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Sunday, March 31, 2019

mardi-gras-parade

Fun costumes at the Mardi Gras Procession in Burlington yesterday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:05AM it’s currently a balmy 54 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 66%, dewpoint 43, barometric pressure 29.52” and falling slowly. We have 9” of snow at the stake though our front field is bare. Yesterday’s high was 59, and the overnight low was 51.

Forecast:

Low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes this morning will drag a slow moving cold front across the region today bringing periods of rain. Morning radar imagery shows a thick band of showers currently edging into the western ‘Dacks. Rainfall should reach the Champlain Valley by 1:00PM this afternoon. Temperatures will start out quite warm today with readings in the 50s to near 60 across Vermont and parts of Northern New York, but fall into the 30s and 40s by this afternoon as the cold front swings through. Rain showers will transition to snow showers across the ‘Dacks by midday and the Greens by later this afternoon. Elevations above 1000’ may see some minor accumulations by Monday morning in the range of 1″-3″ with the highest amounts over the summits. Cool high pressure will build in for Monday, and temperatures will moderate by midweek to seasonable levels.

This morning’s sunshine will give way to clouds by midday and rain by 2:00pm. Temperatures will top out in the mid 50s and fall to around 38 by 3:00pm. Winds will be out of the south at 8 to 16 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″ to 1/2″ possible. Tonight should be cloudy with a 60% chance of rain and snow showers before 9:00pm, then snow showers late. Lows will be around 23 with northwest winds around 11 mph gusting to 21 mph. New snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ is expected locally.

Monday should be partly sunny with a 20% chance of snow showers before 9:00am. Highs will be near 35 with northwest winds 13 to 15 mph gusting to 25 mph. Monday night should be mostly clear with a low around 23 and west winds 5 to 7 mph becoming southerly after midnight.

Tuesday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 49 and south winds 7 to 15 mph.
Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 31 and south winds 7 to 11 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 50 and a low of 22. We picked up 0.19″ of rain and had 7″ of snow at the stake.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:35AM
Sunset: 7:17PM
Length of day: 12:42:19
Today will be 3:03 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24 days old with 22% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:45AM
Moonset: 2:40PM

About Today’s Photo:

We went into the big city yesterday to partake of the Magic Hat Mardi Gras festivities on Church Street. Though the parade of past years was significantly scaled down to just a “Procession”, there were fun costumes, a marching band,  and plenty of good energy. Street performers and a marionette tent rounded out the activities during the day.

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

song-sparrow

A song sparrow pauses in its singing

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 33 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 31, barometric pressure 30.08” and falling. We picked up just a trace of rain in the past 24hrs and have 12” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 49, and the overnight low was 27.

Forecast:

The frontal system that’s been wobbling north and south over the region for the past couple of days will lift northward as a warm front today bringing rain and warm air into the region. Low pressure approaching from the Great Lakes will track to our north dumping the bulk of its rainfall over northern New York and west of the Saint Lawrence Valley today. The low will drag a cold front through the North Country Sunday bringing additional rainfall, transitioning to higher elevation snowfall Sunday evening into Monday morning. High pressure will build in Monday bringing dry and seasonably cool conditions for the beginning of the work week. Temperatures should moderate again by midweek.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 40% chance of rain, mainly before 1:00pm. Highs will be near 54 with southeast winds 6 to 16 mph. Rainfall amounts of of less than 1/10″ are expected. Tonight should be cloudy with a 30% chance of rain. Lows will be around 45 with south winds around 16 mph. Rainfall amounts of of less than 1/10″ are expected.

Sunday should be cloudy with rain likely, mainly before 3:00pm. Highs will be near 51 with south winds 8 to 11 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″ and 1/2″ expected. Sunday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain and snow showers before 9:00pm, then a chance of snow showers late. Lows will be around 23 with northwest winds around 10 mph gusting to 20 mph. New snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ are possible.

