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Saturday, August 27, 2016

web-pearls

Morning dew drops on a a ground spider’s web

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 61 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 60, barometric pressure 30.17” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.01” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 83, and the overnight low was 57.

Forecast:

High pressure over the region this morning will deliver a lovely late summer day today with plenty of sunshine and dry conditions. Low pressure arriving from the Great Lakes tomorrow will bring in showers Sunday afternoon that may linger a bit into Monday morning.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with highs in the upper 70s and light and variable winds. Tonight should be mostly clear until midnight, then becoming partly cloudy. Lows will be in the lower 60s with light and variable winds.

Sunday should start out partly sunny with a 50% chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be around 80 with south winds around 10 mph. Sunday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the lower 60s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and west winds around 10 mph. Monday night should be mostly clear with lows in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 71 and a low of 52.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 77 and lows of 57.
The record high was 95°F in 1948.
The record low was 40°F in 1969.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:09 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:36 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 27m
Length of Day: 13h 26m
Tomorrow will be 2m54s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24.4 days old with 27% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:18 AM EDT
Moonset: 4:21 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I know I posted a similar photo to this a few days ago, but I couldn’t resist another image of these tiny (less than 0.25mm diameter) dew drops suspended in a spider’s web on our lawn. Endlessly interesting…

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.

Friday, August 26, 2016

lily

Pollen laden anthers and a pink tipped pistil are beacons for bugs!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently 68 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 68, barometric pressure 29.90” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.09” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 81, and the overnight low was 65.

Forecast:

A slow moving cold front will cross the region this morning delivering scattered showers before sliding to our east. High pressure will bring in dry and seasonable conditions for Saturday. A cold front will move on Sunday bringing showers later in the day.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with numerous showers this morning, then mostly sunny skies this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with southwest winds around 10 mph, becoming northwesterly this afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight should be clear with lows in the upper 50s and northwest winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Saturday should be sunny with highs in the upper 70s with light and variable winds. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s and light and variable winds.

Sunday should start off partly sunny with an increasing chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be around 80 with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. Sunday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 74 and a low of 53.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 78 and lows of 57.
The record high was 96°F in 1948.
The record low was 40°F in 1987.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:08 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:37 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 30m
Length of Day: 13h 29m
Tomorrow will be 2m54s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23.3 days old with 37% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:26 AM EDT
Moonset: 3:24 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Robin planted a variety of lilies by Fargo Brook a couple seasons back. This season they’ve come into their prime, and this white variety seem to be quite long-lived with large hand-sized blossoms blooming for a couple of weeks now. The showy anthers leave a dollop of pollen on your nose if you lean in too far to sample the sweet scent!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

bottle-fly

Up close with a green bottle fly

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:05AM it’s currently a balmy 68 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 83%, dewpoint 63, barometric pressure 29.98 and falling slowly. Yesterday’s high was 84, and the overnight low was 62.

Forecast:

Low pressure near James Bay this morning will drag a cold front through the region over the next 24 hours bringing showers and a chance of some thunderstorms to the region later today and into Friday morning. High pressure will build in behind the departing front delivering dry seasonable weather for the weekend.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with a 40% chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms, mainly this afternoon. Highs will be around 80 with south winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. It’ll be humid overnight with lows in the mid 60s and south winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Friday should be mostly cloudy in the morning then clearing. There’s a chance of shower or thunderstorms mainly in the morning east. Highs will be in the lower 80s with southwest winds around 10 mph, becoming northwesterly and gusting up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%. Friday night should be mostly clear with lows in the upper 50s and northwest winds around 10 mph.

Saturday’s looking mostly sunny and more seasonable with highs in the mid 70s and light and variable winds. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 80 and a low of 59.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 78 and lows of 57.
The record high was 97°F in 1947.
The record low was 39°F in 1942.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:39 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 33m
Length of Day: 13h 32m
Tomorrow will be 2m52s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 22.3 days old with 48% illumination.
No Moon Rise
Moonset: 2:22 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Most likely the majority of you readers would rather not have a giant fly presented to you first thing in the morning, but I think this little guy is pretty interesting. Macro photography does reveal some interesting details like the tiny hairs along the fly’s back.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/50″ exposure.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

jewel-weed

In close with a jewelweed blossom

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 58 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 58, barometric pressure 30.23” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 77, and the overnight low was 53.

Forecast:

High pressure moving offshore south of New England will bring light south to southwest winds today, allowing temperatures to bump up into the mid to upper 80s for afternoon highs along with increasing humidity levels. A weak cold front approaching from the Great Lakes will bring the next chance of showers Thursday afternoon into Friday morning. Once the front passes to the east, we’ll see a return to pleasantly mild and dry weather late Friday through the upcoming weekend.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the mid 80s and light and variable winds, becoming southwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 60s and south winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday should start out partly sunny in the morning with a 50% chance of showers, mainly in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 80s with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 60s with south winds around 10 mph.

