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Saturday, June 30, 2018

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A dew soaked buttercup

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 66 degrees under mostly sunny skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 65, barometric pressure 29.99” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 85, and the overnight low was 61.

There is a Heat Advisory in effect for our region through 10:00PM Monday.

Forecast:

A mid-level heat ridge building into the northeastern U.S. from the Midwest and Ohio Valley regions will set the stage for a prolonged heat wave for our region through at least Thursday. There’s the potential for scattered thunderstorms later today into this evening—mostly likely north along the Canadian border. Some storms may be severe with damaging winds the primary threat. Dangerously hot and humid conditions will peak Sunday and Monday, but high temperatures will reach into the 90s in most valley locations through at least Thursday of next week. Expect little relief during overnight hours as temperatures will remain in the 70s through much of the nighttimes with muggy conditions.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with a slight chance of showers this afternoon. It’ll be hot with a high near 92 in valley locations and pushing 90 here in Huntington. Winds will be out of the southwest at 6 to 13 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 3:00AM. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 69 and northwest winds 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Sunday should be mostly sunny and hot with a high near 96 in valley locations. There is a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Winds should be calm. Sunday night should be mostly clear with a low around 72 and south winds 3 to 8 mph.

Monday’s looking sunny and hot with a high near 97 in valley locations and southwest winds 9 to 11 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 72 and south winds 3 to 6 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 80 and a low of 61. We picked up a whopping 3.35″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 80 and a low of 59.
The record high was 93 in 1936.
The record low was 42° in 1936.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:13AM
Sunset: 8:28PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 25m
Length of Day: 15h 14m
Tomorrow will be 1 minutes 27 seconds longer

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16.6 days old with 96% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:25PM
Moonset: 6:11AM

About Today’s Photo:

Morning dew soaks a buttercup in our front field.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/400″ exposure.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

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A dew soaked morning glory

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 62 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 61, barometric pressure 29.88” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.34” of rain in the past 24hrs giving us a solid 1” of much needed rain from the storm. Yesterday’s high was 73, and the overnight low was 57.

There is a Heat Advisory in place for our region from noon Sunday until 10:00PM Monday.

Forecast:

High pressure building into the region today will lead to a prolonged period of hot and humid weather through the weekend. Expect well above normal temperatures with heat index values above 95 degrees daily through at least the Sunday. Dangerously hot and humid conditions are expected from Saturday onward, so if you know of anyone living alone who may be vulnerable to the heat, have a plan to check them during the period—especially Monday when valley locations may hit 100 degrees. We can expect little relief overnight as temperatures will remain in the 70s through much of early next week. After a dry, hot Sunday, the chance for thunderstorms returns Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to moderate by Thursday.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 84 and light and variable winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 9 mph in the morning. A weak shortwave trough will skirt the international border this afternoon bringing a 20% chance of showers north. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 64 and light and variable winds.

Saturday should be mostly sunny, hot and humid with a high near 91 and south winds 7 to 14 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 72 and southwest winds 3 to 8 mph. There’s a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms along the international border as a brief but potentially strong disturbance moves though in the afternoon.

Sunday’s looking mostly sunny and hot with a high near 95 and light and variable winds. Sunday night should be mostly clear with a low around 72 and south winds 3 to 5 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 68 and a low of 48. We picked up 0.05″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 79° and a low of 58°.
The record high was 96° in 1946.
The record low was 37° in 1919.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:14AM
Sunset: 8:27PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 23m
Length of Day: 15h 13m
Tomorrow will be 1 minutes 30 seconds longer

The Moon is waning gibbous, 15.7 days old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:28PM
Moonset: 5:34AM

About Today’s Photo:

Morning glories are starting to bloom in our front field. This dew soaked bloom sparkles in the morning sun. Note the two beetles tucked deep in the flower.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/16, 1/640″ exposure.


