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Thursday, August 6, 2020

virga-sunset

The sun sets over Pelots Bay as virga falls from a passing cloud

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:30AM it’s currently a cool 49 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 48, barometric pressure 30.10” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 79, and the overnight low was 49.

Forecast:

The National Weather Service in Burlington reports that morning lows this morning dropped below 60 degrees for the first time in 41 days. This sets a record for the longest stretch of with temperatures at or above 60 degrees. The previous record was 37 days all the way back in 1898.

Surface high pressure building into the region today will deliver quiet conditions through Friday night with mostly sunny skies and near normal temperatures expected. Shortwave energy approaching from the mid-Atlantic states will push into the region on Saturday bringing the possibility of scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. A ridge of high pressure will build in again for Sunday and most of Monday before unsettled and warmer conditions move into the region for midweek.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 76 and southwest winds 6 to 8 mph becoming west in the morning. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 55 and light southeast winds.

Friday should be mostly sunny with a high near 79 and calm winds becoming southeasterly around 5 mph. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 59 and light southeast winds.

Saturday should be partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 77 with light southeast winds. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are expected. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 59 and light south winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 87 and a low of 51. We picked up 0.06″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 80.
The record low was 44 in 1964.
The record high was 95 in 2018 (we had a high of 91).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:45AM
Sunset: 8:09PM
Length of day: 14:23:55
Today will be 2:29 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17 days old with 93% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:04PM
Moonset: 8:34AM

About Today’s Photo:

As the sun sets over Pelots Bay in North Hero, a passing cumulus cloud drops virga towards the ground. Technically, virga is rainfall that drops from clouds but evaporates before it hits the ground. This shower looks to be kind of on the cusp, so perhaps rain was indeed making it to the ground somewhere in upstate New York or southern Québec.

Canon G5X, 18mm, ISO 500, f/10, 1/800″ exposure.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

water-lily

A water lily blooming along the bank of the Missisquoi

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:15AM it’s currently 62 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 60, barometric pressure 29.86” and rising. We picked up a total of 1.78” of rain from the storm yesterday. Our high wind gust was only 18 mph. Yesterday’s high was 69, and the overnight low was 60.

I was quite surprised by how quickly the storm moved through yesterday evening. The bulk of the storm seemed to move through the area between 5:30PM and 8:00PM, and by 10:00PM the rain had shut down completely here and radar imagery was showing the center of the low passing over the Montreal area. It was a much milder experience than anticipated!

Forecast:

The quiet after the storm… We’ve got much quieter weather expected today across the region with just a few scattered morning showers possible across northern tier counties as a weak shortwave moves through. We should see increasing sunshine by this afternoon with temperatures warming to near normal values along with light southwest winds. High pressure will build in tonight into Thursday bringing dry conditions for the reminder of this week with temperatures slowly climbing to above normal values by the weekend with some increase in humidity as well.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies this morning with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon. Skies should become mostly sunny with a high near 80 and southwest winds around 9 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 54 and southwest winds 5 to 8 mph.

Thursday should be sunny with a high near 78 and west winds 3 to 6 mph. Thursday night should be mostly clear with a low around 54 and light southeast winds.

Friday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 82 and light and variable winds. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 57 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 83 and a low of 45.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 80.
The record low was 43 in 1972.
The record high was 95 in 1955.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:44AM
Sunset: 8:10PM
Length of day: 14:26:25
Today will be 2:28 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16.3 days old with 97% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:40PM
Moonset: 7:30AM

About Today’s Photo:

While paddling the Missisquoi River the other day, this water lily caught my eye along the shaded bank. A beam a sunlight was shining directly on it like a spotlight leaving the water around it dark and shaded.

Canon G5X, 31.8mm, ISO 500, f/11, 1/1000″ exposure.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

muscle-missisquoi

A freshwater pearl muscle etches a path through the sandy bottom of the Missisquoi River

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:30AM it’s currently 63 degrees and raining under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 62, barometric pressure 30.01” and steady. The rain started at around 5:30AM and we’ve picked up 0.06” so far. Yesterday’s high was 80, and the overnight low was 56.

