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Monday, August 14, 2017

honey-bee-goldenrod

A honey bee works goldenrod blooms in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 60 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 30.05” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 78, and the overnight low was 49.

Forecast:

Weak high pressure over the region today will deliver dry and partly sunny conditions today with no precipitation expected. A trough of low pressure will drop down from Canada bringing the chance for precipitation later tonight into Tuesday. Drier conditions will return Wednesday with cooler temperatures in the 70s.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs around 80 and light and variable winds. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s and south winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday should start out partly sunny in the morning with a slight chance of showers, then become cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 50s with light and variable winds.

Wednesday’s looking partly sunny and seasonably cool with highs in the lower 70s and northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night should be mostly clear with lows around 50.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 86 and a low of 68. We picked up 1.12″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 80 and lows of 59.
The record high was 96°F in 1944.
The record low was 47°F in 1923.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:54 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:58 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 06m
Length of Day: 14h 03m
Tomorrow will be 2m43s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 21.4 days old with 58% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:54 PM EDT
Moonset: 1:12 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Goldenrod is in bloom in our front field and the honey bees and other pollinators are hard at it collecting nectar and pollen.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/500″ exposure.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

winterberry

Wintergreen flowering on Owl’s Head in Groton State Park

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:15AM it’s currently a muggy 63 degrees under overcast skies. We just had a brief shower pass through. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 63, barometric pressure 29.85” and rising. We picked up 0.05” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 82, and the overnight low was 59.

Forecast:

An upper trough is moving quickly across southern Québec this morning and will bring isolated to scattered showers the far northern tiers of New York and Vermont through mid morning. High pressure will build in later this afternoon bringing drier air and seasonably cool temperatures. At this point it’s looking like we’ll see mostly dry conditions for begining of the week with some showers returning Thursday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with isolated showers this morning. Highs will be in the mid 70s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 20%. Tonight should be clear with lows in the mid 50s and west winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Monday should be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s and light and variable winds. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s and light and variable winds.

Tuesday’s looking partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms as a weak upper low tracks to our north. Highs will be around 80 with west winds around 10 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 83 and a low of 66. We picked up 0.43″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 80 and lows of 59.
The record high was 97°F in 1947.
The record low was 43°F in 1930.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:53 AM EDT
Sunset: 7:59 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 09m
Length of Day: 14h 06m
Tomorrow will be 2m41s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20 days old with 69% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:18 PM EDT
Moonset: 12:03 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Wintergreen is one of the plants I routinely seek out when I’m hiking in the woods. I usually pop a few of the thick leaves in my mouth and enjoy the minty flavor as I walk. The plant was in bloom as we climbed to the top of Owl’s Head in Groton State Park the other day. As I’m sure you’re aware, winterberry has myriad uses, from flavorings to printing of fine art (who knew!), and contains salicylic acid, the active ingredient found in aspirin.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @ 32mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/100″ exposure.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

queen-annes-lace

Just-blooming Queen Anne’s lace with a bit of blush

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 59 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 30.21” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 78, and the overnight low was 54.

Forecast:

Weak high pressure across the region today and Friday will do its best hold off showers, but increasing humidity and daytime temperatures will help to spur isolated thunderstorms this afternoon, and scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms on Friday. Skies should be partly sunny with high temperatures reaching the lower 80s in most valley locations today and Friday. A more vigorous upper level trough and associated surface low moving out of the Great Lakes will bring more widespread cloud cover and greater coverage of showers and embedded thunderstorms and Saturday with lingering showers Sunday

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the upper 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should bring a slight chance of thunderstorms until midnight. It’ll be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 60s with light and variable winds.

Friday should be partly sunny with a 40% of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be around 80 with light and variable winds, becoming southwesterly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be around 60 with south winds around 10 mph.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the mid 70s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 85 and a low of 57.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 80 and lows of 59.
The record high was 97°F in 1949.
The record low was 47°F in 1922.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:49 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:04 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 18m
Length of Day: 14h 14m
Tomorrow will be 2m37s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17.2 days old with 93% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:44 PM EDT
Moonset: 8:41 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I don’t think I’ve noticed Queen Anne’s lace with a bit of blush before, but I’ve seen several instances of it this season in our front field. This stately composite flower attracts a wide range of pollinators.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 640, f/18, 1/400″ exposure.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

suspension

Dew drops cling to a spider’s web in our front field.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently 56 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 55, barometric pressure 30.09” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 76, and the overnight low was 50.

Forecast:

A weak cold front approaching from southeastern Ontario and Québec will spark a few showers or a thunderstorm this afternoon. Otherwise, skies will be partly to mostly sunny for most of the day, with highs generally in the upper 70s to
lower 80s. We’ll see a gradual warming trend into Thursday and Friday, with highs reaching the low to mid 80s in most locations. A stray shower or thunderstorm will be possible both Thursday and Friday afternoon. A slow moving low pressure system approaching from the Great Lakes on Saturday will bring a more widespread threat of showers and thunderstorms going into the weekend.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 70s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph, becoming westerly this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers until midnight. Lows will be in the upper 50s with west winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Thursday should be partly sunny with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with light and variable winds. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows around 60 and light and variable winds.

