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Saturday, April 13, 2019

song-sparrow-hand

A stunned song sparrow recovers on my finger

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:00AM it’s currently a balmy 55 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-4 mph. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 53, barometric pressure 29.92” and steady. We picked up 0.05” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 60, and the overnight low was 53.

Forecast:

Low pressure over James Bay this morning lifted a warm front through the region overnight resulting in a balmy morning. A cold front will swing through this morning, but it’s a “cold” front in name only as temperatures will continue to rise into the upper 60s and low 70s in the Champlain Valley before dropping a bit later this afternoon. Gusty southwesterly winds are expected today along with clearing skies by this afternoon. Moisture laden low pressure moving out of the Ohio River valley Sunday will bring widespread rain for Sunday night into Monday. Rainfall amounts around 1″ combined with higher elevation snow melt may bring some minor flooding on main stem rivers late Sunday night and through the day Monday. An Areal Flood Watch has been issued for our region from Sunday night into Tuesday. Weak high pressure will build in for Tuesday bringing seasonable temperatures and dry conditions before the next weather maker arrives Wednesday night.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning with a 30% chance of showers, giving way to mostly sunny skies this afternoon. Highs will be near 69 with breezy west winds 9 to 14 mph increasing to 16 to 21 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 37 and west winds 6 to 15 mph becoming northwesterly after midnight.

Sunday will start out partly cloudy in the morning with increasing clouds and rain likely in the afternoon. Highs will be near 51 with northwest winds around 5 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts of less 1/10″ expected. Sunday night should be cloudy with rain likely. Lows will be around 43 with east winds 6 to 15 mph becoming southerly after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ expected.

Monday should be cloudy with steady rain likely in the morning, diminishing to showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 54 with southeast winds around 7 mph becoming northwesterly in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ expected. Monday night should be cloudy with rain showers likely. Lows will be around 33 with northwest winds 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ expected.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 49 and a low of 39. we picked up 0.35″ of snow and were down to bare ground at the snow stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 34 and a high of 54.
The record low was 20 in 2000 (we had a low of 16).
The record high was 84 in 1945.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:12AM
Sunset: 7:33PM
Length of day: 13:21:31
Today will be 2:57 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8 days old with 55% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:34PM
Moonset: 3:01AM

About Today’s Photo:

I walked into our garage the other day and came across a song sparrow (at least I think it’s a song sparrow…) that had flown in through one of the open doors and become confused and unable to escape. It thumped against the windows a few times before settling down on the floor where I could gently catch it. I took it out by the pond and sat with it for about 10 minutes as it slowly recovered in my hand. Finally, it managed to groggily fly off into the bushes. It was a lovely encounter!

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Friday, April 12, 2019

coltsfoot

Coltsfoot blooming along East Street

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:05AM it’s currently 36 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 89%, dewpoint 33, barometric pressure 30.24” and falling. Yesterday’s high was 47, and the overnight low was 29.

Forecast:

Low pressure moving into the western Great Lakes this morning will lift a dry warm front through the North Country today bringing increasing clouds and warmer temperatures region. As the low passes to our north tonight, an occluded front will sweep through this evening and overnight bringing a period of scattered rain showers into Saturday morning. Even warmer temperatures are on tap for Saturday with the mercury topping out in the mid 60s to near 70 in the Champlain Valley in the morning before beginning to drop in the afternoon. A Gulf moisture laden low is set to move our way Sunday bringing a soaking rain late Sunday into Monday. We could see over an inch of rain from this system Sunday night into Monday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a high near 59 and south winds 8 to 17 mph.
Tonight showers are likely. Lows will be around 51 with breezy south winds 13 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ expected.

Saturday should start out cloudy with a 30% chance of showers in the morning. Skies will gradually become sunny with a high topping out near 70 in the morning and falling in the afternoon as a weak cold front swings through. Winds will be out of the southwest at 10 to 18 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 38 and west winds 5 to 10 mph becoming light after midnight.

