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Saturday, April 20, 2019

nuthatch

A white breasted nuthatch prowls a cherry tree

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:55AM it’s currently a damp 41 degrees under a misty overcast sky. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 41, barometric pressure 29.73” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.97” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 71, and the overnight low was 41.

An Areal Flood Watch is in effect for our region until midday Sunday.

Forecast:

A stationary frontal boundary is draped from north to south across New England this morning and will continue to be the focus for low pressure tracking along it and bringing more rain showers during the day today and into this evening. Showers will linger into Sunday, tapering off by evening. Temperature-wise, it looks like we might be stuck on the cool side of this front, so this morning’s cool temperatures might struggle to make into the 60s by midday. Sunday’s looking milder with highs in the mid 60s to low 70s. Unsettled weather is expected for the beginning of the work week.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with showers likely, mainly before 5:00pm. Highs will be near 60 with light and variable winds becoming easterly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 53 with south winds 8 to 11 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are possible.

Sunday should be partly sunny with a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 70 with south winds 6 to 9 mph. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 49 and southwest winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Monday should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 65 with north winds 3 to 8 mph. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 46 with north winds 3 to 7 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 37 and a low of 30. We picked up 0.02″ of rain and 2.5″ of snow and had 2.5″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 36 and a high of 57.
The record low was 23 in 1961.
The record high was 91 in 1976.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:00AM
Sunset: 7:42PM
Length of day: 13:41:56
Today will be 2:52 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 15.6 days old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:15PM
Moonset: 7:01AM

About Today’s Photo:

The distinctive call of this nuthatch caught my ear the other day long before I managed to see it. It was prowling a black cherry tree looking for insects tucked away in the folds of the bark. True to form, the busy little bird clung mostly head-down to the tree as it hunted.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  275mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/500″ exposure.


Friday, April 19, 2019

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A pair of mallards in our pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:55AM it’s currently a balmy 62 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 5-8 mph. Relative humidity is 75%, dewpoint 54, barometric pressure 29.66” and steady. We picked up 0.03” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 58, and the overnight low was 57.

Forecast:

We’ve got an active and juicy weather pattern on tap going into the upcoming weekend. Deepening low pressure digging into the Plains and a ridge of high pressure over the western Atlantic will set up a strong southwesterly conveyor belt of warm, moist air from the southeastern US all the way northward into New England. A slow moving frontal boundary will stall over our region today through Saturday allowing several rounds of moderate to locally heavy rain to track along it through Saturday. We’ll see showers moving in to western Vermont by midday today. Temperatures today will be in the mid to upper 60s and bump up towards the lows 70s Saturday. Sunday should bring a bit of a dry slot with more showers expected Monday.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with showers likely by this afternoon. Highs will be near 67 with south winds 11 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ expected. Tonight should be cloudy with showers likely. Rain could be heavy at times. Lows will be around 50 with west winds 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between a 1/2-3/4″ possible.

Saturday should be cloudy with showers likely, mainly before noon. Highs will be near 67 with light and variable winds becoming southeasterly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 52 with south winds 8 to 14 mph.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with a high near 69 and south winds 5 to 8 mph.
Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 48 and light south winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 40 and a low of 31. We picked up 0.01″ of rain and were down to bare ground at the snow stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 36 and a high of 57.
The record low was 23 in 1961.
The record high was 91 in 1976.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:02AM
Sunset: 7:41PM
Length of day: 13:39:04
Today will be 2:53 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is the full “Pink” Moon (Northeast Native American), 14.6 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:03PM
Moonset: 6:30AM

About Today’s Photo:

A pair of mallards pulled into our pond the other day. They happily dabbed for vegetation along the shallow edges of the pond in their classic “bottoms-up” fashion.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

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A chickadee excavates a nesting cavity above Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:30AM it’s currently 47 degrees and drizzling just a bit under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-5 mph. Relative humidity is 58%, dewpoint 33, barometric pressure 30.12” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 58, and the overnight low was 32.

Forecast:

Low pressure over the northern Great Lakes this morning will lift a warm front through the North Country today along with a few showers this morning and increasingly breezy conditions this afternoon. A more potent and juicy storm system will lift out of the Ohio River valley Friday bringing several rounds of moderate to locally heavy rain Friday through Saturday along with a renewed threat for areas of flooding. Temperatures will bump into the upper 60s Friday and Saturday. Showers should finally taper off late Saturday night into Sunday.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a 50% chance of rain. Highs will be near 56 with breezy south winds 9 to 14 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon and gusting to 36 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers, mainly after 7:00pm. Lows will be around 48 with south winds 15 to 17 mph gusting to 30 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected.

Friday should be cloudy with showers likely beginning in the afternoon. Highs will be near 68 with south winds 14 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible. Friday night rain is likely. Lows will be around 51 with southwest winds 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 3/4″-1″ possible.

