January 10th, 2012 – Waterbury Winter Weather Event Updates



Tuesday, January 10th, 2012



View Postpowderfreak, on 10 January 2012 - 09:12 AM, said:

Ripping pretty good here all the sudden as these 25-30dbz echos move over head. Should have another good burst here in 10-15 minutes as that cluster of 30-35dbz moves into the mountain.


As of ~8:45 A.M., we’re just starting to see flakes here in Burlington – latest radar below:




View Postpowderfreak, on 10 January 2012 - 02:25 PM, said:

And snow core. 5.3" of water in 25" of depth. Decent amount of rain water in there from the weekly rainstorms we got through December.


I was curious about what we had here at the house, so I ran an analysis this evening and found 1.43” of liquid in the snowpack, which is at a depth of 4.5”.  Not surprisingly, the snow here is a bit denser than up at 3,000’.  I recorded 1.24” of total liquid at this location from the December 27th-28th storm, so that is clearly a major component of the snowpack.  There shouldn’t be anything going on tonight in terms of precipitation, so I’ll send the snowpack data in with my CoCoRaHS report in the morning.  If I have time I’ll try to do another one next week to see how it’s changed.  It would be nice to have one of those snow samplers though – that looks pretty slick.  BTV actually has a page on how to make one.  In an average winter season at 3,000’ around here, I bet you would eventually be pushing the limits with only a 5-foot tube on your sampler.


View Postpowderfreak, on 10 January 2012 - 02:13 PM, said:

I did one last quick snow board check and so the totals for this minor event will be as follows:

3,000ft High Road: 1.8" (25" snow depth)
1,500ft Barnes Camp: 1.0" (8" snow depth)

Here at 800ft it looks like 0.4" and there's around 5.5" of snow on the ground.


Here at the house today at 500ft we picked up 0.2” of snow, comprised of a trace of liquid; that seems to fit in pretty nicely with the elevation trend of your accumulations.




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