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Friday, February 15, 2019

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Breadloaf Mountain and the Breadloaf campus under blue skies

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:10AM it’s currently 33 degrees and snowing under overcast skies. Winds are gusting out off the south at 4-8 mph. Relative humidity is 76%, dewpoint 26, barometric pressure 29.76” and falling rapidly. We have 13.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was 15.

Forecast:

Low pressure tracking across the northern Great Lakes today will push a warm front through the North Country this morning, followed by a strong cold front this evening. Temperatures will bump up into the mid 30s to lower 40s today with breezy south winds. Morning snow showers will mix with rain showers by midday with just plain rain this afternoon. There’s not a whole lot of moisture associated with this system, so snowpack impacts should be minimal. Any rain will transition back to snow this evening as the cold front swings through. High pressure will build into the region behind the low bringing seasonably cool and
dry conditions for this upcoming weekend.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with snow showers this morning, becoming all rain after 1:00pm. Highs will be near 41 with south winds 14 to 17 mph gusting to 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with total daytime snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ expected. Tonight rain showers should transition to snow by 8:00pm. Lows will be around 22 with southwest winds 13 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday should be partly sunny with a high near 29 and northwest winds around 9 mph. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 9 and northwest winds 3 to 7 mph.

Sunday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 22 and north winds 3 to 5 mph.
Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 6 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 51 and a low of 25. We had 6″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 12 and a high of 31.
The record low was -26 in 1943.
The record high was 54 in 2006 (we had a high of 54).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:52AM
Sunset: 5:20PM
Length of day: 10:28:49
Today will be 2:51 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10 days old with 75% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:52PM
Moonset: 3:25AM

About Today’s Photo:

We took a Valentine’s Day ski up at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton yesterday and enjoyed perfect bluebird skiing conditions. This view from the fields captures the iconic yellow (we guessed “goldenrod”) buildings of the Breadloaf Campus with the bulk of Breadloaf Mountain in the background.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  26mm, ISO 400, f/16, 1/640″ exposure.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Three stumps in ice

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 23 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 73%, dewpoint 15, barometric pressure 29.87” and rising rapidly. We picked up 4.8” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 15” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was 20.

Forecast:

Weak high pressure building into the region this morning will deliver dry, partly sunny, and seasonable conditions today. Low pressure moving out of the central Great Lakes will bring a mixture of rain and snow showers Friday with a dusting to an inch in the valleys and 2″ to 4″ in the mountains. Snow may linger into Saturday morning, but high pressure will build in bringing quiet weather conditions with slightly below normal temperatures for the rest of the weekend and heading into next week.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a high near 30 and west winds 7 to 11 mph. Tonight should be increasingly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers late. Lows will be around 21 with south winds 5 to 11 mph.

Friday should be cloudy with snow showers before noon, transitioning to rain in the afternoon. Highs will be near 40 with southeast winds 11 to 18 mph gusting to 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with new snow accumulation of less than 1″ expected. Friday night should be cloudy with a 30% chance of rain and snow showers before 8:00pm. Lows will be around 22 with southwest winds 7 to 11 mph. New snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ is expected.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 29 and west winds 6 to 8 mph.
Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 10 and northwest winds 5 to 7 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 41 and a low of 26. We had 6″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 12 and a high of 30.
The record low was -19 in 1987.
The record high was 55 inn 1946.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:53AM
Sunset: 5:19PM
Length of day: 10:25:58
Today will be 2:50 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8.8 days old with 65% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:02PM
Moonset: 2:17AM

About Today’s Photo:

Three old stumps stand guard in the Audubon Nature Center’s beaver pond on a bright sunny day.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  61mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/2500″ exposure.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Flowing textures in Sherman Hollow Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 28 degrees and snowing moderately under overcast skies. Winds are calm (finally!) Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 26, barometric pressure 29.55” and falling slowly. We picked up 3.70” of dense, wind-packed snow on our storm board and have 11.25” at the stake. We had a top wind gust of 40mph last night—pretty high for us in our sheltered hollow considering our record is 52mph. It certainly was roaring here last night! Yesterday’s high was 27, and the overnight low was 27.

The Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for our region until 4:00PM this afternoon.

The National Weather Service has also issued a Special Statement concerning the increased risk of avalanches in Smuggler’s Notch and the High Peaks region of the ‘Dacks. That’s the first time I’ve seen that!

Forecast:

Double barrel low pressure systems—the primary over the northern Great Lakes and the secondary over southern New England this morning— will lift into eastern Canada and the Maritimes respectively during the day today. Steadier morning
snow showers will gradually decrease heading towards the afternoon with additional snow accumulations of 1″ to 4″ expected today, along with areas of freezing drizzle. Temperatures will warm into the upper 20s to mid 30s today helping to improve road conditions by midday across the region. Lingering mountain snow showers will prevail overnight across the northern Greens. High pressure will build in briefly Thursday bringing mainly dry conditions and normal temperatures. A weak area of low pressure will pass to our north Friday bringing rain and snow showers with some snow accumulation likely in the mountains.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with snow showers and possible freezing drizzle this morning. High will top out near 35 with southeast winds 5 to 13 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100% with little or no ice accumulation expected and snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ possible. Tonight should be cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 18 with southwest winds around 14 mph gusting to 25 mph. New snow accumulations of less 1/2″ is expected.

Thursday should be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of morning snow showers. Highs will be near 29 with west winds 5 to 13 mph. Thursday night should be increasingly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers after 3:00am. Lows will be around 22 with light southeast winds increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the evening. New snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ is expected.

Friday should be cloudy with snow showers likely before 10:00am, mixing with and changing over to rain in the afternoon in valley locations. Highs will be near 39 with south winds 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain and snow showers before 8:00pm, then a chance of snow showers late. Lows will be around 22 with southwest winds 7 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 29 and a low of 4. We had 6″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 12 and a high of 30.
The record low was -25 in 1967.
The record high was 53 in 1984.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:54AM
Sunset: 5:18PM
Length of day: 10:23:08
Today will be 2:48 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 7.8 days old with 54% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:20AM
Moonset: 1:10AM

About Today’s Photo:

More falling water textures from Sherman Hollow Brook at the Audubon Nature Center. Note the bright “squiggles” in the upper left corner of the image. I’ve found that, at certain shutter speeds—between 1/30″ and 1/10″—bright bits of sunlight that appear to the eye to dance on the surface of the water will actually “paint” a squiggle on the camera’s sensor. It’s a pretty interesting effect.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  55mm, ISO 400, f/16, 1/10″ exposure.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Textures of falling water in Sherman Hollow Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 3 degrees under thin overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 0, barometric pressure 30.49” and falling. We have 7.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 21, and the overnight low was -1.

There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect for our region from 1:00PM this afternoon until 4:00PM Wednesday. There is also a Wind Advisory in effect from 4:00PM this afternoon until 7:00AM Wednesday.

Forecast:

We’re on the cusp of a winter storm this morning. Low pressure approaching from the Great Lakes will bring snow to the North Country this afternoon and become
heavy at times by this evening. A weak secondary coastal low will set up this evening allowing for some mixing with sleet, especially across northern New York into central and southern Vermont. Gusty downslope winds are expected as well along the western slopes of the Green—most likely in Rutland and Addison counties. Total snowfall will range from 6″ to 12″ by Wednesday afternoon with lingering snowfall in the mountains going into Wednesday evening. After a dry and seasonable day Thursday, another shot of mixed precipitation is expected Friday. Valley locations will see mostly rain with perhaps a couple of inches of snow in mountain locations.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with snow developing, mainly after 1:00pm. The snow could be heavy at times. Highs will be near 22 with light east winds becoming southeasterly 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 90% with total daytime snow accumulation of 1″ to 2″ expected. Tonight snow is likely before 10:00pm, mixing with sleet overnight, then back to all snow by daybreak. The snow and sleet could be heavy at times. Temperature will be rising to around 28 by 5:00am. It’ll be windy with a southeast winds 20 to 24 mph gusting to 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with new snow and sleet accumulations of 2″ to 4″ expected.

