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Saturday, June 29, 2019

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An ant slurps up nectar on a daisy fleabane

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:10AM it’s currently 61 degrees and drizzling lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 61, barometric pressure 29.98” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.06” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 87, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

We’ve got a rainy weekend ahead of us. A stalled frontal boundary will slide eastward as a cold front this afternoon bringing showers and thunderstorms across the regions. Temperatures today will once again climb to near 80 degrees ahead of the cold front. A strong upper level low moving out of the northern Great Lakes will head our way this evening and be overhead Sunday bringing more showers and thunderstorms through Sunday afternoon. Monday should be drier with deep layer high pressure building across the region. Tuesday and Wednesday should also trend drier but afternoon showers and thunderstorms are a possibility as temperatures warm well into the 80s each day.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with showers likely along with\ thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be near 77 with south winds 6 to 10 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon and gusting to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 60 with south winds 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Rainfall amounts between 1/10″-14″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday should be cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. It’ll be on the cool side with highs only near 69 and light and variable winds becoming northerly 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be around 57 with north winds 3 to 7 mph.

Monday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 80 and northwest winds 3 to 7 mph. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be around 59 with calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 85 and a low fo 57. We picked up 0.33″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 59 and a high of 80.
The record low was 40 in 1988.
The record high was 96 in 1946.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:10AM
Sunset: 8:40PM
Length of day: 15:29:21
Today will be 0:32 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26 days old with 15% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:50AM
Moonset: 5:22PM

About Today’s Photo:

Bees and other flying insects aren’t the only critters that help pollinate flowers. Ants—drawn to the sweet nectar of the blossoms—also aid in the pollination of this daisy fleabane growing in our front field.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/4.5, 1/5000″ exposure.


Friday, June 28, 2019

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A pearl crescent in the clover of our front yard

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:45AM it’s currently 56 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 55, barometric pressure 30.12” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.14” overnight as a quick shower moved through. Yesterday’s high was 85, and the overnight low was 54.

Forecast:

We’ve got another warm day on tap today with showers and embedded thunderstorms arriving tonight into Saturday as decaying low pressure moves in from the Great Lakes. A more organized low moving across central Québec Saturday will swing a cold front through the region Saturday afternoon bringing more showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon, overnight, and lingering into Sunday. Temperatures will be noticeably cooler on Sunday with daytime highs only in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 86 and south winds around 6 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Tonight should bring increasing clouds and a rising chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 63 with west winds around 5 mph becoming southeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40% with rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ expected, except for higher amounts in thunderstorms.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs will be near 76 with south winds around 6 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible, with higher amounts in thunderstorms. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 60 with west winds 3 to 7 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday should be cloudy with showers likely. Highs will be near 69 with northwest winds 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers in the evening. Lows will be around 56 with north winds 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 85 and a low of 57. We picked up 0.33″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 59 and a high of 80.
The record low was 45 in 1980.
The record high was 95 in 1991.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:10AM
Sunset: 8:40PM
Length of day: 15:29:53
Today will be 0:28 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25 days old with 23% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:21AM
Moonset: 4:14PM

About Today’s Photo:

You may have seen some of these diminutive butterflies (1″-1.5″ wide) flitting about lawns, fields, and driveways over the past couple of weeks. Pearl crescents are a common butterfly in the region and you’ll often see them chasing each other about as they feed and mate. Several generations will be born in summer.

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


Thursday, June 27, 2019

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A crab spider munches its catch

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 59 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 30.07” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.67” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 84, and the overnight low was 57.

Forecast:

We’ve got another warm summer day on tap for today with temperatures similar to or even slightly warmer than yesterday. After a dry start to the day today, some showers and thunderstorms will develop near the International Border this evening as a weak trough skirts north of the region. Showers should diminish by Friday morning a brief period of dry weather Friday as weak high pressure builds in. More showers will return Saturday as a more organized low pressure system heads our way from the Great Lakes. Temperatures should be seasonably warm through Friday before a cooling trend arrives going into the weekend.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the lower 80s and light and variable winds, becoming westerly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear until midnight, then become partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms north. Lows will be in the lower 60s with west winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Friday should be mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with light and variable winds, becoming westerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 60s with south winds around 10 mph.

Saturday should be cloudy with showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms. Highs will be in the mid 70s with west winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Saturday night should be cloudy with showers likely. Lows will be in the upper 50s. Chance of rain 60 percent with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 75 and a low of 51.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 59 and a high of 79.
The record low was 46 in 2004 (we had a low of 41).
The record high was 99 in 1941.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:09AM
Sunset: 8:40PM
Length of day: 15:30:21
Today will be 0:23 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24 days old with 32% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:55AM
Moonset: 3:08PM

About Today’s Photo:

Crab spiders are lurkers. Instead of weaving a web, they hide out in the petals of flowers—in this case, a rugosa rose by the pond—waiting for their prey to come into range. Then they quickly grab their quarry and devour it in place. Often the spider will be the same color as the flower they’re perched on, making it that much harder to see them. I’ve often taken pictures of a blossom only to discover that there was a spider lurking there when I looked at the image on my computer.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/320″ exposure.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Raindrops bead on lady’s mantle

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:15AM it’s currently 57 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 56, barometric pressure 29.98” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.50” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 79, and the overnight low was 56.

Forecast:

We’ve got warm and moderately humid summertime weather on tap today and through the end of the week courtesy of weak high pressure over the region. A large, upper level low over James Bay will rotate an area of instability through the region later today kicking off scattered showers and terrain driven thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Mainly dry weather is expected Thursday and Friday with the possibility of a stray terrain driven shower or thunderstorm each day. A better chance for more organized showers will arrive by the weekend as a cold front pushes through the region.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with light and variable winds. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms until midnight, then mostly clear with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows will be in the lower 60s with light and variable winds.

