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Thursday, January 31, 2019

frost-feathers-twigs

A plumage of frost feathers on a branch along Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently -5 degrees under mostly sunny skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 69%, dewpoint -13, barometric pressure 30.12” and rising rapidly. We picked up 1.3” of new snow (mostly in a squall that roared through right around 5:00PM) and have 16” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 27, and the overnight low was -8.

A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect for our region until noon today.

Forecast:

Chilly wind chills will be the rule today and tonight across the region courtesy of below normal temperatures and gusty southwest winds. Relatively dry conditions are expected locally with only a few lake effect snow showers possible across portions of Vermont. High pressure will deliver dry and below normal conditions into Friday. Some snow showers are possible Saturday with not much by way of accumulation. A warming trend is expected to begin on Sunday and heading into next week with the “R” word being bandied about by forecasters. Stay tuned!

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a high near 6 and west wind around 15 mph gusting to 25 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around -2 and southwest winds 10 to 13 mph.

Friday should be mostly sunny with a high near 12 and west winds 8 to 10 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 0 and south winds around 8 mph.

Saturday should be cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers after 11:00am. Highs will be near 22 with south winds 8 to 13 mph. New snow accumulation of less than 1″ is expected. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers before 10:00pm. Lows will be around 8 with northwest winds 3 to 7 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 29 and a low of 6. We had 1.25″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 28.
The record low was -20 in 1948.
The record high was 56 in 2013 (we had a high of 55).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:11AM
Sunset: 4:59PM
Length of day: 9:48:24
Today will be 2:28 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25.5 days old with 17.7% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:01AM
Moonset: 1:28PM

If you happened to be awake this morning at around 5:30AM, you might have caught the sight of the crescent moon rising with Jupiter to its upper right and Venus to its lower left. A truly lovely sight!

About Today’s Photo:

Cold temperatures and moisture from Fargo Brook combine to create a fine plumage of frost feathers on this branch above the brook.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

dove-feather-snow

A mourning dove feather in the snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 16 degrees and snowing lightly under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 86%, dewpoint 13, barometric pressure 29.78” and steady. We picked up 3.4” of fluffy snow and have 16.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 29, and the overnight low was 16.

There’s a Wind Chill Advisory in effect for our region from 6:00PM today until noon Thursday.

Forecast:

Light snow will gradually taper off this morning as a prefrontal trough passes to the east. An Arctic cold front will push through the region midday kicking off briefly moderate snowfall followed by blustery and cold weather. Cold temperatures and bitter wind chills are expected for Wednesday into Thursday afternoon along with the potential for significant lake effect snow down wind of Lake Ontario. We shouldn’t see much of that locally, but the southern Greens might pick up a few inches Thursday. A brief moisture starved clipper will swing through Saturday bringing perhaps an inch or two of snow, otherwise, seasonably cold weather will continue into Saturday before temperatures moderate from Sunday onward into next week.

We’ll see tapering snow showers this morning, then a 40% chance of snow showers after midday as the aforementioned cold from swings through. It’l be mostly cloudy with a high near 15 and northwest winds 5 to 11 mph becoming southwesterly in the afternoon. Total daytime snow accumulations of 1″ to 2″ are possible. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers between 8:00pm and 9:00pm. Lows will be around -5 with southwest winds 13 to 15 mph.

Thursday should bring a slight chance of snow showers between noon and 4:00pm. It’ll be partly sunny and cold, with a high near 5 and southwest winds 13 to 16 mph. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around -1 and southwest winds 11 to 14 mph.

Friday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 13 and west winds 8 to 10 mph.
Friday night should be partly cloudy with a low around -2 and west winds around 5 mph becoming calm.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 18 and a low of 13. We had 1.25″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 28 (up 1 degree!)
The record low was -20 in 1948.
The record high was 57 in 2013 (we had a high of 59).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:12AM
Sunset: 4:58PM
Length of day: 9:45:56
Today will be 2:26 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24.5 days old with 26% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:01AM
Moonset: 12:47PM

About Today’s Photo:

I came across this mourning dove feather in the snow over by the garage yesterday. There was another—near identical—nearby. I didn’t see any other feathers or any sign of a kill site, but I suspect that some dove met its end overnight. I wonder if the barred owl that was hanging out the other day had found a meal…

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/4, 1/160″ exposure.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

fisher-tracks

A fine set of fisher tracks up at Sleepy Hollow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently a breezy 22 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west at 4-7 mph and gusting to 16 mph. Relative humidity is 60%, dewpoint 9, barometric pressure 29.94” and falling slowly. We have 13” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 18, and the overnight low was -4.

There is a Winter Storm Watch in effect for our region from 5:00PM this evening until 7:00AM Wednesday.

Forecast:

Low pressure moving east out of the Great Lakes this morning will combine with a coastal low this afternoon to deliver widespread light to moderate snowfall this afternoon into Wednesday morning. We should see somewhere between 5″ to 10″ before it shuts down Wednesday morning. Behind this system a prolonged period of lake effect snow is expected downwind of Lake Ontario into the northern ‘Dacks and central Greens, along with a return to chilly temperatures.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with snow likely, mainly after 5:00pm. Highs will be near 25 with south winds 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with. total daytime snow accumulation of less 1″ expected. Tonight snow is likely. Lows will be around 11 with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 100% with with new snow accumulations of 3″ to 7″ possible.

Wednesday should bring a 30% chance of snow before noon tapering to lingering snow showers. It’ll be cloudy then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 7 by 5:00pm. Winds will be northwesterly 7 to 16 mph becoming southwesterly in the afternoon. New snow accumulation of less than 1″ is expected. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around -5 and southwest winds 14 to 17 mph.

Thursday’s looking cloudy and cold with a high near 9 and west winds 13 to 15 mph. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around -2 and west winds 10 to 13 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 31 and a low of 17. We had 1.25″ of snow on the ground.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:13AM
Sunset: 4:57PM
Length of day: 9:43:30
Today will be 2:23 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23.6 days old with 35% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:58AM
Moonset: 12:11PM

About Today’s Photo:

While skiing up at Sleepy Hollow yesterday morning, I encountered the tracks of a very busy fisher. The animal had made a rather circuitous morning route through the woods—periodically crossing the ski trails several times as it scouted for prey. I must have come across the tracks of what I’m assuming to be the same animal at least 6 times in just a few kilometers of skiing.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  15mm, ISO 400, f/16, 1/800″ exposure.