Sunday should bring increasing clouds with a 30% chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs will be near 52 with northwest winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Sunday night rain is likely. Lows will be around 41 with calm winds becoming easterly around 5 mph in the evening. 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 49 and a low of 30. We had 1″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 34 and a high of 53.
The record low was 16 in 1976.
The record high was 82 in 1945.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:13AM
Sunset: 7:32PM
Length of day: 13:18:33
Today will be 2:58 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 6.8 days old with 44% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:28AM
Moonset: 2:09AM

About Today’s Photo:

The spring wildflower season has begun! These lovely coltsfoot were blooming in the ditch on the sunny side of East Street yesterday afternoon. Robin said she’d seen them there last week, but this was my first viewing. It’s great to have blooming flowers back!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/16, 1/250″ exposure.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

canada-geese

A pair of Canada geese keep their eyes on me down by the Winooski River in Richmond yesterday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:20AM it’s currently a brisk 21 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 20, barometric pressure 30.21” and rising rapidly. Back to bare ground at the snow stake. Yesterday’s high was 34, and the overnight low was 21.

Forecast:

We’ll see sunny skies for most of the day today courtesy of high pressure which is currently cresting over the region. Chilly morning lows should bump into the upper 40s and low 50s as clouds begin to increase later today on a southerly airflow. Low pressure centered over the Central Plains today will begin to track eastward towards the Great Lakes and then north of our region tonight. This system will bring rain showers Friday night into Saturday morning along with warming temperatures. We should see daytime highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s region wide Saturday. Another more robust Gulf moisture laden low will track out of Texas early Saturday northeastward towards the North Country early Sunday night into Monday. This system will bring widespread rainfall from Sunday through Monday with more the 1″ of rainfall expected. Temperatures will remain warm through the period.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 50 and light northwest winds becoming northerly 5 to 10 mph in the morning and gusting to 21 mph. Tonight should bring increasing clouds with a low around 34 and calm winds becoming southeasterly around 5 mph after midnight.

Friday should be mostly cloudy with a high near 60 and south winds 8 to 14 mph gusting to 28 mph. Friday night showers are likely. Lows will be around 49 with south winds around 14 mph gusting to 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″ – 1/4″ expected.

Saturday should start out cloudy with a 30% chance of morning showers. It”l become partly sunny and warm with a high near 66 with southwest winds 9 to 13 mph gusting to 28 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 38 and west winds 3 to 8 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 45 and a low of 21. We had 2″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 33 and a high of 53.
The record low was 12 in 1974.
The record high was 84 in 1945.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:15AM
Sunset: 7:31PM
Length of day: 13:15:35
Today will be 2:59 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5.8 days old with 33% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:29AM
Moonset: 1:10AM

About Today’s Photo:

Canada geese have made their way back for the summer nesting season. This pair was hanging out on a sandbar just upstream of the Winooski River bridge in Richmond yesterday morning. They kept a wary eye on me as I walked through the floodplain to get a shot of them.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/200″ exposure.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

fox-sparrow

A fox sparrow cleans up under our rhododendrons

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:20AM it’s currently 28 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 26, barometric pressure 29.77” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.44” of rain and 0.50” of snow in the past 24hrs and have 0.50” at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 45, and the overnight low was 28.

Forecast:

We can expect any lingering snow showers to wrap up this morning. We’ll see cloudy skies today with below normal temperatures, but an upper level ridge of high pressure will build into the region Thursday and early Friday bringing a warming trend and dry, sunny conditions. Highs on Thursday will be a few degrees below average, but will bump up to several degrees above average on Friday. We should see mid 50s locally with some 60s in the Champlain Valley. A trough of low pressure and associated cold fronts will move into the region late Friday into Saturday bringing showers for the weekend. A more potent Gulf moisture laden system is in the works for Sunday into Monday which may bring a pretty good soaking our way.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with a 40% chance of light snow early. Highs will be near 40 with northwest winds around 11 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 24 and northwest winds 5 to 7 mph.

