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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Red maple buds flowering

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:45AM it’s currently 35 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 34, barometric pressure 30.04” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 67, and the overnight low was 35.

Forecast:

Quiet weather will continue through Wednesday as we remain trapped between two upper level lows—one to our west and one off the Canadian Maritimes. Temperatures will remain seasonal with highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s and 40s. The low to our west will begin to move eastward on Thursday and combine with southern stream energy to form a coastal low which will bring rain, and possibly mountain snow, to the region late Thursday through Friday. Snow levels may drop to around 1500′ with accumulating snow over mountain summits especially over the ‘Dacks and southern Green. Friday will be raw and chilly with highs in the 40s. High pressure will build back in on Saturday bringing a return to dry and seasonable conditions.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 64 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5-7 mph in the morning. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 43 and calm winds.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 67 with calm winds becoming northwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of evening showers. Lows will be around 44 with calm winds becoming southeasterly 5-9 mph after midnight.

Thursday should be cloudy with a 40% chance of rain. Highs will be near 58 with southeast winds 9-14 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are possible. Thursday night should be cloudy with rain likely. Lows will be around 39 with southeast winds around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 63 and a low of 43. We picked up 0.72″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 34 and a high of 54.
The record low was 20 in 2000 (we had a low of 16).
The record high was 84 in 1945.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.51′.
The water temperature is 43˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:11AM
Sunset: 7:34PM
Length of day: 13:23:02
Today will be 2:57 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1 day old with 1% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:07AM
Moonset: 9:15PM

About Today’s Photo:

The red maple in our back yard by Fargo Brook reliably puts on a show both in spring and in the fall. I’ve been watching the buds swell over the past weeks, and yesterday the tree was in full flower. I love the delicate intricacy of the flowers.

Sony A7II, Sigma 100-400mm lens @ 362mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/250″ exposure. 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Bloodroot in bloom along Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:55AM it’s currently 46 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 73%, dewpoint 37, barometric pressure 29.77” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 76, and the overnight low was 41.

Forecast:

A weak occluded front will remain stalled across central New York through this morning, keeping showers just to our south and west today. Morning radar imagery shows a line of showers stretched from Watertown, NY down through Brattleboro, VT. These showers should slowly dry up through this morning. Otherwise, dry conditions are expected through the middle of the week with high pressure building back across the region. A weak low will try and push eastward from the Great Lakes on Wednesday bringing a slight chance of some scattered showers Wednesday. A more organized coastal system looks to be in the cards for Thursday into Friday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a high near 60 and south winds 6-10 mph becoming easterly in the morning. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 39 and east winds 3-8 mph.

Tuesday should be mostly sunny with a high near 63 and calm winds becoming northerly 5-7 mph in the morning. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 42 and calm winds.

Wednesday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 63 and calm winds becoming northwesterly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night should be partly cloud, with a low around 41 and calm winds becoming southeasterly around 6 mph after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 57 and a low of 25.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 34 and a high of 53.
The record low was 16 in 1976.
The record high was 82 in 1945.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.53′.
The water temperature is 40˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:13AM
Sunset: 7:33PM
Length of day: 13:20:05
Today will be 2:58 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 0.1 day old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:46AM
Moonset: 8:12PM

About Today’s Photo:

The bloodroot that was just pushing its way out of the leaf litter early last week was in full bloom yesterday along Fargo Brook. Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) gets its common name  from the blood red sap of the root stock. Native Americans used bloodroot medicinally as an emetic and respiratory aid, however, the sap is highly caustic and can cause skin burns if applied directly. 

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens,  ISO 800, f/13, 1/200″ exposure.

bloodroot-patch

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Garter snakes mating in the morning sun

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:55AM it’s currently 45 degrees under a hazy sky. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 44, barometric pressure 29.68” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 68, and the overnight low was 44.

Forecast:

A weak front will bring increased cloud cover and chances for some rain showers to portions of northern New York and southern Vermont this afternoon. Most locations in our forecast area are expected to remain dry, however, with cooler temperatures as a backdoor cold front approaches from the northeast bringing the possibility of scattered showers both Monday and Tuesday. High pressure will build in across the region Tuesday bringing a continuation of dry conditions (we could really use some rain!) Temperatures will be a few degrees above normal with highs each afternoon in the upper 50s to lower 60s this coming week.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a high near 69 and southeast winds 5-10 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 45 with southeast winds 9-14 mph.

