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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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Intricate moss tendrils on birch bark along Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently a balmy and blustery 52 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 4-9 mph. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint 47, barometric pressure 29.57” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.12” of rain and are down to bare ground at the snow stake (alas…) Yesterday’s high was 50, and the overnight low was 50 as well.

Forecast:

After a very mild start this morning, a cold front will sweep across the region this afternoon dropping temperatures and perhaps bringing a few scattered mountain snow showers. Temperatures will top out this morning in the upper 40s to lower 50s, fall into the 30s by nightfall, and bottom out in the upper teens to mid 20s overnight. A weak trough will slide through the region on Wednesday bringing a few scattered snow showers and cooler temperatures with daytime highs in the 20s to lower 30s. High pressure will build in for Thursday with chilly daytime highs in the teens and lower 20s.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 30% chance of snow showers, mainly before 2:00pm. Temperature will top out this morning in the upper 40s to lower 50s falling to around 35 by 5:00pm. Winds will be out of the south at 10 to 15 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 17 and west winds 6 to 11 mph gusting to 22 mph.

Wednesday should be partly sunny with a 30% chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 29 with light and variable winds becoming southerly 8 to 13 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers before 10:00pm. Lows will be around 14 with southwest winds 16 to 20 mph becoming westerly after midnight.

Thursday’s looking sunny with a high near 24 and west winds 5 to 13 mph. Thursday night should bring increasing clouds with a low around 17 and calm winds becoming southerly 5 to 7 mph after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 29 and a low of 3. We picked up 0.10″ of new snow and had 8″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 21 and a high of 35.
The record low was -9 in 1958.
The record high was 61 in 1966.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:16AM
Sunset: 4:12PM
Length of day: 8:56:04
Today will be 0:54 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 13 days old with 96% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:26PM
Moonset: 5:21AM

About Today’s Photo:

A lacy network of moss tendrils spread across the bark of this yellow birch on the banks of Fargo Brook. The ice that was in the brook yesterday is gone today.

Canon G5X II, ISO 400, f/8, 1/125″ exposure.


Monday, December 9, 2019

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A pair of mourning doves in the hemlock in our side yard

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently a balmy 39 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 78%, dewpoint 33, barometric pressure 30.12. We have 4” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 36, and the overnight low was 36 as well.

Forecast:

A warm front lifted through the region overnight on strong south winds bumping temperatures up into the upper 30s and low 40s region wide and delivering a bit of wintery mix precipitation to northern areas east of the Greens and in the northern ‘Dacks. Low pressure approaching from the Great Lakes today will bring widespread rain showers and gusty winds to the region today, through tonight, and into Tuesday morning. Temperatures will remain well above freezing through this period before a cold front swings through behind the departing low Tuesday afternoon, dropping temperature a quick 15 degrees or so through the afternoon and kicking off a few lingering snow showers. A secondary cold front will swing through on Wednesday bringing a few snow showers, and high pressure is set to build in for Thursday.

We’ll see cloudy skies with rain likely today, mainly after noon. Highs will be near 45 with south wind 8 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible. Tonight should be cloudy with rain likely. Lows will be around 43 with souths wind 16 to 20 mph gusting to 31 mph. Chance of rain is 80% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain showers, mainly before noon. Daytime highs should top out in the mid 40s around midday before dropping below freezing by nightfall. Winds will be out of the south at 16 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 18 and west winds 7 to 15 mph.

Wednesday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 29 and calm winds becoming southwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 14 with southwest winds 5 to 9 mph becoming northwesterly after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 32 and a low of 7. We had 8.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 22 and a high of 36.
The record low was -9 in 1989.
The record high was 61 in 1966.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:15AM
Sunset: 4:12PM
Length of day: 8:56:59
Today will be 0:59 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 12 days old with 91% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:55PM
Moonset: 4:15AM

About Today’s Photo:

The eastern hemlock between the house and the garage has once again become the default bivouac for a crowd of mourning doves (a coo of doves?)  this winter. I counted 13 the other day. They arrive around midday and settle in for an afternoon nap.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/400″ exposure.


Sunday, December 8, 2019

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Bright red mountain ash berries at Mad River Glen

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently a brisk 5 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 2, barometric pressure 30.46” and steady. We picked up 1.6” of fluff in the past 24hrs and have 7” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 23, and the overnight low was 2.

Forecast:

The high pressure that has delivered this morning’s chilly winter wonderland will slide to our east today allowing for a warm front to lift into the region bringing increasing clouds, warming temperatures, and gusty south winds today along with the possibility of some snow showers in northern mountains. Low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes will bring rain showers starting late tonight along with the possibility of some freezing rain in the ‘Dacks and NEK by daybreak. Rain will become widespread on Monday and persist into Tuesday before a sharp trailing cold front swings through behind the departing low bringing some scattered snow showers and possible flash freezing of roadways Tuesday afternoon into the evening. Cold Arctic high pressure will build in for the latter part of the week.

