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Thursday, June 30, 2016

daisy-fleabane-wasp

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.


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

spruce-toehold

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

bee-fly-bishops-weed

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.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

yellow-bellied-woodpecker-feeding

A yellow-bellied sapsucker brings food to its chicks across Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 54 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 54, barometric pressure 29.87”. We picked up 0.53” of rain yesterday. Yesterday’s high was 69, and the overnight low was 47.

Forecast:

A weak trough of low pressure will clip northeastrn Vermont today bringing isolated showers to that area. Otherwise we should see mostly sunny skies today with highs in the lower 70s and southwest winds around 10 mph, becoming northwestelry this afternoon. High pressure will build in tonight bringing clear skies with lows around 50 and northwest winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Friday should be sunny with highs in the mid 70s and light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Friday night should be clear with lows in the lower 50s and light and variable winds.

We’ll see a bit of a heatwave going into the weekend with Saturday looking sunny and warmer with highs in the mid to upper 80s with light and variable winds. Saturday night should be mostly clear with lows in the upper 50s. Temperatures could bump into the 90s on Sunday.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 83 and a low of 57. We picked up 0.43″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 79 and lows of 58.
The record high was 93°F in 1975.
The record low was 41°F in 1940.

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 0m15s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 18d 8h old with 91% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:50 PM EDT
Moonset: 8:23 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

We have a brood of yellow-bellied sapsuckers nesting in a cavity of a poplar tree just across Fargo Brook. The chicks squawk pretty much all day long as the adults fly in about once ever 5 to 10 minutes to feed them. Try as I might, I wasn’t able to get a shot of the chicks as they stayed hidden deep in their nesting cavity.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 214mm, ISO 1000, f/5.3, 1/640″ exposure.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

shaker-mtn-cornfield

A fine beginning to summer along Shaker Mountain Road

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 55 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 55, barometric pressure 29.75”. We picked up 0.03” of rain earlier this morning. Yesterday’s high was 79, and the overnight low was 45.

Forecast:

Low pressure currently over eastern Canada will rotate some showers through the region today. We’ll see cloudy skies with occasional showers this morning, then partly sunny skies with a slight chance of showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 60s with light and variable winds, becoming westerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Chance of rain is 80%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s and light and variable winds.

Thursday should be partly sunny with a 20% chance of showers. Highs will be around 70 with light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Thursday night should be mostly clear with lows around 50 and northwest winds around 10 mph.

Friday’s looking sunny with highs in the mid 70s and light and variable winds. Friday night should be mostly clear with lows in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 78 and a low of 58. We picked up 0.24″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 78 and lows of 57.
The record high was 92°F in 1921.
The record low was 39°F in 1940.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:08 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:39 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 44m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m9s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17d 8h old with 96% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:10 PM EDT
Moonset: 7:21 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The corn in nearly knee high in this field south of Shaker Mountain Road. Summer is upon us!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-19mm lens @ 18mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/16, 1/500″ exposure.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

millipede

A millipede marches along our font deck

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:45AM it’s currently 59 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 58, barometric pressure 29.71” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.04” of rain last night. Yesterday’s high was 86, and the overnight low was 58.

Forecast:

The cold front that moved through the region overnight delivering rain and thunderstorms has pushed to our east this morning. We’ll see a noticeable change from recent days away from hot and muggy to dry and seasonable conditions for the upcoming week. Low pressure currently over James Bay will rotate a few shortwave disturbances which may bring a few showers on Wednesday, but otherwise it should be a lovely week ahead.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with highs in the mid 70s and west winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear until midnight, then become partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers after midnight. Lows will be in the lower 50s with west winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Wednesday we should see a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning and a better chance of showers later in the day. It’ll be partly sunny with highs around 70 and west winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s and southwest winds around 10 mph.

Thursday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the upper 60s and light and variable winds. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 50.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 79 and a low of 63. We picked up 0.35″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 78 and lows of 57.
The record high was 97°F in 2012 (we had a high of 92).
The record low was 42°F in 1926.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:08 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:39 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 45m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m6s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16d 8h old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:26 PM EDT
Moonset: 6:24 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I find millipedes fascinating. These ancient creatures were among the first animals to colonize land during the Silurian geologic period. They go back a long way. They are detritivores (a word I’d never heard before researching millipedes…) meaning they eat decomposing vegetation and other organic materials in the soil. You can read more about millipedes here.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 30mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/8, 1/60″ exposure.


