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Monday, October 16, 2017

great-egrets

A gang of great egrets near Chatham on Cape Cod

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 42 degrees and drizzling under overcast skies. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 39, barometric pressure 29.93” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.32” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 75, and the overnight low was 42.

Forecast:

The cold front that passed through overnight has ushering in more seasonable temperatures on gusty northwesterly winds. Highs today will be roughly 20 degrees cooler than Sunday, only reaching the low to mid 50s in most areas, and
remaining in the 40s across the northern Adirondacks. Clearing skies and light winds will bring in chilly temperatures tonight, with lows in the mid 20s to mid 30s. We’ll see areas of frost tonight, along with patchy dense fog in the favored river valleys, especially across central and eastern Vermont. Winds will switch into the south on Tuesday, allowing for a warming trend with dry conditions and temperatures bumping up into the 60s and low 70s throughout the week and into the weekend.

We’ll see overcast skies today with highs only around 46F with NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy early giving way to mainly clear skies overnight. Lows will be around 31F with NW winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday should be sunny with highs around 56F and SSW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows near 45F and SSW winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny with highs around 65F and SW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night should be clear with lows around 50F and south winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 68 and a low of 45.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 57 and lows of 39.
The record high was 84°F in 1947.
The record low was 24°F in 1978.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:09AM
Sunset: 6:07PM
Length of Visible Light: 11h 56m
Length of Day: 10h 58m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 57 seconds shorter

The Moon is a waging crescent, 26 days old with 13% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:31AM
Moonset: 4:57PM

About Today’s Photo:

Great egrets are a familiar site along coastal waters. There were several gangs of them hanging out in trees along the water as we kayaked in Little Pleasant Bay near Chatham, MA on Cape Cod. These birds were hunted to near extinction for their plumes in the 19th century (ladies gotta decorate their hats…), but conservation efforts have made for a robust return.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/2000″ exposure.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

horseshoe-crab

A horseshoe crab shell on the beach in Chatham

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 62 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint 57, barometric pressure 29.89” and falling rapidly. Yesterday’s high was 68, and the overnight low was 53.

Forecast:

Low pressure across the northern Great Lakes region early this morning will track across southeastern Ontario and southern Québec later today. An associated warm front will bring light rain to the St. Lawrence Valley early this morning, and then lift north of the international border resulting in breezy and very
warm conditions for the balance of the day. We can expect high temperatures in
the 70s this afternoon—15 to 20 degrees above normal for mid-October. Later this afternoon and into this evening, a trailing cold front will bring a line of showers with a few embedded thunderstorms possible, especially across northern New York. It’ll be breezy this evening with wind gusts in excess of 40 to 45 mph possible. Much cooler and drier weather is expected for Monday, with dry conditions with moderating temperatures expected for the mid-week period.

We’ll see cloudy skies early today, followed by partial clearing. Highs will be around 74F with SSW winds at 15 to 25 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph later this afternoon. Tonight will bring rain and wind early with lingering showers overnight. Lows will be around 46F with WSW winds at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Monday should be cloudy and much cooler with highs only around 48F with NW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night should bring clearing skies and some of lowest temperatures of the season with lows around 32F with some mid-20s in colder pokckets. Winds will be out of the NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday’s looking mainly sunny with highs around 55F and SSW winds at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 45F and SSW winds at 10 to 15 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 64 and a low of 27. We had our first heavy frost.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 57 and lows of 39.
The record high was 80°F in 2014 (we had a high of 81).
The record low was 24°F in 1980.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:08AM
Sunset: 6:09PM
Length of Visible Light: 11h 59m
Length of Day: 11h 1m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 57 seconds shorter

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25 days old with 20% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:23AM
Moonset: 4:24PM

About Today’s Photo:

Horseshoe crabs were much in evidence along the beaches near Chatham on Cape Cod. These invertebrates have remained mostly unchanged for 450 million years making them “living fossils”. Their blood (which is blue) contains a compound (Amebocytes) which is used to make Limulus amebocyte lysate, which is used for the detection of bacterial toxins in medical applications. The blood is commercially harvested for this purpose, but the crabs, for the most part, survive the process.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 92mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/4000″ exposure.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

monarch-rose

A monarch butterfly stops by a rugosa rose on the beach

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 58 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint 54, barometric pressure 30.22”. Yesterday’s high was 66, and the overnight low was 58.

