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Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Mailbox Trail beaver pond on its way into "stick season"

The Mailbox Trail beaver pond on its way into “stick season”

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:20AM it’s currently 35 degrees under party cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 35, barometric pressure 29.78″. We picked up 0.08″ of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 43, and the overnight low was 33.

Forecast:

Weak high pressure will build across the region today serving up partial sunshine and milder temperatures. This will be short-lived however, as an upper level low currently over Hudson’s Bay will drop southeast tonight dragging an attendant cold front across the region. This will bring a renewed threat of showers and higher summit snow showers tonight and into Sunday. We’ll see mostly sunny skies this morning, giving way to clouds with a chance of rain showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 50s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 40%. Tonight should be cloudy with showers likely mainly until midnight. Lows will be in the lower 40s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Sunday should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the upper 40s with west winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain showers. Lows will be in the upper 30s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

High pressure will begin building into the region Monday bringing partly sunny skies with highs around 50 and northwest winds around 10 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 40.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 44 and a low of 34. We picked up 0.08″ of rain and our first dusting of snow for the season.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 54 and lows of 36.
The record high was 80°F in 1963.
The record low was 22°F in 1949.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:19 AM EDT
Sunset: 5:51 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 11h 31m
Length of Day: 10h 31m
Tomorrow will be 2m 51s shorter.

The Moon is a waxen crescent, 1d 14h old with 3% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:58 AM EDT
Moonset: 7:09 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The Mailbox Trail beaver pond is full once again. The dam blew out during tropical storm Irene turing the pond into a soggy meadow. But beavers being beavers, they rebuilt, and the dam is just a foot or two below where it was before (it’s a tall dam too—a good 6-8 feet high!)

Nikon D600, Nikon 18-35mm lens @ 18mm, ISO 1250, f/20, 1/400″ exposure.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Looking up in the beech woods

Looking up in the beech woods

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:45AM it’s currently 40 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are out of the SW at 3-5 mph. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 40, barometric pressure 29.84” and rising. We picked up 0.84” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 49, and the overnight low was 40.

Forecast:

The upper level low pressure system that’s been rotating Atlantic moisture into the region will slowly pull away from the region today. Morning showers or periods of light rain will taper off as the day wears on and we should see a brief period of dry weather tonight into Saturday before a cold front swings through the region Saturday night into Sunday bringing more showers. We’ll see cloudy skies today with a chance of showers mainly this morning. Highs will be in the upper 40s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Tonight should be cloudy until midnight, then become partly cloudy. Lows will be in the mid 30s with north winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Saturday should start off partly sunny with a slight chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 50s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 20%. Saturday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 40s with west winds around 10 mph.

Sunday’s looking cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the upper 40s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain showers and lows in the upper 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 43 and a low of 29.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 54 and lows of 37.
The record high was 75°F in 1963.
The record low was 21°F in 1969.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:18 AM EDT
Sunset: 5:53 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 11h 34m
Length of Day: 10h 34m
Tomorrow will be 2m 50s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent (barely!) 13h old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:55 AM EDT
Moonset: 6:29 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I love beech trees. Their smooth “elephant skin” bark is a pleasure to touch, and their leaves last long into the fall—often clear through winter—gradually bleaching from green to paper white. These trees are up past the beaver pond off the Mailbox Trail. Still worth a visit even on a rainy day!

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 200, f/1.8, 1/4000″ exposure.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Korean mountain ash berries against a glowing background

Korean mountain ash berries against a glowing background

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently 43 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. The relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 40, barometric pressure 29.95″ and falling. We picked up 0.02″ of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 51, and the overnight low was 42.

Forecast:

The upper level low pressure system off the New England coast will bring periods of rain and showers to the region today and into tonight especially from the Adirondacks eastward. We’ll see rain with highs in the upper 40s and north winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%. Tonight will bring rain with lows in the lower 40s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%.

Friday should be cloudy with rain likely mainly in the morning. Highs will be in the upper 40s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. We’ll get a short break in the precipitation Friday night with mostly cloudy skies and lows around 40 with west winds around 10 mph.

Saturday should start out partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers as another low tracks north of us dragging a cold front through the region later in the day. Highs will be in the mid 50s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Saturday night, showers are likely. Lows will be in the lower 40s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 51 and low of 31. We picked up 0.17″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 54 and lows of 37.
The record high was 78°F in 1979.
The record low was 20°F in 1961.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:17 AM EDT
Sunset: 5:54 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 11h 36m
Length of Day: 10h 37m
Tomorrow will be 2m 53s shorter.

The Moon is new, 29d 5h old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:53 AM EDT
Moonset: 5:54 PM EDT

About today’s photo

We have some interesting trees planted around our place. This Korean mountain ash sports bright red berries this time of year and brilliant foliage. The yellow and orange glow behind is from an Amur cork tree.

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 58mm, ISO 800, f/4, 1/500″ exposure.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A garter snake prowls the leaf litter

A garter snake prowls the leaf litter

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:40AM it’s currently 45 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the west at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 45, barometric pressure 30.12” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.19” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 48, and the overnight low was 45.

