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Friday, December 14, 2018

steeple-snow

A bent steeplebush stem in the snow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently a balmy 37 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-4 mph. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 34, barometric pressure 30.42” and falling slowly. We have 8” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 30 (at midnight last night), and the overnight low was 30.

Forecast:

An upper trough passing north of the region today will bring a scattered
to numerous rain showers to northern portions of the region late this afternoon through midnight. A ridge of high pressure will build in behind the departing trough bringing dry conditions again for the remainder of the weekend. Temperatures will be above the freezing mark—in the mid 30s—during daylight hours though the weekend. Colder air will move back in Monday afternoon along with a chance for snow showers.

Today will be cloudy with a 40% chance of rain showers. Highs will be near 39 with south winds 9 to 11 mph gusting to 26 mph. Tonight showers are likely. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 34 and south winds 8 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with a high near 37 and west winds 5 to 7 mph becoming northerly in the afternoon. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 21 and light north winds.

Sunday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 37 and light southeast winds.
Sunday night should bring a 30% chance of snow showers late. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 28 and light southeast winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 15 and a low of -5. We had 5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 19 and a high of 34.
The record low was -6 in 1943.
The record high was 58 in 2015 (we had a high of 58).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:20AM
Sunset: 4:13PM
Length of day: 8:53:01
Today will be 0:36 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 6.4 days old with 39% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:05PM
Moonset: 11:13PM

About Today’s Photo:

This bit of bent steeplebush stem in the snow caught my eye the other day. The leaves on the end remind me of dancers twisting together.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  61mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/640″ exposure.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

frost-feathers

Delicate frost feather near open water

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently -2 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint -5, barometric pressure 30.46” and rising slowly. We have 9” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 24, and the overnight low was got down to -6.

Forecast:

A weak disturbance aloft passing to our south may provide a few snow showers or flurries to southern parts of the region today, but generally dry conditions are expected as surface high pressure off the New England coast dominates. An upper trough passing north of the region will bring a chance of rain and snow showers late Friday afternoon and early Friday night, before dry conditions return again for Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures will be below normal today, but warm into
the 30s and 40s for Friday and the weekend.

It’ll be partly sunny today with a slight chance of snow flurries south. Highs will be near 27 with southeast winds around 6 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 24 and south winds 7 to 10 mph gusting to 21 mph.

Friday should be mostly cloudy with snow or rain developing in the morning, changing to light rain in the afternoon. Highs will be near 39 with south winds around 11 mph gusting 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. Friday night should be cloudy with a 30% chance of rain before midnight. Lows will be around 36 with southwest winds 6 to 8 mph.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 40 and light and variable winds becoming northerly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 24 and north winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 23 and a low of 1. We picked up 5.25″ of snow and had 6″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 20 and a high of 34.
The record low was -9 in 1982.
The record high was 56 in 1946.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:19AM
Sunset: 4:12PM
Length of day: 8:53:37
Today will be 0:40 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5.5 days old with 30% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:38AM
Moonset: 10:13PM

About Today’s Photo:

Our well head tends to overflow when the water table is high, and consequently, it provides flowing water through much of the winter. Where open water meets frigid air, wonderful things happen with frost and ice. These delicate frost “feathers”—the largest about and inch long—bloom on some of the moss that grows near the well head.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/60” exposure.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

frost-on-twig

Tiny frost crystals on a twig by Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 18 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 90%, dewpoint 15, barometric pressure 30.08” and rising rapidly. We picked up 1.40” of new snow overnight and have 9.25” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 29, and the overnight low was 18.

Forecast:

A shallow cold front moving across the region early this morning will bring periods of light snow with a dusting to 1″ in some areas. We’ll see colder temperatures today with daytime highs only in the upper teens to lower 20s. Skies will clear late in the day as high pressure builds in from southern Québec, and clearing skies will allow for cold temperatures tonight. As the high pressure shifts to our east tomorrow, we’ll see a gradual moderation in temperatures with highs into the mid to upper 20s on Thursday, and 35 to 40 degrees for Friday. At this point, forecast models suggest that we may see some rain Friday night into Saturday, but the bulk of any moisture should be generally south of our immediate region over southern Vermont on southern New England.

