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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

globe-thistle

Globe thistle beginning to bloom in our ornamental garden

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 65 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 64, barometric pressure 29.96” and steady. We picked up 1.09” of rain in the past 24hrs in a series of pretty intense downpours starting yesterday late afternoon. Yesterday’s high was 91, and the overnight low was 64.

Forecast:

After a quiet start to the day, a cold front will slide southeastward from southern Québec around midday bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms with the greatest potential for thunderstorms across south-central Vermont. Skies will clear out tonight with patchy dense fog in favored valley locations. High pressure will build eastward from the Great Lakes Thursday bringing fine summer weather with lower humidity levels on light northerly winds, along with seasonable temperatures to kick off August. Highs on Thursday will reach the upper 70s to lower 80s and then moderate into the low-mid 80s for highs on Friday and Saturday. The next chance for showers arrives Sunday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be near 82 with south winds 5 to 7 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 62 with northwest winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday should be sunny with a high near 79 and light north winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Thursday night should be clear with a low around 56 and north winds around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Friday’s looking sunny with a high near 82 and calm winds becoming westerly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Friday night should be mostly clear with a low around 59 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 84 and a low of 59. We picked up 0.03″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 81.
The record low was 42 in 1964.
The record high was 96 in 1999 (we had a high of 92).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:37AM
Sunset: 8:18PM
Length of day: 14:40:13
Today will be 2:17 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is new, 28 days old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:45AM
Moonset: 8:17PM

About Today’s Photo:

We have several patches of globe thistles growing in our ornamental garden. The tall perennials are just now beginning to flower. The blooms are pollinator magnets with every variety of flying insect in search of nectar and pollen visiting.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/500″ exposure.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

red-eft

A red eft on the forest floor

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 69 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 67, barometric pressure 29.91” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 90, and the overnight low was 65.

Forecast:

We’ve got some active weather on tap courtesy of a slow moving cold front which will approach the region tonight into Wednesday. A pre-frontal trough will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon, with a few storms capable of producing locally heavy rain and gusty winds. It’ll be warm again today with temperatures bumping up into the low 90s in the Champlain Valley. Showery conditions will continue into Wednesday as the front crosses the region, tapering off by Wednesday night. Cooler, more seasonable temperatures will move in behind this cold front as it moves east on Wednesday, setting us up for a dry and pleasant weekend.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Some storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. It’ll be hot with a high near 90 and south winds 5 to 13 mph. Rainfall amounts between 1/10″-14″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Lows will be around 65 with southwest winds 3 to 7 mph. Rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday should become partly sunny with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be near 81 with light and variable winds becoming westerly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 58 and north winds around 5 mph.

Thursday’s looking sunny with a high near 79 and light north winds increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Thursday night should be mostly clear with a low around 55 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 83 and a low of 52.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 81.
The record low was 45 in 1968.
The record high was 96 in 1959.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:36AM
Sunset: 8:19PM
Length of day: 14:42:30
Today will be 2:14 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27 days old with 5% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:39AM
Moonset: 7:24PM

About Today’s Photo:

The ubiquitous red efts that you’ll find in damp woods are actually the eft, or juvenile, stage of the eastern newt. Newts begin their lives as gilled larva in ponds and vernal pools. They emerge as efts to wander the woodlands eating insects, worms, and other small prey. Their distinctive bright red coloring is an example of aposematism, or “warning coloration”, signaling to potential predators that the eft isn’t going to be a good meal as its skin contains toxins. After two to three years of woodland wondering, the efts return to ponds as adults to lay eggs for the next generation.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/2.8, 1/30″ exposure.


Monday, July 29, 2019

indian-pipes

Indian pipes growing in a hemlock wood

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:45AM it’s currently 63 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 62, barometric pressure 29.92” and steady. We picked up 0.10” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 86, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

High pressure is cresting over the region today and will deliver dry but humid and warm conditions today through early Tuesday. A cold front will approach the region Tuesday night increasing the chances for rain late Tuesday night. Showers and thunderstorms—some possibly severe—will be on tap for Wednesday as the front slides through. Temperatures will return to near seasonal levels after the passage of the cold front making for a more pleasant end of the week heading into the weekend.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 87 and southwest winds 3 to 7 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 68 and south winds 5 to 7 mph.

Tuesday should be mostly sunny with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be near 88 with south winds 8 to 10 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows will be around 66 with south winds 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ expected with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with showers likely in the morning and showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Highs will be near 80 with light and variable winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers before 8:00pm. Lows will be around 58 with calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 89 and a low of 55.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 81.
The record low was 45 in 1987.
The record high was 98 in 1949.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:35AM
Sunset: 8:20PM
Length of day: 14:44:45
Today will be 2:12 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26 days old with 11% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:43AM
Moonset: 6:24PM

About Today’s Photo:

Indian pipes (Monotropa uniflora, A.K.A. ghost pipes) are a fascinating plant. Though it may appear to be some kind of mushroom, it is actually an herbaceous perennial plant that does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic employing certain fungi interact with trees and getting its energy from the photosynthesis of the trees themselves. Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense forest—here in a hemlock forest. Indian pipes are also known to be a nervine, with medicinal properties that affect the nervous system. Native Americans used the plant for a wide range of ailments including pain and anxiety and the plant has been used as in western herbal medicine since the late nineteenth century.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/6.3, 1/60″ exposure.


