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Monday, July 28, 2014

Ant aphid farming in the front field.

Ant aphid farming in the front field.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:55AM it’s currently 60 degrees and raining moderately under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 29.63” and rising. We picked up 0.59” of rain in the past 24hrs but none of the hail that was reported to our north and south. Yesterday’s high was 80, and the overnight low was 57.

Forecast:

A strong low pressure system and upper disturbance will bring a welcome soaking rain with embedded thunderstorms to the region today. We’ll see rain with a chance of thunderstorms throughout the day. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 60s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is near 100%. Rain will continue into tonight. Lows will be in the lower 50s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. We should see rainfall totals in the 1″-1.5″ range before things wind down.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with a 20 chance of lingering showers. Highs will be around 70 with west winds around 10 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s and light and variable winds.

Wednesday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the lower 70s and south winds around 10 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 77 and lows of 57.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 60.
The record high was 96°F in 1964.
The record low was 45°F in 2001 (we had a low of 49).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:35 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:22 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 54m
Length of Day: 14h 47m

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1d 12h old with 2% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:20 AM EDT
Moonset: 8:55 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

“Aphid farming” is a well known phenomenon. Ants will “corral” groups of aphids and feed off or the sweet secretions that they produce. Studies suggest that the ants use a tranquilizer in their feet to subdue their charges and keep them gathered together. I saw three different varieties of ants out in the front field the other day farming.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 1250, f/13, 1/500″ exposure.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A jumping spider stalks its prey in the front field.

A jumping spider stalks its prey in the front field.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:05AM it’s currently 63 degree under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 62, barometric pressure 29.69” and falling rapidly. We picked up 0.09” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 77, and the overnight low was 56.

Forecast:

We’re into an active weather pattern for the next 46 hours courtesy of an advancing low pressure system and attendant warm and cold fronts. A line of showers and thunderstorms is currently moving across the St. Lawrence Valley of and western New York and will cross into Vermont in the next hour or two. Another batch of showers and storms will kick off later this afternoon. Highs today in the mid 70s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then becoming cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly until midnight. Lows will be in the lower 60s with south winds around 10 mph until midnight, then becoming light and variable. Chance of rain is 50%.

Monday will bring rain with a slight chance of thunderstorms throughout the day. Highs will be in the lower 70s with light and variable winds becoming northwesterly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 90%. Monday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the mid 50s with west winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Tuesday’s looking partly sunny with a 50% chance of lingering showers. Highs will be around 70 with west winds around 10 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 80 and a low of 48.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 60.
The record high was 98°F in 1949.
The record low was 46°F in 2001 (we had a low of 42).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:33 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:23 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 57m
Length of Day: 14h 49m

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 12 hours old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:22 AM EDT
Moonset: 8:26 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Out hunting bugs yesterday in the front field, I came across this jumping spider making its way from leaf to leaf. It stopped only briefly enough for me to get this shot before it hopped on top of the unidentified bug right in front of it. Curiously, it hopped right off the bug immediately afterword having found, I suppose, the insect not to its liking.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 1250, f/11, 1/640″ exposure.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Chicory and Queen Anne's lace up along Bert White Road

Chicory and Queen Anne’s lace up along Bert White Road

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 62 degrees under hazy, partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 61, barometric pressure 29.90″. Yesterday’s high was 78, and the overnight low was 52.

You may have noted the hazy skies yesterday. Forest fires way out in Canada’s Northwest Territories were responsible—spreading smokey particulate across much up Canada and the norther tier of the US.

Forecast:

We’ll start the day out with partly sunny skies with highs reaching in the upper 70s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms until midnight, then cloudy with showers and a chance of thunderstorms likely after midnight as a warm front crosses the region. Lows will be in the lower 60s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Showers will continue into Sunday as a with highs in the mid 70s and south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the lower 60s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 50%.

A more concentrated low pressure system and a pair of cold fronts will traverse the region Monday brining more steady rain. Highs will be in the lower 70s with north winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Monday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. Lows will be in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 71 and a low of 49.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 61.
The record high was 94°F in 1939.
The record low was 45°F in 1976.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:32 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:24 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 59m
Length of Day: 14h 51m

The Moon is new, 29d 4h old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:25 AM EDT
Moonset: 7:54 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

It’s high summer and the chicory and Queen Anne’s lace are blooming. This shot was taken along the roadside on Bert White Road yesterday.

Sony RX100 III, ISO 125, f/2.8, 1/1600″ exposure.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Milky Way above our front field last night

The Milky Way above our front field last night

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:50AM it’s currently a cool and dewy 51 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 50, barometric pressure 29.96”. Yesterday’s high was comfortable 71, and the overnight low got down to 48.

Forecast:

We’ve got another primo mid-summer day on tap courtesy of broad high pressure stretching from the upper mid-West into northern New England. We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with highs in the upper 70s and light and variable winds, becoming westerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be clear with lows in the mid 50s and light and variable winds.

