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Thursday, April 27, 2017

blackberry-leafing

Blackberry canes leafing down by Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 63 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint 58, barometric pressure 29.84”. We picked up 0.04” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 68, and the overnight low was 47.

Forecast:

A ridge of high pressure aloft will deliver delightful weather today with highs in the 70s to around 80 from western Vermont to northern New York. Highs will be mainly in the 60s to lower 70s over eastern and northeast Vermont today. A weak cold front will move into the region after midnight tonight bringing a a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Showers will linger into Friday morning, but skies will become mostly sunny by Friday afternoon. There’s a slight chance of showers Friday night into Saturday morning.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs in the mid 70s and south winds around 10 Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s with south winds 10 to 15 mph.

Friday should start out cloudy with a 40% chance of showers in the morning, then become partly sunny in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s and southwest winds around 10 mph.

Saturday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of morning showers. Highs will be in the upper 60s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.
Saturday night should be partly cloudy and seasonably cool with lows in the upper 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 50 and a low of 23.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 60 and lows of 39.
The record high was 90°F in 1990.
The record low was 22°F in 1972.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:48 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:51 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 06m
Length of Day: 14h 03m

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1 day old with 1% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:56 AM EDT
Moonset: 9:23 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Blackberry canes are leafing out down along Fargo Brook.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/7.1, 1/125″ exposure.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

larch-bud

A tamarack bud bursting in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 51 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 50, barometric pressure 29.90” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.15” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 59, and the overnight low was 48.

Forecast:

Low pressure along the mid-Atlantic coast will drift slowly northeastward today and be near Cape Cod tonight. Meanwhile, a ridge of high pressure will build northward from the mid Atlantic states into northern New York this afternoon. Morning rain showers should begin to taper off by this afternoon, with mostly cloudy skies expected. A ridge of high pressure will be over the region on Thursday bumping our highs into the upper 70s and maybe even some low 80s in valley locations. More rain should arrive Friday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with showers likely mainly this morning. Highs will be in the mid 60s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become mostly cloudy. Lows will be in the lower 50s with southeast winds around 10 mph.

Thursday should be partly sunny and warmer with highs in the mid to upper 70s and southeast winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 50s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Friday should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Highs will be in the lower 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 39 and a low of 28. We picked up 2.25″ of snow! (We were travelling at the time, but that’s what our housesitter recorded!)

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 60 and lows of 39.
The record high was 84°F in 1913.
The record low was 20°F in 1919.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:49 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:50 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 03m
Length of Day: 14h 00m
Tomorrow will be 2m45s longer.

The Moon is new, 29 days old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:16 AM EDT
Moonset: 8:08 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The two tamaracks that we planted in our front field a few years back are budding out. I love the soft bristley nature of these deciduous conifers as they leaf out.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/4.5, 1/250″ exposure.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

bloodroot-bunch

The bloodroot down by Fargo Brook have finally opened fullly

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 54 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 3-5 mph. Relative humidity is 58%, dewpoint 38, barometric pressure 30.21” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 58, and the overnight low was 31.

Forecast:

Low pressure along the mid Atlantic coast this morning will move north into the region today bringing clouds and rain this afternoon and tonight and continuing into Wednesday. Rain should taper off Wednesday night and Thursday will brin warmer temperatures with highs in the 70s under partly sunny skies.

We’ll see partly sunny skies this morning, then cloudy skies with a 40% chance of showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 50s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Tonight should bring occasional showers. Lows will be in the mid 40s with southeast winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 90%.

Wednesday should be cloudy with showers likely mainly in the morning. Highs will be in the mid 60s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s and southeast winds around 10 mph.

Thursday’s looking partly sunny and warmer with highs in the mid 70s and southeast winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 51 and a low of 24.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 60 and lows of 38.
The record high was 86°F in 2009 (we had a high of 86).
The record low was 20°F in 1919.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:51 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:49 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 00m
Length of Day: 13h 57m
Tomorrow will be 2m46s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 28 days old with 2% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:41 AM EDT
Moonset: 6:53 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The prolific (and spreading!) patch of bloodroot we have down by Fargo Brook has finally decided to open up fully. I learned from Mary Holland’s excellent book, “Naturally Curious Day By Day”, that bloodroot will close its petals on cloudy and chilly  days, only opening fully when it’s sunny and above 47 degrees. It does this in order to save pollen and prevent self-pollination. When the temperature is above 47, some insect pollinators will become active and do the job. I noticed one such pollinator—a fly—doing just that as I was taking this shot. The fly was wary of me, however, and wouldn’t let me get a shot of it on the job.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro, ISO 800, f/11, 1/640″ exposure.

Monday, April 24, 2017

osprey

An osprey enjoys a morning meal near the mouth of Lewis Creek yesterday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:50AM it’s currently 40 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 39, barometric pressure 30.17” and rising rapidly. Yesterday’s high was 66, and the overnight low was 34.