Forecast:

This is a Flash Flood Watch in effect for our region from this afternoon until Wednesday morning. There is also a Wind Advisory in effect for our region from 7:00PM this evening until 3:00AM Wednesday morning.

We’ve got a wet and wooly next 36 hours ahead of us as Tropical Storm Isaias begins to head our way. The storm is currently centered near the border of North Carolina and Virginia. It’s current course will drive it directly over Vermont by early Wednesday morning. We’ll see widespread rain, heavy at times, developing today across the North Country and continuing through tonight. Localized flash flooding is possible, along with sharp rises on streams and rivers across the region by Wednesday morning with a few rivers approaching bankfull. We should see upwards of 2″-4″ of rain. In addition, brief gusty high winds are expected across the western slopes of the Greens and the Champlain Valley this afternoon into the overnight hours. Rain should quickly taper off after midnight tonight as high pressure builds in behind the departing storm. Dry and seasonably cool conditions are expected for the reminder of the week into weekend.

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We’ll see cloudy skies today with rain, heavy at times heading into the afternoon hours. Highs will be near 75 with light southeasts winds becoming southerly 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 0.75″-1″ possible. Tonight should be cloudy with rain, heavy at times. Lows will be around 63 with southeast winds 20 to 25 mph and gusting to 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 1″ and 2″ possible.

Wednesday should start out cloudy with 30% chance of lingering showers in the morning. It should become mostly sunny with a high near 81 and south winds 9 to 11 mph becoming westerly in the morning. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 54 and southwest winds 6 to 8 mph.

Thursday’s looking sunny with a high near 79 and west winds around 7 mph. Thursday night should be mostly clear with a low around 54 and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 75 and a low of 48.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 80 (down 1 degree).
The record low was 46 in 1972.
The record high was 95 in 1944.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:43AM
Sunset: 8:12PM
Length of day: 14:28:53
Today will be 2:26 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous 15.4 days old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:14PM
Moonset: 6″24AM

About Today’s Photo:

While paddling near the Missisquoi River delta the other day, we came across this freshwater muscle carving a path through the sandy bottom. The muscle was tipped up with its hinged side up and making its slow way through the sand. I’d never seen this before.

Turns out that, in Vermont, 10 of the 18 native species of freshwater muscle, or 55%, are listed under the state endangered species law, and several others are considered rare. The complicated life cycle of the muscle contributes to this situation. Here’s some information about the life cycle from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies:

“Freshwater mussels have a remarkable life cycle. Microscopic larvae, called glochidia, which look like tiny mussels, attach themselves to the fins or gills of a fish. Each mussel species is specific about the fish their glochidia parasitize. Loss of specific fish hosts can reduce or eliminate mussel reproductive success. As freshwater mussel abundance decreases, lower densities can have negative consequences for reproduction because male mussels release sperm into the water, which are then filtered by female mussels. As populations grow more and more isolated and smaller, genetic viability can be compromised.” (Read more here).

I’m not sure of the species photographed above, but it may be a “strange floater” muscle. Any help from my more learned readers would be appreciated!

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Muscle trails in the sand of the Missiquoi delta

 

Monday, August 3, 2020

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Robin paddles the west branch of the Missisquoi River towards the delta

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 73 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 5-10 mph and gusting to 18. Relative humidity is 74%, dewpoint 64, barometric pressure 29.76” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.02” of rain in the past 24hrs, but we sure did see some cloud fireworks flashing just to our north last night between 10:00 & 11:00! Yesterday’s high was 80, and the overnight low was 72.

