friday, March 30, 2018

nuthatch

A white breasted nuthatch at our suet feeder

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 41 degrees and raining steadily under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 40, barometric pressure 29.64” and rising. We picked up 0.61” of rain overnight and have 8” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 53, and the overnight low was 36.

Forecast:

Rain will wind down this morning as surface low pressure currently centered over Montreal tracks toward the Gulf of St. Lawrence later today. Temperatures should top out this morning and drop this afternoon as a cold front swings through reaching into the 20s tonight under clearing skies. Drier and seasonable weather is expected on Saturday, followed by another frontal passage bringing scattered light rain and snow showers for Saturday night into Sunday. Temperatures will trend cooler to start next week with another storm system heading our way for Tuesday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with periods of rain this morning. Highs will top out at around 49F this morning and drop during the day. Winds will be NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Tonight should be cloudy early with some clearing expected late. Lows will be around 27F with NW winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday should be partly cloudy with highs around 49F and WSW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night should be cloudy with occasional rain showers later at night with some snow mixed in over higher elevations. Lows will be around 36F with gusty SSW winds at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 40%.

Sunday’s looking partly cloudy in the morning with increasing clouds during the afternoon. Temperatures will be nearly steady in the mid to upper 30s with gusty west winds at 15 to 25 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 22F and west winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 43 and a low of 29. We had 6.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 46 and lows of 28.
The record high was 80°F in 1977.
The record low was 6°F in 1884.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:37AM
Sunset: 7:17PM
Length of Visible Light: 13h 37m
Length of Day: 12h 39m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 3 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 13.5 days old with 98% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:25PM
Moonset: 6:29AM

About Today’s Photo:

There are two types of nuthatches in our region—white breasted like this one, and red breasted—both have the typical nuthatch method of exploring for hidden bugs in an upsided down manner. This little fella is keeping a wary eye out while helping him(her?)self to our suet feeder.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

inverted-tracks

A set of fox tracks “inverted” by the sun

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:30AM it’s currently 35 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 33, barometric pressure 30.03” and steady. We have 11” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 49, and the overnight low was 34.

Forecast:

High pressure over the region this morning will deliver generally dry conditions through late afternoon albeit with abundant cloud cover. Daytime highs today should reach the upper 40s to lower 50s as light southeast to south winds develop. A moisture-laden low pressure system approaching from the Ohio Valley will track across the region late tonight into Friday morning bringing widespread light to moderate rainfall tonight into early Friday morning. A cold front will swing through midday on Friday ushing in drier and seasonable weather for Saturday. Another cold front will then bring scattered rain and higher elevation snow showers Saturday night, followed by a return to below normal temperatures to start next week.

We’ll see cloudy skies with periods of light rain this afternoon. Highs will be around 53F with south winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight
should be rainy with lows around 43F and SSE winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 100% with rainfall around 0.50″.

Friday should bring a steady rain in the morning with showers continuing into the afternoon along with a noticeable drop in temperatures as the aforementioned cold front swings through. Highs will top out in the low 50s early before dropping into the lower 40s in the afternoon. Winds will be out WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 27F and NW winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday should be partly cloudy with highs around 48F and WSW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night should be cloudy with periods of light rain after midnight. Lows will be around 33F with gusty SSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 38 and a low of 33. We picked up 0.09″ of rain and had 7″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 46 and lows of 28.
The record high was 84°F in 1946.
The record low was -8°F in 1923.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:39AM
Sunset: 7:15PM
Length of Visible Light: 13h 34m
Length of Day: 12h 36m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 3 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 12.4 days old with 93% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:15PM
Moonset: 5:57AM

About Today’s Photo:

The combination of strong March sunshine and warm temperatures creates interesting effects in the snow. Here, a set of fox tracks in our front field become “inverted” as the softer snow around the prints drops below the level of the compacted snow of the print itself.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

sap-drop

A drop of sap from a tap at the Audubon Nature Center

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 37 degrees under overcast skies. There’s a hint of drizzle to the air. Winds are out of the south at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 77%, dewpoint 31, barometric pressure 30.01” and falling slowly. We picked up a bit of sleet, 0.05” of rain, and have 12.5” of soft snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 48, and the overnight low was 34.

Forecast:

Any lingering precipitation should taper off through the morning hours, but low clouds will hang out throughout the day today with high temperatures in the 40s. Thursday will be warmer with temperatures topping out around 50 degrees in many locations as we get some breaks in the clouds to allow a little sunshine to peek through. Low pressure tracking out of the Ohio River valley will move in Thursday evening bringing widespread rain and gusty winds Thursday night into Friday morning. Saturday’s looking dry and seasonable before another fast moving trough moves through Saturday night into Sunday bringing light rain and perhaps some mountain snow showers.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with highs around 42F and light and variable winds. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with areas of dense fog. Lows will be around 34F with light and variable winds.

Thursday should be cloudy with occasional light rain in the afternoon. Highs will be around 48F with SSE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Thursday night should bring periods of rain. Lows will be around 41F with SSE winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 90% with rainfall around a 0.50″.

Friday should bring morning rain tapering to a few showers late. Highs will be around 45F with west winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 90% with rainfall near 0.25″. Friday night should be cloudy giving way to clearing skies late. Lows will be around 23F with NW winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 56 and a low of 34. We picked up 0.16″ of rain and had 10″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 45 and lows of 27.
The record high was 79°F in 1945.
The record low was -5°F in 1923.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:41AM
Sunset: 7:14PM
Length of Visible Light: 13h 31m
Length of Day: 12h 33m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 4 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11 days old with 87% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:04PM
Moonset: 5:21AM

About Today’s Photo:

I really appreciate that the Green Mountain Audubon Center here in Huntington still harvests maple sap the “old fashioned” way using buckets. I understand the convenience and time-savings of tubing, but I just gotta say that I find all that tubing running like big blue cobwebs through our hardwood forests kind of unsightly… And there’s nothing quite like the quiet “ping-ping” of sap dripping into a bucket!


