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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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Looking up along a birch tree in the Hinesburg Town Forest

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:35AM it’s currently 32 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 90%, dewpoint 29, barometric pressure 29.58” and falling slowly. Yesterday’s high was 58, and the overnight low was 31.

Forecast:

We’ve got a relatively quiet day with near normal temperatures on tap for today as disorganized low pressure skirts to our south bringing nothing much but clouds to our region. Things will get a bit messy, however, on Thursday as winter seems to have one more card up its sleeve (I guess I asked for it by putting my snow-blower away yesterday… Sorry…) A deepening area of low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes on Thursday will drag a cold front through the region bringing widespread cold rain on Thursday and upper elevation snow. As temperatures cool during the afternoon Thursday across the ‘Dacks, northern Greens, and NEK, the precipitation will change to a heavy wet snowfall, with 2″ to 6″ possible by midday Friday in these areas (generally above 1500’). Even valley locations may see a bit of wet snow mixing with heavier rain on Friday, but snow accumulations should be limited there. Lingering rain and snow showers will taper off by Saturday morning with below normal temperatures expected on Saturday as high pressure begins to build in. Sunday’s looking decent with temperatures heading towards 50 with some sunshine.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a high near 54 and calm winds. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 37 and calm winds.

Thursday should be cloudy with rain. Highs will be near 42 with south winds 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 1/2″-3/4″ possible. Thursday night will be cloudy with rain showers likely before 9pm, mixing with snow late. Lows will be around 32 with west winds 9 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ expected.

Friday should be cloudy with snow showers likely in the morning, transitioning to rain showers by midday. Highs will be near 43 with northwest winds 14 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with new snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ expected. Friday night should be cloudy with rain and snow showers likely before midnight, becoming scattered late. Lows will be around 30 with west winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 50 and a low of 36. We picked up 0.13″ of rain and were finally down to bare ground at the snow stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 32 and a high of 51.
The record low was 11 in 1972.
The record high was 73 in 1991.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:19AM
Sunset: 7:28PM
Length of day: 13:08:52
Today will be 3:00 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 15 days old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:23PM
Moonset: 6:58AM

About Today’s Photo:

We went for a lovely walk along the biking trails in the Hinesburg Town Forest on Monday. The Fellowship of the Wheel organization does a great job of maintaining a large network of trails there. The peeling bark of this birch caught my eye as we walked along under bluebird skies.

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

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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A wood frog calls in our pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:55AM it’s currently 28 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 26, barometric pressure 29.90” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 56, and the overnight low was 28.

Forecast:

We’ve got another lovely spring day on tap today courtesy of high pressure which will crest across the North Country today. We’ll see mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. A weak area of low pressure will skirt to our south tonight through Wednesday bringing a chance for showers mainly across our southern sections late tonight into Wednesday morning. A more potent low will move out of the northern Great Lakes on Thursday bringing widespread rainfall Thursday into Friday with some accumulating mountain snow likely Thursday night into Friday. Valley locations may see a bit of snow as well overnight, but nothing to write home about. A cool and unsettled weather pattern looks to be in the cards for the upcoming weekend with more rain expected Sunday.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 56 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Tonight should bring increasing clouds with a 30% chance of rain showers after midnight, mixing with snow by morning. Lows will be around 36 with calm winds. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain and snow showers in the morning, changing over to rain showers. Highs will be near 54 with calm winds. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 35 and light and variable winds.

Thursday should be cloudy with a 90% chance of rain and snow showers before 7:00AM, changing over to rain showers. Highs will be near 49 with southeast winds 7 to 9 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Thursday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain showers, mixing with snow late. Lows will be around 32 with southwest winds around 10 mph. Rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ are possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 54 and a low of 29. We picked up 0.03″ of rain and had 2″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 32 and a high of 50.
The record low was 2 in 1972.
The record high was 83 in 1991.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:21AM
Sunset: 7:27PM
Length of day: 13:05:52
Today will be 3:00 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is the full “Pink” moon (Northeast Native American), 14 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:03PM
Moonset: 6:29AM

About Today’s Photo:

The wood frogs emerged from hibernation two days ago on our pond. These are the first amphibians to wake up for us annually, and their croaking calls mark the true kickoff of the spring season (along with woodcocks of course…) We also had a solitary spring peeper peeping in the pond yesterday. I have high confidence that he will soon be joined by the rest of his crew to create a shrill cacophony over the next few nights.

