January 16, 2014 – Cloudy, Cold, Snow

Conditions
• Cloudy and cold. Snow beginning just before noon and continuing much of the day and tonight.

Ground Conditions
• snow covered – just enough to cover the grass

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 27 or 28 at 11 am, 29 or 30 at 12:30 pm, about 31 about 11:15 pm (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• (official from TV or Weather Underground)

Precipitation
• 0.25 to 0.5 inches of snow is my guess

Observations
• didn’t do much observing

Birds
• cardinal – female, I think I saw the male too
• juncos
• downy woodpecker
• wren

Other Animals
• squirrel

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 14, 2014 – Sun, Clouds, And a Trace of Rain

Conditions
Bright sun and blue skies this morning, then becoming cloudy in the afternoon. A little bit of rain this evening.

Ground Conditions
• very soggy and wet

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 40 about 10:45 or so (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 46 and 27 (official from TV)

Precipitation
• just a trace of rain (not enough to measure)

Gardening and Yard Work
• put out a new block of suet and propped up the one plant hook that was leaning over (pulled over by the wire I hang the suet on)

Observations
• the suet is gone – time to put more out

Birds
• goldfinch
• smalls
• dove
• geese – a flock flying
• cardinal – female, male

January 13, 2014 – “Warm” and Windy with a Little Rain

Conditions
• Cloudy, “warm”, and windy. A little rain in late afternoon and into the evening.

Ground Conditions
• soggy even before the rain

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 49 or 50 about 10:45 am, 50 about 4 pm, about 47 at 9:30 pm (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 51 and 42 (official from TV)

Precipitation
• about 1/8th inch of rain

Observations
• didn’t do much observing

Birds
• cardinal – female, male

January 12, 2014 – Overcast Then Sunny, Breezy

Conditions
• Overcast in the morning. Clearing during the afternoon and sunny most of the time. Breezy/windy.

Ground Conditions
• soggy wet

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 42 about 3:30 pm (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 42 and 32 (official from TV)

Observations
• didn’t do much observing

Birds
• woodpecker – downy woodpecker (or hairy woodpecker)
• cardinal – male

Other Animals
• squirrel

January 11, 2014 : Warm Start, Temperature Drops, Rain

Conditions
• Warm, dark, rainy and windy with some peeks of sun. Temperatures dropping through the day.

Ground Conditions
• soggy wet, a tiny bit of snow left where I had shoveled some, but I think it was gone too by tonight

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 51 about 11:15 am, 50 about 11:40 am (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 51 and 35 (Weather Underground)
• the high was shortly after midnight last night

Precipitation
• 0.5 inch of rain

Birds
• great blue heron or crane or stork or something – this morning a very large bird with very long legs and neck flew by and landed on top of the big farmhouse next door, but by the time I got my tripod and camera out it was gone
• woodpecker – downy (or hairy)
• cardinal – female, male

Other Animals
• squirrel

January 10, 2014 : Warmer, Snow Melting, Cloudy

Conditions
• Warmer, snow melting, cloudy. Some light rain or drizzle starting before dark and continuing tonight – but there was nothing measurable and so I wonder if it wasn’t just enough mist or fog to keep the ground wet.
• All the beautiful snow that fell last night was gone or turned to slush and melting fast this morning. By midnight tonight there was hardly a trace of snow left.

Ground Conditions
• snow covered to start, but most of the ground was bare by the time it got dark, and by midnight almost all the snow was gone

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 40 about 10:30 am, almost 44 at 3 pm (my observations)
• 46 and 33 (official from TV)
• 46 was the current temp at 10 pm news and could have gone higher

Official from Weather Underground (20140112)
• 50 and 33
• the high was just before midnight tonight

Humidity
• very high

Precipitation
• possibly a little snow in the early am
• a trace of rain, or was it just enough fog or mist to keep the ground wet?

Observations
• didn’t do much observing
• even so I didn’t see any birds until almost 5 pm (very unusual, but happens once in a while)

Birds
• woodpecker – downy or hairy
• cardinal – female, male, at dusk

Other Animals
• squirrel

January 9, 2014 : Another Inch of Snow

Conditions
• A bit warmer, breezy, overcast most of the day, some sunshine, some snowflakes. Then tonight we had some snow.

Ground Conditions
• snow covered, with grass starting to show through in places, until tonight when everything got a fresh coating of snow

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
• 33 about 11:15 am, 35 about 3 pm and 5 pm (my observations, mercury thermometer)
• 33 and 18 (official from TV)

Precipitation
• at least 1 inch of snow is what it looks like

Observations
• didn’t do much observing today
• not as many birds around as usual – I wonder why

Birds
• juncos
• cardinal – female

Other Animals
• squirrels
• human – the gas meter reader walked through the yard

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January 8, 2014 : Temps Returning to Normal

Conditions
– Cloudy, cold, a few tiny snowflakes and a few tiny peeks of sunshine.

Ground Conditions
– snow covered and frozen

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 25 or 26 at noon, I think I saw 29 in mid-afternoon (my observations)
– 26 and 10 (official from TV and Weather Underground)

Observations
– didn’t do much observing

Birds
– downy woodpecker – or is/are it/they hairy woodpeckers?
– juncos
– smalls
– european starlings
– goldfinches
– cardinal – male, female
– red-bellied woodpecker – on the ground (with the 2 cardinals) under the thistle feeder – eating thistle?, later on the suet

Other Animals
– squirrel – it was drinking at the spring in the hillside in the neighbors back yard, it is also being a pest on the bird feeder so I put a bunch of hot pepper powder on the feeder – it still came but it may have left sooner