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  1. Napril Fools? Pattern and Model Discussion . . .

    Congrats man, you've been waiting patiently to start the install posts. Upper 70s here would be amazing.
  2. Spring Banter, Observation and General Discussion 2018

    Same here... 70/19 at MVL. It's so dry. I can't believe how fast things have dried out around here. It's like the snow melts and 48 hours later it's dry spring time.
  3. Spring Banter, Observation and General Discussion 2018

    The crazy part is you are 1,000ft higher too. I think it stands out to me the marginal events. JSpin gets 1.7" and you get 3.7" due to marginal temperatures. See I was going to say you do better in early/late season and marginal events. JSpin does really well in SE/E flow events which happens in nor'easters a lot, but I'm just used to him as the local jackpot no matter what the system. Alex do you do liquid as well? I think it would be interesting to see any precip differences.
  4. The 2017-18 Ski Season Thread

    It certainly all came together last weekend. Perfect storm of the very FIRST spring skiing and riding of the entire season (aside from February, lol) following a week of several snow/wintry events. Places like Stowe and Smuggs missed out because weekends like that don't come together very often. Just make one of Saturday or Sunday overcast, even with the same temperatures and snow, and we'd see just how important sunshine is this time of year. The sun shining probably resulted in the difference of THOUSANDS of skiers at Killington. It's crazy to me how that happens, when it all lines up there are so many factors that can come together to produce a huge weekend.
  5. NNE Winter Thread

    Ahhh ok gotcha. It just happened earlier. I think that's my thinking, its going to happen everywhere in New England. It just comes at slightly different times. I've been really surprised at how quickly its dried up here in the mountain valleys. From full cover to dry lawns in 48-72 hours. I guess these 10-20% RH days will do that. Funny how a few days ago I was like, the local kids can't have any spring sport season and now they are out there practicing after school. This is the last patch of snow I can see from the living room, take the dog over to it so she can roll in it, ha. The row of evergreens provides nice shelter. The funny thing is there's one yard by the Green Gables Inn down the street that still looks like almost full cover at like 8" of depth. Everyone else is like 98% bare. There's always that one sheltered yard that never sees sun but I always laugh because if that guy was a CoCoRAHS observer or something, it would be head scratching depth obs but would be legit for his yard. I'll try to get a shot driving by.
  6. Napril Fools? Pattern and Model Discussion . . .

    There's something about the April sun angle and albedo that just makes the peaks glow white. What a fantastic upslope event last Friday, that just capped it all off.
  7. Spring Banter, Observation and General Discussion 2018

    I've got Landgrove at 190.9" (another 8") but man what a winter relative to normal for S.VT. That's a big year for Landgrove and Wilmington. J.Spin came in 4th at Waterbury 3.0nw but its usually between Westfield, J.Spin, Morgan and Greensboro for VT CoCoRAHS. Congrats to S.VT for taking 2 of the top 3 spots.
  8. NNE Winter Thread

    Nice late-April day at the beach. Mansfield summit: Mount Washington from Mount Mansfield... with a 300mm lens. The sicko in me notes how the snow level has now risen above the valley floor and is sitting at around 1,000-1,200ft. Down at the floor at 700-1,000ft is now mostly snow free except for rouge really shaded spots, cold spots or plow piles and roof slides.
  9. NNE Winter Thread

    But don't you have that down in SNE too? I mean how much time did you spend outside in the past month doing things like that? I get what you guys are saying but I just don't see how you avoid it down there? Or maybe its still coming this spring? Hell Kev had his kids playing soccer in the snow.
  10. Spring Banter, Observation and General Discussion 2018

    65F so far off a low of 19F. Classic spring 45+ degree diurnal swing.
  11. NNE Winter Thread

    Yeah I agree but I think they have it else where too... it's just earlier in the season. Maybe it's just more acceptable to have that in March and early April though ha. Its all on a sliding scale to some degree. But there are golf courses open in VT, had some friends play yesterday in the valley. Soccer now going on in Stowe, crazy how fast it happens from snow covered fields to practicing in a few days. I'm pretty sure DIT posted a pic of his daughters soccer game in the snow a couple weeks ago. The spring line is moving northward luckily.
  12. NNE Winter Thread

    Yeah I guess that's my feeling as well. Debating that one spot is tougher for the population than another seems mute because we'll find some days when it's east winds and 48F sheet drizzle at BOS while it's 60-65F and sunny at MVL. I feel like everywhere in New England there's a period of time where outdoor activities suck, aside from skiing maybe... just whether you want to deal with that period from March 15-April 30 or maybe somewhere else it's April 1 to May 15? Everywhere there is that 4-6 week period where there are some nice days but by and large it's sort of like, well are we done yet? You could probably pin point it climo wise to when average highs are 40-55F at any given station. Below that it's still winter, and after that it's like ok we should be consistently getting 55-60F. But when your average max is 40-55F is your period of suck.
  13. NNE Winter Thread

    I just look at it as a delayed season... I mean some years that's what March 1 to April 15 feels like down in Albany, NY. Though if anything the Hudson Valley is nicer than most of New England being so far west. Depending on the spring, I'd almost wager it's nicer up here than on the coastline...coastal springs are brutal more often than not, too right? Days like yesterday and today are worth it though. Pure euphoria haha. Doing hill-clean up today meant a private chairlift for about 10 of us to ski the mountain picking up bamboo, ropes, signs, etc... but a lot of skiing too. I'm fried, sunburnt and exhausted. The amount of snow in the mountains is staggering, and these mild but very dry air days aren't melting it fast.
  14. Spring Banter, Observation and General Discussion 2018

    Heh, I'm sure I've got a photo of that green. It's on my 3-mile loop from home that the dog and I enjoy almost daily. That waterway is about that depth most of the summer, it does have areas to swim and right near my place a big flash flood last year dug out a 6-foot deep pool about the size of a two-car garage. That is what is draining all of Mount Mansfield's east side and has a big watershed in the mountains east of the Spine crest. It's really fast acting, like it could rise 3-4 feet up to the sage brush in an hour or two as then go back to low flow a few hours later. It's always ice cold from the springs in the mountains that feed it. The real cool thing to see is in the summer, 6 miles away from the mountain here there could be sunshine and not a drop of water, but a slow moving air mass thunderstorm that forms over the mountain drops 2" of torrential rain on Mansfield... all the sudden the river goes from looking like that to a brown muddy torrent.
  15. Spring Banter, Observation and General Discussion 2018

    What a day out there! Now this is the spring weather we've been missing. Yesterday was 50/25 and today 52/21 so far. Dews as low as 16F this afternoon here. Only some widely scattered snowpack left in the woods at this valley elevation.