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Friday, February 8, 2019

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Our barred owl is back

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently a blustery 49 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 3-5 mph. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 49, barometric pressure 29.57” and falling rapidly. We picked up 0.02” of rain overnight and have 8.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 43, and the overnight low was 40.

Forecast:

Morning radar imagery shows Huntington to be on the northern edge of a band of rain showers that are moving northeastward across the region this morning. A warm front will push temperatures briefly into the upper 40s today, before a strong cold front with gusty winds produces sharply falling temperatures this afternoon. Behind the cold front, blustery and cold conditions with scattered mountain snow showers will develop this afternoon into the upcoming weekend as high pressure builds into the region. The next weather-maker looks to be a coastal storm brewing Tuesday night into Wednesday. We could see some decent snow out of this one. Stay tuned!

We’ll see cloudy skies today with showers likely, mainly before 10:00am. Temperatures will top out by midday in the upper 40s and begin falling to around 30 by 5:00pm. It’l be breezy, with a south winds 15 to 22 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon and gusting to 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts of less than 1/10″ expected. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 11 and west winds 21 to 23 mph gusting to 41 mph.

Saturday should be mostly sunny with a high near 20 and northwest winds 15 to 22 mph gusting to 39 mph. Saturday night should be mostly clear with a low around 3 and west winds around 7 mph.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 21 and west winds 5 to 7 mph.
Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 7 and west winds 5 to 11 mph becoming northerly after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 22 and a low of 4. We picked up 4.75″ of new snow and had 10″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 11 and a high of 29.
The record low was -20 in 1967.
The record high was 48 in 1965.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:01AM
Sunset: 5:11PM
Length of day: 10:09:16
Today will be 2:42 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 3.1 days old with 10.4% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:02AM
Moonset: 8:55PM

About Today’s Photo:

Our barred owl friend was back again yesterday morning. This time it was perched on the gutter at the bottom of my studio stairs. A curious place to hang out, but within easy view the bird feeders. The owl was quite patient with me as I stepped out on our front porch to take this shot. I hope it’s doing well…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  264mm, ISO 800, f/5.4, 1/250″ exposure.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

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Weathered fox tracks in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 34 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 33, barometric pressure 30.11” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.50” of rain and a thin coating of icing on our driveway and walkways. We have 9.5” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 35, and the overnight low was 34 (we topped out at 39 at 5:30AM this morning).

Forecast:

We’ll see a brief break in precipitation through early this afternoon before low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes lifts a warm front through the region tonight bringing another round of rain. Areas of Vermont east of the Greens may see some freezing rain on the front end of the system tonight. A cold front will move through Friday afternoon bringing gusty winds and allowing the rain to transition to some light snow showers. Not much in the way of snow accumulation is expected. High pressure will build in for the weekend bringing dry conditions and return to seasonably chilly temperatures.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 20% chance of rain showers after 4:00pm. Highs will be near 41 with southeast winds 5 to 7 mph. Tonight rain is likely. It’ll be cloudy with a temperature rising to around 46 by 5:00am. Winds will be Southeasterly at 10 to 17 mph and gusting to 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with new precipitation amounts between a 1/10″ and 1/4″ possible.

Friday should bring a 40% chance of rain showers before 4:00pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. It’ll start out cloudy, then gradually become mostly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 33 by 5:00pm. Winds will be southerly at 13 to 18 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon with gusts as high as 33 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 10 and west winds 17 to 20 mph gusting to 36 mph.

Saturday should start out mostly cloudy, then gradually become sunny, with a high near 18 and west winds 16 to 22 mph gusting to 37 mph. Saturday night should be mostly clear with a low around 4 and northwest winds 6 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 24 and a low of 4. We picked up 0.25″ of new snow and had 6″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 11 and a high of 29.
The record low was -27 in 1993.
The record high was 49 in 2005 (we had a high of 45).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:03AM
Sunset: 5:09PM
Length of day: 10:06:34
Today will be 2:40 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2.2 days old with 5.4% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:38AM
Moonset: 7:55PM

About Today’s Photo:

These fox tracks in our front field appear inverted as uncompressed snow melts more quickly around the compressed tracks.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

barn-tools

Still life with loppers

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 15 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 13, barometric pressure 30.27” and steady. We have 9.75” of hard snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 53, and the overnight low was 13.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for our region from 4:00PM today until 10:00AM Thursday.

Forecast:

Weak low pressure moving east out of the Ohio River valley today will bring a period of light to moderate mixed precipitation to our region tonight into Thursday morning. A fair amount of icing is expected with this system, especially over southern Vermont, so travel conditions may be slick Thursday morning—hence the Winter Weather Advisory. Temperatures will warm above freezing in most areas during the day Thursday as a cold front brings increasing chances for light rain. Deepening low pressure lifting out of the Great Lakes on Thursday night will bring another round of rain and gusty winds to the North Country Thursday night through Friday morning. Behind this system, seasonably cold and mainly dry conditions are expected for the upcoming weekend.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with a 30% chance of snow and sleet arriving later this afternoon. Highs will be near 28 with north winds around 5 mph. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than 1/2″ is expected. Tonight freezing rain, sleet, and snow are likely. Lows will be around 25 with south winds 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with ice accumulations of around a 0.10″ expected locally, and snow and sleet accumulation of less than 1/2″ expected. Icing will be more significant in the southern ‘Dacks and southern/central Greens.

