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(Today was ok)

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DAILY HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL DATA

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT

534 PM EST FRI NOV 30 2012

STATION PRECIP TEMPERATURE PRESENT SNOW

24 HRS MAX MIN CUR WEATHER NEW TOTAL SWE

MOUNT MANSFIELD 0.28 21 -2 8 CLOUDY 2.0 13

Yeah... another fantastic observation from the Co-Op with only 2.0" of new snow from that 24 hour period! :lol:

If 2" of snow fell, I must only be 10" tall. Look at the above photos (and J.Spin's report) and then look at that Co-Op report.

Usually it is wrong, but not often it is *that* wrong. That's only like 15-20% of what actually fell. Usually its at least capturing 50% of actual...

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Clouds came in last night keeping us from getting too cold--made it down to 8F according to my thermo but I suspect that was yesterday morning after my obs.

Anyway, 17F now with light snow. Picked up 0.1" of new snow overnight/early morning...

And if November is any judge, we'll have more snow than last year but less than 2010/11.

2010: 1.4" for November, 121" for the 2010/2011 winter.

2011: 11.2" for November, 73" for the 2011/2012 winter.

2012: 5.6" for November, ?? for 2012/2013 winter.

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Yesterday was pretty busy between a morning trip to Stowe and an evening showing of the Warren Miller movie in Burlington, but there was definitely a skiing and winter theme to the day. Anyway, I didn’t get to post my final numbers from the Thursday night event, so I’ve got them below along with yesterday morning’s observations:

Event totals: 4.4” Snow/0.24” L.E.

5:00 A.M. Waterbury observations (11/30/12):

New Snow: 2.6 inches

New Liquid: 0.10 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 26.0

Snow Density: 3.8% H2O

Temperature: 10.4 F

Sky: Clear

Snow at the stake: 3.5 inches

According to that final round of observations, the snow lightened up a lot and fell down to around 4% H2O with the plummeting temperatures, and it was certainly skiing like some NVT fluff as seen in the pictures from adk and the pictures from Powderfreak.

I’ve added the storm totals summary map and text from BTV below:

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NOUS41 KBTV 301525
PNSBTV
NYZ026>031-034-035-087-VTZ001>012-016>019-010325-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
SPOTTER REPORTS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
1025 AM EST FRI NOV 30 2012

THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING THE PAST 24
HOURS FOR THE STORM THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTING OUR REGION. APPRECIATION
IS EXTENDED TO HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS...COOPERATIVE AND COCORAHS
OBSERVERS...SKYWARN SPOTTERS AND MEDIA FOR THESE REPORTS. THIS
SUMMARY IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR HOME PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/BURLINGTON

********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************

LOCATION		 STORM TOTAL	 TIME/DATE COMMENTS				
				 SNOWFALL		 OF
				 /INCHES/ MEASUREMENT

NEW YORK

...CLINTON COUNTY...
5 NW DANNEMORA		 1.8 700 PM 11/29 REPORTED AT CHAZY LAKE
4 ESE PERU			 1.8 600 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			

...ESSEX COUNTY...
2 N LAKE PLACID	 3.5 815 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			

...FRANKLIN COUNTY...
PAUL SMITHS		 3.0 700 PM 11/29 AMATEUR RADIO		
1 SW MALONE		 1.0 700 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		
WESTVILLE CENTER	 0.5 602 PM 11/29 PUBLIC				

...ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY...
PARISHVILLE		 2.5 632 PM 11/29 PUBLIC				
OGDENSBURG			 2.0 726 PM 11/29 TRAINED SPOTTER		
2 SW OGDENSBURG	 2.0 700 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
EDWARDS			 0.5 700 PM 11/29 AMATEUR RADIO		
3 NW GOUVERNEUR	 0.3 700 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		

VERMONT

...ADDISON COUNTY...
RIPTON				 3.0 900 PM 11/29 PUBLIC				
SOUTH LINCOLN		 1.6 700 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER 		
2 SE LINCOLN		 1.6 700 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
LINCOLN			 1.3 714 AM 11/30 TRAINED SPOTTER		
SALISBURY			 1.2 845 PM 11/29 PUBLIC				