Monday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 36 and northwest winds around 11 mph gusting to 26 mph. Monday night should be mostly clear with a low around 22 and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 43 and a low of 43. We picked up 0.61″ of rain and had 8″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 28 and a high of 46.
The record low was 8 in 1954.
The record high was 80 in 1998.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:37AM
Sunset: 7:16PM
Length of day: 12:39:15
Today will be 3:03 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24 days old with 30% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:09AM
Moonset: 1:41PM

About Today’s Photo:

Song sparrows are a definite sign of spring in our region. This little fellow’s melodious song caught my ear the other day, so I grabbed my camera and tried to track him down. He was a bit cagey, flying from tree to tree along the edge of our front field, before I could get this relatively decent shot of him in a white pine.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1000″ exposure.


Friday, March 29, 2019

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The view west from General Stark Mtn. yesterday midday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:50AM it’s currently 36 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 33, barometric pressure 29.99” and steady. We picked up 0.01” of rain in the past 24hrs and have 14” of rotting snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 49, and the overnight low was 36.

Forecast:

A stationary front is poised to push across the North Country today bringing some light scattered showers. Morning radar imagery shows a line of showers moving along the front over the St. Lawrence valley and heading our way. We should see showers beginning within the next hour. As the name implies, the front will hang out over the region for much of the weekend allowing low pressure lifting northeastward from the Ohio River valley to track along it and eventually across our region on Saturday night. Rounds of light rain showers will move through the region tonight through early Sunday with heaviest rainfall occurring Saturday night into Sunday morning with perhaps 0.50″-1″ in the ‘Dacks and 0.25″-0.50″ here in Vermont. If the front wiggles a bit farther south, we may see more rain here. Sunday night rain will change over to light snow showers as the stationary front finally moves eastward and a cold front moves through. Little or now snow accumulation is expected. After a cool start to the work week, mild conditions are expected by midweek.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 50% chance of showers, mainly before 1:00pm. Highs will be near 49 with south wind 5 to 7 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected. Tonight should be cloudy wit a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be around 32 with north winds around 5 mph becoming light and variable.

Saturday should be cloudy with rain likely. Highs will be near 55 with south winds 7 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Saturday night will be cloudy with showers likely. Lows will be around 38 with south winds 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″ and 1/4″ expected.

Sunday should be cloudy with showers likely, mainly before 11:00am. Highs will be near 45 with southwest winds 9 to 11 mph becoming northwesterly in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″ and 12″ expected. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 23 and northwest winds around 7 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 53 and a low of 34. We picked up 0.22″ of rain and had 11″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 28 and a high of 46.
The record low was 0 in 1974.
The record high was 84 in 1946.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:39AM
Sunset: 7:15PM
Length of day: 12:36:11
Today will be 3:04 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23 days old with 39% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:27AM
Moonset: 12:45PM

About Today’s Photo:

Yesterday morning started out nice and sunny and was a great morning to hit the slopes of Mad River Glen. As the day wore on, clouds began to move in from the west, and this westerly view from the summit of General Stark Mountain shows a brooding sky over the High Peaks of the ‘Dacks and the Champlain Valley.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  19mm, ISO 800, f/16, 1/320″ exposure.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

robin-sumac

A robin munches on sumac during the recent snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently a balmy 36 degrees under mostly sunny skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 49%, dewpoint 18, barometric pressure 30.28” and falling slowly. We have 17” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 46, and the overnight low was 28.

Forecast:

The high pressure that has been delivering our dry and sunny conditions is moving east of the region this morning. We’ll see temperatures bump into the 50s today with increasing clouds and a gusty south wind. There will be a chance for showers later in the day north as a weak cold front crosses the area overnight. The front will stall to our south and then wobble north and south allowing for several waves of low pressure to track along it bringing off and on periods of rain this weekend. Temperatures will remain warm through Sunday before a strong cold front moves through Sunday night allowing any lingering rain showers to transition to snow. High pressure is set to move in on Monday for a cool start to the work week.

