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Monday, September 26, 2016

apples

Apples hang heavily from laden branches as Shelburne Orchard

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:45AM it’s currently 44 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. We had a light frost once again in the low pockets of our front field. Relative humidity is 75%, dewpoint 38, barometric pressure 30.20”. Yesterday’s high was 59, and the overnight low was 32.

Forecast:

The ridge of high pressure that has been delivering our lovely early fall weather will move east of the region today. Low pressure over the western Great Lakes will spin a frontal system into the region today bringing increasing high clouds and warmer temperatures today. This system will move across the region tonight bringing rain showers tonight and early Tuesday.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the mid 60s 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 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers in the morning, then partly sunny with a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 60s with southwest winds around 10 mph in the morning, becoming light and variable. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 40s and light and variable winds.

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

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 70 and a low of 32. We picked up our first light frost of the season.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 66 and lows of 47.
The record high was 84°F in 1920.
The record low was 27°F in 1947.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:44 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:41 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 12h 54m
Length of Day: 11h 56m
Tomorrow will be 3m2s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25d 3h old with 19% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:11 AM EDT
Moonset: 4:35 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Apple season is in full swing and Shelburne Orchard appears to have another bumper crop of laden trees. I’m always amazed how many apples these trees can bear!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 61mm, ISO 800, f/11, 1/800″ exposure.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

frosty-asters

Morning frost on white asters in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 33 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 32, barometric pressure 30.20”. We have a light frost in the lowest pockets of our front field. Yesterday’s high was 63, and the overnight low was 32.

Forecast:

Canadian high pressure will continue to deliver tranquil albeit chilly conditions to the region region today and into Monday with patchy frost in spots this morning, and again on tomorrow morning, and cool daytime temperatures with today’s highs only in the upper 50s to lower 60s. South winds out ahead of the next frontal system will allow temperatures to moderate on Monday, with highs reaching the mid to upper 60s in most valley locations. A cold front approaching from the Great Lakes will bring rain Monday night into Tuesday.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with highs in the mid 50s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be clear with patchy dense fog and frost after midnight. Lows will be in the lower 30s with north winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Monday should bring areas of frost in the morning. It’ll be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 60s and light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Monday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of showers as the aforementioned low pressure system and associatd cold front move in. Lows will be around 50 with south winds around 10 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

Tuesday showers are likely. Highs will be in the upper 60s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 65 and a low of 37.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 66 and lows of 47.
The record high was 85°F in 1891.
The record low was 28°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:43 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:42 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 12h 57m
Length of Day: 11h 59m
Tomorrow will be 3m2s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24d 3h old with 28% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:09 AM EDT
Moonset: 3:56 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

It’s the first frost of the season! A light one to start with with only a few pockets in the lowest spots in our front field where the cold air tends to settle. Grasses and white asters were bedecked with tiny crystals this morning.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/10, 1/40s exposure.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

mt-mansfield-corn

Mt. Mansfield above ripening corn along the Stowe Rec Path

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently a brisk 39 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 39, barometric pressure 30.18” and rising. We picked up 0.10” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 62, and the overnight low was 38.

Forecast:

High pressure moving down from Canada will bring dry conditions to the region this weekend. We’ll have plenty of sunshine along with below normal temperatures. Daytime highs will only be in the mid 50s to lower 60s while overnight lows tonight and Sunday night will get cold enough for frost to develop over the northern Adirondacks, the western slopes of the Greens, and north central and northeast Vermont. Sounds like time to fire up the woodstoves!

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the upper 50s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be clear with lows in the mid 30s and northwest winds around 10 mph.

Sunday should be sunny with highs in the mid 50s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be clear with patchy frost. Lows will be in the mid 30s with northeast winds around 10 mph.

Monday’s looking sunny with patchy frost at sunrise. Highs will be in the lower 60s with light and variable winds. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers as an upper level low approaches from the Great Lakes. Lows will be in the upper 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 70 and a low of 43.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 67 and lows of 47.
The record high was 84°F in 1961.
The record low was 25°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:42 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:44 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 00m
Length of Day: 12h 02m
Tomorrow will be 3m3s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23d 2h old with 38% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:10 AM EDT
Moonset: 3:10 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Mt. Mansfield poses for this photo op above a corn field along the Stowe Rec Path the other day.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @ 32mm, ISO 800, f/16, 1/800″ exposure.

Friday, September 23, 2016

ivy

Brilliant red ivy catches the morning sun along Bert White Road

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently 54 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 53, barometric pressure 30.01” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.43” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 81, and the overnight low was 54.

Forecast:

The cold front that brought in showers overnight will sag southeastward across the region this morning along with a few scattered showers during the day. Chilly Canadian high pressure will move in behind the front this evening bringing clearing skies and much cooler temperatures. Expect below normal temperatures on Saturday and Sunday with highs only in the mid 50s to lower 60s. The potential will exist for frost in the northern Adirondacks and Northeast Kingdom of Vermont especially early Sunday and Monday mornings.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with occasional showers, mainly this morning. Highs will be in the mid 50s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then clearing. Lows will be around 40 with north winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Saturday should be mostly sunny and unseasonably cool with highs in the mid 50s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night should be clear with lows in the mid 30s and northwest winds around 10 mph.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the mid 50s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows in the mid 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 74 and a low of 41.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 67 and lows of 48.
The record high was 87°F in 1895.
The record low was 29°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:40 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:46 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 03m
Length of Day: 12h 05m
Tomorrow will be 3m2s shorter.

