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Lyra’s Cruising Log: Tuesday, Sept 17, 2019

Hi folks,

I’ll be doing something different from the usual Weather Blog for the next couple of weeks. We’re on a trip in our little boat Lyra heading down the Champlain Canal to visit our son and his fiancé in Niskayuna, NY via the Erie Canal. Some of our friends asked to hear about the trip, so I figured this was a good way to do it. I guess you’ll just have to find your own weather forecast for a bit…

The sun rose just to the south of Camel’s Hump in a clear sky this morning to start the second day of our trip. The geese that had arrived by the hundreds the night before as darkness fell where rafting into smaller flight groups and taking off for their journey southward.

Our first day on the water from Ladd’s Landing in Grande Isle to Westport was just about as perfect a cruising day as we could have asked for: 70 degrees, NNW wind at 5-10mph, waves around 1’. We made good time averaging about 7.7 knots with the tailwind. We’d only gone as far south as Willsboro Bay previously, so it was exciting to be in new waters. We passed familiar places on the way south: Burlington harbor, Shelburne Bay, Converse Bay, Split Rock Point, and the Palisades across from Basin Harbor (all places that we’d visited by kayak in years past).

The view from the helm on a perfect cruising day.

We arrived at the Westport Marina at around 4:00pm—a small, somewhat rundown (though clean and quite friendly!) marina tucked into North West Bay at the foot of the historic village of Westport. On our late afternoon stroll through the village, we met a couple from Montreal—Denise & Bernard—who were also spending the night at the marina. They had stopped into the little market along the main streets and had asked about wine. The store clerk told them that they didn’t sell wine. Alas. We chatted with them on the way back to the marina and they let on that they had a cat—a Bengal cat—on board. I suggested that perhaps we could trade a bottle of wine for a visit with their cat! Deal done! We went aboard their 35’ sailboat—Kiko—and met Minuscule, the cat. A lovely beast indeed with a silken coat spotted like an ocelots. We shared a couple beers and chatted before heading back to Lyra for dinner (leftovers) and the night.

The waning gibbous moon rose amber over the mountains of Vermont. The geese that had landed in the bay earlier in the evening were chatting quietly in the darkness. A fine night indeed!


Sunday, September 15, 2019

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Sunflower and bumble bee

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 49 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 48, barometric pressure 30.12” and rising slowly. We picked up a 0.01” trace of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 65, and the overnight low was 48.

Forecast:

We’ve got a nice stretch of late summer weather on tap courtesy of high pressure which is beginning to build into the region this morning and dominate through the upcoming week. A couple of weak, moisture starved shortwave troughs will slide to our south later today and again tomorrow bringing some clouds today and a slight chance of some showers south on Monday. Otherwise, we’ll see mostly dry conditions with highs near seasonal norms and then gradually becoming above normal towards the end of the week.

We’ll see increasing clouds today with a high near 68 and west winds 5 to 8 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 51 and north winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Monday should be mostly sunny with a high near 66 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Monday night should be mostly clear with a low around 45 and north winds 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Tuesday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 65 and calm winds becoming northerly 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 43 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 86 and a low of 55.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 51 and a high of 71.
The record low was 34 in 1975.
The record high was 88 in 2018 (we had the aforementioned high of 86).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:30AM
Sunset: 7:02PM
Length of day: 12:32:13
Today will be 3:01 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 15.8 days old with 98% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:07PM
Moonset: 7:39AM

About Today’s Photo:

A bumble bee visits a tawny sunflower at the Huntington Community Garden.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  30mm, ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/400″ exposure.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

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A purple stemmed aster in bloom in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 57 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 75%, dewpoint 50, barometric pressure 30.20” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 69, and the overnight low was 57.

Forecast:

Low pressure tracking through James Bay this morning lifted a warm front across the region overnight and will drag an elongated cold front across the region today bringing gusty southerly winds and rain. Seasonable temperatures and drier weather will follow on Sunday with another round of light showers possible Sunday night. High pressure will then settle into the region through the first half of the upcoming week bringing warmer and drier conditions.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a 40% chance of showers, mainly before 1:00pm. Highs will be near 67 with south winds around 17 mph gusting to 29 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 54 and southwest winds 6 to 13 mph.

