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Friday, June 23, 2017

wasp-peonie

A wasp stakes out a peopie bud

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 64 degrees and raining steadily under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 4-6 mph. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 64, barometric pressure 29.74” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.78” of rain overnight along with a rumble of thunder about an hour ago. Yesterday’s high was 77, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

Low pressure currently centered over James Bay is rotating a warm front through the region this morning brining showers and thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall is possible with stronger showers and storms. A cold front will move through the region tonight reducing the humidity and bringing a brief return to mainly dry weather on Saturday. More showers return Sunday into early next week. Temperatures will be near to a bit below their seasonal averages, with highs
in the 70s to low 80s and lows in the 50s and low 60s.

We’ll see showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms this morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight should be cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely until midnight, then a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall until midnight. Lows will be in the mid 60s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday should be partly sunny with a30% chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 70s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s and west winds around 10 mph.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with a 40% chance of showers. Highs will be in the mid 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 76 and a low of 47. We picked up 0.53″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 79 and lows of 58.
The record high was 93°F in 1975.
The record low was 41°F in 1940.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:08 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:40 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 45m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m13s shorter.

The Moon new, 28 days old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:54 AM EDT
Moonset: 8:06 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I was poking about in our ornamental garden the other day and noticed quite a lot of insect activity around the peonie buds. There were ants, wasps, flies, and other critters all hanging around the unopened buds. My guess is that there was some kind of sweet stuff present that was attracting them.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/13, 1/160″ exposure.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

green-frog

A green frog hangs out in the shallows of our pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:15AM it’s currently 50 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 50, barometric pressure 29.95” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 73, and the overnight low was 49.

Forecast:

We’ll enjoy seasonably pleasant weather through this afternoon courtesy of high pressure currently building into the region. Showers and thunderstorms return, howerver, overnight into Friday as low pressure approaches from the west dragging subtropical moisture into the region. A warm front will lift through the region overnight into the morning hours bringing locally heavy rainfall, then a cold front will bring more heavy rains Friday afternoon. We’ll see a brief return to dry weather on Saturday before more showers return for the early portions of next week.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with highs in the upper 70s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should bring isolated thunderstorms and occasional showers. Lows will be in the lower 60s with light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday showers and thunderstorms are likely. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall. Highs will be around 80 with south winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Friday night showers and thunderstorms are likely. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall. It’ll be humid with lows in the mid 60s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny with scattered showers. Highs will be in the mid 70s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 69 and a low of 45. We picked up 0.03″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 78 and lows of 57.
The record high was 92°F in 1921.
The record low was 39°F in 1940.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:08 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:39 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 45m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m9s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27 days old with 5% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:03 AM EDT
Moonset: 6:57 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The amphibian population of our pond goes through interesting seasonal cycles. We start with the wood frogs at ice-out, then the peepers, then the toads. Now we’re into green frog season with their distinctive “banjo string” calls. They’re accompanied this time of year by grey tree frogs along with the occasional peeper soloist and guest appearance by a toad or two.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1000″ exposure.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, the Summer Solstice

fly-white-iris

A fly pauses on a rain soaked white iris by the pond

Happy Solstice!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 63 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west at 3-5 mph. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 29.82” and steady. We picked up 0.50” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 75, and the overnight low was 54.

Forecast:

The low pressure system that has been delivering our unsettled weather is finally departing the region, however it still may deliver a few scattered showers this afgternoon. High pressure will build in briefly tonight into Thursday bringing dry conditions before another low pressure system and associated warm front bring more rain on Friday. Temperatures will be near their seasonal averages, with highs in the 70s to low 80s and lows in the 50s and low 60s.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms this morning, then scattered showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 70s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with isolated showers until midnight, then mostly clear after midnight. Lows will be in the lower 50s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.

Thursday should be sunny in the morning then become partly cloudy. Highs will be in the mid 70s with west winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be around 60 with south winds around 10 mph.

Friday showers and thunderstorms are likely. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall. Highs will be around 80 with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. 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 79 and a low of 50. We picked up 0.04″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 78 and lows of 57.
The record high was 97°F in 2012 (we had a high of 92).
The record low was 42°F in 1926.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:39 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 45m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m5s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26 days old with 11% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:19 AM EDT
Moonset: 5:43 PM EDT

The Summer Solstice occurred early this morning at 12:24AM. The Solstice occurs when the Earth’s rotational axis is most inclined toward the Sun. On the summer solstice, Earth’s maximum axial tilt toward the Sun is 23.44°. In the northern hemisphere, this marks the beginning of astronomical summer and is the longest day of the year. Here’s a handy graphic:

equinoxes-and-solstice

About Today’s Photo:

We have a batch of white irises by the pond-—the only white ones we have. This little fly was taking a break yesterday morning on a rain soaked (and a bit past its prime) blossom.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 1250, f/18, 1/400″ exposure.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Canadian-anemone

Canadian anenome blooming at the edge of our front field.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 65 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 64, barometric pressure 29.73” and steady. We picked up 0.81” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 82, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

An large area of low pressure over eastern Canada will continue rotate a series of shortwave troughs across our region over the next two days delivering unsettled weather. A brief spot of high pressure will bring drier conditions Thursday before the next low and associated cold front approaches from the Great Lakes on Friday bringing more showers. Temperatures will be near normal for this time of year with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s and lows in the 50s and low 60s.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning, becoming partly sunny this afernoon. There’s a 505 chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms through midday. Highs will be in the mid 70s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms until midnight, then cloudy with a slight chance of showers after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 50s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.

