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Thursday, July 14, 2016

dogbane-leaf-beetle

A dogbane leaf beetle on a dogbane leaf!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 73 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the southeast at 4-7 mph. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 69. Yesterday’s high was 88, and the overnight low was 70.

Forecast:

We’ve got another warm and humid day on tap for with strong thunderstorms developing from mid-morning into this evening as a cold front crosses the region. Some storms may produce damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall. Storms will shift east of the area after sunset with quieter conditions expected
tonight. Another cold front will move through the region on Friday kicking off a few more showers and thunderstorms but these are not expected to be as strong.

We’ll see partly sunny skies with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning, then cloudy skies with occasional showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 80s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely until midnight, then mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall until midnight. It’ll be humid overnight with lows in the upper 60s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Friday should be partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with southwest winds around 10 mph, becoming westerly in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 60 with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers. Highs will be in the upper 70s with light and variable winds. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 82 and a low of 60. We picked up 0.02″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 81 and lows of 61.
The record high was 100°F in 1995.
The record low was 48°F in 1940.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:21 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:33 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 22m
Length of Day: 15h 12m
Tomorrow will be 1m37s shorter.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10 days old with 73% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:44 PM EDT
Moonset: 1:32 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The metalic green dogbane leaf beetle lives its entire life cycle on the dogbane plant (of which we have a lot in our front field). Adults feed on the leaves, and females  lay their eggs in a pile of their own feces stuck to the underside of a leaf. Larvea chew their way out of the pile and then drop to the ground where they burrow in to feed on the roots of the plant.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, 800, f/9, 1/125″ exposure.

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2 responses

  1. Well, how ’bout that! Pretty cool. I know the dogbane – I didn’t know it had its own eponymous beetle.

    July 14, 2016 at 7:43 am

    • Yup, these critters are pretty specific about their food I guess!

      July 15, 2016 at 1:09 pm

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