The Middlebury Landscape

January 6, 2014

Water, water everywhere

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 8:09 pm  Tagged , , , ,

So we had some rain today. January is starting out with a bang-it didn’t get above 0 degrees for several days last week, and this morning was 50 degrees and raining. Rain of biblical proportions, with the rain gauge at the track saying .88″ of rain, most of it falling between 7:30-10:30, up to a […]

February 23, 2012

A Better Weather Forecast

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 11:27 am  Tagged , , , ,

Thanks to an Environmental Grant several years ago, the Landscape department has been running a personal weather station down at the track off of Porter Field Road, with a second more recent station up at Breadloaf campus. We depend on these stations for primarily for snow removal and IPM strategies. The data are also streamed […]

March 10, 2011

Some snow

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 6:40 am  Tagged , ,

The most remarkable thing about this last snow storm on Monday is probably the fact I almost didn’t write about it. After this punishing winter of snow removal, yet another storm didn’t seem worthy of taking the time to whine. But, after setting some records, I thought I’d write about it, if only so students […]

February 25, 2011

This Winter, explained.

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 3:29 pm  Tagged ,

Some of our winter weather is controlled by a weather oscilliation know as the North Atlantic Oscilliation, or NAO. This is defined by the difference in atmospheric pressure between an area above Iceland and above the Azores. Ordinarily, low pressure in the winter sits over Iceland, and high pressure over the Azores, and this creates […]

February 23, 2011

Winter Carnival-Snow Sculptures

Filed under: Outdoor Art — Tim Parsons @ 10:24 am  Tagged , ,

There is a lot more to snow sculpting than meets the eye. Our department does quite a few things, but probably one of the most unusual is making giant blocks of snow for the annual Winter Carnival snow sculpture contest. Not this year, obviously, but some years the primary ingredient can be a little tricky. I’ve heard […]

January 25, 2011

Putty Knives

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 6:43 am  Tagged , ,

A couple of storms ago, I caught myself absentmindedly sticking our most important snow fighting tool into my pocket, and it occurred to me I’d left it out of the list of techniques and equipment I’ve written about in the past. Yes, for some storms, the most important tool in our kit seems to be the lowly putty knife. […]

January 22, 2011

Snow Days

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 12:15 pm  Tagged , , , ,

Luther Tenny (Facilities Snow Guru, and master of the Snow Plan) keeps much better track of snow storms than I. The weather station down at the track records liquid precipitation year round, thanks to a small heater melting snow in the rain guage. This has recorded .91″ so far in January, compared to 1.35″ to […]

December 13, 2010

Magic (Salt)

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 12:08 pm  Tagged , ,

We’ve had quite the snow week, even though it rapidly disappeared in the rain Sunday. I’ve written about how we remove snow in the past, it’s one of my favorite posts. And what I said certainly still holds true, that a job well done means that no one really noticed we did anything at all. […]

April 27, 2010

It’s Snowing, and it’s almost May

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 3:49 pm  Tagged , ,

April 27th, and there is a couple of inches of snow on the ground. Enough so I’m wondering if the Montery School needs any landscaping help. It’s not the snow that’s disconcerting, it’s the 3-7 ” additional forecast for tonight. The temperatures yesterday were in the 60’s, and now it’s about 36. Here’s a slideshow […]

March 7, 2010

Snow Removal

Filed under: Random Thoughts — Tim Parsons @ 11:27 am  Tagged

It’s an odd business to be in, pushing snow around from place to place. Done well, nobody knows or cares- come to work, park the car, walk to class. Miss a storm, and it’s easy to see the mistake. Just ask a student wearing their slippers or flip-flops to Proctor for breakfast. (Yes, flip-flops, not […]

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