Monday, December 31st, 2012
Event totals: 0.7” Snow/0.01” L.E.
I wasn’t expecting to be measuring snow this morning, but there was a surprise 0.7” of fluff on the snowboard, consistent with what others have seen. Perhaps this excerpt from this morning’s BTV NWS discussion covers its origin:
WEAK WARM AIR ADVECTION OUT AHEAD OF THE FRONT HAS RESULTED IN SPOTTY LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS (FLURRIES) ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHERN NEW YORK AND VERMONT EARLY THIS MORNING.
I stacked three cores of snow and the average revealed a hundredth of an inch of liquid in there.
This is the “second half of December that just keeps on giving”. December 31 snowfall still goes into December stats in my case, so I’ll have to see what happens the rest of today, but with 6 to 12-hour style measurements, the month has now delivered 49.2” of snow with greater than 95% of that coming in the second half of the month. Extrapolating a pattern like this out for the entire month would have produced quite an impressive result, beating out even December ’07 (67.2”) and December ’08 (55.9”), but as it is this month comes in a strong third place in my records and is currently 32.0% above average. This month will certainly be remembered for its dramatic snowfall recovery (and for many of us the skiing and other winter recreation activities that went with it).
Total liquid for the month is now at 6.31”, notably higher than the previous two Decembers
Details from the 7:00 A.M. Waterbury observations:
New Snow: 0.7 inches
New Liquid: 0.01 inches
Snow/Water Ratio: 70.0
Snow Density: 1.4% H2O
Temperature: 21.0 F
Sky: Partly Cloudy/Light Snow/Flurries (1-2 mm flakes)
Snow at the stake: 15.0 inches
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