Monday should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of morning showers. Highs will be near 61 with east winds 7-10 mph. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 41 and east winds 3-8 mph.

Tuesday’s looking mostly cloudy with a high near 56 and light and variable winds. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 43 and calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 43 and a low of 28. We picked up 0.07″ of rain and 0.5″ of snow.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 33 and a high of 53.
The record low was 12 in 1974.
The record high was 84 in 1945.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.55′.
The water temperature is 40˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:14AM
Sunset: 7:31PM
Length of day: 13:17:06
Today will be 2:58 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is new, 28.8 days old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:26AM
Moonset: 7:10PM

About Today’s Photo:

We were up at our camp in North Hero Friday and Saturday. We kept seeing a couple of garter snakes by a low stone wall near where we park our cars. Yesterday morning, though, we discovered a writhing pile of snakes in the morning sun. These “mating balls” is how they “do it”. I can count 4 snakes in this one, but there might have been a couple more in there! Here’s a short video I shot:

Saturday, April 10, 2021

The old Witness Tree along the Mailbox Trail

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently 53 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 52, barometric pressure 29.95”. We picked up 0.03″ of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 77, and the overnight low was 52.

Forecast:

Warm and dry conditions will continue today courtesy of high pressure cresting over the region. A decaying front approaching from the Great Lakes will bring an increase in clouds for Sunday along with slightly cooler conditions and a chance for rain showers, especially across northern New York and south-central Vermont. The forecast trends drier once again by Monday onward into midweek as high pressure becomes reestablished over northern New England.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning, becoming sunny, with a high near 76 and southwest winds 5-7 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 52 and calm winds becoming southeasterly around 5 mph.

Sunday should be partly sunny with a 20% chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 68 with southeast winds 5-9 mph. Sunday night should be cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 45 with southeast winds 7-11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30% with rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ possible.

Monday should be mostly cloudy with a high near 63 and southeast winds around 6 mph. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 41 and south winds 3-5 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 37 and a low of 33. We picked up 0.26″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 33 and a high of 52.
The record low was 16 in 1975.
The record high was 81 in 1945 (Burlington set a new record high of 76 yesterday).

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.54′.
The water temperature is 41˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:16AM
Sunset: 7:30AM
Length of day: 13:14:07
Today will be 2:59 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 28 days old with 3% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:06AM
Moonset: 6:07PM

About Today’s Photo:

The old Witness Tree up along the Mailbox Trail off Taft Road had been a friend for decades. I’ve watched her as she’s slowly shed branches and become increasingly gnarly. She’s stood there along the old stone fenceline for probably 120 years or so, bearing witness to generations of farmers, and plenty of cows and sheep as well no doubt. I keep waiting for the day when I come around the corner in the trail and find her on the ground, but that hasn’t happened yet…

iPhone 12Pro

Friday, April 9, 2021

Spring beauties are flowering in the East Street Woods

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:40AM it’s currently 43 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 41, barometric pressure 30.08” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was was 75, and the overnight low was 42.

Forecast:

High pressure remains in control of our weather through Saturday night with mild and dry conditions expected. A band of showers will push into northern New York and the southwestern half of Vermont on Sunday, though precipitation should be light as temperatures cool slightly. Little or no rain is expected in the Champlain Valley eastward. The forecast looks to be dry again by Monday onward into the middle of next week with temperatures remaining on the milder side of normal.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 73 and calm winds becoming southerly 5-8 mph in the morning. Tonight should be mostly cloud, with a low around 52 and south winds 3-5 mph.

Saturday should be mostly sunny with a high near 72 and southwest winds 3-6 mph. Saturday night should be mostly clear with a low around 51 and south winds 3-6 mph.

Sunday should bring increasing clouds with a high near 65 and southeast winds 7-11 mph. Sunday night should be cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 44 with southeast winds 6-11 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 0.10″ are expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 49 and a low of 31. We picked up 0.55″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 32 and a high of 51.
The record low was 14 in 1997.
The record high was 76 in 1945 (Burlington set a new record high of 73 yesterday).

