The Middlebury Landscape

September 13, 2015

Drought Stress

Filed under: Landscape,Trees,Weather — Tim Parsons @ 3:13 pm  Tagged , , , , ,

Our barely green lawns across campus belie a hard fact this summer-it’s been dry. Very, very dry. Funny, considering how wet it was in late spring, when it was almost too wet to do anything outside. The High Plains Regional Climate Center (kick ass website for weather geeks!) maps show we have 25% of the normal […]

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 […]

September 1, 2011

Irene Still Hanging Around

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 7:47 pm  Tagged , ,

Like a guest that just won’t leave, the effects of Irene the Hurricane still seem to be around Middlebury. Primarily what we’re watching now is the Otter Creek. It takes a while. All the headwaters that feed into the creek have been slowly dropping, like my own muddy Lemon Fair River, and so the Otter […]

August 29, 2011

Irene visits Middlebury

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 6:34 pm  Tagged , , ,

Given all the flooding and destruction in the state, I feel very fortunate here at Middlebury, and at my house overlooking the Lemon Fair (flooded, but looks like a normal spring). While we certainly had some damage on campus, it feels relativly minor compared to friends in East Middlebury in need of a new backyard. […]

July 10, 2011

A Wednesday Thunderstorm

Filed under: Trees,Weather — Tim Parsons @ 6:05 pm  Tagged , , , , ,

Last wednesday we had a rip-banger. Thunderstorms developed in the hot summer air over Northern New York, and built as they tracked across the lake. The line continued to build once across the lake, and erupted on top of Middlebury. I was sitting at home, (I was at work early), watching lightening strike all around […]

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 […]

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 2, 2010

What a Storm

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 8:11 pm  Tagged ,

“No enemy but the weather, and the wind, the wind, the wind.” Michael Carey, from “The Thing about Farming”, The Noise the Earth Makes. We had some wind yesterday. I’m thinking you noticed. Peak wind gust at our Middlebury College Weather Station was recorded at 51 mph, but what I found most impressive was the sustained wind […]

August 3, 2010

Lightning Strike

Filed under: Trees,Weather — Tim Parsons @ 8:29 pm  Tagged , ,

Our wild and crazy summer weather here at Middlebury continues, this time with a tree being struck by lightning. (Side note to the faithful readers out there. I feel for you-has this blog been getting depressing lately? With vandalism, more vandalism, storms, more storms, even still more storms, and disease,  it seems like the Middlebury Landscape […]

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