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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A tiny, unidentified fly perches momentarily in the front field…

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:20AM it’s currently a balmy 69 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are out of the south at 2-4 mph. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 65, barometric pressure 29.99″ and steady. 24hr high was 85, low 62.

 Forecast:

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs in the lower 80s and light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s ands south winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Wednesday will start out partly sunny in the morning, then become mostly cloudy with a chance of showers as a weak trough approaches from the west. Highs will be in the lower 80s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 50%. Wednesday night showers and thunderstorms are likely. Lows will be in the lower 60s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Thursday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the mid 80s and light and variable winds. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 83 and a low of 51.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 81°F and lows of 60 °F.
Record high was 96°F in 1999.
Record low was 42°F in 1964.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:38 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:17 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 15h 45m
Length of Day: 14h 38m
Tomorrow will be 2m 21s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 12d 6h old with 96% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:03 PM EDT
Moonset: 3:55 AM EDT


Monday, July 30, 2012

Yesterday afternoon’s rumbling thunderstorms over the spine of the Green Mountains provided a lovely rainbow near sunset.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:25AM it’s currently 64 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 64, barometric pressure 30.04″ and rising. 24hr high was 83, low 60.

Forecast:

High pressure will bring us a mostly sunny day today with highs in the lower 80s and light and variable winds. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s and light and variable winds.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with highs in the lower 80s and south winds 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s and south winds around 10 mph.

Wednesday showers and thunderstorms are likely as an upper level trough moves in. Highs will be in the lower 80s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 50%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 79 and a low of 55. We picked up 0.16″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F.
Record high was 96°F in 1959.
Record low was 45°F in 1952.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:37 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:18 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 15h 47m
Length of Day: 14h 40m
Tomorrow will be 2m 19s shorter.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11d 6h old with 91% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:18 PM EDT
Moonset: 2:47 AM EDT


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 61 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 60, barometric pressure 30.00″ and rising. 24hr high was 80, low 57.

Forecast:

We’ll see partly sunny skies with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon as a trough of low pressure moves through. Rain is most likely in the Greens and south of our immediate region. Highs will be in the upper 70s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 50 percent. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms until midnight, then becoming mostly clear after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 50s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 40%.

Monday should be partly sunny and warmer with highs in the lower 80s and light and variable winds. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 60 and light and variable winds.

Tuesday’s looking mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs will be around 80 with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 80 and a low of 61.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F.
Record high was 98°F in 1949.
Record low was 45°F in 1987.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:36 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:19 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 15h 50m
Length of Day: 14h 43m
Tomorrow will be 2m 16s shorter.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10d 7h old with 83% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:25 PM EDT
Moonset: 1:45 AM EDT


Saturday, July 28, 2012

A diminutive male garden spider dwarfed by his larger female companion…

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:00AM it’s currently 57 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 57, barometric pressure 29.95″ and rising. 24hr high was 77, low 57.

Forecast:

A weakening surface low now off the coast will keep unsettled weather in the region for another day. We’ll see partly sunny skies with a slight chance of showers this morning, then mostly cloudy skies with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be around 80 with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 50%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms until midnight, then partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of showers after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 50%.

High pressure will build into the region Sunday bringing partly sunny skies with highs around 80 and light and variable winds. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows in the upper 50s and light and variable winds.

Monday’s looking mostly sunny and warmer with highs in the mid 80s and light and variable winds. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 60.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 83 and a low of 52.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F.
Record high was 96°F in 1964.
Record low was 45°F in 2001 (we had a low of 42).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:35 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:20 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 15h 52m
Length of Day: 14h 45m
Tomorrow will be 2m 14s shorter.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9d 5h old with 73% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:24 PM EDT
Moonset: 12:51 AM EDT


Friday, July 27, 2012

A grasshopper out in the front field.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:15AM it’s currently a foggy 63 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 63, barometric pressure 29.70″ and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.20″ of rain in the past 24hrs. 24hr high was 68, low 63.

Forecast:

Departing low pressure will bring us cloudy this morning then partly sunny skies with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. It’ll be warmer with highs in the upper 70s and light and variable winds becoming northerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Chance of rain is 20%. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight then mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. Lows will be around 60 with light and variable winds.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers as a weak surface low off the coast keeps things unsettled. Highs will be in the upper 70s with light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 50%. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 50s with east winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 50%.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the lower 80s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 30%. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 83 and a low of 52.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 82°F and lows 60°F.
Record high was 98°F in 1949.
Record low was 46°F in 2001 (we had a low of 41).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:34 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:22 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 15h 55m
Length of Day: 14h 47m
Tomorrow will be 2m 12s shorter.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8d 6h old with 62% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:16 PM EDT
Moonset: 12:05 AM EDT


Thursday, July 26, 2012

An invasive Japanese beetle chews on a leaf by the pond.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:50AM it’s currently 60 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. A couple of sparse sprinkles are passing through. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 29.67″ and falling. We picked up just a 0.01″ trace of rain overnight. 24hr high was 76, low 58.

