November 29th, 2012 – Waterbury Winter Weather Event Updates

 

Ski trip reports associated with this winter storm: Stowe, VT 30NOV2012 & Stowe, VT 01DEC2012

 

 

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

 

 

Snow has started up here in Burlington as of ~1:45 P.M. – the precipitation we’re currently must be well out ahead of the front, but it does appear to be building in from the northwest:

 

 

The point and click forecast contains the “heavy snow” icon for this evening, presumably in anticipation of potential snowfall rates – first time I believe I’ve seen that for our location this season:

 

 

 

Event totals: 1.8” Snow/0.14” L.E.

 

By later in the afternoon, the snowfall in Burlington had actually turned over to rain, but it was back to snow and coming down hard a few miles to the east in Williston.  Temperatures were slightly above freezing as I headed through the Winooski Valley on Route 2, so the roads themselves were just wet, but the snowfall was so heavy that visibility was quite poor and that required slow travel.  I’d say that heavy snow icon in the forecast from earlier today definitely verified.  The temperature had dropped a bit in the last mile or so before the house, so snow was accumulating on the road, and for the 6:00 P.M. observations I found 1.8” of snow on the snowboard.  As of 8:00 P.M. there’s another 1.5” on the snowboard now, so snowfall has been running in the ¾”/hr range.  We’ve certainly met that 1-3” forecast from earlier today with ease.  I’m not sure quite where we’ll end up for a snow total, but there appears to be plenty of moisture still upstream based on the radar:

 

 

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

 

New Snow: 1.8 inches

New Liquid: 0.14 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 12.9

Snow Density: 7.8% H2O

Temperature: 32.4 F

Sky: Snow (3 - 8 mm flakes)

Snow at the stake: 2.0 inches

 

 

We’re getting toward 4” of snow for the current event, so assuming a snow density similar to what I found earlier (although it’s probably a bit drier with the falling temperatures) it should help out the monthly liquid.

 

 

Thanks for the heads up on the winter weather advisories PF; 4.2” here as of 9:30 P.M.  I’ve added in the BTV advisory and projected accumulations maps below, nice way to end off the month:

 

 

 

 

Friday, November 30th, 2012

 

 

adk, on 30 Nov 2012 - 10:53 AM, said:https://www.amwx.us/public/style_images/American_Weather/snapback.png

7-Faceshots at stowe. That's my report. Blower. almost 4k of skinning later, I'm at work and can't wipe the smile off my face. This thing was looking JUICY last night as it tapped some lake moisture. Performed stellar!

Stoked.

 

Stoked indeed – I measured 18” natural snow depth at the Liftline/National junction at ~2,800’ this morning.  I’m not sure how much of that was specifically from this event, but Stowe’s snow report has 7-11” new, so somewhere in there.  On top of all the previous snow, there’s more than enough for even steep natural terrain – turns down National were simply bottomless and glorious this morning.  The resort is going to have to be on poach patrol during operating hours because people are going to be very tempted to ski alternative terrain.  I looked up some of the Vermont ski area snow totals from this morning, the north to south list shows the snowfall trends clearly:

 

Jay Peak: 12”

Burke: 8”

Smuggler’s Notch: 12”

Stowe: 11”

Bolton Valley: 9”

Mad River Glen: 6”

Sugarbush: 6”

Pico: 1”

Killington: 1”

Okemo: T

Stratton: 0”

Mount Snow: 0”

 

A quick shot from this morning:

 

 

 

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

 

 

Yesterday was pretty busy between a morning trip to Stowe and an evening showing of the Warren Miller movie in Burlington, but there was definitely a skiing and winter theme to the day.  Anyway, I didn’t get to post my final numbers from the Thursday night event, so I’ve got them below along with yesterday morning’s observations:

 

Event totals: 4.4” Snow/0.24” L.E.

 

5:00 A.M. Waterbury observations (11/30/12):

 

New Snow: 2.6 inches

New Liquid: 0.10 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 26.0

Snow Density: 3.8% H2O

Temperature: 10.4 F

Sky: Clear

Snow at the stake: 3.5 inches

 

According to that final round of observations, the snow lightened up a lot and fell down to around 4% H2O with the plummeting temperatures, and it was certainly skiing like some NVT fluff as seen in the pictures from adk and the pictures from Powderfreak.