Monday, January 28, 2019

napping-owl

A barred owl napping in our hemlock tree

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 2 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 76%, dewpoint -4, barometric pressure 30.16” and rising. We picked up 2.1” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 13.75” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was 2.

There’s a Winter Storm Watch in effect for our region from 4:00PM Tuesday until 10:00AM Wednesday.

Forecast:

We’ve got a dry, sunny, albeit chilly day on tap courtesy of a brief ridge of high pressure that’s currently cresting over the region. The quiet weather won’t last long however, as low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes will bring widespread snow to the region beginning late Monday night and continuing through early Wednesday morning. We could see a couple of inches of snow through the day tomorrow followed by move vigorous snowfall—6″ to 8″—Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Snow should taper off quickly by midday Wednesday. Another round of bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills will move in behind the departing system. Some on-and-off lake effect snow is expected heading towards the weekend.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high only around 5 and north winds around 7 mph. Tonight should be increasingly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow after sunset. Temperatures will be rising to around 11 overnight with light and variable winds becoming southeasterly 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

Tuesday snow is likely, mainly after 11:00am. It’ll be cloudy with a high near 25 and south winds 10 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with new snow accumulation of 1″ to 2″ expected. Tuesday night snow is likely. Lows will be around 14 with south winds 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 100% with new snow accumulations of 4″ to 8″ possible.

Wednesday snow is likely before 7:00am, tapering off by midday. It’ll be cloudy with a high near 16 and west winds 7 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulation of 1″ to 2″ possible. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy and chilly with a low around -6 and southwest winds 10 to 14 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 45 and a low of 31. We had 1.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -20 inn 2003 (we had a low of -24).
The record high was 51 in 2002 (we had a high of 54).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:14AM
Sunset: 4:55PM
Length of day: 9:41:06
Today will be 2:21 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 22.6 days old with 45% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:52AM
Moonset: 11:39AM

About Today’s Photo:

This beautiful barred owl arrived in the hemlock tree near our feeders yesterday morning and spent the entire day there. She alternately napped and kept an eye on the goings on around the feeder. The chickadees were in a tizzy for quite a while when the owl first arrived, but settled down to their regular feeding after a while. None of the several red squirrels we have in attendance made their presence known. I’ve read that owls hunting during the day is a sign that they’re in distress, but this owl was clearly napping with its eyes mostly closed. I hope she caught herself a little snack at some point as night fell!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  258mm, ISO 1600, f/6.3, 1/250″ exposure.


Sunday, January 27, 2019

nuthatch

A white breasted nuthatch at our suet feeder

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:50AM it’s currently a blustery 25 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are out of the southeast at 4-8 mph and gusting to 21 mph. Relative humidity is 62%, dewpoint 13, barometric pressure 29.94” and falling rapidly. We have 12” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 20, and the overnight low was 2.

Forecast:

A cold front will sweep across the North County today bringing another round of widespread snow showers and possible snow squalls along with gusty south to southwesterly winds. The snow should arrive around 1:00-3:00PM in the Champlain Valley. High pressure will move in Monday bringing a quiet albeit chilly day. Low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes on Tuesday will bring our next round of widespread modest snowfall along with a return of bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills for the end of the week.

We’ll see snow showers developing today mainly before 4pm. The snow could be heavy at times with areas of blowing snow between 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Highs will be near 30 with breezy southeast winds 10 to 15 mph becoming southerly 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon and gusting to 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with daytime snow accumulation of 1″ to 3″ possible. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers before 8:00pm. Lows will be around 0 with west winds 5 to 13 mph becoming easterly after midnight.

Monday should be mostly sunny with a high near 14 and light and variable winds. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers after 5:00am. Low will be around 7 with southeast winds 7 to 14 mph. Little or no snow accumulation is expected.

Tuesday’s looking cloudy with a 50% chance of snow. Highs will be near 30 with south winds 15 to 18 mph gusting to 31 mph. New snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ is expected. Tuesday night snow is likely. Lows will be around 13 with southeast winds 7 to 13 mph becoming westerly after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80% with 4″-8″ possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 47 and a low of 30. We had 2″ of snow at the stake.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:15AM
Sunset: 4:54PM
Length of day: 9:38:44
Today will be 2:19 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 21.6 days old with 55% illumination.
No Moonrise
Moonset: 11:09AM

I wanted to share this video taken by local Huntington resident, Jim Fecteau. Jim was in the right place at the right time to get some great shots of the recent ice-out in the Huntington River. Thanks Jim!

 


Saturday, January 26, 2019

bluejay-squall

A bluejay faces a snow squall

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:05AM it’s currently 10 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 81%, dewpoint 5, barometric pressure 30.15” and rising slowly. We picked up a 0.20” dusting of snow in the past 24hrs and have 12.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 31, and the overnight low was 10.

Forecast:

We’ve got a quiet and seasonable day on tap today. On and off scattered lake effect snow showers will continue through the weekend with a few stronger snow showers possible late in the day on Sunday as a cold front sweeps through the region. Temperatures will be seasonably cold today before moderating briefly on Sunday. Late in the upcoming week we should see a return of an arctic airmass that will bring another round of bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills to the North Country.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a high near 16 and southwest winds 7 to 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers late. Lows will be around 9 with south winds 7 to 9 mph.

Sunday will be cloudy with snow showers likely in the afternoon. Highs will be near 30 with south winds 11 to 18 mph gusting to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with new snow accumulation of 1″ to 2″ possible. Sunday night snow showers are likely, mainly before 9:00pm. It’ll be cloudy then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 5 and west winds 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ expected.

