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Friday, December 7, 2018

winterberry

Snow dusted winterberry out by our pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 22 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 82%, dewpoint 17, barometric pressure 30.22” and rising rapidly. We picked up 2.5” of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 9.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was 22.

Forecast:

Any lingering snow showers will come to an end this morning as a cold front
crosses the region and strong high pressure builds into the region. Another shot of colder air will move in behind the front with temperatures dipping into the single digits tonight. A weak trough crossing the region Saturday night may spark a few light mountain snow shower, otherwise conditions will be relatively quiet going into next week with only a slim chance of snow as a series of week clipper systems move through.

Any lingering morning snow will give way to partly sunny skies this afternoon with a temperature falling to around 17 nightfall. Winds will be out of he northwest at 9 to 11 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy and chilly with lows around 3 and northwest winds 5 to 9 mph becoming light north after midnight.

Saturday should bring a slight chance of afternoon snow showers. It’ll be increasingly cloudy with a high near 19 and calm winds becoming westerly around 5 mph. Saturday night should bring a 40% chance of snow showers before 11:00pm. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 12 and calm winds becoming westerly around 5 mph after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ is possible.

Sunday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 28 and light southwest winds becoming southerly 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 21 and southwest winds around 6 mph becoming calm.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 35 and a low of 32.

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 (we had a high of 64).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:14AM
Sunset: 4:12PM
Length of day: 8:58:47
Today will be 1:06 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is new, 0 days old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:17AM
Moonset: 4:49PM

About Today’s Photo:

The winterberry bush out by our pond is nearly stripped of its berries now. This native plant is a favorite of birds at this time of year, and I saw a group of robins feeding in it just the other day.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

ice-ribbons

Ribbons of ice form on the bittersweet vine next to the garage door

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 24 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 22, barometric pressure 30.03” and steady. We picked up 1” of fluffy snow in the past 24hrs and have 7” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 29, and the overnight low was 17.

Forecast:

Occasional lake (Ontario) effect snow showers are expected through tonight as a trough of low pressure and accompanying cold front swing through the region. We should see snow accumulations ranging from a dusting to an inch or two in the Champlain and Connecticut River valleys, to 2″ to 6″ with localized higher amounts over the ‘Dacks and portions of the central and northern Greens. High pressure will build in Friday bringing chilly air and dry conditions. A clipper system could deliver a light shot of snow showers Saturday night.

We’ll see snow showers today. Highs will be near 31 with southwest winds 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with daytime snow accumulation of less than 1″ likely. Tonight snow showers are likely mainly before 10pm. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 22 and south winds 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with snow accumulation of 1″ to 2″ possible.

Friday should bring a 20% chance of snow showers early. It’ll be partly sunny with a high near 23 and northwest winds around 11 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy and chilly with a low around 4 and northwest winds 5 to 9 mph.

Saturday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 19 and light and variable winds becoming northwesterly around 5 mph. Saturday night should bring a 40% chance of snow showers before early. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 12 and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 53 and a low of 32. We picked up 0.53″ of rain.

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: 7:13AM
Sunset: 4:12P
Length of day: 8:59:53
Today will be 1:10 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 28.6 days old with 1% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:15AM
Moonset: 4:09PM

About Today’s Photo:

Snowmelt dripping from our garage eves creates a fanciful display of icicles and ice ribbons on the bittersweet vine on its trellis against the wall.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  40mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/25″ exposure.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

chickadee-hemlock

A chickadee in the hemlock by our feeder

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently 19 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 17, barometric pressure 30.09” and steady. We picked up just a dusting of snow in the past 24hrs and have 7” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 29, and the overnight low was 15.

Forecast:

High pressure over the region this morning will slowly slide to the east over the next 12 hours and give way to a slow moving trough of low pressure sliding westward through Ontario and Québec. An accompanying cold front will bring the chance of lake effect snows to the ‘Dacks and northern Greens Thursday night into Friday. Locally we may see an inch or so of fluffy snow. Temperatures will remain on the chilly side going into the weekend with highs near 30 and lows in the low 20s. Friday night we could see temperatures in the single digits above zero.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 29 and light and variable winds. Tonight should bring a 30% chance of snow showers. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 21 and calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph after midnight.