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

chickadee

A chickadee by our feeder

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 19 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 17, barometric pressure 30.58” and falling. We have 14” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 47, and the overnight low was 18.

Forecast:

High pressure over the region this morning will weaken as it shifts northeast
today. Low pressure moving out of the Great Lake will drag a warm front through the region tonight, triggering a cold rain that will taper off during the day Wednesday. Areas of the northern ‘Dacks and Greens along with eastern
Vermont could see some wintry mix/snow out of this system tonight that will transition to rain by Wednesday morning. Temperatures will warm to near 50 today and stay well above normal through most of the work week before a cold front pushes through Friday accompanied by more precipitation and a shift to
seasonably cooler temperatures for the weekend.

We’ll see a mix of clouds and sun during the morning giving way to cloudy skies this afternoon. Highs will be near 50F with SE winds at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with a mixture of rain and higher elevation snow showers developing late. Some sleet may mix in. Lows will be around 32F with SSE winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday should bring showers in the morning, tapering to cloudy skies in the afternoon. Highs will be around 45F with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 40%. Wednesday night should be cloudy with lows around 32F and light and variable winds.

Thursday’s looking mostly cloudy early with showers developing later in the day. Highs should be near 50F with SE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Thursday night should be rainy with lows around 39F and SSE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90% with rainfall around a 0.25″.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 43 and a low of 34. We picked up 0.17″ of rain and had 11.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 45 and lows of 27.
The record high was 71°F in 1921.
The record low was -1°F in 1923.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:43AM
Sunset: 7:13PM
Length of Visible Light: 13h 28m
Length of Day: 12h 30m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 4 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10 days old with 78% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:52PM
Moonset: 4:40AM

About Today’s Photo:

Chickadees are my favorite birds. I love their curiosity, gregariousness, and general good naturedness. It’s been a while since I posted a photo of one, so here ya go!


Monday, March 26, 2018

snow-shadows

Late winter abstract

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:20AM it’s currently 22 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 19, barometric pressure 30.75” and rising. We have 15” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 41, and the overnight low was 13.

Forecast:

High pressure currently centered over southern Québec will build and shift
east through Tuesday morning, keeping conditions over the region clear and dry. Clouds will increase and temperatures will warm to around 50 Tuesday ahead of low pressure approaching from the Great Lakes which will bring some rain starting Tuesday night. Higher elevations could see some light wintry mix out of this system Tuesday night, with little accumulation expected. Precipitation will become all rain by Wednesday and will taper off Wednesday night. Thursday should be drier with continued above normal temperatures. The dry weather will be short lived however, as a low pressure system brings more
precipitation to the area Thursday night into Friday.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with highs around 44F and light and variable winds. Tonight should be clear with lows around 23F and light and variable winds.

Tuesday should be mostly sunny early then becoming cloudy later in the day. Highs will be around 48F with SE winds at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night should be cloudy with rain developing after midnight. Lows will be near 35F with SSE winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Wednesday should be showery in the morning tapering to cloudy skies in the afternoon. Highs will be around 43F with SW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. Wednesday night should be overcast with lows around 36F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 43 and a low of 9. We picked up 0.01″ of rain and had 12″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 44 and lows of 26.
The record high was 71°F in 1945.
The record low was -4°F in 1960.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:45AM
Sunset: 7:12PM
Length of Visible Light: 13h 25m
Length of Day: 12h 26m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 4 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9 days old with 68% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:42PM
Moonset: 3:54AM

About Today’s Photo:

Long shadows across the snow. With warm temperatures and rain on the way, scenes like these will be on the way out…


Sunday, March 25, 2018

milkweed-snow

Dried milkweed pods cast their shadow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 15 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%,. dewpoint 13, barometric pressure 30.45” and rising rapidly. We picked up a dusting of snow overnight and have 16.5” at that stake. Yesterday’s high was 36, and the overnight low was 14.

Forecast:

A building ridge of high pressure will deliver dry conditions with warming temperatures into the upcoming work week. A cloudy start this morning will give way to plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 30s. Clear skies and light winds will allow for radiational cooling tonight bringing seasonably cold temperatures overnight. Temperatures will warm into the mid 30s to lower 40s Monday and mid 40s to lower 50s on Tuesday. A low pressure system moving out of the Great Lakes will deliver a cold rain on Tuesday night into Wednesday with a wintry mix possible in the higher terrain.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with highs near 40F and NNE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 17F and light and variable winds.

Monday should be mostly sunny with highs around 43F and light and variable winds. Monday night should be clear with lows around 23F and light and variable winds.

Tuesday’s looking partly cloudy with highs around 47F and SE winds at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night should be cloudy early with periods of light rain and higher elevation snow later at night. Lows will be near 35F with SSE winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 36 and a low of 18. We picked up 0.13″ of rain and 3.5″ of snow and had 13″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 28 and a low of 26.
The record high was 68°F in 1987.
The record low was 0°F in 1960.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:47AM
Sunset: 7:11PM
Length of Visible Light: 13h 22m
Length of Day: 12h 23m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 4 seconds longer

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8 days old with 57% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:36PM
Moonset: 3:00AM

About Today’s Photo:

Dried milkweed pods in our front field cast long shadows across the snow at sunset.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  40mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/250″ exposure.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

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Look who’s back!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 28 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 69%, dewpoint 19, barometric pressure 30.13” and rising slowly. We have 17” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 41, and the overnight low was 28.

