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Friday, April 23, 2021

Manchu cherry blossoms on our back patio

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 35 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 73%, dewpoint 27, barometric pressure 29.78” and rising. Despite persistent snowfall yesterday, there was no measurable new snow in the past 24hrs, but we do have 3.4” of snow on the ground. Yesterday’s high was 35, and the overnight low was 30.

Forecast:

Surface high pressure building into the region will bring breezy and dry conditions to start the weekend along with more seasonable temperatures in the mid 50s and the mid 60 on Saturday. Low pressure approaching from the southern Great Lakes late Saturday night will bring widespread light rain to the region on Sunday. High pressure will build back in on Monday with dry weather expected through midweek with temperatures exceeding 70 degrees by Wednesday.

Morning clouds should give way to mostly sunny skies today with a high near 54 and west winds 6-11 mph increasing to 13-18 mph in the afternoon and gusting to 30 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 40 and southwest winds around 9 mph.

Saturday should be sunny with a high near 65 and west winds 7-14 mph. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers late. Lows will be around 42 with southeast winds 3-6 mph.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy with showers likely. Highs will be near 58 with south winds 7-11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between 0.10″-0.25″ possible. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 35 and southwest winds 6-11 mph becoming northwesterly after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 50 and a low of 19.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 38 and a high of 59.
The record low was 24 in 1994.
The record high was 82 in 2007 (we had a high of 81).

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.73′.
The water temperature is 39˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:54AM
Sunset: 7:46PM
Length of day: 13:51:56
Today will be 2:49 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10.4 days old with 80% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:29PM
Moonset: 4:31AM

About Today’s Photo:

We have a Manchu cherry bush on our back patio. This spring was a very good year for it, with a profusion of blooms—well, until the recent snow and freeze… I did manage to get a nice shot of it before though! Back to spring anyone?

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens,  ISO 1250, f/13, 1/400″ exposure.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

A spring beauty up close and personal

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:05AM it’s currently 26 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint 22, barometric pressure 29.66” and rising slowly. We picked up an additional 2.7” of snow and 0.20” of melted precipitation in the past 24hrs and have 3.5” on the ground. Yesterday’s high was 39, and the overnight low was 25.

Forecast:

The low pressure system responsible for yesterday’s lovely spring weather is currently over New Brunswick and will continue to rotate chilly air and gusty winds into our region throughout the day today. Some mountain snow showers are possible today in the northern ‘Dacks and Greens. Surface high pressure will build in tonight bringing dry conditions for Friday and Saturday with temperatures recovering to more seasonal values. Rains showers are expected for Sunday, then dry weather weather is expected Monday through mid week with highs bumping up into the 70s.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with morning snow showers likely over higher elevations. Highs will be near 39 with northwest winds 13-18 mph gusting to 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulations of less than 1″ possible. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 28 and northwest winds 10-13 mph.

Friday should be mostly sunny with a high near 51 and west winds 11-17 mph gusting to 29 mph. Friday night should be mostly clear with a low around 37 and southwest winds 8-11 mph.

Saturday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 63 and west winds 7-11 mph. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain late. Lows will be around 42 with southeast winds 3-6 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 35 and a low of 23. We picked up 0.01″ of rain, 0.24″ of snow, and had 0.30″ of snow on the ground.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 37 and a high of 58.
The record low was 21 in 1947.
The record high was 80 1in 1973.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.73′.
The water temperature is 41˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:56AM
Sunset: 7:45PM
Length of day: 13:49:07
Today will be 2:50 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9.4 days old with 71% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:14PM
Moonset: 4:03AM

About Today’s Photo:

I took this shot of a spring beauty blossom the other day. It’s now buried under 3.5″ of snow down by Fargo Brook. But, these are hearty little plants that are accustomed to the ups and downs of April in Vermont (are we?) so it will survive!

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/13, 1/800″ exposure

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

A white throated sparrow visits

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 34 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 32, barometric pressure 29.81” and falling slowly. We’ve picked up 1.6” of snow this morning. Yesterday’s high was 55, and the overnight low was 33.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for our region from 2:00PM this afternoon until 8:00AM Thursday.