Friday’s looking partly sunny with highs around 80 and south winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers as the aforementioned low starts to move in. Lows will be in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 85 and a low of 49.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 80 and lows of 60.
The record high was 99°F in 2001 (we had a high of 91).
The record low was 44°F in 1922.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:48 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:05 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 21m
Length of Day: 14h 17m
Tomorrow will be 2m36s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 16.2 days old with 97% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:14 PM EDT
Moonset: 7:36 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Spider web strands hold beads of dew like stings of pearls. The drops cling to the sticky material that spiders place at intervals along their webs to capture prey.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 640, f/8, 1/1000″ exposure

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

jewelweed

A jewelweed blossom bedecked with morning dew

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 58 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 58, barometric pressure 29.94” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.52” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 76, and the overnight low was 55.

Forecast:

The low pressure system that delivered yesterday’s rain is moving to our east this morning. Any remaining showers will shut down, and surface high pressure will begin to build in. A trailing mid-level trough may spur a few higher elevation showers this afternoon. Otherwise, conditions should be dry and warming. An active weather pattern returns for the latter part of the week into the weekend with daily chances of showers and embedded thunderstorms.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning, then becoming partly sunny with a 20% chance of showers. Highs will be in the lower 70s with light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly around 10 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear until midnight, then become partly cloudy. Lows will be in the mid 50s with west winds around 10 mph, becoming southerly after midnight.

Wednesday should be partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 70s with southwest winds around 10 mph, becoming westerly in the afternoon. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s and southwest winds around 10 mph.

Thursday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the upper 70s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 80 and a low of 49. We picked up 0.10″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 80 and lows of 60.
The record high was 97°F in 1949.
The record low was 45°F in 1929.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:47 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:06 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 24m
Length of Day: 14h 19m
Tomorrow will be 2m34s shorter.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 15.3 days old with 99% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:42 PM EDT
Moonset: 6:33 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) is a common flower blooming this time of year. Also known as touch-me-not, the ripened seed pods will explode when lightly touched (something I’ve loved to do since I was a kid!) The deep nectar spurs of the flower are best pollinated by hummingbirds. The juice of the the crushed stems has been used to treat skin rashes (and poison ivy) and works fairly well to calm the itch of nettles.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/500″ exposure.

Monday, August 7, 2017

yellow-lilies

Yellow day lilies by the pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:35AM it’s currently 58 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 57, barometric pressure 30.05” and steady. We picked up 0.02” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 72, and the overnight low was 50.

Forecast:

Low pressure moving out of the Ohio River Valley will bring showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and into the night. We’ll get a brief from rain on Tuesday before more unsettled weather returns for the latter half of the week. After a coolish start temperatures will trend warmer throughout the week.

We’ll see partly sunny skies in the morning, becoming cloudy with a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms this morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 70s with light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight will be cloudy with showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms until midnight, then a chance of showers after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 50s with south winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable. Chance of rain is 70%.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with a 30% chance of lingering showers. Highs will be in the lower 70s with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night should be clear with lows in the lower 50s and southwest winds around 10 mph.

Wednesday’s looking partly sunny with a 40% chance of showers north. Highs will be in the mid 70s. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 78 and a low of 54. We picked up 0.03″ of rain.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:46 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:08 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 26m
Length of Day: 14h 22m
Tomorrow will be 2m34s shorter.

The Moon is the full “Sturgeon” moon (Northeast Native American)
15 days old with 100% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:08 PM EDT
Moonset: 5:32 AM EDT
Other names for this month’s full moon include: “Grain” (English), “Dispute” (Celtic), “Wyrt” (Medieval Wiccan), and “Lightning” (Neo-Pagan Wiccan).

About Today’s Photo:

Our yellow day lilies are popping.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 200, f/3.5, 1/3200″ exposure.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

tiger-lilies

A burst of tiger lilies along Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently a cool 54 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the northwest at 0-3 mph. Relative humidity is 77%, dewpoint a comfortable 50, barometric pressure 29.96” and rising rapidly. We picked up 0.53” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 79, and the overnight low was 53.

Forecast:

We’ve got a lovely, albeit a bit cool and breezy day on tap courtesy of high pressure which is building into the region. Low pressure moving out of the Ohio River Vally Monday will bring another round of showers and isolated thunderstorms, followed by dry weather again for Tuesday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with highs in the lower 70s and northwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 50s and west winds 10 to 15 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Monday should be cloudy with a chance of showers in the morning, then showers likely with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 60s with light and variable winds, becoming southerly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. Monday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the mid 50s with northeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Tuesday’s looking partly sunny with a 50% chance of lingering showers. Highs will be around 70 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night shoud be mostly clear as high pressure builds in. Lows will be in the lower 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 82 and a low of 66. We picked up 0.11″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 80 and lows of 60.
The record high was 93°F in 1931.
The record low was 44°F in 1964.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:45 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:09 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 15h 29m
Length of Day: 14h 24m
Tomorrow will be 2m31s shorter.

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 13.4 days old with 98% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:30 PM EDT
Moonset: 4:34 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Robin planted a variety of tiger lilies in a flower bed along Fargo Brook in our back yard. They’re in bursting full bloom right now and quite spectacular (as well as fragrant!)

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.