Thursday should be cloudy with a slight chance of snow, freezing rain, and sleet before 11:00am, then a chance of rain. Highs will be near 40 with south winds 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30% with new snow and sleet accumulations of less than 1/2″ expected. Thursday night should be cloudy with a 70% chance of rain. Lows will be around 36 with south winds 10 to 20 mph gusting to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with new precipitation amounts between 1/10″ and 1/4″ expected.

Friday should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. Highs will be near 46 with west winds 14 to 21 mph gusting to 32 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than 1/10″ is expected. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers before 7:00pm. Lows will be around 10 with west winds 20 to 22 mph gusting to 33 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 27 and a low of 8. We had 6″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 11 and a high of 29 (up another degree!)
The record low was -24 in 1993.
The record high was 50 in 2012 (we had a high of 47).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:04AM
Sunset: 5:08PM
Length of day: 10:03:53
Today will be 2:39 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1.3 days old with 2% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:11AM
Moonset: 6:55PM

About Today’s Photo:

This collection of old tools and the coil of grape vines caught my eye at a friend’s barn the other day. “Still life with loppers”. Prosaically Vermont…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  19mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/200″ exposure.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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A neighbor’s weathered and wracked barn door

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently 38 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 37, barometric pressure 29.80” and steady. We picked up 0.12” of rain in the past 24hrs and have 11” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 52 (at 10:30PM last night), and the overnight low was 38.

Forecast:

Any lingering showers will wrap up this morning as a cold front crosses the region today ushering in seasonal temperatures for tonight into Wednesday. A brief pulse of high pressure will bring a quiet day Wednesday before a shortwave trough approaches from the Ohio River valley bringing light to moderate mixed precipitation Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Temperatures will warm once again by later Thursday night into Friday as a more potent low heads our way out of the Great Lakes bringing widespread rainfall and gusty winds to the region Thursday night into Friday. High pressure will build in behind this system bringing quiet and seasonably cold conditions through the weekend.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a high topping out near 45 by midday and dropping in the afternoon. Winds will be out of the south at around 15 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon and gusting to 25 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 10 and north winds 6 to 14 mph.

Wednesday should start off partly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow and sleet after 4:00pm. Highs will be near 27 with light east winds. Little or no snow and sleet accumulation is expected. Wednesday night snow and sleet are likely, mainly between 11:00pm and 2:00am. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 27 and south winds 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow and sleet accumulation of less than 1″ expected.

Thursday should be mostly cloudy with a chance of snow, freezing rain, and sleet in the morning, then a chance of rain after 5:00pm. Highs will be near 41 with southeast winds around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30% with new snow and sleet accumulations of less than 1/2″ expected. Thursday night rain is likely. Lows will be around 34 with south winds 8 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with precipitation amounts between 1/10″ and 1/4″ expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 34 and a low of 1. We picked up 3″ of new snow and had 6″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 11 and a high of 28.
The record low was -17 in 1978.
The record high was 51 in 1991.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:05AM
Sunset: 5:06PM
Length of day: 10:01:14
Today will be 2:37 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 0.4 days old with 0.2% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:42AM
Moonset: 5:56PM

About Today’s Photo:

Going about town yesterday, this barn door at a neighbor’s caught my eye. Wracked and weather, it seems the snow pile in front of it is holding it up.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  21mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/320″ exposure.

Monday, February 4, 2019

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A red oak leave in the snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently 36 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 35, barometric pressure 29.98” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.09” of rain and have 14” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 41 (though we topped out at 42 at 2:00AM this morning), and the overnight low was 36.

Forecast:

We have an unsettled week of weather ahead of us. Any lingering precipitation should wrap up by late morning as an upper level ridge builds into the region. Temperatures will bump up into the the low to mid 40s today and should stay above freezing overnight thanks to abundant cloud cover. A cold front will move across the region Tuesday bringing another round of rain with the potential for a few snow showers on the back end of the front Tuesday evening. Temperatures will fall throughout the day on Tuesday following the frontal passage, dropping into the single digits and teens by Tuesday night. High pressure will deliver a quiet and seasonable day on Wednesday before another warmup arrives Wednesday and Thursday as a shortwave trough delivers another mixed bag of precipitation Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Temperatures will bump back up into the 40s Thursday night into Friday with yet another round of light rain showers during the day Friday as a cold front moves through. At this point, it’s looking like the weekend will be dry and seasonable.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a high near 46 and south winds 9 to 11 mph gusting to 22 mph. Tonight rain is likely. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 39 and south winds 11 to 16 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph and gusting to 37 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70% with new precipitation amounts between 1/10″ and 1/4″ possible.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy with temperatures topping out to near 44 by 9:00am, then falling to around freezing during the remainder of the day. It’ll be breezy with south winds 13 to 20 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon and gusting to 33 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 9 and northwest winds 6 to 11 mph becoming light north after midnight.

