Wednesday, June 21, 2017, the Summer Solstice
This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 63 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west at 3-5 mph. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 29.82” and steady. We picked up 0.50” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 75, and the overnight low was 54.
The low pressure system that has been delivering our unsettled weather is finally departing the region, however it still may deliver a few scattered showers this afgternoon. High pressure will build in briefly tonight into Thursday bringing dry conditions before another low pressure system and associated warm front bring more rain on Friday. Temperatures will be near their seasonal averages, with highs in the 70s to low 80s and lows in the 50s and low 60s.
We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms this morning, then scattered showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 70s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with isolated showers until midnight, then mostly clear after midnight. Lows will be in the lower 50s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.
Thursday should be sunny in the morning then become partly cloudy. Highs will be in the mid 70s with west winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be around 60 with south winds around 10 mph.
Friday showers and thunderstorms are likely. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall. Highs will be around 80 with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Friday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 70%.
Last year on this date we had a high of 79 and a low of 50. We picked up 0.04″ 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.
Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:39 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 45m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m5s shorter.
The Moon is a waning crescent, 26 days old with 11% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:19 AM EDT
Moonset: 5:43 PM EDT
The Summer Solstice occurred early this morning at 12:24AM. The Solstice occurs when the Earth’s rotational axis is most inclined toward the Sun. On the summer solstice, Earth’s maximum axial tilt toward the Sun is 23.44°. In the northern hemisphere, this marks the beginning of astronomical summer and is the longest day of the year. Here’s a handy graphic:
About Today’s Photo:
We have a batch of white irises by the pond-—the only white ones we have. This little fly was taking a break yesterday morning on a rain soaked (and a bit past its prime) blossom.
Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 1250, f/18, 1/400″ exposure.