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Thursday, August 17, 2017

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A carpenter bee works the hydrangea on our back patio

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently a cool 53 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 52, barometric pressure 30.06”. Yesterday’s high was 72, and the overnight low was 46.

Forecast:

High pressure over the region today will bring dry weather with temperatures in the 70s to around 80. Low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes will lift a warm front into the region later tonight from the southwest bringing showers and a few thunderstorms. Showers and a few thunderstorms will impact the region Friday with the potential for some stronger storms over northern New York late in the day on Friday. Showers and storms should taper off Friday night, with some lingering showers persisting into Saturday.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with highs in the mid 70s and light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s with light and variable winds, becoming southeasterly around 10 mph after midnight.

Friday showers are likely with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs will be in the lower 70s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Friday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the lower 60s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny with highs around 80 and southwest winds around 10 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudyw with lows around 60.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 76 and a low of 57.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 79 and lows of 59.
The record high was 95°F in 1987.
The record low was 42°F in 1961.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:57 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:53 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 58m
Length of Day: 13h 55m
Tomorrow will be 2m46s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24.6 days old with 25% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:25 AM EDT
Moonset: 4:36 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The hydrangea on our back patio is in full bloom now, and a large cast of pollinators are busy lapping up the nector. The hydrangea’s larger white flowers are sterile and act as nice big lures to draw pollinators into the fertile flowerettes. This eastern carpenter bee (ID?) had no problem zeroing in on the good stuff. This appears to be a pretty good year for honey bees at our house as I’d wager 80% of the pollinators at this busy feeding place were honey bees.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/3200″ exposure.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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A crab spider guards her egg case

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 61 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 60, barometric pressure 29.96” and rising rapidly. We picked up 1.56” of rain in a 40 minute downpour starting at around 7:40PM last night. There was some pea-sized hail mixed in for good measure as well. Quite the storm! Yesterday’s high was 81, and the overnight low was 58.

Forecast:

High pressure building in from Canada will deliver dry weather across the region today and continuing into Thursday. It’ll be on the cool side today with highs only in the upper 60s to mid 70s, but temperatures should rebound to seasonal norms both Thursday and Friday. Low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes on Friday will bring showers and a few thunderstorms back into the region especially Friday afternoon and night.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning, then clearing. Highs will be in the lower 70s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be clear with lows around 50 and northwest winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Thursday should be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and light and variable winds. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s and light and variable winds.

Friday’s looking cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the mid 70s with southeast winds around 10 mph. Friday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 73 and a low of 56. We picked up 1.25″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 79 and lows of 59.
The record high was 96°F in 1944.
The record low was 43°F in 1923.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:56 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:54 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 01m
Length of Day: 13h 58m
Tomorrow will be 2m44s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23.5 days old with 36% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:36 AM EDT
Moonset: 3:30 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I noticed this little crab spider the other day in the smoke bush right by the corner of our garage. She’d laid her eggs on a leaf and carefully folded the leaf and sewn it up with silk to form a protective case. She’ll stay their and guard the eggs until they hatch. With any luck, I’ll be able to observe that moment as well!

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 200, f/8, 1/320″ exposure.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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Pagoda dogwood berries along Taft Road

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 64 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 64, barometric pressure 29.87” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 80, and the overnight low was 55.

Forecast:

An upper level trough of low pressure over central Québec will rotate a cold front through the region later this afternoon kicking off showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could be strong and produce gusty winds, small hail, frequent lightning, and brief heavy downpours. The system will move east tonight
allowing cooler and drier weather to move in. Dry weather is expected on Thursday as well with slightly warmer temperatures than Wednesday. The next chance for more widespreadnshowers will come late Thursday night and especially on Friday as low pressure moves out of the Great Lakes.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with showers and scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, and small hail this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy until midnight, then becoming partly cloudy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms until midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 50%.

Wednesday should be partly sunny and seasonably cool with highs in the lower 70s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Wednesday night should be clear with lows in the lower 50s and northwest winds around 10 mph.

Thursday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and light and variable winds. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 79 and a low of 58.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 79 and lows of 59.
The record high was 97°F in 1944.
The record low was 45°F in 1907.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:55 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:56 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 04m
Length of Day: 14h 01m
Tomorrow will be 2m44s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 22.4 days old with 47% illumination.
No Moon Rise
Moonset: 2:22 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

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Monday, August 14, 2017

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A honey bee works goldenrod blooms in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 60 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 30.05” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 78, and the overnight low was 49.

Forecast:

Weak high pressure over the region today will deliver dry and partly sunny conditions today with no precipitation expected. A trough of low pressure will drop down from Canada bringing the chance for precipitation later tonight into Tuesday. Drier conditions will return Wednesday with cooler temperatures in the 70s.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs around 80 and light and variable winds. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s and south winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday should start out partly sunny in the morning with a slight chance of showers, then become cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 50s with light and variable winds.