Current radar imagery shows a juicy slug of rain currently over the Adirondacks.

Forecast:

Low pressure and an associated warm front will move into the region today bringing showers this morning, then occasional showers with a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 70s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 80%. Tonight should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 60s with light and variable winds.

Unstable conditions will persist into Friday with cloudy skies and a chance of showers. There’s a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 70s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 40%. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the upper 50s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 40%.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the lower 80s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 40%. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 40%.

Almanac:

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F.
Record high was 94°F in 1939.
Record low was 45°F in 1976.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:33 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:23 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 15h 57m
Length of Day: 14h 49m
Tomorrow will be 2m 10s shorter.

The Moon is in its first quarter, 7d 6h old with 51% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:05 PM EDT
No Moon Set


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Some variety of ladybug on milkweed in our front field.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:10AM it’s currently a cool 52 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 52, barometric pressure 29.83″ and rising. We picked up 0.19″ of rain in the past 24hrs. 24hr high was 79, low 52.

Forecast:

High pressure will bring us a lovely day today. We’ll see sunny skies with highs in the upper 70s and light and variable winds. Dewpoints should be low today keeping the humidity down. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then cloudy with a chance of showers after midnight as low pressure and an associated wavy warm front move into the region from the southwest. Lows will be in the upper 50s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 40%.

Thursday should bring chance of showers in the morning, then likely showers with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 70s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%. Thursday night showers are likely with a chance of thunderstorms. Lows will be around 60 with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday’s looking mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms as the low lingers in the area. Highs will be in the mid 70s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 50%. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 73 and a low of 51.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 82°F and lows of 61°F.
Record high was 97°F in 1963.
Record low was 45°F in 1912.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:32 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:24 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 15h 59m
Length of Day: 14h 51m
Tomorrow will be 2m 7s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 6d 6h old with 40% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:53 PM EDT
Moonset: 11:27 PM EDT

There was some unsettling news on the global climate change front coming out of Greenland yesterday. Over a 4 day period in July of this year—July 8 to July 12—the overall surface melting of the Greenland ice shelf increased from a high-but-somewhat-typical 40%, to an eye-opening 97%. You can read about it here. Unsettling indeed…


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A watermelon growing in our upper garden bed.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:10AM it’s currently a damp and muggy 68 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 67, barometric pressure 29.58″. We picked up 2.58″ of rain yesterday evening and overnight. We didn’t see much in the way of high winds here, but there seemed to be an unrelenting train of storms chugging their way through with frequent (and close!) lightning—quite the sky show! 24hr high was a muggy 87, low an equally muggy 68.

Forecast:

The cold front responsible for last night’s light show and rains will move through the region today. We’ll see cloudy skies this morning with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, becoming partly sunny later in the day. It will be cooler with highs in the upper 70s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 20%. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then mostly clear and less humid with lows in the lower 50s and northwest winds around 10 mph and gusting up to 30 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Wednesday looks like a lovely day with sunny skies and highs in the upper 70s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s and light and variable winds.

Thursday’s looking mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs will be in the upper 70s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Thursday 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 77 and a low of 60. We picked up 0.22″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 82°F and lows of 61°F.
Record high was 95°F in 1987.
Record low was 45°F in 1912.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:31 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:25 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 16h 02m
Length of Day: 14h 54m
Tomorrow will be 2m 5s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5d 6h old with 29% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:42 AM EDT
Moonset: 10:54 PM EDT


Monday, July 23, 2012

A honey bee works the ash-leaf spirea out by the pond.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:10AM it’s currently juicy 65 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 63, barometric pressure 29.97″ and steady. 24hr high was 85, low 64.