We’ll see increasing clouds today with a high near 33 and south winds increasing to 12 to 17 mph this morning. Tonight should be cloudy with a 40% chance of rain, sleet, or snow showers. Lows will be around 29 with a south winds 20 to 22 mph gusting to 33 mph. Little or no snow or sleet accumulation expected.

Monday should be cloudy with rain likely. Highs will be near 47 with south winds 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between a 1/10″-1/4″ possible. Monday night should be cloudy with rain likely. Lows will be around 41 with south winds 14 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain showers. Highs will be near 48, dropping in the afternoon, with south wind 9 to 17 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 21 with west winds around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 18 and a low of -4. We had 8.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 22 and a high of 36.
The record low was -6 in 1989.
The record high was 58 in 1951.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:14AM
Sunset: 4:12PM
Length of day: 8:57:59
Today will be 1:03 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11 days old with 85% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:29PM
Moonset: 3:11AM

About Today’s Photo:

It was opening day at Mad River Glen yesterday. The conditions were excellent! I noted that this year is another good year for mountain ash berries up at higher elevations. Many trees are laden with the fruit at elevations of 3,600′ and up to the conifer line. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some robins up there later this season feasting on the berries!

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

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Frost on one of our garage windows

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 18 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 17, barometric pressure 30.28” and rising rapidly. We’ve picked up 4.5” of blower powder in the past 24hrs and have 7” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 29, and the overnight low was 18.

Forecast:

Mountain snow flurries will continue through the morning hours as high pressure builds into the region. Mainly dry and colder weather will arrives this afternoon with nighttime lows dropping into the single Digits. Temperatures will rebound on Sunday as a warm front lifts into the region out ahead of low pressure system approaching from the Great Lakes Sunday night. The low will bring increasing chances for rainfall late Sunday night through Monday. Rain looks to overspread the region by Monday afternoon into the night, lingering into Tuesday morning before a strong trailing cold front swings through Tuesday afternoon bringing snow showers. Cold conditions will return for the middle of next week.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a 20% chance of snow showers this morning. Highs will be near 23 with northwest winds 3 to 7 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 10 and north wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable.

Sunday should bring increasing clouds with a high near 33 and south winds 7 to 17 mph gusting to 28 mph. Sunday night should be cloudy with a 30% chance of rain or freezing rain late. Lows will be around 30 with south winds 15 to 20 mph and gusting to 31 mph.

Monday should be cloudy with a chance of freezing rain in the morning, changing over to all rain by midday rain. Highs will be near 44 with south winds 8 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible. Monday night should be cloudy with showers. Lows will be around 38 with south winds around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 30 and a low of 5. We picked up 2.5″ of new snow and had 9.5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 23 and a high of 36.
The record low was -3 in 1970.
The record high was 67 in 1998.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:13AM
Sunset: 4:12PM
Length of day: 8:59:02
Today will be 1:07 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10 days old with 77% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:05PM
Moonset: 2:10AM

About Today’s Photo:

Cold temperatures and lingering moisture in our garage combine to create lovely and fanciful frost crystals on the insides of the windows.


Friday, December 6, 2019

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Red fox tracks in fresh snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 21 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 19, barometric pressure 30.03” and steady. We picked up 1.9” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 4” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 35, and the overnight low was 20.

Forecast:

A weak clipper low will slide out of the Great Lakes today bringing another round of light snows to the region today through early evening. Most of the moisture will pass to our south with 2″-4″ possible in southern locations, a dusting to 1″ in northern valleys, and 1″-3″ in northern higher elevations. Chilly Canadian high pressure will build in behind the departing low bringing mainly dry and colder conditions later tonight into Saturday before temperatures rebound on Sunday. The milder trend continues into early next week with increasing chances for rainfall by Monday afternoon into Tuesday.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with snow likely. Highs will be near 29 with west winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100% with daytime snow accumulations of 1″ to 2″ possible. Tonight should be cloudy with snow likely before 10:00pm. Lows will be around 15 with northwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with new snow accumulations of less than 1″ expected.

Saturday should be cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 25 with northwest winds 6 to 8 mph. Saturday night should be mostly clear with a low around 9 and west winds 5 to 7 mph becoming south after midnight.

