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Friday, August 31, 2018

dried-susan

A dried black-eyed Susan along our driveway

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently 54 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 54, barometric pressure 30.33” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 69, and the overnight low was 43.

Forecast:

Surface high pressure over Quebec this morning will provide fair conditions today with partly to mostly sunny skies and seasonal temperatures. Thereafter, gradually increasing heat and humidity is expected through the weekend into the early to mid part of next week. While widespread precipitation is not expected, isolated diurnal showers and thunderstorms are possible during the mid-day to afternoon hours each day from Sunday through Friday.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the lower 70s and light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight then become mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 50s with southeast winds around 10 mph.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers in the morning, then partly sunny in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 70s with south winds around 10 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s and south winds 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny and humid with highs in the lower 80s and south winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy and humid with lows in the upper 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 67 and a low of 45. We picked up 0.01″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 55° and a high of 75°.
The record low was 35° in 1976.
The record high was 88° in 1993.
Average rainfall for this date is: 0.13″

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:13AM
Sunset: 7:29PM
Length of day: 13:16:17
Today will be 2:55 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19.3 days old with 78% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:18PM
Moonset: 11:15AM

About Today’s Photo:

As summer begins to wind down, the earlier blooming black-eyed Susans have begun to go to seed.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/500″ exposure.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

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A lovely sunset last night

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:20AM it’s currently 60 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 30.03” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.34” of rain in the past 2hrs. Yesterday’s high was a sizzling 91, and the overnight low was 60.

Forecast:

Much cooler and drier weather will prevail through the end of the week as high pressure builds across the region. A few showers will linger early this morning, but overall we should see a mix of sun and clouds today. Highs today and Friday will mostly be in the 70s, with overnight lows in the 40s to lower 50s. Temperatures will warm a bit heading into the weekend with chances of showers increasing towards Sunday.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with a 30% chance of showers this morning, then partly sunny skies this afternoon. Highs will be around 70 with north winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows around 50 and north winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Friday should be mostly sunny with highs in the lower 70s and light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s and southeast winds around 10 mph.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and south winds around 10 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 74 and a low of 46.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 56° and a high of 77°
The record low was 39° in 1965.
The record high was 93° in 1991.
Average rainfall for this date is: 0.11″

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:12AM
Sunset: 7:31PM
Length of day: 13:19:13
Today will be 2:55 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 18.3 days old with 86% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:49PM
Moonset: 10:10AM

About Today’s Photo:

After the first round of showers swung through yesterday afternoon, and the temperature dropped (mercifully!) we were treated to a lovely sunset.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  17mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/15″ exposure.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

pears

Pears ripening at Shelburne Orchard

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:10AM it’s currently 74 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 73, barometric pressure 19.88” and falling slowly. Yesterday’s high was 87, and the overnight low was 64.

Forecast:

We’ve got another hot and muggy day on tap today as high pressure remains
centered near Bermuda allowing tropical moisture to stream into New England. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop later this afternoon and evening as a sharp cold front approaches from the northwest. Some of these storms may be strong with gusty winds and heavy rainfall. The cold front will cross the region overnight, bringing welcome relief from the mugginess for Thursday and Friday. We’ll see another warming trend over the weekend however, along with additional chances for showers on Sunday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies this today with a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 80s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 50 percent. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly until midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall until midnight. It’ll be humid with lows in the lower 60s and southwest winds around 10 mph, becoming westerly after midnight. Chance of rain is 60%.

Thursday should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers in the morning, then partly sunny in the afternoon. Highs will be around 70 with northwest winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be mostly clear with lows around 50 and east winds around 10 mph.

