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Monday, December 31, 2018

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An interestingly bifurcated sky along the Winooski River yesterday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 32 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 82%, dewpoint 27, barometric pressure 30.29”. We’re down to bare ground at the snow stake. Yesterday’s high was 29, and the overnight low was 28.

Forecast:

Low pressure system moving quickly out of the Ohio River valley this morning will track along the Saint Lawrence valley tonight bringing a mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow to the region. Precipitation should begin tonight in our area—starting off as a mix and changing over to rain overnight. 3″ to 5″ of snow are possible from the spine of the Greens eastward where colder temperatures will hold out the longest. Valley locations west will see mostly rain around a half an inch or less. Precipitation will wind down by midday on New Year’s Day with some lingering snow showers possible as high pressure and cooler air moves in behind the departing system. Wednesday and Thursday are looking dry and seasonable before another warm up arrives Friday into Saturday.

Today will start off partly sunny with a high near 38 with south winds 6 to 9 mph. Precipitation should arrive near sunset. Tonight rain and snow are likely, becoming all rain after midnight. Lows will be around 34 with south winds 7 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with little or no snow accumulation expected.

New Year’s Day rain showers are likely before 2:00PM, diminishing to a chance of rain and snow showers as the system moves east. It’ll be cloudy with temperatures topping out near 42 by 9:00am and then falling during the remainder of the day. It’ll be breezy with a south wind 13 to 22 mph and gusting to 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% is with little or no snow accumulation expected. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy and chilly with a low around 6 and northwest winds 9 to 14 mph.

Wednesday’s looking sunny with a high near 17 and northwest winds 3 to 7 mph.
Wednesday night should be cloudy with a low around 9 and calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 1 and a low of -14. We picked up 0.30″ of new snow and had 8″ at the stake.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27ASM
Sunset: 4:22PM
Length of day: 8:54:42
Today will be 0:43 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24 days old with 29% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:54AM
Moonset: 1:06PM

About Today’s Photo:

We took a little walk through the Beeken Riverside Park in Richmond yesterday. As I  came back towards the parking lot down by the river, I noticed this interesting phenomenon in the sky. Two differently textured areas of altocumulus clouds created a distinct line in the sky that was reflected in the flowing water of the Winooski River. I just had to get a shot.

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

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

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Glossy wintergreen leaves and a single red berry

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 17 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 83%, dewpoint 13m, barometric pressure 30.21” and steady. We picked up a dusting of snow in the past 24hr hours but are still down to bare ground at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 46 (at 4:15AM), and the overnight low was 11.

Forecast:

We’ve got a quiet and seasonable day on tap today courtesy of high pressure over the region. We’ll see dry conditions and colder temperatures tonight into the first half of Monday before low pressure moving out the Mississippi River valley lifts a warm front into the region New Years Eve night bringing another round of wintry mix to the region. We’ll see snow, sleet, and possible freezing rain late New Year’s Eve giving way to rain New Year’s Day and wrapping up in snow once again as cold front swings through on the backside of the system. We may end up with a few inches of snow after it’s all said and done. High pressure and seasonable temperature will pull in for Wednesday and Thursday before a possible coastal storm affects the region Friday. Stay tuned!

We’ll see mostly cloudy today giving way to sunny skies later in the day. Highs will be near 27 with calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 22 and south winds 3 to 6 mph.

Monday should be partly sunny with a high near 37 and south winds 3 to 7 mph. Monday night rain and snow likely before 11:00pm changing over to rain after 1:00am. Lows will be around 34 with south winds 7 to 10 mph gusting 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with snow and sleet accumulations of 1″ to 2″ possible.