It’ll be cloudy this morning with a 30% chance of snow showers early. Skies will gradually clear this afternoon with a high near 20 and north winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear and cold with a low around -1 and calm winds becoming easterly around 5 mph in the evening.

Thursday should be sunny with a high near 27 and south winds 5 to 7 mph.
Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 20 and south winds around 6 mph.

Friday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 37 and south winds 9 to 16 mph gusting to as 26 mph. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers after 7:00pm. Lows will be around 36 with south winds 6 to 9 mph. Precipitation amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 35 and a low of 17. We were down to bare ground at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 20 and a high of 34.
The record low was -13 in 1977.
The record high was 56 1979.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:18AM
Sunset: 4:12PM
Length of day: 8:54:18
Today will be 0:45 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4.6 days old with 22% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:07AM
Moonset: 9:13PM

About Today’s Photo:

Yesterday morning, twigs and branches were festooned with glittering ice crystals that sparkled as the sun rose. If you’ve ever wondered what those glittering diamonds look like up close, this is it. When the super cooled moisture suspended in the air meets a catalyst (in this case an apple twig) it forms ice crystals on the catalyst’s surface and we get sparkles.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/320″ exposure.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

porcupine-tracks

A fine set of porcupine tracks up at Sleepy Hollow

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently a frosty 4 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 1, barometric pressure 30.18” and steady. We have 8” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 29, and the overnight low was 2.

Forecast:

Quiet conditions will continue through the end of the work week. We’ll see increasing clouds today as a weak clipper system over the northern Great Lakes shifts eastward. This system will bring periods of light snow tonight into Wednesday morning with just a dusting to an inch expected in most areas. A cold front and associated high pressure will bring more chilly air into the region Wednesday with high temperatures a good 10 to 15 degrees below normal Wednesday and Wednesday night. Temperatures will gradually moderate on Thursday and Friday with highs likely reaching 35 to 40 degrees on Friday. At this point it’s looking like we may see a bit of rain Saturday, but it’s not looking like it will be overly impactful as drier and cooler conditions are expected Sunday.

We’ll see sunny skies this morning giving way to mostly cloudy later in the day. Highs will be near 27 with south winds 3 to 6 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with a 30% chance of snow showers. Lows will be around 18 with calm winds becoming northwesterly around 5 mph after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Wednesday should start out cloudy with a 20% chance of snow showers before early. We should see gradual clearing by the afternoon with a high near 21 and northwest winds 6 to 9 mph. Wednesday night should be clear and chilly with a low around -1 and light and variable winds.

Thursday’s looking sunny with a high near 27 ands south winds 5 to 8 mph.
Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 20 and south winds around 6 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 29 and a low of 13. We picked up 0.5″ of new snow and had 1″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 21 and a high of 35.
The record low was -13 in 1958.
The record high was 61 in 1966.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:17AM
Sunset: 4:12PM
Length of day: 8:55:03
Today will be 0:49 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 3.7 days old with 14.6% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:33AM
Moonset: 8:14PM

About Today’s Photo:

I came across this fine set of porcupine tracks will skiing up at Sleepy Hollow the other day. The distinctive wiggle to the track is indicative of the porcupine’s short legs and the way it waddles through deeper snow.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  12mm, ISO 400, f/14, 1/800″ exposure.


Monday, December 10, 2018

snow-rock-water

Water flows around a snowy ice-skirted rock in Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 21 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint 17, barometric pressure 30.16” and rising slowly. We’ve picked up just a dusting of new snow and have 8” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was 21.

Forecast:

We’ve got a mostly dry and quiet day on tap today as high pressure builds into the region. A couple of weak upper level troughs will continue to bring colder than normal temperatures and chances for light snow through mid week. A gradual
warming trend is expected towards the end of the week with temperatures bumping towards 40 on Friday, however the possibility of significant precipitation is looking less likely for the upcoming weekend. We may still see some rain and snow Friday night into Saturday.

We’ll see cloudy skies this morning with gradual clearing this afternoon. Highs will be near 23 with north winds 5 to 7 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 9 and light and variable winds.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with a high near 28 and light and variable winds.
Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 14 and light and variable winds.

