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Monday, May 25, 2020

bifircated-field

Dandelions and clover in the Hanson field in the Lower Village

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 62 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 57%, dewpoint 47, barometric pressure 30.16” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 79, and the overnight low was 50.

Forecast:

A weakening mid-level trough will push across the North Country today bringing a slight chance for showers mainly cross northern New York this morning. Skies should become partly sunny today with highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s. An upper-level ridge of high pressure will settle in across the northeastern US tonight setting us up for hot and increasingly humid conditions for Tuesday through Thursday with valley daytime highs near 90 degrees each day and dewpoints in the upper 60s. It’ll be muggy and hot folks. A cold front will arrive Friday bringing a break from the heat and a long-awaited shot of widespread precipitation. Some strong thunderstorms with brief heavy rainfall may accompany the front’s passage. Cooler and drier weather looks to be in the cards for the weekend.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a high near 79 and south winds 10 to 16 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 63 and south winds 5 to 8 mph.

Tuesday should be sunny with a high near 89 and south winds around 7 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 64 and calm winds.

Wednesday’s looking partly sunny and hot, with a high near 90 and light south winds becoming southwesterly 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy and muggy with a low around 68 and light south winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 69 and a low of 39. We picked up 0.01″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 46 and a high of 68.
The record low was 29 in 1983.
The record high was 93 in 2017.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:15AM
Sunset: 8:23PM
Length of day: 15:08:05
Today will be 1:44 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2.4 days old with 6.5% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:24AM
Moonset: 11:24PM

About Today’s Photo:

Driving by the Hanson field in the Lower Village the other day, I just had to stop and take a shot of the sharp line between the dandelions and the clover that had been planted in as a cover crop where Burnt Rock Farm had harvested sweet potatoes last season. The shot also shows just how quickly our forests are beginning to fill in with bright green spring foliage.

Sony A7II, Sony 24-240mm lens @ 69mm, ISO 400, f/18, 1/250″ exposure.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

sapsucker

Our resident sapsucker on our back deck

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 49 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 79%, dewpoint 43, barometric pressure 30.22” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 81, and the overnight low was 44.

Forecast:

The high pressure that’s been delivering our string of dry and sunny days is now centered over the Canadian Maritimes and will give us one more day of pleasant weather today. A weak mid-level trough approaching from the Great Lakes will bring increased cloud cover and a chance for a brief shower tonight into Monday morning. Conditions will then trend very warm and much more humid for the Tuesday through Thursday time frame as high pressure settles in off the east coast allowing for a southerly airflow which will turn up the heat and humidity. Daytime highs during the middle of the week will push the upper 80s to low 90s with dewpoints in the uppers 60s making for muggy and, in my opinion, uncomfortable conditions. A cold front should bring some relief Thursday night into Friday with some showers and thunderstorms expected.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 76 and south winds 8 to 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 51 and southeast winds around 10 mph.

Monday should be partly sunny with a high near 75 with south winds around 11 mph. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 58 and calm winds.

Tuesday’s looking partly sunny and hot with a high near 91 and calm winds. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 63 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 58 and a low of 43. We picked up 0.33″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 48 and a high of 79.
The record low was 28 in 1963.
The record high was 88 in 2007 (we had a high of 88).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:16AM
Sunset: 8:22PM
Length of day: 15:06:20
Today will be 1:47 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1.5 days old with 2% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:37AM
Moonset: 10:28PM

About Today’s Photo:

It seems that every year around this time, we get a visit from a yellow-bellied sapsucker. This little guy is intent on finding the most sonorous thing to hammer away on in order to attract a mate. Yesterday he was on our back deck testing out the percussive qualities of the various parts of the structure. I can hear him as I type now out on the side of the garden shed. A favorite banging spot in years past (and when our kids were still in the house) was on the metal roof of the shed right outside my son’s window. That did not endear the bird to a late sleeping teenager…

Sony A7II, Sigma 100-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/640″ exposure.

Friday, May 22, 2020

spring-peeper

A spring peeper in the Taft Road beaver pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 51 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 48, barometric pressure 30.10” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 79, and the overnight low was 42.

