January 22nd, 2013 Waterbury Winter Weather Event #2 Updates



Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013



Event totals: 0.1 Snow/Trace L.E.


We picked up a tenth of an inch of snow at some point yesterday, which I recorded when I finally headed out to check around 9:00 P.M. last night.


We did have some of that diamond dust falling this morning with the cold temperatures it didnt look like it was enough to reach a tenth of an inch, but Ill check later today.


Theres only about a week left in January and snowfall for the month is at just 16.8, so this month could come in quite low relative to average (~40) depending on how the rest of the month plays out.  The lowest entry in my data set for overall January snowfall is 27.6, which actually came in 07-08, a relatively snowy overall season.


In terms of season snowfall, its currently at 87.9% of average.  Accumulation has certainly been on the slow side the past couple of weeks, but its still ahead of where 06-07 (46.5), 11-12 (60.7) and even 09-10 (70.8) were for this date.


Snowpack, on the other hand is currently well below average at our location.  Were not in an especially deep snowpack location, but average for this date is roughly 14, so were currently 2.39 S.D. below that.  Since I started keeping records in 06-07, this is by far the lowest snowpack weve had at this point in the season last season was the previous lowest, being at 10 on this date.  The snowpack was on a fairly typical track at the start of the calendar year, so certainly the settling of the pack from the January thaw followed up by the recent dearth of snowfall, came together to make such a strong deviation.


Details from the 9:00 P.M. Waterbury observations:


New Snow: 0.1 inches

New Liquid: Trace

Temperature: 1.9 F

Sky: Clear

Snow at the stake: 4.5 inches



JEB, on 23 Jan 2013 - 08:58 AM, said:https://www.amwx.us/public/style_images/American_Weather/snapback.png


The cold may relax for a day or two next week. But I think it comes back with plenty of snow chances. I am really feeling that February is going to be good for NNE. It may be the best month of winter.


When it comes to snowfall, dont we want this cold to relax (and not come back)?  I know folks have been somewhat excited for this arctic outbreak, and its great in terms of setting up the ice on bodies of water, but in terms of snowfall in NNE, Id just as soon have a normal or even a bit above normal temperature regime this time of year - and hopefully get the increased moisture that can come along with that air.  Sitting under this arctic stuff seems to just push potential storms to the south.



Event totals: 0.3 Snow/0.01 L.E.


We did get a couple more tenths of the arctic-style snow either last night or at some point today.  Theres no obvious weather system around right now, so Im going to keep all these arctic dustings together as a single event.


Details from the 8:30 P.M. Waterbury observations:


New Snow: 0.2 inches

New Liquid: 0.01 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 20.0

Snow Density: 5.0% H2O

Temperature: -8.3 F

Sky: Clear

Snow at the stake: 4.5 inches



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