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Saturday, May 12, 2018

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Our resident tree swallow on his perch

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:50AM it’s currently 32 degrees under mostly clear skies. We have some light frost in our front field. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 30, barometric pressure 30.19” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 61, and the overnight low was 30.

Forecast:

A warm front south of New England will allow low pressure to track well south of our region bringing a chance of showers to far southern Vermont today with just high clouds expected elsewhere. Temperatures should bump into the mid 60s locally today with another chance of frost tonight. Extensive high pressure will build in Sunday bringing sunshine and seasonal temperatures going well into next week.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with highs around 64F and WSW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 30s and light and variable winds. Some frost may occure in cold pockets.

Sunday should be partly cloudy with highs near 70F and south winds at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 52F and SSW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Monday’s looking partly cloudy with highs around 77F and SW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night should be mostly clear with lows near 55F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 71 and a low of 35.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 66 and a low of 44.
The record high was 84°F in 2004 (we had a high of 83).
The record low was 28°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:29AM
Sunset: 8:09PM
Length of Visible Light: 15h 46m
Length of Day: 14h 39m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 18 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26 days old with 12.8% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:18AM
Moonset: 4:52PM

About Today’s Photo:

As I mentioned yesterday, we have a pair of tree swallows moving in to one of the nesting boxes in our front field. I just love to watch these aerial acrobats swoop and glide as they go after bugs. My weather station is just a couple dozen yards from the box, and the anemometer makes for a convenient perch for perusing the landscape. Mr. Swallow allowed me to take a nice portrait.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  188mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/320″ exposure.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

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A house wren moving in to one of our boxes in the front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 41 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west at 2-5 mph. Relative humidity is 61%, dewpoint 28, barometric pressure 30.01” and rising rapidly. We didn’t get a drop of rain here in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 76, and the overnight low was 38.

The National Weather Service has posted an advisory concerning dry ground conditions and the potential for any fires to spread quickly. Please use caution if you’re going to burn today.

Forecast:

Cool and dry weather is expected today as high pressure builds down from Canada. A frontal boundary south of the region may spread some showers into central and southern Vermont and parts of the Northern ‘Dacks on Saturday, otherwise, we’ll remain dry to the north. Areas of frost are a potential Saturday night. Warmer and drier weather returns for Sunday going into next week.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today. It’ll be on the cool side with highs only around 53F and NW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 36F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday should be cloudy early, followed by partial clearing. Highs will be near 55F with south winds at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday night should be lear to partly cloudy with lows around 38F and light and variable. Some frost is possible in the ‘Dacks and NEK.

Sunday’s looking partly cloudy with highs around 68F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 48F and south winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 63 and a low of 38.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 66 and lows of 44.
The record high was 90°F in 1911.
The record low was 27°F in 1962.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:30AM
Sunset: 8:08PM
Length of Visible Light: 15h 43m
Length of Day: 14h 37m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 20 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25 days old with 20% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:50AM
Moonset: 3:45PM

About Today’s Photo:

We have two bird boxes in our front field. While they were originally intended for bluebirds, we’ve often had tree swallows move in to one with bluebirds in the other. The past two summers we’ve hosted tree swallows in one and now it looks like house wrens again in the second. These chattery little birds are quite fun to watch as they forage for nesting materials. When I cleaned this box out in March, I found their well built nest of twigs lined with milk weed fluff, rootlets, and other soft materials.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1000″ exposure.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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A magnolia blossom in our back garden

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 67 degrees under clear skies. Winds are out of the east at 2-4 mph. Relative humidity is 43%, dewpoint 43, barometric pressure 29.84” and falling rapidly. Yesterday’s high was a sultry 81, and the overnight low was 49.

Forecast:

A upper shortwave trough and associated cold front approaching from the northern Great Lakes will bring increasing clouds this morning and scattered showers starting by midday. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms as well, mainly during the afternoon hours, with a threat for lightning and wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph with any stronger storm cores. Cooler and drier weather will return on Friday going into the weekend.

We’ll see sunny skies this morning giving way to increasing clouds with periods of showers by midday with thunder possible this afternoon. Highs will be around 72F with south winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. Tonight showers early should taper to cloudy skies overnight. Lows will be around 42F with WNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Friday should start off partly cloudy, then become mostly sunny. It’ll be on the cool side with highs only around 56F with NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 38F and light and variable winds.

Saturday should start out cloudy early, followed by partial clearing. There’s a slight chance of a rain shower south. Highs will be around 60F with SSE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a slight chance of a rain shower. Lows will be around 39F with light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 53 and a low of 36. We picked up 0.02″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 65 and lows of 43.
The record high was 89°F in 2007 (we had a high of 87).
The record low was 25°F in 1947.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:31AM
Sunset: 8:07PM
Length of Visible Light: 15h 41m
Length of Day: 14h 35m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 22 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24 days old with 29% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:23AM
Moonset: 2:40PM

About Today’s Photo:

The magnolia tree in our back yard is in full bloom right now. It’s always a treat to watch the fat furry buds on this tree crack open and burst like slow motion fireworks. The blossoms are already starting to fall apart…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  218mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/5000″ exposure.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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Wild oats blooming in the woods

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently 58 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 70%, dewpoint 48, barometric pressure 30.16” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 76, and the overnight low was 41.

