Thursday, December 31


  Nora Keating !  


Barton-Brown Observatory opens Weather Station at WPL

     Temporarily mounted on the pergola in the Library's garden, the station will be relocated to a pole on the lawn near the Observatory next spring.   The equipment measures everything we need to know about the local weather from right here in 
the Hub of the Huddle.  

    The station is now part of the Weather Underground network of over 180,000 personal weather stations nationwide.  Having this local station contribute up to the minute data, will help refine the accuracy of WU's forecasts for us.   The Observatory station joins three existing WU stations nearby in Franklin Springs, Deansboro and Hubbardsville.  Click here for lots more information about the WU forecasting model.

     Weather information can be accessed on-line by clicking on the colorful "WU" bug  in the column at right.  Or, you can go directly to on the internet, either through your browser or using the Weather Underground app that's available for most mobile devices.  Entering "13480" in the search field will take you right to the Barton-Brown Observatory station at Waterville Public Library.

     All the data is updated every 15 seconds.  It will be archived prospectively and is searchable on the WU site.   Check it out.  Very informative and addictively fun!
     Coming very soon:  perhaps in time for the next sunny day---   a webcam that will display a real time image of what's happening outside the Library window!

Anemometer and rain gauge with solar powered transmitter
Remote display for the weather station that you can view in the Library


Congratulations to the
Waterville Girls JV Team
on Winning the Unadilla Valley Holiday Tournament.
via Diane Barnes Beach & the Friends of Waterville- NY FB Page 





R2D2 confronts the Dark Side at WPL !


Back to "Normal"


- TBT - 

From the Archives of
At Home in the Huddle 2008


Now, on to 2016 !

Monday, December 29


Santa's Eye View Last Friday (on his way home after a long night at work!)

The Huddle

Shanley Rd and Post Street
(Clinton and College Hill in distance to NW)

Madison Wind Farm

Solsville and Munnsville Wind Farm in distance

Oriskany Falls

The Quarry


Christmas Full Moon, 11pm
Photo: jmr
About the lunar halo (from the Farmers' Almanac 2016)
     A lunar halo is caused by the refraction, reflection, and dispersion of light through ice particles suspended within thin, wispy, high altitude cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. As light passes through these hexagon-shaped ice crystals, it is bent at a 22 degree angle, creating a halo 22 degrees in radius (or 44 degrees in diameter). A double halo, sometimes with spokes, may be seen on rare occasions when light reflects off water or ice.
     The prism effect of light passing through these six-sided ice crystals separates the light into its various colors, resulting in a halo tinged with very pale rainbow colors with red on the inside and blue on the outside. The phenomenon of a lunar halo is similar to a rainbow produced by sunlight and rain falling between your eye and the sun.
     Weather lore says a lunar halo is the precursor of impending unsettled weather, especially during the winter months. This is often proved true, as cirrus and cirrostratus clouds generally precede rain and storm systems.
     Lunar halos are, in fact, actually fairly common. So watch the night sky — and keep the umbrella handy.

Thursday, December 24


Last night the community gathered together to sing Christmas carols around Waterville. They met in the CVS parking lot, traveled to Harding's Nursing Home and over to the elementary school to sing at the girls volleyball game. For more photos visit their facebook page. Thank you to everyone who organized it and to all who came out. It was wonderful to see the community get together and spread some Christmas cheer. 



Santa is coming soon!

Norad is tracking Santa and you can too!
CLICK HERE to follow Santa around the world!


Christmas Full Moon

There will be a full moon on Christmas for the first time since 1977!
This months full moon, the last of the year, is called the "full cold moon" because it occurs during the beginning of winter. This Christmas full moon won't happen again until 2034, so you'll want to catch a glimpse of it because that next time it occurs you'll be another 19 years older. 

The moon's peak will occur on December 25th @ 6:11 am EST.
So all of you early risers (and those that are forced to be early risers on Christmas morning) can peak out your window and enjoy this rare occasion.
Who knows, maybe you'll catch Santa leaving the village!



St. Bernard's: Christmas Eve Mass & Pageant @ 4 pm, 
Christmas Day Mass @ 9 am
Three Steeples @ 7 pm
SouthGate Ministries @ 7 pm
Methodist @ 8 pm



Take some time over these next few days to slow down and celebrate what this season is all about... spending time with friends and family, letting them know you love them, singing and not caring who is listening, losing yourself in the moment, laughing and making others laugh, enjoying the sights and lights, really looking at the joy in a child's eyes, eating too many sweets and realizing that the season is about more than presents, it's about opening our hearts to those around us and giving the best gift that anyone can receive, love. 

Everyone that contributes to Hub of the Huddle would like to
wish you the merriest of holidays!

Wednesday, December 23, Update

-- UPDATE --

The Polar Express Visits Memorial Park School
 (with thanks to the PTA)
Children were welcome to wear PJs, 
climbed aboard (the school bus version) of The Polar Express, 
heard the classic tale, and then received their own bell and hot cocoa.




St. Bernard's: Christmas Eve Mass & Pageant @ 4 pm, 
Christmas Day Mass @ 9 am
Three Steeples @ 7 pm
SouthGate Ministries @ 7 pm
Methodist @ 8 pm