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Friday, January 31, 2020

hoar-forest

A forest of hoar frost feathers along Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:15AM it’s currently 8 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 6, barometric pressure 30.33” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 27, and the overnight low was 8.

Forecast:

Clouds will thicken today out ahead of a weak shortwave trough that will bring some light snow showers to the mountains tonight as temperatures bump back to above seasonal normals. Mountain snow showers will continue into the weekend with temperatures in the upper 20s to mid 30s for highs and upper teens to mid 20s for overnight lows. A return to more active weather is anticipated next week with several system expected to impact the North Country bringing multiple precipitation types possible. Stay tuned…

We’ll see increasing clouds today with a high near 33 and south winds 3 to 6 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 25 with south winds at 3 to 6 mph. New snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ are expected.

Saturday should be partly sunny with a 30% chance of snow showers before 11:00am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Highs will be near 36 with light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 30% with new snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ expected. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 20 and southwest winds 3 to 7 mph.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs will be near 34 with southwest winds 7 to 9 mph. New snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ are expected. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow. Lows will be around 28 with south winds 6 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 9 and a low of -8. We picked up 1.3″ of new snow and had 16″ 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: 9:47:48
Today will be 2:27 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5.8 days old with 33% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:32AM
Moonset: 11:45PM

About Today’s Photo:

Relatively warm air coming off the open water of Fargo Brook creates this forest of delicate hoar frost crystals along the stream’s edge. The crystal “feathers” are about 3/4″ long, and I watched them wiggle as an ever-so-slight breeze pushed a misty vapor across them.

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/14, 1/160″ exposure.


Thursday, January 30, 2020

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Marten(?) tracks along Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently 0 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint -3, barometric pressure 30.37” and rising slowly. We have 5.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 25, and the overnight low was 0.

Forecast:

We’ve got an extended period of quiet and dry weather ahead of us courtesy of high pressure over the northeast. Temperatures will be seasonable today and warm to above normal levels this weekend. A weak shortwave trough will slide through the region Friday night bringing some clouds, but otherwise our next widespread threat for precipitation does not arrive until sometime in the middle of next week.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 26 and light and variable winds. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 11 and south winds 3 to 6 mph.

Friday should be sunny with a high near 33 and south winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 21 and calm winds.

Saturday’s looking mostly cloudy with a high near 35 and light and variable winds. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 19 and light north winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 27 and a low of -4. We picked up 3.4″ of new snow and had 16.5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 28 (back on the rise!)
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: 9:45:20
Today will be 2:25 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5 days old with 25% illumination.
Moonrise: 1010AM
Moonset: 10:44PM

About Today’s Photo:

I found this set of track in Fargo Brook the other day, and I’m not entirely sure what kind of critter made them. The animal must have been fairly large and was bounding downstream—crossing snow covered ice and going through the water as well. The tracks were about 12 hours old having been made when the snow was soft, and there was a thin layer of snow/graupel in them. The tracks were about 1.75″ long and 1″ wide (snow melt might have contributed to this). They were too big to be mink I think, and not the right shape to be fisher, and they look a whole lot like the marten tracks pictured in my “Mammal Tracks & Signs” book. I’ve included a closer shot below. Anyone have a better guess?

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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A beech sapling nearly buried in snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:10AM it’s currently 21 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 86%, dewpoint 17, barometric pressure 30.07” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.30” of frozen rain/sleet and have 5.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 31, and the overnight low was 21.

Forecast:

High pressure building into the today will usher in an extended period of dry and seasonable weather through the end of the week. Skies will gradually clear today, and a clear and cool night is anticipated with lows ranging from below zero in sheltered valleys to around 10 above near Lake Champlain. The next chance for snow arrives Sunday as temperatures climb back to above normal levels.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 25 and north winds 8 to 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy then gradually becoming clear with a low around 2 and north winds 5 to 9 mph becoming light after midnight.

Thursday should be sunny with a high near 24 and calm winds. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 7 and calm winds.

Friday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 31 and calm winds. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 19 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 29 and a low of -3. We had 13″ of snow at the stake.

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: 4:56PM
Length of day: 9:42:54
Today will be 2:23 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4 days old with 17% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:49AM
Moonset: 9:44PM

About Today’s Photo:

Winter provides a minimalist palette of whites and blacks—positive and negative space. This low-growing beech sapling with its twigs encrusted with ice and snow seems to float out of the ground.

Canon G5X II, ISO 400, f/10, 1/250″ exposure.


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

winter-grass

Dried grass seed head against snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 29 degrees and snowing just a bit under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 28, barometric pressure 29.76” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.08” of rain/melted precipitation, 1” of crusty snow, and have 5.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 36, and the overnight low was 29.

Forecast:

The pesky mid-level trough that’s been bringing scattered precipitation will slowly move to the northeast today. We’ll see plenty of clouds and occasional very light snow or patchy freezing drizzle today mainly across the northern ‘Dack and Greens. Temperatures will remain on the mild side with daytime highs in the mid 20s to lower 30s. Surface high pressure will slowly build into the region Wednesday bringing drying conditions and slightly cooler temperatures. Our next chance for snow showers arrives this weekend as low pressure approaches. Still some uncertainty about the nature and track of this system so stay tuned.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with patchy snow and freezing drizzle. Highs will be near 31 with northwest winds 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50% with daytime snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ expected. Tonight should be cloudy with a 20% chance of light snow. Lows will be around 21 with northwest winds 7 to 9 mph.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny and seasonable with a high near 24 and northwest winds around 9 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly clear and cool with a low around 3 and north winds 5 to 9 mph becoming light after midnight.

Thursday’s looking sunny with a high near 24 and light northwest winds. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 8 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 18 and a low of -4. We picked up 2.1″ of new snow and had 13.75″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -20 in 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: 9:40:31
Today will be 2:20 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 3.2 days old with 11% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:26AM
Moonset: 8:44PM

About Today’s Photo:

A background of snow provides a clean, empty surface for this simple grass seed head.

Sony A7II, Sony 28-70mm lens @ 70mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/1250″ exposure.


