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    Waterbury, VT
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  1. I just noticed that the totally clear skies we had this morning have clouded over again, and the sky is starting to look like it has the potential for snow. I see on the radar that there is moisture coming into the area, and the BTV NWS suggests that it’s in association with the warm front ahead of this next system.
  2. Event totals: 8.4” Snow/0.22” L.E. Skies have really cleared out overnight, so it looks like that will mark the end of this event. This Clipper has now taken the top spot for accumulation on the season, edging out the 11/7/2019 short wave/cold front that brought 7.1” exactly a month ahead of this one. Details from the 6:00 A.M. Waterbury observations: New Snow: 0.1 inches New Liquid: Trace Temperature: 0.7 F Sky: Clear Snow at the stake: 8.5 inches
  3. Man Ginx, most of those averages are insane; that really puts things in perspective. I don’t know the exact numbers, but I have to assume with the way Ezekiel went down in some spots, people could go the entirety of December without another flake and they’d still be ahead on mean annual snowfall.
  4. Yeah, we had some pretty large flakes here when I was out doing 7:00 P.M. observations and analysis, some up to 20 mm across. I assume it was when the ~30 db portion of that streamer pushed through the Winooski Valley:
  5. Event totals: 8.3” Snow/0.22” L.E. Details from the 7:00 P.M. Waterbury observations: New Snow: 1.5 inches New Liquid: 0.03 inches Snow/Water Ratio: 50.0 Snow Density: 2.0% H2O Temperature: 21.2 F Sky: Snow (3 to 20 mm flakes) Snow at the stake: 9.0 inches
  6. It seemed like this event was tapering off, but my wife just got home and I saw that we’ve got big flakes pouring down again. Sometimes there can be a diurnal component to these events, but the BTV NWS hasn’t said much in their discussion other than that they were expecting the snowfall to generally slow down as the lapse rates stabilized and moisture decreased.
  7. A few more from around the house this morning:
  8. Yeah, this was by no means a big upslope storm for around here, but it was a nice subtle bread and butter event with little wind, and it definitely put a nice shot of picturesque into the landscape. I had a bit of time this morning, so I pulled out some telephoto lenses and shot a bunch of images from the house of things in the yard with the fresh snow. I’ve got a couple below for now, and I’ll try to get a few more up when I get a chance. A look at how that 50:1+ snow can behave sometimes:
  9. Some of the models did show the snowfall hanging around today – it was really just a blip of blue along the spine of the Northern Greens, but when ratios are like what we’ve had, it doesn’t take much moisture to stack up. You can see that northwest flow still cruising into the spine on the radar – it’s more cellular now as the radar image below shows, but the snowfall doesn’t seem to stop, it just waxes and wanes and at times you’ve got the sun shining with fairly decent accumulation at the same time.
  10. Event totals: 6.8” Snow/0.19” L.E. Details from the 1:00 P.M. Waterbury observations: New Snow: 1.5 inches New Liquid: 0.03 inches Snow/Water Ratio: 50.0 Snow Density: 2.0% H2O Temperature: 28.8 F Sky: Light Snow (2 to 8 mm flakes) Snow at the stake: 8.5 inches
  11. I’m usually up until roughly midnight on most nights, so if it’s snowing significantly and looks like it will be worth it, I’ll run an analysis (and they’re much quicker now that I don’t even have to melt down the snow). Sometimes I’ll just do one at 10 PM or something and head to bed if I’m tired. Some nights, like earlier this week, I’ll just wait until morning if it doesn’t seem worth it. This kind of snow we’re getting right now though (>50:1 type of stuff) is worth trying to catch to document the actual density, since it will settle fairly fast. I also don’t stress to hard if I don’t catch things at exactly 6 AM in the morning, so I don’t set an alarm and don’t worry about it too much if I’m a little late. Either my wife or I wake up around then anyway, but day after day after day of analyses all winter can be draining if you’re actually getting up specifically for it with an alarm and can never sleep in. It’s really a volunteer activity/service getting the numbers in for CoCoRaHS, so I try not to kill myself with it, as much as I do love rigorous analyses as a scientist. My natural sleep cycle is typically about 6 to 7 hours though, so even if I do catch the midnight and 6 AM observations, it’s not out of the norm. Some mornings I’ll head back to bed to catch another hour if I feel tired, sometimes I’ll catch a quick nap in the evening after work/dinner, so I fit the extra sleep in where it’s needed. My wife needs 8 to 9 hours of sleep, but she’s typically in bed by 9 PM or so, so she gets that in easily. Between observations, skiing, work, family, etc., it definitely keeps the winter rhythm pretty lively around here.
  12. When I checked the Bolton snow report this morning I saw that they were reporting 9” of new in the past 24 hours, so I did a north to south rundown on the overnight/24-hour accumulations from the Vermont ski areas: Jay Peak: 5” Burke: 4” Smuggler’s Notch: 4” Stowe: 6” Bolton Valley: 9” Mad River Glen: 6” Sugarbush: 6” Middlebury: 2” Suicide Six: 5” Pico: 5” Killington: 5” Okemo: 5” Bromley: 6” Magic Mountain: 5” Stratton: 3” Mount Snow: 5” It does look like the Sugarbush through Stowe stretch of the spine has done fairly well for a system that was hitting a bit harder to the south. It’s still snowing pretty nicely down here at the house though, so there should certainly be a bit more to tack on at elevation.
  13. I think we were coming out of a bit of a lull at some point earlier, but as I was looking at the radar this morning, it doesn’t actually look all that different from what you posted yesterday evening. There's definitely a bit more snow incoming:
  14. Event totals: 5.3” Snow/0.16” L.E. Details from the 6:00 A.M. Waterbury observations: New Snow: 1.7 inches New Liquid: 0.02 inches Snow/Water Ratio: 85.0 Snow Density: 1.2% H2O Temperature: 17.4 F Sky: Light Snow (2 to 8 mm flakes) Snow at the stake: 8.0 inches
  15. Event totals: 3.6” Snow/0.14” L.E. This Clipper has actually brought more snow than the last one now, and it’s certainly achieving the 2-4” that was in the point forecast. This event’s had a touch less moisture so far, but ratios have been quite good as the latest round shows. Details from the 12:00 A.M. Waterbury observations: New Snow: 2.0 inches New Liquid: 0.04 inches Snow/Water Ratio: 50.0 Snow Density: 2.0% H2O Temperature: 21.9 F Sky: Light Snow (4 to 12 mm flakes) Snow at the stake: 7.5 inches