...CALEDONIA COUNTY...
SHEFFIELD			 6.0 916 PM 11/29 BROADCAST MEDIA		
2 SW SUTTON		 5.8 715 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		
2 NE SUTTON		 5.3 700 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		
4 N WALDEN			 5.0 700 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		
3 NNW SHEFFIELD	 4.7 730 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
2 E DANVILLE		 4.0 630 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
4 WSW GROTON		 3.9 600 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
LYNDONVILLE	 	 3.5 952 PM 11/29 MEASURED AT 1050 FEET

...CHITTENDEN COUNTY...
1 E NASHVILLE		 6.4 630 AM 11/30 NWS EMPLOYEE		
1 ENE NORTH UNDERHIL 5.5 1142 PM 11/29 NWS EMPLOYEE		
4 NNE UNDERHILL	 5.5 700 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
1 NNW JERICHO		 5.0 700 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
WESTFORD			 5.0 635 AM 11/30 PUBLIC				
5 NNE UNDERHILL	 4.8 700 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
JERICHO			 4.0 621 PM 11/29 PUBLIC				
1 N ESSEX JUNCTION	 3.2 800 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		
ESSEX JUNCTION		 3.0 110 AM 11/30 PUBLIC				
JONESVILLE			 3.0 1000 PM 11/29 NWS EMPLOYEE		
1 NE SOUTH BURLINGTO 2.9 1200 AM 11/30 NWS OFFICE			
2 NW WESTFORD		 2.8 718 AM 11/30 NWS EMPLOYEE		
1 NNE HUNTINGTON	 2.5 800 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
COLCHESTER		 2.0 1010 PM 11/29 BROADCAST MEDIA		

...ESSEX COUNTY...
1 ENE AVERILL		 5.6 800 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		
CONCORD			 3.0 1221 AM 11/30 PUBLIC				
GILMAN				 1.5 600 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		

...FRANKLIN COUNTY...
MONTGOMERY			 6.5 848 PM 11/29 BROADCAST MEDIA		
1 WNW ENOSBURG FALLS 2.0 700 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		
8 NNW FAIRFAX		 1.0 630 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
1 NE ST. ALBANS	 0.8 630 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			

...LAMOILLE COUNTY...
1 SSE SMUGGLERS NOTC 7.2 548 AM 11/30 STOWE RESORT- 1550 FEET
5 N JEFFERSONVILLE	 6.0 730 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		
MORRISVILLE		 5.7 815 AM 11/30 PUBLIC				
WATERVILLE			 5.0 611 PM 11/29 PUBLIC				
STOWE				 4.3 548 AM 11/30 TRAINED SPOTTER		
3 NE HYDE PARK		 3.9 630 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
SW STOWE			 3.4 730 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
ELMORE				 3.0 647 PM 11/29 PUBLIC				

...ORANGE COUNTY...
WEST TOPSHAM		 4.0 753 PM 11/29 PUBLIC			
CORINTH			 3.0 652 AM 11/30 PUBLIC				
2 NW CHELSEA		 2.5 700 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		
3 SW BRAINTREE		 2.1 515 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
UNION VILLAGE DAM	 0.1 700 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		

...ORLEANS COUNTY...
2 NNE GREENSBORO	 7.2 700 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
2 NNW GREENSBORO	 6.5 700 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
GLOVER				 6.0 831 PM 11/29 BROADCAST MEDIA		
GREENSBORO			 6.0 835 PM 11/29 BROADCAST MEDIA		
JAY PEAK			 6.0 600 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		
ALBANY				 6.0 547 AM 11/30 BROADCAST MEDIA		
7 SE MORGAN		 5.0 700 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
3 W JAY			 5.0 545 AM 11/30 JAY PEAK- 1600 FEET	
3 ENE BARTON		 4.5 700 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
2 NW DERBY CENTER	 3.9 700 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
1 SW IRASBURG		 3.0 800 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		
1 WNW WESTFIELD	 3.0 730 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
NEWPORT			 2.5 700 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		

...RUTLAND COUNTY...
1 N RUTLAND		 0.2 700 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		