New Year’s Day rain is likely before noon transitioning to snow showers after by sunset. It’ll be cloudy with a high near 38 and southwest winds 7 to 11 mph becoming northwesterly in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60% with snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ expected. Tuesday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 11 with northwest winds around 7 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 11 and a low of -14. We picked up 0.60″ of new snow and had 7.5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 13 and a high of 29.
The record low was -15 in 1963.
The record high was 51 in 1990.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27AM
Sunset: 4:21PM
Length of day: 8:53:59
Today will be 0:38 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23 days old with 39% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:46AM
Moonset: 12:38PM

About Today’s Photo:

Wintergreen is a common plant in New England (this shot is from Maine). The leaves and berries have been used for generations to alleviate rheumatic symptoms, headache, fever, sore throat, and various aches and pains. Wintergreen contains salicylic acid—the active ingredient in aspirin. When I’m hiking in the woods I’ll often crush a lead or two and suck on it while walking. The minty flavor with a hint of tannins make for a refreshing trail snack.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  61mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/160″ exposure.


Saturday, December 29, 2018

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Oak leaves & ice on the forest floor

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:20AM it’s currently 41 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the west at 2-6 mph. Relative humidity is 77%, dewpoint 35, barometric pressure 29.85” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.55” of rain in the past 24hrs and are down to bare ground at the the snow stake. Yesterday’s high was 45 and the overnight low was 36 at 2:00AM (topping out at 46 at 4:15AM last night).

Forecast:

We’re on the tracks of a bit of a temperature roller-coaster over the next few days. A reinforcing cold front will cross the region today bringing some scattered light rain and snow showers which will end by this afternoon. Temperatures will top out this morning in the low 40s (indeed we had 46 degrees at 4:15AM this morning) dropping towards the single digits by tonight and mid 20s tomorrow. Another messy system will impact the area Monday night into Tuesday bringing another round mixed precipitation for New Years Eve. We should see snow, sleet, rain, then snow again Tuesday afternoon as temperatures drop back down to seasonable levels for the middle of next week.

We’ll see a slight chance of rain showers this morning before 11:00am, then a slight chance of snow showers this afternoon. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a temperature falling to around 24 by sunset. Winds will be westerly around 14 mph becoming northerly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 7 and north winds 8 to 13 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Sunday should be sunny with a high near 24 and calm winds becoming southwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 20 and south winds around 6 mph.

Monday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 37 and south winds 5 to 7 mph.
Monday night should bring rain, snow, and sleet between 10:00pm and midnight, then rain after midnight. Lows will be around 32 with southeast winds around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with new precipitation amounts between 1/4″ and 1/2″ possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 1 and a low of -15 (brrrr!) We had 7″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 13 and a high of 29.
The record low was -13 in 1989.
The record high was 58 in 1984.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27AM
Sunset: 4:20PM
Length of day: 8:53:21
Today will be 0:34 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 22 days old with 50% illumination.
No Moonrise
Moonset: 12:10PM

About Today’s Photo:

Oak leaves and ice form a layerd collage on the forest floor somewhere in southern Maine.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  37mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/40″ exposure.


Friday, December 28, 2018

sheet-ice

A thin skim of ice over a vernal pool

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 37 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 4-7mph. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 34, barometric pressure 30.12” and falling rapidly. We picked up 0.10” of sleet and 0.04” of melted precipitation overnight. Yesterday’s high was 30, and the overnight low was 29.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for our region until 3:00PM this afternoon.

Forecast:

Low pressure over the northern Great Lakes this morning will drag a warm front and then cold front to cross our region today bringing a mixed bag of precipitation types this morning before changing over to rain later this afternoon. Strong southerly winds are expected, gusting to 50 mph in the Champlain Valley. High pressure will move in behind the departing low on Saturday bringing colder and drier conditions going into the weekend.

We’ll see any mixed precipitation change over to plain rain later this morning. Highs will be near 45 with south winds 16 to 22 mph gusting to 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Tonight rain is likely. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 35 and south winds 13 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday should bring a 40% chance of rain showers before 8:00AM tapering to snow showers by midday. It’ll be mostly cloudy with temperatures falling to around 21 by sunset. Winds will be westerly at 11 to 15 mph, becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 6 and northwest winds 6 to 11 mph becoming light after midnight.

