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WFO BTV Lake Champlain Forecasts
RECREATIONAL FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
324 AM EST MON DEC 22 2014

.THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN FORECAST...

.TODAY...LIGHT AND VARIABLE WINDS...BECOMING SOUTH AROUND 5 KNOTS IN
THE AFTERNOON. WAVES NEARLY CALM...BUILDING TO 1 FOOT OR LESS IN
THE AFTERNOON.
.TONIGHT...SOUTH WINDS AROUND 5 KNOTS. WAVES AROUND 1 FOOT. A
SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN OR LIGHT SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT.
VISIBILITY 3 TO 5 MILES AFTER MIDNIGHT.
.TUESDAY...SOUTH WINDS 5 TO 15 KNOTS. WAVES 1 TO 2 FEET. A CHANCE
OF LIGHT RAIN OR LIGHT SNOW IN THE MORNING...THEN A CHANCE OF RAIN
IN THE AFTERNOON. VISIBILITY 3 TO 5 MILES...DECREASING TO 2 TO 4
MILES IN THE AFTERNOON.

LATEST LEVEL AND TEMPERATURE DATA FROM AROUND LAKE CHAMPLAIN
                                LEVEL           TEMPERATURE
USGS GAGE AT ROUSES POINT NY    94.88 FEET
USGS GAGE AT BURLINGTON VT      94.96 FEET      39 DEGREES
KING STREET FERRY DOCK          94.88 FEET      40 DEGREES
COLCHESTER REEF                                 42 DEGREES
DIAMOND ISLAND                                  43 DEGREES


Graphical Lake Forecast Lake Point Forecasts

 

 

Current Conditions

Last Updated on 5:00 AM EST Mon Dec 22 2014
Location Tmp
(°F)
RH
(%)
Wind
(kts)
Pres
(mb)
Water Tmp
(°F)
Colchester Reef2697NE4G61024.041.6
Diamond IslandN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Burton Island2194NE1G31025N/A
Current Lake Champlain Readings
Lake data for 12/21/2014 from King St. Ferry dock
Level: 94.88 ft. Temp: 40 F


60 Day Lake Level & Temperature Plots
Current Year Lake Level & Temperature Plots

 

USGS Gage at Burlington, VT

(near real-time)
USGS Gage at Rouse's Point, NY

(near real-time)

USGS Gage at Whitehall, NY

(near real-time)

 

Alternate USGS Links



Historical Lake Champlain Yearly Graphs
Graphs updated daily
Lake LevelLake Temperature

 

Lake Champlain Models

 

 WRF/GLERL Lake Champlain Wind & Wave Models

Disclaimer: The data and information that is contained in these WRF/GLERL wind and wave forecasts should be considered for informational and planning purposes only. It does not represent the official Lake Champlain Recreational Forecast, nor does it constitute an endorsement by the National Weather Service as an accurate representation of true wind and wave behavior on the lake.

 

The Science Behind the Creation of the Lake Champlain Forecast

 

The National Weather Service in Burlington produces the Lake Champlain recreational forecast from April through December, twice per day at approximately 4 am and 4 pm, with updates made when weather conditions become unrepresentative. Forecasts are valid for either 36 or 48 hours dependent on issuance time, and predict winds, significant wave heights, sensible weather, and associated restrictions to visibility if applicable over the open lake waters. Text, graphical and "point and click" forecasts are available to the user. In addition to these official forecasts, the NWS in Burlington produces a Lake Champlain model forecast which is run 4 times daily. These "model produced" forecasts are created automatically, with no human involvement and predict winds and wave heights only. They have been shown to predict these elements reasonably well under most conditions, and provide an extra source of information to those wanting access to more data. However, having no human involvement should throw caution to the wind and during most situations boaters should refer to the official NWS forecast for the most accurate and representative information. Click here for answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the Lake Champlain Recreational Forecast process.

 

Lake Champlain Ice Coverage

 

As of mid December, 2013 Lake Champlain is beginning to develop surface ice. From now until the end of the 2013-2014 ice season images will be regularly posted on this page to give winter recreational enthusiasts using the lake a rough idea of ice coverage. The imagery is MODIS 250 meter resolution data from NOAA's Terra and Aqua polar orbiting satellites on clear or predominantly sunny days and will show approximate ice coverage on the lake. The times of the images vary, but usually are within an hour or two of local noon when the satellite passes occur. Please note that ice may be clear or opaque in the pictures with a few apparently open water areas possibly having a thin, clear cover of ice. Thus this page is intended as a reference source only, and those planning winter activities on the lake should make use of additional resources to determine more precise ice coverage and thickness in their area of interest. 
 

 

 

Lake Champlain Nautical Charts

 

 

Other Champlain Information

 

WFO BTV Higher Summits Forecasts
RECREATIONAL FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
324 AM EST MON DEC 22 2014

.THE HIGHER SUMMITS FORECAST FOR VERMONT AND NORTHERN NEW YORK...

.TODAY...CLOUDY IN THE MORNING...THEN BECOMING IN AND OUT OF
CLOUDS. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE
UPPER 20S. SOUTH WINDS 10 TO 25 MPH. 
.TONIGHT...SUMMITS IN AND OUT OF CLOUDS UNTIL MIDNIGHT...THEN BECOMING
OBSCURED IN CLOUDS. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW
UNTIL MIDNIGHT...THEN A CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW OR LIGHT FREEZING RAIN
AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOWS IN THE LOWER 20S. SOUTH WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH.
WIND CHILL VALUES IN THE SINGLE DIGITS ABOVE ZERO. 
.TUESDAY...SUMMITS OBSCURED IN CLOUDS. A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND
LIGHT FREEZING RAIN IN THE MORNING...THEN A CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE
AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 30S. SOUTH WINDS 25 TO 30 MPH...
BECOMING SOUTHEAST 25 TO 40 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. 


Mountain Point Forecasts

*** Higher summits forecast is valid for 3000 to 5000 foot peaks *** 

***PLEASE NOTE***
During the traditional Mud Season (approximately mid-April to Memorial Day), the Vermont Department of Forests and Parks, and New York's Department of Environmental Conservation closes trails, or institutes a voluntary closure, asking hikers to refrain from traveling. This is done to protect sensitive alpine vegetation and trail erosion.



Mount Mansfield Current Conditions

5:05 AM EST Mon Dec 22 2014
Temperature: 18F
Wind Direction: -9999°
Wind Speed: 0 mph
Wind Gust: 0 mph


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Regional Mesonet Profile


Mount Mansfield Daily Summary
DAILY HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL DATA
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
510 PM EST SUN DEC 21 2014

STATION            PRECIP   TEMPERATURE   PRESENT         SNOW
                   24 HRS   MAX MIN CUR   WEATHER     NEW TOTAL SWE

MOUNT MANSFIELD     0.00    24  14  14   CLOUDY       0.0  33    


(Observations taken daily around 4pm at the WCAX transmitter atop Mount Mansfield.)