Monday, January 27, 2020

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Raindrops bead on fence wire in our neighbor’s field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:10AM it’s currently 33 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 32, barometric pressure 29.56” and steady. We’ve picked up 0.06” rain/melted precipitation and 1.7” of wet snow in the past 24hrs, and have 5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 38, and the overnight low was 33.

Forecast:

A slow moving upper level trough will hang out over the region today bringing continued scattered rain and snow showers with temperatures warming into the mid to upper 30s across the valleys and mid to upper 20s for the mountains. We should see a dusting of snow in valley locations and 3″ across higher terrain. Cooler temperatures will move in Tuesday with continued chances for light snow or drizzle. High pressure will build in Wednesday bringing drier and more seasonable late January conditions. The weekend storm that I hinted at yesterday looks to have fizzled on us, but we may see a bit of snow on Sunday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 50% chance of snow or rain showers. Highs will be near 36 with southwest winds 6 to 8 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Total daytime snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ are expected. Tonight should be cloudy with snow showers. Lows will be around 25 with northwest winds around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulations of less 1″ expected.

Tuesday should be cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers in the morning. Highs will be near 30 with north winds around 9 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 17 and northwest winds 3 to 8 mph.

Wednesday’s looking sunny and seasonably cool with a high near 23 and northwest winds 6 to 9 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 7 and north winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 34 and a low of 2. We had 12″ 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: 4:53PM
Length of day: 9:38:10
Today will be 2:18 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2.2 days old with 5% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:02AM
Moonset: 7:43PM

About Today’s Photo:

Looking for beauty on a rainy day: Raindrops bead up along the wire fence bordering our neighbor’s field.

Sony A7II, Sony 28-70mm lens @ 70mm, ISO 400, f/16, 1/125″ exposure.


Sunday, January 26, 2020

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Darlene and Ernie Palola take in the view from the proposed Huntington Town Forest

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 33 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 32, barometric pressure 29.68” and steady. We picked up 0.59” of rain/melted precipitation, a 0.30” layer of frozen sleet, and have 4” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 40, and the overnight low was 33.

Forecast:

An upper level low passing to our north today will bring widespread snow showers this afternoon into the evening hours across northern Vermont & New York. Accumulations between a dusting to 4″ are possible, with the highest amounts across the ‘Dacks and northern Green Mountains. The Champlain Valley may see a dusting to maybe an inch. Snow showers will linger through Tuesday with no big impacts. High pressure will build in on Wednesday bringing quiet and seasonable conditions for the end of the week. Snow may be in cards over the weekend. Stay tuned!

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a chance of rain and snow showers this afternoon. Highs will be near 37 with southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50% with total daytime snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ expected. Tonight should be cloudy with snow showers likely late. Lows will be around 32 with southwest winds 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with new snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ expected.

Monday should be cloudy with rain and snow showers. Highs will be near 37 with southwest winds 7 to 9 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70% with new snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ expected. Monday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 24 with northwest winds 9 to 11 mph. New snow accumulations of less than 1″ are expected.

Tuesday should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers in the morning. Highs will be near 27 with north winds 6 to 10 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 12 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 20 and a low of 3. We picked up 0.20″ of new snow and had 12.5″ 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: 9:35:51
Today will be 2:16 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1.3 days old with 2% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:34AM
Moonset: 6:41PM

About Today’s Photo:

I went for a walk with Huntington residents, Darlene & Ernie Palola, the other day up onto the proposed Huntington Town Forest lands in Huntington Center. Here they take in the long views of the Huntington River valley north and south. The proposed Town Forest is a wonderful opportunity to safeguard a beautiful and diverse piece of property for the use of the community. Proposed uses include hiking and biking trails, skiing, and hunting.

There will be in informational meeting for the proposed bond to purchase the Town Forest on February 25, at 6:30PM at the Community Church of Huntington. I urge townsfolk to attend and support this great project!


Saturday, January 25, 2020

snow-form

Abstract in snow and shadow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 34 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 76%, dewpoint 27, barometric pressure 30.21″ and falling slowly. We have 5.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 45, and the overnight low was 28.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for our region from 1:00PM today until 4:00AM Sunday.

Forecast:

We’ve got a complex and, unfortunately, wet weather situation on the way over the next 48 hours. Two low pressure systems—the first a coastal low, and the second a slow moving low moving out of the northern Great Lakes—will bring wintry mixed precipitation to the North Country starting this afternoon through Sunday. Most locations should see a fair amount of rain, particularly the broader valleys where 0.50″-0.75″ of rain may fall. Ice accumulations of a trace to 0.20″ are expected in Advisory areas with locally higher amounts of icing along the spine of the Greens. Accompanying the precipitation, locally gusty winds upwards of 40 mph will be possible this afternoon along the western slopes of the Greens. Any mixed precipitation will transition to rain or snow showers by Sunday afternoon with snow favoring higher elevations. Snow showers will linger through Tuesday morning with additional accumulations of a few inches possible before the low finally moves out. Quiet weather is expected by mid-week with seasonable conditions.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with rain likely this afternoon. Highs will be near 36 with southeast winds around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ expected. Tonight should be cloudy with rain and a chance of rain and sleet late. Lows will be around 33 with southeast winds 13 to 18 mph becoming southerly 6 to 11 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100% with 0.40″ of rain and little or no sleet accumulation expected.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain and snow. Highs will be near 35 with southwest winds 5 to 9 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with snow showers likely, mainly after 4:00am. Lows will be around 30 with southwest winds 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulations of less than 1″ expected.

Monday should be cloudy with snow showers likely in the morning, then a chance of rain and snow showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 36 with southwest winds 6 to 8 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ expected. Monday night should be cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 24 with light northwest winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 31 and a low of 18. We picked up 0.99″ of rain, 1.4″ of snow, and had 13″ 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: 9:33:35
Today will be 2:13 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 0.4 days old with 0.2% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:01AM
Moonset: 5:38PM

About Today’s Photo:

Snow laying over some unseen objects—perhaps just a tuft of grasses—casts a deep shadow on a bright sunny day.