Wednesday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 26 and light north winds. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of snow before 8pm, changing over to sleet after 10:00pm. Lows will be around 22, rising overnight on light southeast winds. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new precipitations amounts of less than 1/10″ expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 37 and a low of 23. We had 3.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 11 (up 1 degree!) and a high of 28.
The record low was -26 in 1963.
The record high was 54 in 2016 (we had a high of 57).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:06AM
Sunset: 5:05PM
Length of day: 9:58:36
Today will be 2:35 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is new, 29 days old with 0.3% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:09AM
Moonset: 4:56PM

About Today’s Photo:

A bit of torn red oak leaf casts an arched shadow as it’s blown across the snow. The wind caused the leaf to wobble as I laid in the snow to get the shot, and I had to wait for the shadow to be just right.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/14, 1/800″ exposure.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

sculpture-shadow

Sunlight and shadows

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 19 degrees under overcast skies. Wind are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 18, barometric pressure 30.14” and steady. We picked up 1”of new snow in the past 24hrs and have 15” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 21, and the overnight low was 18.

Forecast:

A warm front will lift north through the region throughout the day today bringing light snow followed by a sleet and freezing rain mix before changing over to rain during the afternoon and early evening hours. Temperatures will continue to warm into Monday and the first part of Tuesday before a cold front moves through during the day on Tuesday bringing some rain Monday night transitioning to light snow by Tuesday morning. Temperatures will return to seasonable levels Wednesday with another warmup anticipated for Thursday and Friday. Another storm system is slated to impact the region at Friday with a wintry mix of precipitation possible depending on the track of the system. Stay tuned!

We’ll see cloudy skies today with slight chance of snow between 2:00pm and 4:00pm, then a chance of snow and sleet. Highs will be near 33 with calm winds becoming southerly 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30% with total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less 1/2″ expected. Tonight rain or freezing rain is likely, becoming all rain after 8:00pm. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 33 and south winds 13 to 16 mph gusting to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with little or no ice accumulation expected.

Monday should be mostly cloudy with a high near 45 and south winds around 11 mph gusting to 23 mph. Monday night should be cloudy with a 60% chance of rain showers. Lows will be around 40 with south winds 7 to 15 mph. New precipitation amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ are expected.

Tuesday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain before 10am. Highs will top out near 41, falling in the afternoon, with south winds 13 to 15 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 9 and northwest winds 7 to 13 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 23 and a low of -9. We had 4″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 28.
The record low was -25 in 1971.
The record high was 54 in 2016 (we had a high of 57).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:AM
Sunset: 5:04PM
Length of day: 9:56:00
Today will be 2:34 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 28 days old with 2% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:30AM
Moonset: 3:59PM

About Today’s Photo:

Morning sun casts an interesting shadow from one of the sculptures we have down by Fargo Brook.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/14, 1/500″ exposure.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

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A pair of magnolia buds hold a knob of snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 81%, dewpoint 4, barometric pressure 30.23” and falling rapidly. We have 15” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 16, and the overnight low was -7.

Forecast:

A weak clipper system will push across northern New York and Vermont
today bringing some periods of light snowfall, mostly over the western slopes of the ‘Dacks. Temperatures will be on the rise through the weekend warming into the 40s by Monday. A wintery mix will arrive Sunday afternoon into Monday morning as a warm front lifts through the region. It’ll start off as a bit of snow and sleet and transition to plain rain overnight Sunday as temperatures continue to climb overnight. There doesn’t appear to be much moisture in this system, so snowpack impacts should be minimal. A cold front will sweep through the region Tuesday with a return to near normal temperatures and a bit of rain transitioning to snow. The next chance for precipitation looks to be a mixed bag arriving Thursday night into Friday as we look to be on the warm side of an approaching low pressure system.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with snow showers likely, mainly after 1:00pm. Highs will be near 20 with south winds 8 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with total daytime snow accumulation of less than 1″ expected. Tonight should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers, mainly before 9:00pm. Lows will be around 13 with west winds 5 to 7 mph becoming northeasterly after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ is expected.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of snow after 3:00pm. Highs will be near 31 with calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Sunday night will be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain, snow, and sleet before 2:00am, transitioning to rain after 3:00AM. Lows will be around 31 and rising towards dawn with south winds 8 to 14 mph.

Monday’s looking cloudy with a high near 45 and south winds 11 to 14 mph.
Monday night rain showers are likely. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 40 and south winds 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new precipitation amounts of less than 1/10″ expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 31 and a low of -1. We picked up 2.5″ of new snow and had 4″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 10 and a high of 28.
The record low was -25 inn 1962.
The record high was 47 in 1981.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:09AM
Sunset: 5:02PM
Length of day: 9:53:26
Today will be 2:32 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27.3 days old with 5.7% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:47AM
Moonset: 3:04PM

About Today’s Photo:

The magnolia tree in our back yard waits for spring patiently. These two buds managed to catch a bit of snow…

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/14, 1/320″ exposure.