January 7, 2014 : Extreme Cold, Below Zero Start, Warming Up

Conditions
– Extreme cold last night, but warming through the day. Sunny with a few clouds, but becoming overcast in late afternoon.

Ground Conditions
– snow covered and frozen

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 12 about 1:45 pm (my observations, mercury thermometer)
– 11 and minus 9 (official from TV as of the 11 pm news)
– the official airport temperature was up to zero about noon
– the high temperature was tonight as temps continued to rise

Observations
– didn’t do much observing
– after some more research I now think the hairy woodpeckers I’ve been seeing are actually Downy and not Hairy like I thought before (but it is hard to be absolutely certain)

Birds
– juncos
– cardinal – female, male
– smalls
– goldfinches
– hairy woodpecker or downy woodpecker – after some research I now think the ones I’ve been seeing are actually Downy and not Hairy like I thought before (but it is hard to be absolutely certain)

Other Animals
– looks like rabbit tracks

Day 012 – January 12, 2013 – Saturday

Weather:
very warm
cloudy with a few peeks of sun
a trace of rain in the morning and light rain shower(s) tonight

Conditions:
ground conditions are very wet
only a couple very small piles of snow by the street where the snow plows piled it

Temperatures (Official): (Fahrenheit)
63 and 51 (from TV)
64 and 51 (from Weather Underground)
the high was just before midnight tonight

Temperatures Observed: (Fahrenheit, my observations, mercury thermometer)
62 at 4 pm

Humidity:
probably high

Precipitation:
1 or 2 tenths of an inch

Birds:
doves
robin

Other Animals:
squirrels

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Weather: cloudy with light snow shower(s)

Conditions: snow melting – grass showing through in places

Temperatures (Official): Seems to be some confusion
36 and 29 (Fahrenheit, from TV)
36 and 24 (Fahrenheit, from Weather Underground)

Temperatures Observed: 38 at 1:25 pm, 33 at 5:15 pm (Fahrenheit, my observations)

Humidity:

Precipitation: a trace

Gardening and Yard Work: none

Observations: none

Butterflies: none

Birds:
– cardinal – male
– great blue heron – it was flying , and I didn’t get a long or close look, so I can’t be absolutely positive, but I am pretty sure that is what it was
– junco
– robin

Other Animals:
– squirrel

Photos: none

January 5, 2013

Weather: mostly sunny

Conditions: some melting of the snow, but the ground is still snow covered

Temperatures (Official): 38 and 18 (Fahrenheit, from TV)

Temperatures Observed: 40 this afternoon (Fahrenheit, my observations)

Humidity:

Precipitation: none

Gardening and Yard Work: none

Observations: none

Butterflies: none

Birds:
cardinal – male

Other Animals: none

Photos: none

January 3, 2013

Conditions

  • cold, sunny and then mostly cloudy from mid-afternoon or so
  • ground is still snow covered, maybe a little bit of melting but not noticeable

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Official (from Weather Underground)
    • 29 and 11
  • My Observations
    • 33 about 1:40 pm

Humidity

Precipitation (Rain / Snow)

  • none

Gardening and Yard Work

  • none

Observations

  • none

Butterflies

  • none

Birds

  • cardinal – male
  • smalls

Other Animals

  • squirrel – came right up to, and looked in, the family room sliding door window

Photos

  • none

December 27, 2012

Conditions
cold, cloudy, clearing in late afternoon but too late to get any real sun
snow melting some

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
36 about 2 pm, 34 about 4:30 pm (my observations)
29 and 24 (official from Weather Underground)

Precipitation (Rain / Snow)
none

Butterflies
none

Birds
cardinal – male
juncos
geese – a flock flew over (photos) and another flock flew nearby

Other Animals
squirrel

Photos

Photo of a Flock of  Geese

Flock of Geese