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Monday, June 20, 2016: The Summer Solstice

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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.

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