...WASHINGTON COUNTY...
4 ENE CABOT		 5.5 900 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
WORCESTER			 4.5 557 AM 11/30 TRAINED SPOTTER		
3 NW WATERBURY		 4.4 500 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
MARSHFIELD			 4.3 1007 PM 11/29 TRAINED SPOTTER		
2 NNE KENTS CORNER	 4.0 1126 PM 11/29 TRAINED SPOTTER		
2 W WORCESTER		 4.0 700 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		
3 NE WATERBURY		 4.0 700 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
2 SW EAST CALAIS	 3.0 700 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
5 SW MARSHFIELD	 3.0 545 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
WATERBURY CENTER	 3.0 632 AM 11/30 TRAINED SPOTTER		
1 N NORTHFIELD		 3.0 725 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		
PLAINFIELD			 3.0 700 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		
4 WNW BERLIN		 2.8 700 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
BARRE				 2.8 1000 PM 11/29 PUBLIC				
2 N NORTHFIELD		 2.8 600 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
2 SE WAITSFIELD	 2.5 700 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
MIDDLESEX			 2.0 557 AM 11/30 TRAINED SPOTTER		

...WINDSOR COUNTY...
3 N POMFRET		 2.3 700 AM 11/30 COCORAHS			
4 N BETHEL			 0.9 700 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		
N HARTLAND RES		 0.3 700 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		
1 S ROCHESTER		 0.2 654 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		
WOODSTOCK			 T 800 AM 11/30 CO-OP OBSERVER		

$$

NF

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With the conclusion of that event yesterday, I can pass along my final November precipitation numbers:

November totals: 6.3” Snow/1.79” L.E.

Snowfall was on the lean side by a few inches based on the averages calculated from my data set, but November snowfall can be quite variable, with some Novembers coming in with little if any snow (2006, 2009, 2010) so although low, this one would certainly fall into that middling camp thanks to this most recent event. Most notable is the November total liquid, which is the lowest monthly total I’ve seen here since I started collecting liquid data for CoCoRaHS a couple of seasons ago, and also the first time I’ve reported less than 2 inches for a month. Also of note was yesterday’s low temperature, which was 7.2 F, for the coldest and first single digits of the season here.

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DAILY HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL DATA

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT

534 PM EST FRI NOV 30 2012

STATION PRECIP TEMPERATURE PRESENT SNOW

24 HRS MAX MIN CUR WEATHER NEW TOTAL SWE

MOUNT MANSFIELD 0.28 21 -2 8 CLOUDY 2.0 13

Yeah... another fantastic observation from the Co-Op with only 2.0" of new snow from that 24 hour period! :lol:

If 2" of snow fell, I must only be 10" tall. Look at the above photos (and J.Spin's report) and then look at that Co-Op report.

Usually it is wrong, but not often it is *that* wrong. That's only like 15-20% of what actually fell. Usually its at least capturing 50% of actual...

PF, who's your camera man on your daily rips down the mtn?

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-SN varying in intensity from very small flakes to bursts of increased growth. Nice wintry feel to the morning, I am just ignoring the forecast for the next few days...lol. On that note it will be interesting tonight to see how long we hold onto the cold air, sometimes in this valley it can be much longer than surrounding areas.

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Event totals: 0.1” Snow/Trace L.E.

I made my observations this morning at 7:00 A.M., and found a surprise tenth of an inch of snow on the snowboard. It was cloudy, but I hadn’t checked on the forecast and wasn’t quite sure where it had come from. It had probably fallen pretty recently though, because it quickly started snowing again and it’s ramped up in intensity. There’s already another half inch of snow on the snowboard, so December is getting kicked off with some accumulation and we’ll add a bit of new snow for turns today. I’ve added a shot of the BTV Composite Radar, with the latest relevant discussion from BTV below that:

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.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/...