Monday, June 20, 2016: The Summer Solstice

peonie

A fragrant peony blooming in our ornamental garden

Happy Summer Solstice!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently 67 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 65, barometric pressure 30.09”. Yesterday’s high was 87, and the overnight low was 56.

Forecast:

We’ve got an appropriately summer-like day on tap today for the first day of summer. The high pressure that has been dominating our weather over the past several days will slide eastward today and deliver one more hot, humid day before an advancing cold front moves through overnight tonight bringing showers and thunderstorms. A return to more seasonable temperatures arrives for the remaninder of the week with unsettled conditions.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s in some valley locations. Winds will be out of the south at 15 to 20 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then become cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the lower 60s with south winds 15 to 20 mph.

Tuesday should be mostly sunny with a 20% chance of showers in the morning. It will be more comfortable with highs in the mid 70s and west winds around 10 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s and west winds around 10 mph.

Wednesday’s lookin partly sunny with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the upper 60s with west winds around 10 mph and gusting up to 25 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 78 and a low of 40.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 78 and lows of 57.
The record high was 95°F in 2012 (we had a high of 92).
The record low was 35°F in 1918.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:39 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 45m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m1s shorter.

The Moon is the full “Strawberry” moon (Northeast Native American).
15d 8h old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:38 PM EDT
Moonset: 5:33 AM EDT
Other names for this month’s full moon include: “Rose” (Colonial American), “Flower” (English), “Horse” (Celtic), “Dyad” (Medieval Wiccan), and “Planting” (Neo Pagan Wiccan).

The Summer Solstice occurs this evening at 6:34PM. This marks the beginning of astronomical summer for the norther hemisphere and is the point in the earth’s orbit around the sun when the northern pole is inclined most fully towards the sun (about 23 degrees). The word “Sostice” is from the Latin “solstitium” and means “sun-stopping”. The point on the horizon where the sun appears to rise and set (at its most northerly), stops and reverses direction after this day. You can read more about the Solstice here and here.

About Today’s Photo:

The peonies are in full bloom in our ornamantal garden. Somewhat sunlike for this first day of summer, no?

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/250″ exposure.


Friday, June 17, 2016

grasshopper

A young grasshopper in the front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 57 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 90%, dewpoint 54, barometric pressure 29.95” and rising rapidly. Yesterday’s high was 79, and the overnight low was 43.

Forecast:

Clear, sunny, summer-like weather will be the rule straight through the weekend as high pressure continues to dominate. We’ll see sunny today with highs in the mid 70s and light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be clear with lows around 50 and north winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

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

Sunday’s looking sunny with highs in the upper 80s and light and variable winds. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 77 and a low of 46. We picked up 0.55″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 77 and lows of 56.
The record high was 96°F in 1994.
The record low was 42°F in 1925.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:38 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 44m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m12s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 12d 9h old with 92% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:55 PM EDT
Moonset: 3:31 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

This young grasshopper was doing its thing in the dogbane out in the front field. As usual, the hopping quarry was hard to get a shot of, but it rested briefly. I like the bits of pollen on the dogbane leaves.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/500″ exposure.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

wood-satyr

A little wood satyr in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 56 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 56, barometric pressure 29.83”. Yesterday’s high was 78, and the overnight low was 47.

Forecast:

Strengthening high pressure will continue to dominate our weather right through the weekend delivering warm, sunny days with comfortable humidity levels.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with highs in the upper 70s and light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be clear with lows in the lower 50s and northeast winds around 10 mph, becoming easterly after midnight.

Friday should be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and east winds around 10 mph, becoming northerly in the afternoon. Friday night should be clear with lows in the lower 50s and northeast winds around 10 mph.