Saturday, July 27, 2019

hop-hornbeam

Hop hornbeam fruiting along Taft Road

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:40AM it’s currently 56 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 55, barometric pressure 30.24” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 87, and the overnight low was 55.

Forecast:

We’ve got another warm summer day on tap across the North Country courtesy of high pressure over the region. We may see a few isolated stray showers or thunderstorms across the higher terrain this afternoon as temperatures bump up to around 90 in valley locations. A short wave trough will move into the region tomorrow during peak heating hours sparking scattered showers and thunderstorms with some storms capable of frequent lightning and brief heavy downpours. Temperatures will continue above normal for Sunday and Monday with additional chances for precipitation on Tuesday. Cooler and drier conditions should prevail later in the week.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 88 and southeast winds 5 to 7 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear and muggy with a low around 64 and south winds 6 to 8 mph.

Sunday should be partly sunny with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be near 85 with northwest winds 9 to 11 mph. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 65 with southwest winds 3 to 7 mph.

Monday should be mostly sunny with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Highs will be near 86 with southwest winds 3 to 7 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 68 and south winds 3 to 5 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 85 and a low of 60. We picked up 0.56″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 81.
The record low was 45 in 2001 (we had a low of 42).
The record high was 98 in 1949.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:33AM
Sunset: 8:22PM
Length of day: 14:49:08
Today will be 2:07 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24 days old with 28% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:20AM
Moonset: 4:10PM

About Today’s Photo:

Hop Hornbeam (A.K.A. hardhack & ironwood) is fruiting in the woods now. This understory tree grows in well drained woodlands and gets its name from the distinctly hop-like pendulous fruits that form this time of year.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/2.5, 1/500″ exposure.


Friday, July 26, 2019

woods-island-hump

Gulls gather on a gravel spit on Woods Island in Lake Champlain

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:45AM it’s currently 54 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 54, barometric pressure 30/23” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 81, and the overnight low was 53.

Forecast:

We’ve got more lovely summer weather on tap for today and tomorrow courtesy of high pressure currently cresting over the region. We’ll see sunny skies today and Saturday with temperatures warming back above normal into the mid to upper 80s Saturday. A cold front will swing through on Sunday bringing another round of showers and thunderstorms Sunday afternoon into the evening. More unsettled weather is expected for early next week.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 83 and calm winds becoming easterly 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 65 and light northeast winds.

Saturday should be sunny with a high near 84 and east winds 3 to 8 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 65 and south winds 3 to 5 mph.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be near 84 with south wind 5 to 8 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon and gusting to 21 mph. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 65 and west winds 3 to 5 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 82 and a low of 62. We picked up 0.69″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 61 and a high of 81.
The record low was 45 in 1976.
The record high was 94 in 1989.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:32AM
Sunset: 8:23AM
Length of day: 14:51:16
Today will be 2:05 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23 days old with 38% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:49AM
Moonset: 3:03PM

About Today’s Photo:

We had breakfast yesterday morning anchored off the north end of Woods Island in Lake Champlain. The gravel spit at the end of the island was a popular place for a variety of gulls and terns enjoying the morning sunshine. Camel’s Hump can be seen peeking over the horizon.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1000″ exposure.


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

yellow-coral-fungi

Yellow coral fungi in a hemlock wood

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:45AM it’s currently 52 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 51, barometric pressure 29.98” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 79, and the overnight low was 51.

Forecast:

We’ve got a lovely summer day on tap courtesy of high pressure building into the region. An upper level trough passing through the region Thursday may spark a few showers and higher elevation thunderstorms Thursday. Temperatures will be seasonal in the 70s to around 80 through Thursday, followed by a warming trend with highs bumping back into the mid to upper 80s to end the week. The weekend looks to be dry on Saturday with a chance of showers on Sunday.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 76 and calm winds becoming northerly 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 55 and north winds 3 to 5 mph.

Thursday should be mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon over higher terrain. Highs will be near 79 with calm winds becoming northwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Thursday night should be mostly clear with a low around 60 and light south winds.

Friday’s looking sunny with a high near 84 with calm winds becoming westerly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Friday night should be mostly clear with a low around 63 and light south winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 89 and a low of 66. We picked up 0.36″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 61 and a high of 81.
The record low was 47 in 1985.
The record high was 96 in 1941.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:30AM
Sunset: 8:25PM
Length of day: 14:55:24
Today will be 2:00 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 21 days old with 57% illumination.
No Moonrise
Moonset: 12:54PM

About Today’s Photo:

It’s a great time of year for fungi out in the woods right now. The hemlock woods that I run through in the mornings is popping with a wide array of different mushrooms and fungi fruiting in the acidic soils. Though this yellow coral fungi was only a about 2″ high, it certainly caught my eye along the trail with its bright yellow hue.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/4.5, 1/100″ exposure.


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

katydid

A recently emerged katydid lurks in the grass

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:25AM it’s currently 60 degrees and
drizzling lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 29.83” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.24” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was made it only to 66, and the overnight low was 60.