The Moon is in its last quarter,
22d 3h old with 49% illuminiation.
No Moon Rise
Moonset: 2:18 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

As I was biking up Bert White Road yesterday morning, I just had to stop and take a shot of this ivy climbing a maple tree. The morning sun was in the perfect position to backlight the brilliant red coloring.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @ 25mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/200″ exp0sure.

Thursday, September 22, 2016: The Autumnal Equinox

bee-aster

A honey bee works a New England aster in Stowe yesterday

Happy Equinox and first day of fall!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 54 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 53, barometric pressure 30.19”. Yesterday’s high was 78, and the overnight low was 49.

Forecast:

We’ve got one more day of above normal temperatures across the region today as high pressure gradually moves east of the area. Clouds will increase this afternoon and tonight ahead of a cold front moving down from Canada. The front will bring increased chances for precipitation after midnight tonight through much of Friday. The front will slide south of the area Friday night and behind it colder air will move in for the weekend. Quite appropriate for the beginning of fall!

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs in the upper 70s and light and variable winds. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become cloudy with a 50% chance of showers after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 50s with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Friday showers are likely. Highs will be in the lower 60s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 40s and north winds around 10 mph.

Cool high pressure will build in Saturday bringing sunny skies and much cooler with highs only in the upper 50s with northwest winds around 10 mph and gusting up to 25 mph. Saturday night should be mostly clear with lows in the upper 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 71 and a low of 43.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 68 and lows of 48.
The record high was 88°F in 1965.
The record low was 31°F in 1962.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:39 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:48 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 06m
Length of Day: 12h 08m
Tomorrow will be 3m2s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 21 days old with 62.5% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:14 PM EDT
Moonset: 1:18 PM EDT

The autumnal equinox occurs this morning at 10:21AM. This marks the point in the earth’s orbit around the sun when earth’s axial tilt is perpendicular to the sun and day and night are just about equal in length (but not quite. Click here for more on this….) It marks the first day of astronomical fall for the northern hemisphere (spring for the south). Here’s a handy graphic showing the axial tilt of the earth’s pole and its relationship to the sun.

equinoxes-and-solstice

About Today’s Photo:

New England asters are still bright and attractive to pollenators. This honey bee (and many others) was getting the last of the nector from a large bloom of asters along the Stowe Rec Path yesterday afternoon.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/800″ exposure.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

semipalmated-sandpiper

A semipalmated sandpiper pauses briefly on the red sandstone rocks of PEI

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 52 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 51, barometric pressure 30.18” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 82, and the overnight low was 47.

Forecast:

Weak high pressure over the region this morning will deliver above normal temperatures today and Thursday with highs in the 70s to around 80 (about 10 degrees above normal for this time of year). We’ll have plenty of sunshine today with increasing clouds on Thursday as a cold front moves down from Canada Thursday night and Friday bringing increased chances for rain showers. Behind this front high pressure will build down from Canada over the weekend bringing noticeably cooler temperatures to the region.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the upper 70s and light and variable winds becoming southwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows in the mid 50s and southwest winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Thursday should be partly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and light and variable winds. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 50s with south winds around 10 mph.

Friday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the lower 60s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 66 and a low of 36.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 68 and lows of 49.
The record high was 89°F in 1914.
The record low was 29°F in 1929.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:38 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:50 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 09m
Length of Day: 12h 11m
Tomorrow will be 3m2s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20 days old with 73% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:23 PM EDT
Moonset: 12:13 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Another shot from our trip to PEI (don’t worry, I’ll start posting Vermont shots again soon!) These diminutive birds were quite common along the red sandstone beach by the cottage we rented. They were a lot of fun to watch as the zipped between the rocks or across the sand snapping up bugs and other tasty bits.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/800″ exposure.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

wolf-point-low-tide

Low tide at Wolf Point in Fundy National Park, NB

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 58 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 57, barometric pressure 30.10” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 77, and the overnight low was 54.

Forecast:

We’ve got a relatively warm day on tap today with highs in the mid 70s to lower 80s. A weak cold front moving across the area this afternoon may produce a few light rain showers near the Canadian border, otherwise we should remain dry remain dry. Weak high pressure will pool into the region Wednesday continuing the trend of above normal temperatures with highs in the 70s and plenty of sunshine. Clouds will be on the increase Thursday ahead of a cold front moving down from Canada. This will bring a few showers Thursday night into Friday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs in the upper 70s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be clear with lows in the lower 50s and west winds around 10 mph.

Wednesday should be sunny with highs in the mid 70s and light and variable winds, becoming westerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night should be clear with lows in the mid 50s and southwest winds around 10 mph.

Thursday should start out partly sunny with increasing clouds into the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 70s with light and variable winds. Thursday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 66 and a low of 39. We picked up 0.46″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 69 and lows of 49.
The record high was 89°F in 1946.
The record low was 29°F in 1929.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:37 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:52 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 12m
Length of Day: 12h 14m
Tomorrow will be 3m2s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19d 3h old with 81% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:37 PM EDT
Moonset: 11:02 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Low tide in the Bay of Fundy is a pretty spectacular thing. The tides in Fundy can be as high as 46′ but average around 35′. This shot was taken at low tide at Wolf Point Beach in Fundy National Park in New Brunswick. We were able to walk quite a ways out along the bottom of the bay.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-18mm lens, circular polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/14, 1/200″ exposure.