Saturday should start out partly sunny with a slight chance of showers in the afternoon as an upper level disturbance approaches from the west out ahead of larger low pressure system. Highs will be in the upper 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 20%. Saturday night showers and thunderstorms likely as the disturbance moves through. Lows will be in the lower 60s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Sunday showers and thunderstorms likely as the more complex low and associated fronts move through. Highs will be in the mid 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows will be around 60. Chance of rain is 50%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 71 and a low of 40. We picked up a trace of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 61.
The record high was 97°F in 1963.
The record low was 45°F in 1912.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:31 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:25 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 02m
Length of Day: 14h 53m

The Moon is a waning crescent 28d 2h old with 2% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:30 AM EDT
Moonset: 7:18 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Last night’s clear skies offered a great view of the Milky Way. I was testing some new camera equipment for this shot looking south from next to our solar panel in the front field. I learned a lot and got some decent shots, but there’s certainly the opportunity for improvement especially by wiping the dew off the lens every now and then (which I totally forgot about, hence the fuzzy brightness of Vega in the upper left of the frame.)

Nikon D600, Nikon 18-3mmm lens @ 18mm, ISO 3200, f/3.5, 20″ exposure.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Day lilies and bee balm at the peak in our ornamental garden

Day lilies and bee balm at the peak in our ornamental garden

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:35AM it’s currently a cool 55 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 54, barometric pressure 29.89” and rising rapidly. We picked up 1.09” of rain yesterday afternoon and evening—mostly in one heavy downpour between 3:00PM and 4:00PM. Yesterday’s high was 86, and the overnight low was 54.

Forecast:

High pressure is currently building into the region and will deliver another round of delightful summer days into the weekend. We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs in the mid 70s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be clear with lows in the lower 50s and northwest winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Friday should be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s and southwest winds around 10 mph.Friday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 50s and southwest winds around 10 mph.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny and warmer as the high moves to the east once again putting us on the warm side of a southerly airflow. Highs will be around 80 with southwest winds around 10 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s. Another round of unsettled weather should move in for Sunday.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 66 and low of 51. We picked up 0.44″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 61.
The record high was was 95°F in 1987.
The record low was 45°F in 1912.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:30 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:26 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 04m
Length of Day: 14h 55m

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27d 2h old with 6% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:37 AM EDT
Moonset: 6:38 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Day lilies and bee balm are at their peak this time of year and our ornamental garden by the volleyball court is popping with color!

Sony RX100 III, ISO 125, f/1.8, 1/250″ exposure.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Indian Pipes blooming up in the woods

Indian Pipes blooming up in the woods

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:05AM it’s currently 66 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 65, barometric pressure 29.81” and falling. Yesterday’s high was 85, and the overnight low was 65.

Forecast:

A cold front — currently out over the Great Lakes — will cross the region today and into this evening bringing scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms. Morning radar imagery shows showers stretching from Indianapolis up to Buffalo with some scattered showers up to Ottawa. We’ll see mostly sunny skies with scattered thunderstorms and a chance of showers this morning, then mostly cloudy skies with numerous showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with south winds around 10 mph, becoming westerly this afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms until midnight, then becoming partly cloudy after midnight. It’ll be cooler overnight with lows in the mid 50s and light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 50%.

High pressure will bring cooler and drier conditions to the region Thursday with partly sunny skies and highs in the mid 70s with north winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be clear with lows in the lower 50s and west winds around 10 mph.

Friday’s looking mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be mostly clear with lows in the mid 50s. The next chance of rain looks to be late Sunday at this point.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 80 and a low of 63. We picked up 0.25″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 61.
The record high was 93°F in 1952.
The record low was 46°F in 1923.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:29 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:27 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 06m
Length of Day: 14h 58m
The Moon is a waning crescent, 26d 2h old with 11% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:47 AM EDT
Moonset: 5:53 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Indian pipes (Monotropa uniflora) are common in our area but not all that common as flowers go in that they’re one of the few that have no chlorophyl and thus don’t photosynthesize. Instead they have a complex parasitic relationship with certain fungi that grow on the shady forest floor and get their nutrients directly from the humus. You can read more about Indian pipes here.

Sony RX100 III, ISO 200, f/2, 1/30″ exposure.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A lovely rose by the studio stairs

A lovely rose by the studio stairs

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:35AM it’s currently 61 degrees under a hazy clear sky. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 60, barometric pressure 30.08”. Yesterday’s high was 84, and the overnight low was 60.

Forecast:

With high pressure sliding to our east and a cold front approaching from the west, we’ll be squarely in the path of a warm and humid southerly airflow today. We’ll see mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid 80s to 90 in broader valleys. Winds will be light and variable, becoming southwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be clear and muggy with lows in the upper 60s and dewpoints not much lower. Winds will be light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph after midnight.

Wednesday should start off mostly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then become mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon as the cold front moves into the region. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall in the afternoon. It’ll be humid with highs in the lower 80s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the mid 50s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 50%.

Cooler and drier air will move in behind the departing cold front on Thursday brining mostly sunny skies with highs in the lower 70s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 82 and a low of 51.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 61.
The record high was 97°F in 1955.
The record low was 44°F in 1914.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:28 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:27 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 07m
Length of Day: 14h 58m
Tomorrow will be 1m 58s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25d 2h old with 18% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:01 AM EDT
Moonset: 5:01 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Roses love the warm weather and the bush by the studio stairs is certainly showing it. It’s blooming prolifically this year.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 800, f/11, 1/250″ exposure.

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