Forecast:

Low pressure riding along the stalled frontal boundary south of New England will continue to provide rain showers to southern portions
of the region this morning. High pressure will build into the region from the Great Lakes later today bringing drier conditions for the remainder of the week with only a slight chance of showers on Thursday. Temperatures will be seasonal in the 70s through Thursday, followed by a warming trend with highs bumping back into the mid to upper 80s heading into the weekend.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a 30% chance of showers this morning. Highs will be near 75 with calm winds becoming northwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 54 and north winds 3 to 6 mph.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny with a high near 75 and northwest winds 3 to 8 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 54 and northwest winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday’s looking sunny with a high near 78 and southwest winds 3 to 7 mph. Thursday night should be mostly clear with a low around 59 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 82 and a low of 67. We picked up 0.15″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 61 and a high of 81.
The record low was 46 in 1977.
The record high was 93 in 2011 (we had a high of 93).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:29AM
Sunset: 8:26PM
Length of day: 14:57:25
Today will be 1:57 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20.5 days old with 67% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:58PM
Moonset: 11:53AM

About Today’s Photo:

I spotted (just barely!) this tiny katydid while out hunting for bugs in our front field. It was quite small—maybe 1″ long not including its long antennae—and was hopping about in the tall grasses trying to hide from me. I’m guessing it had only recently emerged from its nymph stage. It’s perfect green camouflage made the task of getting a decent shot that much more of a challenge!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/10, 1/200″ exposure.


Monday, July 22, 2019

ctenucha-moth-dogbane

A ctenucha moth on flowering dogbane

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 62 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 62, barometric pressure 29.87” and steady. We picked up 0.15” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 87, and the overnight low was 59.

Forecast:

The cold front that brought the much appreciated break from the heat yesterday afternoon has stalled south of our region today. Low pressure will track along the front today bringing widespread light rain to the North Country late this morning into Tuesday morning. High pressure will move in Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday bringing dry conditions. A weak disturbance aloft may spark a few showers and thunderstorms Thursday, but thereafter dry conditions are expected through the weekend along with increasing temperatures and humidity.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with rain likely this afternoon. Highs will be near 74 with light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ expected. Tonight should be cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. Lows will be around 54 with calm winds. Rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ are expected.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with a 20% chance of morning showers. Highs will be near 76 with calm winds becoming northwesterly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 54 and light west winds.

Wednesday’s looking sunny with a high near 75 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 54 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 79 and a low of 61.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 61 and a high of 81.
The record low was 45 in 1992.
The record high was 97 in 1955.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:28AM
Sunset: 8:27PM
Length of day: 14:59:22
Today will be 1:54 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous,19.6 days old with 75% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:35PM
Moonset: 10:53AM

About Today’s Photo:

Dogbane is flowering in our front field right now. Its delicate pendulous clusters of flowers must have some pretty sweet nectar as they are very popular with a variety of insects and pollinators, including this ctenucha moth with its wonderfully feathery antennae!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/200″ exposure.


Sunday, July 21, 2019

tiny-shroom

A solitary mushroom in our yard

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently a muggy 74 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 73, barometric pressure 29.66” and steady. We picked up 0.20” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 92, and the overnight low was 72.

Forecast:

We’ve got one more day of unseasonably warm and humid conditions ahead of us today before a cold front brings some relief tonight. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon ahead of the front with quieter and cooler conditions expected tonight. The front will sag just south of the region tonight and become quasi-stationary allowing for an area of low pressure to slide along it on Monday. This low will bring renewed chances for showers Monday and moderate to heavy rainfall is possible, mainly across southern Vermont. Temperatures today will again push 90 degrees in southern valley locations, but will cool and dry out noticeably tonight with lows in the 50s and low 60s with comfortable humidity levels. Daytime highs going into next week should be in the upper 70s most days with a warming trend occurring later in the week.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be near 86 with west winds 8 to 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 62 and northwest winds around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Monday should be partly sunny with a 30% chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs will be near 78 with light and variable winds. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain. Lows will be around 57 with calm winds. Rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ are expected.

Tuesday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 74 and calm winds becoming northwesterly around 5 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 51 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 84 and a low of 54.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 61 and a high of 81.
The record low was 45 in 1966.
The record high was 97 in 2011 (we had a high of 93).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:27AM
Sunset: 8:28PM
Length of day: 15:01:17
Today will be 1:52 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19 days old with 83% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:13PM
Moonset: 9:53AM

About Today’s Photo:

The damp and humid weather has made for good conditions for mushrooms and other fungi to grow. We have several of these diminutive mushrooms popping up in our yard between the house and the pond. Standing about 2″ high with a 1″ cap, these little fungi stand like sentries above the freshly cut grass.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/2000″ exposure.


Saturday, July 20, 2019

daylilies

Daylilys flowering by the pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 72 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 71, barometric pressure 29.77” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 88 (with a top dewpoint of 80), and the overnight low was 66.

Forecast:

We’ve got another hot and humid day on tap as the “heat bubble” that was over the middle of the continental US continues to slide eastward. Heat advisories remain in effect for today through Sunday, and temperatures today will warm into the low to mid 90s with heat indices in the mid 90s to low 100s. Some convective showers and thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and early evening as some shortwave energy crosses the region. A cold front will move through the region Sunday bringing showers and thunderstorms midday along with some relief from the heat for northern portions of the forecast area. More seasonable weather returns by early next week with more showers likely on Monday.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms midday. It’ll be hot and humid with a high near 93 with southwest wind 5 to 9 mph and heat index values as high as 102. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. It’ll be muggy with lows around 72 and southwest winds 6 to 8 mph.

