Vermont Snowfall February 25, 2011

Below are the total snowfall totals for much of Vermont and portions of NE'rn New York. For 
Burlington, VT, we received a total snowfall amount of 9.6" (at least according to the NWS)!
 It was a bit difficult to get an accurate reading of snowfall for this storm because of all 
the wind that occurred in the afternoon hours. I was only able to record about 7" of snowfall. 
For other reports across Vermont, please see the below list courtesy of the NWS.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
SPOTTER REPORTS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
1035 AM EST SAT FEB 26 2011

THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL OBSERVATIONS FOR THE STORM 
THAT AFFECTED OUR REGION ON FRIDAY. APPRECIATION IS EXTENDED TO HIGHWAY 
DEPARTMENTS...COOPERATIVE AND COCORAHS OBSERVERS...SKYWARN SPOTTERS AND MEDIA 
FOR THESE REPORTS. THIS SUMMARY IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR HOME PAGE AT 
WEATHER.GOV/BURLINGTON

********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************

LOCATION            STORM TOTAL    TIME/DATE  COMMENTS                   
                     SNOWFALL         OF 
                     /INCHES/     MEASUREMENT

NEW YORK

...CLINTON COUNTY...
   4 ESE PERU             8.2   600 AM  2/26  COCORAHS                

...ESSEX COUNTY...
   2 N LAKE PLACID       13.3   800 AM  2/26  COCORAHS                

...FRANKLIN COUNTY...
   TUPPER LAKE           10.0   600 PM  2/25  PUBLIC                  
   WHIPPLEVILLE           3.2   539 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   1 SW MALONE            2.0   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER          
                  

...ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY...
   1 NW EDWARDS           6.3  1000 AM  2/26  COCORAHS                
   3 WNW GOUVERNEUR       5.5   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   SW HANNAWA FALLS       3.5   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS                          
   1 NNW POTSDAM          2.5   456 PM  2/25  COCORAHS                
   OGDENSBURG             2.0   506 PM  2/25  PUBLIC 

VERMONT

...ADDISON COUNTY...
   ORWELL                 9.0   415 PM  2/25  COCORAHS                
   2 N SALISBURY          9.0   515 PM  2/25  CO-OP OBSERVER
   2 NW LINCOLN           7.5   800 AM  2/26  COCORAHS                         

...CALEDONIA COUNTY...
   2 SW SUTTON           10.3   650 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER          
   2 NE SUTTON            8.5   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER          
   4 N WALDEN             8.5   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER         

...CHITTENDEN COUNTY...
   4 NNE UNDERHILL        9.9   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS                
   1 S ESSEX CENTER       9.7   714 PM  2/25  NWS EMPLOYEE            
   1 NE SOUTH BURLINGTO   9.6  1200 AM  2/26  NWS OFFICE              
   1 E NASHVILLE          8.7   645 AM  2/26  NWS EMPLOYEE
   WILLISTON              8.4   436 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   1 NNE HUNTINGTON       7.9   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS                 
   2 E COLCHESTER POINT   7.2   508 PM  2/25  NWS EMPLOYEE            

...LAMOILLE COUNTY...
   1 ESE PLEASANT VALLE   9.8  1236 AM  2/26  SPOTTER                 
   MORRISVILLE            9.5   545 PM  2/25  PUBLIC                  
   1 NW SOUTH CAMBRIDGE   9.3   916 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   5 N JEFFERSONVILLE     7.0   830 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER          
   3 NE HYDE PARK         6.0   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS          

...ORANGE COUNTY...
   2 WSW BROOKFIELD      10.0   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER          
   STRAFFORD              8.5   518 PM  2/25  PUBLIC
   CORINTH                7.8   650 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER          
   2 NW CHELSEA           6.5   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER                   

...ORLEANS COUNTY...
   WESTMORE               9.5  1104 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER
   7 SE MORGAN            8.5   800 AM  2/26  COCORAHS                
   3 ENE BARTON           7.3   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS         
   NEWPORT                7.0   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER          
   JAY PEAK               6.0   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER          
   1 WNW WESTFIELD        5.0   715 AM  2/26  COCORAHS          
   2 WNW STANNARD         5.8   425 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER         

...RUTLAND COUNTY...
   KILLINGTON            12.0   907 AM  2/26  SKI BASE LODGE
   1 N RUTLAND            8.4   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER          
          

...WASHINGTON COUNTY...
   5 NNE WATERBURY       12.1   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS                
   3 NW WATERBURY        10.5   600 AM  2/26  COCORAHS                
   3 NE WATERBURY         9.5   515 AM  2/26  COCORAHS                
   4 ENE CABOT            8.5   900 AM  2/26  COCORAHS 
   2 NNE WATERBURY CENT   8.0   920 AM  2/26  TRAINED SPOTTER 
   2 W WORCESTER          7.5   800 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER                  
   1 SSW SOUTH WOODBURY   7.0   637 AM  2/26  SPOTTER
   2 W WAITSFIELD         7.0   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER          
   2 SE WAITSFIELD        7.0   700 AM  2/26  COCORAHS                
   5 SW MARSHFIELD        6.7   545 AM  2/26  COCORAHS                
   2 SW MONTPELIER        6.0   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER          
   2 SW EAST CALAIS       5.2   600 AM  2/26  COCORAHS                      

...WINDSOR COUNTY...
   SPRINGFIELD           14.0   510 PM  2/25  PUBLIC                  
   1 WSW LUDLOW          12.5   800 AM  2/26  COCORAHS                
   CHESTER               12.0   918 PM  2/25  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   3 N POMFRET            9.7   650 AM  2/26  COCORAHS 
   1 ENE WOODSTOCK        9.5   800 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER
   4 N BETHEL             7.2   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER          
   1 S ROCHESTER          7.0   700 AM  2/26  CO-OP OBSERVER

Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) February 16-17, 2011

For many people across N’rn New England and the remainder of the N’rn United States, the Aurora Borealis (also known as the Northern Lights) is something we love and adore. Surprisingly enough, there are still many people out there that don’t even know what the aurora is…or have never seen it! A little bit of brief science before we continue…the aurora borealis is a phenomenon that occurs when particles from the sun bombard the Earth’s magnetic field. More specifically, the particles interact with Nitrogen and Oxygen to produce the reds, greens, blues, and yellowish hues we call the aurora.

Now for the interesting stuff. Around 0200z on the 15th of February (9PM EST on the 14th), a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) and solar flare were recognized by NASA satellite and instrumentation. This CME and solar flare should arrive in the next 12hrs of when I post this. I am hoping that the calculations of arrival are a little off because I would like to see the aurora before clouds ruin the show for later tonight and tomorrow night. This is the strongest solar flare that has been recorded in the past 4 years, so there should be a pretty spectacular display of the aurora (especially anywhere North of 45N). I wouldn’t be surprised if there were reports of people seeing the aurora in S’rn New England (if visible).

If you’ve never seen the aurora, I hope you get to see it. If you’ve already experienced the Northern Lights, I hope it is a great refresher for you. I’ve personally prepped to take some pictures of it. Enjoy and happy star gazing!

Garrett