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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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Hepatica blooming in the woods

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:50AM it’s currently 39 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 36, barometric pressure 30.18” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 49, and the overnight low was 39.

Forecast:

A weak area of low pressure moving across southern New York will bring a light mix of rain and wet snow to the North Country early this morning. Any precipitation will be light and short-lived, and we should see some partial clearing and drier conditions move in this afternoon and tonight as a brief period of high pressure builds in. Low pressure moving out of the Ohio River valley will lift a warm front into our region Wednesday bringing clouds and periods of rain Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night. Surface high pressure will build in Thursday bringing dry conditions before another quick moving low brings additional periods of rain for Friday. Temperatures are expected to remain on the cool side below seasonal averages through the rest of the work week. High pressure and drier weather is expected for the upcoming weekend, with daytime highs finally moderating well into the 60s.

We’ll see cloudy skies this morning with a 40% chance of showers before 1:00pm. Skies will gradually clear this afternoon with a high near 50 and light and variable wind becoming northerly 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Tonight should be partly cloudy with patchy frost. Lows will be around 32 with north winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday should start out dry with rain likely in the afternoon. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a high near 48 and calm winds becoming southeasterly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ expected. Wednesday night should be cloudy with rain likely. Lows will be around 40 with east winds 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 1/2″-3/4″ possible.

Thursday should be cloudy with rain likely in the morning, diminishing to scattered showers by noon. Highs will be near 51 with north winds 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ expected. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers after 2:00am. Lows will be around 42 with calm winds becoming southeasterly around 5 mph after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 46 and a low of 33. We picked up 0.88″ of rain and 0.50″ of snow.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 40 and a high of 62.
The record low was 27 in 2012 (we had a low of 24).
The record high was 84 in 2004 (we had a high of 82).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:44AM
Sunset: 7:54PM
Length of day: 14:09:45
Today will be 2:41 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25 days old with 20.5% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:14AM
Moonset: 3:29PM

About Today’s Photo:

Another spring ephemeral is starting to bloom in the woods. Hepatica is a demure little native flower that blooms in our woodlands. It gets its name from its round lobed leaves. It was thought that the liver-shaped leaves indicated that the plant would be useful in treating liver ailments. This is the “doctrine of signatures”, a belief that states that herbs resembling various parts of the body can be used by herbalists to treat ailments of those body parts. Whether this is true is up to science to prove, but there are myriad examples of other plants named using this idea.

 


Monday, April 29, 2019

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Glory-of-the-snow blooming in our back yard

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently a frosty 29 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 90%, dewpoint 27, barometric pressure 30.41” and rising rapidly. Yesterday’s high was 50, and the overnight low was 27.

Forecast:

An active weather pattern with below average temperatures will be the rule for the upcoming week. High pressure is currently cresting over the North Country and will deliver plentiful sunshine this morning. Clouds will begin to roll in this afternoon out ahead of a shortwave trough which will bring showers this evening and overnight. Daytime highs will mainly be in the mid 40s to mid 50s today and near freezing tonight allowing some changeover to snow in higher elevations. A brief ridge of high pressure will bring drier air Tuesday afternoon and overnight before a more potent low moving out of the Ohio River valley delivers another round of showers Wednesday into Thursday.

We’ll see sunny skies this morning giving way to increasing clouds this afternoon. Highs will be near 49 with northwest winds 6 to 11 mph. Tonight should be cloudy with showers likely mainly after 1am. Lows will be around 35 with calm winds becoming easterly 5 to 7 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ expected.

Tuesday should be cloudy and chilly with rain and snow showers likely before 1pm. Highs will be near 49 with light and variable winds becoming northerly 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70% with little or no snow accumulation expected. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 34 and northwest winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday should be cloudy with rain likely in the afternoon. Highs will be near 50 with calm winds becoming southerly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible. Wednesday night should be cloudy with right likely. Lows will be around 41 with light east winds. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 47 and a low of 35. We picked up 0.13″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 40 and a high of 61.
The record low was 26 in 2012 (we had a low of 24).
The record high was 85 in 1986.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:46AM
Sunset: 7:53PM
Length of day: 14:07:04
Today will be 2:42 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24 days old with 28% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:48AM
Moonset: 2:28PM

About Today’s Photo:

Glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa) is a perennial native to the eastern Mediterranean. At some point, a previous owner of our house planted these attractive early bloomers in a garden on our property, but now they’ve naturalized quite a bit and pop up every spring in our back yard and at the fringes of the “tall grass” of our lower field. As they common name implies, these flowers are often some of the first to bloom, pushing they way through late spring snowfalls.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/10, 1/320″ exposure.


Sunday, April 28, 2019

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A garter snake warms itself in the sun

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:20AM it’s currently 36 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 86%, dewpoint 32, barometric pressure 29.90” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.38” of rain in the past 24hrs and a few snowflakes yesterday evening. Yesterday’s high was 45, and the overnight low was 34.

