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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dandelions carpet a hayfield along Shaker Mountain Road

Dandelions carpet a hayfield along Shaker Mountain Road

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 47 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the west at 3-6 mph. Relative humidity is 76%, dewpoint 39, barometric pressure 29.79” and rising. We picked up just a 0.01” trace of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 78, and the overnight low was 47.

Forecast:

The cold front that moved through later yesterday bringing showers and some thunderstorms has ushered in cool high pressure. We’ll see cloudy skies with a slight chance of sprinkles this morning, then partly sunny skies this afternoon. Highs will only be in the mid 50s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows in the mid 30s and west winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph, then becoming southwesterly after midnight.

Thursday should be partly sunny with highs in the mid 60s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 40s and southwest winds around 10 mph.

Friday should start off partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers as an upper level trough and associated cold front approach. Highs will be in the upper 50s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Friday night should be mostly clear with a 30% chance of rain showers. Lows will be in the mid 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 69 and a low of 36.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 69 and lows of 47.
The record high was 91°F in 1975.
The record low was 30°F in 2002 (we had a low of 31).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:20 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:17 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 05m
Length of Day: 14h 57m
Tomorrow will be 1m58s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2d 7h old with 7% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:40 AM EDT
Moonset: 10:42 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The dandelions are in full bloom these days, covering whole fields in bright yellow. This crop was along Shaker Mountain Road.

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 100, f/1.8, 1/4000″ exposure.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A redwing blackbird along Camel's Hump Road

A redwing blackbird along Camel’s Hump Road

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:35AM it’s currently 61 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 60, barometric pressure 29.84”. We picked up 0.04” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 82, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

Showers will slowly exit the region to the east this morning followed by a brief break in the precipitation. A sharp cold front will move into the region from the St. Lawrence valley later this afternoon bringing thunderstorms, gusty winds, and small hail. We’ll see occasional showers this morning, then numerous thunderstorms and scattered showers this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and small hail this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Tonight should be mostly clear until midnight, then become partly cloudy. It’ll be less humid with lows in the mid 40s and west winds 10 to 15 mph.

Cool high pressure will build in Wednesday bringing partly sunny skies and seasonably cool temperatures with highs only in the upper 50s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Wednesday night should be clear with lows around 40 and west winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

Thursday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the mid 60s and west winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 64 and a low of 35.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 68 and lows of 46.
The record high was 91°F in 1989.
The record low was 31°F in 1987.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:21 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:16 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 03m
Length of Day: 14h 55m
Tomorrow will be 2m2s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1d 6h old with 1% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:47 AM EDT
Moonset: 9:49 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

This redwing blackbird was enjoying yesterday’s sunshine along Camel’s Hump Road. The dandelions are in full bloom in the field beyond.

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 320, f/8, 1/640″ exposure.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Foam flower blooming along Fargo Brook

Foam flower blooming along Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 56 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 55, barometric pressure 30.12” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 77, and the overnight low was 49.

Forecast:

South winds will develop across the region today ahead of a low pressure system approaching from the west. We’ll see mostly sunny skies with highs in the upper 70s and south winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with showers likely, mainly after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Tuesday showers are likely in the morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon as a cold front associated with the low moves through. Highs will be in the mid 70s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 40s with west winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

High pressure will begin to build in Wednesday bringing partly sunny skies and seasonably cooler temperatures. Highs will be in the upper 50s with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 62 and a low of 34.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 68 and lows of 46.
The record high was 89°F in 1962.
The record low was 29°F in 1983.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:22 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:15 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 01m
Length of Day: 14h 53m
Tomorrow will be 2m4s longer.

The Moon is new, 7 hours old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:59 AM EDT
Moonset: 8:49 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Delicate foam flower is blooming now in the woods and along Fargo Brook.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/125″ exposure.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Apple blossoms abound this year.

Apple blossoms abound this year.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 60 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 60, barometric pressure 30.13” and rising slowly. We picked up just a 0.01” trace of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 74, and the overnight low was 58.

