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Thursday, June 30, 2016

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A wasp working daisy fleabane along East Street

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 57 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 57, barometric pressure 29.96”. We picked up 0.17” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 77, and the overnight low was 51.

Forecast:

High pressure will be in control across the region through tonight, with warm daytime temperatures and comfortable humidity levels. A potent upper-level low on Friday will bring in showers and thunderstorms Friday afternoon and evening. A few stronger thunderstorms are possible, but the main risk will be from localized heavy rain. We’ll see cooler than normal temperatures with limited chances for showers to start Independence day weekend, but things should turning sunny and dry for Sunday and the the Fourth.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the upper 70s and west winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be clear with lows in the upper 50s and southeast winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Friday should start out mostly sunny in the morning, then become mostly cloudy with a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon as the aforementioned low and an associated cold front approach. Highs will be in the upper 70s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Friday night rain is likely with locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows will be in the upper 50s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny with a 40% chance of residual showers. Highs will be in the upper 60s with west winds around 10 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 76 and a low of 49. We picked up 0.24″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 80 and lows of 59.
The record high was 93°F in 1946.
The record low was 42°F in 1936.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:11 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:39 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 41m
Length of Day: 15h 28m
Tomorrow will be 0m44s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25d 8h old with 20% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:16 AM EDT
Moonset: 4:25 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Bright white and yellow daisy fleabane is blooming in the fields and along roadways. This little wasp was quite busy lapping up the nectar on the blooms along East Street.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 125mm, ISO 500, f/6.3, 1/3200″ exposure.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

chicory-butterfly

An unidentified butterfly feeds at some of the first chicory I’ve seen this season along East Street.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:30AM it’s currently 61 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 60, barometric pressure 29.83”. We picked up 0.33” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 83, and the overnight low was 60.

Not much in the way of thunderstorms here yesterday—just a couple flashes of lightning and a few rumbles at around 8:00PM. Looks like most of the action passed to our north.

Forecast:

Any lingering showers from the passage of yesterday’s cold front will clear out later this morning. We may see a few convection-based showers and thunderstorms this afternoon as the sun goes to work. High pressure will build in for Thursday before another round of showers arrives for Friday into Saturday.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of showers this morning, then scattered convection-triggered showers with isolated thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 70s with light and variable winds, becoming westerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with patchy fog after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 50s with light and variable winds.

Thursday should be sunny with highs around 80 and light and variable winds, becoming westerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Thursday night should be clear with lows in the upper 50s and light and variable winds.

Another low and associated cold front will head our way from the Great Lakes on Friday bringing afernoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be around 80 with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Friday night showers and thunderstorms are likely. Lows will be in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 65 and a low of 53. We picked up 0.55″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 80 and lows of 59.
The record high was 96°F in 1944.
The record low was 37°F in 1919.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:11 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:39 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 41m
Length of Day; 15h 28m
Tomorrow will be 0m40s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24d 7h old with 31% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:39 AM EDT
Moonset: 3:13 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Chicory—a true flower of summer—is blooming along East Street. This unidentified butterfly was enjoying the nectar and paid very little attention to me as I snapped several photos.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 500, f/6.3, 1/1300″ exposure.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

peonie-bishops

A “volunteer” peony amidst the Bishop’s weed in our back field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 72 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 2-5 mph. Relative humidity is 81%, dewpoint 66, barometric pressure 29.88”. Yesterday’s high was 76, and the overnight low was 62. We picked up a just a sprinkle of rain yesterday.

Forecast:

We’ve got an active weather day ahead of us. A slow moving cold front will move into the region today into tonight, bringing heavy showers and strong thunderstorms. The strongest storms will develop from the eastern slopes of the Adirondacks eastward across Vermont, with some potentially producing heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and small hail. Scattered showers will linger into Wednesday as an upper level trough swings through, but the end of the work week will see a return of warm and dry conditions.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with scattered showers with isolated thunderstorms this morning, then occasional showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall this afternoon. Highs will be around 80 with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Tonight should bring occasional showers and thunderstorms until midnight, then showers likely with numerous thunderstorms after midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall until midnight with some thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s with south winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable. Chance of rain is 90%.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy in the morning, then become partly sunny with a 50% chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 70s with light and variable winds. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s and light and variable winds.

Thursday’s looking mostly sunny with highs in the lower 80s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be mostly clear with lows in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 63 and a low of 53. We picked up 0.30″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 80 and lows of 59.
The record high was 95°F in 1991.
The record low was 43°F in 1927.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:10 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:40 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 42m
Length of Day: 15h 29m
Tomorrow will be 0m35s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23d 9h old with 42% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:05 AM EDT
Moonset: 2:02 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

There are a couple of “volunteer” peonies blooming amongst the Bishop’s weed in our back field. Not sure how they got there, but I enjoy the contrast!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 20mm prime lens, ISO 500, f/2.8, 1/200″ exposure


Monday, June 27, 2016

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A tiny spruce grows from a crack in the rock on Wheeler Mountain

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently a balmy 72 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Wind are out of the south at 0-3mph. Relative humidity is 70%, dewpoint 62. Yesterday’s high was 87, and the overnight low was 62.

