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Saturday, July 30, 2016

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A tiny beetle makes a stretch between anthers of a daylily

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 53 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 53, barometric pressure 30.04” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 81, and the overnight low was 50.

Forecast:

Canadian high pressure will deliver a lovely summer day today with seasonable temperatures and low humidity levels. A slow moving upper level trough and associated moisture moving out of the Ohio Valley will bring periods of rain showers Sunday into Monday, possible lingering into early Tuesday. High pressure returns Wednesday through Friday with warmer and more humid conditions.

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

Sunday should start out partly sunny with a slight chance of showers in the morning, then become mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 70s with light and variable winds. Sunday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the lower 60s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday showers are likely. Highs will be in the lower 70s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be around 60.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 81 and a low of 62. We picked up 0.07″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 60.
The record high was 96°F in 1959.
The record low was 45°F in 1952.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:37 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:18 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light:15h 47m
Length of Day: 14h 40m
Tomorrow will be 2m19s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26d old with 14% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:29 AM EDT
Moonset: 5:32 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

You never know what you’re going to see until you get in close to a subject. My eye was drawn to this colorful daylily, and only when I focused on it through the camera did I notice the tiny beetle reaching across the void between anthers.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/320″ exposure.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

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A crab spider snags a honey bee on a coneflower in our back garden

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:05AM it’s currently 65 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 65, barometric pressure 29.90” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.22” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 81, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

A stationary front currently along the international border will settle southward across the region today. The front along with an upper level disturbance across southern New England will bring a chance of showers, mainly
across south-central portions of Vermont. Elsewhere, light north winds will bring in drier air from Ontario and Quebec, with skies becoming partly to mostly sunny across northern New York and Vermont this afternoon. High pressure will bring dry weather tonight through Saturday. An upper level disturbance approaching from the Great Lakes will bring the next chance for showers for Sunday into Monday.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning, then partly sunny skies later in the day. Highs will be in the lower 80s with light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be clear with patchy fog after midnight. Lows will be in the upper 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 north winds around 10 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s and light and variable winds.

Sunday should be partly sunny with a 40% chance of showers. Highs will be in the mid 70s with light and variable winds. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be around 60.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 90 and a low of 61.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 60.
The record high was 98°F in 1949.
The record low was 45°F in 1987.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:36 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:19 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 50m
Length of Day: 14h 43m
Tomorrow will be 2m17s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25d 1h old with 22% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:40 AM EDT
Moonset: 4:29 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I posted this shot on my Photography blog yesterday as a follow up to a shot posted the previous day. I’d seen this crab spider patiently waiting on the coneflower earlier in the day (see below). Later that evening, its patience had paid off as it had snagged a honey bee. Eat or be eaten…

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/13, 1/1000″ exposure.

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The crab spider waiting…


Thursday, July 28, 2016

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A clearwing hummingbird moth feeds at the bee balm by the pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 65 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 65, barometric pressure 29.87” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 87, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

An upper level low over the central Great Lakes and an associated frontal boundary just north of the international border early this morning will move into the region today bringing scattered showers and thunderstorm this afternoon and evening. High temperatures will reach the mid to upper 80s across the region today. A few showers are possible again on Friday, mainly across southern and central Vermont as the front continues to shift southward into southern New England. Cooler and drier air will filter in across northern sections Friday, with highs in the lower 80s Friday and upper 70s to lower 80s for Saturday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms this morning, then mostly cloudy skies with showers and a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly until midnight. Lows will be in the mid 60s with light and variable winds.

Friday may bring a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers, mostly south and east. Highs will be in the upper 70s with light and variable winds. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s and light and variable winds.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and north winds around 10 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 87 and a low of 60. We picked up 0.35″ if rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 60.
The record high was 96°F in 1964.
The record low was 45°F in 2001 (we had a low of 42).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:35 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:20 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 52m
Length of Day: 14h 45m
Tomorrow will be 2m13s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24d old with 33% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:56 AM EDT
Moonset: 3:23 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The expanding patch of bee balm over by the pond is an active place this time of year. We see ruby throated hummingbirds there often along with the usual assortment of bees and flies. I went out with my camera to see what I could capture. No hummingbirds this time, but there were several hummingbird moths there! These delightful little insects (well, actually, they’re quite large—almost as big as a hummingbird) operate just like their avian namesakes, hovering from blossom to blossom and lapping up the nectar with their long, coiled tongues.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/500s exposure.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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A bumble bee visits the globe thistles in our ornamental garden

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 61 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 61, barometric pressure 29.92”. Yesterday’s high was 79, and the overnight low was 56.

Forecast:

We’ve got a warm-to-hot day on tap today courtesy of high pressure which is currently in place over the region. Temperatures should bump up into the upper 80s and low 90s with plenty of sunshine. A trough of low pressure will slide through Thursday kicking off showers and thunderstorms. The weekend is looking dry and seasonable.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s with light and variable winds. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 60s and light and variable winds.

Thursday should start out partly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then become mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s wiht light and variable winds. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the lower 60s with light and variable winds.

