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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Bright red maple leaves up along Taft Road

Bright red maple leaves up along Taft Road

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 40 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 40, barometric pressure 30.35″ and rising. Yesterday’s high was 65, and the overnight low was 40.

Forecast:

With high pressure continuing to build into the region, we’ve got a lovely weekend on tap. We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the lower 70s and light and variable winds. Tonight should be clear with patchy fog after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 40s with light and variable winds.

Sunday should be sunny with highs in the lower 70s and light and variable winds. Sunday night should be clear with lows in the mid 40s and light and variable winds.

A cold front will slide into the region from the west on Monday bringing some clouds. It’ll be mostly sunny with highs in the lower 70s and light and variable winds. Monday night should be mostly clear with lows around 50.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 55 and a low of 35.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 65°F and lows of 46°F.
Record high was 82°F in 1946.
Record low was 26°F in 1947.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:46 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:37 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 12h 49m
Length of Day: 11h 51m
Tomorrow will be 3m 2s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 22d 23h old with 38% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:19 AM EDT
Moonset: 3:05 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

What can you say about fall colors…

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 330mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/400″ exposure

I’ll be out of town for the upcoming week, so the blog will be on hiatus. Enjoy the week, and “rabbit-rabbit” in advance!

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Cows in the corner...

Cows in the corner…

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 51 degrees under overcasts skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 50, barometric pressure 30.22″ and rising. Yesterday’s high was 61, and the overnight low was 51.

Forecast:

This morning’s clouds should give way to partly sunny skies later in the day as high pressure continues to build into the region. Highs today will be in the mid 60s with light and variable winds. Tonight should be mostly clear with patchy fog after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 40s with light and variable winds.

Saturday should be mostly sunny with highs in the lower 70s and light and variable winds. Saturday night should be clear with lows in the mid 40s and light and variable winds.

Sunday’s looking sunny with highs in the lower 70s and south winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 60 and low of 36. We picked up 0.62″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 65°F and lows of 46°F.
Record high was 83°F in 1920.
Record low was 27°F in 1947.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:45 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:39 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 12h 52m
Length of Day: 11h 54m
Tomorrow will be 3m 2s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 21d 23h old with 47% illumination.
No Moon Rise
Moonset: 2:27 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I went out shooting yesterday morning down by the Moultrop farm down along the Huntington River. I was hoping to catch some morning fog shots. There wasn’t much fog when I got there, but these curious beef cows were!

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 30mm, ISO 800, f/4, 1/800″ exposure.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Early colors coming in on Shaker Mountain Road.

Early colors coming in on Shaker Mountain Road.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:35AM it’s currently 35 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 35, barometric pressure 30.07″ and rising. Yesterday’s high was 62, and the overnight low was 35.

Forecast:

High pressure building in from the west is finally winning out over the low pressure system still spinning out over the Canadian Maritimes. We’ll see partly sunny skies with highs in the mid 60s and light and variable winds, becoming northerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then clearing with patchy fog after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 40s with north winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Friday should be partly sunny with highs in the upper 60s and light and variable winds, becoming northerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Friday night should be clear with lows in the lower 40s and light and variable winds.

Saturday’s looking sunny with highs in the lower 70s and light and variable winds. Saturday night should be clear with lows in the upper 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 64 and a low of 53. We picked up 0.22″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F.
Record high was 84°F in 1920.
Record low was 27°F in 1947.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:44 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:41 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 12h 55m
Length of Day: 11h 57m
Tomorrow will be 3m 2s shorter.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 20d 23h old with 57% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:26 PM EDT
Moonset: 1:45 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Driving around Huntington delivering Meals On Wheels this time of year is even more of a pleasure than usual. Shaker Mountain Road has some of the best places in town to catch foliage color, and this view looking south near the height of land is a case in point.

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 35mm, ISO 400, f/16, 1/200″ exposure.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A solitary red maple leaf on a fallen log in the woods up behind our house

A solitary red maple leaf on a fallen log in the woods up behind our house

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:45AM it’s currently 38 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 38, barometric pressure 29.95″. Yesterday’s high was 60, and the overnight low was 38.

Forecast:

The low pressure system out over the Canadian Maritimes will continue to pull moist air into the region for the next couple of days delivering some clouds, but high pressure currently building over the Great Lakes will finally push into our region later in the week. We’ll see partly sunny skies with highs in the mid 60s and north winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear until midnight, then become partly cloudy. Lows will be in the lower 40s with north winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Thursday should be partly sunny with highs in the mid 60s and light and variable winds, becoming northerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Thursday night should be mostly clear with lows in the mid 40s and north winds around 10 mph.