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

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 72 and a low of 59. We picked up 0.23″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 77 and lows of 56.
The record high was 94°F in 1891.
The record low was 37°F in 1961.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:38 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 44m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m16s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11d 8h old with 86% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:57 PM EDT
Moonset: 2:59 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The other day, while bug hunting out in the front field, I came across several little wood satyr butterflies flitting about. I haven’t seen this species before in our field before. Unlike some butterflies, these little guys don’t shy from the camera. I like the eye spots on the wings.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 81mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/800″ exposure.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

sunset-ridge-view

The view south from the Sunset Ridge trail yesterday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 52 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 51, barometric pressure 29.92”. Yesterday’s high was 73, and the overnight low was 48.

Forecast:

Strengthening high pressure across western New York and Ontario will build eastward today bringing a prolonged stretch of dry and comfortable weather to the region through the upcoming weekend. High temperatures will be in the upper 70s to near 80 on Wednesday, and generally in the 80s Thursday through Monday under mostly sunny skies. As a bonus, humidity levels should remain relatively low through the weekend. Looks good!

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with highs in the upper 70s and west winds around 10 mph, becoming northwesterly this afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear with patchy fog after midnight. Lows will be in the lower 50s with north winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Thursday should be sunny with highs in the upper 70s and light and variable winds, becoming northerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Thursday night should be mostly clear with lows around 50 and northeast winds around 10 mph.

Friday’s looking mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s and north winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be clear with lows around 50.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 65 and a low of 57. We picked up 0.58″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 76 and lows of 55.
The record high was 97°F in 1988.
The record low was 41°F in 1923.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:38 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 43m
Length of Day: 15h 30m
Tomorrow will be 0m20s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10d 8h old with 78% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:00 PM EDT
Moonset: 2:30 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Robin & I hiked up Mt. Mansfield yesterday. We took the Laura Cowles Trail up (not for the faint of heart as it’s a bit of a relentlessly steep scramble—quite wet as well!) The Chin was windy and socked in when we arrived. Descending by the Sunset Ridge Trail, we walked into the sunshine and the stunning view to the west. This shot is looking southwesterly down the spine of the Manfield summit ridge. Camel’s Hump is visible a bit right of the stone cairn, and Lake Champlain can be seen on the right.

Panasonic GM5, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 9mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/16, 1/640″ exposure.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

clintonia

Clintonia flowering along the trail on Mt. Ascutney

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 51 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 47, barometric pressure 29.92” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.02” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 62, and the overnight low was 45.

Forecast:

We’re finally seeing the last of the slow moving low pressure system over the Canadian Maritimes. While an isolated shower is possible across eastern Vermont
early this morning, we’ll see diminishing cloudiness and warmer temperatures, with afternoon highs into the low to mid 70s. An extended period of dry weather will follow, with relatively low humidity levels, through the upcoming weekend as high pressure rules the roost. High temperatures will be in the upper 70s to near 80 on Wednesday, and generally in the low to mid 80s Thursday through Sunday under mostly sunny skies.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs in the lower 70s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with patchy fog after midnight. Lows will be in the lower 50s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Wednesday night should be clear with lows in the lower 50s. West winds around 10 mph.

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

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 77 and a low of 52.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 76 and lows of 55.
The record high was 94°F in 1988.
The record low was 36°F in 1912.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:37 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 43m
Length of Day: 15h 30m
Tomorrow will be 0m26s longer.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9d 9h old with 70% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:02 PM EDT
Moonset: 2:02 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Another prolific flower this time of year at higher elevations is Clintonia, or blue-bead lily. As the nickname implies, the plant produces round, blue bead-like berries later in the summer.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @ 22mm, ISO 800, f/4.8, 1/160″ exposure.


Monday, June 13, 2016

bunchberry

Bunchberry growing along the trail on Mt. Ascutney

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 87:00AM it’s currently 50 degrees under a low overcast sky. Wind are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 49, barometric pressure 29.80”. We picked up 0.45” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 59, and the overnight low was 49.

Forecast:

The slow moving low pressure system that’s been dominating our weather for the past week is currently over the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia region
and will continue to deliver below normal temperatures, abundant clouds, and afternoon showers across north-central and northeast Vermont today. Much drier
conditions are expected for the following 7 days, with temperatures moderating back normal in the 70s by Tuesday, and warming each day to above normal in the 80s by the weekend.