Forecast:

High pressure continues to rule the roost with clear skies and fair conditions through tonight. Temperatures will be several degrees warmer
today, with afternoon valley highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s. A cold front will cross the region later Thursday bringing scattered showers and a slight chance of a thunderstorm Thursday afternoon and night. Cooler weather will return for Friday, with a renewed threat for rain showers on Saturday.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs around 78F and SSW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be clear with lows around 54F and SE winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday should start out mostly sunny for the morning hours, then give way to clouds and occasional showers in the afternoon with a rumble of thunder possible. Highs will be around 71F with south winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Thursday night should be partly cloudy after some evening light rain. Lows will be around 40F with WNW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday’s looking mostly sunny with highs around 58F and NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy in the evening, becoming cloudy overnight with a slight chance of a rain shower. Lows will be around 42F with light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 48 and a low of 33. We picked up 0.06″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 65 and lows of 43.
The record high was 92°F in 1979.
The record low was 28°F in 1950.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:33AM
Sunset: 8:06PM
Length of Visible Light: 15h 38m
Length of Day: 14h 32m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 24 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23 days old with 38% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:53AM
Moonset: 1:37PM

About Today’s Photo:

Sessile bellwort—a.k.a. wild oats—is blooming now in the shaded hardwood forests. These graceful yellow flowers spread asexually via extensive underground root systems to form large colonies that can carpet the forest floor. There are several such colonies up by a nearby beaver pond.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  32mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/400″ exposure.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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Purple trillium in bloom along Taft Road

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently 44 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 41, barometric pressure 30.24” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 64, and the overnight low got down to 33.

Forecast:

We’ve got another lovely and warmer day on tap courtesy of high pressure parked over the region. We’ll see fair skies and warming temperatures through Wednesday. A cold front will cross the region later Thursday bringing showers and possibly an isolated thunderstorm or two. Cooler conditions will return behind the departing front for the weekend with a renewed threat of showers Sunday.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs around 73F and SW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be clear with lows near 50F and light and variable winds.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny with highs around 77F and SSE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night should be clear with lows around 55F and SE winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday should start out sunny early then become mostly cloudy with showers developing later in the day. Some rumbles of thunder are possible. Highs will be around 72F with south winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Thursday night rain should end early giving way to partly cloudy skies late. Lows will be around 38F with WNW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 45 and a low of 33. We picked up 0.15″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 65 and lows of 43.
The record high was 89°F in 1936.
The record low was 25°F in 1962.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:34AM
Sunset: 8:04PM
Length of Visible Light: 15h 35m
Length of Day: 14h 30m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 26 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 22 days old with 48% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:21AM
Moonset: 12:36PM

About Today’s Photo:

Purple trillium—a.k.a. wake-robin—is blooming now in shady forest locations. It’s a favorite spring ephemeral with its regally colored petals and complex center.

Panasonic GM5, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/8, 1/125″ exposure

 

Monday, May 7, 2018

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A mourning cloak emerges from the leaf litter

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 48 degrees under clear skies. Winds are out of the west at 4-6 mph. Relative humidity is 64%, dewpoint 36, barometric pressure 30.10” and rising rapidly. We picked up just a trace of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 68, and the overnight low was 42.

Forecast:

We’ve got a lovely few days ahead of us courtesy of high pressure which is currently building into the region. Sunny skies and seasonable temperatures will be the rule through Wednesday before the next low pressure system arrives on Thursday bringing showers. Some patchy frost is possible in the protected valleys of northern New York and parts of central and northern Vermont tonight. Temperatures will be on the cool side today and warm into the 70s by midweek.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs around 61F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be clear with lows around 41F and light and variable winds.

Tuesday should be mostly sunny with highs around 72F and SW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night should be clear with lows around 51F and light and variable winds.

Wednesday’s looking sunny with a few afternoon clouds. Highs will be around 76F with light and variable winds. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 54F and SE winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 59 and a low of 39. We picked up 0.28″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 64 and lows of 42.
The record high was 89°F in 2000 (we had a high of 85).
The record low was 25°F in 1968.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:35AM
Sunset: 8:03PM
Length of Visible Light: 15h 33m
Length of Day: 14h 27m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 28 seconds longer

The Moon is in its last quarter, 21 days old with 57% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:47AM
Moonset: 11:38AM

About Today’s Photo:

There are a few species of butterflies in our region that overwinter as adults. The mourning cloak is one of them. In order to tolerate freezing temperatures, the mourning cloak secrete glycogens—a natural anti-freeze—that allows them to tolerate temperatures down to -80 degrees! Since they’re already adults when the snow melts, they’re one of the first butterflies we see in spring.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  32mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/400″ exposure.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

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Carolina spring beauties blooming in the woods

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:30AM it’s currently 63 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 57%, dewpoint 47, barometric pressure 29.99” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 73, and the overnight low was 48.

Forecast:

A trough of low pressure over the Eastern Townships of Québec this morning and another trough approaching from the Great Lakes will drag a cold front across this region today bringing afternoon showers to much of the North Country along with cooler temperatures. The front will clear the region by tomorrow setting us up for some fine spring weather Tuesday into Wednesday. The next chance for showers arrives Thurdsday.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies this morning giving way to a few showers later in the day. Highs will be around 63F with WNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. Tonight should bring showers early, then partly cloudy skies overnight. Lows will be around 41F with NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 50%.

Monday should be mostly sunny with highs near 60F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Monday night should be mostly clear with lows near 40F and light and variable winds.

Tuesday’s looking mostly sunny with highs around 70F and light and variable winds. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with lows around 49F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 69 and a low of 51. We picked up 0.46″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 64 and lows of 42.
The record high was 87°F in 1944.
The record low was 25°F in 1961.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:37AM
Sunset: 8:02PM
Length of Visible Light: 15h 30m
Length of Day: 14h 25m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 30 seconds longer

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20.6 days old with 66% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:07AM
Moonset: 10:41AM

About Today’s Photo:

Carolina spring beauties are in full bloom now. There’s a varitable carpet of these diminutive blossoms in certain places in the woods where I run in the mornings and they smell lovely!

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  32mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.