Sunday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 24 and calm winds becoming southwesterly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 17 and south winds around 6 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 1 and a low of -13 (brrr!) We picked up 0.25″ of new snow and had 7″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 13 and a high of 29.
The record low was -16 in 1960.
The record high was 57 in 1982.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27AM
Sunset: 4:20PM (!!!)
Length of day: 8:52:47
Today will be 0:29 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 21 days old with 62% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:36PM
Moonset: 11:41AM

About Today’s Photo:

We visited my sister in Maine over the holiday. The woods behind her house have numerous vernal pools that were filled with water after the recent rains. Cold overnight temperatures had created thin skims of ice with lovely wing and feather textures.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  37mm, ISO 800, f/4.6, 1/20″ exposure.


Saturday, December 22, 2018

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Fargo Brook is noisy this morning

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 45 degrees and raining under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-4 mph. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 42, barometric pressure 29.19” and rising. We picked up a whopping 1.45” of rain in the past 24hrs, and we’re down to bare ground at the snow stake. Yesterday’s high was 58 (right around midnight last night), and the overnight low was 45.

A Flood Watch remains in effect for our region until 1:00PM this afternoon.

Forecast:

The low pressure system that’s been responsible for the rains is currently moving to our northeast. A surface cold front will sweep across the region around midday today bringing an transition from rain to light snow showers in the mountains. We should see a dusting in the valleys with up to 2″ to 4″ along in the higher terrain along the western slopes of the Greens. Quiet and seasonably cool conditions will return through much of the upcoming holiday week, with the chance of a bit of snow Sunday night into Monday.

We’ll see rain showers today transitioning to snow showers this afternoon. Temperature will fall through the day to around 29 by nightfall. Winds will be westerly 5 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ expected. Tonight should be cloudy, gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 21 and west winds 10 to 16 mph.

Sunday should be mostly sunny with a high near 27 and northwest winds 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Sunday night should bring a 30% chance of snow showers. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 19 and calm winds. Snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ are expected.

Monday should bring a 40% chance of snow showers. It’ll be cloudy with a high near 30 and calm winds becoming northwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Snow accumulation of less than 1″ is expected. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 13 and north winds around 5 mph becoming calm.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 25 and a low of 5. We picked up 8.5″ of new snow during the day and had 9″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 16 and a high of 31.
The record low was -20 in 1955.
The record high was 57 in 1990.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:25AM
Sunset: 4:16PM
Length of day: 8:51:00
Today will be 0:01 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is the full “Cold” moon (Northeast Native American), 14 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:31PM
Moonset: 7:02AM

About Today’s Photo:

With close to 2″ of rain, warm temperatures, and copious snowmelt, many area streams are at or above flood stage this morning. Though not out of it banks, Fargo Brook is roaring loudly.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  14mm, ISO 400, f/4, 1/20″ exposure.


Friday, December 21, 2018: The Winter Solstice

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Flowing water, snow, and ice in Fargo Brook

Happy Winter Solstice!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 50 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 7-10 mph and gusting to 31 mph. Relative humidity is 83%, dewpoint 45, barometric pressure 29.50” and falling rapidly. We’ve picked up 0.38” of rain overnight and have 3” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 47, and the overnight low was 34.

There is a Wind Advisory in place for our region until 1:00PM this afternoon. There is also an Areal Flood Watch in effect until 1:00PM Saturday.

Forecast:

We’ve got wild and wooly weather underway here courtesy of a strong, moisture laden storm system that’s racing our way from the Ohio River valley. We’ll see widespread rain, strong gusty winds, very mild temperatures, and the threat of river flooding due to snow melt today and going into Saturday. An associated cold front will swing through Saturday afternoon bringing cooler temperatures and a trace of snow. Things will quiet down by Sunday into early next week as temperatures cool back toward more typical late December levels. A weak trough may bring some light snow Sunday night into Monday.