Friday’s looking partly sunny with a 50% chance of lingering showers. Highs will be in the lower 80s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be mostly clear with lows in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 82 and a low of 61.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 78 and lows of 58.
The record high was 97°F in 1947.
The record low was 40°F in 1923.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:06 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:41 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 36m
Length of Day: 13h 35m
Tomorrow will be 2m53s shorter.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 21d 15h old with 58% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:39 PM EDT
Moonset: 1:14 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Jewelweed (a.k.a. touch-me-not) is a common plant in our parts, blooming in late summer to set its tightly sprung seed pods that explode when touched (hence the “touch-me-not). As a kid I loved to gently squeeze the pods to feel them burst in my fingers. I still love to do it!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/250” exposure.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

morning-glory-fly

A tiny fly hangs out in a morning glory blossom

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 48 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 48, barometric pressure 30.26” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 66, and the overnight low was 45.

Forecast:

High pressure sitting over the region this morning will deliver dry and clear weather today through Wednesday evening along with a gradual moderation in
temperatures. As the high shifts east of New England later in the week, warmer and more humid conditions will bring chances for showers and possible thunderstorms to the area Thursday into Thursday night. A few lingering showers are possible on Friday morning with dry conditions later Friday and through the upcoming weekend as high pressure builds back across southeastern Canada and New England.

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

Wednesday should be sunny and warmer with highs in the mid 80s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Wednesday night should be clear with lows in the mid 60s and south winds around 10 mph.

A cold front will move through the region on Thursday bringing showers. Highs will be in the lower 80s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Thursday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 82 and a low of 52.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 78 and lows of 58.
The record high was 93°F in 1947.
The record low was 43°F in 1988.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:05 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:43 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 39m
Length of Day: 13h 38m
Tomorrow will be 2m51s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20 day old with 71% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:57 PM EDT
Moonset: 12:05 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I almost didn’t see this tiny fly lurking in the bell of a morning glory blossom…

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/16, 1/250″ exposure.

Monday, August 22, 2016

beetle-mint

A tiny black beetle explores the flowerettes of wild mint along the fringes of the volleyball court

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently a cool 56 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west at 0-4 mph. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 54, barometric pressure 29.90” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.35” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 81, and the overnight low was 56.

Forecast:

With the passage of the cold front across the region overnight, cooler temperatures have moved in. High pressure will control our weather with dry and seasonable conditions as temperatures rise towards the middle of the week in advance of the next weather maker which will move in Thursday.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning, then clearing. Highs will be in the mid 60s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 50s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph, becoming southwesterly after midnight.

Tuesday should be sunny and warmer with highs in the mid 70s and light and variable winds, becoming southwesterly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Tuesday night should be clear wit lows in the upper 50s and light and variable winds.

Wednesday’s looking sunny and warmer still with highs in the lower 80s and south winds around 10 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 78 and a low of 54. We picked up 0.09″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 78 and lows of 58.
The record high was 90°F in 1916.
The record low was 39°F in 1982.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:03 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:44 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 42m
Length of Day: 13h 40m
Tomorrow will be 2m51s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19 days old with 80% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:19 PM EDT
Moonset: 10:53 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

We have a good crop of wild mint growing along the fringes of our volleyball court. While I was focussing in closely on some flowers, I noticed this tiny black beetle moving in and out of the flowerettes. Not sure what kind of beetle it is though…

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/80″ exposure.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

viceroy

A viceroy visits the hydrangea on our back patio

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:55AM it’s currently a balmy 71 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-4 mph. Relative humidity is 79%, dewpoint 64, barometric pressure 29.81”. Yesterday’s high was 84, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

A cold front currently draped across southeastern Ontario and western New York this morning will shift eastward, crossing the region this afternoon and evening. Gusty south winds will occur in advance of the front through early afternoon, followed by widespread showers and a few thunderstorms as the frontal rainband moves through mid afternoon through the evening. Some showers may produce locally heavy downpours. On Monday, high pressure returns bringing cooler temperatures and drier weather through Thursday along with a gradual
moderation in temperatures.

We’ll see partly sunny skies this morning, then mostly cloudy skies with showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall is possible this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 70s with south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Tonight showers are likely with a chance of thunderstorms until midnight, then occasional showers after midnight. Locally heavy rainfall is possible until midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph and becoming westerly after midnight. Chance of rain is near 100%.

Monday should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers in the morning, then become partly sunny in the afternoon as high pressure moves in. It will be noticeably cooler with highs only in the mid 60s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Monday night should be clear with lows in the lower 50s and west winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday’s looking sunny and warmer with highs in the mid 70s and light and variable winds. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with lows in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 80 and a low of 62. We picked up 0.26″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 79 and lows of 58.
The record high was 93°F in 1945.
The record low was 43°F in 1934.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:02 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:46 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 14h 45m
Length of Day: 13h 43m
Tomorrow will be 2m49s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17.9 days old with 89% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:44 PM EDT
Moonset: 9:42 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

This lovely viceroy joined the buzzing activity around the hydrangea on our back patio yesterday. These butterflies look similar to monarchs, but are smaller (hence the name I suppose…)

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/640″ exposure.

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