Monday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 14 and south winds around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 3 and calm wind becoming southeasterly 5 to 8 mph in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 30 and a low of 4. We had 2″ of snow at the stake.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:16AM
Sunset: 4:52PM
Length of day: 9:36:25
Today will be 2:16 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20.6 days old with 66% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:44PM
Moonset: 10:40AM

About Today’s Photo:

This bluejay has no problem facing the squalling snow!


Friday, January 25, 2019

fargo-ice-out

Ice-out on Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:10AM it’s currently 25 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 24, barometric pressure 29.74” and rising slowly. We picked up a whopping 0.99” of rain (1.19” for the storm) and 1.4” of snow in the past 24hrs. We have 13” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 48, and the overnight low was 23.

Forecast:

Icy travel conditions are expected during the morning commute as any remaining water from yesterday’s rains flash freezes on untreated surfaces. Please use care! Cold air advection will bring temperatures today back near normal with highs in the 20s. A low pressure system currently over Lake Huron will push east today bringing some snow showers. Cold air will move in tonight with temperatures dropping into the single digits either side of zero overnight. Some scattered snow flurries are possible Saturday night into Sunday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 20% chance of snow showers between in the afternoon. Highs will be near 25 with south winds 7 to 17 mph gusting to 29 mph. Tonight should be cloud with a 20% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 2 with southwest winds 5 to 15 mph gusting to 25 mph.

Saturday should be partly sunny with a high near 16 and south winds 6 to 8 mph.
Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers after 3:00am. Lows will be around 11 with southeast winds 7 to 10 mph. New snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ is expected.

Sunday’s looking cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Highs will be near 28 with south winds 13 to 17 mph gusting to 29 mph. New snow accumulation of less than 1″ is expected. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 6 with south winds 6 to 8 mph becoming northwesterly after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 18 and a low of 6. We had 2″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -15 in 1968.
The record high was 54 in 2010 (we had a high of 53).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:17AM
Sunset: 4:51PM
Length of day: 9:34:09
Today will be 2:14 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19.5 days old with 76% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:34PM
Moonset: 10:12AM

About Today’s Photo:

Heavy rain and melting snow made for a dramatic ice-out on Fargo Brook yesterday afternoon. I’d been keeping an eye on the brook all morning wondering if the thick layers of snow and ice would break up with all the rain. I was not disappointed. The stream ran high and was chock-full of ice chunks and slush as it raced beneath our little footbridge.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  14mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/25″ exposure.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

snow-jelly

An uprooted tree in Fargo Brook with

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently a damp 46 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 45, barometric pressure 29.47” and falling rapidly. We picked up 0.20” of rain. Snowpack is down from 18” yesterday (I misreported 16” yesterday…) to 14” this morning. Yesterday’s high was 42, and the overnight low was 38.

Forecast:

Rain will continue to fall across the North Country today and will lead to some locally slick travel as rain falls on near-to-below-freezing road surfaces. I think more than a few driveway will become skating rinks (ours included…) A cold front will move through this afternoon bringing a transition back to snow with a dusting to an inch of snow possible late in the day. Temperatures will top out in the mid 40s by midday and begin falling this afternoon into the teens by tonight. Another cold front will swing through on Friday bringing as chance of light snow overnight and chilly temperatures. High pressure will bring dry and seasonably cool conditions on Saturday with daytime temperatures in the teens. A shortwave trough may bring a dusting to an inch or so of snow Sunday night.

We’ll see rain today before 4:00pm transitioning to snow around sunset. Highs near 48 with south winds 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 100% with snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ expected. Tonight snow is likely before 8:00pm, then a slight chance of snow showers before 11:00pm. It’ll be cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 17 and northwest winds 5 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ expected.

Friday should be partly sunny with a 30% chance of snow showers midday. Highs will be near 26 with south winds 8 to 14 mph gusting 28 mph. Friday night should be mostly cloudy and chilly with a low around 2 and west winds 8 to 13 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Saturday’s looking mostly cloudy with a high near 14 and light and variable winds becoming southwesterly 9 to 14 mph in the morning. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 8 and south winds 5 to 9 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 37 and a low of 14. We picked up 0.84″ of rain and had 2″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -22 in 1948.
The record high was 52 in 1999 (we had a high of 56).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:18AM
Sunset: 4:50PM
Length of day: 9:31:54
Today will be 2:11 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 18.4 days old with 86% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:21PM
Moonset: 9:41AM

About Today’s Photo:

Floods over the years have created a bit of a jam of branches and stumps just below our little footbridge over Fargo Brook. This root ball had a nice fool’s cap of snow on it the other day reminding me a bit of a jelly fish. No doubt the cap is gone this morning.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  55mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/500″ exposure.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

hairy-woodpecker

A hairy woodpecker stares me down

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently a balmy 26 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 46%, dewpoint 8, barometric pressure 30.23” and falling rapidly. We have 16” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 12, and the overnight low was 12.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for our region until 1:00AM Thursday.

Forecast:

Low pressure approaching from the Great Lakes today will lift a strong warm front across the region bringing a period of wintry precipitation today along with gusty south to southwest winds. The wintry precipitation will change to a cold rain overnight with pockets of freezing rain in the ‘Dacks and NEK as temperatures warm into the 30s. Cold ground temperatures could make for icing on road surfaces. Rain will continue into Thursday morning before changing over to wet snow during the afternoon hours. Temperatures will drop back into the 20s by evening. Colder temperatures return for the weekend with chances for additional snow showers Friday and Sunday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with snow, freezing rain, and sleet developing before 4:00pm, changing over to rain 5:00pm. Highs will be near 34 with south winds 16 to 18 mph gusting to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with maybe an inch of snow/sleet expected before the changeover to rain. Tonight rain is likely. Lows will be around 33 with south winds 16 to 21 mph gusting to 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%

Thursday will bring rain rain before noon changing over to snow after 2:00pm. Temperature will fall into the 20s by nightfall with south winds 6 to 14 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100% with new snow accumulation of around 1″ possible. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow. Lows will be around 15 with northwest winds 5 to 11 mph.