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.57′.
The water temperature is 40˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:18AM
Sunset: 7:29PM
Length of day: 13:11:08
Today will be 2:59 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27 days old with 7% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:45AM
Moonset: 5:03PM

About Today’s Photo:

Among the very first of the spring ephemeral wildflowers is the Carolina Spring Beauty. These delicate little white to pale pink flowers prefer rich woodland soils, and you’ll find them blooming in sunny spots on southern-facing hillsides. As I was running through the woods yesterday morning, I saw many still tightly wrapped against the overnight chill. It wasn’t until I’d made up to the top of the East Street Woods that I found some that where open in the morning sunshine.

iPhone 12Pro

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Ramps push through the leaf litter

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 35 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 35, barometric pressure 30.12” and risings slowly. Yesterday’s high was 66, and the overnight low was 35.

Forecast:

High pressure will continue to build in across the region today into Saturday continuing our stretch of unseasonably mild and dry weather. Daytime highs today through Saturday should be in the mid-60s to low 70s region wide with overnight lows in the 40s and low 50s. Low pressure tracking slowly through the Great Lakes on Sunday will bring increasing chances for light showers across northern New York into the southwestern half of Vermont later Sunday into the first half of Monday. High pressure and dry weather look to return by the middle of next week.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 70 and light southeast winds. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 46 and south winds 3-6 mph.

Friday should be sunny with a high near 71 and south winds 3-7 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 49 and south winds around 6 mph.

Saturday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 73 and south winds around 5 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 48 and calm winds becoming southerly around 6 mph in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 54 and a low of 31.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 32 and a high of 51.
The record low was 11 in 1972.
The record high was 73 in 1991.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.62′.
The water temperature is 40˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:20AM
Sunset: 7:28PM
Length of day: 13:08:08
Today will be 3:00 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26 days old with 13% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:22AM
Moonset: 3:58PM

About Today’s Photo:

Ramps—A.K.A. wild leeks—are just beginning to push their way through the leaf litter in moist areas of upland forests. I found this patch in an undisclosed location…

iPhone 12Pro

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Willow buds in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 44 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 42, barometric pressure 30.04” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 58, and the overnight low was 33.

Forecast:

Morning clouds should give way to sunny skies this afternoon as high pressure build in and takes control of our weather through the weekend. Highs today will be a bit warmer than yesterday—in the low 60s—and noticeably warmer Thursday through the weekend with daytime high in the upper 60s and low 70s and overnight lows in the mid 40s to 50 in Champlain Valley. Conditions look to remain dry through the weekend as well with a slight chance of showers Sunday afternoon and evening in the ‘Dacks and St. Lawrence Valley.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a high near 62 and calm winds becoming northerly 5-9 mph in the morning. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 42 and east winds 3-6 mph.

Thursday should be sunny with a high near 70 and light and variable winds. Thursday night should be mostly clear with a low around 48 and southeast winds 3-7 mph.

Friday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 70 and south winds around 6 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 52 and south winds around 6 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 58 and a low of 28.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 32 and a high of 50.
The record low was 2 in 1972.
The record high was 83 in 1991.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.62′.
The water temperature is 40˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:21AM
Sunset: 7:26PM
Length of day: 13:05:08
Today will be 3:00 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25 days old with 21% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:55AM
Moonset: 2:51PM

About Today’s Photo:

April is an odd month to me. Warmer temperatures and longer days make us think that spring is surging ahead. But I find that the pace of the earth’s reawakening is pretty slow and subtle—some willow buds here, some bright coltsfoot there—but in general, it’s taking its time and won’t be rushed. Walking my familiar route around the property yesterday, there wasn’t a whole lot of “new” happening. This time of year counsels patience…

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/11, 1/640″ exposure.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Blood root wrapped tight along Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 28 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 27, barometric pressure 30.00”. Yesterday’s high was 54, and the overnight low was 28.

Forecast:

The low pressure system that’s been stuck off Nova Scotia for nearly a week now will drift south and westward a bit today bringing some scattered showers to northern New Hampshire and the NEK, as well as some mid level clouds to much of Vermont. Highs today will be in the upper 40s to mid 50s locally. High pressure will gradually build into the region over the next few days bringing dry conditions for the rest of the week along with a warming trend with high temperatures at least 10 to 15 degrees above normal beginning on Wednesday and continuing right through the weekend.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 55 and north wind 5-10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 40 and north winds 3-6 mph.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny with a high near 61 and north winds 5-7 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 42 and light and variable winds.