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Forecast:

We’ve got an active period of weather expected for today through Thursday across the north country. Low pressure over Pennsylvania this morning will track slowly through New England and up the coast over the next 36 hours bringing rain and snow through Thursday. The bulk of the precipitation will fall this afternoon and into this evening with rain expected in southern valley locations (along with some rumbles of thunder) and snow north. Snow should become heavy this afternoon with snow accumulations in the range of 1″-3″ in the northern Champlain Valley with 3″-6″ across the Winter Weather Advisory areas of the St. Lawrence Valley, northern ‘Dacks, and northern Green. The steadier precipitation should move out of the area tonight, with snow showers continuing in the mountains. Seasonably cool and windy conditions are expected for Thursday. High pressure will build in Friday bringing dry conditions with temperatures warming back into the 60s for Saturday. Another round of rain showers are expected on Sunday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with rain and snow this morning, changing over to mostly rain midday, then mixing with snow again this afternoon. Highs will be near 38 with north winds 5-9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with total daytime snow accumulation of around 1″ possible. Tonight should be cloudy with rain and snow showers, becoming all snow after 7:00pm. Lows will be around 28 with northwest winds around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with new snow accumulations of 1″ to 3″ possible.

Thursday should be cloudy with a 40% chance of snow showers before 2:00pm, diminishing to rain showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 38 with west winds around 16 mph gusting to 28 mph. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 31 and west winds around 14 mph.

Friday should be mostly sunny with a high near 52 and west winds 13-18 mph gusting to 31 mph. Friday night should be mostly clear with a low around 36 and southwest winds 5-7 mph gusting to 20 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 54 and a low of 24. We picked up 0.23″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 37 and a high of 58.
The record low was 23 in 1981.
The record high was 83 in 1987.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.72′.
The water temperature is 43˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:57AM
Sunset: 7:44PM
Length of day: 13:46:16
Today will be 2:51 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8.4 days old with 60% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:02PM
Moonset: 3:31AM

About Today’s Photo:

I heard the distinct piping song of this white throated sparrow yesterday before I actually saw it. As another spring harbinger species, I keep my ears out for the song this time of year. I heard one a couple weeks back up at the Camel’s Hump Nordic trails, but hadn’t seen one at our place yet. If you hike or walk up in the high country, you’ll no doubt be able to enjoy their song into the summer months as they prefer to nest in spruce an fir forests of the upper elevations. The distinctive yellow mascara and eponymous white throat patch make this bird easy to identify.

Sony A7II, Sigma 100-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 1250, f/7.1, 1/125″ exposure.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Forsythia blooming by the pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:55AM it’s currently 50 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 66%, dewpoint 39, barometric pressure 29.75” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.03” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 63, and the overnight low was 36.

Forecast:

We’ve got an active stretch of weather ahead of us for the next several days. Low pressure passing to our north today will drag a cold front through the region this morning bringing scattered rain showers through midday today. Deeper low pressure approaching from the Great Lakes on Wednesday will move through the region on Wednesday night into Thursday bringing a widespread mix of precipitation including more snow Wednesday into Thursday. Rainfall amount of 0.50″-1″ are possible. Snowfall amounts of a dusting to 2″ are possible in valley locations, with 1″ to 3″ over higher terrain above 1500′, and 4″ to 8″ possible along the northwestern slopes of the ‘Dacks and on the highest summits. High pressure will return briefly Friday into Saturday before another storm system moves in Saturday night into Sunday.

We’ll see cloudy skies this morning with a 40% chance of showers through midday. Skies should gradually becoming mostly sunny with a high near 56 and east winds 8-15 mph becoming southwesterly in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are possible. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with showers likely late. Lows will be around 34 with west winds 5-14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ possible.

Wednesday should be cloudy with rain and snow showers likely before 8:00am, transitioning to rain showers. Highs will be near 43 with northeast winds 5-8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with little or no snow accumulation expected. Wednesday night should be cloudy wit rain and snow showers likely, becoming all snow after 9:00pm. Lows will be around 28 with northwest winds around 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with snow accumulations of 1″ to 2″ possible.