Friday’s looking mostly sunny with highs in the upper 60s and light and variable winds. Friday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 68 and a low of 39.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F.
Record high was 85°F in 1891.
Record low was 28°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:42 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:43 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 12h 58m
Length of Day: 12h 00m
Tomorrow will be 3m 2s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 19d 23h old with 66% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:35 PM EDT
Moonset: 12:58 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Colors colors! It’s that time of year. I was bushwacking through the woods behind our house the other day and came across this solitary red maple leaf that had alighted on this fungi infused fallen log. I liked the contrast…

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 86mm, ISO 1240, f/4, 1/60″ exposure.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Canada Geese heading south yesterday at midday

Canada Geese heading south yesterday at midday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently a cool 44 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the northwest at 0-4 mph. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 41, barometric pressure 30.01″. Yesterday’s high was 49, and the overnight low was 44.

Forecast:

A stubborn upper level low pressure system spinning across the Canadian Maritimes has stalled and will continue to draw cloudy skies and cooler temperatures into the region through Thursday. We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning, then partly sunny skies later in the day with more sun south. Highs will be in the mid 50s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 40s and north winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Wednesday should be cloudy with highs in the upper 50s and north winds around 10 mph. Wednesday night should be cloudy with lows in the mid 40s and east winds around 10 mph.

Thursday’s looking cloudy with highs in the lower 60s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 60 and a low of 37.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 67°F and lows of 47°F.
Record high was 84°F in 1961.
Record low was 25°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:41 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:45 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 13h 01m
Length of Day: 12h 03m
Tomorrow will be 3m 3s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19 days old with 75% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:49 PM EDT
Moonset: 12:05 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I heard numerous flocks of Canada geese flying overhead yesterday. This small chevron was passing overhead at midday. Heading south…

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 120mm, ISO 1250, f/4, 1/4000″ exposure


Monday, September 23, 2013

A late blooming yellow rudbeckia in our back garden

A late blooming yellow rudbeckia in our back garden

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:40AM it’s currently 42 degrees under overcast skies. Wind are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 39, barometric pressure 29.96″ and rising. We picked up 0.11″ of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 62, and the overnight low was 42.

Forecast:

High pressure will build into the region and dominate our weather all the way through to next weekend. Today we’ll see mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers this morning, then partly sunny skies this afternoon. It’ll be on the cool side with highs only in the lower 50s today with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of morning showers is 20%.
Tonight should be clear with patchy fog after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 30s with west winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday should be sunny with highs in the upper 50s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night should be clear with lows in the lower 40s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday’s looking sunny with highs in the lower 60s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Wednesday night should be clear with patchy dense fog in the valleys and lows in the mid 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 63 and low of 46. We picked up 0.57″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 67°F and lows of 48°F.
Record high was 87°F in 1895.
Record low was 29°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:40 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:47 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 13h 04m
Length of Day: 12h 06m
Tomorrow will be 3m 2s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17d 23h old with 83% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:06 PM EDT
Moonset: 11:07 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

This yellow rudbeckia cultivar is still in bloom in our back flower garden. One of just a few of the late bloomers around…

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 1250, f/8, 1/250″ exposure


Sunday, September 22, 2013—The Autumnal Equinox

Wild apples ripening in our front field

Wild apples ripening in our front field

Welcome to the first day of fall!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:45AM it’s currently 57 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 57, barometric pressure 29.57″ and rising. We picked up 0.67″ of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 74, and the overnight low was 57.

Forecast:

The cold front the delivered overnight rains is pushing east of the region this morning and will be replaced by cool high pressure that will dominate our weather through the coming week. We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with rain likely, mainly this morning. Daytime highs will top out this morning in the upper 50s and fall during the day as strong cool air advection sweeps below normal temperatures into the region. Winds will be out of the west at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. It’ll be chilly with lows in the upper 30s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Monday should start out mostly cloudy in the morning, then become partly sunny. Highs will be in the lower 50s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Monday night should be clear with lows in the upper 30s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday’s looking sunny with highs in the upper 50s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night should be clear with patchy dense fog and lows in the upper 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 74 and a low of 47.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 68°F and lows of 48°F.
Record high was 88°F in 1965.
Record low was 31°F in 1962.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:39 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:49 PM EDT
Length Of Visible Light: 13h 07m
Length of Day: 12h 09m
Tomorrow will be 3m 2s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16d 23h old with 90% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:27 PM EDT
Moonset: 10:05 AM EDT

The Autumnal Equinox occurs today at 4:44PM. This is the point in the Earth’s axis is straight up and down relative to the plane of its orbit around the sun. Consequently, we have pretty close to equal amounts of day and night — 12 hours each. In the northern hemisphere, this marks the astronomical beginning of fall. Happy fall everyone!

About Today’s Photo:

We’ve got lots of wild apple trees around our property including a line of three up in our front field. This one makes some pretty decent apples (at least the deer think so…)

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 800, f/3.3, 1/1000″ exposure.