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Saturday, April 19, 2014

A slate-colored junco perches in the hemlock near the feeder.

A slate-colored junco perches in the hemlock near the feeder.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:45AM it’s currently 39 degrees and raining under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 38, barometric pressure 30.24” and rising rapidly. We’ve picked up 0.10” or rain this morning. We are snow-free once again. Yesterday’s high was 53, and the overnight low was 37.

Forecast:

Surface high pressure will build into the region today. We’ll see cloudy skies with a chance of rain this morning, giving way to partly sunny skies this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 40s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Tonight should be clear and cool with lows in the mid 20s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Sunday should be sunny in the morning, then become partly cloudy. Highs will be in the mid 50s with light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 30s ands south winds 10 to 15 mph.

Monday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the lower 60s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers as a surface low approaches the region. Lows will be in the mid 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 75 and a low of 46. We picked up 0.90″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 57 and lows of 36.
Record High was 91°F in 1976.
Record Low was 22°F in 1918.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:01 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:41 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 40m
Length of Day: 13h 39m
Tomorrow will be 2m 53s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19d 18h old with 80% illumination.
No Moon Rise
Moonset: 9:12 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The drab coloring of the slate-colored junco often causes us to overlook it. But up close, he’s quite a handsome fellow, dressed up in his understated tuxedo…

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/1600″ exposure.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Icicles hang from the spruce along our driveway

Icicles hang from the spruce along our driveway

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:45AM it’s currently 27 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 24, barometric pressure 30.48” and falling rapidly. We have just a bit of snow here and there. Yesterday’s high was 47, and the overnight low was 26.

Forecast:

Departing high pressure will continue to provide generally dry conditions to the region today with temperatures returning to seasonal norms to end the work week. A weak upper trough and surface cold front will bring a few rain and snow showers to the area tonight into Saturday morning. This morning’s partly cloudy skies will give way to mostly cloudy skies later today. Highs will be around 50 with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with a chance of rain showers and a chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 30s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with a chance of rain or snow showers in the morning, then become partly sunny in the afternoon as high pressure builds back in. Highs will be in the upper 40s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Saturday night should be clear with lows in the upper 20s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

Sunday looking mostly sunny with highs in the mid 50s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 62 and a low of 29.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 56 and lows of 36.
Record High was 91°F in 1976.
Record Low was 21°F in 1948.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:03 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:40 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 37m
Length of Day: 13h 36m
Tomorrow will be 2m 53s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 18d 16h old with 89% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:27 PM EDT
Moonset: 8:18 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The strong April sun went to work quickly on the snow that fell the other day. I noticed these long icicles hanging from a spruce next to our driveway. I like the way the icicles aren’t hanging straight down because the boughs rise up as the snow load decreases.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A white throated sparrow in the hemlock by the feeder yesterday

A white throated sparrow in the hemlock by the feeder yesterday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 20 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 19, barometric pressure 30.75” and rising. We have about 2.5” of snow left on the ground. Yesterday’s high was 32, and the overnight low was 15.

Forecast:

A large area of high pressure exists over northern New England this morning and will be slowly moving northeast through Friday. We’ll see sunshine today and a gradual warming trend with highs returning to seasonal normals by
Friday. Today will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 40s and light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows in the mid 20s and south winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Friday should be partly sunny with highs in the lower 50s and south winds 10 to 15 mph. An upper level trough will approach the region Friday night bringing mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain or snow showers. Lows will be in the mid 30s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Highs will be in the upper 40s with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 54 and a low of 30. We picked up 0.21″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 56 and a lows of 36.
Record High was 90°F in 2002 (we had a high of 89).
Record Low was 13°F in 1971.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:05 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:38 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 34m
Length of Day: 13h 33m
Tomorrow will be 2m 54s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17d 16h old with 95% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:26 PM EDT
Moonset: 7:30 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

As I type this, I can hear the white throated sparrow singing his reedy song out in the hemlock by the studio stairs. Another spring harbinger, the white throat is a favorite of mine. I love the yellow eyebrows…

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/1600″ exposure.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A tree swallow in the rain

A tree swallow in the rain

Morning Observation:

Well, April Fools Day may have been two weeks ago, but it sure feels like Mother Nature’s playing a joke on us this morning…

This morning in Huntington at 6:25AM it’s currently 19 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 16, barometric pressure 30.12” and rising rapidly. We picked up 1.40” of rain and 5.25” of snow. Yesterday’s high was 64, and the overnight low was 19.