Forecast:

We’ll see partly sunny skies this morning with a slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon out in front of a cold front and associated surface low. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail and heavy rainfall this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 80s with south winds around 10 mph gusting up to 25 mph this afternoon. Chance of rain is 50%. Showers and thunderstorms will continue into tonight. Some storms may produce gusty winds, small hail and heavy rainfall. Lows will be in the mid 60s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning as wrap-around moisture pulls out of the region. It will be cooler with highs in the mid 70s and west winds 10 to 15 mph, becoming northwesterly and gusting up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday’s looking mostly sunny as high pressure builds into the region. Highs will be in the lower 70s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 89 and a low of 64. We picked up 0.03″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 82°F an lows of 61°F.
Record high was 93°F in 1952.
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 56m
Tomorrow will be 2m 2s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4d 6h old with 19% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:32 AM EDT
Moonset: 10:24 PM EDT

 


Sunday, July 22, 2012

A tiny bee visits an indian paintbrush blossom.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 9:00AM it’s currently a pleasant 72 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the east at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 71%, dewpoint 63, barometric pressure 30.06″ and steady. 24hr high was 82, low 56.

Forecast:

A weak frontal boundary will push though the region today bringing us partly sunny skies with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 20%. A slight chance of thunderstorms and shower continues until midnight  with partly cloudy skies. Lows will be in the lower 60s with south winds around 10 mph until midnight becoming light and variable. Chance of rain is 20%.

Monday should be partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 80s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. Monday night showers are likely with a chance of thunderstorms as a cold front moves in. Lows will be in the mid 60s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday’s looking partly sunny with a chance of showers. It will be cooler with highs in the mid 70s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 30%. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 91 and a low of 65. We picked up 0.01″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F.
Record high was 97°F  in 1955.
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 58m
Tomorrow will be 2m 0s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 3d 8h old with 12% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:22 AM EDT
Moonset: 9:56 PM EDT


Saturday, July 21, 2012

More daylily stamens–this time orange!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 56 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 55, barometric pressure 30.08″

Forecast:

Still under the influence of high pressure, we’ll have us another lovely day today. We’ll see mostly sunny skies with highs around 80 and light and variable winds becoming southerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s and light and variable winds.

Sunday should be partly sunny and warmer as the clockwise rotation of departing high pressure pulls warmer air into the region from the south. There’s a chance of showers in the afternoon as a weak warm front moves through the region. Chance of rain is 30%. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s and south winds around 10 mph.

Monday’s looking partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms as a more defined cold front moves in. Highs will be in the lower 80s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Monday night expect numerous showers. Lows will be in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 93 and a low of 65.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F.
Record high was 97°F in 2011 (as mentioned, be got up to 93).
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 1m 56s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2d 7h old with 6% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:14 AM EDT
Moonset: 9:28 PM EDT

 


Friday, July 20, 2012

Robin descending the West Ridge Trail of Cardigan Mountain in New Hampshire yesterday morning. It was a perfect morning for a hike!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:15AM it’s currently a crisp 45 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dew point 45, barometric pressure 30.06″ and steady. 24hr high was a lovely 73, low 45.

Forecast:

If you enjoyed yesterday’s cooler and more comfortable conditions, then you’ll love today as well. With high pressure cresting over the region we’ll see mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid 70s and light and variable winds. Tonight should be mostly clear with patchy fog after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 40s with light and variable winds.

Surface high pressure will move off the east coast over the weekend allowing warmer, more humid air to move in from the south. Saturday should be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s and light and variable winds. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s and light and variable winds.

Sunday should be partly sunny and warmer with highs in the lower 80s and south winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 88 and a low of 55.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 82°F an lows of 60°F.
Record high was 99°F in 1977.
Record low was 43°F in 1929.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:27 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:29 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 16h 11m
Length of Day: 15h 01m
Tomorrow will be 1m 54s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1d 6h old with 2% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:07 AM EDT
Moonset: 9:00 PM EDT


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Daylily stamens up close out by the pond.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:20AM it’s currently 64 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dew point 64, barometric pressure 29.77″ and rising. We picked up 0.72″ of rain during the storms yesterday afternoon and evening. 24hr high was a sticky 89, low 64.

We got off pretty lightly here with just some gusty wind and lightning—nothing too severe compared to areas like Burlington and Jericho that reported widespread power outages and heavy wind, downpours and hail.

Forecast:

The slow moving cold front responsible for yesterday’s storms continues to move into the region. We’ll see patchy fog this morning with partly sunny skies and a 20% chance of showers, most likely to the south. Highs will be in the lower 80s with humidity levels dropping during the day. Winds will be from the Northwest at around 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s and north winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Thursday should be mostly sunny and significantly cooler and drier as high pressure builds into the region. Highs will be in the mid 70s with north winds 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night should be clear with lows in the upper 40s and northeast winds around 10 mph.