Thursday should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain and snow showers before noon, tapering to rain showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 40 with west winds 16-18 mph gusting to 30 mph. New snow accumulations of less than 0.50″ are possible. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers early. Lows will be around 31 with west winds 11-13 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 47 and a low of 26.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 37 and a high of 57.
The record low was 19 in 1969.
The record high was 88 in 1941.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.70′.
The water temperature is 42˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:59AM
Sunset: 7:42PM
Length of day: 13:43:25
Today will be 2:52 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is in its first quarter, 7.4 days old with 50% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:53AM
Moonset: 2:53AM

About Today’s Photo:

A world of yellow is the forsythia blooming by our pond…

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens,  ISO 1250, f/2.8, 1/8000″ exposure.

Monday, April 19, 2021

A willow catkin by the pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 40 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 40, barometric pressure 29.84” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 58, and the overnight low was 35.

Forecast:

A shortwave trough will cross the region later this afternoon into the evening hours bringing some scattered showers with possibly a few rumbles of thunder this afternoon. A ridge of high pressure will build in briefly on Tuesday bringing dry conditions midday. A deeper low pressure system approaching from the Great Lakes on Wednesday will move through the North Country Wednesday into Wednesday night bringing widespread rain and higher elevation snow. Depending on the track of the low, mountain summits may see several inches of wet snow with a dusting in valley locations. Rain and snow will linger into Thursday before high pressure returns for the beginning of the weekend.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be near 62 with southwest winds 3-7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30% with rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 42 and south winds 3-7 mph.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers in the morning. Highs will be near 56 with southwest winds 9-15 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers late. Lows will be around 35 with west winds 5-8 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Wednesday should be cloudy with showers likely. Highs will be near 48 with east winds around 8 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 0.25″-0.50″ possible. Wednesday night should be cloudy with rain showers mixing with snow over higher elevations late. Lows will be around 29 with west winds 7-9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 0.25″-0.50″ possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 59 and a low of 25.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 36 and high of 57.
The record low was 23 in 1961.
The record high was 91 in 1976.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.68′.
The water temperature is 42˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:01AM
Sunset: 7:41PM
Length of day: 13:40:33
Today will be 2:53 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 6.5 days old with 40% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:50AM
Moonset: 2:08AM

About Today’s Photo:

The willow by our pond is leafing out. A close look at the developing leaves and tiny catkins (about 1.5cm long) reveals interesting structure and textures. The tiny hairs and yellow globules near the tip of the catkin are particularly interesting.

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens,  ISO 1250, f/13, 1/800″ exposure.  

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Apple buds opening by Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 38 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 37, barometric pressure 29.80”. We picked up an additional 0.27” of rain in the past 24hrs bringing our storm total to 1.55”. Yesterday’s high was 45, and the overnight low was 34.

Forecast:

We’ve got another mostly cloudy day on tap for today with a few spotty showers possible across the region with near normal temperatures in the mid 50s. Monday should be similarly cloudy but with slightly warmer temperatures pushing the low 60s. The next large scale system arrives on Wednesday with a widespread precipitation expected ending as some mountains snow showers on Thursday.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a slight chance of showers throughout the day. Highs will be near 56 with calm winds becoming northwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. Lows will be around 38 with calm winds.

Monday should be partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 63 with calm winds becoming southwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 43 and light southwest winds becoming southerly 5-10 mph in the evening.

Tuesday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 58 and southwest winds 9-16 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 36 and west winds 5-9 mph becoming light after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 48 and low of 26.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 36 and a high of 56.
The record low was 21 in 1948.
The record high was 91 in 1976.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.66′.
The water temperature is 41˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:02AM
Sunset: 7:40PM
Length of day: 13:37:40
Today will be 2:53 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5.5 days old with 31% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:54AM
Moonset: 1:17AM

About Today’s Photo:

The wild apple tree down by Fargo Brook is beginning to leaf out. Yesterday’s snow might have clung to the branch tips, but the green is coming on strong!

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

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Snow piles up on magnolia blossoms

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 35 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 34, barometric pressure 29.76”. We picked up an additional 0.55” of rain in the past 24hrs (1.28” storm total), and have 1” of wet snow on the ground this morning. Yesterday’s high was 38, and the overnight low was 33.