 

I’ve added the storm totals summary map and text from BTV below:

 

 

NOUS41 KBTV 301525

PNSBTV

NYZ026>031-034-035-087-VTZ001>012-016>019-010325-

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

SPOTTER REPORTS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT

1025 AM EST FRI NOV 30 2012

 

THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING THE PAST 24

HOURS FOR THE STORM THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTING OUR REGION. APPRECIATION

IS EXTENDED TO HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS...COOPERATIVE AND COCORAHS

OBSERVERS...SKYWARN SPOTTERS AND MEDIA FOR THESE REPORTS. THIS

SUMMARY IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR HOME PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/BURLINGTON

 

********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************

 

LOCATION          STORM TOTAL     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS                  

                     SNOWFALL           OF

                     /INCHES/   MEASUREMENT

 

NEW YORK

 

...CLINTON COUNTY...

   5 NW DANNEMORA         1.8   700 PM 11/29  REPORTED AT CHAZY LAKE 

   4 ESE PERU             1.8   600 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

 

...ESSEX COUNTY...

   2 N LAKE PLACID        3.5   815 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

 

...FRANKLIN COUNTY...

   PAUL SMITHS            3.0   700 PM 11/29  AMATEUR RADIO          

   1 SW MALONE            1.0   700 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   WESTVILLE CENTER       0.5   602 PM 11/29  PUBLIC                 

 

...ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY...

   PARISHVILLE            2.5   632 PM 11/29  PUBLIC                 

   OGDENSBURG             2.0   726 PM 11/29  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   2 SW OGDENSBURG        2.0   700 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   EDWARDS                0.5   700 PM 11/29  AMATEUR RADIO          

   3 NW GOUVERNEUR        0.3   700 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

 

VERMONT

 

...ADDISON COUNTY...

   RIPTON                 3.0   900 PM 11/29  PUBLIC                 

   SOUTH LINCOLN          1.6   700 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   2 SE LINCOLN           1.6   700 AM 11/30  COCORAHS                

   LINCOLN                1.3   714 AM 11/30  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   SALISBURY              1.2   845 PM 11/29  PUBLIC                 

 

...CALEDONIA COUNTY...

   SHEFFIELD              6.0   916 PM 11/29  BROADCAST MEDIA        

   2 SW SUTTON            5.8   715 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   2 NE SUTTON            5.3   700 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   4 N WALDEN             5.0   700 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   3 NNW SHEFFIELD        4.7   730 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   2 E DANVILLE           4.0   630 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   4 WSW GROTON           3.9   600 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   LYNDONVILLE            3.5   952 PM 11/29  MEASURED AT 1050 FEET  

 

...CHITTENDEN COUNTY...

   1 E NASHVILLE          6.4   630 AM 11/30  NWS EMPLOYEE           

   1 ENE NORTH UNDERHIL   5.5  1142 PM 11/29  NWS EMPLOYEE           

   4 NNE UNDERHILL        5.5   700 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   1 NNW JERICHO          5.0   700 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   WESTFORD               5.0   635 AM 11/30  PUBLIC                 

   5 NNE UNDERHILL        4.8   700 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   JERICHO                4.0   621 PM 11/29  PUBLIC                 

   1 N ESSEX JUNCTION     3.2   800 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   ESSEX JUNCTION         3.0   110 AM 11/30  PUBLIC                 

   JONESVILLE             3.0  1000 PM 11/29  NWS EMPLOYEE           

   1 NE SOUTH BURLINGTO   2.9  1200 AM 11/30  NWS OFFICE             

   2 NW WESTFORD          2.8   718 AM 11/30  NWS EMPLOYEE           

   1 NNE HUNTINGTON       2.5   800 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   COLCHESTER             2.0  1010 PM 11/29  BROADCAST MEDIA        

 

...ESSEX COUNTY...

   1 ENE AVERILL          5.6   800 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   CONCORD                3.0  1221 AM 11/30  PUBLIC                 

   GILMAN                 1.5   600 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

 

...FRANKLIN COUNTY...