Thursday should be mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with light and variable winds, becoming westerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Thursday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 60s and west winds around 10 mph.

Friday’s looking mostly sunny with highs in the lower 80s and light and variable winds. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 78 and a low of 40.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:09AM
Sunset: 8:40PM
Length of day: 15:30:45
Today will be 0:19 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23 days old with 42% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:34AM
Moonset: 2:05PM

About Today’s Photo:

We have several plantings of lady’s mantle in our back garden. I’m always drawn to them after a rain as the fine hairs along the edges of the leaves allow raindrops to bead on the serrated fringes.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/4, 1/250″ exposure.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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In close with an iris blossom by the pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 66 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 85%, dewpoint 62, barometric pressure 29.77” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 79, and the overnight low was 52.

Forecast:

Low pressure just south of James Bay this morning will push an occluded front through the region today bringing a band of light to moderate rainfall through the area this morning into early afternoon. Rainfall should wind down later in the day into tonight. Warm and humid weather will move in for Wednesday into Friday along with chances for afternoon showers and a few thunderstorms each day as diurnal heating interacts with weak disturbances crossing the region each day. A more organized low pressure system looks to be in the cards for Saturday with showers and thunderstorms moving in with the arrival of a cold front.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 70s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is near 100% with 1/4″-1/2″ of rainfall possible. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms until midnight. Lows will be around 60 with south winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. It’ll be warmer and more humid with highs in the lower 80s and light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the lower 60s with south winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday should be mostly sunny with highs in the lower 80s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s.

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 58 and a high of 79.
The record low was 39 in 1979.
The record high was 94 in 1995.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:09AM
Sunset: 8:40PM
Length of day: 15:31:05
Today will be 0:15 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 22 days old with 51% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:09AM
Moonset: 1:04PM

About Today’s Photo:

Looking in close at an iris blooming by the pond reveals the intricate patterning of the blossoms petals. A blast of deep indigo against the green.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/100″ exposure.


Monday, June 24, 2019

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Subtle colors on the eastern horizon at sunset on Lake Champlain

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:35AM it’s currently 50 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 49, barometric pressure 29.86” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 81, and the overnight low was 48.

Forecast:

We’ve got another lovely day on tap today courtesy of high pressure which is cresting over the region today. Expect plenty of sunshine and seasonable temperatures. A trough of low pressure will move our way from the norther Great Lakes tonight bringing showers and possibly a few thunderstorms Tuesday. Above normal temperatures are expected for Wednesday along with the possibility of a few showers or storms in the afternoon.

We’ll see sunny skies today Highs in the upper 70s and light and variable winds. Tonight should be mostly clear until midnight then become partly cloudy. Lows will be in the mid 50s with light and variable winds, becoming southeasterly around 10 mph after midnight.

Tuesday showers are likely in the morning with showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 70s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be around 60 with south winds around 10 mph.

Wednesday should be partly sunny with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 66 and a low of 56. We picked up 0.20″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 58 and a high of 79.
The record low was 40 in 1988.
The record high was 96 in 2003 (we had a high of 92).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:08AM
Sunset: 8:40PM
Length of day: 15:31:20
Today will be 0:11 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 21 days old with 61% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:45AM
Moonset: 12:03PM

About Today’s Photo:

We anchored our little boat, Lyra, off of a little beach on the Alburg shore just north of North Hero the other night and watched as the colors drained from the sky to the east. The strong northwest winds that had been churning the water throughout the day finally settled down giving us at tranquil night. In this view, the tip of North Hero can be seen to the center left of the image.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-18mm lens @  9mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/10, 1/100″ exposure.


Friday, June 21, 2019; The Summer Solstice

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A baby snapping turtle in our front yard

Happy Solstice!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:05AM it’s currently 58 degrees and sprinkling lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 57, barometric pressure 29.55” and rising slowly. We picked up 1.98” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 69, and the overnight low was 58.

Forecast:

A shortwave trough moving south of the region this morning will bring showers across southern Vermont this morning. We should see cloudy skies today locally with a possibility for some more showers this afternoon as another shortwave trough slides to our north. Temperatures will be on the cool side today—in the mid 60s. High pressure will build into the region tonight allowing for some clearing this weekend. Another weak shortwave trough will slide through on Saturday bringing the slight chance of showers to north central and northeast Vermont, but we should be dry on Sunday with increasing amounts of sunshine and a gradual warming trend as well.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 20% chance of showers. Highs will be in the mid 60s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers until midnight, then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows will be in the lower 50s with northwest winds around 10 mph.

Saturday should be partly sunny with a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 70s with northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Saturday night should be clear with lows in the lower 50s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting to 25 mph.

Sunday’s looking sunny with highs in the mid 70s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Sunday night should be clear with lows in the lower 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 70 and a low of 56.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 57 and a high of 78.
The record low was 44 in 1986.
The record high was 97 in 2012 (we had a high of 92).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07AM
Sunset: 8:39PM
Length of day: 15:31:40
Today will be 0:01 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 18.5 days old with 85% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:52PM
Moonset: 9:03AM

The Summer Solstice will occur this morning at 11:54AM. 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:

As I crossed the front yard from my studio to the house yesterday evening, I came across this young snapping turtle in the grass. He was about 4″ in diameter.  He was headed towards our front field—in the opposite direction of our pond—and I wasn’t entirely sure where he came from or where he was headed. I carefully picked him up and carried him over to the edge of the pond where he enthusiastically  crawled into the water.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  109mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/125″ exposure.