Friday, November 21st, 2008:  6:00 A.M. update from Waterbury, VT


New Snow: 1.0 inches

Liquid Equivalent:  0.01 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 100

Snow Density:  1.0%

Temperature:  21.2 F

Humidity:  77%

Dew Point:  12.9 F

Barometer:  30.00 in. Hg

Wind:  Calm

Sky:  Light Snow

Storm snow total:  1.0 inches

Storm liquid equivalent total:  0.01 inches

Current snow at the stake:  Trace

Season snowfall total:  3.3 inches


“I woke up to find an inch of fluffy snow on the snowboard this morning (it came in as only 1% H2O based on the liquid I was able to obtain from it, although that number is probably off due to the small sample).  Snowfall was also continuing in the form of big flakes in the 1 cm + diameter range.  I’d suspected we might pick up something based on the way it was snowing when we were at Mt. Mansfield yesterday and the look of the local radar last night.  It was snowing lightly but consistently all the way from Waterbury to Richmond this morning, and all those areas had a decent coating of snow up to perhaps an inch.  In Burlington this morning there’s no new snow and the sky is actually partly clear, but I can see snowfall backed up against the mountains.  There are still a couple of streamers visible on the radar this morning (see image below), which may be getting some enhancement from Lake Champlain.  I think our house was getting snow from the band to the north of the more intense one with yellow echoes.  I saw that more intense band as well last night and wonder if someone in the Camel’s Hump area got a more substantial accumulation from it.”




Friday, November 21st, 2008:  7:00 P.M. update from Waterbury, VT


New Snow: 0.6 inches

Liquid Equivalent:  0.02 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 30

Snow Density:  3.3%

Temperature:  21.2 F

Humidity:  75%

Dew Point:  12.2 F

Barometer:  30.24 in. Hg

Wind:  Calm

Sky:  Light Snow

Storm snow total:  1.6 inches

Storm liquid equivalent total:  0.03 inches

Current snow at the stake:  <1 inch

Season snowfall total:  3.9 inches


In Burlington today we had little more than flurries, but the mountains were hidden the entire time by a wall of snow, and the radar had that upslope look.  Arriving back in Waterbury, there was a bit of new accumulation on my car, and 0.6 inches on the snowboard at 7:00 P.M.  As of 10:00 P.M., there’s already another 1.8 inches of snow on the snowboard.  We’ve picked up an inch in the past hour, so the pace of snowfall certainly seems to have picked up in our area.  Hopefully the mountains are doing well.  Below I’ve added the latest 24-hour accumulations that I’ve seen reported by the local ski areas.


Jay Peak:  4 inches (9:30 P.M.)

Smugg’s:  6 inches (11:57 A.M.)

Stowe:  2 inches (12:00 P.M.)

Mad River Glen:  6 inches (8:00 A.M.)

Sugarbush:  5 inches (2:29 P.M.)

Killington:  3 inches


A shot of this evening’s radar is included below; the echoes don’t look all that intense, but we’ve got big flakes coming down in the form of 1 inch/hour snowfall right now.




We've passed a foot of accumulation for this event down here in Waterbury (495'), with much of it coming overnight.  As of ~8:00 A.M. the snowfall rate has slowed down here to about 0.5 inches/hour, but it's still snowing.  Some of the local ski areas have reported in with their snowfall this morning, here are the 24-hour accumulations I've seen:


Jay Peak:  4 inches (5:30 A.M.)

Stowe:  10 inches (6:15 A.M.)

Mad River Glen:  6 inches (8:00 A.M.)

Sugarbush:   8 inches (7:41 A.M.)

Killington:  3 inches


My back yard observations and a couple of pictures from this morning are below:



Saturday, November 22nd, 2008:  1:00 A.M. update from Waterbury, VT


New Snow: 3.6 inches

Liquid Equivalent:  0.06 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 60

Snow Density:  1.7%

Temperature:  19.9 F

Humidity:  80%

Dew Point:  12.7 F

Barometer:  30.21 in. Hg

Wind:  Calm

Sky:  Snow

Storm snow total:  5.2 inches

Storm liquid equivalent total:  0.09 inches

Current snow at the stake:  5 inches

Season snowfall total:  7.5 inches


“After clearing the snowboard at 7:00 P.M., 0.8 inches had accumulated by 10:00 P.M., 1.8 inches had accumulated by 11:00 P.M., and 3.6 inches had accumulated by 1:00 P.M., so we’ve been running just shy of an inch per hour for the last three hours.”




“Unless, we're under a special band of snow here, local skiers may be in for a bit of an extra treat this morning when they head out to the slopes.  We've been receiving roughly 1 inch per hour snowfall here in Waterbury since about 10:00 P.M. last night, and it's still snowing out there.  I'll have more details when I run the numbers after a 7:00 A.M. snowboard reading.”




