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Monday, July 28, 2014

Ant aphid farming in the front field.

Ant aphid farming in the front field.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:55AM it’s currently 60 degrees and raining moderately under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 29.63” and rising. We picked up 0.59” of rain in the past 24hrs but none of the hail that was reported to our north and south. Yesterday’s high was 80, and the overnight low was 57.

Forecast:

A strong low pressure system and upper disturbance will bring a welcome soaking rain with embedded thunderstorms to the region today. We’ll see rain with a chance of thunderstorms throughout the day. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 60s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is near 100%. Rain will continue into tonight. Lows will be in the lower 50s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. We should see rainfall totals in the 1″-1.5″ range before things wind down.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with a 20 chance of lingering showers. Highs will be around 70 with west winds around 10 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s and light and variable winds.

Wednesday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the lower 70s and south winds around 10 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 77 and lows of 57.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 60.
The record high was 96°F in 1964.
The record low was 45°F in 2001 (we had a low of 49).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:35 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:22 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 54m
Length of Day: 14h 47m

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1d 12h old with 2% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:20 AM EDT
Moonset: 8:55 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

“Aphid farming” is a well known phenomenon. Ants will “corral” groups of aphids and feed off or the sweet secretions that they produce. Studies suggest that the ants use a tranquilizer in their feet to subdue their charges and keep them gathered together. I saw three different varieties of ants out in the front field the other day farming.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 1250, f/13, 1/500″ exposure.

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