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Friday, April 13, 2018

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Coltsfoot blooming at the top of our driveway

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:45AM it’s currently 43 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 41, barometric pressure 29.85” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.35” of rain in the past 24hrs, and we’re down to bare ground at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 49, and the overnight low was 40.

SOS: Coltsfoot blooming at the top of our driveway!

Herp Alert! With warmer temperatures and damp, rainy nights, amphibians (frogs and salamanders) will be on the move to their breeding grounds in wetlands. Please take extra care when driving at night near wetlands. If you see an amphibian, give it a chance to cross the road (or better yet, help it along). Areas to be careful here in Huntington include: Gillette Pond Road, Hinesburg Hollow Road, upper Delfrate Road, Taft Road.

Forecast:

There is a Winter Weather Advisory (yup…) in effect for our region from 8:00AM Saturday until 8:00PM Sunday.

We’ve got a complicated and pretty messy weather situation ahead of us for the next few days. After a brief break of dry weather this morning, a waffling frontal zone draped along the international border will be the focus of a battle between cold Canadian high pressure to the north and warm, moisture laden low pressure moving in from the southwest. This sets the stage for an extended period of precipitation from this evening into early next week. Rain tonight will transition to mixed precipitation in the form of snow, sleet and freezing rain from north to south on Saturday and continue through Sunday before changing back to rain Sunday night. We could see a bit of accumulation of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and ice through Sunday morning. It’s hard to peg actual amounts as just a bit of extra wiggle to the frontal boundary will make for big differences in precipitation types and amounts. Warmer air should win out by Sunday night into Monday as deep low pressure approaching from the Ohio River valley brings locally heavy rain Monday. A cold front will transition precipitation back to a rain/snow mix Monday night through Tuesday. Like I said, complex and messy. It should be in interesting ride. Buckle up!

We’ll see cloudy skies today with occasional rain showers this afternoon. Highs will be near 50F with WNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Tonight should bring periods of rain. Lows will be around 32F with NNE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 100% with rainfall around 0.50″.

Saturday should bring periods of mixed winter precipitation. Highs will be around 35F with north winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precip is 90% with 1″ to 3″ of snow, sleet, and ice expected. Saturday night should bring snow in the evening with lingering snow showers overnight. Lows will be around 25F with NE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow is 90% with snow accumulations of 3″ to 5″.

Sunday should bring periods of mixed winter precipitation. Highs will be around 30F with east winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with snow and ice accumulations of 1″ to 3″. Sunday night should bring plain rain with pockets of freezing rain in the cold pockets. Lows will be around 28F with ESE winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 56 and a low of 32.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 54 and lows of 34.
The record high was 84°F in 1945.
The record low was 16°F in 1914.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:12AM
Sunset: 7:34PM
Length of Visible Light: 14h 21m
Length of Day: 13h 21m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 57 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26.7 days old with 9% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:22AM
Moonset: 4:57PM

About Today’s Photo:

Coltsfoot is one of the very first wildflowers to bloom here in the spring. This hardy relative of dandelions prefers disturbed soils, and you’ll often find it along roadways and stream banks. It’s a welcome harbinger of spring!

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

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Grouse tracks and wing prints in fresh snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 31 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 29, barometric pressure 30.05” and rising slowly. We’re down to our last inch of snow at the stake, but the yard it pretty much bare. Yesterday’s high was 45, and the overnight low was 30.

Signs of Spring: our woodcock returned last evening. He’s a bit tardy but it’s nice to have him back. Spring can really start now…

Forecast:

We’ve got an active and potenially messy weather scene ahead of us going into the weekend. After a brief break of dry weather this morning, low pressure moving into the Great Lakes this morning will track northeast through the Ottawa and St. Lawrence valleys dragging a warm front into the region this afternoon. Light rain will develop across northern New York this morning and eastward across Vermont during the mid to late afternoon hours. Another brief period of drier conditions will follow for tonight into early Friday before an the next moisture laden low pressure system pulls in Friday night. There will be a bit of a battle between the warm air of this low and cold Canadian high pressure to the north that will set up a sharp temperature gradient right over our region. Temperatures could diverge as much as 15 to 20 degrees either side of this gradient making for a challenging forecast situation. We’re expected to be right on the cusp here in Huntington. We should see periods of rain Friday afternoon and night, followed by rain and mixed wintry precipitation Saturday through Sunday night, and heavy rain and windy conditions on Monday. It could get messy. Stay tuned!

We’ll see partly cloudy skies this morning giving way to cloudy skies and light rain late. Highs will be near 50F with south winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Tonight should bring rain early with clouds and scattered showers overnight. Lows will be around 38F with SW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 100% with rainfall around 0.25″.

Friday should bring cloudy skies with a slight chance of a rain shower. Highs will be around around 50F with west winds at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night should be cloudy with periods of rain. Lows will be around 33F with NNE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90% with rainfall around 0.25″.

