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Thursday, August 22, 2019

blue-damselfly

A lovely blue damselfly perches above the pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:30AM it’s currently 62 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 61, barometric pressure 29.77” and steady. We picked up 0.27” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 76, and the overnight low was 60.

Forecast:

A cold front currently over the Ottawa River valley will track eastward across the North Country this morning bringing isolated rain showers this morning. Behind the front, high pressure and developing west to northwesterly winds will usher in cooler and drier conditions to for Friday and Saturday, with daytime highs mainly in the low to mid 70s and overnight lows in the 40s. The next significant chance of precipitation isn`t expected until the middle of next week. It looks to be a splendid weekend!

After morning clouds and a slight chance of morning showers, skies should gradually become mostly sunny today with a high near 79 and south winds 6 to 10 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 54 and west winds 3 to 7 mph.

Friday should be mostly sunny with a high near 72 and northwest winds 6 to 9 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 52 and northwest winds 6 to 8 mph.

Saturday should be mostly sunny with a high near 69 and north winds 5 to 8 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 53 and light and variable winds.

Sunday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 74 and calm winds. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 54 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 76 and a low of 59. We picked up 0.07″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 58 and a high of 78.
The record low was 39 in 1982.
The record high was 90 in 1942.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:03AM
Sunset: 7:45PM
Length of day: 13:42:57
Today will be 2:49 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20.8 days old with 63% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:19PM
Moonset: 12:50PM

About Today’s Photo:

Damselflies and dragonflies are regular denizens at our pond. This finely colored blue damselfly (ID Wally?) alit on a blade of grass long enough for me to get a shot of it.

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


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

heron-gull-ladds

A heron and a gull on morning stake-out at our marina

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 61 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 60, barometric pressure 29.91” and falling slowly. Yesterday’s high was 83, and the overnight low was 55.

Forecast:

Low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes this morning will lift a warm front through the region bringing showers and embedded thunderstorms today. A few stronger afternoon thunderstorms are expected with gusty winds, locally heavy rainfall, and frequent lightning. The low will pass to our north this evening dragging a cold front through the region late tonight into Thursday morning bringing a few additional light rain showers. Cool Canadian high pressure building into the region Friday will bring noticeably cooler and drier conditions for the weekend with high temperatures generally in the 70s Friday through next Monday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with chance of showers this morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely this afternoon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Highs will be near 79 with south winds 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between a 1/4″-1/2″ with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tonight showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly before 8pm. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 66 and south winds 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts of 1/10″-1/4″ with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday should become mostly sunny with a 30% chance of lingering showers in the morning. Highs will be near 78 with southwest winds around 9 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 53 and west winds around 6 mph.

Friday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 70 and northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 53 and northwest winds around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 78 and a low of 53.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 58 and a high of 79.
The record low was 43 in 1941.
The record high was 93 in 1945.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:01AM
Sunset: 7:47PM
Length of day: 13:45:46
Today will be 2:48 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20 days old with 72% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:51PM
Moonset: 11:47AM

About Today’s Photo:

I woke up the other morning at our marina in Grande Isle and saw these two birds on the breakwater. The heron is one I’ve seen before as it hangs out among the docks and in the shallows along the shore. I guess the gull was there to supervise…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 800, f/11, 1/250″ exposure.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

monarch-susans

A monarch butterfly sipping at a Black-eyed Susan

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:35AM it’s currently 52 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 52, barometric pressure 30.07” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 84, and the overnight low was 52.

Forecast:

A weak cold dropped through the region overnight and will help to bring plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures and humidity
levels today across the North Country. Highs today generally in the mid 70s to lower 80s with light winds. The front will stall to our south later today and then push back north as a warm front. This combined with low pressure moving out of the northern Great Lakes on Wednesday will set us up for an active day on Wednesday with showers and thunderstorms likely, especially during the afternoon hours. Showers will linger into Thursday as the low tracks through northern Québec. A strong cold front will arrive behind the departing low Friday bringing noticeably cooler air, and high pressure should set us up for a cool and drier weekend.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 81 and calm winds becoming westerly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 61 and south winds around 6 mph.

Wednesday showers and thunderstorms are likely in the afternoon. It’ll be partly sunny with a high near 83 and south winds 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows will be around 66 with south winds 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday should become partly sunny with a 405 chance of showers. Highs will be near 78 with west winds 7 to 9 mph. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 54 and west 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 54.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 58 and a high of 79.
The record low was 42 in 1953.
The record high was 91 in 2015 (we had a high of 84).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:00AM
Sunset: 7:49PM
Length of day: 13:48:35
Today will be 2:47 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19 days old with 81% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:26PM
Moonset: 10:46AM

About Today’s Photo:

Stopping by a local café in North Creek for lunch on my way back from a gig the other day, I followed this monarch butterfly as it flew up the sidewalk and lit on a planting of Black-eyed Susans next to the café. It patiently sipped from the flowers and let me get a pretty good shot with my phone. According to Bryan Pfeiffer, the monarch migration this year might be a pretty good one as he’s been seeing lots of monarch caterpillars around. You  can read Bryan’s blog post about monarchs here.


Friday, August 16, 2019

cardinal-flower

Brilliant red cardinal flower blooming along the shores of Indian Lake

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:20AM it’s currently 61 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 60, barometric pressure 29.99” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.06” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 80, and the overnight low was 60.