Wednesday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 18 and north winds 6 to 9 mph.
Wednesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 4 and north winds around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 32 and a low of 25. We picked up 0.50″ of snow and had 0.50″ 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: 8:55:52
Today will be 0:53 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2.8 days old with 8.6% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:53AM
Moonset: 7:18PM

About Today’s Photo:

Frozen water and flowing water combine in this image of motion and stillness in Fargo Brook.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  40mm, ISO 200, f/9, 1/15″ exposure.


Sunday, December 9, 2018

hump-sleepy

A fine view a Camel’s Hump from Sleepy Hollow yesterday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:20AM it’s currently 18 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 17, barometric pressure 30.35” and falling rapidly. We picked up a dusting of snow overnight and have 8.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 17, and the overnight low was 7.

Forecast:

We’re set for a quiet stretch of weather for the week ahead with relatively dry conditions expected. A couple of weak upper level troughs will move across the region through the middle of the week, but they will only bring light snow showers to the area. Temperatures will remain below normal through Wednesday, with a gradual warming trend anticipated by the end of the week with temperatures edging towards 40 by Friday. The next chance for significant precipitation should arrive Saturday, and at this point it’s looking like the “R” word might make an appearance. Stay tuned.

Today should be mostly sunny with a high near 31 and south winds 8 to 14 mph.
Tonight should bring a slight chance of snow showers. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 19 and southwest winds 6 to 9 mph becoming northwesterly after midnight.

Monday should be partly sunny with a high near 23 and north winds 5 to 8 mph.
Monday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 10 and calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph after midnight.

Tuesday’s looking mostly cloudy with a high near 24 and south winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Tuesday night should bring a 30% chance of light snow showers. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 11 and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 33 and a low of 21.

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: 8:56:46
Today will be 0:58 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2 days old with 4% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:07AM
Moonset: 6:24PM

About Today’s Photo:

With a bluebird day yesterday, the view of Camel’s Hump and the Huntington Valley was lovely from the Butternut Cabin at Sleepy Hollow. Purington’s Christmas tree farm is visible in the center of the image, and the three summits of the Bald Hill complex stretch just to the right of the Hump’s summit.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  32mm, ISO 400, f/14, 1/640″ exposure.


Saturday, December 8, 2018

stream-ice-dangles

Dangling ice in Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently -4 degrees under clear skies (still not as low as the -5 we dropped down to on November 23rd). Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint -7, barometric pressure 30.47” and steady. We picked up a dusting of new snow overnight and have 8.5” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 30, and the overnight low was -4.

Forecast:

We’ve got a fairly quite forecast ahead for the next several days. High pressure over much of the eastern US will dominate, however, a few weak shortwave troughs will skirt the northern border bringing chances for light snow showers over the weekend and into early next week, as well as reinforcing shots of below normal temperatures. The weather becomes quiet for the middle of next week with a gradual warming trend expected. At this point it looks like and area of low pressure will bring the next chance of significant precipitation next weekend. Stay tuned for precipitation type!

Morning sunshine should give way to clouds later today with 30% chance of snow showers this afternoon. Highs will be near 19 with calm winds becoming westerly around 5 mph. Tonight should bring a 30% chance of snow showers. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 13 and southwest winds 3 to 6 mph. New snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ is possible.

Sunday should be mostly sunny with a high near 30 and south winds 6 to 13 mph.
Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 20 and southwest winds 7 to 10 mph becoming northwesterly after midnight.

Monday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 23 and northwest winds 6 to 8 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 9 and light north winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 34 and a low of 23.

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 i 1951.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:14AM
Sunset: 4:12PM
Length of day: 8:57:44
Today will be 1:02 shorter than yesterday.

The moon is a waxing crescent, 1 day old with 1% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:15AM
Moonset: 5:34PM

About Today’s Photo:

Cold temperatures and moving water make for interesting and fanciful ice formations. Bark peeling off of a fallen tree across Fargo Brook creates a dangling platform for ice to form. The bell shaped balls of ice and snow twisted from side to side above the flowing water.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  73mm, ISO 800, f/16, 1/30″ exposure.