Saturday should bring periods of rain and freezing rain. Highs will be around 36F with north winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Saturday night should bring a mix of rain with periods of freezing rain and some icing possible. Lows will be around 27F with NE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 58 and a low of 44. We picked up 0.12″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 53 and lows of 34.
The record high was 82°F in 1945.
The record low was 16°F in 1926.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:14AM
Sunset: 7:32PM
Length of Visible Light: 14h 18m
Length of Day: 13h 18m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 57 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25.7 days old with 15% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:53AM
Moonset: 3:53PM

About Today’s Photo:

I went for what might be one last ski up on Lion’s Ridge at Camel’s Hump Nordic yesterday. With spring coming on, there was all kinds of activity recorded in the snow. I saw tracks from turkeys, weasels, mice, bear—all going about their early spring businesses. I followed this ruffed grouse track to where the bird took flight leaving the impression of its wings in the soft snow.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  26mm, ISO 400, f/9, 1/1000″ exposure.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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Bright sunlight casts interesting shadows across tthe snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 27 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 26, barometric pressure 30.15” and steady. We have 2” of hard snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 42, and the overnight low was 21.

Forecast:

This morning’s clear skies will give way to increasing clouds out ahead of approaching upper level shortwave trough which will bring light rain and snow showers to the region today. A clipper low will then bring widespread rain on Thursday mixing with a few higher elevation snow flurries. Temperatures will continue to moderate with highs today edging towards 50. There is more active weather in store through the weekend and into early next week when a potent low pressure system heads in our direction out of the central Plains. This will be a fairly complicated affair as the moisture laden low competes with chilly Canadian high pressure to bring a potential mixed bag of precipitation types during the weekend. Stay tuned!

We’ll see sunny skies this moring giving way to cloudy skies this afternoon with a slight chance of some light rain later in the day—mostly in the ‘Dacks. Highs will be around 46F with SSW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Lows will be around 32F with SSW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday should start out partly cloudy during the morning hours giving way to cloudy skies and rain in the afternoon. Highs will be near 50F with south at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Thursday night should be cloudy with periods of rain early. Lows will be around 39F with south winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 90%.

Friday’s looking cloudy with showers. Highs will be around 46F with NW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Friday night should bring a steady rain in the evening with showers continuing late. Lows will be around 34F with NNE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90% with rainfall around 0.25″.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 80(!) and a low of 45.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 53 and lows of 33.
The record high was 84°F in 1945.
The record low was 12°F in 1974.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:16AM
Sunset: 7:31PM
Length of Visible Light: 14h 15m
Length of Day: 13h 15m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 58 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24.8 days old with 23% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:22AM
Moonset: 2:50PM

About Today’s Photo:

There’s still quite a bit of snow up in the high country with a good foot or more of base up at the 1800′ level. While skiing the other day up at Camel’s Hump Nordic, I was stuck by the intensity of the sunshine and the strong shadows it cast across the snow.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  32mm, ISO 400, f/10, 1/1000″ exposure

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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Bear tracks in the snow up at Camel’s Hump Nordic

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 24 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 86%, dewpoint 21, barometric pressure 30.19” and steady. We’ve got 2” of firm snow still at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 37, and the overnight low was 20.

Forecast:

A series of upper level shortwaves troughs will track just south of our region today bringing some scattered light rain or mainly snow showers. High pressure will build in briefly Wednesday bringing dry conditions. A clipper low will track out of the Great Lakes on Thursday and slide just north of the border bringing another round of rain ans snow showers. Temperatures, while still below seasonal averages, will begin to moderate by the end of the week.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a few flurries or snow showers possible this afternoon. Highs will be around 42F with west winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 28F and light and variable winds.

Wednesday should be partly cloudy early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. Highs will be near 45F with SSW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night should be cloudy early with partial clearing late. Lows will be around 31F with SSW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday should start off partly cloudy during the morning hours, giving way to cloudy skies and rain in the afternoon. Highs will be around 47F with south winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Thursday night should bring steady light rain in the evening with showers continuing late. Lows will be around 37F with SW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 90%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 78 and a low of 41.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 52 and lows of 33.
The record high was 81°F in 1945.
The record low was 16°F in 1975.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:17AM
Sunset: 7:30PM
Length of Visible Light: 14h 12m
Length of Day: 13h 12m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 59 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24 days old with 31% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:48AM
Moonset: 1:50PM

About Today’s Photo:

I came across this set of bear tracks skiing yesterday morning up at Camel’s Hump Nordic (where there is still quite a lot of snow!) With bears awake now, it’s important to bring your bird feeders in for the season as you don’t want to attract them. As the saying goes, “a fed bear is a dead bear”, as any bear that become habituated to easy human provided food will quickly be deemed a “nuisance” and have to be put down by Fish & Game officers…

Here’s a close up of one of the tracks with my glove for scale:

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Monday, April 9, 2018

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A nice set of racoon tracks in fresh snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 15 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 83%, dewpoint 11, barometric pressure 30.14” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.50” of new snow yesterday evening and have 2.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was 14.