Saturday should be cloudy with rain likely. Highs will be near 64 with light and variable winds. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be around 51 with south winds 5 to 11 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 44 and a low of 29. We picked up 0.19″ of rain and 0.10″ of snow and had 0.50″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 36 and a high of 56.
The record low was 21 in 1948.
The record high was 91 in 1976.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:03AM
Sunset: 7:39PM
Length of day: 13:36:10
Today will be 2:54 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 13.4 days old with 98% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:48PM
Moonset: 6:01AM

About Today’s Photo:

I was up on our balcony yesterday afternoon taking pictures of a pair of mallards that had just landed in our pond when I noticed two chickadees flitting about the top of a dead willow down by Fargo Brook. On closer inspection, I could see that the pair were taking turns scooting into a hole near the top of the tree and then emerging with a mouthful of wood. They were excavating a nesting hole! As you might have surmised, chickadees are cavity nesters. I’d never managed to see chickadees nesting, let alone working to build their nesting hole—quite exciting! The photo below shows one of the pair emerging with a mouthful.

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

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Painting with sunlight and water on Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:40AM it’s currently 27 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 26, barometric pressure 30.13” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 45, and the overnight low was 27.

Forecast:

We’ve got a lovely spring day on tap today courtesy of high pressure cresting over the North Country this morning. We’ll see sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 50s across the region today. A warm front will push through the region on Thursday bringing increasingly breezy conditions and a short period of showery weather. Another juicy Gulf moisture laden low pressure system is set to head our way on Friday bringing warm air and another round of soaking rains Friday night through Saturday.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 57 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Tonight should bring increasing clouds with a low around 36 and calm winds becoming southeasterly 5 to 7 mph after midnight.

Thursday rain is likely in the morning, diminishing to showers in the afternoon. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a high near 54 and south winds 13 to 18 mph gusting to 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ expected. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 49 with south winds around 17 mph gusting to 28 mph.

Friday should be mostly cloudy with showers likely in the afternoon. Highs will be near 68 with south winds around 18 mph gusting to 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible. Friday night rain is likely, heavy at times. Lows will be around 55 with south winds 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 1/2″-3/4″ possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 43 and a low of 32. We picked up 0.26″ of rain and had 0.50″ of snow still at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 36 and a high of 56.
The record low was 13 in 1971.
The record high was 90 in 2002 (we had a high of 89).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:05AM
Sunset: 7:38PM
Length of day: 13:33:16
Today will be 2:55 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 12.3 days old with 93% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:33PM
Moonset: 5:31AM

About Today’s Photo:

Often on a sunny day, I’ll walk along Fargo Brook and capture images of the water falling in the sunlight. I learned—quite by accident—that a shutter speed of around 1/30″ will create a magical painterly effect in the water as the sunlight bounces of the flowing surface and into my lens. I call it “cellophane” water, or water “squiggles”. The effect never ceases to amaze me.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  34mm, ISO 200, f/13, 1/30″ exposure.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

pheobe

A phoebe perches briefly in a birch

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington a 6:20AM it’s currently 34 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are light out of the west at 2-5 mph. Relative humidity is 80%, dewpoint 28, barometric pressure 29.82” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.24” of rain and 0.40” of snow in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 58, and the overnight low was 34.

Forecast:

The low pressure that brought us our recent rains and snow is currently moving into the Canadian Maritimes. High pressure will build into the region by tonight into Wednesday bringing fair weather tomorrow into Thursday. A warm front will lift through the North Country Wednesday night through Thursday morning bringing a quick shot of rain and some gusty winds. The next chance of significant rainfall should arrive Friday night as another Gulf moisture laden low pressure system lifts out of the Ohio River valley bringing a soaking rain to the region through much of the upcoming weekend. On the plus side, temperatures will moderate considerably by the end of the week bumping into the 70s by Friday and continuing above average through the weekend despite the rainfall.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies today with a high near 46 and northwest winds around 17 mph gusting to 28 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 30 and northwest winds 5 to 9 mph becoming light after midnight.

Wednesday should be sunny with a high near 54 and northwest winds 3 to 8 mph.
Wednesday night should bring increasing clouds with a low around 35 and light and variable winds becoming southeasterly 5 to 10 mph in the evening.

Thursday should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be near 52 with south winds 9 to 16 mph gusting to 26 mph. New rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ are possible. Thursday night should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be around 47 with south winds 11 to 13 mph gusting to 26 mph. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 44 and a low of 29. We picked up 0.12″ of rain and had 1″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 35 and a high of 55.
The record low was 18 in 1943.
The record high was 86 in 2002 (we had a high of 85).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:07AM
Sunset: 7:37PM
Length of day: 13:30:21
Today will be 2:55 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 11 days old with 86% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:17PM
Moonset: 5:00AM

About Today’s Photo:

Phoebes are another fine spring harbinger. These active little insectivores arrive in early spring as insects start to emerge. Their distinctive “phee-bee!” call is one of the first new voices after the snows melt.