We’ll see cloudy skies with a 50% chance of showers today. Highs will be in the upper 50s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers until midnight. Lows will be in the upper 40s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with highs in the lower 70s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 50s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday’s looking mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 78 and a low of 57. We picked up 1.47″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 76 and lows of 55.
The record high was 94°F in 1949.
The record low was 40°F in 1923.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:37 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 42m
Length of Day: 15h 29m
Tomorrow will be 0m28s longer.
The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8d 9h old with 61% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:04 PM EDT
Moonset: 1:35 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Canadian bunchberry is a relative of dogwood and grows in profuse carpets in higher eleveation forests. There was quite a bit of it blooming along the Windsor Trail on Mt. Ascutney the other day!

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @ 25mm, ISO 800, f/5.1, 1/100″ exposure.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

starflower

Starflower blooming along the trail on Mt. Ascutney

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:05AM it’s currently 54 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the north at 3-5 mph. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint 49, barometric pressure 29.61” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.09” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 60, and the overnight low was 53.

Forecast:

Low pressure sitting over northern Maine and the Canadian Maritimes will spin a strong cold front through the region this morning bringing and unseasonably chilly, cloudy and brisk day with northwest winds gusting to 30 mph, and scattered to numerous afternoon showers. Drier conditions are expected for the following 7 days, with temperatures moderating back to seasonal norms by Tuesday, and well above normal by the weekend.

We’ll see cloudy skies with showers likely mainly this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 50s with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight should be cloudy with showers likely mainly until midnight. Temperatures will remain near steady in the upper 40s with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Highs will be in the lower 60s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 40s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 74 and a low of 53. We picked up 0.01″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 75 and lows of 54.
The record high was 92°F in 1949.
The record low was 36°F in 1906.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:36 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 42m
Length of Day: 15h 29m
Tomorrow will be 0m34s longer.

The Moon is in its first quarter, 7d 9h old with 52% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:05 PM EDT
Moonset: 1:08 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Robin & I hiked up the Windsor Trail on Mt. Ascutney on Friday. It was a lovely day for a hike with cool temperatures and partly cloudy skies. There are several species of wildflowers blooming now at higher elevation including these starflowers.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @ 12mm, ISO 800, f/3.5, 1/250″ exposure.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

fly-stitchwort

A tiny fly sips nectar from a lesser stitchwort blossom

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:30AM it’s currently a chilly 45 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the southwest at 2-4 mph. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 43, barometric pressure 29.71” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.28” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 64, and the overnight low was 44.

Forecast:

We’ve got a chilly, fall-like day on tap. We’ll see cloudy skies with showers likely mainly this morning. Highs will only be in the mid 50s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight should be cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 40s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

Friday should be cloudy with a 20% chance of showers in the morning, then become partly sunny in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 60s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 40s and west winds around 10 mph.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers. Highs will be in the lower 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph. A cold front will move through Saturday night bringing showers. Lows will be in the lower 50s. Chance of rain is 60%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 72 and a low of 58. We picked up 1.93″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 75 and lows of 54.
The record high was 93°F in 1933.
The record low was 37°F in 1983.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:35 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 39m
Length of Day: 15h 27m
Tomorrow will be 0m45s longer.

The Moon is a waxing cresent, 4d 9h old with 23% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:02 AM EDT
No Moon Set

About Today’s Photo:

The bug hunting was good yesterday. I tracked this tiny fly for a while and finally got him when he perched to sip on a lesser stitchwort blossom.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/3200″ exposure.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

poppy

Bright poppies blooming in our back garden

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently a cool 51 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 50, barometric pressure 29.52” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.37” of rain in the past 24hrs, most of it in a quick downpour at around 7:00PM last evening. Yesterday’s high was 72, and the overnight low was 51.

Forecast:

We’ve got a string of unseasonably cool and unsettled days on tap courtesy of a slow moving low pressure system that is currently centered to the east of James Bay. It will deliver clouds, occasional showers and even a few mountain snowflakes tonight.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a 40% chance of showers. Highs will be in the upper 50s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight showers are likely, mainly until midnight. Lows will be in the lower 40s with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Thursday should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain showers. Highs will be in the mid 50s with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 35 mph. Thursday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 40s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph.