We’ll see sunny skies this morning giving way to increasing clouds. Highs will be near 52 with breezy south winds at 16 to 22 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers, mainly after 9:00pm. Lows will be around 39 with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected.

Friday should be mostly cloudy with 20% chance of showers before noon. Highs will be near 49 with south winds 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the morning. Friday night should be cloudy with a 60% chance of showers. Lows will be around 35 with north winds around 5 mph becoming calm. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected.

Saturday should be cloudy with rain likely. Highs will be near 54 with southeast winds around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″ and 1/4″ expected. Saturday night should be cloudy with rain likely. Lows will be around 40 with southwest winds 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″ and 1/4″ expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 49 and a low of 34. We picked up 0.05″ of rain and had 12.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 27 and a high of 45.
The record low was 4 in 1974.
The record high was 79 in 1945.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:40AM
Sunset: 7:14PM
Length of day: 12:33:07
Today will be 3:04 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 22 days old with 48% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:39AM
Moonset: 11:52AM

About Today’s Photo:

Most people associate robins with springtime. If you live down in the Champlain Valley, however, you may see groups of them throughout the winter foraging along the bare sides of roads. These are likely to be Canadian robins who have come south to overwinter in the relatively warmer valley. Our summertime resident robins do indeed head south in the fall and return this time of year. Once you start seeing them in upper elevations like Huntington, it’s a good bet that it’s a returning summer robin. This one is enjoying a nutrient rich meal of sumac at the edge of our woods.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 1250, f/5.6, 1/1600″ exposure.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

crow-tracks

Crow tracks in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently a brisk 11 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 8, barometric pressure 30.52 and rising slowly. We have 18.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 35, and the overnight low was 10.

Forecast:

High pressure will crest over the region early this morning and then push eastward during the day setting us up for a warming trend to wrap up the week. We’ll see warm and dry conditions today through early Thursday before a weak cold front sags southward bringing chances for light rain Thursday night. The front will stall to our south Friday allowing for weak high pressure to build in bringing partly sunny skies and highs in the 50s Friday. The front will lift northward Saturday as a trough approaches from the Great Lakes along the front bringing more showers into Sunday. The front will finally move to our east late Sunday bringing colder air behind it and a chance for light mountain snow flurries Sunday night. While it may be a dampish weekend, temperatures will bump into the 60s on Saturday and be in the 50s Sunday, so it’ll feel much more springlike.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 44 and calm winds becoming southerly 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 29 and south winds 6 to 10 mph.

Thursday should start out mostly sunny with increasing clouds and a 20% chance of showers after 3:00pm. Highs will be near 50 with south winds 11 to 15 mph. Thursday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be around 38 with south winds 13 to 17 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected.

Friday should be partly sunny with a high near 51 and southwest winds 5 to 8 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Friday night should be cloudy with rain likely after 2:00am. Lows will be around 36 with light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 48 and a low of 18. We had 14″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 27 and a high of 45.
The record low was 6 in 2014 (we had a low of 1).
The record high was 71 in 1976.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:42AM
Sunset: 7:12PM
Length of day: 12:30:03
Today will be 3:04 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 21 days old with 58% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:44AM
Moonset: 11:03PM

If any of you happened to be awake this morning between 3:00AM and sunrise, you may have noticed that the moon was accompanied by another bright object. This is Jupiter. They made a very nice pair in the sky this morning.

About Today’s Photo:

I’ve been noticing several crows hanging around our place over the past couple of days. They check out the compost pile occasionally, but, otherwise, just seem to be wandering around out in the front field. This set of tracks demonstrates a bit of the seemingly aimless meander that one of them took. I could follow the track from where the bird landed, then peregrinated (crowinated?)  about for some 20 meters in total before taking wing again.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  14mm, ISO 200, f/8, 1/2500″ exposure.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

ice-buckles

Ice buckles on Lake Champlain

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:05AM it’s currently a brisk 12 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint 8, barometric pressure 30.28” and rising rapidly. We have 19” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 37, and the overnight low was 11.

