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Friday, July 23, 2021

A crew of common mergansers passes by

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:55AM it’s currently 56 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 56, barometric pressure 30.11”. Yesterday’s high was 76, and the overnight low was 54.

This morning in North Hero it’s currently 64 degrees. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 75%, dewpoint 56, barometric pressure 30.07”. Yesterday’s high was 77, and the overnight low was 62.


Forecast:

The upper trough that’s been sticking around for the past couple of days will once again produce scattered afternoon showers and isolated thunderstorms today, before finally exiting to the east. High pressure will build in tonight through Saturday bringing clear skies and warm temperatures. Low pressure tracking through James Bay on Sunday will drag a moisture-laden warm front through the region Saturday night followed by a cold front on Sunday. These features will bring rain Saturday night into Sunday with additional thunderstorms possible Sunday afternoon as the cold front moves through. Drier weather is expected to return to begin next week, with more chances for rain again by mid-week.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with isolated showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be near 76 with northwesterly winds around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30% with rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″, with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 58 and light west winds.

Saturday should be sunny with a high near 80 and south winds 6-10 mph. Saturday night should bring increasing clouds with showers likely, mainly after midnight. Lows will be around 64 with south winds 7-10 mph in Huntington and 17-21 mph in North Hero. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 0.10″-0.25″ possible.

Sunday should be cloudy with showers and afternoon thunderstorms. Highs will be near 76 with south winds 7-11 mph in Huntington and 16-21 mph in North Hero. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 0.10″-0.25″, with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 63 with south winds 6-10 mph.


Almanac:

Last year on this date in Huntington we had a high of 83 and a low of 61. We picked up 1.01″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 63 and a high of 83.
The record low was 46 in 1977.
The record high was 93 in 2011 (we had a high of 89).

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 95.27′.
The water temperature is 70˚.


Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:29AM
Sunset: 8:26PM
Length of day: 14:56:24
Today will be 1:59 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is the full “Buck” moon (Northeast Native American), 14 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:42PM
Moonset: 4:27AM


About Today’s Photo:

We’ve had a crew of common mergansers hanging around our cove for the past week or so. They look fully grown, but their behavior tells me that they’re probably this year’s batch of teenagers. Between dives for food in the waters of the cove, they’ll often skitter about on the surface of the water motorboat style like young chicks do. They’re quite entertaining to watch.

Sony A7II, Sigma 100-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/1000″ exposure. 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Chicory in bloom

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 59 degrees under mostly sunny skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 100%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 30.04”. We picked up 0.11” of rain yesterday. Yesterday’s high was 63, and the overnight low was 49.

This morning in North Hero it’s currently 66 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are out of the northwest at 2-4 mph. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint 61, barometric pressure 29.99”. We picked up 0.03” of rain yesterday. Yesterday’s high was 69, and the overnight low was 59.


Forecast:

Weak surface high pressure building into the region this morning will bring generally dry conditions today with only a few isolated showers possible in the NEK as a shortwave trough skirts the International border. Friday should be mostly dry and sunny with some terrain driven showers popping in the afternoon across the eastern ‘Dacks and eastern Vermont. Saturday should be sunny and seasonably warm as high pressure builds in. Rain will return Saturday night into Sunday as a more potent low pressure system moves through dragging a cold front through the region Sunday night. Drier weather will return to begin next week.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 75 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5-9 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers late. Lows will be around 56 with light and variable winds in Huntington and northwest winds 8-10 mph in North Hero.

Friday should be mostly sunny with a 30% chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 75 with calm winds becoming northwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Friday night should be mostly clear with a low around 60 and light west winds.

Saturday should be sunny with a high near 78 and south winds 3-7 mph in Huntington and 8-10 mph in North Hero. Saturday night should bring increasing clouds with showers likely late. Lows will be around 61 with south wind 7-13 mph in Huntington and 16-20 mph in North Hero. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between 0.10″-0.25″ possible.


Almanac:

Last year on this date in Huntington we had a high of 79 and a low of 56.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 63 and a high of 83.
The record low was 45 inn 1992.
The record high was 97 in 1955.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 95.24′.
The water temperature is 67˚.


Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:28AM
Sunset: 8:27PM
Length of day: 14:58:23
Today will be 1:56 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 12.8 days old with 95% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:48PM
Moonset: 3:22AM

Today marks Peak Meteorological Summer. This is based on the annual temperature cycles and represents the peak of the warmest weather in the northern hemisphere. You can read more about it here.


About Today’s Photo:

For me, the blue of chicory marks high summer. These lovely blue flowers are in prolific bloom now along roadsides and in meadows and fields. Native to Europe, the plant was brought to North America as a forage crop and has become widely naturalized. The chicory root has long been cultivated in Europe as a coffee substitute, and is added as a filler in parts of Southeast Asia, South Africa, and the southern United States, particularly in New Orleans. 

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

A double rainbow over Knight Island

Morning Observation:

This morning in North Hero at 6:55AM it’s currently 61 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west at 2-4 mph. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 29.80”. We picked up 0.69” of rain yesterday. Yesterday’s high was 78, and the overnight low was 60.

This morning in Huntington it’s currently 61 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 60, barometric pressure 29.82”. We picked up 0.33” of rain yesterday and 0.01” so far today. Yesterday’s high was 82, and the overnight low was 58.


Forecast:

The upper level trough and associated cold front that brought yesterday evening’s rains and light show will slowly shift across the region today. We’ll see chances for light rain today as this feature moves to our east. Thursday should be mostly dry with with slight chance of some showers in the afternoon. Another upper level trough will move through Thursday night into Friday bringing in more showers. High pressure will ridge in briefly on Saturday delivering a nice day, but another round of showers and thunderstorms is expected Saturday night into Sunday as a more vigorous low pressure system approaches from the northern Great Lakes. Temperatures should be a notch or two below seasonal norms for the period.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. It’ll be on the cool side with highs near 69 and north winds 5-9 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 55 with north winds around 6 mph.

Thursday should be mostly sunny with a 20% chance of afternoon showers. Highs will be near 74 with calm winds becoming northwesterly 5-7 mph in the afternoon. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 55 and northwest winds around 5-8 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Friday should be mostly sunny with a 30% chance of showers after 11:00AM. Highs will be near 73 with northwest winds 3-7 mph. Friday night should be mostly clear with a low around 58 and west winds around 3-7 mph.


Almanac:

Last year on this date in Huntington we had a high of 80 and a low of 56.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 63 and a high of 83.
The record low was 45 in 1966.
The record high was 97 in 2011 (we had a high of 93).

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 95.16′.
The water temperature is 72˚.


Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:27AM
Sunset: 8:28PM
Length of day: 15:00:19
Today will be 1:53 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11.6 days old with 89% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:47PM
Moonset: 2:27AM


About Today’s Photo:

It was fascinating watching yesterday evening’s storms roll through. We’d been smoke-bound for the entire day with our visibility cut down to maybe 6-7 miles across the water. As the storms came through, the lightning flashed orange and red through the haze with closer strikes hitting within a mile or two of us. As the winds switched into the west and the rains picked up, we watched as the smokey haze was gradually pushed eastward, and, finally, the sun began to pop out—first illuminating the point by the Grande Isle drawbridge and spreading eastward to light up Knight Island. Finally, a fine rainbow arched across the sky to our east. It was quite a show!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

A crow on the beach

Morning Observation:

This morning in North Hero at 7:55AM it’s currently 70 degrees under low overcast skies. Winds are out of the southeast at 2-3 mph. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 67, barometric pressure 29.85”. Yesterday’s high was 78, and the overnight low was 68.

This morning in Huntington it’s currently 66 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 100%, dewpoint 66, barometric pressure 29.89”. We picked up 0.17” of rain yesterday. Yesterday’s high was 75, and the overnight low was 61.

You may have noted the orange tint to the moon last night and the rather foggy/hazy conditions this morning. This is due to smoke from western wildfires that has made its way down to the surface under an inversion layer. This could cause some air quality issues today.