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

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 69 and a low of 59. We picked up 0.05″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 74 and lows of 53.
The record high was 91°F in 1984.
The record low was 36°F in 1960.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:08 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:34 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 38m
Length of Day: 15h 26m
Tomorrow will be 0m50s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 3d 8h old with 15% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:58 AM EDT
Moonset: 11:30 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Although last evening’s downpour did a number on most of the poppies in our back garden, I did take a few photos while the sun was shining. Nothing quite matches the intensity of the crimson these flowers sport!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 24-140mm lens @ 65mm, ISO 400, f/5.3, 1/3200″ exposure.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

solitary-bee-fleabane

A solitary bee works fleabane blossoms in our field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 58 degrees and sprinkling lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 57, barometric pressure 29.52” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.03” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 77, and the overnight low was 50.

Forecast:

Low pressure near James Bay continues to influence our weather. We’ll see showers with embedded thunderstorms today as a surface cold front moves across the region. A few of the stronger storms will be capable of producing small hail and brief localized gusty winds, especially across central and eastern Vermont. Much cooler air arrives tonight on brisk northwest winds.

We’ll see showers this morning, then showers likely with a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and small hail this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 70s with south winds around 10 mph, becoming southwesterly this afternoon. Chance of rain is 90%. Tonight should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms until midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and small hail until midnight. Lows will be around 50 with west winds around 10 mph.

Wednesday should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will only be in the mid 50s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 40s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

Thursday’s looking cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the lower 50s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 74 and a low of 36.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 74 and lows of 53.
The record high was 94°F in 1999 (we had a high of 92).
The record low was 35°F in 1958.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:08 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:33 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 37m
Length of Day: 15h 25m
Tomorrow will be 0m54s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2d 9h old with 8% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:54 AM EDT
Moonset: 10:48 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Daisy fleabane is in bloom and the pollinators are enjoying the bounty. This little solitary bee has his pollen sacks bulging as he works the blossoms.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 24-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/2000″ exposure.


Monday, June 6, 2016

pearl-crescent-daisy

A pearl crescent butterfly on daisies near the pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 66 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 62, barometric pressure 29.50”. We picked up 1.70” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 68, and the overnight low was 59.

Forecast:

The low pressure system that was responsible for yesterday’s rain is now parked just below James Bay. It will continue to influence our weather for the next several days as it rotates a series of troughs and fronts through the region. We’ll see unsettled weather, occasional showers, and below seasonal average temperatures especially Wednesday and Thursday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs in the upper 70s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear until midnight, then become partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

A cold front will swing through the region on Tuesday bringing showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and small hail in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 70s with west winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Tuesday night should be cloudy with showers likely. Lows will be in the lower 50s with west winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 50%.

Wednesday showers are likely. Highs will only be in the upper 50s with northwest winds around 10 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 63 and a low of 39. We picked up 0.48″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 74 and lows of 53.
The record high was 94°F in 1925.
The record low was 37°F in 1964.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:08 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:33 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 36m
Length of Day: 15h 24m
Tomorrow will be 0m57s longer.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1d 8h old with 3% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:53 AM EDT
Moonset: 9:59 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The bug hunting season begins! I tracked this very lively pearl crescent butterfly as it flitted from daisy blossom to blossom. When they land, they tend to fold their wings together so it’s tough to get a shot of the wing patterns. A bit of patiences and the “burst” setting on my camera makes the difference!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 24-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 400, f/11, 1/1300″ exposure.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

eastern-tiger-swallowtail

An eastern tiger swallowtail visits some flox in our back field.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 63 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 86%, dewpoint 58, barometric pressure 29.79” and falling slowly. Yesterday’s high was 78, and the overnight low was 52.

Forecast:

Low pressure currently over the western Great Lakes will lift a warm front through the region today spreading rain – heavy at times – from southwest to northeast. We’ll see a brief break on Monday before the low moves to our north bringing cooler and showery weather through the rest of the upcoming week.

We’ll see showers today with locally heavy rainfall possible this afternoon especially along the eastern slope of the Green Mountains. Highs will be in the upper 60s with southeast winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%. Rain and showers will continue into tonight until midnight. Locally heavy rainfall is possible until midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s with southeast winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph, then becoming southerly around 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain is near 100%.

