January 21st, 2012 – Waterbury Winter Weather Event Updates



Saturday, January 21st, 2012



Event totals: 0.2” Snow/0.02” L.E.


Light snow comprised of 1-2 mm flakes this morning at the house, although it looks like that band with stronger 16-20 db echoes is about to move into the area:



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


New Snow: 0.2 inches

New Liquid: 0.02 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 10.0

Snow Density: 10.0% H2O

Temperature: 6.3 F

Sky: Light Snow (1-2 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 9.5 inches



We’ve just had continued light snow here this morning, but unlike the early morning’s 1-2 mm flakes, the flakes are huge now with many in the 1” range, so the loft is fantastic.  I didn’t think this would be the storm to push to the 60” mark, but it may be possible if the flakes keep up at this size, since there’s another 1.1” on the snowboard as of 9:45 A.M.  Radar returns seem to be topping out around 20-24 db in this area; I’ve attached the latest composite radar image below:




The snow looks to be reduced in areal coverage now, but the light snowfall comprised of big flakes is continuing with 1.7” on the snowboard as of 11:00 A.M.  I’m planning to run a liquid analysis at noon, although I don’t expect a lot of liquid as this snow will probably come in sub 5% H2O.  I’ve added a recent composite radar image below:




Event totals: 2.2” Snow/0.06” L.E.


The accumulated snow from this last round was very dry as anticipated, coming in well under 5% H2O.  The stuff that has been falling is actually a bit fluffier than the 1:50 that came in for this aggregate noontime reading, as there were still a couple tenths of an inch of the tiny flakes from earlier today on the bottom of the snowboard stack.  Since the 12:00 P.M. clearing, another 0.3” has fallen.


Some details from the 12:00 P.M. Waterbury observations are below:


New Snow: 2.0 inches

New Liquid: 0.04 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 50.0

Snow Density: 2.0% H2O

Temperature: 15.8 F

Sky: Light Snow (2-15 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 11.0 inches


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