Friday, January 24, 2020

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The Windekind Farm meadow on a bluebird day

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:15AM it’s currently 15 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 14, barometric pressure 30.40” and steady. We have 6” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 39, and the overnight low was 15.

Forecast:

We’ve got another day of above normal temperatures and mostly sunny skies on tap courtesy of high pressure anchored across the Northeast. A complex and messy two-part low pressure system will impact the region Saturday into Sunday with rain likely across most valleys and mixed wintry precipitation for the NEK, northern St. Lawrence Valley and the higher northern summits. Cooler air arriving on Sunday should make for a transition to snow during the afternoon. Though a messy situation, snowfall amounts should be limited during this time. High pressure is set to move in behind the departing low late Monday into Tuesday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a high near 39 and southeast winds 3 to 7 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 28 and southeast winds 9 to 11 mph.

Saturday should be cloudy with rain likely. Highs will be near 37 with southeast winds 10 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ expected. Saturday night should be cloudy with rain likely. Lows will be around 35 with east winds 12 to 17 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible.

Sunday should be cloudy with rain and snow showers likely, diminishing in the afternoon. Highs will be near 37 with light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 60% with little or no snow accumulation expected. Sunday night should be cloudy with snow showers likely. Lows will be around 29 with calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60% with perhaps an inch of snow expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 48 and a low of 27. We picked up 0.20″ of rain and had 14″ 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: 4:49PM
Length of day: 9:31:22
Today will be 2:10 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is new, 28.9 days old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:22AM
Moonset: 4:35PM

About Today’s Photo:

This view from the bottom of the Windekind Farm meadow on the Camel’s Hump Nordic ski trails highlights the Bald Hill complex (three summits along with “Little Baldy” on the right). The hoarfrost line at around 1900′ is quite distinct.

Canon G5X II, ISO 400, f/11, 1/1000″ exposure.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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Looking up on Lion’s Ridge

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:10AM it’s currently 22 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint 18, barometric pressure 30.39” and steady. We have 6.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 19, and the overnight low was 17.

Forecast:

Quiet weather will continue through the end of work week courtesy of high pressure cresting over the northeastern US. We’ll see dry conditions with a few passing clouds, and temperatures warming into the mid to upper 30s by Friday. Low pressure will move into the Northeast over the upcoming weekend bringing a light to moderate snowfall Saturday night through Sunday.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning followed by gradually clearing skies this afternoon. Highs will be near 34 with south winds 6 to 9 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 18 and south winds 8 to 11 mph.

Thursday should be mostly sunny and mild with a high near 37 and south winds 3 to 6 mph. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 22 and light and variable winds.

Friday’s looking partly sunny and mild with a high near 39 and light east winds. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 23 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 12 and a low of -19. We picked up 0.90″ of new snow and had 19″ 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: 7:20AM
Sunset: 4:47PM
Length of day: 9:27:03
Today will be 2:05 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27 days old with 7% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:39AM
Moonset: 2:40PM

About Today’s Photo:

When out skiing on a bluebird day, do make sure to look up sometimes! Delicate rime ice and snow crystals decorate the tree branches overhead up on Lion’s Ridge.

Canon G5X II, ISO 400, f/11, 1/800″ exposure.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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Stunning conditions on Lion’s Ridge yesterday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently -6 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 86%, dewpoint -9, barometric pressure 30.49” and rising. We have 7.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 17, and the overnight low was -6.

Forecast:

High pressure over the Ohio River valley and Great Lakes will gradually build eastward and control our weather through Friday with mainly dry conditions and moderating temperatures. The next chance for precipitation will arrive this coming weekend as low pressure moves into the Northeast bringing increasing chances of light to moderate snows. Stay tuned!

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 19 and calm winds becoming southwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 13 and south winds around 6 mph.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny with a high near 33 and light south winds increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 16 and south winds 6 to 8 mph.

Thursday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 37 and light south winds.
Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 18 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of -1 and a low of -11. We picked up 0.80″ of new snow and had 19.5″ 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: 4:45PM
Length of day: 9:24:57
Today will be 2:02 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26 days old with 13% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:36AM (and a lovely one it was–I happened to be awake!)
Moonset: 1:51PM

About Today’s Photo:

I skied up to Lion’s Ridge yesterday morning on the Camel’s Hump Nordic trails. The conditions were perfect with over a foot of snow on the ground. There was a distinct line at around 1900′ where the  snow had coated the trees from a southeast aspect making for a stunningly beautiful journey through the upland hardwood forest. It was certainly in the top three of my best skis up on Lion’s Ridge—truly magical!

Canon G5X II, ISO 400, f/11, 1/640″ exposure.


Monday, January 20, 2020

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Tiny snowballs leave tiny tracks

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently 3 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 83%, dewpoint -1, barometric pressure 30.30” and rising rapidly. We picked up 1.6” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 8.25” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was 3.

Forecast:

An expansive area of modified polar high pressure will build in over the central and eastern US over the next several days bringing an extended period of dry and quiet weather. A weak shortwave trough will pass to our south and west Tuesday night bringing a slight chance of mountain snow showers. Temperatures will be below normal to start the work week, then gradually warm heading towards the weekend. The next chance for any real precipitation will be next weekend as a low pressure system moves out of the Ohio River valley.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 13 and west winds around 8 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around -3 and northwest winds 6 to 8 mph.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with a high near 19 and light and variable winds becoming southwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 11 and south winds around 6 mph.

Wednesday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 33 and south winds 3 to 6 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 16 and south winds around 6 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 9 and a low of -4. We had 14.5″ of snow at the stake in the morning and picked up 11.4″ of new snow during the day.

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: 9:22:55
Today will be 1:59 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25 days old with 21% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:28AM
Moonset: 1:09PM

About Today’s Photo:

As I walked through the fresh snow along a gentle slope in our front field the other day,  I kicked up a few tiny snowballs that rolled down the pitch leaving small, wobbly tracks.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/16, 1/500″ exposure.