Forecast:

Smoke and haze from western wildfires will be evident across northern New York and portions of Vermont through this afternoon. A cold front approaching from the west will bring in showers and thunderstorms this
afternoon and evening, with the possibility of a few strong to severe storms. Scattered showers and a few rumbles of thunder will continue through tonight and linger into Wednesday morning before things start to dry Wednesday afternoon. Quieter weather is expected for the second half of the work week as high pressure builds in with temperatures remaining a few degrees below seasonal norms.

We’ll see partly sunny skies with widespread smokey haze today with showers and thunderstorms likely this afternoon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Highs will be near 79 with west winds 5-7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 0.25″-0.50″ possible. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows will be around 61 with west winds 3-6 mph in Huntington and southeast 6-13 mph in North Hero. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 0.25″-0.50″ possible.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely through midday. Highs will be near 71 with northwest winds 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 0.10″-0.25″ possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 55 and norths winds 5-9 mph.

Thursday should be mostly sunny with a high near 74 and northwest winds 3-8 mph in Huntington and 8-10 mph in North Hero. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 58 light west winds.


Almanac:

Last year on this date in Huntington we had a high of 88 and a low of 62.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 63 and a high of 83.
The record low was 48 in 2000.
The record high was 99 in 1977.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 95.01′.
The water temperature is 71˚.


Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:26AM
Sunset: 8:29PM
Length of day: 15:02:13
Today will be 1:50 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10.5 days old with 81% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:32PM
Moonset: 1:44AM


About Today’s Photo:

Crows are constant companions here along our beach and in the wood around our camp. These wily and highly intelligent corvids are always on patrol for fish that have washed up on the shore, and they’ll let each other know when they’ve found a prize. It’s surprisingly hard to get a good photo of a crow as they are quite wary of us humans (for good reason no doubt…), but I was able to get this shot through a scrim of trees as the bird perched on a burnt driftwood log on the shore.

Sony A7II, Sigma 100-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 1600, f/14, 1/50″ exposure. 

Monday, July 19, 2021

A juvenile bald eagle wings by our porch

Morning Observation:

This morning in North Hero at 6:50AM it’s currently 66 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 63, barometric pressure 29.94”. We picked up a total of 0.81” of rain yesterday. Yesterday’s high was 72, and the overnight low was 65.

This morning in Huntington it’s currently 63 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 63, barometric pressure 29.96”. We picked up a total of 1.68” of rain yesterday, and 0.05” so far today. Yesterday’s high was 71, and the overnight low was 63.


Forecast:

The slow moving low pressure system that brought yesterday’s showers will finally move east of Vermont this morning bringing an end to cool and showery conditions. We should see partly sunny skies and more seasonable temperatures today which will help create some instability that will kick off a few isolated to scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms over northern and western areas. A cold front will sag across the region on Tuesday night bringing more widespread showers and some thunderstorms later on Tuesday and into Tuesday night. Additional chances for showers will exist for Wednesday as a trough slides through.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms later this afternoon. Highs will be near 79 with north winds 3-6 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 66 with south winds around 5 mph in Huntington and 5-10 mph in North Hero.

Tuesday should be mostly sunny with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be near 81 calm winds becoming northwesterly 5-7 mph in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are expected with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 61 with north winds around 6 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be near 73 with north winds 5-9 mph in Huntington and 6-13 mph in North Hero. Rainfall amounts 0.10″-0.25″ are possible. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers north. Lows will be around 56 with north winds 5-8 mph.


Almanac:

Last year on this date in Huntington we had a high of 90 and a low of 62. We picked up 0.04″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 63 and a a high of 83.
The record low was 48 in 1970.
The record high was 98 in 2013 (we had a high of 90).

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 94.88′.
The water temperature is 67˚.


Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:26AM
Sunset: 8:30PM
Length of day: 15:04:03
Today will be 1:47 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9.4 days old with 70% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:13PM
Moonset: 1:10AM


About Today’s Photo:

I’ve seen a couple of different juvenile bald eagles around our camp in the past week or so. They cruise along the shore and drop down to munch on fish that have washed up on the shale beach. I’ve also seen them harass ospreys who have caught a fish, trying to make the ospreys drop their prize. This eagle did a few fly-bys of our porch yesterday morning allowing me to get a good shot of it.

