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Friday, September 21, 2018

least-sandpiper

A least sandpiper along the shore at Pointe Au Roche State Park

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently 62 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 3-8 mph. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 30.12” and falling. Yesterday’s high was 64, and the overnight low was 54.

There is a Wind Advisory in effect today from noon today until 10:00PM this evening for the northern of the Champlain Valley.

Forecast:

Strong low pressure over the western Great Lakes this morning will lift a warm front through the region today bringing scattered showers and gusty southerly/southwesterly winds which will strengthen through the day, peaking during the late afternoon/early evening hours. A trailing cold front will bring another round of showers and potentially some embedded thunderstorms this evening through the overnight hours. Following the passage of the cold front,
cooler and drier weather is expected for the weekend.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with showers likely this morning, then a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. It’ll be windy with highs in the upper 60s and south winds 15 to 25 mph with gusting up to 40 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Tonight showers are likely with a slight chance of thunderstorms. It’ll be windy with lows around 50 with southwest winds 20 to 30 mph and gusting up to 45 mph. then becoming westerly 15 to 25 mph after midnight. Chance of rain is 70%.

Saturday should be partly sunny with a 40% chance of showers in the morning. Highs will be in the upper 50s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night should be clear with lows in the lower 40s and light and variable winds.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the upper 50s and northwest 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 79 and a low of 49.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 49° and a high of 68°.
The record low was 29° in 1929.
The record high was 89° in 1914.
Average rainfall for this date is: 0.13″

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:37AM
Sunset: 6:51PM
Length of day: 12:13:17
tomorrow will be 3:02 shorter than today.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11.2 days old with 86% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:34PM
Moonset: 2:53AM

I’ll be out of town tomorrow so I wanted to mention that the Autumnal Equinox will occur tomorrow at 9:54PM EDT. This marks the point in the earth’s orbit around the sun when earth’s axial tilt is perpendicular to the sun and day and night are just about equal in length (but not quite. Click here for more on this….) It marks the first day of astronomical fall for the northern hemisphere (spring for the south). Here’s a handy graphic showing the axial tilt of the earth’s pole and its relationship to the sun.

seasons_solstice_equinox_NASA

About Today’s Photo:

We motored over to Pointe Au Roches State Park on the New York side of Lake Champlain yesterday. There’s a lovely sand beach there where this least sandpiper (I think!) was poking about at the shoreline. It was pretty tame allowing me to get close for a decent shot.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  140mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/400″ exposure.

 

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

wild-grapes

Wild grapes ripening along the Main Road

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’ currently a cool 54 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the northwest at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 53, barometric pressure 29.94” and rising rapidly. Yesterday’s high was 85, and the overnight low was 54.

Forecast:

Morning clouds and fog will give way to partial sunshine this afternoon as high pressure builds into the region along with a noticeably cooler airmass. Temperatures gradually warm by Thursday into Friday before a strong cold front and associated showers push through Friday evening. Behind this front cooler and drier weather are expected for the upcoming weekend.

We’ll see cloudy skies this morning becoming partly sunny this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 60s with light and variable winds, becoming northerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear until midnight, then become partly cloudy. Lows will be in the mid 40s with north winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Thursday should be partly sunny with highs in the upper 60s and light and variable winds. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 50s with southeast winds around 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

Friday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the lower 70s with south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Friday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the lower 50s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 78 and a low of 55.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 49° and a high of 68°.
The record low was 32° in 1959.
The record high was 85° in 1946.
Average rainfall for this date is: 0.13″

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:35AM
Sunset: 6:54PM
Length of day: 12:19:21
Today will be 3:01 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9.5 days old with 71% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:22PM
Moonset: 1:02AM

About Today’s Photo:

As I was taking pictures of corn chopping the other day, I noticed these wild grapes ripening on vines that were tangled in the scrubby trees along the Main Road.  This particular spot near the Alpaca Farm had a bountiful crop this season!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  280mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/500″ exposure.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

chopping-corn

Chopping corn south of Huntington Center

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 67 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 67, barometric pressure 29.77” and falling slowly. Yesterday’s high was 84, and the overnight low was 63.

Forecast:

The steady rains—remnants of Florence—that have been falling overnight in southern areas will come to an end this morning. A strong cold front will drop south from Canada through the area this afternoon kicking off a few scattered showers across the region. Behind this front, variable clouds and cooler, more seasonable weather is expected by tonight onward into Thursday. A brief warmup is expected by Friday as low pressure passes to our north lifting a warm front and some accompanying showers through the region. A strong cold front behind the departing low will usher in cool, fall-like conditions for the upcoming weekend.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a 40% chance of showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 70s with light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers until midnight. Lows will be around 50 with northwest winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy in the morning, then becoming partly sunny. Highs will be in the mid 60s with light and variable winds, becoming northerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 40s and light and variable winds.

Thursday’s looking partly sunny with highs around 70 and light and variable winds. Thursday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the mid 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 84 and a low of 54.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 49° and a high of 68°.
The record low was 34° in 1922.
The record high was 87° in 1946.
Average rainfall for this date is: 0.13″

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:34AM
Sunset: 6:56PM
Length of day: 12:22:23
Today will be 3:01 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8.6 days old with 62% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:38PM
Moonset: 12:12AM

About Today’s Photo:

The Tafts have been chopping corn around town over the past few days. I found them down in the fields along the river by the Alpaca farm yesterday midday performing the tightly choreographed dance between combine and truck.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  114mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1000″ exposure.

