The Middlebury Landscape

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 […]

May 8, 2011

Lake Flooding

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 6:28 pm  Tagged

We’re a little removed from Lake Champlain up in Middlebury, but probably not as far as you think. My own house sits above the Lemon Fair River, draining into the Otter Creek north of Middlebury, which empties into Lake Champlain just north of Vergennes. The lake itself also drains to the north, out the St. […]

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 […]

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. […]

December 3, 2010

New Breadloaf Weather Station

Filed under: Weather — Tim Parsons @ 12:14 pm  Tagged ,

Thanks to Environmental Council, Facilities Services has installed a second weather station, this one up at Breadloaf campus. It’s hanging on the side of the Laundry shack, next to the really cool old telephone booth. We use weather information from the station on main campus all the time, from worrying about snow removal to tracking […]

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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