Forecast:

High pressure building into the region today will deliver continued cold temperatures today along with clear skies this morning. Clouds will begin to build in this afternoon out ahead of a weak shortwave trough that will bring scattered rain and snow showers Tuesday, particularly over the mountains. Surface high pressure will build in Wednesday. The next best chance for widespread precipitation will arrive on Thursday as a clipper low tracks eastward out of the Great Lakes. Temperatures will remain on the cool side through the first half of the week before moderating to more seasonable levels by the weekend.

We’ll see clear skies giving way to partly cloudy skies this afternoon. Highs will only be around 38F with NW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with lows near 25F and light and variable winds.

Tuesday should be overcast with a few mountain flurries or snow showers possible. Highs will be around 42F with light and variable winds. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy early, giving way to generally clear skies overnight. Lows will be around 26F with light and variable winds.

Wednesday’s looking partly cloudy in the morning followed by cloudy skies in the afternoon. Highs will be around 47F with SW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with lows around 32F and SSW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 63 and a low of 24. We picked up 0.01″ of rain and were down to bare ground at the stake finally ending the snow season.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 51 and lows of 32.
The record high was 76°F in 1945.
The record low was 14°F in 1997.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:19AM
Sunset: 7:29PM
Length of Visible Light: 14h 9m
Length of Day: 13h 9m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 59 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23 days old with 40% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:10AM
Moonset: 12:52PM

About Today’s Photo:

Racoons are on the prowl. We came across this nice set of tracks walking the path between our neighbor’s house and ours yesterday afternoon. You can clearly make out the hand-like front paws next to the longer rear paws as this racoon ambled along in a slow 2×2 walk.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

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A song sparrow perches on a sumac branch in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently a frosty 18 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 16, barometric pressure 29.91” and steady. We’re back to 2” of frozen snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 41, and the overnight low was 18.

Forecast:

Morning sunshine will give way to clouds and a spotty sprinkle or flurry this afternoon as a weak cold front swings through the region this afternoon. High pressure will then dominate the weather through the middle of next week though chilly temperatures will continue today into Monday before a slow moderation is expected from Tuesday onward towards the end of the week. The next chance of precipition will arrive Thursday into Friday as low pressure moves in from the Great Lakes.

We’ll see a mix of clouds and sun during the morning giving way to cloudy skies this afternoon. A few flurries or snow showers possible across northern mountains. Highs will top out around 36F with NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows near 20F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Monday should be mostly sunny with highs near 40F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Monday night should be cloudy with lows around 27F and light and variable winds.

Tuesday’s looking cloudy with highs around 44F and WSW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with lows around 26F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 38 and a low of 28. We picked up 0.25″ of rain and 3″ of snow and had 3″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 51 and lows of 32.
The record high was 73°F in 1991.
The record low was 11°F in 1972.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:21AM
Sunset: 7:28PM
Length of Visible Light: 14h 6m
Length of Day: 13h 6m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 0 seconds longer

The Moon is in its last quarter, 22 days old with 50% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:27AM
Moonset: 11:58AM

About Today’s Photo:

The song sparrows returned a few days ago. I haven’t been able to get a decent shot of one so far this time around, so I’ve taken the liberty to dip into the archives to grab this one taken last season.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 1600, f/7.1, 1/400″ exposure.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

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Despite the snow, our daffodils are pushing through!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:50AM it’s currently 30 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west at 3-7 mph. Relative humidity is 64%, dewpoint 19, barometric pressure 29.75” and rising slowly. We picked up 1.25” of snow in the past 24hrs and have 3.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 37, and the overnight low was 28.

Forecast:

High pressure will build into the region today with some gusty morning winds and partly sunny skies. Sunday should be seasonably cold with perhaps a few mountain flurries or light snow showers as weak trough passes through. Additional chances for a few rain or snow showers return to the area for Tuesday and again by late next week. We should, however, begin to see a welcomed moderation in temperatures to more seasonable levels from mid-week onward.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with a few flurries or snow showers possible. Highs will be around 37F with WNW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 22F and west winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday should be partly cloudy in the morning and become cloudy later in the day. Highs will be near 35F with NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 20F and NW winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Monday’s looking partly cloudy with highs around 40F and NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night should be cloudy with lows around 27F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 43 and a low of 33. We picked up 0.93″ of rain and were down to bare ground at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 50 and lows of 32.
The record high was 83°F in 1991.
The record low was 2°F in 1972.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:23AM
Sunset: 7:26PM
Length of Visible Light: 14h 2m
Length of Day: 13h 3m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 0 seconds longer

The Moon is waning gibbous, 21 days old with 59% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:40AM
Moonset: 11:07AM

About Today’s Photo:

What’s a little April snow to what should soon be our “flock of golden daffodils”? Come on spring!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 100, f/8, 1/320″ exposure.