Forecast:

A trough of low pressure aloft will dominate our weather this weekend with below normal temperatures and a few scattered snow shower expected. Given the lack of moisture any snowfall will be light and under an inch. Temperatures will be mainly in the 30s today, but warm into the 40s to lower 50s by Tuesday with increasing amounts of sunshine. Our next weather
maker arrives in the form of rain showers Wednesday into Thursday with temperatures in the mid 40s to lower 50s.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Highs will be around 31F with NNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should bring intermittent snow or snow showers becoming steadier late. Lows will be around 21F with north winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 70% with snow accumulations of less than 1″.

Sunday should be partly cloudy during the morning hours, and becoming overcast in the afternoon. Highs will be near 40F with NNE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy and cool with lows around 17F and light and variable winds.

Monday’s looking mostly sunny with highs around 42F and light and variable winds. Monday night should be mostly clear with lows around 21F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 35 and a low of 18. We had 11.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are 43 and lows of 25.
The record high was 66°F in 1979.
The record low was -6°F in 1896.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:49AM
Sunset: 7:09PM
Length of Visible Light: 13h 18m
Length of Day: 12h 20m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 4 seconds longer

The Moon is in its first quarter, 7 days old with 46% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:38AM
Moonset: 1:59AM

About Today’s Photo:

I heard the burbling song of a bluebird yesterday and managed to get a good shot of this little fella along our driveway. Nice to have have him back!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 640, f/5.6, 1/2000″ exposure.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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A branch released from the snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 7 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 4, barometric pressure 29.93” and falling slowly. We have 22” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 36, and the overnight low was 5.

Forecast:

Clouds will be on the increase through the day today as low pressure moves
northeast off the East Coast just outside of the Cape Cod benchmark. This Some light snow will be possible for southeastern Vermont late today and tonight, but most of the impacts from this system will remain south of our region. We may see some slight wrap-around snow flurries Thursday morning, but otherwise this storm is missing us. Temperatures will trend closer to normal values for the second half of the week heading into the weekend as the coastal low helps to displace the chilly high pressure that has been entrenched across the region for the past several days. Conditions should remain dry going into next week along with gradually increasing temperatures.

We’ll see party cloudy skies early followed by cloudy skies this afternoon. Highs will be around 33F with north winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with lows around 22F and north winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday may bring a few scattered snow showers during the morning over the northern Greens and NEK followed by partly to mostly cloudy for the afternoon. Highs will be around 33F with NNW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 30%. Thursday night should be partly to mostly cloudy. Lows will be around 22F with NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Friday’s looking overcast with highs around 36F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night should be cloudy with lows around 22F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 39 and a low of 30. We had 11″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 42 and lows of 24.
The record high was 81°F in 2012 (we had a high of 80).
The record low was -2°F in 2007 (we had a low of -5).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:54AM
Sunset: 7:06PM
Length of Visible Light: 13h 9m
Length of Day: 12h 11m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 5 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 3.8 days old with 15% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:23AM
Moonset: 11:45PM

About Today’s Photo:

The strong March sun can really go to work on southern exposed snow surfaces. This branch had been pinned beneath the snow until a gradual combination of settling and sublimation allowed it to spring free leaving its almost skeletal imprint in behind.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 400, f/10, 1/1000″ exposure.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018, the Vernal Equinox

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Camel’s Hump at sunset

Happy Equinox!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently -1 degree under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 86%, dewpoint -4, barometric pressure 30.07” and rising slowly. We have 22.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 27, and the overnight low was -2.

Forecast:

High pressure will remain in control of our weather today, resulting in another day of sunshine and cool temperatures. Winds will be fairly light and with highs
in the upper 20s to lower 30s north to south. Low pressure developing off the Mid Atlantic coast Wednesday will slide east-northeast bringing precipitation to southern New England during the day Wednesday. High pressure and dry air should remain wedged over our region however, keeping the low shunted to the south and east of the Cape Cod benchmark. Areas south of a Quechee to Rutland line may see a bit of snow, but northern Vermont should remain dry into the upcoming weekend with perhaps a bit of wrap-around snow in the NEK Thursday.

We’ll see plenty of sunshine today to usher in the first day of spring. Highs should be around 31F with north winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 11F and light and variable winds.

Wednesday should bring a mix of clouds and sun in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon. Highs will be around 33F with north winds at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night should be overcast with lows around 22F and NNW winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday’s looking cloudy with a few flurries or snow showers possible mostly north and east. Highs will be around 34F with NNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with lows around 24F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 47 and a low of 9. We had 12.5″ of snow at the stake.

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.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:56AM
Sunset: 7:04PM
Length of Visible Light: 13h 6m
Length of Day: 12h 8m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 5 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2.8 days old with 8% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:49AM
Moonset: 10:36PM

The Vernal Equinox occurs today at 12:15PM. 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:

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About Today’s Photo:

Bluebird days make for nice images of Camel’s Hump as it catches the last light of the day. I never tire of this view from our front field.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 183mm, ISO 400, f/13, 1/200″ exposure.


Monday, March 19, 2018

fargo-snow

Fargo Brook full of snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently -5 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint -8, barometric pressure 30.02” and steady. We have 23.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 25, and the overnight low was -6.

Forecast:

A persistent northwesterly flow and chilly Canadian high pressure will continue to deliver unseasonably cold and dry condtions to the region through midweek. A coastal low will strengthen Wednesday as it moves from the Carolina coast northeastward, but the brunt of the impacts with this system still look to be to our south and east. Southern portions of Vermont may see some precipitation Wednesday and Thursday.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with highs around 22F and NNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 9F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday should be mostly sunny with highs near 30F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night should be clear with lows around 12F and light and variable winds.