Sunday should be partly sunny with 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be near 86 with northwest winds 6 to 10 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 61 with northwest winds 5 to 7 mph.

Monday’s looking partly sunny with a 40% chance of showers. It will be noticeably cooler with highs near 78 and light and variable winds. Rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ are possible. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with showers likely. Lows will be around 57 with calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 89 and a low of 50.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 61 and a high of 81.
The record low was 48 in 2000 (we had a low of 43).
The record high was 99 in 1977.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:26AM
Sunset: 8:29PM
Length of day: 15:03:09
Today will be 1:49 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 18 days old with 89% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:49PM
Moonset: 8:53AM

About Today’s Photo:

Daylilies are starting to bloom. We have a range of colors of these perennials around our property. The common orange daylily that has become naturalized and blooms along roadways is native to Asia and is considered an invasive in North America.


Friday, July 19, 2019

milkweed

A close look at a milkweed flower head

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:15AM it’s currently 66 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 65, barometric pressure 29.82” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 85, and the overnight low was 65.

Forecast:

The National Weather Service has posted Heat Advisories for our region for today and Saturday as hot and humid conditions move in. Temperatures will warm into the upper 80s to mid 90s today and Saturday with dewpoints in the upper 60s to mid 70s. Nighttime temperatures will only drop into the the upper 60s to mid 70s making for muggy sleeping. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms may be possible today as convection goes to work at higher elevations. There’s a better chance for storms Saturday afternoon and evening as a shortwave trough passes through. A cold front will drop through the region on Sunday. Forecast models are a bit uncertain as to the timing of this front, so Sunday may or may not be another hot and muggy day depending on the when the front moves through. Showers and thunderstorms will accompany the passage of the front, but it will usher in more seasonable conditions carrying us into early next week.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be near 90 with south winds 8 to 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 69 and west winds 5 to 8 mph.

Saturday should be mostly sunny and hot’n’humid with a high near 93 and southwest winds 3 to 8 mph. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of shower and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 71 with west winds 5 to 7 mph.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be near 88 with west winds 3 to 6 mph. Rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ are expected with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 62 with light northwest winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 82 and a low of 44.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 61 and a high of 81.
The record low was 48 in 1970.
The record high was 98 in 2013 (we had a high of 90).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:25AM
Sunset: 8:30PM
Length of day: 15:04:58
Today will be 1:46 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17 days old with 94% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:22PM
Moonset: 1:13AM

About Today’s Photo:

Milkweed is flowering in our front field now. Many know that milkweed is an important food source for Monarch butterfly caterpillars, but it also has other uses for us humans. During WWII, the floss of the seed heads was harvested as a replacement for kapok (the fibrous material used in life jackets), and the same filaments have been used in clothing for their insulation qualities, as acoustic treatments, and as absorptive materials for cleaning up oil spills. Who knew! (Wikipedia is a wonderful thing!)

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/100″ exposure.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

moneywort

Moneywort blooming along Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:40AM it’s currently 57 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 56, barometric pressure 29.97” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.98” of rain in the past 24hrs (1.11” for the storm). Yesterday’s high was 80, and the overnight low was 55.

Forecast:

We’ve got a pleasant summer day on tap today courtesy of high pressure currently building into the region. We’ll see temperatures warming into the mid to upper 80s with comfortable humidity levels. The high will slide eastward today allowing for a southerly airflow which will lift a warm front through the region overnight bumping up humidity levels tonight and ushering in hot and humid conditions for Friday and Saturday. Daytime highs both Friday and Saturday will be pushing into the mid 90s with dewpoints in the 70s, so it’ll be hot’n’muggy. Chances for convective thunderstorms will exist for Friday and more so on Saturday, and any storms that do develop on Saturday have the potential to be strong to severe. A cold front will move in on Sunday bringing some relief from the heat and humidity with more seasonable weather expected by early next week.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 81 and light and variable winds becoming southeasterly 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 64 and south winds around 7 mph.

Friday should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1:00pm. It’ll be hot and muggy with highs near 87 and south winds around 8 mph. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 71 with southwest winds 5 to 8 mph.

Saturday should be partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. It’ll be hot and muggy with highs near 92 and southwest winds 5 to 8 mph. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 69 with west winds around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 74 and a low of 47. We picked up 0.06″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 61 and a high of 81.
The record low was 47 in 1956.
The record high was 99 in 1953.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:24AM
Sunset: 8:31PM
Length of day: 15:06:44
Today will be 1:43 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16 days old with 98% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:53PM
Moonset: 6:52AM

About Today’s Photo:

Moneywort (A.K.A. creeping jenny, herb twopence and twopenny grass) is a European import that has established itself here in North America and is considered invasive in some regions. It grows in mats in moist soils near ponds and streams. The name refers to the bright yellow flowers resembling coins.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/4.5, 1/125″ exposure.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Echinacea blooming in our back garden

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently a juicy 68 degrees and raining under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 68, barometric pressure 29.86” and steady. We’ve picked up 0.13” of rain already this morning. Yesterday’s high was 83, and the overnight low was 65.