Forecast:

A weak cold front will slowly move toward the region today bringing a few showers to northern New York and northern Vermont during the early morning hours. Shower activity will increase over northern half of the region Saturday night into Sunday morning. The front will quickly lift north Sunday morning and most of the region will see breezy and warm conditions with temperatures 15 to 20 degrees above normal for this time of year. Low pressure and another associated cold front will move out of the Great Lakes Sunday driving a line of showers and possible thunderstorms across northern New York Sunday afternoon
and into the evening hours across Vermont.

We’ll see overcast skies today with highs around 68F and SW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be cloudy and mild with lows arounds 59F and SE winds at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday should start partly cloudy in the morning and become overcast in the afternoon. Highs will be 76F with SSW winds at 15 to 25 mph. Sunday night should be cloudy with showers and a rumble of thunder possible early. Lows will be near 45F with west winds at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 90%.

Monday should be cloudy and cooler with highs around 48F and NW at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy early giving way to generally clear conditions overnight. Lows will be around 31F with light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 53 and a low of 30. We picked up 0.18″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 58 and lows of 39.
The record high was 79°F in 2014 (we had a high of 77).
The record low was 22°F in 1937.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 7:06AM
Sunset: 6:11PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 2m
Length of Day: 11h 4m
Tomorrow will be 2 minutes 58 seconds shorter

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24 days old with 30% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:16AM
Moonset: 3:49PM

About Today’s Photo:

We spent the past several days down on Cape Cod. While strolling on Harding Beach in Chatham, I spotted this monarch bobbing along the shore stopping by the few still blooming rugosa roses in the dunes. It was nice enough to stick around long enough to get a shot. This little guy’s got quite a long trip ahead of it if it makes it all the way down to Mexico to overwinter…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 800, f/9, 1/800″ exposure.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

shaker-mtn-foliage

Fall foliage beginning to pop on Shaker Mountain

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently a balmy 69 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-4 mph. It’s just starting to rain a bit. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 65, barometric pressure 29.74” and falling rapidly. We picked up 0.08” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 70, and the overnight low was 62.

Forecast:

A quick moving upper level disturbance along with a cold front will bring a period of widespread rainfall to the region this morning. We should see partial clearing and very warm temperatures for the afternoon once this system shifts east of Vermont. Additional moderate rainfall is expected Monday as tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the remnants of Nate affect New York and New England. We’ll see continued above normal temperatures for the next 5 to 7 days.

We’ll see showers, possible thunderstorms, and gusty winds this morning, giving way to partly cloudy skies during the afternoon with a lingering chance of showers. Highs will be around 76F with WSW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Tonight should be partly cloudy and becoming overcast overnight with a slight chance of a rain showera. Lows will be around 58F with light and variable winds.

Monday rain is likely. Highs will be around 68F with SE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is near 100% with 1″ to 2″ of rain expected and locally heavy rainfall possible. Showers should continue into Monday night. Lows will be arounds 56F with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 80%.

Tuesday should be partly cloudy with high around 72F and NW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night should be clear with lows around 46F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 67 and a low of 52.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 60 and lows of 42.
The record high was 77°F in 1970 (another record poised to fall today if there’s enough sunshine this afernoon…)
The record low was 22°F in 1964.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:59AM
Sunset: 6:21PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 20m
Length of Day: 11h 22m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes
The Moon is waning gibbous, 17.5 days old with 92% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:33PM
Moonset: 10:03AM

About Today’s Photo:

The fall colors are really beginning to pop now. The views up along Shaker Mountain Road are wonderful.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 13mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/16, 1/160″ exposure.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

last-blush

Our patio hydrangea in full fall blush

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 54 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 54, barometric pressure 30.08” and steady. We picked up 0.10” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 59, and the overnight low was 51.

Forecast:

An active weather pattern will continue as a warm front lifts north across the region today bringing some light rain showers across northern part of the region mid-day. Warm and breezy conditions are expected through tonight. More rain showers are expected Sunday as a cold front crosses the area. We’ll see the remnants of Hurricane Nate on Monday into Tuesday with more rain expected.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with occasional rain showers this afternoon, especially near the Canadian border. Highs will be around 75F with south winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Tonight should be cloudy early with some clearing expected late. Lows will be around 66F with SSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Sunday showers are likely with the chance of some thunder in the morning, then skies should become partly cloudy late. Highs will be around 74F with SW winds at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Sunday night should be partly cloudy early with increasing clouds overnight. Lows will be around 55F with light and variable winds.