Thursday should bring a 50% chance of snow showers. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a high near 31 and south winds 7 to 10 mph. New snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ is possible. Thursday night should bring a 40% chance of snow showers. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 19 and south winds 8 to 13 mph becoming westerly after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ is possible.

Friday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 21 and northwest winds 11 to 13 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy and chilly with a low around 6 and northwest winds around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 52 and a low of 39.

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: 9:01:04
Today will be 1:14 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27.6 days old with 4% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:09AM
Moonset: 3:34PM

About Today’s Photo:

Time once again to share a photo of my favorite bird. Well, not this particular bird, but chickadees in general. I really enjoy their gregarious curiosity and general tameness. They are always the first to notice when the feeders are put out in the fall.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

3-tree-snow

The effects of snow slump

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 22 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are out of the west at 0-4 mph. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint 18, barometric pressure 29.93” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.20” of rain and 0.75” of new snow in the past 24hrs. We have 7” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 43, and the overnight low was 22.

Forecast:

With the passage of yesterday’s cold front, much cooler air has moved into the region, so we’ll see chilly temperatures and a breezy northwest wind today, along with some lingering scattered flurries and mountain snow showers in the morning. High pressure will crest over the region tonight with clearing skies and light terrain driven winds. Clouds will be on the increase Wednesday with additional snow showers arriving on Thursday into Friday ahead of the next cold
front. Temperatures will continue below normal for most of the week, with the coldest day occurring on Friday.

We’ll see a 40% chance of snow showers this morning. It’ll start our cloudy then gradually become mostly sunny with a high near 28 and northwest winds 8 to 11 mph gusting to 23 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 12 and northwest winds 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny with a high near 28 and light and variable winds. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 21 and south winds 3 to 5 mph.

Thursday should bring 30% chance of snow showers in the afternoon. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a high near 32 and south winds 6 to 11 mph. Thursday Night snow is likely. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 19 and southwest winds 5 to 9 mph becoming westerly after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 44 and a low of 22.

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: 9:02:19
Today will be 1:18 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26.6 days old with 9% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:02AM
Moonset: 3:02PM

About Today’s Photo:

I came across this interesting phenomenon while skiing up at Camel’s Hump Nordic the other day. As the snow settled, the sticky snow created rings that seemed to float above the surrounding snow. Three trees in a line (with a forth tucked in behind) made for an interesting composition I thought.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  21mm, ISO 800, f/16, 1/100″ exposure.

Monday, December 3, 2018

mourning-dove

A mourning dove perches in the hemlock by our feeders

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 35 degrees and spitting lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 35, barometric pressure 29.46” and steady. We picked up 0.30” of rain in the past 24hrs. Snowpack is down to 8.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 44, and the overnight low was 34.

Forecast:

Low pressure tracking northeastward from Lake Ontario through the Saint
Lawrence Valley today will bring some scattered rain showers today. A cold front will follow the passage of the low this afternoon and evening allowing rain showers to transition snow showers over higher terrain tonight with light snow accumulations possible. High pressure will build into the northeastern US Tuesday bringing generally fair though chilly conditions for mid-week.

We’ll see rain showers today with a bit of snow mixed in over higher elevations this afternoon. It’ll be cloudy with temperatures topping out near 42 this morning, then falling to around 34 in the afternoon. Winds will be out of the south at 11 to 15 mph and becoming northwesterly and gusting to 25 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70% with total daytime snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ possible. Tonight snow showers are likely early. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 22 and northwest winds 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with snow accumulation of less 1″ possible.

Tuesday should bring a 20% chance of snow showers before 3:00pm. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a high near 25 and northwest winds 9 to 11 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 15 and northwest winds 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Wednesday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 28 and calm winds. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 21 and calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 40 and a low of 26.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 25 and a high of 38.
The record low was -18 in 1940.
The record high was 59 in 2009 (we had a high of 57).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:09AM
Sunset: 4:13PM
Length of day: 9:03:38
Today will be 1:22 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25.6 days old with 16% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:54AM
Moonset: 2:33PM

About Today’s Photo:

Mourning doves are in attendance at our feeders again this season. These year-round residents have a somewhat coy disposition, and I’m alway amazed at how long they take to get out of the way when you see them on the roads while driving…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/400″ exposure.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

fisher-tracks

A nice set of fisher tracks in the snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 38 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 7-10 mph and gusting to 20 mph. We’ve picked up 0.26” of rain/melted precipitation in overnight and have 12.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 35, and the overnight low was 27.

