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Winter 2020 New England Banter and General Obs

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14 minutes ago, Bostonseminole said:

The devastation in Australia due to the fires is mind boggling, so much lost.

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It’s sad. Ecological catastrophe of epic proportion.

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8 minutes ago, Baroclinic Zone said:

It’s sad. Ecological catastrophe of epic proportion.

Sydney gusted to 50kts. This has to be out of control there. 

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Snowcover is back down to piles and patches here.   I haven't lost it completely since the early December storm but have come pretty close.  By later today it may be back down to piles only.  

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34 minutes ago, Baroclinic Zone said:

It’s sad. Ecological catastrophe of epic proportion.

 I feel like, as with almost everything else in the news,  many people in the US have sort of forgotten about it or don't care. 

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16 minutes ago, Baroclinic Zone said:

Blast furnace with temps 100-120F.

It was a cold front luckily, but 50kts on those fires? Yeesh.

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2 hours ago, CoastalWx said:

It was a cold front luckily, but 50kts on those fires? Yeesh.

October 1947 in Maine - 25° cooler but same situation.  The CF turns winds from SW to NW, so that the fire's left flank (as one sees from in front) suddenly becomes the head.  Very dangerous, and since a typical large fire has wider flanks than its head, strong wind plus wider head often means disaster.

I read 500,000 animals dead, not sure how they came up with that stat but some of the videos are heartbreaking

Wildlife biologists usually make estimates of animal populations.  That plus burn area offers a very rough estimate of casualties.

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I had this Barred Owl stop by and perch in one of my balsams for over an hour earlier today. Such beautiful and graceful creatures. I love how they can rotate their heads >270° as if it's on a swivel. It's not often I get to see an owl let alone photograph one, but I only tend to see them only cloudy winter days. 

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13 hours ago, wxmanmitch said:

I had this Barred Owl stop by and perch in one of my balsams for over an hour earlier today. Such beautiful and graceful creatures. I love how they can rotate their heads >270° as if it's on a swivel. It's not often I get to see an owl let alone photograph one, but I only tend to see them only cloudy winter days. 

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Beauty 

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Does anyone use the site windy.com, it has interesting graphics, but it doesn’t appear to have the functionality and model output that TT/PV has. The particle animation is a neat feature though.

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13 hours ago, wxmanmitch said:

I had this Barred Owl stop by and perch in one of my balsams for over an hour earlier today. Such beautiful and graceful creatures. I love how they can rotate their heads >270° as if it's on a swivel. It's not often I get to see an owl let alone photograph one, but I only tend to see them only cloudy winter days. 

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After a wind storm I had a baby one in my garage, it was sitting on top of my wife's car. Ill see if I can dig up the photo.

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Just now, White Rain said:

Nice to see the so many Barred owls out there of late, amazing creatures. Good sign. Still waiting to see a Great Horned.

We have a Great Horned owl that lives near us...seen it a few times per year the past 2 years. We can hear it pretty frequently too at night.

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Just now, ORH_wxman said:

We have a Great Horned owl that lives near us...seen it a few times per year the past 2 years. We can hear it pretty frequently too at night.

Awesome man! Those birds are massive, would love to see a shot if you ever get the chance.  

 

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20 minutes ago, ORH_wxman said:

We have a Great Horned owl that lives near us...seen it a few times per year the past 2 years. We can hear it pretty frequently too at night.

We hear a great horned on occasion but have yet to see one here.  Barred owls, and saw-whets during the milder seasons, make up 95%+ of owl calls heard around home.  On T-Day (or near it) we had a barred owl sit like Mitch's pic but in a hardwood tree for an hour or so until some blue jays mobbed it and it left.

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