Wednesday’s looking partly sunny and seasonably cool with highs in the lower 70s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with lows around 50.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 86 and a low of 68. We picked up 1.12″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 80 and lows of 59.
The record high was 96°F in 1944.
The record low was 47°F in 1923.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:54 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:58 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 06m
Length of Day: 14h 03m
Tomorrow will be 2m43s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 21.4 days old with 58% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:54 PM EDT
Moonset: 1:12 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Goldenrod is in bloom in our front field and the honey bees and other pollinators are hard at it collecting nectar and pollen.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/500″ exposure.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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Wintergreen flowering on Owl’s Head in Groton State Park

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently a muggy 63 degrees under overcast skies. We just had a brief shower pass through. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 63, barometric pressure 29.85” and rising. We picked up 0.05” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 82, and the overnight low was 59.

Forecast:

An upper trough is moving quickly across southern Québec this morning and will bring isolated to scattered showers the far northern tiers of New York and Vermont through mid morning. High pressure will build in later this afternoon bringing drier air and seasonably cool temperatures. At this point it’s looking like we’ll see mostly dry conditions for begining of the week with some showers returning Thursday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with isolated showers this morning. Highs will be in the mid 70s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 20%. Tonight should be clear with lows in the mid 50s and west winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Monday should be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s and light and variable winds. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s and light and variable winds.

Tuesday’s looking partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms as a weak upper low tracks to our north. Highs will be around 80 with west winds around 10 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 83 and a low of 66. We picked up 0.43″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 80 and lows of 59.
The record high was 97°F in 1947.
The record low was 43°F in 1930.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:53 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:59 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 09m
Length of Day: 14h 06m
Tomorrow will be 2m41s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20 days old with 69% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:18 PM EDT
Moonset: 12:03 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Wintergreen is one of the plants I routinely seek out when I’m hiking in the woods. I usually pop a few of the thick leaves in my mouth and enjoy the minty flavor as I walk. The plant was in bloom as we climbed to the top of Owl’s Head in Groton State Park the other day. As I’m sure you’re aware, winterberry has myriad uses, from flavorings to printing of fine art (who knew!), and contains salicylic acid, the active ingredient found in aspirin.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @ 32mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/100″ exposure.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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Just-blooming Queen Anne’s lace with a bit of blush

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 59 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 30.21” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 78, and the overnight low was 54.

Forecast:

Weak high pressure across the region today and Friday will do its best hold off showers, but increasing humidity and daytime temperatures will help to spur isolated thunderstorms this afternoon, and scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms on Friday. Skies should be partly sunny with high temperatures reaching the lower 80s in most valley locations today and Friday. A more vigorous upper level trough and associated surface low moving out of the Great Lakes will bring more widespread cloud cover and greater coverage of showers and embedded thunderstorms and Saturday with lingering showers Sunday

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the upper 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should bring a slight chance of thunderstorms until midnight. It’ll be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 60s with light and variable winds.

Friday should be partly sunny with a 40% of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be around 80 with light and variable winds, becoming southwesterly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be around 60 with south winds around 10 mph.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the mid 70s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 85 and a low of 57.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 80 and lows of 59.
The record high was 97°F in 1949.
The record low was 47°F in 1922.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:49 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:04 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 18m
Length of Day: 14h 14m
Tomorrow will be 2m37s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17.2 days old with 93% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:44 PM EDT
Moonset: 8:41 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I don’t think I’ve noticed Queen Anne’s lace with a bit of blush before, but I’ve seen several instances of it this season in our front field. This stately composite flower attracts a wide range of pollinators.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 640, f/18, 1/400″ exposure.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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Dew drops cling to a spider’s web in our front field.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently 56 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 55, barometric pressure 30.09” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 76, and the overnight low was 50.

Forecast:

A weak cold front approaching from southeastern Ontario and Québec will spark a few showers or a thunderstorm this afternoon. Otherwise, skies will be partly to mostly sunny for most of the day, with highs generally in the upper 70s to
lower 80s. We’ll see a gradual warming trend into Thursday and Friday, with highs reaching the low to mid 80s in most locations. A stray shower or thunderstorm will be possible both Thursday and Friday afternoon. A slow moving low pressure system approaching from the Great Lakes on Saturday will bring a more widespread threat of showers and thunderstorms going into the weekend.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 70s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph, becoming westerly this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers until midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s with west winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Thursday should be partly sunny with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with light and variable winds. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 60 and light and variable winds.

Friday’s looking partly sunny with highs around 80 and south winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers as the aforementioned low starts to move in. Lows will be in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 85 and a low of 49.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 80 and lows of 60.
The record high was 99°F in 2001 (we had a high of 91).
The record low was 44°F in 1922.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:48 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:05 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 21m
Length of Day: 14h 17m
Tomorrow will be 2m36s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16.2 days old with 97% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:14 PM EDT
Moonset: 7:36 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Spider web strands hold beads of dew like stings of pearls. The drops cling to the sticky material that spiders place at intervals along their webs to capture prey.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 640, f/8, 1/1000″ exposure