Monday should be partly sunny with a 40% chance of showers mainly in the morning. Highs will be in the upper 70s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s and southwest winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday’s looking partly sunny with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the lower 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be around 50.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 73 and a low of 51.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 73 and lows of 52.
The record high was 92°F in 1919.
The record low was 34°F in 1910.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:09 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:32 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 35m
Length of Day: 15h 23m
Tomorrow will be 1m3s longer.

The Moon is a wee 8 hours old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:56 AM EDT
Moonset: 9:01 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Eastern tiger swallowtails are frequent visitors this time of year. These powerful flyers flit tirelessly between flowers. I guess the nectar of the flox in our back field was good enough that this fellow paused long enough for me to get a shot!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 24-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/1600″ exposure.


Saturday, June 4, 2016

hummingbird-moth

A hummingbird  clearwing moth feeds at the freshly opened azalea by our kitchen window.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:15AM it’s currently 51 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 51, barometric pressure 29.99”. Yesterday’s high was 81, and the overnight low was 50.

Forecast:

We’ve got one more full day of warm, dry weather on tap today before low pressure arrives from the Great Lakes tomorrow bringing a marked change in the weather pattern. Widespread rain will accompany the low and temperatures will dip below average later in the upcoming week.

We’ll see partly sunny skies toda with highs in the upper 70s and light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s with light and variable winds, becoming easterly around 10 mph after midnight.

The aforementioned low and an associated warm front will arrive Sunday bringing widespread rain to the region by midday. Rain may be heavy at times. Highs will be in the upper 60s with southeast winds around 10 mph, increasing to 15 to 20 mph and gusting up to 35 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is near 100%. Rain will continue into Sunday night. Rain may be heavy at times. Lows will be in the upper 50s with southeast winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain is near 100%. Rainfall amounts should be between 1″ and 2″ region-wide with higher amounts along the east-facing slopes of the Green Mountains.

Monday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Highs will be in the mid 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 75 and a low of 38.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 73 and lows of 52.
The record high was 92°F in 1919.
The record low was 34°F in 1910.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:09 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:31 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 34m
Length of Day: 15h 22m
Tomorrow will be 1m6s longer.

The Moon is new tonight, 28d 14h old with 1% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:05 AM EDT
Moonset: 7:55 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Hummingbird moths are wonderfully surprising insects. The first time I saw one many years ago, I had no idea what I was looking at. It moved like a hummingbird, but obviously wasn’t one. Nor was it a large bumble bee. There are two varieties of hummingbird moth common to North America—the Snowberry Clearwing and the Hummingbird Clearwing (pictured above). The reddish coloration is a clear indication of the latter. This little guy was quite busy at the azalea blooming by our kitchen window.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 24-140mm lens @ 61mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/2000″ exposure.


Friday, June 3, 2016

painted-trillium

A painted trillium pair along the Long Trail

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 64 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 63, barometric pressure 29.96”. We picked up 0.02” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 79, and the overnight low was 59.

Forecast:

A cold front boundy will slide east of the region this morning. Cloudy skies should give way to clearing as a ridge of high pressure builds in for the weekend. A large, slow moving low pressure system approaching from the Great Lakes will mark a pattern change with widespread rain Sunday into Monday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a 20% chance of showers this morning. Highs will be in the upper 70s with south winds around 10 mph, becoming westerly this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then clearing. Lows will be in the mid 50s with north winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Saturday should be partly sunny with highs in the upper 70s and light and variable winds. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s and light and variable winds.

The aforementioned low pressure system will lift of warm front through the region Sunday bringing widespread rain. Rain may be heavy at times. Highs will be in the lower 70s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Rain will continue into Sunday night and may be heavy at times. Lows will be in the upper 50s. Chance of rain is near 100%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 64 and a low of 39. We picked up 0.02″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 73 and lows of 51.
The record high was 94°F in 1919.
The record low was 33°F in 1965.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:09 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:31 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 33m
Length of Day: 15h 21m
Tomorrow will be 1m9s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27d 16h old with 4% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:20 AM EDT
Moonset: 6:45 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The painted trillium were still in bloom along the Long Trail heading towards Burnt Rock Mountain. This diminutive species of trillium prefer strongly acidic, humus-rich soils and tends to be found in the shade of acid-loving trees such as eastern white pine, red maple, red spruce and balsam fir.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @ 32mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/200″ exposure.