Forecast:

Low pressure over the midwest this morning is beginning to push moist warm Gulf air into new England. We’ll see areas of mixed precipitation this morning transitioning to a cold rain by this afternoon as temperatures rise into the upper 30s and low 40s. Rain will become more showery in nature through the
evening as a dry slot passes over. The low will move into our region Monday dragging a cold front behind it and bringing additional rain/snow showers and a return to cooler temperatures for the middle of the week.

We’ll see rain today. Highs will be near 41 with southeast winds 10 to 18 mph and gusting to 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with precipitation amounts between 1/4″ to 1/2″ possible. Tonight should bring a 30% chance of showers. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 39 and south winds around 9 mph.

Monday should bring a 50% chance of rain showers before 5:00pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers in the evening as the aforementioned cold front moves through. It’ll be cloudy with a high near 42 and south winds 8 to 10 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Monday night snow showers are likely. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 24 and northwest winds around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with snow accumulation of less 1/2″ possible.

Tuesday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 26 and northwest winds 9 to 11 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 16 and northwest winds around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 38 and a low of 29. We picked up 0.03″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 25 and a high of 39.
The record low was -3 in 1989.
The record high was 56 in 1970.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:08AM
Sunset: 4:13PM
Length of day: 9:05:01
Today will be 1:26 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24.6 days old with 25% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:45AM
Moonset: 2:05PM

About Today’s Photo:

I came across this nice set of fisher tracks in the snow up at Camel’s Hump Nordic yesterday. The firm-ish snow allowed for the animal to move relatively freely over the surface without sinking in too far. The tracks wandered through the trees after crossing an open bit of water along the trail.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  21mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/500″ exposure.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

snow-curl-roof

A fine curl of snow peels off the roof of our old chicken coop

Rabbit-rabbit!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 29 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 28, barometric pressure 30.22” and rising rapidly. We have 14” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 33, and the overnight low was 29.

Forecast:

High pressure cresting over the region this morning will deliver one more dry day before precipitation returns tonight. Low pressure tracking northeastward out of the midwest this morning will steer a deep shot of Gulf moisture towards New England starting this evening bringing widespread precipitation tonight. We’ll initially see a quick burst of snow tonight, then a transition to mixed precipitation overnight, then just cold rain through Sunday morning. Temperatures will bump back up towards seasonal norms—in the mid 40s—through Monday before another blast of Arctic air moves in Tuesday as a cold front moves through. Showery weather will continue into next week as well as a broad upper-level trough remains over the region.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a high near 33 and west winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Tonight should bring snow transitioning to snow and sleet, then rain by daybreak. Lows will be around 29 with southeast winds 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with snow and sleet accumulations of less 1″ possible.

Sunday rain is likely. Highs will be near 42 with southeast winds 9 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with precipitation amounts between 1/4″ and 1/2″ possible. Sunday night should bring 30% chance of showers. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 38 and south winds 7 to 9 mph.

Monday should bring a 60% chance of rain showers It’ll be cloudy with a high near 43 and south winds 6 to 9 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Monday night should bring a 40% chance of rain and snow showers. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 24 and northwest winds around 9 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 42 and a low of 32. We picked up 0.17″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 25 and a high of 39.
The record low was -4 in 1958.
The record high was 58 in 2001 (we had a high of 59.)

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:07AM
Sunset: 4:14PM
Length of day: 9:06:27
Today will be 1:30 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23.5 days old with 35% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:35AM
Moonset: 1:37PM

About Today’s Photo:

Temperatures fluctuating around the freezing mark has made for some interesting rolls of snow creeping off the eves of roofs around town. I’ve seen quite a few great examples here and there. Most of these fanciful formations will fall by tomorrow as rain arrives.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  15mm, ISO 1250, f/11, 1/25″ exposure.