January 17, 2014 – Beautiful Snow – At Least 2 More Inches

Conditions
• Cloudy. Snow. At times it was snowing heavily with large flakes and no wind – it was beautiful when it was like that.

Ground Conditions
• 2 or 3 inches of snow cover by evening

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 34 about 10:20 am, 24 about 4:15 pm (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 30 and (official from TV or Weather Underground)
• 16 was the morning low
• the low for the day was tonight

Humidity
• 100% at 10:45 or 11 am according to the computer weather applet

Precipitation
• at least 2 inches of snow

Observations
• didn’t do much observing

Birds
• cardinal – male, female
• goldfinches
• juncos
• downy woodpecker – female (or hairy? – I think they are downy)
• red-bellied woodpecker
• dove

January 15, 2014 – Colder, A Little Snow

Conditions
• Colder. Light to moderate snow this morning. Some sun in early afternoon, then cloudy with snow flurries.

Ground Conditions
• a light dusting of snow – not enough to cover the grass

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 32 about 1:30 pm (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 31 and 17 (official from Weather Underground)

Precipitation
• a trace or light dusting of snow, not enough to cover the grass

Observations
• didn’t do much observing

Birds
• juncos
• cardinal – male, female
• doves

Other Animals
• squirrel

January 5, 2014 : Snow Storm Fizzles (or should I say drizzles?)

Conditions
– Cloudy, “warm”, rain. There was drizzle and maybe some light rain in the morning and early afternoon. Rain becoming heavier in mid-afternoon and continuing into the evening with some fog developing in late afternoon. Rain changed to snow by 9 pm.
– A snow storm was forecast with maybe some rain mixed in, and 3 to 6 inches of snow, but they were wrong.

Ground Conditions
– mostly snow covered but also standing water and slush from the rain and melting snow
– everything covered in snow again later tonight

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 37 or 38 at 10:30 am, almost 40 at noon, 40 in early afternoon, 39 about 4:30 pm, about 29 at 11 pm (my observations)
– 37 and 23 (official from Weather Underground)
– the low was just before midnight tonight

Precipitation (my observations)
– a little over 0.5 inch of rain
– 0.75 inches of snow

Observations
– didn’t do much observing today

Birds
– juncos
– cardinal – male, female
– hairy woodpecker – male

Other Animals
– squirrels

January 2, 2014 – Snow!

It was beautiful day, especially in the morning when it wasn’t windy. Snow is one of the most beautiful and wonderful things in nature. Everything blanketed in soft white snow, the flakes falling, and the quiet; beautiful and peaceful.

Conditions
– Snow in the morning. 4.5 inches on the bird feeder and 4 inches on the patio table (which is a metal meshwork so early on the snow would have fallen through) by noon and still snowing steadily. After noon the snow became lighter, with some pauses, and it got windy. Temperatures were dropping too. About 2 pm or so I measured 4.5 on the hood of my truck and 4 to 4.5 inches on the sidewalk and driveway (the first snow probably melted there as the ground would have been above freezing).

Ground Conditions
– snow cover of 5 inches or so

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 24 or 25 at noon, 20 at 3:30 pm (my observations)
– 29 and 8 (official from Weather Underground)
– the low was tonight just before midnight

Precipitation
– about 5 inches of snow

Gardening and Yard Work
– shoveling snow

Birds
– woodpeckers – the usual hairy woodpeckers, female and male – photos
– juncos – photos
– goldfinch
– cardinal – female, male

Photos
– snow, juncos, woodpecker

Snow!

Snow!

Hairy Woodpecker on Suet Feeder

Hairy Woodpecker on Suet Feeder

Junco on Suet Feeder

Junco on Suet Feeder

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Junco in snow

 

Day 061 – March 02, 2013 – Saturday

Weather:
Cold with light snow most of the day. Only a very light dusting, a trace – enough to just barely cover the bare dirt in the flower bed.

Temperatures (Official): (Fahrenheit, from Weather Underground)
28 and 24

Temperatures Observed: (Fahrenheit, my observations, mercury thermometer)
30 about 4 pm

Precipitation:
a trace of snow

Birds:
juncos
cardinal – male, female
smalls – a bunch
robins – 2
dove

Other Animals:
squirrel

Photos:
a few of the yard to show the trace of snow (Canon)

Day 060 – March 01, 2013 – Friday

Weather:
Cloudy with some very light snow – very tiny flakes that you couldn’t see unless you were outside in it. No accumulation. All the snow is gone today.

Temperatures (Official): (Fahrenheit, from TV or Weather Underground)
34 and 27
The low was just before midnight tonight and I think the high was probably just after midnight last night.

Precipitation:
nothing measurable, not even enough to wet the ground

Birds:
junco
cardinal – female

Other Animals:
squirrel

Day 059 – February 28, 2013 – Thursday

Weather:
Cloudy and cold. Probably a few flurries or sprinkles in late afternoon and evening
Snow in the early AM – enough to cover the ground and the street. At noon the snow was melting and the street and patio were wet with no snow, but the grass and roofs still had what looked like at least an inch, so there must have been at least an inch or two before it started melting. Except for some patchy snow on the grass and the roofs it had all melted off by dark tonight.

Temperatures (Official): (Fahrenheit, from TV or Weather Underground)
36 and 30

Precipitation:
1 or 2 inches of snow is my guess (1 to 2 tenths of liquid)

Birds:
cardinal – male, female
junco

Photos:
some of the snow in the yard (Canon)

Day 023 – January 23, 2013 – Wednesday

Weather
A very cold morning again. Cold and cloudy with steady light snow starting a little after 3 pm and continuing until after dark and then becoming lighter and probably ending around midnight. It was a very light, dry, fluffy snow – the kind that is so beautiful to watch come floating down.

Conditions
There was a little snow on the ground to start with but there was more grass than snow showing. The inch we got today was enough to cover the ground.

Temperatures (Official) (Fahrenheit, from TV or Weather Underground)
20 and 8

Temperatures Observed (Fahrenheit, my observations, mercury thermometer)
25 in early afternoon I think
22 at 6 pm

Precipitation
probably about 1 inch

Birds
cardinal – 2 males and 2 females, VERY unusual!!!, years ago there were 5 or 6 pairs around one winter, but I don’t remember seeing more than one pair (and their children) since then (although it may have happened).
juncos – 2

Other Animals
squirrel
mouse – outside, caught in the trap with stale cheese as bait
rabbits – several, after dark tonight

Photos
Of the cardinals and juncos (Sony, while it was snowing)

Here are some of the female Cardinal:

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Female Cardinal Photo

Female Cardinal Photo

Day 021 – January 21, 2013 – Monday

Weather
It was very cold with snow showers, heavy at times, from late morning until mid-afternoon, that left a dusting of snow on the ground. There were some brief peeks of sun, between and during snow showers, and then becoming sunny with a few clouds in the late afternoon. It was also breezy/windy.

Temperatures (Official) (Fahrenheit, from Weather Underground)
23 and 9 (official from Weather Underground)
the high was in the early am hours last night and the low was in the hour or so before midnight tonight

Temperatures Observed (Fahrenheit, my observations, mercury thermometer)
25 about 1:15 pm, 14 about 11:50 pm

Birds
cardinal – male
dove(s) – 1 or 2

Other Animals
squirrel
mouse – a very small one, near the base of the bird feeder, it was unusually small and looked like it didn’t have much hair, but I don’t know what else it would have been

Photos
snow in the yard (Canon)