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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.