Sunday, January 19, 2020

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A sensitive fern seed pod casts its shadow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:30AM its’ currently 28 degrees and snowing moderately under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 26, barometric pressure 29.60” and rising. We picked up 2.5” of new snow and have 7.25” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 22, and the overnight low was 22.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for our region until 4:00PM this afternoon.

Forecast:

The center of low pressure is passing directly over the northern Champlain Valley this morning bringing continued snow showers. These showers should diminish through the day today as a the low exits to the east. The Champlain Valley and points south should see little or no additional accumulation, while the northern Greens and northern ‘Dacks may pick up another 2″-4″. Chilly polar high pressure will build in tonight bringing overnight temperatures in the single digits around zero and ushering in an extended period of dry and quiet weather for the work week. Temperatures will be below normal to start the week then gradually warm through towards the weekend. The next chance for widespread precipitation looks to be next weekend, but forecasts are still a bit sketchy on the when and whats at this point. Stay tuned!

We’ll see cloudy skies today with snow showers tapering off by this afternoon. Temperature will top out near 29 by 11:00am, then fall to around 15 by the end of the day. Winds will be southwesterly wind 8 to 11 mph this morning, becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80% with total daytime snow accumulations around 1″ possible. Tonight should be cloudy with a 40% chance of lingering mountain snow showers. Lows will be around 6. Wind chill with north winds around 10 mph.

M.L. King Day, Monday, should be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 15 and west winds around 8 mph. Monday night should be mostly clear with a low around -3 and northwest winds around 6 mph.

Tuesday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 20 and calm winds becoming southwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 8 and south winds around 7 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 19 and a low of -2. We picked up 1.5″ of new snow and ha 10.5″ 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: 9:20:55
Today will be 1:56 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 24 days old with 30% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:17AM
Moonset: 12:34PM

About Today’s Photo:

Another minimalist shot for today: a sensitive fern seed pod pokes above the snow casting its long shadow in late afternoon sunlight.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/13, 1/800″ exposure.


Saturday, January 18, 2020

snow-stem-arch

A bent stem casts its shadow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 0 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint -3, barometric pressure 30.61” and dropping rapidly. We have 6.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 12, and the overnight low got down to -10.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for our region from 1:00PM today until 4:00PM Sunday.

Forecast:

After a chilly and clear start to the day, temperatures will begin to warm today as low pressure approaching from the Great Lakes lifts a warm front through the region along with a widespread snowfall. The heaviest snowfall should start around 4:00-6:00PM here in Vermont and continue into the first part of tonight, before tapering off through the day Sunday. Snowfall amounts will be between 3″-7″ are expected region wide with the lowest totals in the Champlain valley and the highest amounts across higher terrain of the northern ‘Dacks and Greens. Polar high pressure will build in behind the departing low Sunday night and dominate our weather for much of the upcoming week with quieter conditions and below normal temperatures expected for the first half of next week.

We’ll see increasing clouds today with snow likely this afternoon. Highs will be near 18 with calm winds becoming southeasterly 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80% with total daytime snow accumulation of less than 1″ expected. Tonight should be cloudy with snow, heavy at times. Temperature will be rising to around 26 by 5:00am on southeast winds 10 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with new snow accumulations of 2″ to 4″ possible.

Sunday should be cloudy with snow showers likely, mainly before 1:00pm. Highs will top our at around 29 by 11:00am, then begin falling to around 18 during the remainder of the day. Winds will be out of the south at 11 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulation of 1″ to 2″ possible. Sunday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of lingering mountain snow showers. Lows will be around 9 with north winds around 9 mph.

M.L. King Day, Monday, should be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 17 and west winds 7 to 10 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 0 and west winds 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 31 and a low of 13. We had 9.75″ 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 1974.
The record high was 53 in 1996.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:22AM
Sunset: 4:41POM
Length of day: 9:18:59
Today will be 1:53 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23 days old with 41% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:05AM
Moonset: 12:02PM

About Today’s Photo:

Yesterday’s bright (and chilly!) sunshine made for some great shadow chasing out in our front field. This bent goldenrod stem casts a parabolic arch across the snow.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/10, 1/1300″ exposure.


Friday, January 17, 2020

red-squirrel-snow

A red squirrel dives for seeds beneath our feeder

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 0 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint -4, barometric pressure 30.68” and rising rapidly. We picked up 6.2” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 8” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was 0.

Forecast:

Chilly Arctic high pressure building into the region this morning will deliver a brief period of dry weather with below normal temperatures and clearing skies today. Low pressure moving through the Saint Lawrence valley over the weekend will bring another round of plowable snow to the region late Saturday through Sunday morning. Snow accumulations from this systems should be on the order of 3″-8″ with the lowest amounts in the central and northern Champlain Valley, and the highest amounts along the southern Greens and ‘Dacks. Quieter weather with below normal temperatures is expected for the first half of next week.

We’ll have a chilly day today with partly sunny skies and a high only near 8 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting to 26 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy and cold with a low around -6 and north winds 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with snow likely in the afternoon. Highs will be near 23 with light and variable winds becoming southeasterly 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulations of 1″ to 2″ possible. Saturday night should be cloudy wit snow likely. Lows will be around 20 with southeast winds 11 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with new snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ possible.

Sunday should be cloudy with snow showers. Highs will be near 33 with south winds 10 to 15 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70% with new snow accumulations of less than 1″ expected. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 9 with northwest winds around 7 mph gusting to 20 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 16 and a low of -9. We picked up 0.25″ of new snow and had 10″ 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: 4:40PM
Length of day: 9:17:06
Today will be 1:49 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 22 days old with 52% illumination.
No Moonrise
Moonset: 11:34AM

About Today’s Photo:

One of our attendant red squirrels was busy yesterday morning diving for sunflower seeds hidden beneath the fresh snow. I watched him as he repeatedly disappeared beneath the snow only to suddenly pop up—snow dusted—with his prize.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/400″ exposure.


Thursday, January 16, 2020

brook-ice

Brook ice Rorschach test anyone?

