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Thursday, July 12, 2018

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A tiny wasp works yarrow flowerettes

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 55 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 54, barometric pressure 30.17” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 77, and the overnight low was 46.

Forecast:

High pressure continues to deliver fair weather with near or slightly above seasonal temperatures to finish off the work week. A cold front will bring some showers early Saturday. The heat will return Sunday and Monday with well above normal temperatures forecast. Another cold front will move through Tuesday bringing some showers and thunderstorms.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 80 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be clear with a low around 53 and light and variable winds.

Friday should be sunny with a high near 85 and calm winds. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 62 and southeast winds 5 to 8 mph.

Saturday should bring a 40% chance of showers with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a high near 79 and south winds 8 to 10 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Saturday night should bring a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 62 and south winds around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. Precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are possible with higher amounts in thunderstorms.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 81 and a low of 60.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 81° and a low of 60°.
The record low was 46° in 1971.
The record high was 96° in 1948.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:19AM
Sunset: 8:35PM
Length of day: 15:15:54
Today will be 1:24 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is new, 28.6 days old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:45AM
Moonset: 8:15PM

About Today’s Photo:

This tiny wasp was busy working the yarrow flowerettes in one of our ornamental gardens. It was very patient with my attempts to grab a portrait. I like the way the pollen clings to its tiny hairs.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/200″ exposure.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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The sun sets through grasses along Hinesburg Road

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 58 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 58, barometric pressure 30.01” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.03” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 85, and the overnight low was 53.

Forecast:

Today will be cooler and drier than yesterday as high pressure builds in from the west. Temperatures will rise a few degrees each day through the end of the week, then really ratchet up Sunday and Monday with temperatures well above normal for the beginning of next week. The next chance for precipitation comes Friday night through Saturday as a cold front moves through.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 76 and light north wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Tonight should be clear with a low around 51 and north winds around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday should be sunny with a high near 79 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Thursday night should be clear with a low around 54 and light and variable winds.

Friday should be sunny with a high near 84 and light southwest winds. Friday night should bring a 40% chance of showers late. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 62 and calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph after midnight. Precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 83 and a low of 60. We picked up 0.14″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 81° and a low of 60°.
The record low was 48° in 1977.
The record high was 96° in 1911.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:18AM
Sunset: 8:35PM
Length of day: 15:17:18
Today will be 1:20 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27.4 days old with 5% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:47AM
Moonset: 7:11PM

About Today’s Photo:

We were driving along Hinesburg Road the other day just as the sun was setting over the Adirondacks. We just had to stop to get a few shots of the sun through the shimmering grasses.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  28mm, ISO 800, f/9, 1/100″ exposure.

Monday, July 9, 2018

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A fly visits daisy fleabane in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 61 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 61, barometric pressure 30.15” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 85, and the overnight low was 52.

Forecast:

High pressure both at the surface and aloft will continue to provide the region with clear skies and warming temperatures through this evening. A weak cold front will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday before cooler air returns for midweek.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 88 with light and variable winds becoming southerly 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Tonight should bring increasing clouds with a low around 64 and south winds 5 to 7 mph.

Tuesday should bring a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10:00AM. It’ll be partly cloudy with a high near 82 and southwest winds 5 to 8 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected, except higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 52 and north winds around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday’s looking sunny with a high near 78 and calm winds becoming northerly 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 53 and light north winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 77 and a low of 53. We picked up 1.22″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 81° and a low of 60°.
The record low was 44° in 1969.
The record high was 97° in 1988.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:17AM
Sunset: 8:37PM
Length of day: 15:19:55
Today will be 1:13 shorter than yesterday.

The moon is a waning crescent, 25.2 days old with 20% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:18AM
Moonset: 4:50PM

About Today’s Photo:

Daisy fleabane is in bloom this time of year in fields. It attracts a wide range of pollenators like this flesh fly.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/10, 1/400″ exposure.

 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

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A busy morning on a black-eyed Susan

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 556 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 56, barometric pressure 30.35” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 80, and the overnight low was 50.

Forecast:

High pressure will continue to dominate our weather through the weekend delivering fair conditions and seasonable temperatures. A warming trend develop through Monday before a cold front crosses the region Monday night through Tuesday morning brining a few showers Monday night and again on Tuesday. High pressure will build in again Wednesday bringing dry and seasonable conditions through the end of the work week.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 84 and calm winds becoming southwesterly 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Tonight should be clear with a low around 61 and south winds 5 to 8 mph.

Monday should be sunny and warmer with a high near 87 and southwest winds 6 to 10 mph. Monday night should be mostly clear with a low around 64 and southwest winds 5 to 7 mph.

Tuesday should bring a 40% chance of showers in the morning, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. It’ll be partly sunny with a high near 81 and southwest winds 5 to 7 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are possible, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tuesday night should bring a 30% chance of thunderstorms before 7:00PM. It’ll be partly cloudy with a low around 55 And north winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are possible, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 77 and a low of 58.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 81° and a low of 59°. The record low was 40° in 1969.
The record high was 98° in 1921.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:16AM
Sunset: 8:37PM
Length of day: 15:21:09
Today will be 1:09 shorter than yesterday.

About Today’s Photo:

I came across this black-eyed Susan near my observatory. It seemed to be hosting a particularly buys collection of critters as I counted at least 5 of them hanging out. Most peculiar were the two inch worms that were braketing the flower’s center. Both were initially in the same position as the one on the right in the photo, and they occasionally bobbed towards the center over the time I watched. I’m not entirely sure what was going on there. Meantime, the spider scurried off, two beetles climbed about, and a fly came to visit. Busy morning indeed…

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/10, 1/250″ exposure.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

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A jumping spider poses with its catch

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:05AM it’s currently a comfortable 60 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 58, barometric pressure 30.32” and rising slowly. We picked up a 0.01” trace of rain yesterday morning. Yesterday’s high was 81 (at midnight 7/6), the daytime high was 75), and the overnight low was 43.

