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    5 Miles NW of Readsboro, VT: 2,230' ASL

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  1. Hi...Justin, I remember that original screen name. Glad to see you back on the forums. We overlapped a bit at Plymouth...I graduated with a BS in '07, MS in '10. You're in a good spot for snow up there in the heart of CAD country. Any idea what the annual averages are like at your location? I've since relocated to a decent snow spot high up in the Green Mountains of far southern Vermont. I get a nice mix of snow from coastal storms, southwesterly flow overrunners, and upslope on NW flow. Look forward to your observations this winter.
  2. It's likely some type of hickory, perhaps mockernut hickory? That bark definitely doesn't look like sugar maple to me.
  3. The percentage of error is definitely more significant the heavier the rain gets, not necessarily the more rain that falls for the event in question. The worst errors seem to occur during thunderstorms. Prior to calibrating my Davis tipper, it was over reporting by an average of 25-30%. It's pretty much spot on for the light rain events, so for instance if my Stratus gets 0.14" my Davis is usually 0.14", unless it all fell in < 5 minutes or something.
  4. 3.66" in my Stratus rain gauge, 3.95" in my Davis VP2. I've noticed my Davis tends to over report rain during heavy events, but is very close to the Stratus for the lighter events. Is this normal? Anyway, drought cancel here. Rivers and streams are flowing vigorously again. Not that there was much of a drought to begin with here...
  5. There's a reason why Vermont is world renowned for fall foliage and this is it! Just a few of the drone shots I got yesterday above my house.
  6. I'd look for oaks in the drier, sunnier areas and not necessarily down in the lowest parts, especially if it happens to be wet there. I'd be surprised if you had black birch that far north and at that elevation too. More than likely you have yellow birch and not black. Yellow birch has a shiny, silvery bark that easily peels off like paper revealing a yellowish hue underneath. Black birch bark is darker and becomes plated with age. It doesn't peel off. Edit: It could be black cherry as it is often confused with black birch. Black cherry is more cold tolerant and extends further north. The bark plates on black cherry are considerably smaller than those on black birch.
  7. I'd say I'm just about there. The sudden explosion in colors over the past few days has been nothing short of incredible to witness. The red maples are putting on quite a show again this year. There's such a great abundance of them around these parts, especially in the 2,000-2,500' zone.
  8. I don't have as much experience as burning various wood types as you, but I've found black cherry to burn very nicely. I've got some of it around and it burns a lot like oak or black locust (without the popping). I've got some seasoned balsam fir and red spruce lying around and it burns hot and fast. Red spruce is a dime a dozen on my property including some very large specimens that rise well above the ambient canopy height.
  9. I didn't see a 2020 Fall Foliage thread, so I figured I'd get one started since the leaves are beginning to turn here in the highlands of southern Vermont. The red maples are beginning to turn a bit read and the sugar maples have a hint of orange, so it's coming. I've been largely spared from the drought here, but I did have a bruce spanworm (a close relative to the invasive winter moth that's invaded coastal New England) infestation that did a number on the ash trees and did some minor damage to other species. Fortunately, I don't think the damage to the maples was significant enough to detrimentally effect the fall color and ash trees only make up a small component of the forests around here so I think the foliage should at least be decent in S VT.
  10. 15.12" of rain for meteorological summer. That drought was a bunch of fake news, lol. Average temperature was 64.1° F, low was 30.8° F on 6/1, high was 84.8° F on 7/19. Now onto fall and winter...
  11. 79.9° high today counts as the 10th 80°+ F day this summer. It's been just awful this year. Nonstop heat and humidity. Last year I had only 4 days that reached or exceeded 80° F, all in July. I'm so done with this crap. Summer can F*** off already!
  12. Thanks. According to some research, it could be either and the two are known to hybridize. The Bruce spanworm is native, but the winter moth isn't. Without DNA analysis it's nearly impossible to tell them apart. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operophtera_bruceata https://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/forest_health/insects/bruce_spanworm.htm
  13. Anyone here good at identifying caterpillars? I've got a ton of these little green inchworms devouring things around here. They have stripped many of the white ash trees bare and are now eating birches (especially the yellow birches) and maples (especially the striped maples). DIT would approve. Fortunately, the latter species are not being stripped like the ashes so it shouldn't have a huge impact on the fall foliage, but with emerald ash borer now making an inroads into the area, the inchworms will only put more stress on the ashes, making them more susceptible to EAB infestation. They hang from the trees on a long thin strand of hair and appear to float in midair. I must've found half a dozen of them on me after mowing the lawn. My inclination is that they're the dreaded winter moth, but I'm not sure. I didn't think we had them up here and thought they were more of a spring caterpillar.
  14. A torchy 84.3° F max today (Monday), but 1.30" of convective rain saved the day! It couldn't have come at a better time as the lawn was just beginning to show signs of water stress, especially in the sunny areas. The cells started initiating to my east by noon, but the boundary slowly moved west and basically stalled over me for several hours producing waves of showers and even some thunder and lightning before eventually dissipating from the loss of solar heating and subsequent reduction in instability. It's so nice to win the rain lottery!
  15. I like the statistical analysis! Since I've only been at my present location for two full winters, I don't have a big enough dataset to compute letter grades to the nearest tenth of an inch yet. I too will factor in other things like overall temperatures and snow retention into the final grade. Average or below average temperatures with the amount of snow I had would've put into the high C, low B range, but with the mild pattern and frequent rain/ice events it was a tough winter for the snow mobilers and skiers. January was pretty much a total loss and although things did recover in February, it wasn't great for either activity. Then come March and COVID-19 started shutting things down. My sigma values here are probably larger than up your way as I am more dependent on synoptic snows than the northern Greens or Whites that get more upslope and consistent cold. I will get upslope on occasion as well, but not like up north.