Forecast:

We’ve got an active period of weather ahead of us across the North Country through Saturday along with some oppressive heat and humidity for the end of the week. The remnants of tropical depression Barry are now moving into the region bringing showers this morning with heavy downpours possible over southern areas. A cold will front drop south from Canada this afternoon bringing more showers, thunderstorms, and downpours this afternoon over northern areas. The front will push south of the region tonight, and drier weather is expected for Thursday and Thursday night as high pressure builds in. Hot and humid conditions are expected on Friday and Saturday with daytime highs bumping into the low 90s in the broader valleys Friday and even a few degrees hotter on Saturday. Dewpoints will bump into the 70s as well making for oppressively muggy conditions both days. Showers and thunderstorms—some of which could be strong or severe—are on tap for Saturday afternoon and night. A break from the heat is expected Sunday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with showers this morning and thunderstorms this afternoon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Highs will be near 77 with south winds 5 to 8 mph becoming southwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 1/14-1/2″ possible. Tonight should be cloudy with showers and thunderstorms are likely before midnight. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Lows will be around 60 with north winds around 7 mph becoming easterly after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ expected with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday should be mostly sunny with a high near 80 and southeast winds 3 to 7 mph. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 64 and southeast winds around 6 mph.

Friday’s looking mostly sunny, hot and humid with a high near 89 and south winds 6 to 8 mph. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. It’ll be muggy with lows around 70 and southwest winds around 6 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 83 and a low of 61.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 61 and a high of 81.
The record low was 48 in 1973.
The record high was 97 in 1999 (we had a high of 93).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:23AM
Sunset: 8:32PM
Length of day: 15:08:27
Today will be 1:39 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 15 days old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:18PM
Moonset: 5:53AM

About Today’s Photo:

Echinacea (A.K.A. coneflower) is starting to bloom in our back garden. This is the first flower of the several plantings we have around our property. The name “echinacea” comes from the Greek word ἐχῖνος (ekhinos), meaning “sea urchin”, due to the spiny central disk. Pretty aptly named, I’d say…

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/6.3, 1/125″ exposure.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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Dew soaked black-eyed Susans blooming along our driveway

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 56 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 56, barometric pressure 30.04” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 79, and the overnight low was 51.

Forecast:

A warm front will push into the North Country today from the south marking the transition to more humid conditions as higher dew points move into the region. A cold front will slide southward from Canada into the region tonight bringing widespread precipitation late tonight into Wednesday as the front interacts with moisture from the remnants of tropical depression Barry. Heavy rainfall is possible which could lead to some localized flooding. The front will move south of the region Wednesday allowing drier air to move in for Thursday. A tropical-like airmass will move into the region on Friday bringing hot and humid conditions along with the threat of thunderstorms Friday and Saturday. Valley locations should see daytime highs in the mid 90s with muggy overnight lows in the upper 60s to low 70s.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 82 and south winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be around 68 with southwest winds around 9 mph.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with a 80% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Highs will be near 77 with southwest winds 3 to 8 mph. Rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ are possible. Wednesday night should be cloudy with rain likely. Lows will be around 59 with north winds 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible.

Thursday should be mostly cloudy with a high near 83 and light and variable winds. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 65 and calm winds becoming southerly around 6 mph in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 93 and a low of 54.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 61 and a high of 81.
The record low was 44 in 1946.
The record high was 96 in 2018 (we had a high of 93).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:22AM
Sunset: 8:32PM
Length of day: 15:10:07
Today will be 1:36 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is the full “Buck” Moon (Northeast Native American), 14 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:37PM
Moonset: 4:57AM

About Today’s Photo:

Black-eyed Susans are in bloom now bringing a bright splash of yellow to roadsides and fields.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/1600″ exposure.


Monday, July 15, 2019

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Chicory blooming along East Street

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:35AM it’s currently 54 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%. Dewpoint 53, barometric pressure 30.03” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 79, and the overnight low was 51.

Forecast:

This week will see a gradual increase in heat and humidity as several factors contribute to a trend towards hot and muggy conditions by the end of the week. High pressure over the region today through Tuesday morning will bring dry conditions. Highs today will be about 5 degrees warmer than yesterday, and by Tuesday we should see highs in the mid 80s as a warm front lifts into the region bringing noticeably more humid air. This will also lead to showers and thunderstorms especially on Wednesday as a shortwave trough slides through. Daily chances for showers and thunderstorms will persist through Saturday with locally heavy rainfall possible as moisture from the remnants of tropical depression Barry moves into the region. By Friday, conditions should be downright oppressive with temperatures hitting the low to mid 90s with dewpoints in the mid 70s heading into the weekend.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 80 and light west winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 57 and calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph.

Tuesday should be mostly sunny with a high near 85 and south winds 6 to 10 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 68 with southwest winds 6 to 9 mph.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with showers likely in the afternoon. Highs will be near 84 with southwest winds around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible. Wednesday night should be cloudy with showers likely. It’ll be muggy with lows around 66 and calm winds. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 87 and low of 58.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 61 and a high of 81.
The record low was 44 in 1960.
The record high was 93 in 2013 (we had a high of 90).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:21AM
Sunset: 8:33PM
Length of day: 15:11:44
Today will be 1:33 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 13 days old with 97% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:49PM
Moonset: 4:06AM

About Today’s Photo:

For me, chicory is a symbol of high summer. These lovely native perennials are now in bloom along roadsides and in fields, and their wide range of blue hues—from powder to indigo—are a pleasure for the eyes. Chicory has been used as a food additive for generations in a wide variety of foods. If you’ve had the spicy coffee featured in New Orleans, you’ve tasted chicory.