Thursday’s looking sunny with a high near 67 and calm winds. Thursday night should be mostly clear with a low around 47 and southeast winds 3-6 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 56 and a low of 29. We picked up 0.01″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 31 and a high of 50.
The record low was 10 in 1943.
The record high was 74 in 1991.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.64′.
The water temperature is 38˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:23AM
Sunset: 7:25PM
Length of day: 13:02:07
Today will be 3:01 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24 days old with 30% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:22AM
Moonset: 1:42PM

About Today’s Photo:

The patch of blood root down along Fargo Brook is beginning to push its way through the leaf litter. Just a few have peeked out so far. At this stage, the leathery leaves are wrapped tight around the sensitive buds to protect them from the cold. Stay tuned!

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/320″ exposure.  

Monday, April 5, 2021

An eastern salamander on a clutch of wood frog eggs

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 33 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 82%, dewpoint 28, barometric pressure 30.00”. Yesterday’s high was 52, and the overnight low was 32.

Forecast:

Dry and mostly clear conditions will continue through much of this week. Low pressure over Nova Scotia will retrograde westward a bit today bringing a slight chance of showers to northern New Hampshire and the NEK, otherwise high pressure will dominate our weather until at least Friday. Temperatures will trend warmer each day with highs in the 60s by Friday.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 51 and north winds 8-17 mph gusting to 29 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 36 and north winds 6-9 mph.

Tuesday should be mostly sunny with a high near 54 and north winds 7-9 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 38 and north winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 61 and calm winds becoming northerly 5-7 mph in the morning. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 42 and light and variable winds becoming easterly around 5 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 56 and a low of 33. We picked up 0.03″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 31 and a high of 49.
The record low was 3 in 1964.
The record high was 69 in 1948.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.65′.
The water temperature is 37˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:25AM
Sunset: 7:24PM
Length of day: 12:59:05
Today will be 3:01 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23 days old with 40% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:40AM
Moonset: 12:33PM

About Today’s Photo:

Pretty much as soon as the ice melts out of our pond, the wood frogs will return to sing, mate, and lay eggs along the pond edges. Things have been a little slow this season, however, and I’ve only heard a few frogs a couple nights back before the last snow. The pond refroze during that cold snap and remains on the chilly side this morning. However, I did find a few clutches of eggs in the pond yesterday. Hopefully the warmer temperatures ahead (and milder nights) will encourage more frogs. The eastern salamander in the photo has found the eggs as well. I’ve seen salamander nibbling at the egg casing before, but this particular one seemed to be just passing by. By the way, the eggs and the salamander are a good 2″-4″ under the water, so the water is quite clear this spring.

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/100″ exposure. 

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Willow buds popping in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 25 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 23, barometric pressure 30.15”. Yesterday’s high was 48, and the overnight low was 24. Back down to bare ground at the snow stake.

Forecast:

We’ve got a pretty quiet and uneventful week of weather ahead of us. After a cool start to the day, we’ll see daytime highs today in the upper 40s to mid 50s under mostly sunny skies. Low pressure off the coast of Nova Scotia (the same low that brought us our snow the other day) will retrograde a bit to the west bringing the chance for some light showers to northern New Hampshire and the NEK. Otherwise, we should remain dry straight through next week with gradually warmer days under prevailing high pressure. The next chance of precipitation looks to be next Friday if then.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 51 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5-9 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 33 and north winds around 6 mph.

Monday should be mostly sunny with a high near 51 and northwest winds 7-15 mph gusting to 25 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 32 and north winds 6-9 mph.

Tuesday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 56 and north winds 7-10 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 37 and north winds around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 54 and a low of 32. We picked up 0.02″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 30 and a high of 49.
The record low was 7 in 1964.
The record high was 73 in 1981.

The Lake Champlain lake level in Burlington is 96.63′.
The water temperature is 37˚.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:27AM
Sunset: 7:23PM
Length of day: 12:56:04
Today will be 3:02 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 22 days old with 51% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:49AM
Moonset: 11:27AM

About Today’s Photo:

We have a variety of different willows growing in the moist soils of our front field. They are reliable indicators of spring’s progress with their buds beginning to pop right now.

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/11, 1/640″ exposure.