January 5th, 2012 – Waterbury Winter Weather Event Updates



Thursday, January 5th, 2012



Event totals: 0.8” Snow/0.01” L.E.


I found 0.8 inches of snow on the snowboard this morning.  The flakes are only moderate in size, but the snow is falling into air that is absolutely still and they stacked very well.  With the light snowfall continuing, accumulation for the season could soon be hitting the 40-inch mark.  So in closing in on that point of reference, I’ve checked on how this season is stacking up to others in my data set.  Snowfall for 2011-2012 is still running well ahead of 2006-2007 (which saw just 22.1 inches of snow as of this date) but this season has now fallen behind 2009-2010 due to a 24.9-inch upslope event that was our largest storm of that season.


Some details from the 6:00 A.M. observations are below:


New Snow: 0.8 inches

New Liquid: 0.01 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 80.0

Snow Density: 1.3% H2O

Temperature: 19.9 F

Sky: Light Snow (1-8 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 4.5 inches


EDIT:  I just noticed as I was looking through my event summary text, that the event that just catapulted 2009-2010 ahead of this one for snowfall was the record-breaking continuous snowfall event in which Burlington received 37.6 inches of snow from January 1-3, 2010.  The BTV NWS has a very nice summary page for that event, which would probably be of interest to winter weather enthusiasts that haven’t seen it:  Champlain Powder: The Historic Burlington Vermont Snowfall of 2-3 January 2010


I’ve added the snowfall accumulations map from the BTV NWS for that event below:




We’ve actually got some pretty steady snow falling here in Burlington at the moment – it’s light but accumulating, so I’d be interested to hear what Powderfreak is getting in the higher elevations.




View Postadk, on 5 January 2012 - 10:58 AM, said:

Easily going to hit the 1-3 mark with this line.
It's snowing HARD in BTV.


I was wondering if you were around in town adk, glad you got to see the snow – the air has been thick with fat flakes (some more than an inch in diameter) here on the UVM campus.  We’ve been in those bright echoes on the radar:




View Postadk, on 5 January 2012 - 11:29 AM, said:

I'm always in town. Work right along the water.


Yeah, you can get some nice views of storms down there by the lake – didn’t know if work had you out and about the area though, since this was somewhat localized.  It’s winding down to lighter snow now, but ~1.5” picked up here on the UVM campus at 380’.  It should be nice as this runs into the Greens, looks like the Smugg’s through ’bush stretch should catch some of the snowfall.



Event totals: 2.0” Snow/0.05” L.E.


We picked up more snow today with the squalls; it looks like it had settled a bit but it was still very dry stuff coming in at 3.3% H2O.


Some details from the 6:00 P.M. observations are below:


New Snow: 1.2 inches

New Liquid: 0.04 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 30.0

Snow Density: 3.3% H2O

Temperature: 23.4 F

Sky: Light Snow (1-8 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 4.5 inches




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