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Monday, June 26, 2017

bluejay-fledgling

A bluejay fledgling perches motionless as I snap his photo

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 54 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 54, is 29.94” and steady. We picked up 0.39” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 75, and the overnight low was 47.

Forecast:

We’ve got a week of active weather ahead as a series of through wend their way across the region over the next several days bringing occasional showers and thunderstorms throughout the week. We’ll have a dry start to the day today, but scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected to fire up this afternoon and evening. An even greater likelihood of showers and thunderstorms is expected on Tuesday. Temperatures will be several degrees below normal both today and Tuesday. The threat of showers will continue into Wednesday, but then a change will take place to a warming trend starting Thursday and continuing
through the weekend. Showery weather will continue however.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with isolated showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 60s with west winds around 10 mph this morning, becoming light and variable. Chance of rain is 20%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy until midnight, then become partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms and scattered showers until midnight. Lows will be in the mid 50s with light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 40%.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with a chance of showers in the morning, then mostly cloudy with showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 60s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be around 50 with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Wednesday’s looking partly sunny with a 40% chance of showers. Highs will be in the lower 70s with west winds around 10 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 87 and a low of 54.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:09 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:40 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 44m
Length of Day: 15h 30m
Tomorrow will be 0m25s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2.5 days old with 7% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:07 AM EDT
Moonset: 10:47 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I was on a photo walk through the woods when I came across this bluejay fledgling. He was perched on a branch on the forest floor and stayed utterly motionless as I crept in slowly and quietly to take a shot. I had my macro lens on my camera and didn’t want to stick around long enough to change to a longer lens. The bird was obliging as I got about 5″ away. One of its parents was nearby keeping an eye on the situation.

I read up a bit about finding fledglings on the ground. With bluejays it’s apparently common to find still-flightless fledglings on the ground. Supposedly this little guy will soon be able to fly and fend for itself. I wish it good luck!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 2500, f/3.2, 1/100″ exposure.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

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An unnamed waterfall in an unnamed brook off of Taft Road

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently 62 degrees under mostly clear skies. Wind are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 60, barometric pressure 29.91” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.03” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 80, and the overnight low was 50.

Forecast:

This morning’s sunshine will give way to scattered showers and thunderstorms later this afternoon as low pressure currently over the Great Lakes heads in our direction. Gusty winds and small hail will be possible with any of the thunderstorms. The showers and storms will taper off tonight, but the potential
for additional showers or storms will develop once again Monday afternoon. High temperatures will be right around seasonal averages today and a few degrees below normal on Monday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies this morning with scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, and small hail this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 70s with light and variable winds, becoming southwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Chance of rain is 50%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms until midnight, then isolated showers after midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, and small hail until midnight. Lows will be in the lower 50s with west winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 50%.

Monday should be partly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 60s with west winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 20%. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 50s with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday showers are likely. Highs will be in the upper 60s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 84 and a low of 48.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 79 and lows of 58.
The record high was 94°F in 1995.
The record low was 39°F in 1979.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:09 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:40 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 44m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m22s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1.4 days old with 2% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:58 AM EDT
Moonset: 10:02 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

There’s a new trail off of Taft Road that passes along an unnamed brook. This lovely little waterfall drops along the stream under the shelter of a hemlock forest. While shooting the falls, I noticed one of the hemlock trees sported a crop of fine little mushrooms. I was happy to get them and the falls in the shot! A slow shutter speed adds to the magic of the place.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 100, f/22, 2″ exposure.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

fly-on-fern

Up close and personal with a fly on a fern

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:20AM it’s currently 66 degrees under overcast skies. A few drops of rain are dripping. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 66, barometric pressure 29.48” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.93” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 85, and the overnight low was 66.

Forecast:

Showers will be moving east out of the region today with suunshine is expected to develop later in the day. Highs will be a few degrees above normal today then return to seasonal norms on Sunday as clouds increase along with the chance for showers. Unsettled weather is expected for much of next week with chances for showers just about everyday. Temperatures will be slightly below normal through midweek trending to above normal for the end of the week.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of thunderstorms and showers, mainly this morning. Highs will be in the upper 70s with west winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. Tonight should be mostly clear until midnight, then become partly cloudy after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 50s with west winds around 10 mph.

Sunday should be partly sunny with a chance of showers in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 50s with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Monday’s looking partly sunny with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be around 70 with west winds around 10 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 78 and a low of 44.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:08 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:40 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 44m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m18s shorter.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, just barely into its first day with 0.5″ illumination.
Moonrise: 5:52 AM EDT
Moonset: 9:08 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

A close-up shot reveals an impressive bristle of on the abdomen and legs of this fly as it takes a time out on a fern leaf.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/18, 1/200″ exposure.


Friday, June 23, 2017

wasp-peonie

A wasp stakes out a peopie bud

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 64 degrees and raining steadily under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 4-6 mph. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 64, barometric pressure 29.74” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.78” of rain overnight along with a rumble of thunder about an hour ago. Yesterday’s high was 77, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

Low pressure currently centered over James Bay is rotating a warm front through the region this morning brining showers and thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall is possible with stronger showers and storms. A cold front will move through the region tonight reducing the humidity and bringing a brief return to mainly dry weather on Saturday. More showers return Sunday into early next week. Temperatures will be near to a bit below their seasonal averages, with highs
in the 70s to low 80s and lows in the 50s and low 60s.

We’ll see showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms this morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight should be cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely until midnight, then a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall until midnight. Lows will be in the mid 60s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%.