Forecast:

The warm and sunny weather continues as the high pressure that’s been dominating our weather begins to slide east of the region today. Temperatures will be a few degrees warmer today with some valley locations reaching the mid 80s. Warm and dry conditions will continue through the weekend. Clouds will be on the increase tonight into Saturday as a weak cold front slides by to our north. The next chance of precipitation arrives on Tuesday as a weak cold front is expected to push eastward from the Great Lakes.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 81 and west winds around 7 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 55 and southwest winds around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Saturday should be mostly sunny with a high near 78 with north winds 3 to 5 mph. Saturday night should be mostly clear with a low around 48 and southeast winds around 8 mph.

Sunday’s looking sunny with a high near 77 with south winds around 8 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 50 and light south winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 65 and a low of 38. We picked up 0.02″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 47 and a high of 69
The record low was 34 in 2002 (we had a low of 34).
The record high was 93 in 1977.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:17AM
Sunset: 8:20PM
Length of day: 15:02:42
Today will be 1:53 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is new, 29 days old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:25AM
Moonset: 8:22PM

About Today’s Photo:

Spring peepers have been making a nightly racket for a couple of weeks now in area ponds and wetlands. This photo, however, is the very first photo of one of these cagey little critters that I’ve ever managed to take! They are quite small and tend to shut right up when you approach. This little guys was peeping in the middle of the day making it easier for me to track him down in the grasses and reeds of one of the beaver ponds in the complex along Taft Road.

Sony A7II, Sigma 100-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 1250, f/7.1, 1/250″ exposure.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

house-wren

A house wren in the spruce by our driveway

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:55AM it’s currently 48 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint 44, barometric pressure 30.35” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 76, and the overnight low was 46.

Forecast:

High pressure will continue to provide the North Country with seasonably warm and dry conditions through the weekend and into the beginning of next week. We’ll see plentiful sunshine and clear nights with the next chance for precipitation not likely until Tuesday.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 76 and calm winds becoming southwesterly 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Tonight should be clear with a low around 52 and south winds 7 to 9 mph.

Friday should be sunny with a high near 81 and west winds 5 to 7 mph. Friday night should be mostly clear with a low around 56 and south winds around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Saturday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 77 and light and variable winds. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 49 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 58 and a low of 45. We picked up 0.01″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 47 and a high of 69.
The record low was 29 in 1964.
The record high was 91 in 1977.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:18AM
Sunset: 8:19PM
Length of day: 15:00:48
Today will be 1:56 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 28 days old with 2% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:48AM
Moonset: 7:18PM

About Today’s Photo:

It looks like a house wren pair has taken up residence in the vicinity of the spruce trees along our driveway. These chattery little birds are quick to scold me as I walk by. House wrens are cavity nesters, so someplace nearby they’ve built a nest of woven grasses in some cozy nook.

Sony A7II, Sigma 100-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 800, f/6.3, 1/100″ exposure.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

purple-trillium

Purple trillium blooming near the Mailbox beaver pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:50AM it’s currently 44 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 42, barometric pressure 30.42” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 73, and the overnight low was 39.

Forecast:

The lovely weather rolls on across the North Country courtesy of high pressure anchored across eastern Canada. We’ll see plenty of sunshine over the next couple of days with daytime high temperatures in the mid 60s to mid 70s and overnight lows generally in the upper 30s to near 50 degrees depending on your location. The gradual warming trend will continue through Friday, with a few spots exceeding 80 degrees Friday afternoon. Slightly cooler air arrives for the weekend along with some more clouds, but dry conditions look to prevail.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 74 and light and variable winds. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 47 and calm winds becoming southerly 5 to 7 mph after midnight.

Thursday should be sunny with a high near 76 and southwest winds around 6 mph. Thursday night should be mostly clear with a low around 52 and south winds 6 to 8 mph.

Friday’s looking sunny with a high near 81 and west winds 6 to 8 mph. Friday night should bring some increasing clouds with a low around 51 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 78 and a low of 57. We picked up 2.70″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 47 and a high of 69.
The record low was 30 in 2002 (we had a low of 27).
The record high was 91 in 1975.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:19AM
Sunset: 8:18PM
Length of day: 14:58:51
Today will be 1:59 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27 days old with 5.8% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:34AM
Moonset: 6:15PM

About Today’s Photo:

Purple trillium have been in bloom for some time in local forests as they are the earliest of the three common trillium species to flower. Most are long past their prime, but this individual was looking good on the bank of the Mailbox Trail beaver pond the other day. Purple trillium are also known as Wake Robin, and Stinking Benjamin. The latter name refers to the somewhat putrid scent of the flower. As an early bloomer, purple trillium must attract pollinators. The red color and scent mimic rotting flesh and help the flower attract flies which are active in the spring before bees. Note the small fly on one of the lower leaves.