Forecast:

The low pressure system that delivered yesterday’s lovely spring weather is currently moving into the Gulf of Maine and will continue rotate moisture into the region today. We’ll see a mostly cloudy and cool day today with temperatures warming into the mid 40s to lower 50s and few lingering mountains showers possible. Some glimpses of sun may peek out later this afternoon. A few additional orographically driven rain showers are possible on Sunday with temperatures returning to near normal. Monday and Tuesday are looking mostly dry but unsettled, with the slight chance of a scattered shower or two. A more robust weather system looks to arrive on Wednesday with widespread rain expected.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 30% chance of showers through midday. Highs will be near 49 with north winds 3-8 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 36 and calm winds.

Sunday should be partly sunny with a slight chance of mountain rain showers. Highs will be near 57 with calm winds becoming northwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 37 and light and variable winds becoming southerly around 5 mph after midnight.

Monday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 60 and west winds 3-5 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 40 and south winds 5-7 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 42 and a low of 26.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 36 and a high of 56.
The record low was 13 in 1971.
The record high was 90 in 2002 (we had a high of 89).

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.62′.
The water temperature is 41˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:04AM
Sunset: 7:39PM
Length of day: 13:34:46
Today will be 2:54 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4.6 days old with 22% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:08AM
Moonset: 12:20AM

About Today’s Photo:

Spring indeed “tapped the brakes” yesterday delivering some pretty significant snowfalls to parts of the North Country. It didn’t start sticking here until later in the afternoon yesterday. Though these magnolia blossoms look downtrodden, I think they should recover just fine. There are plenty of still-to-open buds ready to go. Spring will prevail!

Sony A7II, Sigma 100-400mm lens @ 247mm, ISO 1250, f/8, 1/640″ exposure. 

Friday, April 16, 2021

A crow harasses a redtail hawk

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 35 degrees under overcast skies. We’ve got a bit of drizzle and some random wet snowflakes falling. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 33, barometric pressure 29.70”. We picked up 0.74” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 53, and the overnight low was 34.

Forecast: 

Low pressure off the southern New England coast this morning will continue to deliver widespread precipitation to the North Country today with snow in the southern mountains and valley rain. As far as accumulations are concerned, a few ski resort webcams still in operation show about 6″ at Okemo, 4″ at Sugarbush, and about 2″ at Stowe. Additional accumulations are expected today with totals of 6″-12″ over the Winter Storm Warning areas, and 4″-6″ over Advisory areas (these all being mostly along the spine of the Greens south of Huntington). Rain and snow should taper off after sunset this evening, with generally drier conditions expected for the weekend, though some spotty diurnally driven mountain rain showers are possible both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Unsettled conditions will continue into midweek with on and off chances for showers each day and seasonably normal temperatures.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with rain, mixing with snow above 1500′. Highs will be near 39 with light northeast winds becoming northerly 5-10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 0.25″-0.50″ possible. Tonight should be cloudy with rain. Lows will be around 35 with north winds 5-8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 0.10″-0.25″ possible.

Saturday should be cloudy with a 30% chance of morning showers. Highs will be near 45 with north winds 3-7 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are possible. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 35 and north winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 54 and calm winds becoming northwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 37 and light southwest winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 42 and a low of 24. We picked up 0.20″ of snow.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 35 and a high of 55.
The record low was 18 in 1943.
The record high was 86 in 2002 (we had a high of 85).

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.44′.
The water temperature is 41˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:06AM
Sunset: 7:38PM
Length of day: 13:31:51
Today will be 2:55 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 3.7 days old with 15% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:29AM
No Moonset

About Today’s Photo:

Birds are territorial critters, going to great extents to drive invaders from their territories. Often, this is an interspecies affair—one male chickadee driving off another male chickadee for instance. However, most birds aren’t big fans of raptors, as big birds will often eat little birds or prey on chicks in nests. I’ve often seen crows harassing raptors as the latter flies through their territory, and I managed to get a shot of the aerial acrobatics the other day. The redtail was circling over our house, seemingly minding its own business, when the crow, which I think may be nesting in the white pines along Delfrate Road, came out to buzz the hawk. After a few dives and rolls, the crow broke off its engagement and the hawk continued on its way.

Sony A7II, Sigma 100-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/4000″ exposure. 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

A song sparrow sings!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 52 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 5-7 mph. Relative humidity is 70%, dewpoint 43, barometric pressure 29.74”. Yesterday’s high was 72, and the overnight low was 44.