Saturday should be partly sunny with a30% chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 70s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s and west winds around 10 mph.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with a 40% chance of showers. Highs will be in the mid 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 76 and a low of 47. We picked up 0.53″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 79 and lows of 58.
The record high was 93°F in 1975.
The record low was 41°F in 1940.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:08 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:40 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 45m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m13s shorter.

The Moon new, 28 days old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:54 AM EDT
Moonset: 8:06 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I was poking about in our ornamental garden the other day and noticed quite a lot of insect activity around the peonie buds. There were ants, wasps, flies, and other critters all hanging around the unopened buds. My guess is that there was some kind of sweet stuff present that was attracting them.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/13, 1/160″ exposure.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

green-frog

A green frog hangs out in the shallows of our pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:15AM it’s currently 50 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 50, barometric pressure 29.95” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 73, and the overnight low was 49.

Forecast:

We’ll enjoy seasonably pleasant weather through this afternoon courtesy of high pressure currently building into the region. Showers and thunderstorms return, howerver, overnight into Friday as low pressure approaches from the west dragging subtropical moisture into the region. A warm front will lift through the region overnight into the morning hours bringing locally heavy rainfall, then a cold front will bring more heavy rains Friday afternoon. We’ll see a brief return to dry weather on Saturday before more showers return for the early portions of next week.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with highs in the upper 70s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should bring isolated thunderstorms and occasional showers. Lows will be in the lower 60s with light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday showers and thunderstorms are likely. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall. Highs will be around 80 with south winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Friday night showers and thunderstorms are likely. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall. It’ll be humid with lows in the mid 60s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Saturday’s looking partly sunny with scattered showers. Highs will be in the mid 70s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 69 and a low of 45. We picked up 0.03″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 78 and lows of 57.
The record high was 92°F in 1921.
The record low was 39°F in 1940.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:08 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:39 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 45m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m9s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27 days old with 5% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:03 AM EDT
Moonset: 6:57 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The amphibian population of our pond goes through interesting seasonal cycles. We start with the wood frogs at ice-out, then the peepers, then the toads. Now we’re into green frog season with their distinctive “banjo string” calls. They’re accompanied this time of year by grey tree frogs along with the occasional peeper soloist and guest appearance by a toad or two.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1000″ exposure.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017, the Summer Solstice

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A fly pauses on a rain soaked white iris by the pond

Happy Solstice!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 63 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the west at 3-5 mph. Relative humidity is 88%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 29.82” and steady. We picked up 0.50” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 75, and the overnight low was 54.

Forecast:

The low pressure system that has been delivering our unsettled weather is finally departing the region, however it still may deliver a few scattered showers this afgternoon. High pressure will build in briefly tonight into Thursday bringing dry conditions before another low pressure system and associated warm front bring more rain on Friday. Temperatures will be near their seasonal averages, with highs in the 70s to low 80s and lows in the 50s and low 60s.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms this morning, then scattered showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 70s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 50%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with isolated showers until midnight, then mostly clear after midnight. Lows will be in the lower 50s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 20%.

Thursday should be sunny in the morning then become partly cloudy. Highs will be in the mid 70s with west winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be around 60 with south winds around 10 mph.

Friday showers and thunderstorms are likely. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall. Highs will be around 80 with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Friday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 70%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 79 and a low of 50. We picked up 0.04″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 78 and lows of 57.
The record high was 97°F in 2012 (we had a high of 92).
The record low was 42°F in 1926.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:39 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 45m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m5s shorter.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26 days old with 11% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:19 AM EDT
Moonset: 5:43 PM EDT

The Summer Solstice occurred early this morning at 12:24AM. 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:

equinoxes-and-solstice

About Today’s Photo:

We have a batch of white irises by the pond-—the only white ones we have. This little fly was taking a break yesterday morning on a rain soaked (and a bit past its prime) blossom.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 1250, f/18, 1/400″ exposure.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Canadian-anemone

Canadian anenome blooming at the edge of our front field.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 65 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 64, barometric pressure 29.73” and steady. We picked up 0.81” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 82, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

An large area of low pressure over eastern Canada will continue rotate a series of shortwave troughs across our region over the next two days delivering unsettled weather. A brief spot of high pressure will bring drier conditions Thursday before the next low and associated cold front approaches from the Great Lakes on Friday bringing more showers. Temperatures will be near normal for this time of year with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s and lows in the 50s and low 60s.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning, becoming partly sunny this afernoon. There’s a 505 chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms through midday. Highs will be in the mid 70s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms until midnight, then cloudy with a slight chance of showers after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 50s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 30%.

Wednesday (the Summer Solstice!) should start out partly sunny in the morning, then become mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers in the morning, then a chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 70s with west winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 40%. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 50s with west winds around 10 mph.

Thursday’s looking mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and light and variable winds. Thursday night should be mostly 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 86 and a low of 56.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 78 and a low of 57.
The record high was 95°F in 2012 (we had a high of 92).
The record low was 35°F in 1918.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:39 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 45m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m1s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 25 days old with 20% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:41 AM EDT
Moonset: 4:29 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

We have several places around the fringes of our “taken care of” lawn and gardens where the white blossoms of Canadian anenome are blooming now. These native perennials like to “volunteer” and will quickly spread via their rhizomes to colonize areas if not kept in check. I’m always willing to let a few pop up in our tended flower beds at least until the blooms fade.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/640″ exposure.