Thursday, January 19, 2012

New Stats to look for

As most of you have looked at the blog for a few years know, I regularly check the river page to see what level the Winooski is at, this year, I, and surely lots of other farmers, are looking at these numbers, particularly the snowfall for the season and month.  The numbers tell a good deal, but not all of the story.  They tell us that we have 29 inches less snow than last year this time, which is more than 50% less, or probably more importantly, even if it started snowing at the record rates of last year, we would have still 25% less than last year, and hence signigantly less flooding.  If we hang out at average or the  even less than average that we are getting so far we could even be looking at some early starts, like we had in the 2010 season.  Some of this number crunching is just too much time in the winter, but still, a good way to plan how much one should try to get on the highest ground one has, and to look ahead and say, maybe we will be in the greenhouses a week earlier than last year, so get ready.

heres the link in case you want to watch along with me: http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=ICAO:KBTV&almanac=1

 Burlington International, Vermont (KBTV)

Weather Almanac for January 19, 2012
  Actual Normal Record Last Year
Yesterday:
Max Temperature 44° 27° 53° (1996) 31°
Min Temperature 10° -24° (1974) 11°
Precipitation 0.00 " 0.07 " 1.61 " ( 2006 ) 0.21 "
Month-to-date precip. 0.93 " 1.19 " -- 1.19 "
Year-to-date precip. 0.93 " 1.19 " -- 1.19 "
Snowfall 0.0 " 0.6 " 9.7 " ( 1978 ) 2.1 "
Month-to-date snowfall 8.1 " 12.2 " -- 21.0 "
Season-to-date snowfall 20.1 " 35.5 " -- 49.3 "
Heating degree days 38 47 -- 44
Month-to-date heating degree days 754 831 -- 785
Since 1 July heating degree days 3010 3590 -- 3569
Since 1 Jan cooling degree days -- -- -- --
Maximum humidity: 86%, Minimum humidity: 45%, Average humidity: 66%                             P.S. for those looking for the brochure I will be getting it ready for the end of January beginning of Feb.

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