Forecast:

The wet pattern will continue today right through Friday as the stubborn low pressure system I talked about yesterday develops off the southern New England coast and spreads Atlantic moisture westward into the region. This will result in a fairly widespread rain event for much of the area, especially later today through Thursday. Commence the broken record:

We’ll see rain today with highs in the upper 40s and north winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%. Tonight will be rainy with lows in the lower 40s and north winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%.

Thursday, rain with highs in the upper 40s and north winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%. Thursday night, rain with lows in the lower 40s and north winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%.

Friday, rain is likely. Highs will be in the upper 40s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Friday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 56 and low of 32. We picked up 0.02″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 55 and lows of 37.
The record high was 81°F in 1979.
The record low was 23°F in 1959.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:15 AM EDT
Sunset: 5:56 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 11h 39m
Length of Day: 10h 40m
Tomorrow will be 2m 53s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 28d 4h old with 2% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:51 AM EDT
Moonset: 5:23 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I startled this garter snake (two actually!) up near the beaver pond off the Mailbox Trial the other day. It and its companion were prowling about in the dried leaves, their flicking tongues leading the way.

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 1250, f/5.6, 1/500″ exposure.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The summit of Camel's Hump sported a light dusting of new snow yesterday!

The summit of Camel’s Hump sported a light dusting of new snow yesterday!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 44 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 43, barometric pressure 29.94”. We picked up 0.08” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 48, and the overnight low was 43.

Forecast:

An extended period of precipitation has begun over the region as an upper level trough of low pressure slowly moves across the northeast United States. Eventually this system will stall off the southern New England coast and develop an easterly fetch of moisture from the Atlantic late Wednesday into Friday. This will result in scattered to numerous showers over the area today and tonight, then more widespread rain Wednesday into Friday. Today showers are likely. Highs will be in the lower 50s with southeast winds around 10 mph this morning, becoming light and variable. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight rain is likely. Lows will be in the mid 40s with northeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Wednesday will bring more rain. Highs will be in the upper 40s with north winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Wednesday night, yup, rain. Lows will be in the mid 40s with north winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90%.

Thursday, more rain. Highs will be around 50 with north winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Thursday night the rain continues. Lows will be in the mid 40s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 63 and a low of 32.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 55 and lows of 37.
The record high was 76°F in 1995.
The record low was 20°F in 1972.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:14 AM EDT
Sunset: 5:57 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 11h 42m
Length of Day: 10h 43m
Tomorrow will be 2m 52s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27d 5h old with 6% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:51 AM EDT
Moonset: 4:54 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The first snow of the season bedecked the Hump yesterday!

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 1250, f/8, 1/2500″ exposure.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Bright red wild apples

Bright red wild apples

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 30 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 29, barometric pressure 30.01”. We picked up 0.03” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 43, and the overnight low was 30.

Forecast:

Weak high pressure over the region today will bring about the only dry day of the week. Below normal temperatures will be the rule today as plenty of clouds move in ahead of a developing a low pressure system to our west which will strengthen and move toward Long Island tomorrow. We’ll see partly sunny skies this morning, then mostly cloudy skies later. Highs will only be in the upper 40s with light and variable winds. Tonight will be cloudy with a chance of rain after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 30s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 50%.

Rain will move in Tuesday with highs in the lower 50s and light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%. Tuesday night rain is likely. Lows will be around 40 with northeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Rain will continue into Wednesday. Highs will be in the upper 40s with north winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Wednesday night will be rainy with lows in the mid 40s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 55 and a low of 34. We picked up 0.11″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 56 and lows of 38.
The record high was 78°F in 1963.
The record low was 15°F in 1972.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:13 AM EDT
Sunset: 5:59 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 11h 45m
Length of Day: 10h 46m

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26d 4h old with 11% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:51 AM EDT
Moonset: 4:26 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

These bright red wild apples caught my eye in the field below Stagecoach Road. They were very very bitter!

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 120mm, ISO 800, f/4, 1/4000″ exposure.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Barbed wire bites into birch bark along Stagecoach Road

Barbed wire bites into birch bark along Stagecoach Road

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:10AM it’s currently a cool 39 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 37, barometric pressure 29.85″ and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.57″ of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 60, and the overnight low was 39.

Forecast:

High pressure is beginning to build into the region this morning. However, we’ll continue to see isolated rain showers in valley locations and some snow at higher elevations this morning. It’ll be cloudy and unseasonably cool with highs only in the lower 40s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight should be partly cloudy and chilly with lows in the upper 20s and west winds 10 to 15 mph.

Monday should be partly sunny and continued cool with highs in the upper 40s and light and variable winds. Monday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of showers as the next low pressure system approaches from the Great Lakes. Lows will be in the upper 30s with light and variable winds.

Tuesday’s looking cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the lower 50s with light and variable winds. Tuesday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 61 and a low of 36.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 56 and lows of 38.
The record high was 80°F in 1947.
The record low was 20°F in 1922.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:11 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:01 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 11h 48m
Length of Day: 10h 49m

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25d 6h old with 18% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:53 AM EDT
Moonset: 3:59 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Farmers often use trees as convenient fenceposts. Over the years, the tree will start to grow around the wire as this birch has stared to do.

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 98mm, ISO 400, f/4, 1/2500″ exposure.

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