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Saturday, July 23, 2016

daylily

This daylily was ready for its closeup Mr. DeMille

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 63 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 63, barometric pressure 29.76” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.17” of rain in the past 24hrs (and man was last night’s sky lighting up—flashing incessantly for hours!) Yesterday’s high was 90, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

If last night’s pyrotechic sky wasn’t enough for you, we’ve got another round of showers and thunderstorms heading our way today as an upper level trough moves through. Some storms may reach severe levels. Storms should abate in the evening with a nice day on tap for Sunday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies this morning with showers and thunderstorms likely mainly this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and small hail this afternoon. It won’t be as warm with highs in the upper 70s and west winds around 10 mph, becoming northwesterly this afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely mainly until midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and small hail until midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s with northwest winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable. Chance of rain is 60%.

High pressure will build in briefly on Sunday bringing mostly sunny skies and seasonable temperatures with highs around 80 and northwest winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s and light and variable winds.

Another active day is on tap for Monday as a shortwave trough moves through bringing mostly cloudy skies and a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the mid 80s with south winds around 10 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the mid 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 75 and a low of 55. We picked up 0.24″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 61.
The record high was 93°F in 1952.
The record low was 46°F in 1923.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:30 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:26 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 04m
Length of Day: 14h 55m
Tomorrow will be 2m2s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19 days old with 86% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:36 PM EDT
Moonset: 9:33 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Getting in close to a daylily reveals the pollen encrusted anthers.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/9, 1/160″ exposure.

Friday, July 22, 2016

great-blue-heron

A great blue heron along the Poultney River

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 69 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint 66, barometric pressure 29.77”. Yesterday’s high was 85, and the overnight low was 62.

Forecast:

Low pressure currently moving into the Canaidian Maritimes will drag a slow moving frontal system through the region over the next two days bringing periods of showers and thunderstorms and breaks of sunshine as well. Sunday should be dry and seasonable with more showers expected Monday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may be severe this afternoon. It’ll be on the hot side with highs will be in the upper 80s to low 90s in the broad valleys with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph, becoming westerly this afternoon. Chance of rain is 50%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms until midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Some thunderstorms may be severe until midnight. Lows will be in the mid 60s with west winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable. Chance of rain is 50%.

Saturday should be partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 70s with west winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Saturday night showers and thunderstorms are likely. Lows will be in the mid 50s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Sunday’s looking mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 72 and a low of 52. We picked up 0.53″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 61.
The record high was 97°F in 1955.
The record low was 44°F in 1914.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:29 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:27 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 06m
Length of Day: 14h 57m
Tomorrow will be 1m59s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 18d old with 93% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:03 PM EDT
Moonset: 8:25 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

There were many a great blue heron along the shore of the Poultney River. This one didn’t seem to be too bothered by our paddling by and let me get a good close up.

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

Thursday, July 21, 2016

kingfisher

A belted kingfisher perches briefly above the Poultney River

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently 57 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 57, barometric pressure 30.11”. Yesterday’s high was 78, and the overnight low was 51.

Forecast:

A ridge of surface high pressure over the region will deliver warm, sunny, and dry weather today. A frontal system will move slowly through the region starting tonight bringing periods of showers and thunderstorms through Saturday. Some of the storms will have the potential to become strong or severe.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the mid 80s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear until midnight, then partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 60s with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Friday should bring numerous showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and small hail. Highs will be in the lower 80s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Friday night should bring more showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and small hail. Lows will be in the mid 60s with outhwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the lower 80s with west winds around 10 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 60.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 80 and a low of 56.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 61.
The record high was 97°F in 2011 (we had a high of 93).
The record low was 45°F in 1966.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:28 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:28 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 08m
Length of Day: 14h 59m
Tomorrow will be 1m58s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17 days old with 97% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:27 PM EDT
Moonset: 7:17 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I’ve been trying for years to get a good shot of a belted kingfisher. These common denizens of streams, lakes, and ponds are quite shy and will fly away chattering as you approach limiting the possibilities of getting a good shot. Yesterday, paddling out of South Bay on lower Lake Champlain and up into the Poultney River, this fellow was a bit more patient with me allowing me to get in range and snap off a few shots before flying off. Mission accomplished!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/2000″ exposure

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

red-tailed-juvenile

A juvenile red-tailed hawk takes off from wires along the Rock River

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:55AM it’s currently 50 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 50, barometric pressure 30.20” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 72, and the overnight low was 47.

Forecast:

We’ve got another lovely mid-summer day on tap courtesy of high pressure which is currently ridging over the region. Sunny and dry conditions will be the rule as temperatures warm above seasonal normals again towards the end of the week. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms are expected on Friday as a cold front swings through.