Friday’s looking mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s and north winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be clear with lows in the upper 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 80 and a low of 64. We picked up 0.07″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F.
Record high was 99°F in 1953.
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 1m 48s shorter.

The is a waning crescent, 28d 19h old with 1% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:58 AM EDT
Moonset: 7:56 PM EDT


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A tiny, pale crab spider lurking in a eggplant blossom on the back patio.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:15AM it’s currently a juicy 65 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dew point 65, barometric pressure 29.69″ and falling. 24hr high was a close 84, low 62.

Morning radar imagery shows a big slug of rain currently over the Montreal area and heading in a southeasterly direction.

Forecast:

We’ve got an active weather day on tap. Warm, moist air that has held the region for the past few days is responsible for rain currently along the Canadian border. These showers should remain to our north this morning. We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning with some breaks of sun in advance of a potent cold front. We’ll see numerous showers and thunderstorms this afternoon with some thunderstorms producing damaging winds, large hail and heavy rainfall. Highs will be in the upper 80s with southwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms continuing until midnight. Lows will be in the mid 60s with west winds 10 to 15 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable. Chance of rain is 70%.

The approaching cold front will bring in drier and more comfortable air Wednesday with partly sunny and highs in the lower 80s and northwest winds around 10 mph. With dewpoints in the lower 50s, it should be far less humid than recent days. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s and north winds around 10 mph.

Thursday’s looking mostly sunny with highs in the lower 70s and north winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be clear with lows in the upper 40s. Good sleepin’ weather!

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 88 and a low of 55.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F.
Record high was 97°F in 1999 (we had a high of 90).
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 1m 45s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27d 19h old with 3% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:58 AM EDT
Moonset: 7:18 PM EDT

I don’t know about you, but the prospect of a good thunderstorm wringing out this heavy, humid air is downright exciting. I know there are those who enjoy heat and humidity, but, as a friend said down at Beaudry’s Store on Sunday, you can only remind yourself of February cold so many times… Bring on the cool dry air!


Monday, July 16, 2012

A turkey vulture glides above the waters of Lake Dunmore as viewed from the top of Rattlesnake Cliff.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:15AM it’s currently a muggy 66 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dew point 65, barometric pressure 29.80″. We picked up 0.12″ of rain overnight. 24hr high was 85, low 65.

Forecast:

Morning clouds should give way to partly sunny skies this morning with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 80s with light and variable winds becoming northwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. With dewpoints in the upper 60s is should be another muggy day. Chance of rain is 20%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms until midnight, then mostly cloudy after midnight. We’ll have another muggy night with lows in the mid 60s and north winds around 10 mph until midnight becoming light and variable. Chance of rain is 20%.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon as a cold front moves in from the west. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail and heavy rainfall in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 80s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Tuesday night showers and thunderstorms are likely. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail and heavy rainfall. Lows will be in the mid 60s with west winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Wednesday’s looking partly sunny and cooler with highs around 80 and northwest winds around 10 mph. Dewpoints should be lower as well making for a more comfortable day. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 86 and a low of 50.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F.
Record high was 94°F in 1969.
Record low was 44°F in 1946.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:23 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:32 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 16h 19m
Length of Day: 15h 09m
Tomorrow will be 1m 43s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 20d 19h old with 7% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:04 AM EDT
Moonset: 6:35 PM EDT


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Dogbane blossoms in the front field.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 73 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 71, barometric pressure 30.04″ and steady. 24hr high was 90, low 57.

Forecast:

We’ll start the day off with mostly sunny skies this morning. Showers and thunderstorms are likely this afternoon as a disturbance currently producing rain and thunderstorms over Lake Erie moves into our region. Highs will be in the mid 80s with light and variable winds becoming southerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Chance of rain is 70% with some heavy downpours possible. Tonight should be cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely until midnight. Lows will in the lower 60s, and with lots of moisture in place it should make for a muggy night. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday should be partly sunny and muggy again with highs in the mid to upper 80s with light and variable winds becoming northwesterly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s and southwest winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday’s looking partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. It’ll be hot with highs in the lower 90s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 50%. Cooler weather should arrive later in the week.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 81 and a low of 52.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 82°F and lows of  60°F.
Record high was 93°F in 1955.
Record low was 44°F in 1960.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:22 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:33 PM EDT
Length Of Visible: Light 16h 20m
Length of Day: 15h 10m
Tomorrow will be 1m 39s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25d 21h old with 13% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:17 AM EDT
Moonset: 5:47 PM EDT


Saturday, July 14, 2012

A small bee on a daisy in our front field.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently a balmy 66 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 66, barometric pressure 30.13″ and rising. 24r high was 90, low 57.