Friday should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Highs will be near 26 with south winds 6 to 15 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Friday night should be mostly cloudy and chilly with a low around -2 and west winds 5 to 11 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 44 and a low of 34. We picked up 0.08″ of rain and had 3″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -19 in 1970.
The record high was 51 in 1957.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:19AM
Sunset: 4:48PM
Length of day: 9:29:43
Today will be 2:08 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17.2 days old with 93% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:06PM
Moonset: 9:08AM

About Today’s Photo:

This hairy woodpecker seems to be staring me down on his way to the suet feeder by our front porch.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  286mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/200″ exposure.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

picket-snow

Picket fence and snow abstract

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently a brisk -18 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 81%, dewpoint -22, barometric pressure 30.64” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.90” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 19” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was -1, and the overnight low was -19.

Forecast:

Arctic high pressure is currently cresting over the region this morning making for a frigid start to the day. However, temperatures will warm into the single digits and lower teens by this afternoon with plenty of sunshine and much lighter winds. Low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes will begin to usher in clouds and brisk southerly winds after midnight tonight, as temperatures warm into the mid teens to lower 20s by Wednesday morning. Light snow will develop on Wednesday morning, changing over to a light wintry mix by evening with some locations experiencing a cold rain overnight. A cold front will produce another period of rain changing to snow on Thursday, with some snow accumulation likely. Colder temperatures with scattered snow showers return for Friday into the weekend.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 11 and north winds around 6 mph becoming light and variable. Tonight should be cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers late. Temperature will be rising to around 17 by 4:00am with south winds 8 to 15 mph gusting to 25 mph. Little or no snow accumulation is expected.

Wednesday should bring snow, freezing rain, and sleet before 4pm, with freezing rain likely around sunset, then rain or freezing rain likely going into the evening. It’ll be cloudy, with a high near 33 and south winds 16 to 20 mph gusting to 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with snow and sleet accumulations of less than 1″ expected. Wednesday night rain is likely, mainly after 7:00pm. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 33 and south winds 13 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with precipitation amounts between a 1/10″ and 1/4″ possible.

Thursday rain and snow likely in the morning, becoming all snow after noon. It’ll be cloudy with a high near 36 and southwest winds 5 to 8 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60% with snow accumulation of around 1″ expected . Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow. Lows will be around 18 with northwest winds around 6 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 38 and a low of 26. We had 3.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -22 in 1970.
The record high was 53 in 1959.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:19AM
Sunset: 4:47PM
Length of day: 9:27:34
Today will be 2:05 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16 days old with 98% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:48PM
Moonset: 8:29AM

About Today’s Photo:

Deep new-fallen snow creates interesting patterns along the picket fence of our ornamental garden.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  73mm, ISO 800, f/14, 1/200″ exposure.


Monday, January 21, 2019

dack-chairs-snow

Snow piles up on the Adirondack chairs on our little dock

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:25AM it’s currently -7 degrees and “snizzling” under overcasts skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 82%, dewpoint -11, barometric pressure 29.91” and rising slowly. We picked up 6.7” of new snow in the past 24hrs (12.2” storm total so far) and have 19.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 9, and the overnight low was -8.

We were lucking enough to be able to watch the lunar eclipse last night through fleeting thin clouds. The cloud cover got a little thicker right at totality (at 12:11AM), but it was a lovely show nonetheless!

Forecast:

As the strong low pressure system that brought us our bountiful snowfall exits into the Canadian Maritimes this morning, lingering light, wrap-around snow is expected to continue across northern portions of the North Country through much of today, with additional light accumulations expected. Arctic air filtering into the region ahead of approaching high pressure will provide dangerously cold wind chills of -20 to -35 through the day as well thanks to a brisk northwest airflow. Fair and dry conditions are expected on Tuesday, with highs in the teens and lighter winds. An upper level disturbance from the Great Lakes will bring our next chance for precipitation—most likely snow—on Wednesday.

We’ll see light snow today mainly before 2:00pm. Highs will be near -2 with northwest winds 13 to 17 mph gusting to 30 mph. Wind chill values could be as low as -29. Chance of precipitation is 80% with total daytime snow accumulations of around 1″ expected. Tonight should be cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers, mainly before 8:00pm. Skies will gradually clear with a low around -12 and northwest winds 7 to 16 mph gusting 29 mph. New snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ is expected.

Tuesday should be sunny with a high near 11 and north winds around 5 mph becoming calm. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 6 and south winds 7 to 17 mph gusting 33 mph.

Wednesday snow showers are likely, mainly between 10:00am and 4:00pm. It’ll be cloudy with a high near 34 and south winds around 17 mph gusting to 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulations of around 1″ expected. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a 60% chance of snow showers before 8:00pm, possibly mixing with rain. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 30 and south winds 6 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 41 and a low of 32. We had 4″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -19 in 1943.
The record high was 54 in 2006 (we had a high of 58).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:20AM
Sunset: 4:46PM
Length of day: 9:25:28
Today will be 2:03 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is the full Wolf Moon (Northeast Native American), 15 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:31PM
Moonset: 7:43AM

About Today’s Photo:

The snowpack is getting nice and deep. Our trusty Adirondack chairs on the little dock in our little pond await the warm season under a cozy blanket of snow.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  17mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/500″ exposure.


Sunday, January 20, 2019

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Snow, twigs, and shadows in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:454AM it’s currently 8 degrees under overcast skies and snowing steadily. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 6, barometric pressure 29.71” and falling rapidly. We picked up 5.5” of new snow overnight and have 14.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 19, and the overnight low was -1.

The Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for our region until 4:00PM this afternoon. A Wind Chill Warning is in effect for our region as well from 6:00PM this evening until 1:00PM Monday.

Forecast:

Winter storm conditions will continue across the region today as low pressure over the central Appalachians this morning tracks to the tip of Cape Cod by later this afternoon and then off into the Gulf of St. Lawrence tonight. Periods of heavy snow and blowing snow can be expected, especially this morning where snowfall rates of 1″ to 2″ per hour are likely, making for hazardous travel. As low pressure departs to our east tonight, Arctic high pressure will build in bringing frigid temperatures and very low wind chills through Monday night. Temperatures will moderate back into the teens on Tuesday, and into the low to mid 30s Wednesday when another storm system will bring another round of snow showers with some rain possible in the deeper valleys.