Wednesday should start of parly cloudy in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon. Highs will be around 31F with north winds at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night should be cloudy with lows around 22F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 44 and a low of 10. We had 14.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 41 and lows of 23.
The record high was 79°F in 2012 (we had a high of 77, and had pheobes, woodfrogs, and bluebirds all making an appearence).
The record low was -10°F in 1993.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:58AM
Sunset: 7:03PM
Length of Visible Light: 13h 3m
Length of Day: 12h 5m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 5 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1.8 days old with 3% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:19AM
Moonset: 9:28PM

About Today’s Photo:

The snow lays deep along Fargo Brook. Our little footbridge—made on a fallen tree—is piled high.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 34mm, ISO 800, f/16, 1/160″ exposure.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

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Long shadows across wind scoured snow at sunset yesterday

Morning Observation:

Brrrrrr! This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently -9 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 83%, dewpoint -13, barometric pressure 29.98” and rising slowly. We have 24.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 24, and the overnight low was -10. Brrrrrr!

Forecast:

Chilly high pressure over the Northeast will continue to deliver clear and seasonably cold conditions through the upcoming work week with temperatures a good 15 to 20 degrees below seasonal averages. The midweek low pressure system I’ve been mentioning over the past couple of days now looks to be tracking south of our region so we should see little more than some clouds from it. Temperatures should moderate a bit by Friday, but it looks like we’ll be staying on the cool side (the snow saving side!) through much of the remainder of March.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with highs around 21F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Not as gusty as yesterday. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows around 6F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Monday should be partly cloudy with highs around 22F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Monday night should be mostly clear with lows around 10F and light and variable winds.

Tuesday’s looking partly cloudy with highs around 28F and north winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night should be clear with lows around 11F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 43 and a low of 1. We had 17.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 41 and lows of 23.
The record high was 76°F in 2012. (We had a high of 77. It was the start of a strig of stupid warm weather, remember?)
The record low was -7°F in 1961.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:00AM
Sunset: 7:02PM
Length of Visible Light: 13h 0m
Length of Day: 12h 2m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 5 seconds longer

Savvy readers might note that the length of day is now 12h 2m (yesterday it was 11h 59m), yet it’s not the Spring Equinox yet (that occurs Tuesday at 12:15PM). The reason for this has to do with how sunrise and sunset are measured. Sunrise is measured as the point at which the top of the disc of the sun breaks the horizon (a theoretical flat line), and sunset is measured as the point at which the top of the sun’s disc drops below that horizon. It takes several minutes for that to happen so hence the discrepancy.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 0.7 days old with 0.6% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:50AM
Mooset: 8:20PM

About Today’s Photo:

A bit of of “mid-winter” abstract for you today. As the sun was setting yesterday evening it cast long shadows across the wind scoured snow. Tiny rises in the snow’s surface elevation created fanciful rills and valleys.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 32mm, ISO 800, f/16, 1/100″ exposure.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

bunny-snowbanks

An eastern cottontail in the canyons that are our walkways

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 13 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 9, barometric pressure 29.67” and falling slowly. We have 25.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 27, and the overnight low got down to 8.

Forecast:

High pressure is set to deliver a sunny albeit seasonally chilly and sometimes blustery weekend. Some scattered snow showers may be possible this morning over the northern mountains. Temperatures will be well below seasonal averages going into next week courtesy of Arctic air that has moved into the region. Daytime highs will be in the 20s with nightimes dipping into the single digits either side of zero. The jury is still out on a potential low pressure system that may have the makings of the fourth nor’easter that we’ve seen here in New England in recent weeks. Current models are keeping the midweek system largely south of the area for now. Stay tuned…

We’ll see cloudy skies this morning with a few mountain snow showers possible this morning north. Highs will be around 22F with NW winds at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow is 30%. Tonight should be mostly clear and chilly with lows around 3F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday should be mostly sunny with highs around 21F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday night should be clear to partly cloudy with lows around 6F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Monday’s looking partly cloudy with highs around 22F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 8F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 35 and a low of 6. We had 20.5″ of snow on the ground.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 40 and lows of 22.
The record high was 69°F in 1990.
The record low was -8°F in 2014 (we had a low of -12).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:01AM
Sunset: 7:01PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 57m
Length of Day: 11h 59m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 5 seconds longer

The Moon is new, 29 days old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:22AM
Moonset: 7:14PM

About Today’s Photo:

We’ve had a pair of eastern cottontails hanging out all winter. We see them routinely at dusk and dawn near the bird feeders. Now that the snowbanks are close to 30″ high, it must feel like they’re hopping about in canyons!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  lens @ 183mm, ISO 800, f/4.8, 1/250″ exposure.


Friday, March 16, 2018

shed-slide

A deep snowpack slides slowly off our chicken shed roof

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 21 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 18, barometric pressure 29.59” and rising slowly. We picked up 4.5” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 28” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was 21.

Forecast:

Blustery and seasonably chilly conditions return to the region today along with a few flurries and snow showers mainly across higher elevations north. High pressure and partial sunshine will grace us this weekend, though chilly temperatures and occasionally gusty winds will continue, especially on Saturday. Yet another weather making low pressure system may creep close enough by the middle of next week to produce areas of light snow, but so far models are indicating that higher impacts from this system appear to remain largely south of the our region. Stay tuned…

We’ll see scattered flurries and snow showers today with highs near 25F and NW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 30% with a dusting to maybe an inch or two possible over higher terrain. Tonight should be partly cloudy early giving way to cloudy skies late. Lows will be around 17F with WNW winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday should start out cloudy early, then become partly cloudy in the afternoon with a few mountain flurries or snow showers possible. Highs will be around 19F—well below seasonal averages—with gusty NW winds at 15 to 25 mph. Saturday night should partly cloudy and chilly with lows around 4F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday’s looking partly cloudy with highs around 22F and NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy and chilly with lows around 8F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 27 and a low of 14. We picked up 11.75″ of new snow and had 25″ at the stake. This was the highest single storm snowfall I’ve ever recorded with a total of 35″. For comparison, this recent storm has dropped 24″ (so far… it’s still snowing…)