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/16, 1/200″ exposure.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

dwarf-ginseng

Dwarf ginseng blooming

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:25AM it’s currently 41 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint 36, barometric pressure 30.28” and rising rapidly. Yesterday’s high was 71, and the overnight low was 39.

Forecast:

High pressure will continue to build into the North Country through mid week bringing an extended period of pleasant weather to the region with plenty of sunshine and seasonably warm temperatures. Due to the dry airmass in place, we’ll see some pretty big swings in daily temperatures with cool overnight lows in the 30s and 40s, and mild afternoon highs in the climbing through the 70s. Friday should see daytime highs approaching 80. The next slight chance for a showers arrives this weekend, but forecast models are still quite a bit fuzzy on this…

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 69 and east winds 6 to 8 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 42 and light and variable winds.

Wednesday should be sunny with a high near 72 and light and variable winds. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 50 and calm winds becoming southerly around 6 mph after midnight.

Thursday’s looking sunny with a high near 77 and southwest winds 5 to 8 mph. Thursday night should be mostly clear with a low around 47 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 83 and a low of 50.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 46 and a high of 68.
The record low was 31 in 1987.
The record high was 91 in 1989.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:20AM
Sunset: 8:17PM
Length of day: 14:56:52
Today will be 2:02 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26 days old with 11% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:13AM
Moonset: 5:13PM

About Today’s Photo:

Robin & I came across a small bunch of dwarf ginseng (Panax trifolius) blooming on a rocky knoll above the Mailbox Trail beaver pond. Though it carries the common name “ginseng”, it is currently not used medicinally as are the Korean, Chinese, and American ginsengs (P. ginseng, P. notoginseng, and P. quinquefolius respectively.) Native Americans, however, did historically use it to treat chest pain, headaches, hives, colic, gout, rheumatism, and liver ailments.

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/16, 1/100″ exposure.

Monday, May 18, 2020

young-beech-leaves

Young beech leaves along the Mailbox trail

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 50 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 48, barometric pressure 30.22” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 68, and the overnight low was 49.

Forecast:

We’ve got an extended period of lovely spring weather ahead of us this week courtesy of a large area of high pressure which will slowly slide southward into the region out of Canada. A warm front stalled just to our south this morning will bring a few light showers to portions of the northern ‘Dacks and southern Vermont early this morning, then retreat southward by this afternoon. Dry and mostly sunny conditions will be the rule for the rest of the week, with daytime highs in the upper 60s to low 70s and overnight lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. Temperatures will gradually warm to above seasonal averages by the weekend with highs bumping 80 on Friday. There may be some showers Friday night into Saturday, but forecast models are unclear at this point. We may stay dry clear through the weekend.

We’ll see cloudy skies this morning giving way to gradual clearing. Highs will be near 68 with light and variable wind becoming northerly 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 41 and north winds 6 to 8 mph becoming easterly after midnight.

Tuesday should be sunny with a high near 67 and east winds 6 to 8 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 42 and southeast winds 3 to 5 mph.

Wednesday’s looking sunny with a high near 72 and light south winds. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 43 and calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 65 and a low of 47.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 46 and a high of 68.
The record low was 29 in 1983.
The record high was 93 in 2017 (we had a high of 92).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:21AM
Sunset: 8:16PM
Length of day: 14:54:50
Today will be 2:04 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25.5 days old with 17% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:52AM
Moonset: 4:12PM

About Today’s Photo:

Beech leaves are popping our along the Mailbox trails. I’ve often photographed fall beech leaves with their coppery hue and late winter marcescent leaves of tan fading to paper white, but I’ve never shot a fresh, new leaf as it emerged. The fine hairs on the surface remind me of a baby’s skin!

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/13, 1/125″ exposure.