Saturday, November 22nd, 2008:  7:00 A.M. update from Waterbury, VT


New Snow: 6.0 inches

Liquid Equivalent:  0.15 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 40

Snow Density:  2.5%

Temperature:  18.1 F

Humidity:  85%

Dew Point:  12.7 F

Barometer:  30.24 in. Hg

Wind:  Calm

Sky:  Snow

Storm snow total:  11.2 inches

Storm liquid equivalent total:  0.24 inches

Current snow at the stake:  8 inches

Season snowfall total:  13.5 inches


“The power of the Green Mountains hadn’t really descended on our house so far this season, but that changed overnight last night starting at around 10:00 P.M.  We picked up 2.8 inches of snow between 10:00 P.M. and 1:00 A.M. putting the snowfall rate at ~0.93 inches/hour, and then between 1:00 A.M. and 7:00 A.M. we picked up 6.0 inches of snow for a rate that was spot on at 1.0 inches/hour.  It’s extremely fluffy 40:1 stuff, and I’m more confident in this density measurement than the more minimal accumulations since there were six inches to work with and I took two cores.”




Here are some snow updates and pictures from our area during the past 24 hours or so.  At our house in Waterbury, we’ve received a total of 14.2 inches of snow from the recent upslope event, although as my density calculations have suggested it’s incredibly light stuff and is settling fast.  As of this morning there were only 7 inches at our stake.  More details and some pictures below:



Saturday, November 22nd, 2008:  3:00 P.M. update from Waterbury, VT


New Snow: 1.8 inches

Liquid Equivalent:  0.07 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 25.7

Snow Density:  3.9%

Temperature:  21.6 F

Humidity:  62%

Dew Point:  7.9 F

Barometer:  30.24 in. Hg

Wind:  Calm

Sky:  Partly Clear/Flurries

Storm snow total:  13.0 inches

Storm liquid equivalent total:  0.31 inches

Current snow at the stake:  9 inches

Season snowfall total:  15.3 inches


The snowfall rate really slowed down today by mid morning and eventually tapered to some blue sky in the afternoon, but not before we’d reached 13.0 inches of accumulation for the event.  That seems like quite a decent total for not even having a storm around, and it’s also the largest November event I’ve recorded since 2006 when we moved to Waterbury.  After lunch, Ty and I headed up to check out the scene at Bolton Valley and make some turns.  The temperature was around 20 F in the valley (~300’) and 14 F in the upper village parking lot (~2,100’) in the early afternoon, but it was actually quite comfortable because we didn’t have to deal with any significant wind at that point.  There had been some drifting going on, and right when we started skinning from the parking lot I stuck my pole in a drift that was up to the top of my handle.  It was interesting, but even the drifts were composed of rather light snow, and you could walk through some of them like they weren’t even there.  So, I’m guessing that the wind wasn’t too strong during much of the snowfall.  Ty and I skinned up the Sprig O’ Pine area, and I was getting consistent measurements of between 14 and 15 inches of unconsolidated snow up to the top of the Snowflake Lift (~2,400’).  There was essentially no base snow below the new powder where snowmaking hadn’t been done, so I don’t know how much of the 14 to 15 inches was new, but I’d guess most of it.  I’ve heard there is more snow on the upper mountain, but we didn’t head up that high.  Although they were making some snow on the lower mountain, many areas hadn’t seen any snowmaking.  Rock skis would be highly recommended despite all the snowfall.  A foot or two of upslope snow is good, but when there’s no base you can just sink right down through the fluff and hit a lot of stuff.


In the evening we headed into Burlington, and the distribution of the snow was consistent with what often happens during upslope events; the snow amounts gradually tapered down as we headed westward until there was little if any accumulation in Burlington itself.  It was a pretty striking difference to go from all that new snow to bare ground so quickly.  When we got back from Burlington on Saturday evening around 9:00 P.M. the sky was partly clear and I thought the snowfall would be over, but I woke up to find another 1.2 inches on the board this morning so I collected additional weather data:



Sunday, November 23rd, 2008:  7:00 A.M. update from Waterbury, VT


New Snow: 1.2 inches

Liquid Equivalent:  0.02 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 60.0

Snow Density:  1.7%

Temperature:  14.2 F

Humidity:  70%

Dew Point:  3.4 F

Barometer:  30.33 in. Hg

Wind:  ~5 MPH

Sky:  Mostly Clear

Storm snow total:  14.2 inches

Storm liquid equivalent total:  0.33 inches

Current snow at the stake:  7 inches

Season snowfall total:  16.5 inches