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 40 and lows of 22.
The record high was 78°F in 1990.
The record low was -9°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:03AM
Sunset: 6:59PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 53m
Length of Day: 11h 56m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 5 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning cresent, 28 days old with 1.6% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:53AM
Moonset: 6:09PM

About Today’s Photo:

Snow piled high on our empty chicken shed roof slides slowly—almost glacially—curling as it goes.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 55mm, ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/100″ exposure.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

tranny-snow

Our “Tranican” sculpture bedecked with snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 27 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 25, barometric pressure 29.36” and rising slowly. We picked up 8” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 27” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 33, and the overnight low was 27.

The National Weather Service has issued an “Increased Risk for Avalanche” statement. It’s the first time I’ve seen one of these! There was an avalanche in Smuggler’s Notch yesterday involving National Guard troops. Several were injured but thankfully no deaths resulted. Be careful out there folks!

Forecast:

The snow machine will finally begin to wind down today with areas of light snow waning and becoming confined to the higher elevations by tonight into Friday. Fair and seasonably cold weather returns by this weekend into Monday as chilly Canadian high pressure settles across the region. Yet another low pressure system may bring more snow by the middle of next week. Stay tuned…

We’ll see snow showers today—mostly over higher terrain. Highs will be around 34F with WNW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 80% with snow accumulations of less than 1″. Tonight should be cloudy with snow showers. Lows will be around 21F with NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 50% with snow accumulations of less than 1″.

Friday should be cloudy with snow showers mainly during the morning over higher terrain. Highs will be around 26F with NW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 50% with snow accumulations of less than 1″. Friday night should be partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming cloudy overnight. Lows will be around 16F with WNW winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday may bring a few snow showers before noon, then become partly cloudy later. Highs will only be around 19F with NW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 40% with little or no accumulation expected. Saturday night should be partly cloudy giving way to clear conditions overnight. Lows will drop to around 4F with NW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 22 and a low of 16. We picked up 13″ of new snow and had 22″ at the stake (history repeats itself…)

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 39 and lows of 21.
The record high was 72°F in 1990.
The record low was -12°F in 1993.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:05AM
Sunset: 6:58PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 50m
Length of Day: 11h 53m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 5 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27 days old with 5% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:22AM
Moonset: 5:05PM

About Today’s Photo:

Our “Tranikin” sculpture (a blend of male and female manikin parts) sports a thick snow coat this morning. (This one’s for you Liz!)

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 81mm, ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/80″ exposure.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

beech-sapling-snow

A beech sapling in the snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 29 degrees and snowing steadily under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 28, barometric pressure 29.36” and falling rapidly. We’ve picked up 11.5” of new snow in the past 234hrs and have 21” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was 28.

The Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 8:00AM Thursday.

Forecast:

Widespread snowfall will continue across the region through tonight as strong low pressure currently over Nova Scotia combines with an upper level trough moving into the region. We’ll see snow throughout the day today with several more inches expected. Tonight, upslope snow will develop over the northern ‘Dacks and Greens allowing for several more inched overnight. We could be looking at another 6″-8″ by tomorrow morning. Snow showers will continue across the higher terrain Thursday into Friday before high pressure brings an end to precipitation area-wide on Saturday. Colder than normal temperatures will move in for early next week with the potential for another coastal storm brewing midweek…

We’ll see periods of snow today with temperatures nearly steady in the low to mid 30s and NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with 2″ to 3″ of snow expected. Tonight should be cloudy with snow. Lows will be around 29F with WNW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with 3″to 5″ of snow expected.

Thursday should be cloudy with snow showers mainly during the morning. Highs will be around 35F with WNW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 80% with snow accumulations of less than 1″. Thursday night should be cloudy with snow showers. Lows will be around 21F with NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 50% with snow accumulations of less than 1″.

Friday’s looking mostly cloudy with mountain snow showers in the morning. Highs will be around 26F with NW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 50% with snow accumulations of less than 1″. Friday night should be cloudy early becoming partly cloudy later at night. Lows will be around 15F and WNW winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 22 and a low of 14. It was the beginning of the big March Snowfall (nice timing huh?) We started out with bare ground and picked up 10.25″ during the day.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 39 and lows of 21.
The record high was 68°F in 1946.
The record low was -9°F in 1926.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:07AM
Sunset: 6:57PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 47m
Length of Day: 11h 49m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 5 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26 days old with 10% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:50AM
Moonset: 4:04PM

About Today’s Photo:

Minimalist art for today. A beech sapling keeps its head up above the snow. But maybe not anymore!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 34mm, ISO 800, f/11, 1/500″ exposure.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

snow-water-stone

Deep snow, rock, and open water

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 30 degrees and snizzling under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint 26, barometric pressure 29.77” and falling slowly. We’ve picked up 0.25” of new snow and have 11” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 28, and the overnight low was 30.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for our region until 8:00PM Wednesday.

Forecast:

Widespread light to moderate snowfall is expected across the region today through Wednesday night as a strong nor’easter passes east off the New England coast today, and an upper trough swings in over the northeas mid-week. Snow
showers continue across the higher terrain Thursday into Friday before high pressure brings an end to precipitation area-wide on Saturday. We could see another 8″-10″ of snow out of this locally with higher amounts south and east and at mountain elevations where there could be as much as 15″ falling.