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

Blog Note:

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Monday, April 15, 2019

leucistic-fox-sparrow

A leucistic fox sparrow cleans up under our rhododendrons

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:35AM it’s currently 53 degrees and raining lightly under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 51, barometric pressure 29.20” and steady. We picked up 0.75” of rain in the past 24hrs. We had some rumbles of thunder around 3:00AM and a pretty strong squall line moved through around 4:00AM. Yesterday’s high was 53, and the overnight low was 47.

Forecast:

Low pressure currently sprawled across the eastern Great Lakes will lift slowly northeastward across the North Country today. Widespread rain early this morning will become more showery in nature later today. An upper level trough will push across our region tonight bringing in cooler air ad allowing rain to transition to wet snow at higher elevations before tapering off finally by Tuesday morning. High pressure will build in Tuesday bringing quiet weather through mid week with the next chance for showers moving in late Thursday. Another juicy storm system is set to approach the region Friday into Saturday bringing widespread rain.

We’ll see rain this morning diminishing to showers this afternoon. Highs will be near 59 with south winds 6 to 10 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible. Tonight should be cloudy with rain showers before 1am, then a chance of rain and high elevation snow showers between late. Lows will be around 32 with northwest winds 17 to 20 mph gusting to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tuesday should be partly sunny and seasonably cool with a highs near 48 and northwest winds 18 to 20 mph gusting to 30 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 32 and west winds 6 to 10 mph.

Wednesday’s looking sunny with a high near 52 and northwest winds 6 to 11 mph.
Wednesday night should bring increasing clouds with a low around 35 and north winds around 5 mph becoming calm.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 32 and a low of 24. We picked up 0.32″ of rain and 0.50″ of frozen rain and ice pellets. A lovely day no doubt!

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 35 and a high of 55.
The record low was 20 in 1992.
The record high was 82 in 2003 (we had a high of 80).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:08AM
Sunset: 7:36PM
Length of day: 13:27:25
Today will be 2:56 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 10 days old with 77% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:01PM
Moonset: 4:26AM

About Today’s Photo:

We’ve been seeing this particular bird for about two weeks now—ever since the fox sparrows have been hanging around on their way back north. I had no idea what kind of bird it was as its coloring and pattern fit no bird I could find in my Sibley’s bird guide. So, I sent this picture to “Bird Diva” Bridget Butler. She was quite excited in her reply writing:

“Wow! Now that looks like a leucistic Fox Sparrow to me! Leucism is a form of albinism, like partial albinism. Wow!”

Two “wows” from Bridget—how cool is that! And I learned a new word—leucistic.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 1250, f/5.6, 1/40″ exposure.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

pussy-willow

The willows in the wet part of our front field are popping!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:20AM it’s currently 30 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 90%, dewpoint 28, barometric pressure 30.01” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.05” of rain yesterday morning. Yesterday’s high was was a lovely 70 degrees and the overnight low was 30.

Forecast:

What a fine day yesterday was! I hope everyone had a chance to be outside and enjoy it! No repeats today I’m afraid as a deep, moisture laden low pressure system moving into the Ohio River valley this morning will track straight for New England tonight bringing widespread soaking rain to the North Country later this afternoon into most of Monday. We may hear rumbles of thunder tonight as well. We should see on the order of 1″-1.5″ of rain out of this system. The rainfall combined with high elevation snowmelt will contribute to minor flooding on larger rivers and smaller streams across the region, and a Areal Flood Watch has been posted from tonight into Tuesday morning. High pressure will build in after the departing low on Tuesday into Wednesday brining quiet and seasonal conditions through midweek. The next chance for showers arrives towards the end of the week.

We’ll see sunny skies this morning giving way to increasing clouds with rain likely later this afternoon. Highs near 54 with calm winds becoming northerly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ expected. Tonight rain is likely with thunderstorms possible late. Lows will be around 43 with east winds 8 to 17 mph becoming southerly after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 1/2″-3/4″ possible.

Monday rain is likely before 2:00pm, diminishing to showers later in the afternoon. Highs will be near 60 with southeast winds 8 to 11 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible. Monday night showers are likely, mainly before 10:00pm. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 34 and breezy northwests wind 15 to 22 mph gusting to 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ possible.

Tuesday should start out mostly cloudy, becoming gradually sunny, with a high near 49 and northwest winds 16 to 18 mph gusting to 30 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 32 and northwest winds 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 42 and a low of 24. We picked up 0.63″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 34 and a high of 54.
The record low was 17 in 1973.
The record high was 84 in 1968.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:10AM
Sunset: 7:34PM
Length of day: 13:24:28
Today will be 2:57 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 9 days old with 66% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:46PM
Moonset: 3:47AM

About Today’s Photo:

Spring continues apace as pussy willows are popping in wetlands and in the damper parts of our front field.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 400, f.11, 1/200″ exposure.