Sunday should be mostly sunny with a high near 69 and west winds 5 to 8 mph. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 50 and light west winds.

Monday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 68 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Monday night should be mostly clear with a low around 45 and light north winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 84 and a low of 51.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 52 and a high of 71.
The record low was 32 in 1963.
The record high was 87 in 2005 (we had a high of 85).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:29AM
Sunset: 7:04PM
Length of day: 12:35:14
Today will be 3:01 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is the full Harvest Moon.
14.9 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:45PM
Moonset: 6:39AM

About Today’s Photo:

Asters are ascendant this time of year (along with ubiquitous and gigantic goldenrod!) Larger flowered purple stemmed asters ad a splash of blue to the yellows and whites that seem to dominate in fields right now.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/5000″ exposure.


Friday, September 13, 2019

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Blue bottle gentian blooming in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently a brisk 35 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 34, barometric pressure 30.47” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 66, and the overnight low was 34.

Forecast:

We’ve got a lovely late summer/early fall day on tap today courtesy of high pressure currently cresting over the region. We’ll see sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s. Low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes tonight will bring showers and gusty southerly winds Saturday. High pressure will return Sunday bringing seasonable temperatures and drier conditions with another round of showers possible Sunday night. High pressure will then settle into the region through the first half of the upcoming week bringing warmer and drier conditions to the region.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 68 and light east winds becoming southerly 9 to 14 mph later this morning. Tonight should bring increasing clouds with a 30% chance of showers overnight. Lows will be around 52 with south winds around 14 mph gusting to 24 mph.

Saturday should be cloudy with a 70% chance of showers and midday thunderstorms. Highs will be near 67 with south winds around 16 mph gusting to 29 mph. Rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers before 9:00pm. Lows will be around 55 with southwest winds 6 to 11 mph.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 71 and west winds 6 to 8 mph. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 54 with 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 52 and a high of 72.
The record low was 31 in 1941.
The record high was 92 in 1948.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:28AM
Sunset: 7:06PM
Length of day: 12:38:15
Today will be 3:00 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 14 days old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:21PM
Moonset: 5:38AM

About Today’s Photo:

Blue bottle gentian is a curious wildflower. It may seem like the photo shows flower buds yet to open. However, this plant in is in full bloom as the blossoms never open up like “normal” flowers. How do they get pollinated you may ask? Good question. Turns out that only bumble bees have the strength and wherewithal to chew small holes in the encapsulating petals and crawl into the bud to extract nectar thereby pollinating the plant. If you happen to see a gentian, take a close look for these telltale holes that indicate a bumble has been at work!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/10, 1/30″ exposure.


Thursday, September 12, 2019

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A young gull stakes out a mooring in Deep Bay

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 53 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are light out of the south, and a few random raindrops are falling. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 52, barometric pressure 30.14” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.03” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 79, and the overnight low was 53.

Forecast:

Morning clouds and lingering sprinkles will give way to clearing skies later today as high pressure builds southward from Ontario and Québec. Some scattered frost may occur in the usual cold pockets of the northern ‘Dacks and NEK tonight. Clear skies and cool conditions will dominate tonight through Friday before low pressure tracking through Ontario lifts a warm front through the region Friday night bringing showers Friday night into Saturday along with some gusty winds. A chance for showers exists Sunday with the passage of a weak disturbance aloft, then conditions should trend warmer and drier for next week as a large ridge of high pressure dominates.

We’ll see cloudy skies through mid-morning with a slight chance of showers. Skies should gradually clear with a high near 65 and north winds 5 to 8 mph. Tonight should be clear and chilly with a low around 43 and light and variable winds.

Friday should be sunny with a high near 68 and south winds 5 to 10 mph. Friday night should bring increasing clouds with a low around 52 and southeast winds 10 to 13 mph.