Forecast:

Our string of dry, warm weather will come to an end today as a weakening mid-level trough pushes through the region later today bringing showers. A more defined cold front will move through the region on Tuesday bringing a better chance of showers and thunderstorms.

We’ll see partly sunny skies this morning becoming mostly cloudy later in the day with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms until midnight, then a slight chance of showers after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 60s with south winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday should start out partly sunny with a chance of showers in the morning, then become mostly cloudy with occasional showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Tuesday night showers and thunderstorms are likely. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall. Lows will be in the upper 50s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the mid 70s with southwest 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 74 and a low of 44.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 79 and lows of 59.
The record high was 96°F in 1999 (we had a high of 88).
The record low was 44°F in 1927.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:10 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:40 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 43m
Length of Day: 15h 30m
Tomorrow will be 0m31s shorter.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 22d 8h old with 53% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:32 AM EDT
Moonset: 12:51 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

This tiny spruce tree had somehow managed to take root in a crack of a solid rock slab on Wheeler Mountain. Talk about tenacity!

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @ 22mm, ISO 400, f/16, 1/400″ exposure.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

raspberry

Raspberry blooms down by Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 69 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 83%, dewpoint 63, barometric pressure 30.15”. Yesterday’s high was 84, and the overnight low was 54.

Forecast:

We’ve got a warm one on tap today. High pressure will remain in control of the weather across the region through Sunday evening. Abundant sunshine, warm temperatures in the mid 80s to low 90s with low humidity levels will persist
through tonight. The next chance for showers and thunderstorms will be Monday into Tuesday when a cold front swings through.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with highs in the mid 80s to low 90s in valley location with south winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows in the mid 60s and south winds around 10 mph.

Monday should be partly sunny with a slight chance of showers in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a chance of showers in the afternoon as a pre-frontal trough move through the region. Highs will be in the lower 80s with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 60s with south winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday showers and thunderstorms are likely as a cold front moves through around midday. Highs will be in the upper 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 74 and a low of 48.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 79 and lows of 58.
The record high was 96°F in 2007 (we had a high of 92).
The record low was 41°F in 1979.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:09 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:40 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 43m
Length of Day: 15h 30m
Tomorrow will be 0m27s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 21d 9h old with 64% illuminaiton.
Moonrise: 12:00 AM EDT
Moonset: 11:42 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Raspberry is blooming prodigiously down by Fargo Brook. Looks like it’s going to be a bumper crop of berries this year. The neighborhood black bear will no doubt be pleased!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 61mm, ISO 1600, f/5.4, 1/250″ exposure.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

mt-abe-view

Looking west from the summit of Mt. Abe towards Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 59 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 30.16” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 78, and the overnight low was 48.

Forecast:

We’ve got another warm, sunny day on tap courtesy of a large bubble of high pressure sitting over the eastern Great Lakes. It will continue to dominate the weather into Monday when a cold front approaches from the west bringing showers.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the lower 80s and light and variable winds. Tonight should be clear with lows in the upper 50s and light and variable winds.

Sunday should be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 80s to low 90s in valley locations and light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s and south winds around 10 mph.

Monday should start out partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers as low pressure over southern Canada pulls a prefrontal trough through the region. Highs will be in the lower 80s with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 73 and a low of 51. We picked up 0.10″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 79 and lows of 58.
The record high was 94°F in 1995.
The record low was 39°F in 1979.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:09 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:40 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 44m
Length of Day: 15h 30m
Tomorrow will be 0m22s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20d 8h old with 74% illumination.
No Moon Rise 1
Moonset: 0:34 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

‘Twas a fine day yesterday to climb Mt. Abe down in Lincoln. A cool start to the day and clear skies made for excellent views from the summit at midday. Here we look westward towards Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. Bristol Notch is visible just to the left center of the photo.

Panasonic GM5, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 9mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 400, f/16, 1/125″ exposure.


Friday, June 24, 2016

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A bee and a fly in the Bishop’s weed

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 55 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 55, barometric pressure 30.06” and rising rapidly. Yesterday’s high was 76, and the overnight low was 44.

Forecast:

High pressure will rule the roost through the upcoming weekend with sunny days and clear nights. Temperatures will increase day to day and bump into the 90s in valley locations on Sunday.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the upper 70s and light and variable winds. Tonight should be clear with patchy dense fog after midnight. Lows will be in the lower 50s with light and variable winds.

Saturday should be sunny with highs in the lower 80s and light and variable winds. Saturday night should be clear with lows in the upper 50s and light and variable winds.

Sunday’s looking mostly sunny and hotter with highs in the upper 80s and 90s in valley locations with 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 75 and a low of 55. We picked up 0.37″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 79 and lows of 58.
The record high was 96°F in 2003 (we had a high of 92).
The record low was 40°F in 1988.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:08 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:40 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 44m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m19s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19d 8h old with 83% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:26 PM EDT
Moonset: 9:28 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Bishop’s weed might be a scourge to gardeners for its tendency to take over, but it’s a boon to pollinators! We have a pretty good crop of it behind our garden shed, and it’s in full bloom right now.  The place was alive with pollinators of all kinds yesterday—bees, flies, wasps, ants—you name it, it was there!  This bee had to duck as an incoming fly buzzed it.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300 lens @ 300mm, ISO 500, f/10, 1/1300″ exposure.