|Northern Lights "Crown of Pillars" - Lake Wyola, Shutesbury|
Photo by Susan Adams Panlilio, taken just after midnight last night, 9/2/2016
Friday, September 2, 2016
Posted by Sharon at 12:51:00 PM
Sunday, August 21, 2016
|Twilight through Pines - UMass Amherst facing west, 2015|
Photo by S. Vardatira
And just like that the season begins to change. #Winteriscoming
Posted by Sharon at 3:31:00 PM
Thursday, August 18, 2016
MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS AS OF MIDNIGHT.
Those of you who were alarmed by our 8/14 photo of Atkins Reservoir (namely the low water level) were not alone. The Reservoir is at 50%, and use spikes around the corner when the students return. In a move designed to be proactive, on Monday the Amherst Select Board voted to institute mandatory residential water restrictions starting at midnight tonight. The following activities will be prohibited: watering lawns, washing vehicles at non-commercial locations, washing building, sidewalks, and patios, and filling swimming pools. Residents are also encouraged to conserve water in other ways.
If only there were a way to distribute some of the 30" of rain that inundated Louisiana to other parts of the country that are dry and scorched.
Statement from the Town, as well as related resources follow below.
2016 Mandatory Water Restrictions
The Select Board, acting in its capacity as Water Commissioners, has authorized David Ziomek, Temporary Town Manager to implement Mandatory Water Restrictions for the Town of Amherst effective at 12:01 AM on Friday August 19th. Theses restrictions will stay in place until further notice. These restrictions are the result of a continued period of low precipitation and recent downgrade of the Connecticut River Region from drought advisory to drought watch status by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
The Town of Amherst asks residents to comply with these restrictions to help address the impacts of drought conditions. This is an urgent situation- water conservation steps taken now will preserve water supplies in coming months should drought conditions continue. The Town has been working closely in partnership with the major institutional users in the community- the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, and Hampshire College- to reduce overall water consumption. The community is very grateful for this collaborative effort as we enter a new academic year and as our population increases. Temporary Town Manager David Ziomek emphasized, "I'm asking all residents to work together to help the community thorough this difficult period. We all need to do as much as we can to conserver water now, so we have adequate supplies in September and October."
Mandatory water restrictions apply to all residential customers of the Amherst public water system and include the following prohibitions:
1. Watering lawns by any method.
Posted by Sharon at 2:09:00 PM
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
It's cooler out there than it's been, but still short sleeve warm, with a witchy wonderful moon above. Lunar corona (rainbow halo around the moon) caused by tiny ice crystals in the drifting high, thin cirrus clouds. The August full moon is known as the Sturgeon Moon, as well as the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon. But go ahead and make up your own name - dare to be different!
|Full "Strugeon" Moon with corona through clouds, Amherst MA - 8/17/2016|
Photo by S. Vardatira
Posted by Sharon at 11:30:00 PM
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Incredible photo of lightning over Lake Wyola last night - taken by friend of Head in the Clouds Amherst, Susan Adams Panlilio. Thanks so much for sharing, Susan!
|Lightning over Lake Wyola, Shutesbury MA - 8/13/2016|
Photo by Susan Adams Panlilio
Posted by Sharon at 7:43:00 PM
Sunday, August 7, 2016
CALLING ALL AMHERST-AREA (and AMHERST VISITING) PHOTOGRAPHERS:
Head in the Clouds Amherst is seeking photo submissions for our 2017 calendar. Back by popular demand, this year's calendar will once again feature monthly photos taken by 12 different photographers. You can see last year’s calendar, here.
The deadline to submit is September 1, 2016. Submissions can be emailed or uploaded via Google Drive to CloudsAmherst@gmail.com. Please enter "HITC 2017 Calendar Photo Submissions" in the subject line.
Along with your photo(s), please include: a caption or title; who is in the photo (unless it's a crowd scene or taken from a distance), where it was taken, the photographer's name, and your contact information.
All submissions must have been taken in Amherst or feature a scenic view of Amherst. And photos must also depict scenes that evoke the seasons and the intersection of life and weather. In addition to those qualities, if your photo also captures one or more of these themes it will get special consideration:
- Amherst landmarks (popular gathering sites, university/colleges, museums, etc.)