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A clump of wood frog eggs attached to a stick just below the water’s surface.

Monday, April 6, 2020

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A ghost beech leaf awaits spring

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 31 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 30, barometric pressure 30.07” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.03” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 56, and the overnight low was 29.

Forecast:

We have a pair of lovely spring days on tap today and Tuesday courtesy of high pressure building into the region. Daytime highs will be near seasonal averages for early April—in the low to mid 50s today, and in the mid to upper 50s on Tuesday under mostly sunny skies. Active weather will return on Wednesday as a frontal system brings chances for precipitation Wednesday, with a deeper low pressure system heading our way from the Great Lakes on Thursday with rain and upper elevations snowfall likely Thursday into Friday.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 53 and light north winds becoming northwesterly 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 32 and northwest winds around 6 mph becoming southwesterly after midnight.

Tuesday should be sunny with a high near 55 and light west winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 33 and north winds around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 51 with calm winds. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are possible. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be around 35 with calm winds. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 52 and a low of 30. We had 5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 31 and a high of 50.
The record low was 10 in 1943.
The record high was 74 in 1991.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:23AM
Sunset: 7:26PM
Length of day: 13:02:51
Today will be 3:01 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 12.6 days old with 95% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:43PM
Moonset: 6:01AM

About Today’s Photo:

A marcescent beech leaf on a small sapling—bleached by a winter’s worth of weather—waits for new spring growth to finally drop.

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/10, 1/80″ exposure.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

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Blood root flower buds pushing out of the earth

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:30AM it’s currently 42 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 41, barometric pressure 30.00” and steady. We picked up 0.03” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 54, and the overnight low was 33.

Forecast:

A weak cold front will move across the North Country today bringing some scattered light rain showers starting around midday. Surface high pressure will build in bringing dry and party sunny conditions for Monday and Tuesday along with daytime highs in the low to mid 50s. The weather patter looks to be active by midweek with a series low pressure systems bringing chances for rain showers on Wednesday and again Thursday afternoon.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with scattered showers, mainly after noon. Highs will be near 57 with calm wind becomings southwesterly 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40% with rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ expected. Tonight should be cloudy with scattered showers, mainly before 10pm. Lows will be around 33 with northwest winds 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30% with rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ expected.

Monday should be sunny with a high near 53 and northwest winds around 8 mph. Monday night should bring increasing clouds with a low around 36 and west winds around 6 mph.

Tuesday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 54 and northwest winds 5 to 9 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 34 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 44 and a low of 17. We had 5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 31 and a high of 49.
The record low was 3 in 1964.
The record high was 69 in 1948.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:24AM
Sunset: 7:24PM
Length of day: 12:59:50
Today will be 3:01 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11.5 days old with 88% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:23PM
Moonset: 5:30AM

About Today’s Photo:

Blood root flower buds are taking their time pushing out of the soil down by Fargo Brook. I’ve been keeping my eye on them for the past week or so, waiting for the white flowers to appear. Like most things at this time of year, spring has its own leisurely pace!

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/13, 1/30″ exposure.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

willow-buds

Willow buds popping in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:10AM it’s currently 36 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 35, barometric pressure 30.03” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.04” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 52, and the overnight low was 32.

Forecast:

The coastal low pressure system that has been bringing us our damp weather over the past few days will finally move far out to sea. High pressure building into the region today will bring increasing sunshine and warmer temperatures in the lower 50s. A weak cold front will move through the region on Sunday bringing a few scattered showers Sunday evening. High pressure will then return for Monday bringing quiet conditions with slightly above normal temperatures to start the work week. Unsettled weather seems to be in the cards by midweek.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a high near 53 with calm winds becoming northwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 38 and light and variable winds.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 54 with calm winds becoming westerly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected. Sunday night should be cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 35 with light northwest winds increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the evening. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected.