Forecast:

Our long warm and dry spell will come to a close today as springtime once again “taps the brakes” and we get some much-needed precipitation (although perhaps not entirely in the most appreciated form for this time of year…) Deepening low pressure over the eastern Great Lakes this morning will move northeastward during the day today bringing widespread showers to the region today. A developing coastal low will then tag-team with this low to bring in deeper moisture and accumulating higher elevation snowfall tonight into Friday. Snowfall amounts of 6″ to 12″ are expected across the higher terrain of Addison, Rutland, and Windsor counties by Friday afternoon where Winter Storm Warnings have been posted. Valley locations south may see a trace to 1″ of heavy, wet snow. Snow and rain showers will linger into Saturday morning before high pressure returns for the latter half of the weekend. Unsettled conditions are expected for next week with on and off chances for showers.

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We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with showers likely. Highs will be near 49 with southeast winds 11-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 0.25″-0.50″ possible. Tonight should be cloudy with rain, mixing with snow late. Lows will be around 35 with southeast winds 7-13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with snow accumulations of less than 0.50″ expected locally.

Friday should be cloudy with rain. Highs will be near 40 with north winds 5-8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 0.25″-0.50″ possible. Friday night should be cloudy with rain likely, tapering to showers late. Lows will be around 36 with north winds around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ possible.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers before 2:00pm. Highs will be near 47 with northwest winds 5-7 mph. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 36 and light northwest winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 43 and a low of 27.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 55 and a high of 35.
The record low was 20 in 1992.
The record high was 82 in 2003 (we had a high of 80).

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.39′.
The water temperature is 41˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:07AM
Sunset: 7:36PM
Length of day: 13:28:56
Today will be 2:56 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 3 days old with 9% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:57AM
Moonset: 11:20PM

About Today’s Photo:

Songs sparrows are one of our most common sparrows in New England. An early spring arriver, you’ll hear their melodious voices starting as early as mid March (March 24 here this year). This little guy was in the poplar over by our woodshed. He was none too shy allowing me to get a good shot of him!

Sony A7II, Sigma 100-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1600″ exposure. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Magnolia in bloom

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:30AM it’s currently 51 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 71%, dewpoint 42, barometric pressure 30.03” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 69, and the overnight low was 42.

Forecast:

A few scattered orographically driven rain showers will be possible this afternoon, but dry conditions are generally expected as our region remains trapped between low pressure to our east and approaching low pressure to our west. The westerly low will move into our region Thursday and merge with a coastal low late Thursday night into Friday to bring rain across the to the region Thursday night. The rain will change over to snow at higher elevations overnight Thursday night and Friday with some accumulation possible over southern portions of Vermont. Forecasts are calling for a dusting to perhaps 1″ of wet snow below 1000′, with 3″-6″ up to 2000′, and 6″-10″ over the highest peaks of the southern Greens. With temperature profiles on the cusp, a lot of this could change over the next 24 hours so stay tuned. Drier conditions are expected over the weekend as high pressure builds back in.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with a 20% chance of showers this afternoon. Highs will be near 68 with calm winds becoming northwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be cloudy with a 30% chance of rain. Lows will be around 43 with calm winds becoming southeasterly 5 to 8 mph after midnight. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are possible.

Thursday should be cloudy with rain likely. Highs will be near 51 with southeast winds 11-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between 0.25″-0.50″ possible. Thursday night should be cloudy with rain mixing with snow late. Lows will be around 34 with southeast winds 6-14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday should be cloudy with rain and snow in the morning, becoming all rain in the afternoon. Highs will be near 38 with north winds around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with little or no snow accumulation expected. Friday night should be cloudy with rain mixing with snow late. Lows will be around 34 with north winds around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 48 and a low of 34.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 34 and a high of 54.
The record low was 17 in 1973.
The record high was 84 in 1968.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.45′.
The water temperature is 42˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:09AM
Sunset: 7:35PM
Length of day: 13:25:59
Today will be 2:57 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2 days old with 4.5% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:30AM
Moonset: 10:17PM

About Today’s Photo:

The magnolia in our back garden is in bloom now. The blossoms seem to be a busy place for chickadees and song sparrows to hang out!

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens,  ISO 800, f/3.5, 1/1600″ exposure.