Forecast:

High pressure is currently building into the region and will dominate the weather through the end of the week. We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs only in the mid 30s and northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Tonight should be clear and cold with lows around 15 and northeast winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Thursday should be sunny and a bit warmer with highs in the upper 40s and southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Thursday Night should be mostly clear with lows in the mid 20s and south winds 10 to 15 mph.

Friday’s looking mostly sunny and seasonable with highs in the mid 50s and south winds around 10 mph. An upper level trough will move into the region Friday night bringing partly cloudy with a chance of rain or snow showers. Lows will be in the mid 30s. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 58 and a low of 40.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 55 and lows of 35.
Record High was 86°F in 2002 (we had a high of 85).
Record Low was 18°F in 1908.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:06 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:37 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 31m
Length of Day: 13h 30m
Tomorrow will be 2m 55s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16d 15h old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:21 PM EDT
Moonset: 6:49 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Yesterday’s rain came down in sheets at times, particularly in the afternoon, before transitioning to sleet and snow at dusk. This tree swallow was hunkering down on a nesting box along Shaker Mountain Road. I’m not sure if the rain was bothering him much…

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/125″ exposure.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Late afternoon light warms the bark of this birch in our front field

Late afternoon light warms the bark of this birch in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:05AM it’s currently 60 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are out of the west at 2-5 mph. Relative humidity is 86%, dewpoint 56, barometric pressure 29.56” and falling. We picked up 0.05” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 80, and the overnight low was 55.

There is a Flood Warning in effect for the Winooski River and a Flood Watch in effect for the rest of our region until through Wednesday evening.

Forecast:

Active weather is on tap for the region over the next 48 hours as a strong cold front moves from west to east across the area. Rain will become widespread and steady over the area and, combined with additional snowmelt, will make for more flooding in river valleys. We’ll also see strong southerly winds gusting to as high as 50 miles per hour across the Champlain Valley ahead of the front. Temperatures will fall sharply as the front passes and precipitation will turn to snow with some minor snow accumulations possible overnight. We’ll see rain, heavy at times in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 60s with temperature falling into the lower 40s by this afternoon. Winds will be out of the south at 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%. Tonight we’ll see snow or rain until midnight, then occasional snow showers after midnight. We could see snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches with up to 4 inches at higher elevations. Lows will be around 20 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is near 100%.

High pressure will build in Wednesday bringing mostly sunny skies with some scattered snow showers in the morning. Highs will only make into the mid 30s with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Chance of snow is 30%. Wednesday night should be clear and chilly with lows around 20 and northeast winds around 10 mph.

Thursday’s looking mostly sunny and seasonable with highs around 50 and southeast winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be mostly clear with lows in the upper 20s. Temperatures will continue their upward trend into the weekend.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 62 and a low of 24. We picked up 0.04″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 55 and lows of 35.
Record high was 82°F in 2003.
Record low was 18°F in 1926.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:08 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:36 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 28m
Length of Day: 13h 28m
Tomorrow will be 2m 56s longer.

The Moon is the full “Pink” moon (Northeast Native American), 15d 16h old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:16 PM EDT
Moonset: 6:14 AM EDT
Other names for this month’s full moon include: “Planter” (Colonial American), “Egg” (English), “Growing” (Celtic), “Seed” (Medieval Wiccan), and “Awakening” (Neo Pagan Wiccan).

As I expected, last night’s total lunar eclipse was a bust for us here. Totality was at 3:46AM, but as I rolled over and looked out the window, all I saw were clouds. Alas… Fortunately we won’t have to wait too long for the next total eclipse as we’re in what’s being called a “Tetrad” of eclipses with three more lined up over the next year. You can read about the Tetrad here.

