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Saturday, October 24, 2015

A frost-nipped wood fern

A frost-nipped wood fern

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently a brisk 24 degrees under party cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 24, barometric pressure 30.34”. Yesterday’s high was 47, and the overnight low was 24.

Forecast:

After a frosty start to the day, this morning’s clear skies and quiet weather under high pressure will give way to an advancing upper level trough and associated surface cold front late this evening. Temperatures will recover to seasonal norms as a southerly airflow sets up ahead of the approaching low which will bring widespread light rain showers will move across the region from this evening through Sunday morning.

We’ll see partly sunny skies this morning, then mostly cloudy skies later. Highs will be in the lower 50s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with showers likely mainly after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 40s with south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy with showers likely mainly in the morning. Highs will be in the lower 50s with southwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph then becoming northwesterly at 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 30s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Weak high pressure will build in Monday bringing sunny skies with highs in the mid 40s and light and variable winds. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 43 and a low of 40. We picked up 0.83″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 54 and lows of 37.
The record high was 75°F in 1963.
The record low was 21°F in 1969.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:18 AM EDT
Sunset: 5:53 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 11h 34m
Length of Day: 10h 35m
Tomorrow will be 2m52s shorter.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11d 11h old with 87% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:25 PM EDT
Moonset: 3:30 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Woodland ferns take on a different character this time of year after the first frost take their nip. The papery translucency of this wood fern is enhanced by a bit of backlighting from morning sunshine.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140m lens @ 34mm, ISO 800, f/4.5, 1/125″ exposure.


Friday, October 23, 2015

A clutch of mushrooms growing from the top of birch stump

Snow-dusted mushrooms growing from the top of birch stump

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently a cool 37 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the northwest at 2-5 mph. Relative humidity is 78%, dewpoint 31, barometric pressure 30.21” and rising. Yesterday’s high was a balmy 67, and the overnight low was 36.

Forecast:

After a balmy day yesterday, a ridge of high pressure will settle in today under strong cold air advection through the early afternoon and evening. Expect a chilly fall day with quiet weather. Saturday the ridge continues building but the northwest flow will weaken leading to more seasonable temperatures before a cold front moves into the region late Saturday.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning, becoming partly sunny. Highs will be in the lower 40s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be clear and chilly with lows in the upper 20s and northeast winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Saturday should be partly sunny and more seasonable with highs in the lower 50s and south winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night showers are likely as the next cold front moves in. Lows will be in the mid 40s with south winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Sunday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the mid 50s with west winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 49 and a low of 42. We picked up 0.02″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 54 and lows of 37.
The record high was 78°F in 1979.
The record low was 20°F in 1961.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:16 AM EDT
Sunset: 5:55 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 11h 37m
Length of Day: 10h 38m
Tomorrow will be 2m52s shorter.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10d 12h old with 78% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:50 PM EDT
Moonset: 2:17 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

This clutch of mushrooms were growing from the top of a birch stump about 5 feet up. The dusting of snow looks like confectioner’s sugar. Anybody care to ID for me?

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 37mm, ISO 800, f/10, 1/30″ exposure.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Camel's Hump with a mantle of fresh snow.

Camel’s Hump with a mantle of fresh snow.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 54 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 3-5 mph. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 51, barometric pressure 30.05” and falling. We picked up 0.08” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 53, and the overnight low was 45.

Forecast:

Tight low pressure centered over James Bay will drag a warm front and then a cold front across the region today bringing showers and light rain before high pressure settles in for Friday and most of Saturday. We’ll see cloudy skies with showers this morning, then partly sunny skies with a chance of showers this afternoon. It will be seasonably mild with highs in the mid 60s and south winds 10 to 15 mph, becoming southwesterly this afternoon and gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain showers until midnight. Lows will be in the mid 30s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

Friday should be mostly cloudy in the morning then become partly sunny. Highs will be in the lower 40s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Friday night should be clear and chilly with lows in the upper 20s and northeast winds around 10 mph.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the lower 50s and southeast winds around 10 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Saturday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 51 and low of 45. We picked up 0.19″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 55 and lows of 37.
The record high was 81°F in 1979.
The record low was 23°F in 1959.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:15 AM EDT
Sunset: 5:56 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 11h 40m
Length of Day: 10h 41m
Tomorrow will be 2m53s shorter.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9d 11h old with 68% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:13 PM EDT
Moonset: 1:08 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Yes, another shot of Camel’s Hump. I just can’t get enough of this iconic peak. The fresh snowfall last Sunday made for a lovely view—this one taken right along East Street. Note that “stick season” is rapidly descending from on high as Bald Hill has lost all its foliage.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 97mm, ISO 800, f/10, 1/1000″ exposure.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A brilliant fall carpet

A brilliant fall carpet

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:55AM it’s currently 44 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 80%, dewpoint 38, barometric pressure 30.27” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 61, and the overnight low was 44.

Forecast:

A weak frontal boundary will lift north across the region today through tonight bringing a few showers to the north country. A cold front will cross the area on Thursday bringing a better threat of showers. Temperatures will remain generally seasonable through the weekend, although it will be milder ahead of the cold front on Thursday.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with a 30% chance of showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 50s with light and variable winds. Tonight should be cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 40s with south winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday showers are likely as the cold front arrives. Highs will be in the lower 60s out ahead of the front with south winds 10 to 15 mph, becoming southwesterly at 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 60%. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain showers. Lows will be in the mid 30s with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph.