Wednesday (the Summer Solstice!) should start out partly sunny in the morning, then become mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers in the morning, then a chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 70s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 50s with west winds around 10 mph.

Thursday’s looking mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and light and variable winds. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 86 and a low of 56.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 78 and a low of 57.
The record high was 95°F in 2012 (we had a high of 92).
The record low was 35°F in 1918.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:39 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 45m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m1s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25 days old with 20% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:41 AM EDT
Moonset: 4:29 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

We have several places around the fringes of our “taken care of” lawn and gardens where the white blossoms of Canadian anenome are blooming now. These native perennials like to “volunteer” and will quickly spread via their rhizomes to colonize areas if not kept in check. I’m always willing to let a few pop up in our tended flower beds at least until the blooms fade.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/640″ exposure.

Monday, June 19, 2017

peonie

In close with a peonie blossom

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 70 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 69, barometric pressure 29.71” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.47” of rain overnight when the line of thunderstorms rolled through starting at around 11:30PM. Yesterday’s high was 88, and the overnight low was 67.

Forecast:

Showers and thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall will form today, mainly in Vermont and the Champlain Valley of northern New York. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect this afternoon and evening. Small hail and gusty winds are also possible in the stronger storms. The threat for heavy rainfall and wind will lessen after tonight, however the weather will remain unsettled this week as a trough of low pressure centered over southern Ontario this morning slowly moves through the
area.

Showers are likely with a slight chance of thunderstorms this morning, then occasional showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 70s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Tonight will be cloudy with occasional showers and thunderstorms until midnight, then a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall until midnight. Lows will be around 60 with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy in the morning then become partly sunny with a 50% chance of terrain driven showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs will be in the mid 70s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 50s with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Wednesday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of terrain driven showers. Highs will be in the lower 70s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 87 and a low of 52.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 77 and lows of 57.
The record high was 100°F in 1995.
The record low was 37°F in 1946.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:39 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 45m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m4s longer.

The moon is a waning crescent, 24 days old with 30% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:08 AM EDT
Moonset: 3:16 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Looking close at a peonie blossom in our ornamental garden reveals a jumble of bright yellow anthers. The fragrance of the blossom was intoxicating!

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/1000″ exposure.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

buttercup

A dew bespecked buttercup in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently a balmy 73 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-4 mph. Relative humidity is 83%, dewpoint 67, barometric pressure 29.77”. Yesterday’s high was 84, and the overnight low was 69.

Forecast:

We’ve got another very warm and humid day on tap today before strong to severe
thunderstorms arrive this afternoon and evening out ahead of a cold front approaching from the west. The stronger storms will be capable of damaging winds, large hail, heavy downpours, and frequent lightning, especially across northern New York into the Champlain Valley. Additional showers and thunderstorms are expected on Monday, along with the potential for localized flash flooding associated with very high rainfall rates. Cooler and drier weather arrives by midweek.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 80s with south winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Tonight showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly until midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall. It’ll be humid with lows in the upper 60s and south winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday will bring occasional showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall in the afternoon. It’ll be humid with highs in the lower 80s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Monday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the lower 60s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Tuesday showers are likely. Highs will be in the mid 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Tuesday night should be partly 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 84 and a low of 46.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 77 and lows of 56.
The record high was 97°F in 1994.
The record low was 40°F in 1964.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:39 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 45m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m9s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23 days old with 41% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:37 AM EDT
Moonset: 2:05 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

It’s a good year for the diminutive buttercup! We’ve got a good crop growing in our front field, and there’s a spot along the Richmond Road just before the Farr Farm that’s carpeted with ’em.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/125″ exposure.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

blackberry-blossom

Blackberry blossoms along Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 67 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 1-3 mph. Relative humidity is 81%, dewpoint 61, barometric pressure 29.92” and steady. We picked up 0.32” of rain in the past 24hrs (0.64” for the storm). Yesterday’s high was 67, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

An increasing south to southwest air flow will deliver building heat and humidity this weekend with highs in the 80s today and upper 80s to lower 90s on Sunday. Isolated thunderstorms are possible late this afternoon or evening especially east. An approaching cold front will bring the threat for strong to locally severe thunderstorms Sunday evening into Monday, along with locally heavy rainfall with a very moist air mass in place ahead of the front. Cooler weather will follow behind the front into midweek.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today. It’ll be much warmer with highs in the mid 80s with south winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 60s and south winds around 10 mph.

Sunday should be partly sunny with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon. It’ll be humid with highs in the upper 80s and south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 20%. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. It’ll be humid with lows in the upper 60s and south winds 15 to 20 mph.

Monday will bring showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall. It’ll be continued humid with highs in the mid 80s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Monday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 80 and a low of 43.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 77 and lows of 56.
The record high was 96°F in 1994.
The record low was 42°F in 1925.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:38 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 44m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m13s longer.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 22 days old with 52% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:06 AM EDT
Moonset: 12:57 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The blackberry canes have produced a bumper crop of blossoms this season–good news for yummy berries later this summer! We have quite a few growing along Fargo Brook.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/100″ exposure.