Forecast:

Another warm-to-hot day on tap here. We’ll see partly sunny skies this morning, then clearing later in the day. It’ll be hot with highs in the lower 90s and dewpoints in the mid-60s. That’s not too muggy, but the humidity should be a bit higher then yesterday. Winds will be light and variable. Tonight should be mostly clear until midnight, then become partly cloudy. Lows will be in the lower 60s with light and variable winds.

Sunday will be a bit more unsettled with cloudy skies and showers and thunderstorms likely mainly in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 80s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60 percent. Some storms may bring heavy downpours. Sunday night showers and thunderstorms are likely. It’ll be humid with lows in the mid 60s and light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Monday’s looking partly sunny and humid with highs in the upper 80s and est winds around 10 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 77 and lows of 51.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F.
Record high was 100°F in 1995.
Record low was 48°F in 1940.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:21 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:33 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 16h 22m
Length of Day: 15h 12m
Tomorrow will be 1m 35s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24d 20h old with 20% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:35 AM EDT
Moonset: 4:55 PM EDT

Be on the lookout for Northern Lights tonight! A massive coronal mass ejection (CME) from huge sunspots is on its way here. There’s a good probability of auroras through the weekend! You can read more about it here.


Friday, July 13, 2012

A dragonfly (common whitetail?) lurks in the tall grass of the front field.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:25AM it’s currently 54 degrees under hazy clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dew point 54, barometric pressure 30.14″ and rising. 24hr high was 88, low 53.

Forecast:

Another ridge of high pressure will continue our stretch of warm, sunny summer weather. We’ll see sunny skies with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s in valley locations with light and variable winds becoming westerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Expect it to be a bit muggier as well as moist air move up from the south. Tonight should be clear with lows in the lower 60s and light and variable winds.

Saturday should be mostly sunny and hot with highs around 90 and light and variable winds. Saturday night should be clear and on the muggy side with lows in the mid 60s and south winds around 10 mph.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms later in the day as an upper level disturbance moves east out of the Great Lakes. Highs will be in the lower 80s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the mid 60s. Chance of rain is 50%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 76 and a low of 59. We picked up 0.11″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F.
Record high was 96°F in 1995.
Record low was 45°F in 1940.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:20 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:34 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 16h 24m
Length of Day: 15h 13m
Tomorrow will be 1m 33s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23d 19h old with 28% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:59 AM EDT
Moonset: 3:59 PM EDT


Thursday, July 12, 2012

A large milkweed bug poses in the sun in our front field.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:20AM it’s currently 52 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 52, barometric pressure 30.15″. 24hr high was 83, low 51.

Forecast:

With high pressure continuing to dominate the region, we’ll see yet another lovely, if a tad warmer, summer day today. We’ll have sunny skies with highs in the mid 80s and light and variable winds becoming westerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be clear with patchy dense fog after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s with light and variable winds.

Friday should be sunny, warmer and more humid with highs in the upper 80s and light and variable winds becoming westerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Friday night should be clear with lows in the lower 60s and light and variable winds.

Saturday should be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 80s and light and variable winds. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 84 and a low of 64. We picked up 0.27″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F.
Record high was 96°F in 1948.
Record low was 46°F in 1971.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:19 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:35 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 16h 26m
Length of Day: 15h 15m
Tomorrow will be 1m 29s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 22d 19h old with 37% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:27 AM EDT
Moonset: 3:01 PM EDT


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The purple flowerette heart at the center of Queen Anne’s Lace

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:20AM it’s currently 51 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 51, barometric pressure 30.15″ and rising. 24hr high was a splendid 77, low 50.

Forecast:

If you enjoyed yesterday’s fine weather, well then you’ve got another one coming! With high pressure continuing to build into the region we’ll see another sunny day with highs around 80 and light and variable winds. Tonight should be clear with lows in the mid 50s and light and variable winds.

Thursday should be sunny and a bit warmer with highs in the mid 80s and light and variable winds. Thursday night should be clear with lows in the upper 50s and light and variable winds.

Friday’s looking sunny and warmer with highs in the upper 80s and southwest winds around 10 mph. It should be more humid as well as the southwest airflow brings in moisture air. Friday night should be clear with lows in the lower 60s.