We’ll see snow today, heavy at times, with areas of blowing snow this afternoon. Highs will be near 7 with northwest winds 7 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with total daytime snow accumulation of 5″ to 9″ possible. Tonight snow showers are likely, mainly before 7:00pm. It’ll be mostly cloudy and cold with a low around -10 and wind chill values as low as -31. Winds will be out of the north wind at 16 mph and gusting to 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulations of 1″ to 2″ possible.

Monday snow showers are likely in the morning. It’ll be cloudy and cold with a high near 1 and wind chill values as low as -33. Winds will be northwesterly around 17 mph and gusting to 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulations of 1″ to 2″ possible. Monday night should be mostly cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around -10 and northwest winds 9 to 18 mph gusting to 30 mph.

Tuesday’s looking sunny with a high near 11 and northwest winds around 6 mph becoming calm. Tuesday night should bring a 30% chance of snow showers. It’ll be increasingly cloudy with a low around 8 and light south winds increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 43 and a low of 30. We had 5″ of snow at the stake.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:21AM
Sunset: 4:44PM
Length of day: 9:23:25
Today will be 2:00 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 13.8 days old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:17PM
Moonset: 6:48AM

There will be a total lunar eclipse tonight beginning at 10:30PM and reaching totality right around midnight. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll have overcast skies at the time. You can read about the eclipse here.

About Today’s Photo:

I’m constantly attracted to the play of shadows and light on sunny, snow laden winter days. Morning or afternoon light creates long shadows across the snow where stems from last season’s growth manage to pop above the snow. After today, I think far fewer things will be popping up!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  30mm, ISO 400, f/11, 1/1000″ exposure.


Saturday, January 19, 2019

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Delicate frost crystals on the ice of Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 2 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 78%, dewpoint -3, barometric pressure 30.37” and rising rapidly. We picked up 1.5” of fluffy new snow and have 10.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 31, and the overnight low was 0.

There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect for our region from 4:00PM this afternoon until 4:00PM Sunday.

Forecast:

The calm before the storm…

We’ve got a major winter storm on tap for tonight through Sunday. Fast moving low pressure over the southern Plains this morning will track through the the Tennessee River valley today and up the East Coast Sunday. Steady snow will develop across the region late this afternoon and evening and become heavy at times tonight into Sunday morning. Snowfall rates of 1″ to 2″ per hour are possible, making for hazardous travel. We’re looking at 8″-16″ of snow locally with higher amounts in the southern Greens. As the low departs to our east across the Gulf of Maine and Canadian Maritimes tomorrow night, north winds will increase making for blowing snow conditions throughout the day Sunday. Frigid temperatures and very low wind chills are expected Sunday night through Monday night. Temperatures will moderate back into the teens on Tuesday, and into the low to mid 30s for Wednesday of next week.

This morning’s quiet conditions will give way to snow around sunset this afternoon. It’ll be mostly cloudy and cold with a high near 6 and north winds around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Tonight will bring on the snow which could be heavy at times. Lows will be around 3 with east winds 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with snow accumulations of 3″ to 7″ expected overnight.

Snow will continue into Sunday and could be heavy at times. Highs will be near 6 with northeast winds 7 to 11 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100% with new snow accumulation of 5″ to 9″ expected. Sunday night snow showers are likely, It’ll be mostly cloudy and cold with a low around -9 and north wind 11 to 14 mph gusting to 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulation of 1″ to 2″ possible.

Monday lingering snow showers are likely, mainly before noon. It’ll be mostly cloudy and cold with a high only near 0 and northwest winds 11 to 13 mph gusting to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with new snow accumulation of perhaps 1″ possible. Monday night should be partly cloudy and frigid with a low around -13 and northwest winds 6 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 30 and a low of 20. We had 5.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -24 in 1976.
The record high was 65 in 1996.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:22AM
Sunset: 4:43PM
Length of day: 9:21:25
Today will be 1:57 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 12.6 days old with 95% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:10PM
Moonset: 5:46AM

About Today’s Photo:

Classic dendritic ice crystals form into delicate frost feathers on the thicker ice of Fargo Brook.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  140mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/640″ exposure.


Friday, January 18, 2019

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A sensitive fern seed head casts a long shadow in the snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 24 degrees under overcast skies. A light snizzle is coming down. Relative humidity is 83%, dewpoint 20, barometric pressure 30.08” and falling slowly. We’ve picked up just the barest dusting of new snow and have 9.75” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 16, and the overnight low was 13.

There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect for our region from 4:00PM Saturday until 4:00PM Sunday.

Forecast:

Weak low pressure passing well to our north today will bring scattered snow showers across the region with a dusting to 2″ expected. Chilly high pressure will build in briefly tonight into Saturday before a significant coastal low approaches bringing widespread snow to the region Saturday night and Sunday. 6″-18″ of snow are expected by late Sunday with isolated higher amounts in the southern Greens. Gusty north winds are expected Sunday as well during the height of the storm making for blizzard conditions in the Champlain Valley and elsewhere. If you have any travel plans for that day, you might want to reconsider… Snow should taper off quickly Sunday by sunset. Frigid Arctic high pressure will build in behind the departing storm bringing bitterly cold temperatures Sunday night through Monday night with dangerous wind chills.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be near 31 with south winds 9 to 11 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than 1″ is expected. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers early. Lows will be around -2 with northwest wind 8 to 13 mph.

Saturday should start out chilly and dry with snow likely mainly after 5:00pm. It’ll be mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 7 and north winds 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Saturday night will bring the snow which could be heavy at times. Lows will be around 1 with northeast winds 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with new snow accumulations of 6″ to 10″ possible overnight.