Forecast:

A dry cold front will pass southward across the region early this morning bringing a northerly wind shift and slightly cooler temperatures than yesterday. Morning clouds should give way to mostly sunny skies by late morning or early afternoon. After a quiet night tonight, low pressure moving northward from the Carolinas will bring numerous showers across our region on Tuesday, and across eastern and south-central Vermont on Wednesday.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning, then clearing. Highs will be in the mid 50s with north winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be clear with lows in the upper 30s and light and variable winds, becoming easterly around 10 mph after midnight.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with a chance of showers in the morning, then cloudy with showers likely in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 50s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Tuesday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the lower 40s with southeast winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Wednesday’s looking cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the mid 60s with southeast winds around 10 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy and mild with lows in the lower 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 51 and a low of 23. We picked up 0.01″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 59 and lows of 38.
The record high was 80°F in 2001.
The record low was 23°F in 1930.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:53 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:47 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 57m
Length of Day: 13h 54m
Tomorrow will be 2m48s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27 days old with 7% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Moonset: 5:38 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Robin & I paddled around the mouth of Lewis Creek yesterday morning. We had the pleasure of getting in close to this osprey and its mate who were camped out in a tree on  one of the small (now inundated) islands out on Lake Champlain. This fellow had recently caught a fish and was enjoying a morning meal.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 800, f/11, 1/500″ exposure.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

willow-2

Sectacular willow blossoms in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 38 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 37, barometric pressure 30.09” and rising. We picked up 0.06” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 48, and the overnight low got down to 31 (there’s a bit of melting frost on the ground).

Forecast:

High pressure building over the region this morning will deliver a delightful day today with clear skies and seasonally warm temperatures. Dry weather will remain with us through Monday night before low pressure passes along the eastern
Seaboard Tuesday through Thursday bringing a chance showers Tuesday and Wednesday.

We’ll see sunny skies today. It’ll be much warmer with highs in the mid 60s and light and variable winds, becoming southwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be clear until midnight, then become partly cloudy. Lows will be in the upper 30s with southwest winds around 10 mph, becoming northwesterly after midnight.

Monday should start off mostly cloudy in the morning, then become partly sunny. Highs will be in the mid 50s with north winds around 10 mph in the morning, becoming light and variable. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 30s and northeast winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the mid 50s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. 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 52 and a low of 30. We picked up 0.03″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 59 and lows of 38.
The record high was 85°F in 1885.
The record low was 23°F in 1930.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:54 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:46 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 54m
Length of Day: 13h 51m
Tomorrow will be 2m48s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26 days old with 14% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:35 AM EDT
Moonset: 4:26 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Willow blossoms come in all shapes and sizes. I’ll admit that I’m not thoroughly up to speed on ID-ing all the different varieties of salix, but I do know that, on close examination with a macro lens (or my reading glasses…) that some of them are quite  intricate and beautiful. These fit that bill well!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/13, 1/50″ exposure.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

blue-flowers

Mystery blue flowers blooming in our back yard…

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently 44 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 43, barometric pressure 29.92” and steady. We picked up 0.11” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 50, and the overnight low was 44.

Forecast:

Low pressure over Québec and an associated surface trough will continue to slide eastward today bringing a chance of showers across the region early, then drying later in the day. A ridge of surface high pressure will build in overnight and will remain over the region through early next week.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a 30% chance of showers mainly this morning. Highs will be in the upper 40s with light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers until midnight, then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 30s with northwest winds around 10 mph.

Sunday should be sunny with highs in the lower 60s and light and variable winds. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 30s and west winds around 10 mph.

Monday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the mid 50s and north winds around 10 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 74 and a low of 50. We picked up 0.12″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 58 and lows of 37.
The record high was 80°F in 1973.
The record low was 21°F in 1947.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:56 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:45 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 51m
Length of Day: 13h 49m
Tomorrow will be 2m49s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25 days old with 22% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:02 AM EDT
Moonset: 3:17 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

We have lots of these little blue flowers blooming in our back yard. I think they were once planted but have naturalized quite prolifically. Can anyone ID them for me?

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/4.5, 1/800″ exposure.

Friday, April 21, 2017

lilac-2

The lilac in our back yard is leafing out

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently a blustery 46 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 5-7 mph and gusting to 30 mph. Relative humidity is 77%, dewpoint 40, barometric pressure 29.94” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.35” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 50, and the overnight low was 45.

Forecast:

Deep low pressure over the northern Great Lakes this morning will slowly track eastward into southern Québec today with widespread rain this morning transitioning to areas of drizzle through the day. An upper level trough will traverse the region tonight through Saturday bringing enhanced chances for some scattered rain showers. High pressure returns to end the weekend on Sunday along with drier conditions and sunnier skies.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a chance of drizzle. Highs will be in the upper 40s with southeast winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 40 mph. Tonight should bring a chance of drizzle until midnight. It’ll be cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be around 40 with southeast winds 15 to 20 mph, diminishing to around 10 mph after midnight.

Saturday should be cloudy with scattered showers. Highs will be in the upper 40s with light and variable winds, becoming westerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 50%. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with lows in the mid 30s and northwest winds around 10 mph.

Sunday’s looking sunny with highs around 60 and light and variable winds. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows in the mid 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 75 and a low of 28.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 58 and lows of 37.
The record high was 83°F in 1977.
The record low was 18°F in 1908.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:57 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:44 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 48m
Length of Day: 13h 46m
Tomorrow will be 2m50s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23.9 days old with 31% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:28 AM EDT
Moonset: 2:10 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Trees and shrubs are starting to leaf out, and the lilac in our backyard is off to a good start!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.