Forecast:

We’ve got a period of active weather ahead of us for the weekend. A warm front will continue to lift slowly northward across the region today bringing additional scattered showers and thunderstorms today. Temperatures will warm into the mid to upper 70s with increasing humidity levels. The front will stall across the region tonight into Saturday allowing for shortwave energy to track along it bringing intervals of showers and thunderstorms Saturday. Some storms could approach severe levels Saturday afternoon. Sunday should bring a break in the precipitation in the morning with some brief high pressure ridging in, but some rain may arrive in the afternoon. Temperatures will mainly in the mid 70s to lower 80s through the weekend, warming well into the upper 80s to near 90 degrees on Monday ahead of an approaching cold front.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be near 77 with south winds around 7 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be be around 63 with southeast winds 6 to 8 mph.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be near 79 with south winds around 8 mph. Rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows will be around 65 wit south winds around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers. Highs will be near 84 with calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 79 and a low of 55. We picked up 0.13″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 59 and a high of 79.
The record low was 43 in 1972.
The record high was 96 in 1944.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:56AM
Sunset: 7:55PM
Length of day: 13:59:38
Today will be 2:42 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 15.4 days old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:52PM
Moonset: 6:45AM

About Today’s Photo:

I was performing in the ‘Dacks Wednesday and went for a paddle on lovely Indian Lake Thursday morning. There were bursts of brilliant red cardinal flowers blooming along the shore in places like beacons drawing me from across the water.

iPhone XR, Halide app.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

bumble-bee-bee-balm

A bumble bee on bee balm (try saying that 5 times fast!)

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:45AM it’s currently 65 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 64, barometric pressure 29.74” and steady. We picked up a 0.01” trace of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 81, and the overnight low was 63.

Forecast:

A weak cold front draped along the Canadian border this morning will sag southward across the region today keeping the threat of showers and possibly a thunderstorm or two through the early afternoon, particularly in southern counties. High pressure will return for Wednesday with seasonably warm and dry weather expected through Thursday. The next chance for showers arrives Thursday night into Friday.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with scattered showers this morning. Highs will be near 79 with calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Tonight should be mostly clear with a lows around 53 and east winds 5 to 7 mph.

Wednesday should be sunny with a high near 75 and light north winds increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 52 and north winds around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Thursday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 76 and light and variable winds. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be around 56 with calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 83 and a low of 60.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 59 and a high of 80.
The record low was 45 in 1992.
The record high was 97 in 1947.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:52AM
Sunset: 8:00PM
Length of day: 14:07:43
Today will be 2:39 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 12.7 days old with 95% illimination.
Moonrise: 7:17PM
Moonset: 3:47AM

About Today’s Photo:

We’ve got a prodigious crop of bee balm growing between the pond and Fargo Brook. Each year it spreads a little bit more to fill the bank with bright jester-like blooms and the scent of oregano (at least to my nose…) As per its name, bee balm is a haven for pollinators like this bumble bee.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 1250, f/5.6, 1/400″ exposure.


Monday, August 12, 2019

hosta-raindrops

Raindrops on hostas (and whiskers on kittens…)

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 60 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 60, barometric pressure 29.91” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 77, and the overnight low was 54.

Forecast:

A weak cold front will sag south into the region later today kicking off a few showers and thunderstorms, mainly across northern counties. An area of low pressure will move out of the Ohio River valley Tuesday bringing a renewed chance of showers to southern counties. High pressure will return for Wednesday with seasonably warm and dry weather expected until the next chance of showers Thursday night into Friday.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies today with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be near 81 with west winds around 8 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 62 with light and variable winds becoming southerly around 5 mph.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers in the morning. Highs will be near 77 with calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 53 and northeast winds 5 to 7 mph.

Wednesday’s looking sunny with a high near 74 and northwest winds 3 to 8 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 52 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 78 and a low of 61.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 59 and a high of 80.
The record low was 47 in 2006 (we had a low of 42).
The record high was 93 in 2002.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:51AM
Sunset: 8:01PM
Length of day: 14:10:22
Today will be 2:37 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11.8 days old with 90% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:35PM
Moonset: 2:53AM

About Today’s Photo:

Raindrops hang from hostas blooming by our front porch. These shade-loving plants are also a deer magnet, and, to date, we’ve managed to keep the ungulates at bay with judicious applications of various deer deterrents.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/6.3, 1/320″ exposure.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

new-damselflies

Fresh damselflies just emerged from the water

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 66 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 66, barometric pressure 29.78 and steady. We picked up 0.07” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 87, and the overnight low was 63.

Forecast:

We’ve got an active period of weather on tap for this afternoon into Thursday across the North Country. A shortwave trough over northeast Ohio early this morning will move northeast today bringing widespread showers and thunderstorms to the region. Showers and storms may produce heavy downpours and localized flooding over northeast New York and northwest Vermont. Central and southern Vermont may see gusty winds, small hail, and heavy downpours. Showers and a few thunderstorms will linger into Thursday before a cold front moves in Thursday night ushering in cooler and drier conditions for the weekend.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with showers and thunderstorms likely this afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible. Tonight should be cloudy with showers and thunderstorms are likely. Some of the storms could produce small hail, gusty winds, and heavy rain. Lows will be around 63 with southeast winds around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible.

Thursday should be partly sunny with a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be near 82 with south winds 6 to 11 mph. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be around 61 with south winds 8 to 10 mph.

Friday should be mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers in the morning. Highs will be near 76 with west winds 7 to 10 mph gusting to 20 mph. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 54 and west winds 3 to 5 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 84 and a low of 64.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 80.
The record low was 40 in 1964.
The record high was 95 in 2001 (we had a high of 91).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:45AM
Sunset: 8:09PM
Length of day: 14:23:18
Today will be 2:30 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is in its first quarter, 7 days old with 45% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:32PM
No Moonset

About Today’s Photo:

The morning we woke up on Willsboro Bay was clear and calm. When I went for a morning dip off the stern of our boat, I noticed a several dozen damselflies on lines, ropes, and just about anything that dipped into the water. The larvae had climbed up overnight out of the calm water, and the new damsels had emerged to pump up their wings to start the next part of their short lives.

Panasonic GX8, l.Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.