Monday, September 17, 2018

deep-bay-fog

Thick morning fog in Deep Bay

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 64 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 64, barometric pressure 30.07” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 86, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

Unseasonably warm weather continues today courtesy of strong high pressure which is now pulling off eastern New England and into the nearshore Atlantic waters. Remnant moisture from once Hurricane Florence will deliver rainfall across central and southern counties later tonight into the first half of Tuesday, with a steady wetting rainfall likely along and south of Route 4. Unfortunately, we’re not likely to see much here. A cooler, more seasonable airmass arrives from Tuesday night onward into late week behind a cold front pushing south through the region. The next chance for rain (please!) arrives Friday as a low pressure system skirts to our north.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with highs in the mid 80s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 60s with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Highs will be in the mid 70s with light and variable winds. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy and less humid with lows in the upper 40s and light and variable winds.

Wednesday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the lower 60s and light and variable winds. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 83 and a low of 54.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 50° and a high of 68°.
The record low was 34° in 1961.
The record high was 84° in 1946.
Average rainfall for this date is: 0.13″

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:33AM
Sunset: 6:58PM
Length of day: 12:25:25
Today will be 3:01 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 7.7 days old with 53% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:50PM
No Moonset

About Today’s Photo:

Up here in the hills of Huntington, we been seeing sunny mornings for the past several days. Down in the Champlain Valley, however, it’s often another story. We were out on the lake Wednesday night anchored in Deep Bay—part of Pointe Au Roche State Park in New York—and were greeted by thick fog in the morning. It took until 11:00AM for the fog to burn off enough to get underway.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  14mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/800″ exposure.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

osprey-fish

An osprey enjoys a meal on Lake Champlain

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 62 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 62, barometric pressure 30.20” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 86, and the overnight low was 59.

Forecast:

Strong high pressure will continues to deliver unseasonably warm and dry weather to the region through Monday. A weak low and associated cold front will swing through the area Monday night into the first half of Tuesday bringing some light rainfall to our region, while southern areas should see a bit more rain from the remnants of hurricane Florence.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs in the lower 80s and light and variable winds. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows in the mid 60s and light and variable winds.

Monday should be partly sunny with highs in the lower 80s and south winds around 10 mph. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. Lows will be in the lower 60s with south winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. Highs will be in the upper 70s with west winds around 10 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 82 and a low of 54.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 50° and a high of 69°.
The record low was 30° in 1964.
The record high was 92° in 1939.
Average rainfall for this date is: 0.13″

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:32AM
Sunset: 7:00PM
Length of day: 12:28:27
Today will be 3:01 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is in its first quarter, 6.8 days old with 43% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:55APM
Moonset: 11:27PM

About Today’s Photo:

As we motored through the cut into The Gut at Grande Isle the other afternoon, I managed to catch a shot of this osprey enjoying a midday meal on one of the navigational markers. It didn’t seem to be too bothered by our passage as it munched away on its catch!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/2500″ exposure.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

hump-view

Looking northeast from the summit of Camel’s Hump

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 58 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 57, barometric pressure 30.19” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 84, and the overnight low was 55.

Forecast:

Strong high pressure parked over the Northeast will continue to deliver Summertime-like warmth along with mainly dry conditions through Monday. The next chance of significant rainfall will arrive Monday night into next Tuesday as a frontal system crosses the region and interacts with remnant moisture from
Hurricane Florence.

We’ll see partly sunny skies this morning and mostly clear skies this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with light and variable winds. Tonight should be clear until midnight, then become partly cloudy. Lows will be in the lower 60s with light and variable winds.

Sunday should be mostly sunny with highs in the lower 80s and light and variable winds. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 60s and southwest winds around 10 mph.

Monday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the upper 70s and south winds around 10 mph. Monday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 82 and a low of 57. We picked up 0.02″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 50° and a high of 69°.
The record low was 30° in 1913.
The record high was 92° in 1915.
Average rainfall for this date is: 0.13″

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:31AM
Sunset: 7:02PM
Length of day: 12:31:28
Today will be 3:01 shorter then yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5.8 days old with 33% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:56PM
Moonset: 10:46PM

About Today’s Photo:

I made a quick hike up Camel’s Hump yesterday morning. There was still a bit of fog stuck in many of the valleys to the east of the Greens as evident in this view to the northeast. The summit of Mt. Mansfield is at the left edge of the shot, and the Worcester Range runs to the right. The caretaker on the summit of the Hump said that there was a true sea of clouds both to the east and over Lake Champlain. This time of year is prime time for valley fog as warm moist air settles into valleys and cools and condenses into fog overnight.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  12mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/600″ exposure.

Friday, September 14, 2018

orange-hawkweed

Orange hawkweed blooming in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 52 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 51, barometric pressure 30.28” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 83, and the overnight low was 51.

Forecast:

High pressure over the Northeast will continue to provide the region with generally dry conditions through the weekend as it slowly slides offshore into the Atlantic by Sunday. A weak cold front dropping southward from Canada may spark a few showers Saturday, otherwise partly sunny skies are expected through the weekend. Temperatures will continue to run above normal for the next few days, with highs rising into the mid 70s to lower 80s.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs around 80 and light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be clear with lows in the upper 50s and light and variable winds.

Saturday should be partly sunny with a slight chance of showers in the morning. Highs will be around 80 with light and variable winds. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s and light and variable winds.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the lower 80s and light and variable winds. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 75 and a low of 55.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 51° and a high of 70°.
The record low was 32° in 1963.
The record high was 89° in 1915.
Average rainfall for this date is: 0.13″

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:29AM
Sunset: 7:04PM
Length of day: 12:34:30
Today will be 3:01 shorter then yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4.8 days old with 24% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:53AAM
Moonset: 100:10PM

About Today’s Photo:

Orange Hawkweed (A.K.A. Devil’s paintbrush) is native to alpine regions of southern and central Europe. As an import to North America, it’s taken quite nicely to meadows and fields in our region, though it’s considered an invasive in parts of British Columbia.

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