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

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 85 and a low of 59.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 60.
The record high was 98°F in 1949.
The record low was 46°F in 2001 (we had a low of 41).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:34 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:21 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 54m
Length of Day: 14h 47m
Tomorrow will be 2m13s shorter.M

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23d old with 44% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:17 AM EDT
Moonset: 2:13 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The globe thistles in our ornamental garden are blooming right now, and, as usual, they are attracting every kind of pollenator known to man. It’s a pretty crowded place with sometimes 3 or 4 bees, flies, or whatever feeding at one blossom. This tricolored bumble bee was one happy camper!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/400″ exposure.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

cecropia-moth

A male cecropia moth in all its fuzzy glory

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 65 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 65, barometric pressure 29.81” and rising. We picked up 0.03” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 84, and the overnight low was 60.

Forecast:

High pressure is slowly building into the region this morning and will deliver dry weather and warming temperatures today and Wednesday. The pattern will change later Wednesday night through Friday as a broad trough of low pressure moves into the region and bringing the potential for precipitation.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with highs in the lower 80s and west winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 60s and northwest winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Wednesday should be sunny and warm with highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s with light and variable winds, becoming westerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 60s with light and variable winds.

Thursday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the lower 80s with light and variable winds. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be around 60.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 83 and a low of 63. We picked up 0.05″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 61.
The record high was 94°F in 1939.
The record low was 45°F in 1976.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:33 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:23 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 57m
Length of Day: 14h 49m
Tomorrow will be 2m9s shorter.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 22d 1h old with 55% illumination.
No Moon Rise
Moonset: 1:03 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

My duo, the Swing Peepers, played at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) in Quechee over the weekend. They were holding their annual Awesome Insects Festival. One of the attractions was a display of caterpillars put on by the Caterpillar Lab, an outfit out of Keene, NH. There were dozens of different live caterpillars on display, all of which are native to our region. One was the cecropia moth caterpillar. There was also this lovely male cecropia moth. Out came my macro lens! Cecropias are North America’s largest native moth and are found west to the Rockies and north into most of the Canadian provinces. They feed on most frequently on maple, but will much on cherry and birch (as the fellow below is). You can read more about them here.

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Cecropia moth caterpillar

 


Monday, July 25, 2016

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Bladder campion blooming along Delfrate Road

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 65 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 65, barometric pressure 29.90”. Yesterday’s high was 77, and the overnight low was 55.

Forecast:

Low pressure over James Bay this morning will rotate a warm front and then a cold front through the region over the next 24hrs. The warm front will deliver temperatures bumping up to the high 80s and lower 90s, and the cold front will allow for the development of showers and thunderstorms later this afternoon and evening. More tranquil albeit warm to hot weather is on tap for the middle of the week.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with showers and thunderstorms likely this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall this afternoon. It’ll be warm with highs in the mid 80s to lower 90s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely until midnight, then mostly clear with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall until midnight. Lows will be in the mid 60s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with highs in the lower 80s and west winds 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 60s and west winds around 10 mph.

Wednesday’s looking sunny with highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s and light and variable winds. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 81 and a low of 50. We picked up 0.05″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 61.
The record high was 97°F in 1963.
The record low was 45°F in 1912.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:32 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:24 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 59m
Length of Day: 14h 51m
Tomorrow will be 2m8s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 21 days old with 67% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:42 PM EDT
Moonset: 11:53 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Bladder campion is a familiar plant that grows in disturbed soils along roadways and in fields as well. Though I haven’t heard of it being use in cooking in the U.S., apparently it is a fairly common ingredient in several countries: in Crete and Cyprus it’s sautéd in olive oil or use in omelettes, and in Italy it is added to risotto. Who knew!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/320 second exposure.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

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This daylily was ready for its closeup Mr. DeMille

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 63 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 63, barometric pressure 29.76” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.17” of rain in the past 24hrs (and man was last night’s sky lighting up—flashing incessantly for hours!) Yesterday’s high was 90, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

If last night’s pyrotechic sky wasn’t enough for you, we’ve got another round of showers and thunderstorms heading our way today as an upper level trough moves through. Some storms may reach severe levels. Storms should abate in the evening with a nice day on tap for Sunday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies this morning with showers and thunderstorms likely mainly this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and small hail this afternoon. It won’t be as warm with highs in the upper 70s and west winds around 10 mph, becoming northwesterly this afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely mainly until midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and small hail until midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s with northwest winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable. Chance of rain is 60%.

High pressure will build in briefly on Sunday bringing mostly sunny skies and seasonable temperatures with highs around 80 and northwest winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s and light and variable winds.

Another active day is on tap for Monday as a shortwave trough moves through bringing mostly cloudy skies and a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the mid 80s with south winds around 10 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the mid 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 75 and a low of 55. We picked up 0.24″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 61.
The record high was 93°F in 1952.
The record low was 46°F in 1923.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:30 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:26 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 04m
Length of Day: 14h 55m
Tomorrow will be 2m2s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19 days old with 86% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:36 PM EDT
Moonset: 9:33 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Getting in close to a daylily reveals the pollen encrusted anthers.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/9, 1/160″ exposure.