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 31 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 30, barometric pressure 29.79” and falling rapidly. We picked up 3.5” of fairly dense “snowball-able” snow overnight and have 3.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 38, and the overnight low was 31.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for our region until 7:00PM tonight.

Forecast:

Low pressure approaching from the southern Great Lakes this morning will pass over central New England today continuing and enhancing our accumulating snowfall through most of the day today. Most areas will see snow totals between 2″ and 6″, with 6″ to 10″ across the northern ‘Dacks and northern Greens. Gusty northwest winds will develop this afternoon behind the departing low causing blowing and drifting snow and bringing in much colder air. Daytime highs will top out around midday today and start dropping sharply later this afternoon. Cold Canadian high pressure will deliver below normal temperatures Friday and Friday night with early morning lows on Saturday expected to be below zero region-wide. Low pressure moving out the Great Lakes on Saturday will bring another round of accumulating snow Saturday evening into Sunday. Quiet but chilly conditions are expected for the first half of the next week.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with snow  and areas of blowing snow this afternoon. Temperature will top out in the low 30s around noon and fall to around 20 by 5:00pm. Winds will be northwesterly at 5 to 10 mph increasing to 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon and gusting to 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with new daytime snow accumulations of 3″ to 5″ possible. Tonight should be cloudy with lingering snow showers. Lows will be around 0 with blustery northwest winds at 18 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with new snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ possible.

Friday should be mostly sunny and cold with a high near 10 and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a low around -8 and northwest winds 5 to 10 mph becoming light northerly after midnight.

Saturday should be cloudy with snow likely in the afternoon. Highs will be near 25 with light east winds becoming southeasterly 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70% with new snow accumulations of less than 1″ expected. Saturday night should be cloudy with snow likely. Lows will be around 20 with south winds 13 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with new snow accumulations in the 1″-3″ range.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 32 and a low of 6. We had 10.25″ 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: 9:15:16
Today will be 1:46 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 21 days old with 63% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:52PM
Moonset: 11:07AM

About Today’s Photo:

Thin ice on Fargo Brooks creates and interesting pattern against the rocks. Rorschach test anyone? What do you see?


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

ice-noodles-water

More interesting and beautiful ice formations in Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 33 degrees and drizzling just a bit under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 33, barometric pressure 30.11” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.07” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 38 (at around midnight last night), and the overnight low was 33.

There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect for our region from 11:00PM tonight until 7:00PM Thursday.

Forecast:

We’ve got some active weather on tap for the North Country starting tonight and continuing into the weekend. Low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes today will bring widespread accumulating snows later tonight through Thursday evening. Winter Storm Warnings and Watches have been posted for much of Vermont and northern New York. Locally we may see 6″-10″ of snow along with gusty winds which will compound travel impacts during tomorrow’s commute. Very cold air will move into the region behind the departing low Thursday night into Friday with daytime highs on Friday will only be in the 5 to 15 degree range, and lows Friday night below zero region wide. Another low pressure system will move into the region Saturday into Sunday bringing more widespread snow to the region. Looks like winter is staging a comeback! Stay tuned!

We’ll see cloud skies today with a slight chance of rain or snow this morning. Highs will be near 35 with west winds 5 to 7 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with snow likely after 10:00pm. Lows will be around 30 with calm winds becoming southeasterly 5 to 7 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 100% with new snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ possible.

Thursday should be cloudy with snow likely and areas of blowing snow in the afternoon. Highs will be near 31 with northwest winds 7 to 17 mph gusting to 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with new snow accumulations of 3″ to 5″ possible. Thursday night should cloudy with a chance of snow before 7:00pm tapering to mountain showers late. Lows will be around 0 with northwest winds around 17 mph gusting to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40% with new snow accumulations of around 1″ possible.

Friday’s looking mostly sunny and cold with a high near 9 and northwest winds 9 to 14 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a low around -7 with north winds 3 to 8 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 28 and a low of 0. We had 11″ 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 (brrrr!)
The record high was 66 in 1995.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:24AM
Sunset: 4:38PM
Length of day: 9:13:30
Today will be 1:43 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19.8 days old with 74% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:38PM
Moonset: 10:39AM

About Today’s Photo:

Yesterday I shared some “ice bells”, today, how about some “ice pasta” shapes? Where the bells were likely formed by a slow accretion of ice as placid water levels dropped, these shapes are more likely formed by the splash of fast moving water rushing beneath. I like the way the slow shutter speed captures the splashing of the water.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  55mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/10″ exposure.


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

ice-bells

“Ice bells” in Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 25 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 23, barometric pressure 30.37” and steady. We picked up a light sifting of snow overnight. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was 24.

Forecast:

Active weather will be the rule for most of this week. A shortwave trough will pass to our north later today bringing another round of light snow across the North Country this evening and overnight along with the potential for some light freezing drizzle later tonight into early Wednesday. A more potent low pressure system will move across the area from the Great Lakes Wednesday night into Thursday bringing accumulating snow to the region. Forecasts are calling for 2″-4″ in valley locations with 4″-7″ over higher elevations of the ‘Dacks and northern Greens. Frigid Canadian high pressure will build in behind the departing low Thursday night through Friday night delivering daytime highs in the single digits Friday and overnight low below zero for Friday night. Another potent low pressure system will push through the Ohio River valley Saturday and develop into a coastal low Saturday night into Sunday bringing another round of accumulating snow to the region. This may be a good one! Stay tuned!

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a slight chance of snow showers this evening. Highs will be near 34 with calm winds becoming southerly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be cloudy with snow likely before midnight, perhaps mixing with freezing drizzle late. Lows will be around 31 with south winds 8 to 10 mph becoming southwesterly after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ expected.

Wednesday should be cloudy with a chance of snow showers and freezing drizzle before noon, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers between noon and 1:00pm. Highs will be near 36 with west winds 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30% with little or no snow accumulation expected. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a 70% chance of rain and snow early, then snow likely overnight. Lows will be around 26 with light and variable winds becoming southerly 5 to 10 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70% with new snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ possible.