Sony A7II, Sigma 100-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/1000″ exposure.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

A kayaker makes his way through the morning rain

Morning Observation:

This morning in North Hero at 8:05AM it’s currently 65 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 63, barometric pressure 30.03”. We picked up 0.07” of rain yesterday and 0.33” so far today. Yesterday’s high was 75, and the overnight low was 64.

This morning in Huntington it’s currently 63 degrees and raining under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 63, barometric pressure 30.01”. We’ve picked up 0.80” of rain so far today. Yesterday’s high was 86, and the overnight low was 61.


Forecast:

The soaking rainfall that affected mostly southern sections overnight will shift east of the region this morning, however, scattered showers will redevelop later today as a secondary trough slides through. Yet another trough will slide through the region later on Monday bringing additional showers and a few popup thunderstorms Monday afternoon. A more vigorous low will drag a cold front through the region on Tuesday bringing another round of showers and scattered thunderstorms. Unsettled and seasonably cool weather is expected for the remainder of the week.

We’ll see cloudy skies with rain today, mainly before 3:00pm. Highs will be near 70 with south winds around 6 mph becoming northerly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 0.10″-0.25″ possible. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain. Lows will be around 62 with northeast winds around 5 mph

Monday should be partly sunny with 30% chance of showers, with thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. Highs will be near 78 with northwest winds around 6 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 63 with south wind around 8 mph.

Tuesday should start out partly sunny then become cloudy with showers likely in the afternoon. Highs will be near 78 with light south winds becoming westerly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 0.10″-0.25″ possible. Tuesday night should be cloudy with showers likely. Lows will be around 61 with west winds around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 0.10″-0.25″ possible.


Almanac:

Last year on this date in Huntington we had a high of 88 and a low of 59.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 63 and a high of 83.
The record low was 47 in 1956.
The record high was 99 in 1953.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 94.78′.
The water temperature is 70˚.


Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:25AM
Sunset: 8:30PM
Length of day: 15:05:51
Today will be 1:44 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8.3 days old with 60% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:54PM
Moonset: 12:42AM


About Today’s Photo:

A lone kayaker made his way across the calm waters from Knight’s Island through this morning’s rains. You can see a bit of Burton Island poking out from the right of Knight’s and Ball Island to its south.

Sony A7II, Sigma 100-400mm lens @ 132mm, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/1000″ exposure.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

An ambitious garter snake catches a toad

Morning Observation:

This morning in North Hero at 8:00AM it’s currently 68 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 80%, dewpoint 62, barometric pressure 30.05”. Yesterday’s high was 77, and the overnight low was 65.

This morning in Huntington it’s currently 63 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 63, barometric pressure 30.08”. Yesterday’s high was 81, and the overnight low was 59.


Forecast:

We’ve got a damp weekend on tap courtesy of slow moving low pressure approaching from the Great Lakes today. Widespread light rain will overspread the region from south to north and become heavier overnight as the low advances through the region. Steady overnight rains will give way to additional showers, lingering longest over eastern Vermont into Sunday night as the system slowly makes its way into the Gulf of Maine. Temperatures will be on the cool side through the weekend with seasonably warm weather returning for early week. Another round of showers and thunderstorms are expected on Tuesday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with rain likely mainly in the afternoon. Highs will be near 71 with light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 60% in Huntington and just around 30% in North Hero. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are expected. Tonight should be cloudy with rain, heavy at times. Lows will be around 60 with south winds 3-6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 0.25″-0.50″ possible in Huntington and 0.10″-0.25″ in North Hero.

Sunday should be cloudy with rain likely in the morning. Highs will be near 72 with north winds around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between 0.25″-0.50″ possible. Sunday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of showers in Huntington. Lows will be around 62 with north winds 6-8 mph. Rainfall amounts between 0.10″-0.25″ are possible in Huntington.