Today will be cloudy with snow. Temperatures will remain nearly steady around 30 with NNE winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 100% with snow accumulatinons of 5″ to 8″. Tonight should be cloudy with snow. Lows will be around 28F with NNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 100% with snow accumulations of 3″ to 5″.

Wednesday should bring periods of snow. Temperatures should remain nearly steady in the low to mid 30s with NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 100% with snow accumulations of 3″ to 5″. Wednesday night should be cloudy with snow. Lows will be around 29F with WNW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 90% withsnow accumulations of 3″ to 5″.

Thursday’s looking cloudy with snow showers. Highs will be around 34F with WNW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 80% with about 1″ of snow expected. Thursday night should bring intermittent snow showers early. Lows will be around 19F with WNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 40%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 21 and a low of 0. We were down to bare ground at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 39 and lows of 21.
The record high was 67°F in 2012 (we had a high of 65).
The record low was -7°F in 1948.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:09AM
Sunset: 6:56PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 44m
Length of Day: 11h 46m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 5 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25.5 days old with 17% illumination.
Moonriese: 5:13AM
Moonset: 3:05PM

About Today’s Photo:

This bit of open water and accompanying boulder caught my eye as I skied around Crow Hill the other day. There’s finally good cover in the backcountry with more snow on the way!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 19mm, ISO 800, f/14, 1/320″ exposure.


Monday, March 12, 2018

birch-tinsel

Birch “tinsel” in the high country

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 19 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 20, barometric pressure 30.08”. We have 12” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was 19.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for our region from 2:00AM Tuesday until 8:00PM Tuesday.

Forecast:

Quiet weather is expected across the region today as a weak ridge of high pressure builds in, but active weather returns tonight with a long duration snowfall expected Tuesday through Thursday. This is almost a carbon copy (anyone remember those?) of the last snowfall with a coastal low bringing a moderate snowfall to southern and eastern portions of the region on Tuesday, followed by additional widespread light to moderate snow Wednesday and Thursday associated with an upper trough tracking across the Northeast. By the time things wind down late Thursday into Friday, we could be looking at another 8″-10″ of snow locally with higher amounts over the mountains north. Don’t put those snow shovels (or your skis!) away yet!

We’ll see a mix of clouds and sun early followed by cloudy skies this afternoon with afew flurries or snow showers possible. Highs will be around 39F with ESE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with snow showers developing after midnight. Lows will be around 28F with east winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 60% with snow accumulations of less than 1″.

Tuesday snow is likely. Temperatures will remain nearly steady in the low to mid 30s with NNE winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with 1″ to 3″ of snow expected. Tuesday night snow is likely. Lows will be around 28F with NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with snow accumulations of 3″ to 5″.

Wednesday snow is likely. Temperatures will remain nearly steady in the low to mid 30s with NW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with 3″ to 5″ of snow expected. Wednesday night should be cloudy with snow. Lows will be around 27F with WNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with 1″ to 3″ of snow expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 18 and a low of -1. We had 0.50″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 38 and lows of 20.
The record high was 63°F in 2012 (we had a high of 62).
The record low was -17°F in 1885.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:11AM
Sunset: 6:54PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 41m
Length of Day: 11h 43m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 5 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24 days old with 24% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:32AM
Moonset: 2:08PM

About Today’s Photo:

I came across this “birch tinsel” yesterday while up in the high country between Bald Hill and Crow Hill. This photo only catches a bit of it as there were several clumps of long, stringy birch bark festooning the branches of small beeches surrounding the parent birch. I’d never really seen such a wonderful example of this phenomenon.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 30mm, ISO 800, f/4.4, 1/1000″ exposure.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

bald-hill-bunch

A happy crew of skiers at the top of Bald Hill

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 9:00 Eastern Daylight Savings Time it’s currently 28 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Wind are calm. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 25, barometric pressure 29.99” and rising slowly. We picked up 3.5” of new snow overnight and have 13.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 31, and the overnight low was 27.

Forecast:

Low pressure over Newfoundland this morning will continue to shift east into the Canadian maritimes today with mountain snow showers continuing through mid-day before tapering off. A brief ridge of high pressure will bring quieter weather to the region tonight through Monday before another extended period of light snow is expected Tuesday into Friday.

We’ll see cloudy skies with snow showers mainly during the morning today. Highs will be around 35F with NW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with maybe an inch of additional accumulation. Tonight should be cloudy early, becoming partly cloudy after midnight. Lows will be around 22F with light and variable winds.

Monday should bring mix of clouds and sun in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Highs will be around 39F with light and variable winds. Monday night should be cloudy with periods of snow after midnight. Lows will be around 28F with east winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 80% with snow accumulations of less than 1″.

Tuesday snow is likely. Temperatures will remain nearly steady in the low to mid 30s with NNE winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with snow accumulations of 3″ to 5″. Tuesday night will bring periods of snow. Lows will be around 28F with NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 100% with 3″ to 5″ inches of snow expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 9 and a low of -3. We picked up 0.75″ of snow and had 0.75″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 38 and lows of 20.
The record high was 56°F in 1977.
The record low was -8°F in 1961.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:12AM
Sunset: 6:53PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 38m
Length of Day: 11h 40m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 4 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23 days old with 32% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:47AM
Moonset: 2:16PM

About Today’s Photo:

It was a stellar day for backcountry skiing yesterday (as it will be today!) This happy crew of skiers pauses briefly on the top of Bald Hill before dropping in to the goods! Thanks for a great time Jules, Dan, Nils, Dan, and Jeff!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/400″ exposure.


Saturday, March 10, 2018

cabin-view

Low clouds of a brooding sky

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 28 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint 24, barometric pressure 29.75” and rising slowly. We picked up a dusting of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 10.25” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 36, and the overnight low was 25.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for our region from 1:00PM today until 8:00AM Sunday.