Forecast:

A low pressure system will pass just south of our region today bringing some scattered showers mainly over the southern half of Vermont. Daytime highs today will only be in the mid 40s to lower 50s. High pressure building in tonight along with clearing skies will allow temperatures to fall into the 20s to around 30. Monday should see more sunshine, but below normal temperatures will continue. An active weather pattern looks to be in the cards through the middle of the upcoming week with light showers likely Tuesday and a more potent storm arriving Wednesday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a high near 48 and northwest winds 7 to 9 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear and chilly with a low around 27 and northwest winds 6 to 8 mph.

Monday should bring increasing clouds with a high near 51 and northwest winds 6 to 8 mph. Monday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be around 36 with southeast winds 3 to 6 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers before noon. Highs will be near 51 with east winds around 5 mph becoming calm. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 37 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 64 and a low of 38. We picked up 0.15″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 40 and a high of 61.
The record low was 24 in 1947.
The record high was 90 in 1990.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:47AM
Sunset: 7:52PM
Length of day: 14:04:21
Today will be 2:44 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23 days old with 37% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:18AM
Moonset: 1:28PM

About Today’s Photo:

While we were “tree paddling” the other day in the flood plain along Lewis Creek and Lake Champlain, I came across this garter snake warming itself in the sun. We had gotten out of our kayaks to walk down an old road in through the woods to see if we could find an easy carry through to more water. I almost stepped on this fair sized snake as I walked.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  61mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/320″ exposure.


Saturday, April 27, 2019

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A mallard drake on our pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently a raw and rainy 42 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the southeast at 3-6 mph. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 41, barometric pressure 29.29” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.84” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 51, and the overnight low was 42.

Forecast:

We’ve got a damp and raw day on tap today courtesy of low pressure over southern Québec this morning and another “triple point” low moving northeastward through Rhode Island and Massachusetts. We’ll see showery weather and cool, breezy conditions with daytime highs only in the mid 40s today. Precipitation should become showery in nature by midday before a cold front swings through later this afternoon bringing a renewed shot of rain and chilly air. Wouldn’t be surprised to see some snowflakes mix in over higher elevations this afternoon into the evening hours. Showers should wind down tonight as a brief bubble of high pressure builds in for Sunday morning. Cool temperatures will continue on Sunday, with chances of showers in central and southern Vermont as a weak trough passes to our south. Unsettled weather looks to continue into a good portion of next week with on and off chances for showers and cooler than average temperatures.

We’ll see rain and showers today. Highs will be near 46 with west winds 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible. Tonight should be cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be around 33 with west winds 8 to 11 mph.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 47 with west winds 6 to 9 mph. Sunday night should start out mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear and chilly with lows will be around 27 with northwest winds 6 to 8 mph.

Monday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 50 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 36 and light southeast winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 56 and a low of 38. We picked up 0.77″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 39 and a high of 60.
The record low was 22 in 1972.
The record high was 90 in 1990.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:49AM
Sunset: 7:50PM
Length of day: 14:01:37
Today will be 2:45 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 22.5 days old with 46% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:45AM
Moonset: 12;28PM

About Today’s Photo:

I took this shot of a mallard drake in our pond the other day. I was so attentive to getting the shot and not disturbing him that I completely missed his very well camouflaged mate sitting not 3′ to his left on a rock. She was sitting stock still and blending in nicely with the rock and brown vegetation.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 1250, f/6.3, 1/250″ exposure.


Friday, April 26, 2019

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Magnolia budding in our back yard

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:10AM it’s currently 50 degrees and just starting to drizzle a bit under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 2-4 mph. Relative humidity is 78%, dewpoint 43, barometric pressure 29.80” and falling slowly. Yesterday’s high was 60, and the overnight low was 39.

Forecast:

Low pressure moving into the Great Lakes from the Ohio River valley this morning will lift a warm front through the North Country today bringing occasional showers. As the low deepens, gusty southeast winds will develop along the western slopes of the Greens this afternoon. A cold front will swing through later this evening bringing additional showers and chilly, raw conditions for Saturday. Highs today will range from the mid 40s in eastern Vermont to upper 50s in the Champlain valley, but cool back into the 30s and 40s on Saturday with some snow showers possible in the mountains. A brief crest of high pressure will build in early Sunday followed another round of showers as a shortwave trough moves through. Unsettled and cool conditions are on tap for much of next week.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with showers likely. Highs will be near 52 with breezy southeast winds 8 to 13 mph increasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon and gusting to 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible. Tonight should be cloudy with showers likely. Lows will be around 41 with southeast winds 17 to 22 mph decreasing to 6 to 11 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible.