Monday should be partly sunny with a high near 80 and northwest winds 3-6 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 62 with south winds 5-10 mph.


Almanac:

Last year on this date in Huntington we had a high of 82 and a low of 61. We picked up 0.44″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 63 and a high of 83.
The record low was 48 in 1973.
The record high was 97 in 1999.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 94.75′.
The water temperature is 70˚.


Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:24AM
Sunset: 8:31PM
Length of day: 15:07:36
Today will be 1:41 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is in its first quarter, 7 days old with 49% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:36PM
Moonset: 12:16AM


About Today’s Photo:

This life-and-death struggle occurred yesterday afternoon right in front of one of our sleeping cabins here in North Hero. An ambitious garter snake had snagged a toad in the garden bed and the struggle ensued. It may look like the snake has literally bitten off more than it can chew, but thanks to its ability to unhinge its jaw, there’s little doubt in my mind that it succeeded in procuring itself a big meal.

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Cedar cones along the beach

Morning Observation:

This morning in North Hero at 7:15AM it’s currently 73 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are nearly calm. Relative humidity is 86%, dewpoint 69, barometric pressure 29.82”. We’ve picked up 0.01” of rain so far today. Yesterday’s high was 80, and the overnight low was 73.

This morning in Huntington it’s currently 72 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 70, barometric pressure 29.85”. Yesterday’s high was 86, and the overnight low was 70.


Forecast:

Morning showers and isolated thunderstorms will be followed by cooler and briefly dry weather as a cold front sweeps through around midmorning. Low pressure tracking out of the southern Great Lakes on Saturday will bring widespread rain late Saturday into Sunday morning with steadiest and heaviest rainfall expected over southern counties. After drying out and warming up gradually from Sunday into Monday, another strong cold front will arrive on Tuesday bringing more widespread showers and thunderstorms.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a 50% chance of showers through midday. Highs will be near 78 with south winds 8-10 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are possible. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 61 and north winds around 5 mph becoming light out of the south in the evening.

Saturday should be cloudy with scattered showers. Highs will be near 77 with light south winds. Chance of precipitation is 40% with rainfall amounts between 0.10″-0.25″ possible. Saturday night should be cloudy with showers. Lows will be around 62 with east winds around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 0.50”-0.75” possible in Huntington and 0.10″-0.25″ in North Hero.

Sunday should be cloudy with rain likely in the morning. Highs will be near 76 with north winds 3-5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% in Huntington with rainfall amounts between 0.10″-0.25″ possible. Only a slight chance of showers in North Hero. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 62 with south winds 5-7 mph.


Almanac:

Last year on this date in Huntington we had a high of 78 and a low of 60.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 63 and a high of 83.
The record low was 44 in 1946.
The record high was 96 in 2018 (we had a high of 93).

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 94.75′.
The water temperature is 72˚.


Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:23AM
Sunset: 8:32PM
Length of day: 15:09:17
Today will be 1:38 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 6.2 days old with 37% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:22PM
No Moonset


About Today’s Photo:

We’ve got a bountiful crop of cones on the white cedars along the shore here in North Hero, and the branches are bowed under the weight! Note the ubiquitous spiderwebs with a small orb weaver lower left. 

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/320″ exposure. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

A large boulder emerges from the shale

Morning Observation:

This morning in North Hero at 7:25AM it’s currently 71 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 13-15 mph. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 67, barometric pressure 30.00”. We picked up 0.29” of rain yesterday. Yesterday’s high was 73, and the overnight low was 70.

This morning in Huntington it’s currently 71 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 90%, dewpoint 66, barometric pressure 30.09”. We picked up a total of 1.17” of rain yesterday. Yesterday’s high was 73, and the overnight low was 66.


