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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bloodroot in bloom down by Fargo Brook

Bloodroot in bloom down by Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:40AM it’s currently 41 degrees and drizzling under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 40, barometric pressure 29.52” and rising. We picked up 0.19” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 66, and the overnight low was 41.

Forecast:

Low pressure will continue to affect the region through tonight, producing cloudy skies and isolated to scattered
showers. We’ll see showers today with highs only in the upper 40s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Tonight should be cloudy until midnight, then become partly cloudy as high pressure builds in to the region. There’s a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Lows will be around 30 with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Thursday should be partly sunny with a chance of snow showers in the morning. It’ll be breezy with highs around 50 and northwest winds 15 to 25 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Chance of snow is 40%. Thursday night should be clear and chilly with lows in the upper 20s and north winds 15 to 20 mph.

Friday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the upper 50s and light and variable winds. Low pressure will move into the region Friday night bringing showers likely. Lows will be around 40. Chance of rain is 60%. Showers should continue into the weekend.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 54 and a low of 27.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 59 and a low of 38.
Record High was 85°F in 1885.
Record Low was 23°F in 1930.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:55 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:46 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 53m
Length of Day: 13h 51m
Tomorrow will be 2m 49s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23d 16h old with 37% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:39 AM EDT
Moonset: 1:38 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Bloodroot is one of the earliest spring ephemeral flowers. It has an interesting cold weather defense mechanism where the bloom can tuck back into its leathery leaves overnight to protect it from frost. This pair was enjoying yesterday’s warmth.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 800, f/10, 1/320″ exposure.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Coltsfoot blooming!

Coltsfoot blooming!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 50 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 3-5 mph. Relative humidity is 55%, dewpoint 35, barometric pressure 29.60″ and falling. Yesterday’s high was 71, and the overnight low was 45.

Forecast:

A cold front and associated low pressure currently over the eastern Great Lakes will move through the north region later today bringing showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Temperatures will turn noticeably cooler with
highs in the 60s today falling into to the 40s and 50s on Wednesday. We’ll see cloudy skies chance of showers this morning, then occasional showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 60s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Tonight will be cloudy with showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms until midnight, then a chance of showers after midnight. Lows will be around 40 with light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly around 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain is 70%.

Wednesday should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the upper 40s with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Lows will be around 30 with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 50%.

High pressure will move in for Thursday bringing sunny skies and with highs in the lower 50s and northwest winds 20 to 25 mph gusting up to 40 mph. Thursday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 57 and a low of 23.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 58 and lows of 37
Record High was 80°F in 1973.
Record Low was 21°F in 1947.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:56 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:45 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 50m
Length of Day: 13h 48m
Tomorrow will be 2m 49s longer.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 22d 16h old with 49% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:59 AM EDT
Moonset: 12:28 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I was down in New Haven yesterday and came across a bloom of coltsfoot on the edge of a gravel parking lot. This hardy and early blooming flower likes disturbed soils and you’ll often find it along our dirt road. I haven’t seen it up in our neck of the woods yet, but I’m sure it’ll be blooming soon!

Sony RX100 II, ISO 160, f/6.3, 1/800″ exposure.

Monday, April 21, 2014

A dried weed and frosted Hump

A dried weed and frosted Hump

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:40AM it’s currently 52 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 2-4 mph. Relative humidity is 42%, dewpoint 29, barometric pressure 30.09” and falling. Yesterday’s high was 60, and the overnight low was 45.

Forecast:

Departing high pressure should deliver a partly sunny day today with highs in the upper 60s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers after midnight as a cold front and associated low pressure approach the region. Lows will be in the lower 40s with south winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tuesday will bring showers. Highs will be in the mid 60s to near 70 with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Showers will continue into Tuesday night with lows in the upper 30s and west winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Wednesday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain showers. Highs will be in the upper 40s with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting to 30 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain showers. Lows will be around 30.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 45 and a low of 24.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 58 and low of 37.
Record High was 83°F in 1977.
Record Low was 18°F in 1908.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:58 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:43 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 47m
Length of Day: 13h 45m
Tomorrow will be 2m 51s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 21d 16h old with 60% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:14 AM EDT
Moonset: 11:18 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

An artsy shot from our front field with a still-frosty Camel’s Hump summit in the background.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 125, f/11, 1/160″ exposure.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Otter Creek pours over the falls at Vergennes yesterday.

Otter Creek pours over the falls at Vergennes yesterday.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 31 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 30, barometric pressure 30.51” and rising. We picked up a total of 0.16” of rain yesterday before the sun came out. Yesterday’s high was 49, and the overnight low was 23.

Forecast:

Surface high pressure over the region this morning will slide eastward today, and warm air advection will provide region with a warmer day today and into Monday. We’ll see sunny skies this morning, then partly sunny skies later in the day. Highs will be in the upper 50s with light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become mostly cloudy. Lows will be in the mid 30s with south winds 10 to 15 mph.

Monday should be partly sunny and warmer with highs in the upper 60s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Low pressure and an associated cold front will approach the region Monday night bringing cloudy skies with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 40s with south winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday showers are likely. Highs will be in the mid 60s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Rain will continue into Tuesday night with lows around 40. Chance of rain is 60%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 50 and a low of 33. We picked up 0.03″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 57 and a low of 37.
Record High was 86°F in 1941.
Record Low was 16°F in 1897.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:00 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:42 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 44m
Length of Day: 13h 42m
Tomorrow will be 2m 51s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20d 17h old with 71% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:24 AM EDT
Moonset: 10:13 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Otter Creek and Lake Champlain are at or above flood stage right now. The falls in Vergennes were roaring yesterday at mid day when we visited the inundated little park down along the banks.

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 31mm, ISO 800, f/10, 1/1250″ exposure

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.

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