Snow will continue into Sunday, tapering off near sunset. Snow could be heavy at times with areas of blowing snow after 3:00pm. Highs will be near 9 with north winds 7 to 14 mph gusting to 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with new snow accumulations of 4″ to 8″ possible. Sunday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of lingering snow showers. Lows will be around -11 with northwest winds 11 to 13 mph gusting to 24 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 25 and a low of 2. We picked up 1.25″ of new snow and had 5.75″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -24 in 1974.
The record high was 53 in 1996.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:22AM
Sunset: 4:42PM
Length of day: 9:19:28
Today will be 1:53 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11.5 days old with 88.4% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:13PM
Moonset: 4:38PM

About Today’s Photo:

A sensitive fern seed head acts like a sundial casting a distinct shadow across snow that fell a few days before. The telltale cone around the stem speaks to the settling of the light powder.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  30mm, ISO 400, f/13, 1/1000″ exposure.


Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Hoar frost over open water on Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:10AM it’s currently -9 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 83%, dewpoint -13, barometric pressure 30.42” and rising slowly. We picked up a 0.20” dusting of snow in the past 24hrs and have 10” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was -9.

There is a Winter Storm Watch in effect for our region from Saturday evening until Sunday night.

Forecast:

With high pressure over the region this morning, we’ll see cold and dry conditions into this evening. Low pressure will slide through the region overnight bringing a shot of light snow showers tonight into Friday morning. A coastal storm is set to impact New England Saturday night and Sunday bringing widespread snow. We may see 8″-16″ from this storm. Another shot of bitterly cold Arctic air will follow the departing storm for Monday.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 15 and north winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Tonight snow showers are likely, mainly after 4:00am. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 6 and south winds 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with snow accumulation of less than 1″ expected.

Friday snow is likely in the morning. It’ll be cloudy with a high near 30 and south winds 7 to 10 mph gusting to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with snow accumulations of around 1″ expected. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers before 9:00pm. Gradual clearing is expected with a low around -4 and northwest winds around 11 mph.

Saturday should start out clear and chilly with increasing clouds through the day. Highs will be near 6 with north winds 3 to 7 mph. Saturday night snow is likely. Lows will be around -1 with calm winds becoming northeasterly around 6 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 28 and a low of 9. We picked up 0.75″ of snow and had 4.5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -22 in 1974.
The record high was 52 in 1990.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:23AM
Sunset: 4:41PM
Length of day: 9:17:34
Today will be 1:50 longer than yesterday.

About Today’s Photo:

Where moisture from open water and cold air meet, hoar frost is created. Here, delicate tentacles of hoar frost dangle over the flowing water of Fargo Brook.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  92mm, ISO 400, f/10, 1/60″ exposure.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Fargo Brook in deep winter mode

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:20AM it’s currently 28 degrees under overcast skies. Winds out of the west at 0-4 mph. Relative humidity is 82%, dewpoint 23, barometric pressure 29.87” and steady. We have 10.25” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 28, and the overnight low was 28.

Forecast:

A low pressure system passing to our north today will drag an Arctic cold front across the area later this afternoon. We should see a round of brief snow showers with the potential for some snow squalls and gusty winds with the passage of the front which will usher in another round of cold temperatures tonight into Thursday. High pressure will build in briefly Thursday with some snow showers expected Friday as a trough swings through. A coastal storm is on the horizon for Saturday night into Sunday with the potential for some decent accumulating snow. Stay tuned!

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a 50% chance of snow showers this afternoon. Highs will be near 29 this morning with southwest winds 15 to 17 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Snow accumulations of around 1″ are expected. Tonight should be partly cloudy and chilly with a low around -3 and northwest winds 7 to 17 mph gusting 28 mph.

Thursday should be sunny with a high near 11 and northwest winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Thursday night should bring a 40% chance of snow showers late. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 6 and south winds around 7 mph. Snow accumulation of less 1/2″ is expected.

Friday snow showers are likely, mainly between 10:00am and 1:00pm. It’ll be cloudy with a high near 28 and south winds around 8 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70% with snow accumulation of around 1″ expected. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around -1 and northwest winds 5 to 8 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 27 and a low of 5. We picked up 0.50″ of new snow and had 4″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -21 in 2009 (we had a low of -20).
The record high was 63 in 1995.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:24AM
Sunset: 4:39PM
Length of day: 9:15:43
Today will be 1:47 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9.4 days old with 71% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:48PM
Moonset: 2:18AM

About Today’s Photo:

Fargo Brook has many moods. Now it’s in deep winter mode and its water gurgles quietly under layers of ice and snow.

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


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

snow-pimples

Snow “pimples” in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently a balmy 15 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. A few lazy snowflakes are drifting down. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 13, barometric pressure 30.15” and steady. We have 11” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 21, and the overnight low was 0.

Forecast:

We’ve got a quiet day on tap today. Wednesday, a low pressure system will pass to our north dragging an Arctic cold front across the region and bringing a quick shot of snow, some gusty winds, and a return to cold temperatures by Wednesday night. Chilly high pressure will build in for Thursday before another low pressure system passes to our south on Friday bringing more snow showers to the region. A fast moving coastal storm is on the horizon for Saturday night into Sunday. At this point it’s pretty certain we’ll see some snow, but amounts are still up in the air (heh…)

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a high near 24 and west winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 20 and south winds 5 to 9 mph.

Wednesday snow showers are likely in the afternoon. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a high near 31 and south winds 11 to 17 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60% with snow accumulations of 1/2″ to 2″ possible. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy and chilly with a low around -6 and northwest winds 6 to 15 mph gusting 25 mph.

Thursday should be mostly sunny with a high near 12 and north winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Thursday night snow is likely. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 7 and southeast winds 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 17 and a low of -8. We had 3.25″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -30 in 1957.
The record high was 66 in 1995.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:24AM
Sunset: 4:38PM
Length of day: 9:13:56
Today will be 1:43 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8.4 days old with 61% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:16PM
Moonset: 1:10AM

About Today’s Photo:

The mounds of snow “pimples” in fields have been fascinating me in recent days. The light, fluffy snow piled up high, covering dried grasses, twigs, and other features. As the snow slowly compresses, these “pimples” form where snow still clings to buried objects beneath the cover creating an interesting winter topography.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  37mm, ISO 400, f/14, 1/800″ exposure.


Monday, January 14, 2019

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A trio of twigs casts long shadows in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently -9 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint -13, barometric pressure 30.39” and falling. We have 11.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 14, and the overnight low was -10.

