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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Heifers and emerging fall colors up at Windekind Farm

Heifers and emerging fall colors up at Windekind Farm

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 54 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are light out of south at 0-3mph. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 54, barometric pressure 29.89” and falling. We picked up a whopping 1.77” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 70, and the overnight low was 54.

Forecast:

The slow moving cold front that moved into the region overnight will linger over us for most of today delivering more rain. Rain may be heavy at times. Highs will only be in the mid 50s with north winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers until midnight, then become partly cloudy after midnight as high pressure begins to move in. Lows will be around 40 with north winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday should be partly sunny with highs in the mid 50s and north winds 15 to 20 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 40 and north winds 15 to 20 mph.

Friday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the mid 50s and north winds 10 to 15 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 72 and a low of 49.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 64 and lows of 45.
The record high was 82°F in 1921.
The record low was 28°F in 1941.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:48 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:35 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 12h 44m
Length of Day: 11h 46m
Tomorrow will be 3m2s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous,17d 5h old with 92% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:27 PM EDT
Moonset: 9:43 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The fall colors are beginning to pop in earnest over the past couple of days. I was up at Windekind Farm on Saturday for a Camel’s Hump Nordic event. Some of the Taft’s Jersey heifers added to the bucolic scene.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hens & Chicks between the stones on our back patio

Hens & Chicks between the stones on our back patio

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:50AM it’s currently a balmy 65 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm here in the hollow. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 64, barometric pressure 30.00”. We picked up 0.32” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 71, and the overnight low was 64.

Forecast:

Unsettled weather will be the rule for the next couple of days as a broad, slow moving cold front moves in our direction. We’ll see showers this morning, then steadier rain this afternoon as the cold front approaches. Highs will be well above seasonable averages—in the lower 70s—with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%. Rain will continue into tonight and may be heavy at times. Lows will be in the mid 50s with southwest winds around 10 mph, becoming northerly after midnight. Chance of rain is near 100%.

Rain will continue into Wednesday and may be heavy at times especially south. Highs will be more seasonable—in the upper 50s—with north winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. Lows will be in the mid 40s with north winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday’s looking partly sunny and cooler with highs in the mid 50s and north winds 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with lows in the lower 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 74 and a low of 51.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 64 and lows of 45.
The record high was 82°F in 1948.
The record low was 25°F in 1914.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:47 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:36 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 12h 47m
Length of Day: 11h 49m
Tomorrow will be 3m2s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16d 4h old with 97% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:46 PM EDT
Moonset: 8:28 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

We have a prodigious crop of Hens & Chicks filling the nooks & crannies between the stones on our back patio.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 30mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/10, 1/125″ exposure.


Monday, September 28, 2015

The full perigee moon approaches totality during last night's eclipse

The full perigee moon approaches totality during last night’s eclipse

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently 58 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 54, barometric pressure 30.22”. Yesterday’s high was 72, and the overnight low was 47.

What a lovely eclipse last night! Wow! As advertised, the clouds held off and the perigee moon delivered! I hope you got a chance to watch some of it!

Forecast:

A southerly airflow has brought in noticeably warmer air overnight, raising the temperature from the low 40s last night to near 60 this morning. This air is part of a disturbance heading northward from the mid-Atlantic states which will deliver partly sunny skies and a slight chance of showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 70s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 20%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. It will be unseasonably mild with lows will be around 60 with south winds 10 to 15 mph.

A surface cold front will move into the region from the west on Tuesday bringing mostly cloudy skies with a chance of showers in the morning, then rain in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 70s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Rain will continue into Tuesday night with lows around 50 and west winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 90.

Wednesday’s looking cloudy with a 40% chance of showers as the cold front heads to our east. We could see up to 2″ of rain from this system over a 24hr period, especially in southern Vermont. We can use it! Highs will be in the upper 50s with north winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 40.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 80 and a low of 50.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 65 and lows of 46.
The record high was 83°F in 2014 (we had a high of 80).
The record low was 26°F in 1947.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:45 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:38 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 12h 50m
Length of Day: 11h 52m
Tomorrow will be 3m2s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 15d 5h old with just shy of 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:08 PM EDT
Moonset: 7:12 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I hope you all had a chance to see the eclipse last night. It was truly spectacular. We had a bit of a gathering here with a few neighbors. I had the observatory open and was taking pictures (of course…) but the best view was in a lawn chair under the stars. I think my favorite part of the eclipse was the way the stars and the Milky Way gradually emerged as the moon reached totality. Wonderful. And the color! Wow!

I took the above photo using my Nikon D600 and an old Celestron 6″ telescope as a lens at prime focus. My results were varied and not completely satisfying (at least to my level of pickiness!) It was a half-second exposure at ISO 640. I think the scope is an f/10 at 1500mm.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

A bumble bee in a wind flower

A bumble bee in a wind flower

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:10AM it’s currently 47 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 47, barometric pressure 30.45”. Yesterday’s high was 70, and the overnight low was 39.