About Today’s Photo:

Sometimes just looking a bit more closely reveals something new or interesting. I like the way the late afternoon sunlight warms the texture of this young birch out in the front field.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens,  ISO 250, f/3.3, 1/4000″ exposure.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A redtail hawk wheels above our house

A red-tailed hawk wheels above our house

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:30AM it’s currently a balmy 62 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the southeast at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 75%, dewpoint 54, barometric pressure 29.79” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.29” of rain in the past 24hrs (yesterday morning). Yesterday’s high was 66, and the overnight low was 43.

Forecast:

A cold front, currently out over the Midwest, will begin to push into the region by the early evening hours. Ahead of the front, we’ll be under the influence of a strong southerly airflow which will push above normal temperatures into the region today. We’ll see partly sunny skies with highs in the mid 70s to near 80 on south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 50s with south winds 15 to 20 mph and gusting up to 40 mph until midnight. Chance of rain is 30%.

Tuesday will bring rain and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Highs will be around 60 with temperature falling into the lower 50s in the afternoon as the cold front progresses. Winds will be out of the South at 15 to 20 mph and gusting up to 45 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%. Tuesday night rain will transition over to some snow with light snow accumulations especially over higher terrain. Lows will bottom out at around 20 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is near 100%.

Chilly high pressure will build in Wednesday bringing partly sunny skies and highs only in the mid 30s with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Wednesday night should be clear with lows in the lower 20s. Temperatures should rebound nicely by Thursday.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 44 and a low of 28. We picked up 0.12″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 54°F and lows of 34°F.
Record high was 84°F in 1968.
Record low was 17°F in 1923.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:10 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:35 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 25m
Length of Day: 13h 25m
Tomorrow will be 2m 56s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 14d 16h old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:10 PM EDT
Moonset: 5:42 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

This red-tailed hawk was prowling the clear blue sky above our house the other day.

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/1000″ exposure

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A tree swallow buzzes a male bluebird in our front field

A tree swallow buzzes a male bluebird in our front field

 

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 46 degrees and raining under overcast skies. Winds our out of the east at 3-6 mph. Relative humidity is 81%, dewpoint 40, barometric pressure 30.12” and falling. We’ve picked up 0.11” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 61, and the overnight low was 39.

The Areal Flood Watch remains in effect for our region through Wednesday evening.

Forecast:

A warm front will move across the region during the day today and lift into Canada by the late afternoon and early evening hours. We’ll see rain this morning with a chance of thunderstorms as the front moves through. Highs will be in the lower 60s with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with scattered showers and a chance of thunderstorms until midnight. Lows will be in the mid 50s with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.

Monday should start out partly sunny and get pretty warm with highs in the mid 70s to near 80 on south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. A cold front will move in from the west Monday night bringing mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers. Lows will be in the mid 50s with south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Unfortunately, it’s looking like our chances of seeing anything of the total eclipse of the moon early Tuesday morning (totality at 3:46AM) will be pretty much nil as clouds and rain will block our view…

Tuesday will be bring rain — heavy at times — with highs in the lower 60s and southwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%. There’s quite a bit of moisture associated with this storm, so a flood watch remains in effect for the region until Wednesday evening. Much colder air will move in behind the departing front Tuesday night changing any rain over to snow showers. We could see light snow accumulation especially in higher elevations. Lows will be in the lower 20s. Chance of precipitation is near 100%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 49 and a low of 33. We picked up 0.13″ of rain and 0.75″ of slushy snow.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 54°F and lows of 34°F.
Record high was 84°F in 1945.
Record low was 16°F in 1914.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:11 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:33 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 22m
Length of Day: 13h 22m
Tomorrow will be 2m 57s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 13d 16h old with 96% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:06 PM EDT
Moonset: 5:13 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I mentioned yesterday that the bluebirds and the tree swallows arrived on the same day on Friday. Here’s proof! The swallow buzzed the bluebird repeatedly but then seemed to give up. We’ll see who gets which of our three front field nesting boxes…

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/640″ exposure.

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