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

Thursday should be partly sunny with highs in the mid 80s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers as the cold front approaches. Lows will be in the upper 60s with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Friday showers and thunderstorms are likely. Highs will be in the mid 80s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Friday night showers and thunderstorms 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 84 and a low of 61. We picked up 0.45″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 61.
The record high was 99°F in 1977.
The record low was 43°F in 1929.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:27 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:29 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 10m
Length of Day: 15h 01m
Tomorrow will be 1m54s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16 days old and just under 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:49 PM EDT
Moonset: 6:12 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Robin & I paddled up the Rock River  in Highgate Springs yesterday morning. This juvenile red-tailed hawk (I think…) was perched on wires running across the river near its mouth on Lake Champlain. It patiently waited as I got close enough to get a few shots, then took off to join several other of its probable siblings cruising and squawking above the trees.

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

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

queen-anne-close

A close look at Queen Anne’s Lace

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 59 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the northwest at 3-5 mph. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 57, barometric pressure 30.04” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.20” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 82, and the overnight low was 57.

Forecast:

The passage of the cold front overnight has ushered in noticeably cooler and drier air. With high pressure building in, sunny and dry weather will be the rule into Thursday, though temperatures and humidity levels will be on the rise. Typical Summer conditions are expected for the end of the week and into the weekend, with warm weather and scattered showers or thunderstorms.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs in the lower 70s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then clearing. Lows will be in the upper 40s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

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

Thursday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the mid 80s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the mid 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 87 and a low of 62. We picked up 0.23″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 61.
The record high was 98°F in 2013 (we had a high of 90).
The record low was 48°F in 1929.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:26 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:29 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 13m
Length of Day: 15h 03m
Tomorrow will be 1m51s shorter.

The Moon is the full “Buck” moon (Northeast Native American)
15 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:07 PM EDT
Moonset: 5:11 AM EDT

Other names for this month’s full moon include: “Summer” (Colonial American), “Hay” (English), “Claiming” (Celtic), “Mead” (Medieval Wiccan), and “Rose” (Neo-Pagan Wiccan).

About Today’s Photo:

Getting in close to the flowerettes of Queen Anne’s Lace reveals complex details in its structure. Also called “Wild Carrot,” this familiar plant is common to dry fields, ditches, and open areas. It was introduced from Europe, and the carrots that we eat today were once cultivated from this plant.

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

Monday, July 18, 2016

milkweed

Milkweed blossoms up close in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 65 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 64, barometric pressure 29.95” and falling. Yesterday’s high was 81, and the overnight low was 59.

Forecast:

This morning’s calm and partly sunny skies will give way to clouds, showers and thunderstorms this afternoon as a cold front approaches the region. Some storms my approach severe levels and will persist through the tonight. Cooler and drier weather will follow the passage of the cold front Tuesday through Thursday as temperatures rise again heading into the weekend.

We’ll see partly sunny skies with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms this morning, then mostly cloudy skies with showers and thunderstorms likely this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely until midnight, then mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall until midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with highs around 70 and northwest winds around 10 mph gusting up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 50s and northwest winds around 10 mph.

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

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 82 and a low of 62. We picked up 0.38″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 61.
The record high was 99°F in 1953.
The record low was 47°F in 1956.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:25 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:30 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 15m
Length of Day: 15h 05m
Tomorrow will be 1m48s shorter.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 14d old with 98% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:20 PM EDT
Moonset: 4:16 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Milkweed is flowering now in our front field. These bursts of compound flowerettes are fragrant and attract all kinds of pollenators (including the ant on the central flowerette).

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/10, 1/320″ exposure.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

bluebird-fledgling

A bluebird fledgling and its poppa on the volleyball net

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 62 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 62, barometric pressure 30.09” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 78, and the overnight low was 57.

Forecast:

This morning’s clouds and showers in souther Vermont will give way to clearing skies this afternoon as high pressure over the eastern Great Lakes builds into
the region. We’ll see fair and dry conditions through tonight, but that will be short-lived as another cold front approaches from Canada Monday afternoon, bringing numerous showers and thunderstorms, some of which may be on the strong side.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of showers this morning, then mostly sunny skies this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 70s with light and variable winds, becoming westerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Chance of rain is 20%. Tonight should be clear with lows in the upper 50s and light and variable winds.

Monday should start out partly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then become mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 80s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Monday night showers and thunderstorms are likely. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall. Lows will be in the upper 50s with west winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

High pressure will move into the region Tuesday bringing partly sunny skies, low humidity, and highs around 70 with northwest winds around 10 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 78 and a low of 43.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 61.
The record high was 97°F in 1999 (we had a high of 93).
The record low was 47°F in 1908.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:24 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:31 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 17m
Length of Day: 15h 07m
Tomorrow will be 1m45s shorter.

The Moon 13 days old with 93% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:30 PM EDT
Moonset: 3:26 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The family of bluebirds who’ve been nesting in the box in our front field have fledged. We see them out and about most of the day feeding. I got this somewhat blurry shot of the male poppa and one of the fledglings sitting on the volleyball net (a favorite perch) as the sun went down. I like the hint of blue in the fledgling’s wing feathers.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/400″ exposure.

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