Sunday, July 14, 2019

cedar-waxwing-flags

A cedar waxwing collecting nesting materials off our front porch

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 67 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 67, barometric pressure 29.85” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.19” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 85, and the overnight low was 58.

Forecast:

A northwest flow aloft will develop over the region today bringing seasonal temperatures while low pressure moving east over norther Québec will deliver partly to mostly cloudy skies and the with potential for a few showers over northeastern Vermont. High pressure will build in for Monday bringing plenty of sunshine along with the start of a warming trend. By Tuesday temperatures will be well above normal and humidity levels will begin to increase. The remnants of tropical depression Barry will move into the region late Wednesday into Thursday bringing increasingly muggy and hot conditions for the middle to latter part of the week along with daily chances for showers and thunderstorms.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a 20% chance of showers. Highs will be near 76 with light and variable winds becoming northwesterly 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 56 and northwest winds 5 to 9 mph becoming light westerly after midnight.

Monday should be sunny with a high near 81 and northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 58 and calm winds.

Tuesday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 85 and south winds 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. It’ll be muggy with lows around 67 and south winds around 6 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 78 and a low of 57. We picked up 0.02″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 61 and a high of 81.
The record low was 50 in 1990.
The record high was 100 in 1995.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:20AM
Sunset: 8:34PM
Length of day: 15:13:18
Today will be 1:30 shorter than yesterday.

About Today’s Photo:

I was in the kitchen the other day when I noticed some fluttering just outside the window. This cedar waxwing was busy pulling out the dangling threads of the flags that Robin had hung from the front porch ceiling. It would flutter up to the edge of a flag, grab a beak-full of thread, then pull back to extract its prize. It kept at its chore for quite some time accumulating a nice bunch of material for its nest.

waxwing-thread

A beak-full of nesting goodies


Friday, July 12, 2019

valcour-sunset

The sunset from Valcour Island

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:35AM it’s currently a juicy 66 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98, dewpoint 66, barometric pressure 29.67” and steady. We picked up 1.00” or rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 85, and the overnight low was 64.

Forecast:

A slow moving upper level trough will move across the region today bringing isolated to scattered showers to the North Country today. High pressure will build in tonight bringing dry conditions tonight and Saturday. Another trough of low pressure will move across eastern Canada late Saturday afternoon bringing a few showers to northern New York and the northern half of Vermont Saturday night into early Sunday morning. High pressure will build in Sunday into the beginning of next week.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with scattered showers, mainly before 4:00pm. Highs will be near 78 with light and variable winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30% with rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ expected. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 59 and northwest winds 5 to 7 mph.

Saturday should be sunny with a high near 84 and calm winds becoming westerly 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be around 61 with southwest winds 6 to 9 mph.

Sunday should be partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers in the morning. Highs will be near 75 with northwest winds 5 to 9 mph gusting to 20 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 56 and northwest winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 82 and a low of 46.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 61 and a high of 81.
The record low was 46 in 1971.
The record high was 96 in 1948.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:19AM
Sunset: 8:35PM
Length of day: 15:16:15
Today will be 1:23 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10 days old with 79% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:48PM
Moonset: 2:06AM

About Today’s Photo:

We anchored in Butterfly Bay on the northwest side of Valcour Island the other night. This is a very popular anchorage and had probably 8 boats including ours on a Wednesday night midweek. Complex cloud layers of slate blue stratus and feathery white cirrus helped to paint a lovely sunset. Smoke from wildfires in western Canada contributed a deep orange-red hue to the setting sun as it sank below the western horizon.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  21mm, ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/1000″ exposure.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

mountain-sandwort

Mountain sandwort blooming on the summit of Camel’s Hump

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:05AM it’s currently 55 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 54, barometric pressure 30.07” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 84, and the overnight low was 54.

Forecast:

We’ve got a another dry and mostly sunny day on tap for today with temperatures bumping into the upper 80s in valley locations. There will be some haze in the air as smoke from wildfires in Alberta continues to move into the region. Some of the smoke may drop down to the surface in the afternoon. A cold front will move through the region Thursday afternoon bringing rain Thursday afternoon with showers and embedded thunderstorms possible through Friday. Generally dry conditions are expected for the weekend.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with widespread haze after this afternoon. Highs will be near 86 with calm winds becoming westerly around 5 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 63 and calm winds becoming southeasterly 5 to 7 mph in the evening.

Thursday should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers with thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. Highs will be near 84 with south winds 6 to 13 mph. Thursday night should be cloudy with showers likely with possible thunderstorms. Lows will be around 66 with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible.

Friday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers before 1:00pm. Highs will be near 80 with southwest winds 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 61 and light northwest winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 85 and a low of 55.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 81.
The record low was 45 in 1954.
The record high was 95 in 1988.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:17AM
Sunset: 8:36PM
Length of day: 15:18:57
Today will be 1:16 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8 days old with 58% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:30PM
Moonset: 1:07AM

About Today’s Photo:

Mountain sandwort (Minuartia groenlandica, A.K.A. Greenland stitchwort, mountain stitchwort, or Appalachian stitchwort) is a flowering plant found. in Vermont. only along the alpine regions of the Green Mountains. It grows in clumps in rugged terrain above treeline in sheltered nooks and crannies of the exposed bedrock. You’ll see it in bloom for just a couple of weeks in mid July.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  32mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/3200″ exposure.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

canadian-bunchberry

Canadian bunchberry along the Burrows Trail on Camel’s Hump

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 53 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 52, barometric pressure 30.03” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 83, and the overnight low was 49.