Daylight Savings Time begins at 3:00AM Sunday morning so remember to “spring forward” your clocks an hour.

Forecast:

Deep moisture moving southwest across eastern Canada and a developing northwest low level flow will set the stage for upslope snows across the northern ‘Dacks and northern Greens today. These areas should see see several inches of snow this afternoon and tonight. The snow should taper off in the mountains on Sunday with highs once again in the upper 20s to mid 30s as a weak ridge of high pressure builds in. More snow may be in the cards for us mid week next week. Stay tuned.

We’ll see cloudy skies with upslope snow showers developing for the afternoon. Highs will be around 35F with WNW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 40%. Snow this evening will taper off to light snow showers late. Lows will be around 28F with WNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 70% with snow accumulations of 2″ to 5″

Sunday should be cloudy with snow showers mainly during the morning. Highs will be around 34F with NW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 70% with snow accumulations of less than 1″. Sunday night should be overcast with lows around 24F and light and variable winds.

Monday’s looking partly cloudy during the morning hours and becoming overcast in the afternoon with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Highs will be around 37F with light and variable winds. Monday night should bring occasional snow showers. Lows will be around 27F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 50% with snow accumulations of less than 1″.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 30 and a low of 8. We were down to bare ground at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 37 and lows of 19.
The record high was 63°F in 2002 (we had a high of 67).
The record low was -9°F in 1971.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:14AM
Sunset: 5:52PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 35m
Length of Day: 11h 37m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 4 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23 days old with 42% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:57AM
Mooset: 11:29AM

About Today’s Photo:

The view from Butternut Cabin at Sleepy Hollow yesterday was a bit grey and brooding. Here we’re looking up Texas Hill Road and across the Huntington Valley towards Camel’s Hump in the clouds. Purington’s Tree Farm is one of the open fields near the center of the image.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-21mm lens @ 16mm, ISO 400, f/16, 1/500″ exposure.


Friday, March 9, 2018

rimed-spruce

Rimed spruce trees at Mad River Glen

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 26 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 23, barometric pressure 29.57” and steady. We picked up 5” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 12” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was 25.

Forecast:

The upper level low that delivered the last round of accumulating snow yesterday is currently centered over Québec City. It will continue to spin lingering moisture over the region allowing for continued on-and-off convective snow showers through Saturday. This afternoon snow showers may become fairly widespread across northern New York and the Champlain Valley, and some of them may produce localized bursts of heavy snow. Snow showers will then become more confined to the mountains late tonight, Saturday, and the first part of Sunday when weak ridging will build in for the first part of the work week.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with afternoon snow showers. Highs will be near 35F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 50%. Tonight should bring occasional snow showers. Lows will be around 24F with west winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 60% with snow accumulations of less than 1″.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with snow flurries and snow showers, especially in the afternoon. Highs will be near 35F with WNW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 50% with snow accumulations of less than 1″. Saturday night snow in the evening will taper off to light snow overnight. Lows will be around 28F with WNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 70% with 1″ to 3″ of snow expected mostly over higher elevations.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy with snow showers around in the morning. Highs will be around 35F with NW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 60% with snow accumulations of less than 1″. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with lows around 24F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 41 and a low of 27. We picked up 0.11″ of rain and 0.25″ of snow and had 0.25″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 37 and lows of 19.
The record high was 70°F in 2016 (we had a high of 68).
The record low was -15°F in 2007 (we had a low of -18).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:16AM
Sunset: 5:51PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 32m
Length of Day: 11h 34m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 4 seconds longer

The Moon is in its last quarter, 22 days old with 51% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:03AM
Moonset: 10:46AM

About Today’s Photo:

It was a foggy/cloudy day atop General Stark Mountain at Mad River Glen yesterday. The nor’easter had delivered quite a bit of moisture and rimed the spruce trees near the summit quite well. They emerged as spectors through the fog as I rode the Single Chair.

Rime ice forms as tiny drops of super cooled water vapor strike a surface. It may look like the wind was coming from the left in this photo, but it was coming from the right as rime builds up on windward surfaces.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 40mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1600″ exposure.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

stick-tracks

Still life with stick and squirrel tracks

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 29 degrees and snowing moderately under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 28, barometric pressure 29.68” and falling slowly. We picked up 2.75” of snow overnight and have 8” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 35, and the overnight low was 29.

The Winter Storm Warning has been downgraded to a Winter Weather Advisory which is in effect for our region until 7:00PM tonight.

Forecast:

The nor’easter off Cape Cod this morning will track northeastward into the Bay of Fundy by this evening and weaken as it shifts westward over southern Quebec Friday into Saturday. This low, along with an upper level trough over Lake Huron this morning, will continue to bring snow to the region into Saturday. Steady
snowfall across the region this morning will lighten during the morning hours before increasing in intensity across northern areas again this afternoon and evening. Periods of snow will continue across portions of northern New York and the northern Greens through Saturday. We could see an additional 4″-6″ of snow before things settle down Sunday.

Today snow is likely. Temperatures will be nearly steady at around 30 with NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with snow accumulations of 3″ to 5″. Snow this evening will give way to lingering snow showers late. Lows will be near 25F with west winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with 1″ to 3″ of snow expected.

Friday should be cloudy with snow showers. Highs will be near 35F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 50% with snow accumulations of less than 1″. Friday night should be cloudy with snow showers. Lows will be around 25F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 50% with snow accumulations of less than 1″.