Forecast:

We’ve got one more day of delightful weather on tap as the high pressure that has dominated slides to the east today. We’ll see sunny skies with highs in the lower 70s and south winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be clear with lows around 50 and south winds around 10 mph.

The remnants of disturbance over the mid-Atlantic states will move northward Monday bringing partly sunny skies and a 30% chance of showers. Highs will be in the mid 70s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be around 60 with south winds 10 to 15 mph.

A cold front will move through the region from the west on Tuesday bringing showers. It will continue to be mild with highs in the mid 70s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Tuesday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the upper 40s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 78 and a low of 48.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:44 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:40 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 12h 53m
Length of Day: 11h 55m
Tomorrow will be 3m2s shorter.
The Moon is the full “Harvest” moon (Northeast Native American, Colonial American, Neo-Pagan Wiccan)
14d 5h old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:32 PM EDT
Moonset: 5:56 AM EDT

Other names of this month’s full moon include: “Fruit” (English), “Singing” (Celtic), and “Barley” (Medieval Wiccan).

Lunar Eclipse Tonight!

Tonight we’ll be treated to a lovely eclipse of the perigee moon (what the media calls a “super moon”). The eclipse will begin at 9:07PM, reach totality at 10:47PM, and be finished by 12:27AM.

This September full moon is also called a “Blood Moon”, because it presents the fourth and final eclipse of a lunar tetrad: four straight total eclipses of the moon, spaced at six lunar months (full moons) apart.

You can read more about the eclipse here and here.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Jerusalem artichoke blooming against a blue sky

Jerusalem artichoke blooming against a blue sky

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 33 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. We have a light frost on the ground in low spots in our front field. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 33, barometric pressure 30.53” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 65, and the overnight low was 32.

Forecast:

High pressure continues to dominate and will deliver mostly clear skies today with highs in the mid 60s and light and variable winds. Tonight should be clear with lows in the mid 40s and light and variable winds.

Sunday should be 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 and south winds around 10 mph. Hopefully the skies will grant us a view of the upcoming lunar eclipse!

A surge of moisture from the mid-Atlantic states will move into the region Monday bringing mostly cloudy skies with a 40% chance of showers. Highs will be in the lower 70s with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a 405 chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 76 and a low of 45.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:43 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:42 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 12h 56m
Length of Day: 11h 58m
Tomorrow will be 3m3s shorter.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 13d 5h old with 96% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:55 PM EDT
Moonset: 4:40 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Tall Jerusalem artichokes are in bloom now around and about. These were by a farmhouse along Shaker Mountain Road.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lense @ 46mm, ISO 800, f/4.9, 1/6400″ exposure.


Friday, September 25, 2015

Milkweed pods about to burst in the field by the school

Milkweed pods about to burst in the field by the school

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 39 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 39, barometric pressure 30.43”. Yesterday’s high was 70, and the overnight low was 37.

Forecast:

Repeat after me: a large area of high pressure will continue to dominate our weather right into next week. We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs in the lower 60s and light and variable winds. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become clear with patchy fog after midnight. Lows will be around 40 with light and variable winds.

Saturday should be sunny with highs in the mid 60s and light and variable winds. Saturday night should be clear with lows in the mid 40s and southeast winds around 10 mph.

Sunday’s looking sunny with highs in the upper 60s and south winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows around 50.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 70 and a low of 44.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:42 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:44 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 12h 59m
Length of Day: 12h 02m
Tomorrow will be 3m2s shorter.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 12d 5h old with 90% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:18 PM EDT
Moonset: 3:27 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The fields by School Street is full of milkweed this season. These fat pods are about to burst!

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 37mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/2500″ exposure.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Camel's Hump from East Street yesterday evening

Camel’s Hump from East Street yesterday evening

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 47 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 47, barometric pressure 30.36” and rising rapidly. Yesterday’s high was 74, and the overnight low was 47.

Forecast:

High pressure will continue to dominate right through the weekend. This morning’s clouds, courtesy of a weak cold front that moved through overnight, will give way to mostly sunny skies with highs in the upper 60s and light and variable winds. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 40s and light and variable winds.

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

Saturday’s looking sunny with highs in the mid 60s 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 70 and a low of 41.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:41 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:46 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 13h 02m
Length of Day: 12h 05m
Tomorrow will be 3m2s shorter.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11d 4h old with 82% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:39 PM EDT
Moonset: 2:16 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Camel’s Hump stands out clearly in the dry early evening air yesterday in this view from East Street. The first day of Fall brings hints of changes to the foliage up at higher elevations, however, I think some of the coloration is due to the unusually dry weather we’ve been seeing over the past several weeks. Only time will tell what kind of foliage season is in store…

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 77mm, ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/500″ exposure.