- Amherst annual events and happenings
- Clouds formations and weather phenomena (over or around Amherst)
We welcome photos by professionals and amateurs, in color or black and white. And we’re also counting on friends of Head in the Clouds re-submitting photos you’ve already sent to us over the year. You can submit as many photos as you like.
If your photo is selected for the 2017 calendar, you will receive a free calendar and reduced rates on any additional calendars you opt to purchase.
So what are you waiting for??? Start flipping through your photo collection – or grab your camera and make some new memories. We can’t wait to see what you’ve got!
Posted by Sharon at 1:42:00 PM
Monday, July 18, 2016
If you are outside or on the water this afternoon, keep your eye on the sky and be ready to take cover inside.
Posted by Sharon at 12:32:00 PM
Saturday, July 16, 2016
|Summer afternoon cumulus, Hadley MA - July 16, 2016|
Photo by S. Vardatira
I always feel it helps, when lamenting the weather (today's insanely high temps for example) to remember that it could be worse. Although, in truth, extremely hot weather can be just as lethal if you don't have somewhere to cool off. Speaking of cooling off, I just drove past Puffer's Pond and have concluded that at least half the town is parked on State Street. Best approach on foot if you feel called to the water.
Posted by Sharon at 6:17:00 PM
Friday, July 1, 2016
|View looking west from CT River (Hadley), Photo by S. Vardatira (from July 2015)|
Isolated and widely scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon and evening. A few of the thunderstorms early this evening have the potential to be strong to severe. Damaging wind, dangerous cloud to ground lightning, and heavy rainfall are the primary threats. However large hail and a brief isolated tornado are also possible. Timing of the strongest storms will be 6-9 pm across Western MA. Take appropriate measures and stay tuned for updates.
Hmmm. Can I be done with work in time for a little storm spotting and chasing action? (Always done cautiously and with eye on radar, of course!)
Posted by Sharon at 2:33:00 PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
139 years ago today, a tornado swept through the Pioneer Valley, damaging much of Northampton and destroying the covered bridge which crossed the Connecticut River to Hadley. Eleven people and six teams of horses (or was it 15 people and 10 teams of horses?) went down with the bridge. Read all about it here, in a prior Head in the Clouds Amherst post from 2013....
Posted by Sharon at 1:23:00 PM
Monday, June 13, 2016
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
|Noctilucent clouds over Hoogeveen, the Netherlands, by A.J. Hidding|
(originally posted by The Cloud Appreciation Society)
At altitudes of around 50 miles, these are by far the highest clouds in the sky, forming in a very cold and dry region of our atmosphere, the mesosphere. Being so high up, they still catch the light long after the sun has dipped below the horizon and the lower atmosphere is in shadow. Look for these clouds during summer in the hours after sunset and before sunrise, when the lower sky is clear.
Posted by Sharon at 4:42:00 PM
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
|Asparagus at Amherst Farmstand (aka Hadley asparagus?!), Amherst MA|
Photo by S. Vardatira, 5/15/2016
Weather Cooks entry by Marian -
Spring has arrived in the Happy Valley…lilacs are blooming and farmstands offer Hadley asparagus everywhere you drive! Personally, my favorite way to enjoy asparagus is steamed and tossed in some butter with salt and pepper, although roasted is delicious, grilled is tasty, and I’ll confess to enjoying a few servings of decadent deep fried asparagus. But maybe you feel inspired to experiment with something more…extraordinary?
The recipe below is SO simple, it’s really worth the 5 ingredients and 5 easy steps. It is absolutely elegant enough for a dinner party but so easy that you can make it any evening. It’s delicious hot, warm, room temperature and even cold. Enjoy!
Hadley Asparagus Tart
5 1/2 ounces (2 cups) Gruyere cheese, shredded
1 1/2 pounds medium or thick asparagus
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a floured surface, roll the puff pastry into a 16-by-10-inch rectangle and place it on a baking sheet.
With a sharp knife, lightly score pastry dough 1 inch in from the edges to mark a rectangle. Using a fork, pierce dough inside the markings at 1/2-inch intervals. This will create the edges of your “asparagus pool.”
Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.
Remove pastry shell from oven, and sprinkle with cheese (gruyere or fontina works best). Trim the bottoms of the asparagus spears to fit crosswise inside the tart shell; arrange in a single layer over the cheese, alternating ends and tips.
Brush with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Bake until spears are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
For more seasonal recipes, see our Weather Cooks Page...
Posted by Sharon at 7:35:00 PM