Monday will bring rain. Highs will be around 66F with SE winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 100% with rainfall amounts near a half an inch. Showers will continue into Monday night becoming less numerous late. Some rumbles of thunder are possible. Lows will be around 58F with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 76 and a low of 42.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 61 and lows of 42.
The record high was 83°F in 1947.
The record low was 25°F in 1964.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:58AM
Sunset: 6:23PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 23m
Length of Day: 11h 25m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 0 seconds shorter

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16.4 days old with 97% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:54PM
Moonset: 8:51AM

About Today’s Photo:

The hydrangea on our back patio—that was the nexus of much pollinator activity through the summer—is well into its last fall blush of the season.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.


Friday, October 6, 2017

bumble-mum

A slow moving bumble bee gets last licks on a mum

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:2AM it’s currently 50 degrees under overcasts skies. A few random raindrops are falling. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 50, barometric pressure 30.06” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 72, and the overnight low was 44.

Forecast:

The weather will remain active through the weekend. A weak disturbance will bring clouds and a few light showers mainly this morning before we see partial clearing from north to south this afternoon. A warm front will lift from the south Saturday bringing some more clouds and a chance of showers. A weak cold front will then bring showers late Saturday night and into Sunday. Temperatures will stay much above normal through the weekend possibly reaching record highs on Sunday.

We’ll see showers early today, then mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon. Highs will be around 62F with SW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Tonight should be partly cloudy early giving way to cloudy skies late. Lows will be around 52F with light and variable winds.

Saturday should be cloudy with highs around 76F and south winds at 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night should be cloudy with occasional rain after midnight. Lows will be around 67F with south winds at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Sunday should bring light rain early with a mix of sun and clouds in the afternoon. Highs will be around 77F with SW winds at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Sunday night should be clear with lows around 53F and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 73 and a low of 43.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 61 and lows of 42.
The record high was 82°F in 1946.
The record low was 23°F in 1964.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:57AM
Sunset: 6:25PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 26m
Length of Day: 11h 28m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 1 seconds shorter

The Moon is waning gibbous, 15.3 days old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:19PM
Moonset: 7:39AM

About Today’s Photo:

It’s getting late in the season for pollinators. Though we’ve had only light frost at our place thus far, the number of bees has greatly diminished as most flowers are past their peak. Some mums out in our back garden attracted a couple of bumble bees however. In the cool morning neither of them were moving very quickly.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 1250, f/13, 1/80″ exposure.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

inch-worm-suzan

An inch worm investigates a tired black-eyed Susan in our back garden

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 49 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 48, barometric pressure 30.06” and rising. We picked up 0.81” of rain last night (ending a 24-day stretch with little or no rain. It was nice to hear the rain falling!) Yesterday’s high was 79, and the overnight low was 49.

Forecast:

The passage of last evening’s cold front brought much needed rain to the region. Weak high pressure is currently building into the region and will deliver partly sunny skies and warmer than average temperatures. An upper level disturbance will bring some clouds and a slight chance of a shower late tonight into Friday morning. A warm front will bring more clouds and a chance of showers on Saturday followed by a cold front and additional showers Saturday night into Sunday morning. It will continue warm through the weekend with near record warm temperatures in the upper 70s possible especially on Sunday.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with highs around 70F and WSW winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows around 49F and light and variable winds.

Friday should start out mostly cloudy with some sunshine later in the day. Highs will be near 65F with west winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow night should be partly cloudy with lows around 46F and light and variable winds.

Saturday’s looking cloudy with occasional showers in the afternoon. Highs will be around 70F with SSE winds at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. Saturday night should be cloudy early with partial clearing expected late. Lows will be around 65F with south winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 72 and a low of 44.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 62 and lows of 43.
The record high was 82°F in 1926.
The record low was 27°F in 1964.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:55AM
Sunset: 6:27PM
Length of Visible Light: 12h 29m
Length of Day: 11h 31m
Tomorrow will be 3 minutes 1 seconds shorter

The Moon is the full “Hunter’s” moon, 14.2 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:46PM
Moonset: 6:28AM

An interesting bit of moon lore (courtesy of Roger Hill and his Weathering Heights blog): the full moons before and after the autumnal equinox rise about 20 minutes later each night instead of the usualy 50 minutes the rest of the year. The result was more bright moonlight at dusk that gave Native American hunters more time to gather and prepare for winter.

About Today’s Photo:

I came across this slow moving inch worm investigating a battered black-eyed Susan in our back garden yesterday. It was still cool in the morning so it was pretty loggy. If you look really closely, you’ll see that a tiny fly was investigating the inch worm at the same time…

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 1250, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.