Forecast:

The low pressure system that delivered yesterday’s severe storms is currently tracking northeast through east-central Québec. We’ll see a brief break in active weather today with seasonal temperatures, low dewpoints, and gusty south winds. By Tuesday morning, we’ll begin to feel the influence of tropical storm Isaias approaching from the south. Current forecast models show the low tracking straight north through the Connecticut River valley. Widespread rain will develop across the region early Tuesday and becoming moderate to locally heavy Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning. A Flash Flood Warning has been posted for for Essex County, NY, and all of Vermont, except Grand Isle county, from 6:00PM Tuesday until 3:00PM Wednesday. We should see anywhere from 1″ to 3″ of rain with the potential for localized flash flooding due to very high rainfall rates. High pressure and dry conditions are set to return late Wednesday for end of the work week and into the weekend.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning, gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 77 and south winds 11 to 16 mph becoming southwesterly 19 to 24 mph. Tonight should bring increasing clouds with a 30% chance of showers late. Lows will be around 64 with west winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Tuesday should be cloudy with rain. Highs will be near 76 with south winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 0.50″ to 0.75″ possible. Tuesday night should be cloudy with rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Lows will be around 64 with east winds 7 to 12 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph after midnight and gusting to 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 1″-2″ possible.

Wednesday should start our cloudy with showers likely in the morning. Skies should gradually becoming mostly sunny with a high near 80 and south winds 7 to 11 mph becoming westerly in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 0.25″-0.50″ possible. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 55 and southwest winds around 6 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 86 and a low of 52.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 81.
The record low was 42 in 1964.
The record high was 97 in 1988.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:42AM
Sunset: 8:13PM
Length of day: 14:31:19
Today will be 2:24 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is the full “Sturgeon” moon (Northeast Native American), 14 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:43PM
Moonset: 5:17AM

About Today’s Photo:

We spent the last few nights out on Lake Champlain (not last night, thankfully!) On Saturday, we motored up north to the top of the Missisquoi River delta, anchored and paddled upstream on the river’s central branch and then back out to the lake on the western branch. With calm winds and comfortable temperatures, it was pretty much a perfect day to kayak. In the photo, Robin plies the calm water as we head towards the mouth of the river. With low water levels on Lake Champlain (94.4′ today) we had to drag our boats across the sandbars to reach paddleable waters.

iPhone XR

Friday, July 31, 2020

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Honey bees on globe thistle in our ornamental garden

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 61 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 60, barometric pressure 29.85” and rising slowly. We picked up a 0.01” trace of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 83, and the overnight low was 54.

Forecast:

The broad upper-level low over Québec that has brought the showers and thunderstorms over the past few days will finally begin to slowly shift eastward today. We may still see a few showers this afternoon, but these should be more orographic in nature and limited to higher terrain. High pressure will build in later today into Saturday bringing dry day with plenty of sun. Low pressure approaching from the Ohio River valley on Sunday will bring widespread rain to the region on Sunday. The forecast becomes more challenging Monday onward as Hurricane Isaias potentially moves up the eastern seaboard. It’s too soon to say how the storm will affect the North Country, but we can’t rule out some rain Tuesday or Wednesday if the current track holds.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 82 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 62 and northwest winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Saturday should be mostly sunny with a high near 83 and calm winds becoming northwesterly around 6 mph in the morning. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 63 and calm winds becoming southeasterly around 5 mph after midnight.

Sunday should bring increasing clouds with a 60% chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Highs will be near 82 with south winds 5 to 9 mph. Rainfall amounts between 0.01″-0.25″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Lows will be around 67 with south winds around 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 0.25″-0.50″ possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 83 and a low of 60. We picked up 0.41″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 81.
The record low was 42 in 1964.
The record high was 96 in 1999.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:38AM
Sunset: 8:17PM
Length of day: 14:38:27
Today will be 2:18 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11.4 days old with 87% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:21PM
Moonset: 2:20AM

About Today’s Photo:

The globe thistles in our ornamental garden are in bloom now and have become irresistible to pollinators. Along with bumble bees and butterflies, honey bees have found them and were busy harvesting the nectar. I was seeing up to five bees at a time on one blossom.

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens,  ISO 3200, f/9, 1/320″ exposure.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

musk-mallow

Dew speckled musk mallow in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 65 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 64, barometric pressure 29.82” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 83, and the overnight low was 59.