Thursday should be cloudy with snow showers likely. Highs will be near 34 with northwest winds 9 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with new snow accumulations of 2″ to 4″ possible. Thursday night should be cloudy with a 30% chance of lingering snow showers. Lows will be drop to around 0 with northwest winds around 15 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 21 and a low of -10. We had 11.5″ of snow at the stake.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:25AM
Sunset: 4:36PM
Length of day: 9:11:46
Today will be 1:39 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 18.7 days old with 83% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:24PM
Moonset: 10:10AM

About Today’s Photo:

Nature has quite the knack for creating some beautiful forms as she works her alchemy through water and ice. These perfect little “ice bells” formed on a stick along the edge of Fargo Brook Sunday night as stream water receded in chilly air allowing the water to slowly create the shapes. There were many such interesting creations along the cut bank side of the brook.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  84mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/15″ exposure.


Monday, January 13, 2020

tamarack-cones

Tamarack cones in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 25 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint 22, barometric pressure 30.41” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.05” of rain in the past 24hrs and just a hint of snow. Yesterday’s high was 37, and the overnight low was 19.

Forecast:

A shortwave trough will pass north and west of the region today bringing the potential for some light snow and light freezing drizzle this afternoon. Dry weather is expected for Tuesday, and then another low pressure system will bring additional light precipitation later Wednesday into Thursday. Chilly Canadian high pressure will build in for Thursday bringing below normal temperatures to the region Thursday night and Friday. Yet another more potent low pressure system will move toward the region this weekend. This system looks to have the potential to produce fairly widespread snow across northern New England late Saturday into Sunday. Stay tuned!

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a 30% chance of snow and freezing drizzle this afternoon. Highs will be near 33 with south winds 5 to 8 mph. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. Tonight should be cloudy with a 30% chance of snow and freezing drizzle, mainly before 8:00pm. Lows will be around 21 with southwest winds around 6 mph becoming light and variable. Little or no snow accumulation is expected.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with a 30% chance of rain and snow showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 36 with calm winds becoming southeasterly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. Tuesday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain and snow showers. Lows will be around 33 with southeast winds 9 to 11 mph becoming southwesterly after midnight. New snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ are expected.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with a high near 38 and west winds 5 to 8 mph.
Wednesday night should be cloudy with snow showers likely after 1:00am. Lows will be around 26 with calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 14 and a low of -13. We had 12″ 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 in 1957.
The record high was 55 in 2005 (we had a high of 62).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:25AM
Sunset: 4:35PM
Length of day: 9:10:07
Today will be 1:35 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17.6 days old with 91% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:08PM
Moonset: 9:38AM

About Today’s Photo:

Tamarack cones await the spring on the tree in our font field.


Sunday, January 12, 2020

subnivian-trails

Critter trails emerging from beneath the snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 32 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are out of the southwest at 2-4 mph. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 31, barometric pressure 29.68” and steady. We picked up 1.09” of rain in the past 24hrs and have seemed to escape any icing. We’re back down to bare ground at the snow stake however. Yesterday’s high topped out at 59 around 2:00PM, and the overnight low was 32.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for our region until 1:00PM today, and a Flood Watch in effect until 7:00PM tonight.

Forecast:

Morning radar imagery shows a band of heavy showers currently tracking though the Hudson River valley and southern Vermont, with more showers and freezing rain signals back to the west and north. We can expect rain, freezing rain, sleet, and gusty winds today, with snow showers later this afternoon. Ice accumulations are still expected this morning across the far northern portions of New York and Vermont, and area waterways will continue to rise with the threat of flooding across much of the North Country. The low pressure system responsible for this weather will move east of the region this afternoon and some lingering snow showers are expected this afternoon into this evening. High pressure will build in later tonight and Monday for drier weather, with another chance for rain/snow showers on Tuesday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with rain or freezing rain before 11:00am, then rain and snow showers likely between 11:00am and 2:00pm, then a chance of snow showers after 2:00pm. Highs will be near 35 with southwest winds 7 to 17 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90% with total daytime ice accumulations of less than a 0.10″ expected. Total daytime snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ are expected. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers before 8:00pm. Lows will be around 15 with north winds 9 to 14 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Monday should be partly sunny with a high near 33 and southeast winds 6 to 8 mph becoming southwesterly in the afternoon. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 23 and calm winds.

Tuesday should be cloudy with a 40% chance of rain and snow showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 39 with calm winds. Tuesday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain and snow showers. Lows will be around 31 with southeast winds around 6 mph becoming southwesterly after midnight. New precipitation amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 15 and a low if -13. We had 14″ 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 (we had a high of 63).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:26AM
Sunset: 4:34PM
Length of day: 9:08:31
Today will be 1:32 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16.4 days old with 96% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:52PM
Moonset: 9:00AM

About Today’s Photo:

As the snow melted yesterday, I came across these critter tunnels emerging. Voles, shrews, and mice remain active all winter long, moving in the “subnivean” layer through a series of tunnels dug beneath the surface of the snow. The subnivean world offers some protection from predators, and a way for these little mammals to navigate from food cache to food cache. If you look closely at the image above, you can see the tiny footprints! I’m not entirely sure if these are vole or shrew tunnels.

iPhone XR


Saturday, January 11, 2020

bear-beech

Bear claw marks on beech bark

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently a balmy 52 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 5-7 mph. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint 47, barometric pressure 30.05” and falling rapidly. We picked up 0.08” of rain overnight and have 4.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 39, and the overnight low was 36.

Forecast:

We’re on the cusp of some potentially severe weather over the next 24hrs. Low pressure moving through the Ohio River valley this morning will lift a moisture-laden storm system into the North Country today through Sunday morning. Temperatures will be well above normal today and into Sunday, reaching the low to mid 50s in most areas today as a soaking rain overspreads the region beginning this morning in western New York and moving eastward into Vermont by midday. 1″-2″ of rainfall is expected through Sunday morning and Flood Watches have been posted for most of the central counties of New York and Vermont. To add to the mayhem, a cold front will shift southward out of Canada tonight, allowing sub-freezing air to reach far northern New York and Vermont, including the St. Lawrence and northern Champlain Valleys. This will change precipitation from rain to freezing rain near the International Border, yielding significant impacts with icy roads and possible power outages. Ice accumulation on the order of 1″ is anticipated for Clinton County of New York, with 0.50″-0.75″ in Grande Isle and Franklin Counties of Vermont, 0.20″-0.40″ in the Burlington area, and 0.10″-0.20″ in western Addison County. Ice Storm Warnings have been posted for northern tier counties of New York and Vermont with Winter Weather Advisories posted for western Addison County. Precipitation should end as a brief period of snow Sunday afternoon as low pressure exits to our east. We should see a return to drier and somewhat more seasonable conditions for Monday and Tuesday. Buckle up!