Thursday’s looking sunny, with a high near 46 with northwest winds around 7 mph.
Thursday night should bring increasing clouds with a low around 33 and calm winds becoming southeasterly around 5 mph after midnight.

Friday’s looking cloudy with a 30% chance of showers after 2pm. Highs will be near 61 with south winds 7 to 15 mph. Friday night should be cloudy with showers are likely. Lows will be around 47 with south winds around 10 mph gusting to 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″ – 1/4″ possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 42 and a low of 20. We had 2″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 33 and a high of 52.
The record low was 16 in 1975.
The record high was 81 in 1945.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:17AM
Sunset: 7:30PM
Length of day: 13:12:36
Today will be 2:59 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4.7 days old with 23% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:39AM
Moonset: 12:06AM

About Today’s Photo:

Fox sparrows are transients this time of year, and I see one almost every season as they make their way from wintering grounds to the south to their nesting grounds in northern Canada. This little guy and one other have been hanging around for the past few days feeding on the remnants of sunflower seeds left under the rhododendrons next to our house. The red variant of the species, which this bird is, has a lovely russet plumage and distinctive grey patches on its shoulders and above the eyes. I took this shot through the kitchen window, hence its lack of clarity.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/250″ exposure.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

purington's-sugarhouse

Purinton’s sugar house with a full head of steam yesterday morning

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 32 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 30, barometric pressure 29.74” and falling slowly. We picked up 0.11” of rain in the past 24hrs and are down to bare ground at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 50, and the overnight low was 32.

Forecast:

Low pressure approaching from the Great Lakes this morning will deliver another round of precipitation to the North Country today. Colder air will move in behind the departing system tonight allowing for some minor snow accumulations that could linger into Wednesday morning. Accumulations of 1″ to 2″ in the northern ‘Dacks and 1″ to 4″ are possible over the northern Greens with some minor accumulations possible at lower elevations in northern Vermont. Cool temperatures and drier conditions will be on tap for Wednesday afternoon into Thursday with clearing skies. A warming trend is expected Friday as a warm from lifts through the region with showers possible heading towards evening Friday.

We’ll see cloudy skies today with showers arriving this afternoon in Vermont. Highs will be near 45 with light southeast winds increasing to 9 to 14 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts around 1/4″ expected. Tonight should be cloudy with rain showers mixing with snow showers late. Lows will be around 31 with south winds 7 to 9 mph becoming northwesterly after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80% with snow accumulations of less than 1/2″ expected locally.

Wednesday should be cloudy with a 30% chance of rain and snow showers before 2:00pm diminishing to a slight chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 40 with northwest winds 8 to 10 mph gusting to 21 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 27 and northwest winds 3 to 6 mph.

Thursday’s looking sunny with a high near 45 and calm winds becoming northwesterly around 5 mph. Thursday night should bring increasing clouds with a low around 32 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 37 and a low of 14. We picked up 0.5″ of new snow and had 2.5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 32 and a high of 51.
The record low was 14 in 1997.
The record high was 76 in 1945.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:19AM
Sunset: 7:28PM
Length of day: 13:09:36
Today will be 3:00 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 3.8 days old with 15% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:57AM
No Moonset

About Today’s Photo:

It’s been pretty decent sugaring weather the past couple of day with cool nights and warmish days making for sap runs. Purinton’s sugar house was going full steam ahead yesterday, and the gusty south winds were blowing the escaping steam sideways. Most of the sugar makers that I’ve talked to are telling me it’s been a good season. With chilly overnight temperatures on tap for tonight into Thursday, the sap should keep running.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  28mm, ISO 1000, f/9, 1/400″ exposure.

Monday, April 8, 2019

vernal-pool

Trees reflect in a vernal pool along the trail at Craftsbury yesterday

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:30AM it’s currently a blustery 45 degrees and spitting a bit under overcast skies. Winds are out of the south at 4-7 mph. Relative humidity is 84%, dewpoint 41, barometric pressure 29.88” and falling rapidly. We picked up 0.13” of rain overnight and are down to just a bit of ice at the snow stake—so pretty much bare ground except for an inch or so in shaded north facing areas. Yesterday’s high was 54, and the overnight low was 39.