Friday’s looking mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and southeast winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 69 and a low of 44.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 57° and a high of 77°.
The record low was 41° in 1986.
The record high was 92° in 1977.
Average rainfall for this date is: 0.11″.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:11AM
Sunset: 7:33PM
Length of day: 13:22:08
Today will be 2:54 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17.4 days old with 92% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:22PM
Moonset: 9:06AM

About Today’s Photo:

Along with the peaches that we picked the other day at Shelburne Orchard, the pears on the trees the next row over were ripening as well. These look like they could use a bit more time…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  37mm, ISO 800, f/4.6, 1/4000″ exposure.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

black-swallowtail

A black swallowtail on marigolds

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently a muggy 71 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 71, barometric pressure 29.93” and steady. We picked up 0.19” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 82, and the overnight low was 68.

Forecast:

The Bermuda high to our east and a subtropical ridge of high pressure anchored near the southeastern US/Mid- Atlantic coast will continue to steer warm, humid air into New England. This will lead to a series of hot and muggy days with continuing chances of showers. Today and Wednesday will be the hottest days of the week with heat indices in the Champlain Valley, Saint Lawrence Valley, and southern Connecticut Valley forecast to reach the mid to upper 90s each afternoon. A sharp cold front is expected to move through the region Wednesday night into Thursday morning bringing for a return of more seasonal temperatures and drier weather through the remainder of the work week before unsettled weather returns for the weekend.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning becoming partly sunny. There’s a 50% chance of showers mainly this morning. Highs will be in the upper 80s with southwest winds around 10 mph, increasing to 15 to 20 mph and gusting up to 30 mph this afternoon. Heat index values in the upper 90s are possible in valley locations this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight as a weak shortwave passes to our north. It’ll be muggy with lows in the lower 70s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.

Wednesday should be partly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall in the afternoon. It’ll be humid and hot with highs in the upper 80s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Heat index values in the mid 90s are possible in valley locations in the afternoon. Wednesday night showers and thunderstorms are likely as the aforementioned cold front moves in. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall. It’ll be humid with lows in the lower 60s and west winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Thursday’s looking partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers. It’ll be much less humid with highs around 70 and northwest winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 77 and a low of 43.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 56° and a high of 75°.
The record low was 39° in 1957.
The record high was 94° in 1952.
Average rainfall for this date is: 0.13″

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:10AM
Sunset: 7:35PM
Length of day: 13:25:03
Today will be 2:53 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16.4 days old with 97% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:56PM
Moonset: 8:04AM

About Today’s Photo:

We were up in North Hero the other afternoon and came across this lovely female black swallowtail butterfly happily lapping up marigold nectar. She was quite tame and allowed me to get in close with my phone (the only camera I had at the time…)

iPhone 6S


Monday, August 27, 2018

peaches

Peaches for the picking at Shelburne Orchard

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 67 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 66, bop 30.02” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.02” of rain yesterday. Yesterday’s high was 80, and the overnight low was 64.

Forecast:

Our old friend—the Bermuda high—is back, building westward into the region and setting up a pattern change that will usher in warmer temperatures and higher humidity. We’ve got a series of hot and muggy days ahead of us starting today. Temperatures this afternoon will warm into the lower to mid 80s while Tuesday and Wednesday will see temperatures approach 90 degrees across the Champlain and Saint Lawrence Valleys. The heat wave will be short lived however, as a sharp cold front is expected to move through the region Wednesday night into Thursday morning bringing showers and thunderstorms and allowing temperatures to cool off to near normal temperatures through the remainder of the work week. More unsettled weather returns this weekend.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs in the lower 80s and light and variable winds, becoming southwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight as a shortwave trough slides north of us. It’ll be humid with lows in the upper 60s and southwest winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning. It’ll be humid with highs in the upper 80s and southwest winds around 10 mph, increasing to 15 to 20 mph and gusting up to 30 mph in the afternoon. Heat index values in the upper 90s are possible in the afternoon. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy. It’ll be muggy with lows in the lower 70s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

Wednesday’s looking partly sunny, hot, and humid with highs in the upper 80s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. The aforementioned cold front should be poised to move in late in the afternoon or evening. Chance of rain 50%. Heat index values in the mid 90s are possible. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 72 and a low of 40.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 56° and a high of 76°.
The record low was 40° in 1969.
The record high was 95° in 1948.
Average rainfall for this date is: 0.13″

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:09AM
Sunset: 7:37PM
Length of day: 13:27:57
Today will be 2:53 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 15.5 days old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:30PM
Moonset: 1:02AM

About Today’s Photo:

We went peach picking yesterday at Shelburne Orchard. This is an “invitation only” event that happens just before the apple picking season begins on September 1st. You can sign up for next year’s peach pickin’ party by going to the Shelburne Orchard website!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  40mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/100″ exposure.