We’ll see cloudy skies today with rain, mainly after noon. Highs will be near 52 with south winds 17 to 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible. Tonight should be cloudy with rain before 2:00am, then rain or freezing rain late. Rain and freezing rain could be heavy at times. Lows will be around 32 with west winds 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 100% with ice accumulation of less than a 0.10″ expected locally.

Sunday should be cloudy with rain or freezing rain before 2:00pm, transitioning to snow showers after 3:00pm. Temperature should rise to near 37 in the morning, then fall to around 28 during the remainder of the day. Winds will be southwesterly at 5 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New ice accumulations of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible with new snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ expected. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 15 and northwest winds 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Monday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 33 and calm winds becoming southerly 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 21 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 12 and a low if -9. We picked up 2.8″ of new snow and had 17″ 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: 9:06:59
Today will be 1:28 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 15 days old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:38PM
Moonset: 8:15AM

About Today’s Photo:

I pass this beech tree often during the winter months along the “Bear Claw” trail at Camel’s Hump Nordic. It really is one of the best examples I’ve found of bear claw marks. I’ve posted pictures of it here before over the years, but this time by, I was really struck by how large the bear was that was climbing the tree some many years ago. Those larger claw marks are a good 10″ wide. That’s a big bear!


Friday, January 10, 2020

beech-leaves-snow

Snow cloaked beech leaves along the trail

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 76:30AM it’s currently 32 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are light at the surface, but I can see the cloud ceiling streaming in from the WSW. Relative humidity is 54%, dewpoint 17, barometric pressure 30.40” and falling slowly. We have 7.25” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 28 (at midnight) and the overnight low was 28 (also at midnight. The overnight temperature shot up from 14 to 28 between 11:35 and midnight last night.)

An Areal Flood Watch is in effect for much of northern New York and Vermont through Sunday evening.

Forecast:

We’ve got some wild’n’wooly washout weather heading our way over the next 48 hours. Strong warm air advection will continue across the region today as temperatures top out in the upper 30s to lower 40s during the day today and stay there overnight. We may see a few showers along with strong and gusty winds out of the south southwest. A widespread soaking rain will develop across the region on Saturday and become heavy at times Saturday night. A cold front will park itself along the International border Saturday night creating a distinct thermal boundary. Temperatures to the south of this boundary will remain well above freezing through Sunday (reaching towards 50 in the south), while to the north they’ll drop to around or below freezing. This will result in significant accumulations of ice from freezing rain and sleet along the border and perhaps down towards Burlington. Winter Storm Warnings have been posted for northern tier counties of New York and Vermont where as much as 0.50″-1″ of ice accumulation is possible Saturday night. Travel will likely be impacted and power interruptions can be expected. Rainfall amounts of 1″ to 2″ and snowmelt will cause area rivers and streams to rise quickly with flooding expected. An Areal Flood Watch is in effect for much of northern New York and Vermont through Sunday evening. Precipitation will taper off quickly Sunday afternoon as a period of snow showers before coming to an end Sunday night. Dry and seasonably cool conditions are expected heading into next week. Phew!

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a slight chance of snow and sleet before noon, then a slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs will be near 41 with south winds 13 to 22 mph gusting to 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. Lows will be around 41 with south winds 9 to 11 mph.

Saturday should be cloudy with rain likely, mainly after 11:00am. Highs will be near 51 with south winds 18 to 25 mph gusting to 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible. Saturday night should be cloudy with rain likely. Lows will be around 34 with northwest winds 6 to 10 mph becoming southeasterly after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 1/2″-3/4″ possible.

Sunday should be cloudy with rain likely during the day and a chance of snow showers after 4:00pm. Highs will be near 42 with south winds 5 to 11 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90% with new snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ expected. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 24 and west winds around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 28 and a low of 12. We picked up 10″ of new snow and had 10.5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 27.
The record low was -22 in 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: 9:05:31
Today will be 1:24 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is the full “Wolf” moon (northeast Native American), 14 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:29PM
Moonset: 7:21AM

About Today’s Photo:

Young beech trees will often keep their leaves throughout the winter, only to drop them in spring when the new buds assert themselves. This is process is called “marcescence”, and certain oak species hold their leaves as well. I love the way the beech leaves bleach out during the winter, becoming “ghost leaves” by springtime.

Canon G5X II, ISO 800, f/9, 1/400″ exposure.


Thursday, January 9, 2020

west-gen-stark

The view to the west from General Stark Mountain

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently a brisk -2 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint -4, barometric pressure 30.67” and rising rapidly. We picked up 2.2” of new snow in the past 24hrs (mostly in two separate squalls at around 2:15PM and 4:00PM yesterday), and have 8.25” at that stake. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was -2.

Forecast:

Surface high pressure will crest over the region today bringing a dry, sunny, but cold day today with daytime highs only reaching the teens and lower 20s. A gradual warming trend will commence overnight tonight as a warm front approaches, and we’ll see a chance for rain showers Friday the front lifts across our area. A complex and multifaceted storm system will impact the region Saturday into Sunday as a big slug of moisture pushes into the North Country from the southwest. We’ll see widespread rain through much of the day on Saturday as the frontal zone stalls in an east-to-west orientation through the middle of Vermont and New York. By Saturday night, this frontal boundary will serve as a highway for low pressure moving out of the eastern Great Lakes. Forecasts indicate that the line should set up somewhere around Burlington. Areas north of the line will see sleet, freezing rain, and icing while areas to the south should see mostly rain. There’s quite a lot of moisture in this system with rainfall on the order of 1″-2″. Areas with icing could see significant impacts, and some rivers may push up to bankfull with minor flooding. Stay tuned!