Forecast:

Low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes this morning will deliver widespread rainfall across the North Country this morning as a warm front lifts across the region. Rain will taper to showers this afternoon. We should see around 1/2″ of rain from this system. Another wave of low pressure approaching from the Great Lakes on Tuesday will bring additional rain Tuesday afternoon mixing with wet snow Tuesday night. Some light snow accumulations are possible across the higher elevations. High pressure will move in Wednesday into Thursday bringing dry conditions. A warming trend is on tap for Friday along with another round of showers Friday night into Saturday morning.

Rain is likely today tapering to scattered showers this afternoon. Highs will be near 49 with breezy southeast winds at 16 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″ – 1/2″ expected. Tonight should be cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 37 with southwest winds 5 to 9 mph becoming northerly after midnight.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy with rain likely in the afternoon. Highs will be near 45 with calm winds becoming southeasterly 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″ – 1/4″ expected. Tuesday night should be cloudy with rain likely before 1:00am mixing with snow late over higher elevations. Lows will be around 32 with calm winds becoming northerly around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain and snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs will be near 42 with northwest winds 5 to 9 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 25 and light northwest winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 34 and a low of 18. We had 2″ of snow at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 32 and a high of 51.
The record low was 11 in 1972.
The record high was 73 in 1991.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:20AM
Sunset: 7:27PM
Length of day: 13:06:36
Today will be 3:00 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2.8 days old with 8.4% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:21AM
Moonset: 11:00PM

About Today’s Photo:

We enjoyed some lovely spring skiing up at Craftsbury Outdoor Center yesterday. Passing this vernal pool at the edge of the trail, I just had to get a shot of the trees reflecting in the surface of the water. This pool will likely be teeming with spring amphibians soon!

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  12mm, ISO 200, f/13, 1/30″ exposure.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

daffodil-sprouts

Daffodils poking their heads above the snow next to our house

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:05AM it’s currently 32 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 32, barometric pressure 30.24” and steady. We have a spotty 2” of snow at the stake. Yesterday’s high was 52, and the overnight low was 29.

Forecast:

We’re on the cusp of an active weather pattern that will kick off tonight and extend through the upcoming week. High pressure centered over our region this morning will shift eastward into the Gulf of Maine by this afternoon. A developing quasi-stationary front across central New York will bring a gradual increase in cloud cover today and rain tonight into Monday as low pressure moves along the front from the Great Lakes and into our region. Pockets of sub-freezing air across eastern and northeastern Vermont may result in mixed wintry precipitation there at times. Another shortwave trough will swing through bringing more showers on Tuesday into Wednesday. Temperatures will bounce around a bit above and below seasonal averages for the week with a warming trend expected late in the week.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a high near 53 and light and variable winds. Tonight rain is likely mainly after midnight. Lows will be around 39 with southeast winds 5 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″ – 1/4″ expected.

Monday rain is likely mainly before 3pm. Highs will be near 49 with breezy southeast winds at 18 to 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rainfall amounts between 1/0″ – 1/4″ expected. Monday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain. Lows will be around 39 with south winds around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be near 49 with calm winds becoming northwesterly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts of less 1/10″ are expected. Tuesday night should be cloudy with a 40% chance of rain. Lows will be around 31 with light north winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 41 and a low of 23. We picked up 1.25″ of new snow and had 3.5″ at the stake.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 32 and a high of 50.
The record low was 2 in 1972.
The record high was 83 in 1991.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 6:22AM
Sunset: 7:26PM
Length of day: 13:03:35
Today will be 3:01 longer than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1.8 days old with 3.7% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:51AM
Sunset: 9:54PM

About Today’s Photo:

Green is coming! A clutch of hearty daffodils has poked out of the mulch next to our house. I’ve seen daylily sprouts as well!

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