Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:56 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:56:07 GMT
People in Pat O'Hagan's small hometown of Sheffield say there is a bit a closure. That this week's developments end some of the two-and-a half year old mystery. Friends and neighbors say all this beginsMore >>
People in Pat O'Hagan's small hometown of Sheffield say there is a bit a closure.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:29:47 GMT
Chittenden Solid Waste District general manager Tom Moreau says the chemical aminopyralid is the herbicide found in Green Mountain Compost that ruined up to five hundred gardens last year including his. "We'reMore >>
The herbicide likely came from hay that came to the compost through manure.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:23 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:23:32 GMT
For the first time in more than a year, we're hearing from the couple accused of brutally killing a popular St. Johnsbury teacher, Melissa Jenkins. Both Allen and Patricia Prue spoke in court today -More >>
For the first time in more than a year, we're hearing from the couple accused of brutally killing a popular St. Johnsbury teacher, Melissa Jenkins. Both Allen and Patricia Prue spoke in court today - requesting new attorneys. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:25:01 GMT
Voters across the state of New York headed to the polls on Tuesday to vote on their school districts budgets and elect school board members. For voters in Peru, NY the reaction to the proposed budget isMore >>
Voters across the state of New York headed to the polls on Tuesday to vote on their school districts budgets and elect school board members. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:10 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:10:06 GMT
South Burlington fire fighters say they had to close off some streets Tuesday to repair a gas leak. It happened around 2 on Hayes Avenue, as construction crews were working on a street project. FirefightersMore >>
South Burlington fire fighters say they had to close off some streets Tuesday to repair a gas leak.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:44 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:44:30 GMT
For more than two and half years we haven't heard much from police about the death of Pat O'Hagan. That changed Tuesday when we received these federal documents that connects Michael Norrie, 22, KeithMore >>
Even with confessions of three people regarding the death of Pat O'Hagan, state prosecutors say there isn't enough evidence to charge them. Instead, federal prosecutors are hoping to use that information to lock at least one of them behind bars for a longer time.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:32 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:32:47 GMT
Here's a timeline of events regarding Pat O'Hagan's death. On September 10, 2010, police say 78-year-old Pat O'Hagan was attacked and killed inside her Sheffield, Vt. home.The next day a friend reportedMore >>
Timeline of events regarding Pat O'Hagan's death.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:32 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:32:54 GMT
Vermont Restaurant Week donates $6,600 to Vermont Food Bank. A press release says the money will provide 19,800 meals for families throughout Vermont "The Vermont Food Bank is thrilled to again be theMore >>
Vermont Restaurant Week donates $6,600 to Vermont Foodbank.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:43 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:43:40 GMT
A judge denied Allen Prue's request for a new lawyer Tuesday. Earlier Tuesday, a judge also denied Patricia Prue, Allen's wife, a new lawyer. Patricia and Allen Prue are accused of strangling and beatingMore >>
A judge denied Allen Prue's request for a new lawyer Tuesday.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:22 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:22:01 GMT
If you're looking to help the victims of the deadly tornado in Oklahoma here are some resources: Red Cross You can also text REDCROSS to: 90999. Each text will donate $10 and will be charged to your phoneMore >>
If you're looking to help the victims of the deadly tornado in Oklahoma here are some resources. More >>
It's a question on many minds this time of year... what is the winter going to be like?
Our Sky Tracker meteorologists have been asked this many times already this year.
Over the past few winters, Mother Nature has "toyed" with us... providing a winter of record snowfall just a couple of years ago, to one of the brownest and warmest years even long time locals have ever experienced. Chief meteorologist Kerrin Jeromin looked in to winters past to develop a seasonal outlook for this coming 2012-2013 winter.
Think back to March 6-7th of 2011, the last wallop of snow for our region after a winter of record snowfall. That winter, nearly 130" of snow fell in the Burlington area.
Now, think about last winter. A winter for the record books for least snowfall with only 37" of snow in Burlington...about half of average.
"I think if we see another winter like that, as warm, I think a lot of people will be scratching their heads wondering if there's something more than we just aren't aware of yet", explains Mike Halpert from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.
After analyzing winters past, looking at what weather patterns existed each season and what kind of winter we had, and with the use of weather models, Kerrin expects a slightly warmer and slightly lower than average snowfall this winter compared to any average winter season.
"Every year has its variability and really what it all boils down to is the location of the jet stream", explains Paul Sisson from the National Weather Service in Burlington.
The jet stream is a fast flowing current of air in the upper atmosphere. Located about 4 to 8 miles above the Earth's surface, the jet stream is the steering mechanism for storm systems. It is also the cutoff of cold air to the north, and warm air to the south.
"Obviously for snow we want cold air", Sisson says.
In the Northeast, one of the big players in what kind of winter we see, lies in the Atlantic ocean. The changing location of high and low pressure systems determine just how much cold air can flow southward away from the Polar regions. The problem with this is that we can only forecast that pattern about a week or two out…not months in advance.
"Until we're able to come up with a way to reliably forecast that, winter will probably continue to be a challenging forecast [in places like Vermont]", explains Halpert.
There are three other signs used to forecast for winters across the country. The first, and most reliable, is the ENSO cycle. This is more commonly known as El Nino or La Nina and is the fluctuation of water temperature in Pacific ocean.
"In many winters, we either have an El Nino or La Nina and that helps provide some type of a consistent forecast signal that tilts us in one direction or another. And this year, we don't even have that to latch on to", says Halpert.
Second, trends in regional climate are also considered in long term forecasting.
"[In Burlington], we've seen a slight increase over time. But, you can still see big peaks and big valleys from year to year in our snowfall amounts", explains Sisson.
The third, and newest clue, and likely perhaps the future of forecasting, is the use of computer models.
"That's on a lot of people's minds. Not only what the winter will look like, but the next 10, 20, or 30 years going to look like", explains Sisson.
Based on current weather model data, winter should get off to a warmer than average start, but return to normal by early 2013
One final thing to keep in mind... the terrain plays a large role in snowfall totals each season.
According to local climate data, valley areas average anywhere from about 50-80 inches of natural snowfall each season. Whereas many of the nearby ski areas average anywhere from 200-300 inches of snowfall...some even more.
Consider this, even in last winter's sub par year, Jay Peak ski resort had about 250 inches of natural snowfall...quite a bit more than that measly 37 inches in Burlington.
So, with Kerrin's current forecast of below average snowfall and slightly warmer than average temperatures, it's important to remember, it's all relative to each little microclimate across our region.