Saturday should be cloudy with showers likely in the morning. Highs will be near 46 with west winds 10 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/10′-1/4″ possible. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers before 10pm. Lows will be around 33 with west winds 9 to 11 mph gusting to 21 mph.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 47 with northwest winds 6 to 8 mph. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy then gradually becoming mostly clear with a low around 29 and northwest winds 6 to 8 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 53 and a low of 44. We picked up 0.58″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 39 and a high of 60.
The record low was 22 in 1972.
The record high was 80 in 1990.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:50AM
Sunset: 7:49PM
Length of day: 13:58:51
Today will be 2:46 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 21.5 days old with 56% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:07AM
Moonset: 11:30AM

About Today’s Photo:

The magnolia in our back garden is beginning to bud. According to Wikipedia, magnolia is an ancient genus that appeared some 20 million years ago. This was before pollinators like bees existed, and the flowers are theorized to have evolved to encourage pollination by beetles.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/200″ exposure.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

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Bloodroot unfurls next to Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:05AM it’s currently 39 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 39, barometric pressure 29.95” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.06” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 59, and the overnight low was 38.

Forecast:

Weak surface high pressure will build into the region today bringing dry conditions and near normal temperatures today along with some glimpses of sun. Low pressure developing over the Mississippi River Valley today will track into the eastern Great Lakes by Friday bringing widespread rainfall Friday into Saturday along with gusty southeast winds. A cool and showery day is expected on Saturday, before drier and slightly warmer conditions return for Sunday. Unsettled weather and below average temperatures will be the rule heading into early next week.

We’ll see cloudy skies this morning, then gradual clearing with a high near 61 and west winds around 5 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain heading towards daybreak. Lows will be around 43 with calm winds becoming southeasterly around 6 mph after midnight.

Friday should be cloudy with rain likely. Highs will be near 53 with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon and gusting to 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ expected. Friday night should be cloudy with rain likely. Lows will be around 44 with southeast winds 16 to 21 mph decreasing to 9 to 14 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ expected.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with showers likely. Highs will be near 48 with west winds 11 to 16 mph gusting to 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 33 with west winds 6 to 8 mph and gusting to 22 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 58 and a low of 49. We picked up 0.58″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 38 and a high of 60.
The record low was 23 in 1965.
The record high was 86 in 2009 (we had a high of 86).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:52AM
Sunset: 7:48PM
Length of day: 13:56:05
Today will be 2:47 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20.6 days old with 65% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:22AM
Moonset: 10:34PM

About Today’s Photo:

Bloodroot is common spring ephemeral that you’ll see popping up in the area this time of year. We have nice crop of it down next to Fargo Brook. The flowers will open up on warm days, and then close as temperatures drop. Bloodroot gets its familiar name from the reddish sap in the roots. Native Americans used the sap as a dye for basket making.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  177mm, ISO 1250, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Paddling in the trees on Lake Champlain yesterday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:30AM it’s currently 48 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 3-7 mph. Relative humidity is 77%, dewpoint 41, barometric pressure 29.61” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.24” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 73, and the overnight low was 47.

Forecast:

Weak low pressure will skirt just north of the Canadian border today bringing cooler and cloudy conditions and a few showers to the North Country today with temperatures mainly in the 40s and 50s. Weak high pressure will build in Thursday bringing dry and slightly warmer conditions, but that will be short-lived as another more potent low will head our way out of the Ohio River valley Friday bringing widespread rain Friday into Saturday, along with cooler temperatures. The weekend into early next week is looking unsettled and cool as a series of shortwave troughs push through the region bringing showers, mountain snow showers, and below average temperatures.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 40% chance of showers. Highs will only be near 49 with southwest winds 10 to 14 mph becoming northwesterly and gusting to 25mph in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. Lows will be around 37 with northwest winds 6 to 10 mph.

Thursday should start out mostly cloudy, then become gradually sunny with a high near 62 and northwest winds around 5 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain late. Lows will be around 43 with calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph after midnight.

Friday should be cloudy with rain likely. Highs will be near 57 with southeast winds 7 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible. Friday night should be cloudy with rain likely. Lows will be around 40 with light and variable winds becoming southerly around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 71 and a low of 34. Our pond was finally ice free.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 38 and a high of 59.
The record low was 24 in 1993.
The record high was 82 in 1942.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:53AM
Sunset: 7:47PM
Length of day: 13:53:17
Today will be 2:48 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19.7 days old with 75% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:30AM
Moonset: 9:42AM

About Today’s Photo:

Yesterday’s image of a thundering Middlebury Falls begs the question, where does all that water go? Well, it goes into Lake Champlain of course! This is one of our favorite times of year to paddle out of the Lewis Creek boat launch area. The lake level, currently at 100.5″, is a good 5′ above average, and water has inundated the flood plains and marshes along the lake edge and upstream along Lewis Creek. This makes for fun “tree paddling” through the flood plain forests. The place was alive with birds of all kinds!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  14mm, ISO 800, f/14, 1/320″ exposure.