Forecast:

A slow-moving upper level trough moving out of the Great Lakes today will bring another round of showers and thunderstorms to much of the North Country this afternoon. A few stronger thunderstorms may produce heavy rain and gusty winds. High pressure will build in briefly on Thursday bringing increasing sunshine very warm conditions Thursday and Friday, with some valley locations seeing highs approaching 90˚. Low presser moving out of the Great Lakes on Friday will drag a cold front through the region bringing another round of showers and thunderstorms Friday afternoon into Friday night. Unsettled conditions look to continue into the weekend.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain this afternoon. Highs will be near 79 with south winds 10-13 mph in Huntington and 15-23 mph in North Hero. Rainfall amounts between 0.10″-0.25″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9:00pm. Lows will be around 65 with south winds 5-7 mph in Huntington and 8-13 mph in North Hero. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday should be mostly sunny with a high near 87 and south winds 5-9 mph in Huntington and 13-16 mph in North Hero. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 70 and south winds around 10 mph in Huntington and 13-16 mph in North Hero.

Friday should be cloudy with showers and afternoon thunderstorms. Highs will be near 84 with south winds around 9 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 0.10″-0.25″ possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be around 64 with light winds


Almanac:

Last year on this date in Huntington we had a high of 71 and a low of 58. We picked up 0.48″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 63 and a high of 83.
The record low was 50 in 1990.
The record high was 100 in 1995.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 94.71′.
The water temperature is 71˚.


Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:21AM
Sunset: 8:33PM
Length of day: 15:12:31
Today will be 1:31 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4 days old with 18% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:59AM
Moonset: 11:31PM


About Today’s Photo:

The shoreline around our camp here in North Hero is composed mostly of shales, and the constant beat of the waves and wind erode the cliffsides slowly but surely. Occasionally, a granitic boulder will pop out—like this very large one just down the beach. These worn-smooth rocks must have been buried in the mud and silts of the ancient oceans millions of years ago, and time has once again exposed them to the light.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Spotted knapweed growing along the shore

Morning Observation:

This morning in North Hero at 7:45AM it’s currently 67 degrees and just started raining under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 13-15 mph. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 63, barometric pressure 30.17”. Yesterday’s high was 82, and the overnight low was 67.

This morning in Huntington it’s currently 63 degrees and raining under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 62, barometric pressure 30.21”. We’ve picked up 0.79” of rain already today. Yesterday’s high was 82, and the overnight low was 62.


Forecast:

Scattered showers will move across the North Country this morning, especially across northern New York, as a warm front lifts through the region bringing in warmer and more humid conditions. After a midday lull in precipitation, showers and thunderstorms should kick off later this afternoon north and west of the ‘Dacks as a surface trough moves into the region from the west. This trough will drag a cold front across the region on Wednesday bringing increasing chances for widespread showers and thunderstorms along with the potential for gusty winds and heavy downpours. Drier conditions are expected Thursday before another cold front sweeps across the region late Friday bringing more showers and thunderstorms.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 40% chance of showers into midday. Highs will be near 73 with south winds 9-11 mph in Huntington and 15-20 mph in North Hero. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are expected, but we’ve already seen significantly more than that in Huntington this morning. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be around 66 with south winds 9-14 mph in Huntington and 22-26 mph in North Hero. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are possible.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Highs will be near 80 with south winds around 11 mph in Huntington and 18-25 mph in North Hero. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between 0.10″-0.25″ possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 66 with south winds 3-8 mph. Rainfall amounts between 0.10″-0.25″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday should be mostly sunny with a high near 85 and southwest winds 5-9 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy and muggy with a low around 67 and south winds 7-9 mph.


Almanac:

Last year on this date in Huntington we had a high of 81 and a low of 59.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 63 and a high of 83.
The record low was 48 in 1971.
The record high was 96 in 1995.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 94.73′.
The water temperature is 72˚.


Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:20AM
Sunset: 8:34PM
Length of day: 15:14:03
Today will be 1:28 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 3 days old with 11% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:49AM
Moonset: 11:07PM


About Today’s Photo:

We see spotted knapweed quite frequently up here in the islands, though I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it in Huntington. This European native is considered an invasive species in much of the western US where the dry  climate is similar to its natural range. Here in the islands, it grows along the lake edges, along roads, and in open fields. I find the delicate petals quite lovely.

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/320″ exposure.