AS OF 847 AM EST SATURDAY...EARLY UPDATE THIS MID-MORNING TO INCREASE POPS TO LIKELY FROM THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY EASTWARD AS WEAK SHORTWAVE TROUGH MOVING THROUGH THE AREA HAS BLOSSOMED SNOW SHOWERS WITH SOME MINOR ACCUMULATIONS ALREADY BEING REPORTED. SHORTWAVE WILL EXIT THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON ALONG WITH BEST DEEP LAYER MOISTURE AND LIFT SO EXPECT THIS ACTIVITY TO WANE AFTER ABOUT 2PM OR SO. A QUICK DUSTIN TO AN INCH CAN BE EXPECTED THROUGH THIS TIME. OTHERWISE...CLOUDY SKIES TO PERSIST THROUGH THE DAY WITH TEMPS CONTINUING TO RISE INTO THE MID/UPPER 20S.

Details from the 7:00 A.M. Waterbury observations:

New Snow: 0.1 inches

New Liquid: Trace

Temperature: 19.0 F

Sky: Cloudy

Snow at the stake: 2.0 inches

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Surprised the light snow came in so early here. Ground is dusted white already and the heavier stuff will come in later. Maybe we can pull out a couple of inches?

I actually love this kind of weather. Dark, gentle light powder snow all day. Welcome to the start of Meteorlogical winter!

19F light snow vis about 2-3 miles

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Haven't had the urge to measure yet... but maybe a few tenths (solid dusting).

Light snow with obs matching up with area ASOS (1sm-3sm visibility type stuff).

I see BTV had a 1/2sm vis moderate snow report, too.

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We busted on the low end. Must have been the cloud cover. Only bottomed out at 19F. Radar shows snow, but just virga atm.

Bottomed out a 9.5F before the clouds moved in, Looks like snow is about to get started here as the radar is starting to fill

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I see me....That was on the 4th? and last lap of the day....skins had failed by that point...did you see the crew skiing down taking pics? Blue pants bright multi-colored shell (me)

Did you guys head down National? I saw a crew of four head down there (noted a yellow jacket) and was looking for cameras/photography because I figured that would be you guys, but didn’t see any obvious shooting going on. Fantastic snow though – at least relative to what I’ve skied so far this season.

Not to get too far OT in this thread, but I hear you on the skins – that first shot up Midway was none too shallow and I had RT-86 skins (127-86-113) on my AMPerages (139-115-123) and there was way too much base showing. I was struggling as soon as I hit that steep pitch of Midway.

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1st Below Normal Month in 20 months (using the New Normals too, which are above the 1970-2000 ones to begin with):

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Needed a short hike today and Mt Chocorua fit the bill. The forecast had snow starting in late afternoon, but as I left the house at 5:30am it was already snowing lightly. Arriving at the trailhead it was still snowing but I could see Chocorua's summit, so while long distance views were not in the cards I was hopeful that mid-distance views could be had. As it turns out the snow intensity increased - vis dropped to a mile or less and the immediate summit was in the clouds. Alas. Still, there is tons of scenery to be had on the hike as Chocorua is quite picturesque in its own right. Snow depth up high was only around an inch with some drifting in areas.. I pulled out the Kestrel atop Middle Sister and got a temp reading of 15°, a wind of 15mph and a wind chill of -2F.

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Needed a short hike today and Mt Chocorua fit the bill. The forecast had snow starting in late afternoon, but as I left the house at 5:30am it was already snowing lightly. Arriving at the trailhead it was still snowing but I could see Chocorua's summit, so while long distance views were not in the cards I was hopeful that mid-distance views could be had. As it turns out the snow intensity increased - vis dropped to a mile or less and the immediate summit was in the clouds. Alas. Still, there is tons of scenery to be had on the hike as Chocorua is quite picturesque in its own right. Snow depth up high was only around an inch with some drifting in areas.. I pulled out the Kestrel atop Middle Sister and got a temp reading of 15°, a wind of 15mph and a wind chill of -2F.

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we've done chocoura and I think it rivals most views in the Whites.

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1/2" new

24F

Still some heavier echoes rolling in occasionally from the west as the shallow cold dome holds along the foothills.

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Still snowing light to moderate. Sort of surprised, I was thinking this stayed farther south and east. Anyway, it sets a good mood for the snowmobile safety class I am teaching.

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Persistent light snow here today too. Coming down quite nicely as I type.

Closing in on an inch for the day so far. A fine way to start December, even with the warm-up on the way...

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