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Saturday, September 30, 2017

mammatus-clouds

Mammatus clouds in last evening’s sky

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 45 degrees with a few lingering drops of rain falling under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 43, barometric pressure 30.18” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.02” of rain overnight (putting a meager end to our 20-day stretch of dry weather). Yesterday’s high was 59, and the overnight low was 44.

Forecast:

A weak upper level disturbance has moved across southeastern New York and southern New England early this morning, bringing morning clouds and periods of light rain across mainly central and southern Vermont. Skies will gradually clear as the system exits to the east during the day. High pressure will build in tonight bringing pleasant early fall conditions through the first half of next week, with mostly sunny skies and gradually warming temperatures. The ridge will begin to breakdown Wednesday night into Thursday, when an approaching cold front from the Great Lakes will move through bringing our next chance for
rainfall.

We’ll see morning showers today giving way to clearing skies. Highs will be around 57F with north winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be clear and seasonably cool with lows around 38F and light and variable winds. The usualy cold spots in ‘Dacks and the NEK might see a bit of frost by tomorrow morning.

Sunday should be sunny with highs around 64F and WNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows around 41F and light and variable winds.

Monday’s looking sunny skies with highs around 68F and light and variable winds. Monday night should be clear skies with lows around 46F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 63 and a low of 41.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 64 and a low of 45.
The record high was 82°F in 1921.
The record low was 28°F in 1941.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:49AM
Sunset: 6:36PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 44m
Length of Day: 11h 46m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 2 seconds shorter

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9.3 days old with 70% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:03PM
Moonset: 1:08AM

About Today’s Photo:

A neighbor who was walking over to our house last evening brought these lovely mammatus clouds to my attention. Mammatus clouds are usually associated with severe weather conditions such as thunderstorms or tornados. This group, however, were more benign and were harbingers of showers that passed well to our south later in the evening.  Thanks Bruce for pointing them out!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 15mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

puffballs

Up close with puff ball fungi

What a difference a day makes…

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:30AM it’s currently a cool 43 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 42, barometric pressure 30.01” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was was a pleasant 70, and the overnight low was 43.

Forecast:

Today will be another seasonably cool day—typical of late September. Any morning sunshine will give way to clouds later in the day as an upper level trough approaches from the Great Lakes and crosses through southern NY and Vermont. Light rain showers are expected overnight and into Saturday morning with the bulk of the precipitation (maybe 0.25″) south of us here in Huntington and little or no rain near the Canadian border. High pressure will build back in
Sunday and lasts through the middle of next week, bringing plenty of sunshine and a warming trend through Thursday.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with highs around 59F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with occasional rain showers. Lows will be around 41F with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday should be cloudy with a slight chance of a rain showers in the morning. Highs will be around 58F with north winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chilly high elevation temperatures may even make for some slight snow accumulation on summits above 4500′ in the ‘Dacks. Saturday night should be mostly clear with lows around 38F and light and variable winds.

Sunday’s looking mostly sunny with highs around 65F and WNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Sunday night should be clear with lows around 41F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 69 and a low of 41.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 64 and lows of 45.
The record high was 82°F in 1948.
The record low was 25°F in 1914.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:48AM
Sunset: 6:38PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 47m
Length of Day: 11h 49m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 2 seconds shorter

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8.4 days old with 60% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:22PM
Moonset: 12:14AM

About Today’s Photo:

It’s been a good fall for fungi out in the woods. I’m not sure if the dry (very) conditions help promote the proliferation of fungi, but I’ve seen some pretty amazing collections of various ‘shrooms and other fungi in many places in the woods around our house. These puff ball fungi take on a slightly menacing appearance when you pull in close…

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/9, 1/250″ exposure.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

leaf-fern

A red maple leaf set off against green ferns

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:10AM it’s currently a comfortable 59 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint 54, barometric pressure 29.80” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 88, and the overnight low was 58.

