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

January 6, 2014 : Very Cold! And Getting Colder! Record Low!

Conditions
– Very Cold! Windy. Sunny, but through some cloudiness, so it wasn’t very bright much of the time. Temperatures dropping.

Ground Conditions
– snow covered and frozen

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 4 about 11:15 am, about 3 at 3 pm, below zero at 5:15 pm (maybe 2 below – see note below), I estimate minus 5 about 10:15 pm (see note below) (my observations)
Note: my mercury thermometer isn’t marked below zero and I don’t know if it is accurate that low
– wind chills were around minus 30 at noon (TV news)
– 23 and minus 10 (official from TV as of 10 pm news)
– 23 and -10 (official from Weather Underground)
minus 10 was a RECORD LOW for this date and occurred tonight

Precipitation
– maybe another 0.5 inch of snow last night after midnight (hard to tell if there was any snow or not today)

Observations
– I put out extra bird seed
– the cardinal male was not as skittish as usual today – the cold makes him braver I guess, but the female is never as skittish and she was about the same as usual
– I saw the red-bellied woodpecker eating snow on the trunk of the red bud tree (photos)

Birds
– juncos – photos
– cardinals – male, female, photos
– hairy woodpecker – male, female, photos
– red-bellied woodpecker, photos
– goldfinches
– smalls

Other Animals
– I think there had been a squirrel on the bird feeder – the snow had been pushed off and there were what could be squirrel tracks

Photos
– woodpeckers, juncos, cardinal

Photo of Cardinal Female

Cardinal Female

 

Photo of Cardinal Female

Cardinal Female

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 4, 2014 : Calm Before the Storm

Conditions
– Warmer. Some melting of the snow. Sometimes sunny and sometimes cloudy.

Ground Conditions
– ground still covered although probably not as deep because there has been a little melting

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– about 32 at noon, 35 about 5 pm, still about 35 at about 11 pm (my observations)
– 36 and 11 (preliminary official data from U.S. National Weather Service)

Observations
– didn’t do much observing today

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

January 3, 2014 : Cold!

Conditions
– Bright sunshine, blue sky, sparkling white snow and cold.

Ground Conditions
– about 5 inches of snow

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)
– 16 at noon (my observations)
– minus 5 and 14 (official from TV)
– minus 5º F = -20.556º C (conversion by metric-conversions.org)

Birds
– juncos
– smalls
– goldfinch
– black-capped chickadee
– wren – on suet feeder
– hairy woodpecker(s)
– cardinal – female, male
– dove

Other Animals
– squirrel

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

 

Happy New Year!

Conditions
– Sunny in the morning then cloudy

Temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit)

– 41 about 1:45 pm, about 42 later (my observations)
– 41 and 22 (official from Weather Underground)

Observations

– didn’t do much observing

Birds
– woodpecker – hairy woodpecker (I’m still not absolutely sure they are not downy woodpeckers but I’m all but certain)
– juncos
– goldfinches – more than one today
– smalls
– cardinal male

Other Animals
– dog – a loose dog in the yard – same one as the other day

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)