Forecast:

We’ve got yet another day of lovely summer weather on tap courtesy of high pressure over the region. Today should be sunny and a bit warmer than yesterday with Wednesday being sunny and a another degree or two warmer than today. The next chance for rain will arrive Thursday evening into Friday as a frontal system tracks through the region. Temperatures and humidity will bump up to muggy levels Thursday into Friday as well.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 82 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 57 and light and variable winds.

Wednesday should be mostly sunny with a high near 85 and calm winds becoming southwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 65 and light south winds.

Thursday should be partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be near 84 with south winds 5 to 7 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than a 1/10″ are expected with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Thursday night should be cloudy with an 80% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 64 with south winds 5 to 7 mph. Rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ are possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 89 and a low of 52.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 81.
The record low was 44 in 1969.
The record high was 97 in 1988.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:16AM
Sunset: 8:37PM
Length of day: 15:20:13
Today will be 1:12 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is in its first quarter, 7 days old with 48% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:20PM
Moonset: 12:39AM

About Today’s Photo:

Most of the wildflowers along the Burrows Trail on Camel’s Hump have done there flowering thing by this time. However, up at higher elevations above about 3500′, Canadian bunchberry is still in bloom. This perennial spreads via rhizomes to create mats of lush foliage with single, white flowers. Each flower will produce a clusters of bright red berries or drupes in late summer. While edible, the fruits aren’t supposed to be particularly appetizing.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  32mm, ISO 1600, f/7.1, 1/60″ exposure.


Monday, July 8, 2019

hump-view-NE

Looking northeast from the summit of Camel’s Hump yesterday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:30AM it’s currently 46 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 45, barometric pressure 30.01” and steady. Yesterday’s high was a delightful 76, and the overnight low was a good-sleepin’ 45.

Forecast:

If you enjoyed yesterdays perfect (in my book) summer day, then you’ll like today as well. With high pressure in place over the region, we’ll see a continuing stretch of dry and sunny days through the middle of the week with each successive day getting a degree or two warmer. The next chance for rain arrives Thursday evening into Friday as a frontal system tracks through the region.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 79 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be clear with a low around 55 and calm winds.

Tuesday should be sunny with a high near 83 and calm winds becoming westerly 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 59 and light and variable winds.

Wednesday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 84 and calm winds becoming southwesterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 64 and light south winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 85 and a low of 50.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 81.
The record low was 40 in 1969.
The record high was 97 in 1988.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:16AM
Sunset: 8:37PM
Length of day: 15:21:26
Today will be 1:08 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent,6 days old with 36% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:08PM
Moonset: 12:11AM

About Today’s Photo:

Yesterday was the perfect day for a mountain hike, so Robin & I made an early start to climb Camel’s Hump in the morning. With high pressure over the region and low humidity, the views were excellent from the summit as there was very little haze in the air. In this view, we’re looking northeast from just below the summit “hump”. Mt. Mansfield can be seen just to the right of the rocky outcrop and the Waterbury Reservoir is visible nestled in the hills below the Worcester Range.

Panasonic GM5, Olympus 9-18mm lens @  9mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/16, 1/160″ exposure.


Sunday, July 7, 2019

damselfly-laying-eggs

A damselfly laying eggs in the pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:40AM it’s currently 53 degrees and foggy. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 52, barometric pressure 29.97” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.53” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 87, and the overnight low was 50.

Forecast:

We’ve got a lovely stretch of comfortable, clear, and dry summer weather ahead of us courtesy of high pressure which will build into the region today and dominate our weather through Wednesday. Temperatures will gradually be on the rise through the week with 70s today warming into the 80s to near 90 by Wednesday. The next chance of precipitation arrives Thursday as a frontal system moves through.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 75 and light north winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Tonight should be clear with a low around 50 and light and variable winds.

Monday should be sunny with a high near 79 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Monday night should be mostly clear with a low around 56 and calm winds.

Tuesday’s looking sunny and a bit warmer with a high near 83 and calm winds becoming westerly around 6 mph in the morning. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 60 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 80 and a low of 43. We picked up 0.01″ or rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 81.
The record low was 43 in 1969.
The record high was 95 in 2010 (we had a high of 94).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:15AM
Sunset: 8:38PM
Length of day: 15:22:34
Today will be 1:04 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent (quite lovely last night!), 5 days old with 26% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:54AM
No Moonset

About Today’s Photo:

The damselflies are still at it in the pond—flying low over the water, alighting on the pond weed,  and curling their tails under the leaves to deposit their eggs. This is a variety of bluet I believe (Wally J?) and they seem to be the dominant species this season in our pond.

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


Saturday, July 6, 2019

song-sparrow-fledgling

A song sparrow fledgling chirps for food on one of our sculptures by the pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently a muggy 73 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 72, barometric pressure 29.86” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.01” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 89, and the overnight low was 67.