Forecast:

The cold front that tracked through the region overnight has ushered in significanty cooler and less humid air. We’ll see a return to more seasonably normal temperatures through the weekend. A shortwave trough will dive south
of the region on Friday bringing scattered showers across northern New York but Vermont should continue to be dry. (We’re on day 19 here of no rain…) High pressure will move in over the weekend bringing quiet and dry weather and a warming trend into next week.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with highs around 60F and NNW winds at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 38F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Friday should be partly cloudy with highs around 59F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with occasional rain showers later at night south. Lows will be around 39F with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday should start our cloudy early, then become partly cloudy in the afternoon with a chance of a lingering rain showers south. Highs will be around 59F with north winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night 09/30 10% / 0 in
Clear skies. Low 38F. Winds light and variable.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 70 and a low of 44.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 65 and lows of 46.
The record high was 83°F in 2014 (we had a high of 80).
The record low was 26°F in 1947.
Burington set another record high yesterday of 90, well above the previous record of 83 set in 1920.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:47AM
Sunset: 6:39PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 50m
Length of Day: 11h 52m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 2 seconds shorter

The moon is in its first quarter, 7.5 days old with 51% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:38PM
No Moonset

About Today’s Photo:

Bright red against green—a fine contrast…

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/2500″ exposure.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

heart-leafed-asters

Heart-leaved asters blooming in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently a muggy 62 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 62, barometric pressure 29.88” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 90, and the overnight low was 62.

Yesterday marked our 17th day with no appreciable precipitation. That’s the longest stretch that I can recall. High temperature records fell again around the region yesterday with Burlington hitting 91, well above the previous record of 84 set in 1920. Expect another record breaker today…

Forecast:

We’ve got one more day of record breaking heat on tap. Temperatures will be 20 to 25 degrees above normal for this time of year. A cold front will move into the area later today and into tonight bringing showers across the region, especially over the northern tier of New York and the northern half of Vermont. It’s not looking like much rain, however—maybe just in the 0.10-0.20″ range. Temperatures will return to seasonal norms on Thursday with gusty northwest winds and no precipitation. A trough will move south of the region Friday bringing more scattered showers, then high pressure returns for the weekend but temperatures should stay more seasonal bumping only into the mid-70s.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with a stray shower or thunderstorm possible this afternoon. Highs will be around 87F with SSW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight showers and possible thunder are likely early with cloudy skies overnight. Lows will be around 53F with west winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Thursday should be partly cloudy and seasonably cool with highs around 59F and NNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 38F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Won’t that feel different!

Friday should be partly with a slight chance of showers south. Highs will be around 58F with NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night should be cloudy with showers. Lows will be around 39F with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 60%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 77 and a low of 46. We picked up 0.22″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 65 and lows of 46.
The record high was 83°F in 1920 (another record likely to fall today…)
The record low was 27°F in 1947.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:46AM
Sunset: 6:41PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 53m
Length of Day: 11h 55m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 2 seconds shorter

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 6.6 days old with 42% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:49PM
Moonset: 11:25PM

About Today’s Photo:

Heart-leaved asters are another aster family flower blooming this time of year. Their light pinkish blush and reddish centers distinguish them from their cousins.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/5, 1/400″ exposure.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

partridge-berry

Partridge berries fruiting up in the East Street Woods

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently a muggy 61 degrees under a hazy, mostly clear sky. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 61, barometric pressure 30.03” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 91, and the overnight low was 60.

More records fell yesterday with Burlington reaching 91 degrees—well above the previous record of 85 set in 1891.

Forecast:

We’ve got two more days of sunshine and record high temperature courtesy of the bubble of stubborn high pressure that’s been sitting over much of the Northeast for close to two weeks. Low pressure and an associated cold front will finally break the seige (if you see it that way…) Wednesday evening into Thursday with showers and an influx of much cooler, albeit seasonable air.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with record highs again around 89F with low 90s in valley locations. Winds will be light and variable. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 67F and light and variable winds.

Wednesday should be partly cloudy with a stray shower or thunderstorm possible in the afternoon over higher elevations. Highs will be around 87F with SSW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night should bring light rain and a possible rumblee of thunder early, then partial clearing later. Lows will be around 53F with west winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Seasonably cool high pressure will build in Thursday bringing partly cloudy skies with highs around 62F and NNW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy skies with lows around 41F and NNW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 66 and a low of 32. We had more light frost.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 66 and lows of 47.
The record high was 84°F in 1920.
The record low was 27°F in 1947.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:45AM
Sunset: 6:43PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 56m
Length of Day: 11h 58m (finally under 12 hours…)
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 2 seconds shorter

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5.8 days old with 33% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:57PM
Moonset: 10:40PM

About Today’s Photo:

Partridge berry (Mitchella repens) is a common non-climbing vine that grows prolifically in shaded woods. You’ll often encounter its diminutive white flowers in mid summer. The berries are brilliant red and are a food source for, you guessed it, partridges (roughed grouse) and other woodland species.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/10, 1/30″ exposure.