Sunday will bring increasing clouds with a high near 35 and south winds 8 to 13 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon and gusting to 31 mph. Sunday night should be cloudy with a chance of snow showers transitioning to sleet before sunrise. Lows will be around 28 with south winds 20 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 32 and a low of 17. We picked up 1″ of new snow and had 7″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 23 and a high of 37.
The record low was -3 in 1940.
The record high was 64 in 2001 (we had a high of 63).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:12AM
Sunset: 4:12PM
Length of day: 9:00:10
Today will be 1:11 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9.2 days old with 69% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:43PM
Moonset: 1:09AM

About Today’s Photo:

I followed a set of red fox tracks for quite a while up at Sleepy Hollow the other day. Seems that the fox liked using the trail as much as I did as it stuck to the trail for several kilometers before ducking off into the woods.

 


Thursday, December 5, 2019

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Wind driven snow and lichens on a higher elevation maple

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 31 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 31, barometric pressure 29.54” and rising rapidly. We picked up 1.5” of fairly dense new snow and have 3.5” at the stake, Yesterday’s high was 36, and the overnight low was 31.

Forecast:

An upper level trough of low pressure will cross the region this morning bringing scattered snow showers to northern areas today. A dusting to 1″ is possible in valley locations—falling mostly this morning—with 2″-4″ possible over higher terrain through the day today as the trough moves to the east and snowfall lingers over the northern Greens. A weak clipper low will pass to our south on Friday bringing more snow showers to southern counties while norther areas should remain relatively dry. High pressure will build in for the weekend bringing seasonably cold and dry conditions through Sunday. Milder temperatures and increasing chances of light rains or snows are expected by Monday into Tuesday of next week.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with snow showers likely, mainly before 1:00pm. Highs will be near 35 with light southwest winds becoming northwesterly 6 to 11 mph in the morning and gusting to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with total daytime snow accumulation of around 1″ possible. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers over higher terrain. Lows will be around 18 with northwest winds 9 to 13 mph. New snow accumulation of less than 1″ are expected.

Friday should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of light snow in the afternoon. Highs will be near 30 with west winds around 6 mph. New snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ are expected. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 18 with northwest winds 3 to 8 mph. New snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ are expected.

Saturday’s looking mostly cloudy with a high near 24 and northwest winds 6 to 9 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 10 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 29 and a low of 15. We had 7″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 24 and a high of 37.
The record low was -9 in 1989.
The record high was 65 in 1941.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:11AM
Sunset: 4:13PM
Length of day: 9:01:22
Today will be 1:15 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8.3 days old with 60% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:21PM
Moonset: 12:09AM

About Today’s Photo:

It’s interesting how just a bit of elevation gain will change the nature of the winter landscape. While up skiing at Sleepy Hollow the other day, I noticed that trees managed to capture a bit of wind-driven snow at elevations just at 1400′ and above (the height of land at Sleepy). The contrast of the white snow and green lichens make for an interesting photo.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  12mm, ISO 800, f/3.5, 1/2500″ exposure.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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The fine view from Butternut Cabin at Sleepy Hollow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 23 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 22, barometric pressure 29.49” and steady. We have 2” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 28, and the overnight low was 13.

Forecast:

Weak low pressure system approaching from the Great Lakes will bring cloudy skies and the chance for snow showers across northern counties later today and
into Thursday. A dusting to 1″ will be possible in valley locations with 1″-4″ over higher terrain. A weak clipper low will pass south of the region on Friday bringing snow showers across central and southern counties on Friday. Not much in the way of accumulation is expected from that event. Quiet and seasonably cold weather will return for the upcoming weekend before warming temperatures and approaching low pressure bring increasing chances for rain and snow by Monday and Tuesday of next week.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 20% chance of snow showers later this afternoon. Highs will be near 35 with south winds around 6 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with snow showers likely late. Lows will be around 26 with south winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ expected.

Thursday should be cloudy with snow showers likely in the morning. Highs will be near 35 with northwest winds 5 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with snow accumulations of around 1″ possible. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 20 and west winds 5 to 13 mph.

Friday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs will be near 28 with light and variable winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. New snow accumulations of less than 1″ are expected. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 14 with light northwest winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 29 and a low of 14. We picked up 0.20″ of rain and 0.75″ of snow and had 7″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 24 and a high of 38.
The record low was -20 in 1940.
The record high was 65 in 1982.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:10AM
Sunset: 4:13PM
Length of day: 9:02:37
Today will be 1:19 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is in its first quarter, 7.4 days old with 50% illumination.
No Moonrise
Moonset: 12:58PM

About Today’s Photo:

The view from Sleepy Hollow’s Butternut Cabin is one of the finest in Huntington. Looking east, you can see the spine of the Greens from just north of Camel’s Hump down to Burnt Rock Mountain to the south. The Huntington River valley stretches out before with Purington’s Christmas tree farm is visible in the center with the fields along Stagecoach Road above just below the Bald Hill complex.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  32mm, ISO 800, f/14, 1/500″ exposure.