Wednesday should bring snow before noon diminishing to snow showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 35 with southeast winds 5 to 13 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100% with new snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ expected. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 19 with west winds 13 to 15 mph. New snow accumulation of less 1″ is expected.

Thursday should be mostly cloudy with a high near 31 and west winds 6 to 9 mph.
Thursday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 23 with light and variable winds becoming southeasterly around 6 mph after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 45 and a low of 20. We picked up 0.02″ of rain and had 6″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 12 and a high of 30.
The record low was -30 in 1979.
The record high was 56 in 1999 (we had a high of 61).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:56AM
Sunset: 5:16PM
Length of day: 10:20:19
Today will be 2:47 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is in its first quarter, 6.8 days old with 44% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:46AM
Moonset: 12:03PM

About Today’s Photo:

This is a closeup taken near the top of the sluice waterfall featured in yesterday’s post. I never tire of exploring falling water with my camera—working with shutter speed settings to achieve a sense of movement and flow. The textures that can be discovered are limitless!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  40mm ISO 400, f/14, 1/8″ exposure.


Monday, February 11, 2019

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The sluice falls on Sherman Hollow Brook at the Green Mountain Audubon Center

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM its’ currently 13 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 77%, dewpoint 7, barometric pressure 30.40” and rising slowly. We have 7.5” of hard snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 26, and the overnight low was 13.

There is a Winter Storm Warning in effect for our region from 1:00PM Tuesday until 4:00PM Wednesday. There is also a Wind Advisory in effect from 4:00PM Tuesday until 7:00AM Wednesday.

Forecast:

Today into tonight will be the calm before the storm as high pressure to our north delivers dry and seasonably cool conditions. Snow will arrive on Tuesday afternoon and becomes heavy at times overnight into Wednesday morning as low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes and a secondary coastal low deliver a one-two punch of precipitation. Temperature profiles look to be a bit on the cusp during this storm so there might be some sleet in the mix across parts of northern New York and central and southern Vermont. In addition, gusty southeast downslope winds are expected along the western slopes of the Greens (that’s us!) so a wind advisory has been posted as well. Total snow accumulations of 6″ to 12″ are expected. Thursday’s looking calm and seasonably mild, and another system will be approaching Friday with the potential for a mixed bag of precipitation. Stay tuned.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a high near 16 and north winds 6 to 8 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear and chilly with a low around -9 and north winds 3 to 7 mph.

Tuesday snow is likely mainly after 2:00pm. Highs will be near 21 with light east wind becoming southeasterly 5 to 9 mph in the morning then gusting to 20 mph as the storm rolls in. Chance of precipitation is 90% with new snow accumulation of 1″ to 2″ expected before sunset. Tuesday night snow is likely, possibly mixing with sleet late. Lows will be around 19 with a southeast winds 17 to 22 mph and gusting to 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with new snow and sleet accumulation of 2″ to 4″ expected.

Wednesday snow is likely before 11:00am diminishing to showers by the afternoon. Highs will be near 33 with east winds 6 to 13 mph becoming southwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90% with new snow accumulation of 2″ to 4″ expected. Wednesday night snow showers are likely, mainly before 8:00pm. It’ll be cloudy, with a low around 20 and west winds around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with perhaps an inch of new snow expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 49 and a low of 23. We picked up 0.06″ of rain and 1″ of snow and had 8″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 12 and a high of 30 (both up another degree!)
The record low was -27 in 1979.
The record high was 58 in 1981.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:57AM
Sunset: 5:15PM
Length of day: 10:17:31
Today will be 2:46 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 6 days old with 34% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:17AM
No Moonset

About Today’s Photo:

As Sherman Hollow Brook nears the Huntington River, it falls through a narrow sluice carved in limestone (the same stone as the infamous Huntington Gorge). This pretty little falls was just managing to catch the mid-morning sunshine through the hemlocks.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  14mm, ISO 400, f/16, 1/10″ exposure.