Monday, September 25, 2017

charlotte-haying

A farmer rakes his hay in Charlotte

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:45AM it’s currently 60 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 60, barometric pressure 30.08”. Yesterday’s high was 89, and the overnight low was 60.

High temperature records fell across the region yesterday. Burlington’s previous record of 84 degrees was beaten handily with a top temperature of 91 yesterday. We can expect more records to fall today.

Forecast:

We’ve got another couple of days of record high temperatures on tap courtesy of stubborn high pressure which has been camped out over the region for close to a week now. Expect upper 80s to low 90s region wide with high humidity today and Tuesday. We may see a few terrain driven convective showers today over the mountains, but otherwise, conditions should be dry through Wednesday. A trough of low pressure and associated cold front will move in Wednesday night bringing showers and a return, finally, to more seasonable conditions Thursday.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with near record highs around 89F. Winds will be light and variable. There may be a few isolated mountain showers this afternoon over the spine of the Greens. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 67F and light and variable winds.

Tuesday should be partly cloudy with highs around 89F with light and variable winds. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with lows around 66F and light and variable winds.

Wednesday should start out sunny with a few afternoon clouds and a slight chance of a rain shower as the aforementioned low approaches. Highs will be around 85F with SSW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night rain is likely. Lows will be around 55F with west winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 59 and a low of 32. We picked up our first light frost.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 66 and lows of 47.
The record high was 85°F in 1891.
The record low was 28°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:44AM
Sunset: 6:45PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 59m
Length of Day: 12h 1m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 2 seconds shorter

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4.8 days old with 24% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:01PM
Moonset: 10:01PM

About Today’s Photo:

This extended stretch of summerlike weather has allowed for farmers to bring in another final cut of hay. This farmer in Charlotte was out raking the hay into rows for bailing.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 400, f/9, 1/1300″ exposure.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

painted-lady-bee-spider

A painted lady visits a small white aster (looks close at the bottom of the photo and see my notes below…)

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:05AM it’s currently 57 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 57, barometric pressure 30.08” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 85, and the overnight low was 56.

Forecast:

High pressure continues its hold on the region, and we may well see record breaking heat across the region through Tuesday. The National Weather Service has even gone so far as to post heat index advisory language! We can expect temperaturs as much as 20 degrees above normal across the north country today through into Tuesday. High pressure will finally begin to move east of the region Tuesday into Wednesday, but above normal temperatures will continue before and upper level trough of low pressure and associated cold front move into the region from the west Thursday bringing showers and mores seasonable temperatures.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with near record high temperatures near 87F and pushing into the lower 90s in valley locations. Winds will be light and variable. Tonight should be clear and muggy with lows 67F and light and variable winds.

Monday should be sunny with record high temperatures expected. Highs will be around 88F and in the lower 90s in valley locations. Winds will be light and variable. Tomorrow night should be clear skies with lows around 66F and light and variable winds.

Tuesday should be sunny with hecord high temperatures expected again. High will be around 88F with light and variable winds. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with lows around 65F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 63 and a low of 38. We picked up 0.10″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 67 and lows of 47.
The record high was 84°F in 1961 (likely to fall today!)
The record low was 25°F in 1963.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:42AM
Sunset: 6:47PM
Length of Visible Light: 13h 2m
Length of Day: 12h 4m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 2 seconds shorter

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4 days old with 16.5% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:02AM
Moonset: 9:26PM

About Today’s Photo:

Painted lady butterflies seem to be in great profusion these days as I’ve seen many of them out in the fields around here flitting about the late summer bloomers like these small white asters. When I was processing the photo this morning, I noticed the honey bee underneath that had totally escaped my attention when I shot the photo the other day. The bee is dead. If you look really closely at the bee’s abdomen, you can see one little yellow leg—that of a crab spider who is enjoying a meal unbeknownst to the butterfly (or me for that matter!)

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/2500″ exposure.