   MONTGOMERY             6.5   848 PM 11/29  BROADCAST MEDIA        

   1 WNW ENOSBURG FALLS   2.0   700 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   8 NNW FAIRFAX          1.0   630 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   1 NE ST. ALBANS        0.8   630 AM 11/30  COCORAHS                

 

...LAMOILLE COUNTY...

   1 SSE SMUGGLERS NOTC   7.2   548 AM 11/30  STOWE RESORT- 1550 FEET

   5 N JEFFERSONVILLE     6.0   730 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   MORRISVILLE            5.7   815 AM 11/30  PUBLIC                 

   WATERVILLE             5.0   611 PM 11/29  PUBLIC                 

   STOWE                  4.3   548 AM 11/30  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   3 NE HYDE PARK         3.9   630 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   SW STOWE               3.4   730 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   ELMORE                 3.0   647 PM 11/29  PUBLIC                 

 

...ORANGE COUNTY...

   WEST TOPSHAM           4.0   753 PM 11/29  PUBLIC                 

   CORINTH                3.0   652 AM 11/30  PUBLIC                 

   2 NW CHELSEA           2.5   700 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   3 SW BRAINTREE         2.1   515 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   UNION VILLAGE DAM      0.1   700 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

 

...ORLEANS COUNTY...

   2 NNE GREENSBORO       7.2   700 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   2 NNW GREENSBORO       6.5   700 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   GLOVER                 6.0   831 PM 11/29  BROADCAST MEDIA        

   GREENSBORO             6.0   835 PM 11/29  BROADCAST MEDIA         

   JAY PEAK               6.0   600 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   ALBANY                 6.0   547 AM 11/30  BROADCAST MEDIA        

   7 SE MORGAN            5.0   700 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   3 W JAY                5.0   545 AM 11/30  JAY PEAK- 1600 FEET    

   3 ENE BARTON           4.5   700 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   2 NW DERBY CENTER      3.9   700 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   1 SW IRASBURG          3.0   800 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   1 WNW WESTFIELD        3.0   730 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   NEWPORT                2.5   700 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

 

...RUTLAND COUNTY...

   1 N RUTLAND            0.2   700 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

 

...WASHINGTON COUNTY...

   4 ENE CABOT            5.5   900 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   WORCESTER              4.5   557 AM 11/30  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   3 NW WATERBURY         4.4   500 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   MARSHFIELD             4.3  1007 PM 11/29  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   2 NNE KENTS CORNER     4.0  1126 PM 11/29  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   2 W WORCESTER          4.0   700 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   3 NE WATERBURY         4.0   700 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   2 SW EAST CALAIS       3.0   700 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   5 SW MARSHFIELD        3.0   545 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   WATERBURY CENTER       3.0   632 AM 11/30  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 N NORTHFIELD         3.0   725 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   PLAINFIELD             3.0   700 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   4 WNW BERLIN           2.8   700 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   BARRE                  2.8  1000 PM 11/29  PUBLIC                 

   2 N NORTHFIELD         2.8   600 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   2 SE WAITSFIELD        2.5   700 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   MIDDLESEX              2.0   557 AM 11/30  TRAINED SPOTTER        

 

...WINDSOR COUNTY...

   3 N POMFRET            2.3   700 AM 11/30  COCORAHS               

   4 N BETHEL             0.9   700 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   N HARTLAND RES         0.3   700 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   1 S ROCHESTER          0.2   654 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   WOODSTOCK                T   800 AM 11/30  CO-OP OBSERVER         

 

$$

 

NF

 

 

With the conclusion of that event yesterday, I can pass along my final November precipitation numbers:

 

November totals: 6.3” Snow/1.79” L.E.

 

Snowfall was on the lean side by a few inches based on the averages calculated from my data set, but November snowfall can be quite variable, with some Novembers coming in with little if any snow (2006, 2009, 2010) so although low, this one would certainly fall into that middling camp thanks to this most recent event.  Most notable is the November total liquid, which is the lowest monthly total I’ve seen here since I started collecting liquid data for CoCoRaHS a couple of seasons ago, and also the first time I’ve reported less than 2 inches for a month.  Also of note was yesterday’s low temperature, which was 7.2 F, for the coldest and first single digits of the season here.

 

 

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