Monday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 53 and northwest winds around 8 mph. Monday night should bring increasing clouds with a low around 35 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 38 and a low of 21. We had 5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 30 and a high of 49,.
The record low was 7 in 1964.
The record high was 73 in 1981.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:26AM
Sunset: 7:23PM
Length of day: 12:56:49
Today will be 3:01 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10.4 days old with 80% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:05PM
Moonset: 4:55AM

About Today’s Photo:

We have several clumps of willows growing in the soggier parts of our front field, and they’re buds are beginning to pop!

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/400″ exposure.

Friday, April 3, 2020

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Lettuce sprouting in the hoop-house

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:50AM it’s currently 37 degrees and raining under low overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 36, barometric pressure 29.72” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.77” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 38, and the overnight low was 34.

Forecast:

Low pressure currently off the New England coast will slowly drift southward through the day today. Precipitation will become more showery by this afternoon with some patchy drizzle lingering into tonight. High pressure will build into the region Saturday bringing drier conditions and some sunshine as well. A weak cold front will move through Sunday afternoon bringing a passing light shower or two to the region. High pressure will move into the region Monday bringing quiet weather with slightly above normal temperatures to start the work week.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with rain through the day diminishing to drizzle later this afternoon. Highs will be near 53 with northeast winds 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 37 and northeast winds 5 to 9 mph.

Saturday should be mostly sunny with a high near 53 and calm winds becoming northwesterly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 37 and calm winds.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 58 with south winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 35 with calm winds. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 53 and a low of 30. We had 7″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 30 and a high of 48.
The record low was 10 in 1954.
The record high was 82 in 2010 (we had a high of 83, and I took my first pond dip of the season. A record I think!)

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:28AM
Sunset: 7:22PM
Length of day: 12:53:47
Today will be 3:02 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9.3 days old with 69% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:49PM
Moonset: 4:16AM

About Today’s Photo:

Robin has planted lettuce seeds in our hoop-house, and they’ve begun to sprout!

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/11, 1/100″ exposure.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

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Sunshine squiggles on flowing water in Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:05AM it’s currently 33 degrees and snizzling a bit under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 30, barometric pressure 29.82” and steady. We’ve picked up just a light dusting of snow. Yesterday’s high was 48, and the overnight low was 33.

Forecast:

A deep low pressure system centered off the New England coast south of Nova Scotia this morning will rotate precipitation into Vermont and northern New York from the east today and tomorrow. Light snowfall this morning should change over to plain rain by midmorning as temperatures rise into the mid 40s today. Precipitation should wrap by midday on Friday with overall rainfall amounts of around 1/2″ through Vermont. High pressure will build into the region later Friday bringing quieter and drier weather for much of the weekend with perhaps some sunshine peeking through on Saturday. The next chance for precipitation arrives late Sunday into Monday as a front moves through bringing rain.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with snow likely this morning, changing over to rain by midday. Highs will be near 41 with northwest winds 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with total snow accumulation of less than 1/2″ expected. Tonight should be cloudy with rain, mixing with snow over higher elevations. Lows will be around 36 with north winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday should be cloudy with rain likely in the morning, diminishing to showers by midday. Highs will be near 50 with south winds around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ possible. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 35 and northeast winds 3 to 7 mph.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 54 and light northwest winds. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 36 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 50 and a low of 20. We had 8.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 29 and a high of 48.
The record low was 15 in 1964.
The record high was 79 in 2010 (we had a high of 80).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:30AM
Sunset: 7:21PM
Length of day: 12:50:44
Today will be 3:02 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8.2 days old with 59% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:38PM
Moonset: 3:30AM

About Today’s Photo:

Sunlight dances on flowing water in Fargo Brook creating “light squiggles” on the surface.

Sony A7II, Sony 24-240mm lens @ 92mm, ISO 160, f/16, 1/25″ exposure.