Forecast:

Arctic high pressure has crested over the region this morning and will move east this afternoon allowing temperatures to warm up a bit through Tuesday. Another Arctic cold front will move through on Wednesday bringing a quick shot of snow and a return to cold temperatures Wednesday night. Low pressure passing to our south may bring some snow showers Thursday night into Friday, and there’s the potential for a coastal storm that may effect the region Saturday night into Sunday. Stay tuned!

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 20 and light and variable winds. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 9 and light northwest winds.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy with a high near 26 and west winds 3 to 5 mph.
Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 20 and south winds 5 to 9 mph.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Highs will be near 34 with south winds 10 to 14 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. New snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ is expected. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around -2 and northwest winds 7 to 11 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 8 and a low of -9. We picked up 0.1″ of new snow and had 3.25″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -25 in 1957.
The record high was 60 in 1995.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:25AM
Sunset: 4:37PM
Length of day: 9:12:12
Today will be 1:40 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is in its first quarter, 7.5 days old with 50.8% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:48AM
Moonset: 12:06AM

About Today’s Photo:

This trio of twigs caught my eye in our front field. The early morning sunshine casts long shadows, and the settling of the fluffy snow creates interesting cones around the stems.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  19mm, ISO 400, f/11, 1/1300″ exposure.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

3-spruce

The first light of morning hits the spruce trees along our driveway

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:40AM it’s currently -11 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint -14, barometric pressure 30.59” and steady. We have 12” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 15, and the overnight low was -13.

Forecast:

Arctic high pressure settling over the region today will continue to dominate the our weather through the end of the weekend with partly cloudy to mostly clear skies and chilly temperatures. Quiet weather will continue into early next week as well some moderation in temperatures expected with highs warming into the 20s for Monday and Tuesday. The next chance for precipitation comes Tuesday night into Wednesday as another Arctic front moves through.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 14 and north winds 3 to 5 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around -4 and light east winds.

Monday should be sunny with a high near 21 and calm winds. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 12 and light northeast wind.

Tuesday’s looking mostly cloudy with a high near 27 and light and variable winds becoming northwesterly around 6 mph in the morning. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 19 and south winds 3 to 8 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 29 and a low of 4. We picked up 1.2″ of rain, 3.25″ of snow and had 3.5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -20 in 1957.
The record high was 55 in 2005 (we had a high of 62).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:25AM
Sunset: 4:36PM
Length of day: 9:10:32
Today will be 1:36 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 6.6 days old with 41% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:22AM
No Moonset

About Today’s Photo:

A thick and heavy snowfall ladens the spruce trees along our driveway. They catch some of the first morning light as it breaks over ridge to the east.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  34mm, ISO 400, f/13, 1/160″ exposure.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Frost feather on bark by Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:30M it’s currently -13 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint -16, barometric pressure 30.57 and rising. We have 14” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 12, and the overnight low was -13.

Forecast:

High pressure building southeastward from Canada will dominate our weather through the weekend with mostly clear skies and cold temperatures. Quiet weather
will continue into early next week with some moderation in temperatures as highs warm into the 20s for Monday and Tuesday. The next chance for precipitation arrives Tuesday night into Wednesday as another Arctic front moves through.

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 11 and northwest winds 6 to 10 mph.
Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around -5 and north winds 3 to 7 mph.

Sunday should be sunny with a high near 12 and north winds 3 to 6 mph. Sunday night should be clear with a low around -5 and calm winds.

Monday’s looking sunny with a high near 23 and calm winds. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 10 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 63(!!!) and a low of 29. We picked up 0.86″ of rain and had 6″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -23 in 1968.
The record high was 61 in 2018 (see our high above!)

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:25AM
Sunset: 4:34PM
Length of day: 9:08:55
Today will be 1:33 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5.6 days old with 32% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:58AM
Moonset: 11:03PM

About Today’s Photo:

Delicate frost feathers bloom on the bark of a tree next to Fargo Brook.


Friday, January 11, 2019

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Bountiful snow up in the high country yesterday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:05AM it’s currently 6 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint 3, barometric pressure 30.12” and rising rapidly. We picked up 9.4” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 17” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 28, and the overnight low was 6.

Forecast:

Arctic high pressure will slowly build into the region today bringing drier and colder air. This will allow any lingering mountain snow showers to gradually erode away through the day today. Any snow amounts should be light—perhaps an inch or two in the highest elevations. Highs today will only be in the single digits to lower teens with widespread below-zero temperatures tonight. The high settles over the North Country on Saturday bringing partly to mostly sunny skies with daytime highs just a bit warmer than today, along with lighter winds. The next chance for precipitation looks to be Wednesday as another shot of reinforcing Arctic cold swings through.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with the possibility of lingering mountains snow showers before noon. Highs will be near 7 with northwest winds 8 to 14 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around -5 and northwest winds 9 to 14 mph.

Saturday should be mostly sunny with a high near 11 and northwest winds 8 to 10 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around -5 and north winds 3 to 6 mph.

Sunday’s looking sunny with a high near 12 and north wind 3 to 6 mph.
Sunday night should be mostly clear with a low around -4 and light northeast winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 54 and a low of 37. We had 12.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -27 in 1968.
The record high was 56 in 1980.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:26AM
Sunset: 4:33PM
Length of day: 9:07:22
Today will be 1:29 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4.7 days old with 23% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:34AM
Moonset: 10:02PM

About Today’s Photo:

A friend and I took a fine tour up at Camel’s Hump Nordic yesterday morning, skiing up to higher elevations at around 2600′. There’s 2′ to 3′ of snow up there and the snow was falling hard as we skied. Light and fluffy conditions made for some fun downhills through the trees.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  32mm, ISO 400, f/14, 1/160″ exposure.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

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A mourning dove keeps an eye on me from the hemlock tree

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 25 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are out of the west at 0-4 mph. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 23, barometric pressure 29.52” and rising rapidly. We picked up 7” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 10.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 33, and the overnight low was 25.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for our region until 1:00PM this afternoon.

