It's been a busy day so I haven't had time to get my weather updates sent off, but things are looking really good out here in Waterbury right now.  We've currently got 1"/hour snowfall coming down, and maybe some additional upslope snow for tomorrow based on Scott's thoughts.  More details below:

Friday, November 21st, 2008:  6:00 A.M. update from Waterbury, VT


New Snow: 1.0 inches

Liquid Equivalent:  0.01 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 100

Snow Density:  1.0%

Temperature:  21.2 F

Humidity:  77%

Dew Point:  12.9 F

Barometer:  30.00 in. Hg

Wind:  Calm

Sky:  Light Snow

Storm snow total:  1.0 inches

Storm liquid equivalent total:  0.01 inches

Current snow at the stake:  Trace

Season snowfall total:  3.3 inches


I woke up to find an inch of fluffy snow on the snowboard this morning (it came in as only 1% H2O based on the liquid I was able to obtain from it, although that number is probably off due to the small sample).  Snowfall was also continuing in the form of big flakes in the 1 cm + diameter range.  I’d suspected we might pick up something based on the way it was snowing when we were at Mt. Mansfield yesterday and the look of the local radar last night.  It was snowing lightly but consistently all the way from Waterbury to Richmond this morning, and all those areas had a decent coating of snow up to perhaps an inch.  In Burlington this morning there’s no new snow and the sky is actually partly clear, but I can see snowfall backed up against the mountains.  There are still a couple of streamers visible on the radar this morning (see image below), which may be getting some enhancement from Lake Champlain.  I think our house was getting snow from the band to the north of the more intense one with yellow echoes.  I saw that more intense band as well last night and wonder if someone in the Camel’s Hump area got a more substantial accumulation from it.


Friday, November 21st, 2008:  7:00 P.M. update from Waterbury, VT


New Snow: 0.6 inches

Liquid Equivalent:  0.02 inches

Snow/Water Ratio: 30

Snow Density:  3.3%

Temperature:  21.2 F

Humidity:  75%

Dew Point:  12.2 F

Barometer:  30.24 in. Hg

Wind:  Calm

Sky:  Light Snow

Storm snow total:  1.6 inches

Storm liquid equivalent total:  0.03 inches

Current snow at the stake:  <1 inch

Season snowfall total:  3.9 inches


In Burlington today we had little more than flurries, but the mountains were hidden the entire time by a wall of snow, and the radar had that upslope look.  Arriving back in Waterbury, there was a bit of new accumulation on my car, and 0.6 inches on the snowboard at 7:00 P.M.  As of 10:00 P.M., there’s already another 1.8 inches of snow on the snowboard.  We’ve picked up an inch in the past hour, so the pace of snowfall certainly seems to have picked up in our area.  Hopefully the mountains are doing well.  Below I’ve added the latest 24-hour accumulations that I’ve seen reported by the local ski areas.


Jay Peak:  4 inches (9:30 P.M.)

Smugg’s:  6 inches (11:57 A.M.)

Stowe:  2 inches (12:00 P.M.)

Mad River Glen:  6 inches (8:00 A.M.)

Sugarbush:  5 inches (2:29 P.M.)

Killington:  3 inches


A shot of this evening’s radar is included below; the echoes don’t look all that intense, but we’ve got big flakes coming down in the form of 1 inch/hour snowfall right now.





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