Forecast:

A broad upper level low pressure system tracking slowly to our north will again bring afternoon showers and a few thunderstorms across the region today, but thunderstorm activity is not expected to become severe. The low will finally slide towards the Canadian Maritimes late tonight and high pressure will build in allowing for drier and seasonable conditions to arrive for Friday and Saturday. Saturday looks to be the pick of the weekend with highs in the low to mid 80s. Low pressure tracking out of the Ohio River valley Sunday will bring widespread rainfall and a slight chance of thunderstorms on Sunday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be near 82 with calm winds becoming southwesterly 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are expected with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 60 and light and variable winds.

Friday should be mostly sunny with a high near 82 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 61 and north winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Saturday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 84 and calm winds becoming northwesterly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 62 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 91 and a low of 63. We picked up 0.82″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 81.
The record low was 45 in 1968.
The record high was 96 in 1959.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:37AM
Sunset: 8:18PM
Length of day: 14:40:46
Today will be 2:16 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10.3 days old with 79% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:17PM
Moonset: 1:36AM

About Today’s Photo:

Morning dew bespeckles this musk mallow blooming in our front field. Musk mallow (Malva moschata) is native to Europe and southwestern Asia, but has naturalized across much of north America. The flowers and leaves are edible and are sometimes used in “wild salads”.

Sony A7II, Sigma 100-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1250″ exposure.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

queen-annes-lace-backlit

Queen Anne’s lace backlit in the morning sun

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 64 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 62, barometric pressure 29.87” and rising. We picked up 0.47” of rain in the last 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 87, and the overnight low was 58.

Forecast:

A broad area of low pressure to our north with gradually sink southwards over the next two days bringing chances for showers and and afternoon thunderstorms today and Thursday along with a gradual cooling trend. The low will finally move into the Canadian Maritimes on Friday allowing high pressure to build in Friday into Saturday bringing dry and comfortable summer weather. The next weather maker arrives Sunday bringing widespread precipitation to our region Sunday into Monday.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies this morning giving way to clouds and a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be near 84 with southwest winds 6 to 8 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 64 with south winds 6 to 8 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday should be mostly sunny with a 30% chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be near 82 with west winds 3 to 7 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 62 and northwest winds 3 to 5 mph.

Friday should be mostly sunny with a 30% chance of afternoon showers. Highs will be near 80 with northwest winds 3 to 7 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers before 8:00pm. Lows will be around 63 with north winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 90 and a low of 61. We picked up 0.10″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 80.
The record low was 45 in 1987.
The record high was 98 in 1949.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:36AM
Sunset: 8:19PM
Length of day: 14:43:03
Today will be 2:14 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9.3 days old with 69% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:06PM
Moonset: 12:59AM

About Today’s Photo:

Queen Anne’s lace backlit by the morning sun pops against a dark background of spruce trees.

Sony A7II, Sigma 100-400mm lens @ 289mm, ISO 800, f/11, 1/320″ exposure.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

viceroy-dogbane

A tattered viceroy feeds on spreading dogbane in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:40AM it’s currently 69 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 68, barometric pressure 29.66” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.02” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 90, and the overnight low was 67.

Forecast:

A cold front will move across the North Country this morning bringing some rain showers and maybe a rumble of thunder particularly in eastern areas as diurnal heating takes place this afternoon. Daytime highs today will still bump up into the upper 80s, but, with the passage of the front, dewpoints should drop to comfortable levels as drier air pulls in. The rest of the week should see a return to seasonal temperatures. A trough of low pressure will slowly skirt the Canadian border on Wednesday bringing some rain on Wednesday into Thursday. Drier conditions are expected as we head towards the weekend with another round of showers expected Sunday.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning with a 40% chance of showers this morning. Skies should become partly sunny with a high near 85 and light and variable winds becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are expected. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 63 and west winds around 6 mph becoming southerly after midnight.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be near 84 with south wind 5 to 7 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of thunderstorms before 7:00pm. Lows will be around 65 with south winds around 6 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are expected with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday should be mostly sunny with a 40% chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 80 with southwest winds around 7 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers before 8:00pm. Lows will be around 62 with northwest winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 86 and a low of 60.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 81.
The record low was 45 in 2001 (we had a low of 42).
The record high was 96 in 1964.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:35AM
Sunset: 8:20PM
Length of day: 14:45:17
Today will be 2:12 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8.2 days old with 58% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:52PM
Moonset: 12:27AM

About Today’s Photo:

I haven’t seen many viceroy butterflies this season, and this one looks like it’s been through some tough times as the edges of its wings are rather tattered. It was still having no problem feeding on the nectar of the spreading dogbane growing in our front field. Note the long tongue probing the blossoms.