Forecast:

The low pressure system that was the source of our recent snow bounty is currently over the Canadian Maritimes, putting the North Country in a northwest flow which will deliver additional upslope snow along the western slopes of the northern Greens and the ‘Dacks this morning. Snow will gradually taper off this afternoon as the low pulls away. Chilly Arctic high pressure will build in behind the departing low bringing drier and chillier, below normal conditions going into the weekend. The next weather making system comes through some time midweek.

We’ll see snow showers this morning, with an additional 2″-4″ of snow possible before tapering off this afternoon. Temperature will top out midday in the mid 20s before falling to around 16 by sunset. Winds will be northwesterly at 14 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Tonight lingering snow showers are possible, mainly before 8:00pm. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 0 northwest winds around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. with new snow accumulation of less than 1″ expected.

Friday will bring a 20% chance of lingering snow showers before 9:00am. It’ll be partly sunny and cold with a high near 7 and northwest winds around 11 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy and chilly with a low around -5 and northwest winds around 9 mph.

Saturday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 12 and northwest winds 8 to 11 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around -5 and north winds around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 38 and a low of 4. We had 15″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -22 in 1968.
The record high was 53 in 2016 (we had a high of 51.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:26AM
Sunset: 4:32PM
Length of day: 9:05:52
Today will be 1:25 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 3.8 days old with 15% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:08AM
Moonset: 9:02PM

About Today’s Photo:

This morning dove was napping in the hemlock tree near our feeders yesterday morning. As I stepped out on the front porch to snap the photo, it perked up a bit to keep on eye on me. Note the drops of water beaded up on its back.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/160″ exposure.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

squirrel-tracks

A nice set of red squirrel tracks in light snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 33 degrees and snowing under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 32, barometric pressure 29.37” and steady. We picked up 0.15” of rain and 1.5” of heavy snow, and have 4.25” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 39, and the overnight low was 33.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for our region until 1:00PM Thursday.

Forecast:

An active and snowy weather pattern will continue across the North Country through the remainder of the week. Low pressure passing just to our south today will continue to deliver snow over much of the area this morning. A northwest airflow will develop on the backside of this system this afternoon through Thursday bringing long duration upslope snow, especially over the northern Greens and northern ‘Dacks. Snow accumulations of 8″-14″ are expected in the warning areas by the time things wrap up Thursday afternoon. Chilly Canadian high pressure will move in Friday bringing drier and noticeably colder conditions through the weekend.

We’ll see snow today with a high near 30 and north winds 5 to 9 mph gusting to 30 mph. Chance of snow is 100% with total daytime snow accumulation of 3″ to 7″ possible. Tonight snow is likely. Lows will be around 23 with northwest winds 11 to 16 mph gusting to 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with new snow accumulation of 3″ to 5″ possible.

Thursday should bring continuing mountain snow showers. Temperatures will drop during the day to around 15 by sunset. Winds will be northwest around 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with new snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ possible. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 1 with northwest winds 14 to 16 mph. New snow accumulation of less than 1″ is expected.

Friday’s looking partly sunny and cold with a high near 8 and northwest winds around 11 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy and cold with a low around -6 and northwest winds 5 to 7 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 34 and a low of 25. We picked up 3.75″ of new snow and had 16.75″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -24 in 1968.
The record high was 56 in 2008 (we had a high of 58).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:26AM
Sunset: 4:31PM
Length of day: 9:04:27
Today will be 1:21 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 3 days old with 9.4% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:40AM
Moonset: 8:03PM

About Today’s Photo:

Wintertime is such a great time of year for tracking critters. Fresh snow offers a clean page on which the story of comings and goings is clearly written. These red squirrel tracks were near our feeders, and, by the looks of it, this little guy was quite busy.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  69mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1300″ exposure.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

ice-crown

A thin crown of ice on a rock in Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:20AM it’s currently 33 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 80%, dewpoint 27, barometric pressure 29.98” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.75” of new snow and have 4” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 26 (at midnight last night), and the overnight low was 22.

A Winter Weather Advisory in is in effect for our region until 5:00PM today.

Forecast:

We’ve got an active period of weather ahead for the remainder of the week. Morning snow will be tapering off with only light accumulations expected. Low pressure moving out the Great Lakes will lift a warm front through the region today bringing rain and snow to the region tonight with minor accumulations (1″-3″) expected for areas outside from the Champlain Valley. Travel could be sloppy this evening. As the low passes through the region tomorrow, colder air will move in on northwesterly flow bringing accumulating snows across portions of northern New York and the northern and central sections of Vermont. We could see several inches of snow from this locally. Fingers crossed! Frigid high pressure air will move in by Friday bringing daytime highs in the single digits Friday and Saturday and well below-zero temperatures Friday night.

We’ll see rain and snow developing today. It’ll be cloudy with a high near 37 and breezy south winds 15 to 20 mph and gusting to 31 mph, then decreasing to 8 to 13 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40% with daytime snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ possible. Tonight rain and snow are likely, becoming all snow after 4:00am. Lows will be around 32 with southeast winds 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with new snow accumulation of less than 1″ expected.

Wednesday snow is likely mainly after 8:00am. Highs will be near near 33 with northwest winds 5 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with new snow accumulation of 2″ to 4″ possible. Wednesday might snow is likely. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 20 and northwest winds 15 to 17 mph. Chance of snow is 70% with new snow accumulation of 1″ to 3″ possible.

Thursday snow showers are likely, mainly before 10:00am. It’ll be cloudy with a high near 21 and northwest winds 14 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulation of around 1″ expected. Thursday might should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of lingering snow showers. It’ll be mostly cloudy and chilly with a low around -2 and northwest winds 10 to 13 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 34 and a low of 14. We picked up 0.30″ of new snow and had 13.75″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 11 and a high of 27.
The record low was -21 in 1968.
The record high was 63 in 2008 (we had a high of 58).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27AM
Sunset: 4:30PM
Length of day: 9:03:05
Today will be 1:17 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2 days old with 5% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:08AM
Moonset: 7:03PM

About Today’s Photo:

This little crown of ice on a stone in Fargo Brook caught my eye the other day.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  77mm ISO 800, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.