Almanac:

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

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F.
Record high was 96°F in 1911.
Record low was 48°F in 1968.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:19 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:35 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 16h 27m
Length of Day: 15h 16m
Tomorrow will be 1m 25s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 21d 19h old with 47% illumination.
No Moon Rise
Moonset: 2:01 PM EDT


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

White yarrow with purple vetch in the background out in our front field.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:15AM it’s currently a cool 47 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 46, barometric pressure 30.03″ and rising. 24hr high was a lovely 75, low 46.

Forecast:

High pressure continues to dominate our weather. We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a chance of sprinkles this afternoon as a weak upper level disturbance moves through. Highs will be in the mid 70s with light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be clear with lows in the lower 50s and light and variable winds.

Wednesday should be sunny and a bit warmer with highs around 80 and light and variable winds. Wednesday night should be clear with lows in the lower 50s and light and variable winds.

Thursday’s looking sunny as well and a bit warmer still with highs in the lower 80s and light and variable winds. Thursday night should be clear with lows in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 75 and a low of 53.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F.
Record high was 96°F in 1911.
Record low was 45°F in 1942.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:18 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:36 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 16h 29m
Length of Day: 15h 18m
Tomorrow will be 1m 23s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20s 19h old with 56% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:59 PM EDT
Moonset: 1:01 PM EDT


Sunday, July 8, 2012

A red milkweed beetle on, uh, milkweed…

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 62 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 61, barometric pressure 29.85″ and rising. 24hr high was 82, low 58.

Forecast:

With high pressure building into the area and significantly lower dewpoints, we’ll have us a lovely summer day today. We’ll see sunny skies with highs in the mid 70s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be clear and cool with lows in the upper 40s and northwest winds around 10 mph until midnight becoming light and variable.

Monday should be sunny as well with highs in the mid 70s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Monday night should be mostly clear with lows in the upper 40s and southwest winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday’s looking partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers as a weak upper level disturbance moves briefly through the region. Highs will be in the mid 70s with light and variable winds. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 50s. The rest of the week is looking sunny, seasonable and dry.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 81 and a low of 51.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F.
Record high was 98°F in 1921.
Record low was 40°F in 1969.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:16 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:37 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 16h 32m
Length of Day: 15h 20m
Tomorrow will be 1m 14s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 18d 20h old with 75% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:07 PM EDT
Moonset: 10:55 AM EDT


Saturday, July 7, 2012

A tachina fly on Bishop’s weed by the pond.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently a warm 70 degrees and sprinkling just a bit under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 70, barometric pressure 29.80″ and rising. We picked up just a trace of rain overnight. 24hr high was 86, low 65.

Forecast:

A weak cold front moving out of southern Ontario and Québec will bring us cloudy skies with a slight chance of showers this morning, then partly sunny this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 20%. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then clearing with patchy dense fog after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s with northwest winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

High pressure will move in for Sunday and dominate the weather well into next week. We’ll see mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid 70s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph in the afternoon. Sunday night should be clear with lows in the upper 40s and northwest winds around 10 mph.

Monday’s looking sunny with highs in the mid 70s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Monday night should be mostly clear with lows around 50. The extended forecast calls for pleasant and dry weather clear through the work week.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 77 and a low of 53. We picked up 0.95″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F.
Record high was 96°F in 1908.
Record low was 43°F in 1965.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:15 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:37 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 16h 33m
Length of Day: 15h 21m
Tomorrow will be 1m 11s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17d 20h old with 83% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:42 PM EDT
Moonset: 9:49 AM EDT


Friday, July 6, 2012

A hungry caterpillar munching on a leaf by the pond.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:30AM it’s currently 55 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 54, barometric pressure 29.90″ and steady. 24hr high was 74, low 53.

Forecast:

High pressure currently over the region will give us a sunny and warm day. Highs will be in the mid- to upper 80s with light and variable winds, becoming southwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight then become mostly cloudy. Lows will be only in the mid 60s – a muggy night ahead – with southwest winds around 10 mph until midnight becoming light and variable.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy as low pressure and an associated cold front sags into the region from the northwest. Highs will be in the lower 80s with west winds around 10 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the upper 50s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 30%.

Sunday’s looking mostly sunny as high pressure returns. Highs will be in the upper 70s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 85 and a low of 57.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F.
Record high was 95°F in 2010 (we had a high of 91).
Record low was 39°F in 1962.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:15 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:38 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 16h 35m
Length of Day: 15h 22m
Tomorrow will be 1m 8s shorter.
The Moon is waning gibbous, 16d 19h old with 91% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:15 PM EDT
Moonset: 8:40 AM EDT