Forecast:

Morning clouds will give way to sunshine as high pressure builds into the region. We’ll see partly sunny skies with highs in the upper 70s and north winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be clear with lows in the lower 50s and northeast winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Monday should start out mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon as a surface low and attendant cold front approach from the Great Lakes. Highs will be in the mid 70s with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 20%. Monday night showers are likely with a chance of thunderstorms. Lows will be in the upper 50s with south winds 10 to 15 mph and gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Tuesday showers and thunderstorms are likely. Highs in the mid 70s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the upper 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 68 and a low of 43. We picked up 0.80″ or rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 68 and lows of 46.
The record high was 90°F in 1977.
The record low was 29°F in 1957.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:23 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:14 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 58m
Length of Day: 14h 51m
Tomorrow will be 2m7s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 28d 16h old with a wee 1% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:15 AM EDT
Moonset: 7:43 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

It’s a good year for apple blossoms as I’ve seen copious blooms on trees all around Huntington. A bumper crop of wild apples awaits this fall!

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/250″ exposure.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Wild oats blooming across Fargo Brook

Wild oats blooming across Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 60 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 74%, dewpoint 51, barometric pressure 30.11” and rising slowly. We picked up a 0.01” trace of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 70, and the overnight low was 52.

Forecast:

A warm front will bring light showers to the region early this morning. Skies will remain mostly cloudy through the day as a trailing upper level trough moves across the region from west to east this afternoon bringing a few additional showers and a slight chance of a thunderstorm this afternoon. We’ll see cloudy skies with scattered showers this morning, then a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 70s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms until midnight, then become partly cloudy after midnight as high pressure begins to move in. Lows will be in the mid 50s with south winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Sunday should start out partly sunny in the morning, then become clear. Highs will be in the upper 70s with north winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be clear with lows in the lower 50s and northeast winds around 10 mph.

Monday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and south winds around 10 mph. An upper level trough moving out of the Great Lakes will approach the region Monday night bringing showers. Lows will be around 60. Chance of rain is 60%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 72 and a low of 67.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 67 and lows of 45.
The record high was 88°F in 1932.
The record low was 29°F in 1936.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:24 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:13 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 56m
Length of Day: 14h 48m
Tomorrow will be 2m9s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27d 17h old with 4% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:36 AM EDT
Moonset: 6:33 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Wild oats, or Sessile Bellwort, are blooming in profusion this year. We’ve got a good crop right across from our back yard along Fargo Brook.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Marsh marigold and a tiny fly in a nearby wetland

Marsh marigold and a tiny fly in a nearby wetland

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 41 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 40, barometric pressure 30.31” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 64, and the overnight low was 34.

Forecast:

Surface high pressure will move off the East Coast later today, and a warm front approaching from the Ohio Valley and an associated upper level trough will bring increasing clouds today followed
by periods of rain showers tonight. We’ll see partly sunny skies today. It’ll be warmer with highs in the lower 70s and light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be cloudy with occasional showers, mainly after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 40s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the mid 70s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s and west winds around 10 mph.

Sunday’s looking sunny with highs in the upper 70s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 76 and a low of 54.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 67 and lows of 45.
The record high was 88°F in 1961.
The record low was 28°F in 1913.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:25 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:12 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 54m
Length of Day: 14h 46m
Tomorrow will be 2m 12s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26d 16h old with 10% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:59 AM EDT
Moonset: 5:21 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Marsh marigold is flowering now in wetlands and along meandering streams. It’s bright yellow flowers catch the eye as the woods begin to fill in.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 1000, f/13, 1/400″ exposure.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Carpets of trout lilies near the top of Bald Hill

Carpets of trout lilies near the top of Bald Hill

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently a brisk 34 degrees under clear skies. Wind are calm. We have a light frost in areas. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 34, barometric pressure 30.40” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 57, and the overnight low was 31.

Forecast:

Cool Canadian high pressure in place over the region this morning will bring plenty of sunshine today and Friday along with dry weather and slowly warming temperatures. A warm front moving in from the Ohio Valley will bring our next shot of rain Friday night into Saturday.

We’ll see patchy frost this morning and sunny skies with highs in the lower 60s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be clear with lows in the upper 30s and north winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Friday should be sunny in the morning, then become partly sunny later in the day. Highs will be in the lower 70s with light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. The warm front will lift through the region Friday night brining showers. Lows will be in the upper 40s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday’s looking cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the upper 60s with south winds around 10 mph. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

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

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 67 and lows of 45.
The record high was 86°F in 1961.
The record low was 30°F in 1967.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:26 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:10 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 51m
Length of Day: 14h 44m
Tomorrow will be 2m14s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25d 16h old with 18% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:25 AM EDT
Moonset: 4:09 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

In flat hollows all along the ridge of Bald Hill, trout lilies carpeted the ground. We were lucky to catch them all in full bloom last Sunday.

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