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Thursday, April 18, 2019

chickadee-nest-excavation

A chickadee excavates a nesting cavity above Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:30AM it’s currently 47 degrees and drizzling just a bit under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-5 mph. Relative humidity is 58%, dewpoint 33, barometric pressure 30.12” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 58, and the overnight low was 32.

Forecast:

Low pressure over the northern Great Lakes this morning will lift a warm front through the North Country today along with a few showers this morning and increasingly breezy conditions this afternoon. A more potent and juicy storm system will lift out of the Ohio River valley Friday bringing several rounds of moderate to locally heavy rain Friday through Saturday along with a renewed threat for areas of flooding. Temperatures will bump into the upper 60s Friday and Saturday. Showers should finally taper off late Saturday night into Sunday.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a 50% chance of rain. Highs will be near 56 with breezy south winds 9 to 14 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon and gusting to 36 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers, mainly after 7:00pm. Lows will be around 48 with south winds 15 to 17 mph gusting to 30 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected.

Friday should be cloudy with showers likely beginning in the afternoon. Highs will be near 68 with south winds 14 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible. Friday night rain is likely. Lows will be around 51 with southwest winds 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 3/4″-1″ possible.

Saturday should be cloudy with rain likely. Highs will be near 64 with light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be around 51 with south winds 5 to 11 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 44 and a low of 29. We picked up 0.19″ of rain and 0.10″ of snow and had 0.50″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 36 and a high of 56.
The record low was 21 in 1948.
The record high was 91 in 1976.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:03AM
Sunset: 7:39PM
Length of day: 13:36:10
Today will be 2:54 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 13.4 days old with 98% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:48PM
Moonset: 6:01AM

About Today’s Photo:

I was up on our balcony yesterday afternoon taking pictures of a pair of mallards that had just landed in our pond when I noticed two chickadees flitting about the top of a dead willow down by Fargo Brook. On closer inspection, I could see that the pair were taking turns scooting into a hole near the top of the tree and then emerging with a mouthful of wood. They were excavating a nesting hole! As you might have surmised, chickadees are cavity nesters. I’d never managed to see chickadees nesting, let alone working to build their nesting hole—quite exciting! The photo below shows one of the pair emerging with a mouthful.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/640″ exposure.

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3 responses

  1. Deb Parrella

    Lucky you and very exciting indeed!
    Thanks for capturing/sharing that chickadee pair in action.
    And for being such a wonderful observer and recorder, of not only the weather, but nature here in Huntington.

    April 18, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    • Thanks Deb! I’m happy to do it! Get me outa bed in the mornings!

      April 18, 2019 at 3:30 pm

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