Forecast:

We’ve got another lovely, albeit seasonally chilly day on tap today as cold Canadian high pressure continues to build into the region. We’ll see clear skies and temperatures only in the mid 30s—a good 10 degrees below seasonal averages. The high will begin to push east of our region tomorrow setting up a southwesterly airflow that will allow temperatures to recover into the 40s during the day Wednesday. After another cool start Thursday morning, a cold front will sag southward through the our region Thursday afternoon and night bringing a period of light rain showers and  allowing temperatures to surge into the mid 50s. The front will stall south of us Friday and then wobble north and south over the next few days allowing for a surface low to track along it Friday night into Saturday. We may see a fair amount of rain this weekend, but, on the plus side, temperatures will be heading towards the 60s by Saturday so we’ve got that to look forward to.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 35 and light and variable winds becoming northerly 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Tonight should be clear with a low around 19 and northwest winds 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday should be sunny with a high near 44 and calm winds becoming southwesterly 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 25 and south winds 8 to 11 mph.

Thursday should bring increasing clouds with a 40% chance of showers after 2:00pm. Highs will be near 55 with south winds 14 to 17 mph gusting to 30 mph. Thursday night showers are likely. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 37 and southwest winds 7 to 11 mph gusting to 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 47 and a low of 13. We had 15″ of snow at the stake.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:44AM
Sunset: 7:11PM
Length of day: 12:26:59
Today will be 3:04 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20 days old with 69% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:43AM
Moonset: 10:20AM

About Today’s Photo:

Here’s another shot taken last week when I had the opportunity to venture onto the ice off Oakledge Park in Burlington. These ice buckles were fairly small and thin—about the size of your hands tented together. Below the buckles lay thicker ice. As I walked the ice, I could hear the groaning of the plates and a persistent rumble from out on the broad lake.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-18mm lens @  9mm, ISO 800, f/16, 1/1000″ exposure.


Monday, March 25, 2019

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A fine bluebird view of Camel’s Hump from Butternut cabin at Sleepy Hollow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:50AM it’s currently 17 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 82%, dewpoint 12, barometric pressure 30.12” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.50” of new snow overnight and have 19” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 47, and the overnight low was 17.

Forecast:

Chilly Canadian high pressure has parked itself over the region and will deliver clear skies and below average temperatures through the middle of the week. Daytime highs for the next couple of days will only be in the upper 20s and low 30s with overnight lows in the teens to single digits. As the high moves eastward, we’ll see a noticeable warming trend midweek and into the weekend as highs rise to the 40s on Wednesday and 50s by the end of the week. We can expect dry and quiet conditions for most of the week before rain arrives late Thursday and into the weekend. For those of you into snow sports, this very well may be the last good week to get it…

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 34 and west winds 7 to 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 15 and west winds around 8 mph.

Tuesday should be sunny with a high near 33 and northwest winds around 8 mph. Tuesday night should be clear with a low around 16 and northwest winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday’s looking sunny and milder with a high near 49 and southwest winds 3 to 7 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 29 and south winds 3 to 6 mph

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 42 and a low of 14. We had 16.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 26 and a high of 44.
The record low was 0 in 1960.
The record high was 68 in 1996.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:46AM
Sunset: 7:10PM
Length of day: 12:23:54
Today will be 3:04 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19 days old with 78%, illumination.
No Moonrise
Moonset: 9:41AM

About Today’s Photo:

Yesterday was a lovely bluebird day to be outside. The view eastward from the Butternut cabin at Sleepy Hollow gives a great perspective of the Green Mountain ridgeline from Camel’s Hump southward to Mt. Ira Allen. The three bumps of Bald Hill are clearly visible as is Crow Hill which rises above the Camel’s Hump Nordic trail system.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  32mm, ISO 200, f/13, 1/640″ exposure.