Sony A7II, Sigma 100-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 800, f/9, 1/1250″ exposure.

Monday, July 27, 2020

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Grasses ripening in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 72 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 70, barometric pressure 29.74” and steady. We picked up 0.86” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 87, and the overnight low was 71.

Forecast:

A shortwave trough moved through the region early this morning, and we’ll see some lingering showers which should taper off around mid morning. A second shortwave moving through the Ottawa Valley will bring another round of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon across northern New York and the northern half of Vermont. Some thunderstorms could be strong to severe this afternoon with heavy rain and gusty winds possible as diurnal heating goes to work. Daytime highs today should be in the upper 80s again with dewpoints in the 70s making for another muggy day and another night with lows in the 70s tonight. A cold front will push through the region on Tuesday bringing more showers along with relief from the heat and humidity. In the wake of the frontal passage, seasonal temperatures and afternoon showers will be likely through the remainder of the week.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Highs will be near 88 with southwest winds 8 to 13 mph. 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. Lows will be around 70 with southwest winds 6 to 8 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are expected with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with a 20% chance of showers. Highs will be near 84 with southwest winds around 10 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 63 and west winds around 6 mph becoming southerly after midnight.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny with a 30% chance of afternoon showers. Highs will be near 83 with south winds 6 to 9 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 61 and southwest winds 3 to 5 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 88 and a low of 55.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 (1 degree lower…) and a high of 81.
The record low was 46 in 2001 (we had a low of 42).
The record high was 98 in 1949.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:34AM
Sunset: 8:21PM
Length of day: 14:47:29
Today will be 2:09 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is in its first quarter, 7 days old with 47% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:38PM
No Moonset

About Today’s Photo:

As the summer wears on, grasses are ripening in our front field providing a nice contrast to the ubiquitous greens of early summer. These bushgrass seed heads caught my eye as I bug hunted the other day.

Sony A7II, Sigma 100-400mm lens @ 176mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/4000″ exposure.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

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A tiny crab spider lurks in an echinacea blossom

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 61 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 60, barometric pressure 29.93” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 87, and the overnight low was 59.

Forecast:

We’ve got a hot and humid summer day on tap today courtesy of high pressure over the region. Daytime highs should climb into the mid 80s to lower 90s with dewpoints in the mid to upper 60s. A shortwave trough will slide through southern Québec later this afternoon bringing a chance of showers and thunderstorms across northern Vermont this afternoon and evening. Some storms may be strong. Monday should be warm and muggy with dewpoints creep upwards into the lower 70s. Cloud cover should keep things a notch or two less hot that today though. A cold front will swing through the region later in the day on Monday bringing showers and thunderstorms. Showers and thunderstorms will continue through much of Tuesday. Cooler and near normal temperatures look to be on tap for the remainder of the week.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 86 and southwest winds 8 to 15 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. Lows will be around 70 with west winds 5 to 10 mph becoming light southwesterly.

Monday should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be near 86 with southwest winds 7 to 11 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are expected with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 71 with south winds 8 to 11 mph. Rainfall amounts between 0.10″-0.25″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be near 86 with west winds 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 0.10″-0.25″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 61 and west winds 5 to 7 mph becoming southerly after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 87 and a low of 53.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 61 and a high of 81.
The record low was 45 in 1976.
The record high was 94 in 1989.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:33AM
Sunset: 8:23PM
Length of day: 14:49:39
Today will be 2:07 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 6 days old with 36% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:23PM
Moonset: 11:59PM

About Today’s Photo:

Some of the echinacea blossoms in our back garden are beginning to look a bit ragged. This doesn’t keep the action from happening though, as this tiny white crab spider lurks waiting for hapless prey to come a bit too close.

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 2500, f/11, 1/60″ exposure.