Forecast:

What a difference a day makes! Cool Canadian high pressure will be in control of our weather today and tomorrow bringing much drier air and a return to seasonable temperatures. The next chance for precipitation arrives with an upper level disturbance late Monday night into Tuesday, with scattered rain showers expected and a slight chance of thunderstorms.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 78 and light and variable winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Tonight should be clear with a low around 57 and southeast winds around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Sunday should be sunny with a high near 84 and southwest winds 3 to 8 mph.
Sunday night should be mostly clear with a low around 60 and south winds 3 to 7 mph.

Monday’s looking sunny and warm with a high near 89 and south winds 6 to 8 mph gusting to 20 mph. Monday night should be mostly clear with a low around 64 and southwest winds 3 to 7 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 83 and a low of 61.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 81° and a low of 59°.
The record low was 43° in 1969.
The record high was 96° 1908.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:15AM
Sunset: 8:37PM
Length of Day: 15:22:18
Today will be 1:05 shorter than yesterday.

About Today’s Photo:

While prowling about for interesting things to photograph yesterday, I noticed the wing of a butterfly poking out from beneath the petals of a black-eyed Susan. Thinking, “huh, that’s not where a butterly usually is on a flower…”, I carefully turned the flower over to find the hapless butterfly in the clutches of a jumping spider. The spider quickly scurried to the top of the flower and then patiently posed for me as I took a number of shots. The mighty hunter with its prey!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/640″ exposure.

Friday, July 6, 2018

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A bashful peony in our ornamental garden

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently a rainy and muggy 72 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 72, barometric pressure 29.85” and steady. We picked up a much appreciated 0.86” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 93, and the overnight low was 72. (When we went out to bed in our screenhouse by the brook last night at 11:00PM, it was 80 degrees…)

Forecast:

Aaaaaahhhhhh… Despite the muggy and warm start to the day, the rain is a harbinger of the much anticipated cold front which is poised just north and west of Vermont this morning. The front will cross our region later this morning accompanied by more showers. Following the frontal passage, much cooler and less humid weather will move in for the weekend. This will be a welcome break from the six-day heat wave we’ve been enduring. Dry and seasonable conditions will continue into early next week before the next best chance for showers comes towards the middle of next week.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely this morning before 11:00AM with a slight chance of showers until 1:00PM. It’ll start out cloudy through mid morning, then begin to gradually clear. Highs will be near 75 with a west wind 14 to 22 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60% with new precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tonight should be clear with a low around 46 and northwest winds 6 to 16 mph.

Saturday should be sunny with a high near 77 and northwest winds 3 to 8 mph.
Saturday night should be clear with a low around 53 and south winds 3 to 5 mph.

Sunday’s looking sunny with a high near 84 and southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday night should be mostly clear with a low around 60 and south winds 3 to 6 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 79 and a low of 57.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 81° and a low of 60°
The record low was 39° in 1962
The record high was 95° in 2010 (we had a high of 91).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:14AM
Sunset: 8:38PM
Length of day: 15:23:24
Today will be 1:01 shorter than yesterday (thanks Chichi!)

About Today’s Photo:

I couldn’t quite get over the “emotion” this peony seemed to be displaying when I saw it. Seems it’s a bit bashful, or perhaps about to sneeze…

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/6500″ exposure.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

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Dew soaked vetch in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:40AM it’s currently a muggy 68 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 68, barometric pressure 30.21” and steady. Yesterday’s high was a sizzling 95, and the overnight low was 66.

Forecast:

We’ve got one more day of hot and humid weather on tap today to bookend the historically significant heat wave that we’ve been “enjoying” for the past five days. A cold front approaching from the northwest will kick off showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening into Friday morning. Behind this front, cooler more seasonal temperatures are expected for the upcoming weekend. I, for one, can’t wait for this change. As the forecaster at the National Weather Service in Burlington wrote: “Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh. That’s the sound everyone will be making.” I couldn’t agree more!

We’ll see sunny, hot, and muggy conditions today with a high near 96 and heat index values as high as 103. Winds will be light out of the south this morning increasing to 5 to 10 mph by midday. There’s a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2:00PM. Tonight showers and thunderstorms are likely. Lows will be around 72 with southwest winds 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday showers and thunderstorms likely before noon with partial clearing in the afternoon. Highs will be near 77 (aahhhh!) with northwest winds 9 to 14 mph gusting to 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Friday night should be mostly clear with a low around 50 and northwest winds at 6 to 11 mph becoming light after midnight.

Saturday’s looking sunny with a high near 74 and calm winds becoming northerly 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Saturday night should be mostly clear with a low around 54 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 82 and a low of 48.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 81° and a low of 60°.
The record low was 44° in 1962.
The record high was 98° in 1911.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:10AM
Sunset: 8:33PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 34m
Length of Day: 15h 22m
Tomorrow will be 1 minutes 4 seconds longer

The moon is waning gibbous, 21 days old with 60% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:55AM
Moonset: 11:24AM

About Today’s Photo:

Vetch’s pretty purple flowers are commonly seen in fields and along roadways this time of year. A member of the legume family, vetches have a long history of cultivation by humans dating back 9,500 years ago. You can read more about it here.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/400″ exposure.