Friday’s looking partly sunny and cooler with highs in the lower 40s and northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Friday night should be clear with lows in the upper 20s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 48 and a low of 43. We picked up 0.08″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 55 and lows of 37.
The record high was 76°F in 1995.
The record low was 20°F in 1972.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:14 AM EDT
Sunset: 5:58 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 11h 43m
Length of Day: 10h 44m
Tomorrow will be 2m53s shorter.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8d 11h old with 57% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:34 PM EDT
Moonset: 12:01 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

A walk in the woods this time of year is a very colorful experience! This carpet of brilliant leaves was near the beaver pond off the Mailbox Trail.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 800, f/14, 1/30″ exposure.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A snow-dusted Camel's Hump yesterday morning.

A snow-dusted Camel’s Hump yesterday morning.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:40AM it’s currently 43 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 42, barometric pressure 30.04” and falling slowly. We’ve picked up 0.14” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 45, and the overnight low was 41.

Forecast:

A weak frontal boundary dropping south from Canada this morning will bring periods of unsettled weather to the region through the week as it waffles north and south along the international border. The best chances for showers will be this morning and again Wednesday afternoon into Thursday. Temperatures should remain in line with seasonal averages through the week.

We’ll see cloudy skies with showers likely this morning. Highs will be in the mid 50s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy until midnight, then become partly cloudy. Lows will be in the mid 30s with northwest winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Wednesday should start out partly sunny in the morning, then become mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs will be around 50 with light and variable winds. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 40s with south winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday’s looking cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the upper 50s with south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain showers. Lows will be in the mid 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 48 and a low of 29. We picked up 0.03″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 56 and lows of 38.
The record high was 78°F in 1963.
The record low was 15°F in 1972.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:12 AM EDT
Sunset: 5:59 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 11h 45m
Length of Day: 10h 47m
Tomorrow will be 2m54s shorter.

The Moon is in its first quarter, 7d 10h old with 46% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:51 PM EDT
No Moon Set

About Today’s Photo:

I took this view of Camel’s Hump from Shaker Mountain Road yesterday late morning. There was a good layer of snow on the summit (about 6″ from various reports). “Stick Season” is beginning its decent into the valleys as Bald Hill (on the left of the summit) is down to bare trees already.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 55mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/400″ exposure.


Monday, October 19, 2015

Gillette Pond in full fall glory

Gillette Pond in full fall glory

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently a record-setting 18 degrees under clear skies. Brrrr! Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 17, barometric pressure 30.43”. We picked up a dusting of snow in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 38, and the overnight low was 18.

Forecast:

High pressure will shift across the region today delivering mostly sunny
skies this morning followed by increasing clouds by this evening. After a chilly start, temperatures will warm into the 40s to near 50 today out ahead of a fast moving trough and associated low pressure that will bring showers tonight.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs in the mid 40s with light and variable winds, becoming southwesterly at 10 to 15 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be cloudy with rain likely mainly after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 30s with south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday should be cloudy with showers likely mainly in the morning. Highs will be in the mid 50s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Tuesday night should be cloudy with lows in the mid 30s and northwest winds around 10 mph.

Wednesday’s looking cloudy with a 50% chance of rain showers as a cold front moves through. Highs will be in the upper 40s with light and variable winds. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 43 and a low of 39. We picked up 0.57″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 56 and lows of 38.
The record high was 80°F in 1947.
The record low was 20°F in 1922.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:11 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:01 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 11h 48m
Length of Day: 10h 49m
Tomorrow will be 2m55s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 6d 11h old with 36% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:05 PM EDT
Moonset: 11:00 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The view from the dam on Gillette pond is one of my favorites in the fall. This year was no disappointment!

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/4.6, 1/800″ exposure.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Snow falls in front of blazing maple leaves

Snow falls in front of blazing maple leaves

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:25AM it’s currently 29 degrees and snowing lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 29, barometric pressure 30.25” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.24” of rain in the past 24hrs and a generous dusting of snow overnight. Yesterday’s high was 43, and the overnight low got down to 23.

Forecast:

A deep trough of low pressure over the eastern US today will deliver a cold and blustery day today with scattered mountain snow showers and a few isolated rain and snow showers in the valleys. Surface high pressure with result in clear skies and light winds tonight setting us up for near record low temperatures. A warming trend with chances of showers returns for early this upcoming week.

We’ll see cloudy skies with a chance of snow showers and chance of rain showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 30s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Tonight should be mostly clear and cold with lows around 20 and northwest winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Monday should be partly sunny with highs in the mid 40s and light and variable winds, becoming southwesterly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Monday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers as a weak low skirts to our north. Lows will be in the mid 30s with south winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday’s looking cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. Highs will be in the lower 50s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 30s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 60 and low of 43. We picked up 0.06″ of rain.

Burlington norms for this date are highs of 56 and lows of 38.
The record high was 84°F in 1947.
The record low was 23°F in 1922.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:10 AM EDT
Sunset: 6:03 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 11h 51m
Length of Day: 10h 52m
Tomorrow will be 2m56s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5d 12h old with 27% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:14 PM EDT
Moonset: 10:04 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Yesterday was an interesting day weather-wise. Rain, snow, shots of sunshine all made for a variety of moods. A pretty good snow squall came through at around 4:00PM yesterday afternoon offering some good shooting opportunities for falling snow and foliage color.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 61mm, ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/15″ exposure.