Sunday, February 10, 2019

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Blocks of ice in river current

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:10AM it’s currently 9 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 6, barometric pressure 30.62” and steady. We have 7.5” of firm snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 24, and the overnight low was 6.

There is a Winter Storm Watch in effect for our region from 1:00PM Tuesday until 4:00PM Wednesday.

Forecast:

Strong high pressure building eastward from the Great Lakes today will bring generally fair, dry, and seasonably cold conditions through Monday night. The next weather maker arrives Tuesday afternoon. Low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes will start things off Tuesday afternoon, then a secondary low off the New England coast will kick things up a notch Tuesday night into Wednesday. Snow is expected to develop from southwest to northeast across the region Tuesday afternoon, and become moderate to locally heavy at times through Tuesday night, before tapering off on Wednesday morning. There’s the possibility for some sleet and freezing rain at times Tuesday night, especially across the northern ‘Dacks into south-central Vermont as temperature profiles are a bit on the edge. We could see 8″ to 14″ of snow from this storm. Stay tuned!

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 20 and northwest winds 7 to 9 mph. Tonight should bring increasingly clouds with a slight chance of snow showers after midnight as a weak trough passes through. Lows will be around 6 with northwest winds 5 to 7 mph.

Monday should be sunny with a high near 17 and north winds 7 to 9 mph. Monday night should be mostly clear with a low around -1 and north winds 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Tuesday snow is likely mainly after noon. Highs will be near 23 with light east winds becoming southeasterly 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80% with new snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ possible. Tuesday night snow is likely. Lows will be around 19 with southeast winds 10 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 40 and a low of 25. We picked up 0.5″ of new snow and had 8.5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 11 and a high of 29.
The record low was -26 in 1948.
The record high was 46 in 2001 (we had a high of 50).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:59AM
Sunset: 5:13PM
Length of day: 10:14:45
Today will be +2:45 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5 days old with 25% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:51AM
Moonset: 10:59PM

About Today’s Photo:

Blocks of ice get hung up on rocks in the Huntington River as the current swirls by.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  46mm, ISO 100, f/16, 1/30″ exposure.


Saturday, February 9, 2019

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A jumble of ice blocks on the bank of the Huntington River

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 15 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west at 2-5 mph. Relative humidity is 59%, dewpoint 11, barometric pressure 30.39” and rising rapidly. We have 7.5” of crusty snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 50, and the overnight low was 15.

Forecast:

Surface high pressure building eastward from the northern Great lakes into Québec will deliver cool and dry conditions through the weekend along with gusty winds. A weak disturbance may bring a few snow showers south on Sunday night. The next weather maker arrives Tuesday as two low pressure systems affect the region. The first will move out of the Great Lakes bringing some snow and possible wintery mix midday Tuesday, and the second, a coastal low, will develop Tuesday night and move up the coast bringing another surge of moisture. At this point, it’s looking like we’ll see snow from these systems, but we’re still a ways out, so stay tuned.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 19 and northwest winds 15 to 22 mph gusting to 36 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 4 and northwest winds 6 to 8 mph becoming westerly after midnight.

Sunday should be mostly sunny with a high near 22 and west winds around 7 mph.
Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 7 with northwest winds 5 to 9 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Monday’s looking sunny with a high near 16 and north winds 7 to 10 mph. Monday night should be mostly clear with a low around 0 and north winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 25 and a low of 1. We had 9″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 11 and a high of 29.
The record low was -20 in 1963.
The record high was 48 in 1990.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:00AM
Sunset: 5:12PM
Length of day: 10:12:00
Today will be 2:43 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4 days old with 17% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:26AM
Moonset: 9:56PM

About Today’s Photo:

Large ice blocks are piled along the banks of the Huntington River below Horseshoe Bend. These are the blocks that formed when during the ice-out that occurred back at the end of January (see Jim Fecteau’s video). It’ll take some time for these large blocks of ice to melt!

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