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 17 and northwest winds 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a temperature rising to around 27 by daybreak. Winds will be out of the south at 5 to 10 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph after midnight.

Friday should be cloudy with a slight chance of mixed precipitation in the morning, then a 30% chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 41 with south winds 16 to 22 mph. Little or no snow and sleet accumulation is expected. Friday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. Lows will be around 38 with south winds 11 to 13 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected.

Saturday should be cloudy with rain likely. Highs will be near 48 with south winds 13 to 18 mph becoming northwesterly 7 to 12 mph in the afternoon and gusting to 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ expected. Saturday night should be cloudy with rain likely. Lows will be around 32 with north winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 1″ and 2″ possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 39 and a low of 22. We picked up 0.75″ 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 -24 in 1968.
The record high was 56 in 2008 (we had a high of 39).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27AM
Sunset: 4:31PM
Length of day: 9:04:06
Today will be 1:20 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 13 days old with 97% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:28PM
Moonset: 6:21AM

About Today’s Photo:

I skied up at Mad River Glen on Tuesday. There’s a nice little bench tucked into the spruce just past the top of the Single Chair on General Stark Mountain that offers a lovely view to the west into the Champlain Valley and the Adirondacks.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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Snowflake portrait by Gary Mawe

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:20AM it’s currently 29 degrees and snowing under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 90%, dewpoint 27, barometric pressure 29.75” and steady. We picked up 1” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 6.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was 26.

Forecast:

An upper lever trough crossing the region today will deliver occasional light snow showers throughout the day. Showers are expected to gradually decrease this evening as a cold front sweeps through bringing rapidly cooling temperatures. A flash freeze will be possible leading to some slick roads during the evening hours. Behind the front, frigid air will build in along with brisk winds. Single digit temperatures above and below zero are expected overnight tonight. Chilly high pressure will build in Thursday bringing dry and cool conditions. Temperatures will begin to rise Thursday night into Friday out of a complex storm system approaching from the west. We’ll see some rain showers Friday, with a significant slug of moisture heading our way Saturday. At this point, it’s looking like Saturday will be mostly rainy, but a sharp cold front is forecast to arrive late Saturday night into Sunday which may complicate the situation significantly. Stay tuned!

We’ll see cloudy skies today with snow showers likely, mainly before 3:00pm. Highs will be near 32 with south winds 5 to 10 mph becoming northwesterly 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70% with total daytime snow accumulations of 1″ to 2″ possible. Temperatures will drop sharply this afternoon with the arrival of the aforementioned cold front. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers, mainly before 11:00pm. Lows will be around 4 with a northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday should be mostly sunny and chilly with a high near 17 and northwest winds 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 14, warming through the night. Winds will be out of the south wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph after midnight and gusting to 31 mph.

Friday should be cloudy with a 40% chance of rain after 2:00pm. Highs will be near 41 with south winds 11 to 18 mph gusting to 30 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected. Friday night should be cloudy with a 60% chance rain. Lows will be around 39 with south winds 7 to 11 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 39 and a low of 22. We picked up 0.75″ of new snow and had 4″ 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: 9:02:45
Today will be 1:16 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 12 days old with 93% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:37PM
Moonset: 5:15AM

About Today’s Photo:

A friend of mine, Gary Mawe, shared this photo that he took as part of his “Project Bentley”. If you aren’t familiar with Snowflake Bentley, you can read more about him here.

Gary describes his process:

“For the snow crystal photography, I use a “retired” Nikon Diaphot inverted microscope with a Nikon D7100 body attached. I catch the crystals on 3’X4” glass plates using a black velvet coated board that can hold 8 plates. I hold it out in the snowfall for various lengths of time, depending on how hard it is snowing. I have gotten pretty good, as I am sure Wilson Bentley did, at eyeballing which crystals are worth my time on the microscope. He used feathers to move his crystals from the board he caught them on to the glass slides he put on his scope. I can just move my glass plates right over to the scope.”

Thanks so much for sharing Gary–what a lovely image!


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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A trident of hobble bush buds cups a tuft of snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 23 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 22, barometric pressure 30.00” and rising slowly. We picked up 1.6” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 6.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was 23.

Forecast:

High pressure building into the region this morning will bring quiet conditions today with partly sunny skies and seasonable temperatures. An Arctic cold front will drop through the region Wednesday afternoon bringing another round of snow showers is expected. Frigid air will move in behind the front bringing the coldest temperatures of the new year as lows drop into the single digits above and below zero Wednesday night. Chilly high pressure will build in Thursday before temperatures begin to climb back above seasonal norms by the end of the work week with multiple chances of rain, snow, and mixed precipitation through the weekend. Stay tuned…

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a high near 30 and southwest winds around 6 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with snow showers likely late. Lows will be around 28 with south winds around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulations of less than 1″ expected.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with snow showers likely in the morning. Highs will be near 34, dropping in the afternoon as the cold front swings through. Winds will be out of the south at 7 to 17 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulations of less than 1″ expected. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers before midnight. Lows will be around 3 with northwest winds 11 to 17 mph gusting to 29 mph.

Thursday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 18 and northwest winds 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 12 and south winds 5 to 15 mph gusting to 26 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 26 and a low of 4. We picked up 0.4″ of new snow and had 4″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 11 and a high of 27.
The record low was -20 in 2018 (we had a low of -24).
The record high was 54 in 1946.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:27AM
Sunset: 4:28PM
Length of day: 9:01:29
Today will be 1:12 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11 days old with 86% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:56PM
Moonset: 4:08AM

About Today’s Photo:

While skiing up at the Camel’s Hump Nordic trails yesterday, I had to stop and take a shot of the hobble bush buds. Like little tridents, they held tufts of light snow.

Canon G5X II, ISO 800, f/9, 1/800″ exposure.