 


Sunday, August 26, 2018

garden-spider-web

A yellow garden spider on her web in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:35AM it’s currently 70 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 75%, dewpoint 61, barometric pressure 30.05” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 81, and the overnight low was 57.

Forecast:

This morning’s sunshine will soon give way to scattered showers and thunderstorms by midday as a shortwave trough pushes north of the region. Some storms may produce strong winds and heavy rains. Drier and warmer, more humid conditions will return for the start of the week as high pressure builds back across the region. Temps on Tuesday and Wednesday could potentially reach 90 degrees across portions of the Champlain and Saint Lawrence Valleys while the rest of the North Country could see temps in the mid to upper 80s. A strong
cold front is expected to move through the region Wednesday night bringing rainfall Wednesday night and Thursday morning along with a return to seasonably cool temperatures for Thursday through the upcoming weekend.

We’ll see partly sunny skies this morning giving way to clouds and a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms until midnight. Lows will be in the mid 60s with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Monday should be partly sunny with highs in the mid 80s and light and variable winds. Monday night should be partly cloudy and humid with lows in the upper 60s and south winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday’s looking partly sunny, hot, and humid with highs in the upper 80s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 70.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 70 and a low of 43.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 56° and a high of 76°
The record low was 40° in 1987.
The record high was 96° in 1948.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:07AM
Sunset: 7:38PM
Length of day: 13:30:50
Today will be 2:52 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is the full “Sturgeon Moon” (Northeast Native American).
14.6 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:03PM
Moonset: 2:56AM

About Today’s Photo:

Yesterday’s blog featured a tiny grass spider’s web. Today we’ve got a much larger yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia) sitting on her web poised for prey to fly in. When it inevitaby does, the spider will jump quickly to stun the critter with venom and then wrap it in webbing for future snacking.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/ 7.1, 1/500″ exposure.


Saturday, August 25, 2018

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Tiny beads of dew stick to a spider’s web in the grass by the pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 57 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 57, barometric pressure 30.24” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 84, and the overnight low was 57.

Forecast:

High pressure will continue to provide fair and dry conditions through tonight. Chances for a few showers and thunderstorms arrive Sunday as a shortwave trough passes through. High pressure will ridge in behind the departing trough bringing warm and humid air into the region for the first part of the work week. A
cold front will cross the region Wednesday bringing showers and thunderstorms. Behind this front a drier more seasonable airmass will pull in for later in the week.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs around 80 and light and variable winds, becoming southwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows in the upper 50s and south winds around 10 mph.

Sunday should be partly sunny with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 70s with south winds around 10 mph.
Sunday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the mid 60s with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Monday’s looking partly sunny, humid, and warm with highs in the mid 80s and light and variable winds. Monday night should be mostly cloudy and muggy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 68 and a low of 45. We picked up 0.14″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 57° and lows of 76°.
The record low was 39° in 1942.
The record high was 97° in 1947.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:06AM
Sunset: 7:40PM
Length of day: 13:33:43
Today will be 2:51 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 13.7 days old with 98% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:33PM
Moonset: 5:02AM

About Today’s Photo:

The tiny beads of dew sticking to this spider’s web in the grass correspond to where the spider applies her sticky material to the web strand. The spaces between the drops aren’t sticky allowing the spider to move across the web. Other critters—the spider’s prey—aren’t able to avoid the sticky bits and get trapped.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/16, 1/160″ exposure.