Saturday showers are likely in the afternoon. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a high near 68 and south winds around 17 mph gusting to 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between a 1/10″-1/4″ possible. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be around 55 with south winds 5 to 7 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 77 and a low of 59.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 52 and a high of 72.
The record low was 37 in 1967.
The record high was 90 in 1947.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:27AM
Sunset: 7:08PM
Length of day: 12:41:16
Today will be 3:00 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 13 days old with 97% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:56PM
Moonset: 4:38AM

About Today’s Photo:

Deep Bay off of Pointe Au Roche State Park on the New York side of Lake Champlain is a favorite place of ours to spend the night. There are  moorings with broad views to the south, trails to explore, and a lovely sandy beach. This young ring-billed gull was apparently designated as our mooring attendant, as it showed up shortly after we arrived and spent the entire evening with us perched on a nearby mooring. It was still there in the morning!

Panasonic GX8, l.Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 264mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/3200″ exposure.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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A honey bee on the bug bane in our ornamental garden

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently a balmy 64 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 64, barometric pressure 30.03” and steady. We picked up 0.27” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 74, and the overnight low was 63.

Forecast:

Showers and a few embedded thunderstorms early this morning will
give way to partly sunny skies this afternoon with another chance of a brief shower with the passage of a weak cold front later this afternoon. High pressure will build in Thursday slowly scouring out the clouds for a mostly clear and chilly night Thursday night. Friday should be sunny with clouds advancing late ahead of low pressure which will bring showers Saturday. At this point, Sunday is looking dry and partly sunny.

We’ll see cloudy skies this morning with a slight chance of showers, then partly sunny skies this afternoon with a chance of showers after 5:00pm. Highs will be near 77 with south winds 8 to 13 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be around 51 with north winds 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Thursday should start our mostly cloudy, then become mostly sunny with a high near 65 and north winds 3 to 7 mph. Thursday night should be mostly clear with a low around 45 and north winds around 5 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Friday’s looking sunny with a high near 70 and south winds 5 to 10 mph. Friday night should bring increasing clouds with a 50% chance of showers after 7:00pm. Lows will be around 54 with south winds 9 to 11 mph gusting to 24 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 73 and a low of 57. We picked up 0.98″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 53 and a high of 73.
The record low was 34 in 1967.
The record high was 91 in 2013 (we had a high of 88).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:26AM
Sunset: 7:10PM
Length of day: 12:44:16
Today will be 3:00 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 12 days old with 92% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:28PM
Moonset: 3:37AM

About Today’s Photo:

I’m not sure why the common name for this plant is bug bane, because it sure is a powerful attractant to pollinators of all kinds including this honey bee. The late bloomer puts on a lovely and very fragrant show in our ornamental garden this time of year.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/10, 1/250″ exposure.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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American parasol mushrooms along Lake Champlain

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington 7:40AM it’s currently 42 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 42, barometric pressure 30.37” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 67, and the overnight low was 39.

Forecast:

Low pressure moving out of the northern Great Lakes will lift a warm front into our region later this afternoon bringing increasing clouds along with warmer temperatures. Showers will move into the region late this afternoon into tonight with the greater chances along the international border. Showers and possible thunderstorms will continue Wednesday before a cold front pushes through late in the day Wednesday. Drier and cooler conditions are expected Thursday and Friday as high pressure builds back in. The next chance for showers arrives Saturday.

We’ll see increasing clouds today with a 20% chance of showers later this afternoon. Highs will be near 71 with light southeast winds becoming southerly 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be cloudy with showers likely. Lows will be around 62 with south winds 15 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be near 79 with south winds around 10 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers before midnight. Lows will be around 54 with northwest winds 3 to 6 mph.

Thursday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 65 and north winds 5 to 7 mph. Thursday night should be mostly clear with a low around 45 and light north winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 60 and a low of 41.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 53 and a high of 73.
The record low was 34 in 1978.
The record high was 93 in 2002 (we had a high of 88).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:24AM
Sunset: 7:12PM
Length of day: 12:47:17
Today will be 2:59 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11 days old with 87% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:56PM
Moonset: 2:38AM

About Today’s Photo:

We were taking a morning walk along the myriad trails at Pointe Au Roche State Park on Lake Champlain the other day and came across these magnificent American parasol mushrooms growing in the cedar woods. The caps of these ‘shrooms were almost 7″ in diameter and stood close to 8″ high.

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