Saturday’s looking cloudy with snow showers mainly during the morning. Highs will be around 34F with WNW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 40% with little or no accumulation. Larger valleys may see a sprinkle of rain mixed in. Saturday night should bring some snow showers. Lows will be around 27F with WNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 60% with about 1″ of snow expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 52 and a low of 35. We picked up 0.38″ of rain and were down to bare ground at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 37 and lows of 19.
The record high was 61°F in 2000 (we had a high of 60).
The record low was -10°F in 1913.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:18AM
Sunset: 5:49PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 29m
Length of Day: 11h 31m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 4 seconds longer

The Moon is waning gibbous, 21 days old with 61% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:04AM
Moonset: 10:07AM

About Today’s Photo:

I’m not entirely sure why this stick caught my eye as I was skiing up at Rikert Nordic the other day, but it did, so here’s a picture! Squirrel tracks for enhanced interest perhaps…

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-21mm lens @ 32mm, ISO 400, f/10, 1/320″ exposure.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

fox-rabbit

Fox and rabbit tracks crossing paths by our pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 32 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-4 mph. Relative humidity is 76%, dewpoint 25, barometric pressure 29.96” and steady. We have 5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 43, and the overnight low was 32.

There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect from 4:00PM today until 7:00PM Thursday.

Forecast:

Low pressure currently centered off the the Delmarva Peninsula will track south of Long Island this evening and into the Gulf of Maine late tonight into Thursday morning. This nor’easter, and an associated upper level low currently over the Great Lakes, will bring periods of snowfall over the next several days. The heaviest snowfall rates are generally expected this evening, tonight, and into the morning commute time frame on Thursday. Snowfall amounts will be heaviest across central and south-central Vermont. We’re looking at perhaps 6″-8″ in the Champlain Valley with 10″-14″ over Rutland/Orange/Windsor counties. The lingering and slow-moving upper level low will bring additional periods of lighter snowfall Thursday night through Friday night, especially across the higher terrain of the ‘Dacks and Greens. We may see a few more inches out of this system Friday into Saturday before high pressure builds in Sunday.

We’ll see light snow showers developing by midday. Highs will be around 36F with east winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 60% with snow accumulations of less than 1″. The snow machine will get going tonight with lows around 30F and NNE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with 3″ to 5″ of snow expected overnight.

Thursday snow is likely. Temperatures will remain nearly steady in the low to mid 30s with NNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with 2″ to 3″ of snow expected. Thursday night snow showers early will become more scattered later. Lows will be around 26F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 80% with snowfall around 1″.

Friday should be cloudy with a few snow showers developing later in the day. Highs will be around 36F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 30%. Friday night should bring additional snow flurries and snow showers with minor accumulations. Lows will be around 25F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 40%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 50 and a low of 32. We picked up 0.05″ of rain and had 0.50″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 36 and lows of 18.
The record low was 63°F in 1974.
The record low was -18°F in 2007 (we had a low of -20).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:20AM
Sunset: 5:48PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 26m
Length of Day: 11h 28m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 4 seconds longer

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20 days old with 70% illumination.
No Moonrise
Moonset: 9:23PM

About Today’s Photo:

Colder overnight temperatures Monday night into Tuesday morning allowed the snow to set up just enough to carry the weight of the fox and eastern cottontail who apparently crossed paths at some point during the crepuscular hours. The fox was loping towards the camera while the rabbit hopped left to right.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 400, f/16, 1/160″ exposure.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

weasel-tracks

A nice set of weasel tracks crossing open water

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 23 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is94%, dewpoint 22, barometric pressure 30.08” and steady. We have 6” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 37, and the overnight low was 15.

There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect for our region from 4:00PM Wednesday until 7:00PM Thursday.

Forecast:

High pressure will bring mostly sunny skies to the region today with high temperatures in the upper 30s to lower 40s. The pleasant weather will be
short-lived, however, as a nor’easter develops off the New Jersey coast on Wednesday and then tracks near Cape Cod Wednesday night and into the Gulf of Maine on Thursday. This system will bring widespread snowfall to the region late Wednesday, Wednesday night, and into Thursday. Moderate to heavy snow accumulations are expected, especially across central and eastern Vermont,
and portions of the Adirondacks. We may see 6″-10″ here locally with higher amounts south and east. A lingering and slow-moving upper level low will bring additional periods of snowfall Thursday night and Friday, especially across the higher terrain of the ‘Dack and northern Greens. We may see another 3″-5″ out of this before the snow machine finally winds down. Get your snow shovels ready!

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with highs around 42F and ENE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy then becoming cloudy after midnight. A few flurries or snow showers are possible. Lows will be around 27F with ESE winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday should be cloudy with periods of snow developing during the afternoon. Highs will be around 34F with ESE winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow is 70% with about 1″ of snow expected. Wednesday night should be cloudy with snow. Lows will be around 27F with NNE winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 100% with 3″ to 5″ of snow expected overnight.

Thursday’s looking cloudy with snow. Temperatures will be nearly steady in the low to mid 30s with NNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ locally. Thursday night should bring light snow in the evening transitioning to snow showers overnight. Lows will be near 25F with light and variable winds. Chance of snow is 70% with snowfall around 1″ locally.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 40 and a low of 1. We had 1″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 36 and lows of 18.
The record high was 61°F in 1894.
The record low was -20°F in 1948.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:21AM
Sunset: 5:47PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 23m
Length of Day: 11h 25m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 3 seconds longer

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19 days old with 79% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:04PM
Moonset: 9:01AM

About Today’s Photo:

I came across a set of weasel tracks while skiing at Sleepy Hollow the other day after a fresh snowfall. I first encountered them as they parallelled a water filled trailside ditch for a good 100 yards or so. Later, I found them again as they crossed another trail where a culvert crossed. The critter was definitely keeping to the waterway as it had followed upstream along a small brook and passed through a wetland. Busy little weasel!

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @ 32mm, ISO 400, f/10, 1/320″ exposure.