Out of the blue

Out of the blue, skies cleared for a few days in the region.

And if the weather forecast holds, today and Wednesday will show off that blue hue as well.


Trees are reflected in the neighbor’s pond.

Speaking of forecasts, the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has added a Winter Weather page which includes snowfall forecasts. However, there is no need to panic as none of the white stuff is scheduled for the next few days.


Trees are reflected by the neighbor’s pond.

The page is located at www.weather.gov/pbz/winter. Also included on the page are some long-range forecast graphics. The one for temperatures displays a 70 percent chance of above average temperatures for the region from Dec. 2-6. The six to ten day outlook for precipitation calls for a 40 percent chance of below average precipitation.

Meanwhile, forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center had released their winter outlook back in mid October.

According to the forecasters the biggest wildcard in the U.S. winter season would be La Nina.

“Wetter-than-average conditions are favored across most of the northern United States, extending from the northern Rockies, to the eastern Great Lakes, the Ohio Valley, in Hawaii and in western and northern Alaska,” said the article which was posted on www.noaa.gov.

Along with the wetter-than-normal conditions, warmer-than-normal conditions were also forecast for the Mid-Atlantic region for this winter as well.


A dusting of snow covered trees and more earlier last week.

So what does all this mean? It could mean a chance for a warmer wetter winter.

However, no one completely knows what Mother Nature has in store for the day until they step out the door – and sometimes not even then.

Meanwhile, the cheeky chickadees have engaged in some acrobatics to harvest seeds from the cones of the hemlock tree.


A black-capped chickadee

Many red squirrels are visiting the bird feeder and hopefully not the attic.


Red squirrels feed on bird seed.

Sadie the Newfoundland is still enjoying soaking in any watering hole she can find despite her owner’s disapproval.



Buford, Sherman and Kyle all donned florescent orange during bear season and the start of deer season.






Sherman “sticks it” to Sadie.

More ear photos have turned up on the trail camera. Several camera tampering subjects have been caught on “tape,” but exact IDs were hard to come by.



(A Walk in the Woods contains photos from newsroom staffer Anna Applegate’s daily jaunts around her neck of the woods. Tagging along on the treks are dogs, Buford, Sherman and Sadie, and goats, Kyle and Kennedy. Applegate manages the Good Times and can be emailed at bigdogs.thederrick@gmail.com.)