Forecast:

Warm and humid conditions will continue through midday today ahead of a cold front that will swing through this afternoon bringing showers and a welcome break from the heat. Showers and thunderstorms may come in two waves—first along a prefrontal trough that will swing through ahead of the front, then as the front itself moves through later this afternoon. A few thunderstorms could be capable of producing heavy rain with isolated flash flooding possible. Much cooler and drier conditions are expected beginning late tonight into early next week as high pressure builds in.

This morning’s sunshine and humidity will give way to showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Some storms may produce heavy rain. High will be near 82 with calm winds becoming southwesterly 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 1/2″-3/4″ possible. Tonight showers and thunderstorms are likely before 9pm. Some storms could produce heavy rain. It’ll be mostly cloudy, then gradually become mostly clear, with a low around 56 and north winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ expected with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday should be sunny with a high near 76 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Sunday night should be clear with a low around 51 and north winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Monday’s looking sunny with a high near 79 and calm winds becoming northwesterly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Monday night should be mostly clear with a low around 57 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 81 and a low of 48. We picked up 0.86″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 81.
The record low was 39 in 1962.
The record high was 95 in 2010 (we had a high of 91).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:14AM
Sunset: 8:38PM
Length of day: 15:23:39
Today will be 1:00 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4 days old with 16% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:39AM
Moonset: 11:41PM

About Today’s Photo:

I was out on our pond’s dock taking pictures of dragonflies the other day when this song sparrow fledgling perched on one of the metal sculptures about 10 feet away from me. It sat there chirping—both letting its parents know where it was and no doubt asking for some food—for quite some time allowing me to take several shots. It seems that the fledglings haven’t quite figured out to be wary of humans.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/320″ exposure.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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A damselfly freshly emerged from its larval shell

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:25AM it’s currently 61 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 61, barometric pressure 29.78” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 82, and the overnight low was 60.

Forecast:

A weak boundary will produce a few very light rain showers across the mountains of northern New York and Vermont this morning with increasing amounts of sunshine this afternoon. Temperatures will warm into the upper 70s to mid 80s with comfortable humidity levels. Temperatures will continue to warm a couple degrees everyday this week hitting the mid 80s to lower 90s for Thursday and Friday, along with increasing in humidity levels. The next chance for widespread precipitation arrives Friday night as a cold front swings through bringing showers and thunderstorms Friday night into Saturday along with cooler temperatures for the weekend.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning with a slight chance of a sprinkle north. Skies will gradually becoming sunny with a high near 84 and southwest winds 5 to 8 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 61 and light and variable winds.

Wednesday should be sunny with a high near 86 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 60 and calm winds.

Thursday—Independence Day—is looking sunny and hot with a high near 90 and calm winds becoming southwesterly 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 67 and light south winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 94 and a low of 70.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 59 and a high of 80.
The record low was 40 in 1992.
The record high was 97 in 2018 (we had the aforementioned high of 94).

I thought I’d post the monthly rainfall totals for spring/summer so far. As you might have surmised after experiencing our damp spring, totals are way above average for each month since April:

April: 5.11″ (BTV average: 2.83″)
May: 8.23″ (BTV average: 3.46″)
June: 7.75″ (BTV average: 3.7″)

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:12AM
Sunset: 8:39PM
Length of day: 15:27:19
Today will be 0:44 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is new, 0 days old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:58AM
Moonset: 8:43PM

About Today’s Photo:

There’s a lot of damselfly activity in our pond right now. A sat on our dock for a bit yesterday morning watching dozens of them land on the floating pond weed and curling their tails to deposit eggs beneath the leaves. I also noted this freshly emerged damsel sitting next to its larval shell. I thought I’d watch for a while to see it inflate its wings, but, while my attention was distracted by something else, the new damsel and its shell both vanished! I’m not sure what happened. Perhaps a newt found a snack?

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1600″ exposure.


Monday, July 1, 2019

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A bumble-bee fly mimic on a rose

Rabbit-rabbit!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 59 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 29.92” and steady. We picked up 1.12” of rain in the past 48hrs. Yesterday’s high was 69, and the overnight low was 53.

Forecast:

We’ve got an extended period of dry and summery-warm weather ahead of us for the upcoming week courtesy of high pressure ridging into the region. There’s a chance of some showers tonight as an upper level disturbance moves through. Temperatures will increase some each day, starting in the low 80s today and reaching the low to 90s by Thursday with some valley locations hitting 95. The next chance for widespread precipitation arrives Friday into Saturday.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 79 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers late. Lows will be around 61 with light and variable winds.

Tuesday should be mostly sunny with a 20% chance of showers in the morning. Highs will be near 83 with west winds 6 to 8 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 60 and light and variable winds.

Wednesday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 84 and light and variable winds. Wednesday night should mostly clear with a low around 62 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 96 and a low of 70.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 59 and a high of 80.
The record low was 44 in 1978.
The record high was 96 in 2018 (we had the aforementioned high of 96).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:11AM
Sunset: 8:39PM
Length of day: 15:28:04
Today will be 0:40 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 28 days old with 3% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:07AM
Moonset: 7:39PM

About Today’s Photo:

At first glance, this insect looks like a bumblebee. However, on closer inspection, you can see that the critter has the distinct, forward-facing compound eyes found on flies. Bees, on the other hand, have a more complex array of visual sensors including three “simple” eyes on the top of its head, and two shiny compound eyes. This bee mimic is no doubt taking advantage of the bee’s more dangerous reputation of being armed with a stinger.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/50″ exposure.