Thursday, June 28, 2018

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Dew bespeckled timothy in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 63 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 63, barometric pressure 29.74” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.66” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 75, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

Low pressure currently centered over western New York will continue to bring showers across the region today with a few rumbles of thunder possible. Any showers that develop will have the potential to produce locally heavy rainfall. As the low moves out of the region Friday, an unusually hot airmass will move in and park itself over the region. This will begin a prolonged period of dangerously hot and humid conditions with several days above 90 degrees without much chance for overnight cooling. The hottest day looks to be Sunday where temperatures will warm into the mid to upper 90s to 100 in valley locations with records potentially being set. Relief may not arrive until midweek next week…

Showers and thunderstorms are likely today before 3:00PM, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4:00PM. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Highs will be near 74 with south winds 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Tonight should bring a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8:00PM, then a slight chance of showers between later. It’ll be cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 62 and calm winds. Precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday should be sunny and warm with a high near 87 and light and variable winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 64 and calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph after midnight.

Saturday’s looking mostly sunny, hot, and muggy with a high near 90 and south winds 6 to 14 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 71 and southwest winds around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 73 and a low of 47. We picked up 0.44″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 79° and a low of 58°.
The record high was 95° in 1991.
The record low was 43° in 1927.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:11AM
Sunset: 8:41PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 43m
Length of Day: 15h 29m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 31 seconds shorter

The Moon is the full “Strawberry” moon (Northeast Native American)
15 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:01PM
Moonset: 5:36AM

About Today’s Photo:

A timothy seedhead and a drop of dew. Lovely…

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/3200″ exposure


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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Tiny drops of morning dew on grasses in the front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 64 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 30.04” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 78, and the overnight low was 51.

Forecast:

We’ve got another day of dry and seasonable conditions on tap today before low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes pushes into the region this afternoon through Thursday evening. Showers will arrive in western New York this afternoon and make their way into Vermont by this evening making for widespread rain into Thursday. We could see 0.75″-1″ of rain out of the system with locally higher amounts. We could use it! Warmer and drier weather returns for Friday before dangerously hot and humid conditions arrive from Saturday through early next week. Temperatures Sunday could push 100 degrees in valley locations.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a high near 78 and south winds 6 to 13 mph. Tonight showers are likely mainly after 10:00PM. Rain could be heavy at times. Lows will be around 62 with south wind around 10 mph gusting to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday showers are likely with rain heavy at times. Highs will be near 75 with south winds around 8 mph becoming southwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90% with precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Thursday night showers are likely mainly before 7:00PM. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 61 and northwest winds around 5 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60% with precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 84 and calm winds becoming westerly 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 61 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 72 and a low of 48. We picked up 0.02″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 79 and lows of 59.
The record high was 96°F in 1999 (we had a high of 88).
The record low was 44°F in 1927.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:10AM
Sunset: 8:41PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 43m
Length of Day: 15h 30m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 27 seconds shorter

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 14 days old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:12PM
Moonset: 4:51AM

About Today’s Photo:

Sunny mornings after a good dew fall make for interesting photo opportunities if you’re willing to slow down and take a look. Tiny droplets bespeckle grasses and sparkle in the morning sun out in our front field.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/640″ exposure.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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Drops of rain on foliage

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 54 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 53, barometric pressure 30.28” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 68, and the overnight low was 40.

Forecast:

High pressure over the region this morning will continue to provide mostly clear skies and seasonal temperatures today before low pressure tracking through the Great Lakes brings widespread rain late Wednesday night through Thursday. Potentially record-setting hot and humid conditions are expected to develop Friday through early next week with temperatures hitting the mid 90s region wide by Sunday.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 77 and calm winds becoming southwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 51 and south winds 3 to 5 mph.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny with a high near 80 and south winds 6 to 14 mph. Wednesday night showers are likely late. Lows will be around 62 with south winds 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday showers are likely in the morning, with showers and possibly a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Highs will be near 75 with south winds 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Thursday night showers are likely. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 61 and light south winds. Chance of precipitation is 60% with precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 71 and a low of 47. We picked up 0.39″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 79 and a low of 58.
The record high was 96°F in 2007 (we had a high of 92).
The record low was 41°F in 1979.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:10AM
Sunset: 8:41PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 44m
Length of Day: 15h 30m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 23 seconds shorter

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 13 days old with 96% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:19PM
Moonset: 4:10AM

About Today’s Photo:

My eye was drawn to the raindrops on these leaves in our ornamental garden the other day. I like the spikey margins of the leaves…

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/160″ exposure.