We’ll see rain today with a high near 54 and southeast winds 24 to 29 mph gusting to 47 mph, then decreasing to 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100% with precipitation amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible. Tonight showers are likely. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 41 and south winds 11 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with precipitation amounts of less than 1/10″ possible.

Saturday rain showers are likely before noon, then a chance of snow showers after 2:00pm. It’ll be cloudy with a temperature falling to around 31 by sunset. Winds will be out of the south at 10 to 16 mph and becoming westerly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60% with snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ possible. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 22 and west winds 11 to 16 mph.

Sunday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 30 and northwest winds 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Sunday night should bring a 30% chance of snow showers. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 20 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 19 and a low of 4. We had 3″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 16 and a high of 31.
The record low was -22 in 1955.
The record high was 61 in 1957.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:24AM
Sunset: 4:15PM
Length of day: 8:50:59
Today will be 0:03 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 13.2 days old with 97% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:38PM
Moonset: 5:52AM

The Winter Solstice occurs today at 5:22PM. The Solstice marks the shortest day of the year for the Northern hemisphere (6 hours and 41 minutes shorter than at the Summer Solstice) and marks the astronomical start of winter for us. It is the point in the Earth’s yearlong orbit around the sun when the Earth’s axis is inclined fully (~23.5 degrees) to the sun. Southern latitudes are now in summer. From today until the Summer Solstice in June, our days will continue to get longer. You can read more about the Solstice here.

And here’s a handy graphic for you:

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

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Frost on the inside of our garage window

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 18 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 16, barometric pressure 30.08” and steady. We have 5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was 18.

Forecast:

With high pressure departing to the east this morning, we have a mostly sunny day on tap at least going into the afternoon. Thereafter, we’ll be under the gun of a strong, moisture laden storm system approaching from the southeast which will bring a wide variety of weather conditions to the region over the next 48 hours. We’ll see very mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, strong gusty winds, and considerable snow melt. Some areas of stream and river flooding are strong possibilities later Friday into Friday night. A areal flood watch is in effect from late tonight through Saturday afternoon, and a wind advisory has also been posted for our region from 5:00AM Friday to 1:00PM Friday. Behind this system generally quiet and seasonably cold weather will return to the region by early next week with the chance of a bit of snow for Christmas day.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today before clouds move in this afternoon. Highs will be near 43 with south winds 5 to 7 mph. Tonight rain is likely mainly after 2:00am. Lows will be around 37 with southeast winds 6 to 11 mph increasing to 12 to 17 mph after midnight and gusting to 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with precipitation amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible.

Friday (the Winter Solstice) rain is likely. Highs will be near 54 with southeast winds 23 to 28 mph and gusting to 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with precipitation amounts between 1/4-1/2″ possible. Friday night rain is likely. Lows will be around 42 with south winds 9 to 14 mph gusting to 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with precipitation amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible.

Saturday rain is likely before 3:00pm with a chance snow showers after 4pm. It’ll be cloudy with a high near 44, dropping towards the 20s in the afternoon, and southwest winds 10 to 13 mph gusting to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with snow accumulation of less 1/2″ possible. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of lingering snow showers. Lows will be around 22 with west winds 11 to 16 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 33 and a low of 16. We picked up 0.04″ of rain and 0.30″ of snow and had 3″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 17 and a high of 32.
The record low was -22 in 1942.
The record high was 62 in 1957.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:24AM
Sunset: 4:15PM
Length of day: 8:51:02
Today will be 0:08 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 12 days old with 92% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:55PM
Moonset: 4:40AM

If you’ve been up early enough, you may have noticed a particularly bright object in the southeastern sky before dawn. This is Venus and she’s a beauty!

About Today’s Photo:

Cold morning temperatures allow for the blooming of lovely frost formations on the inside of our garage windows.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 400m, f/10, 1/800″ exposure.