Monday, June 25, 2018

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Yellow hawkweed blooming in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:05AM it’s currently 56 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 54, barometric pressure 29.99” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.23” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 66, and the overnight low was 54.

Forecast:

High pressure building in behind a departing cold front will bring cool, dry, and increasingly sunny conditions to the region today. Warmer temperatures return for Tuesday and Wednesday before low pressure tracking through the Great Lakes brings widespread rain Wednesday night through Thursday. Hot and humid conditions are expected to develop Friday through the weekend with temperatures pushing into the low 90s by Sunday.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 72 and north winds 5 to 10 mph increasing to 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon and gusting to 26 mph. Tonight should be clear with a low around 43 and northwest winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Tuesday should be sunny with a high near 79 and calm winds becoming southwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 54 and south winds around 5 mph.

Wednesday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers after 5:00PM. Highs will be near 79 with south winds 5 to 10 mph. Precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are possible. Wednesday night showers are likely. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 61 and south winds around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 75 and a low of 50. We picked up 0.05″ or rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 79 and lows of 58.
The record high was 94°F in 1995.
The record low was 39°F in 1979.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:10AM
Sunset: 8:41PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 44m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 19 seconds shorter

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 12 days old with 92% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:21PM
Moonset: 3:35AM

About Today’s Photo:

Yellow hawkweed (Hieracium caespitosum, A.K.A meadow hawkweed, field hawkweed, king devil, yellow paintbrush, devil’s paintbrush, yellow devil, yellow fox-and-cubs, and yellow king-devil), blooms prolifically in fields and along roadways this time of year. This European native is a rugged species that grows and spreads via rhizomes and stolons and can be somewhat invasive. It can handle disturbed and low fertility soils.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/8, 1/400″ exposure.


Thursday, June 21, 2018; the Summer Solstice

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A pair of cedar waxwings in the evening light

Happy Solstice!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently 60 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are light. Relative humidity is 73%, dewpoint 51, barometric pressure 29.82” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 79, and the overnight low was 56.

Forecast:

A weak cold front dropping southward out of Canada this morning will start the day with a mix of sun and clouds, but high pressure building in from the north will quickly turn skies mostly sunny by this afternoon. High pressure will dominate our weather through Friday before low pressure arrives from the Great Lakes bringing unsettled conditions for the weekend with periods of rain likely from Saturday afternoon through Sunday night.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies through mid morning, then gradual clearing with a high near 71 and light and variable winds becoming northerly 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Tonight should be clear with a low around 43 and north winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Friday should be sunny with a high near 80 and light and variable winds becoming southerly 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 56 and south winds 3 to 7 mph.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers after 10:00AM. Highs will be near 74 with southeast winds 6 to 8 mph. Precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Saturday night showers are likely. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 57 and southeast winds around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60% with precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 73 and a low of 54. We picked up 0.50″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high 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.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:09AM
Sunset: 8:40PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 45m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 1 seconds shorter

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8.3 days old with 59% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:09PM
Moonset: 1:38AM

The Summer Solstice occurred this morning at 6:007AM. 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:

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About Today’s Photo:

We have a pair of cedar waxwings in residence this summer. I’m not sure where they’re nesting, but I see and hear them often as they hover and dive for insects in the air. The handsome pair posed for me in the dying birch by our front porch catching the last light of spring as the sun was setting last evening.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/400″ exposure.