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Monday, June 19, 2017

peonie

In close with a peonie blossom

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently 70 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 69, barometric pressure 29.71” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.47” of rain overnight when the line of thunderstorms rolled through starting at around 11:30PM. Yesterday’s high was 88, and the overnight low was 67.

Forecast:

Showers and thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall will form today, mainly in Vermont and the Champlain Valley of northern New York. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect this afternoon and evening. Small hail and gusty winds are also possible in the stronger storms. The threat for heavy rainfall and wind will lessen after tonight, however the weather will remain unsettled this week as a trough of low pressure centered over southern Ontario this morning slowly moves through the
area.

Showers are likely with a slight chance of thunderstorms this morning, then occasional showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 70s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Tonight will be cloudy with occasional showers and thunderstorms until midnight, then a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall until midnight. Lows will be around 60 with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Tuesday should be mostly cloudy in the morning then become partly sunny with a 50% chance of terrain driven showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs will be in the mid 70s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 50s with southwest winds around 10 mph.

Wednesday’s looking mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of terrain driven showers. Highs will be in the lower 70s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 87 and a low of 52.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 77 and lows of 57.
The record high was 100°F in 1995.
The record low was 37°F in 1946.

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 0m4s longer.

The moon is a waning crescent, 24 days old with 30% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:08 AM EDT
Moonset: 3:16 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Looking close at a peonie blossom in our ornamental garden reveals a jumble of bright yellow anthers. The fragrance of the blossom was intoxicating!

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/1000″ exposure.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

buttercup

A dew bespecked buttercup in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently a balmy 73 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-4 mph. Relative humidity is 83%, dewpoint 67, barometric pressure 29.77”. Yesterday’s high was 84, and the overnight low was 69.

Forecast:

We’ve got another very warm and humid day on tap today before strong to severe
thunderstorms arrive this afternoon and evening out ahead of a cold front approaching from the west. The stronger storms will be capable of damaging winds, large hail, heavy downpours, and frequent lightning, especially across northern New York into the Champlain Valley. Additional showers and thunderstorms are expected on Monday, along with the potential for localized flash flooding associated with very high rainfall rates. Cooler and drier weather arrives by midweek.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 80s with south winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Tonight showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly until midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall. It’ll be humid with lows in the upper 60s and south winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Monday will bring occasional showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall in the afternoon. It’ll be humid with highs in the lower 80s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Monday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the lower 60s with south winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%.

Tuesday showers are likely. Highs will be in the mid 70s 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 upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 84 and a low of 46.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 77 and lows of 56.
The record high was 97°F in 1994.
The record low was 40°F in 1964.

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 0m9s longer.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23 days old with 41% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:37 AM EDT
Moonset: 2:05 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

It’s a good year for the diminutive buttercup! We’ve got a good crop growing in our front field, and there’s a spot along the Richmond Road just before the Farr Farm that’s carpeted with ’em.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/125″ exposure.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

blackberry-blossom

Blackberry blossoms along Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 67 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 1-3 mph. Relative humidity is 81%, dewpoint 61, barometric pressure 29.92” and steady. We picked up 0.32” of rain in the past 24hrs (0.64” for the storm). Yesterday’s high was 67, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

An increasing south to southwest air flow will deliver building heat and humidity this weekend with highs in the 80s today and upper 80s to lower 90s on Sunday. Isolated thunderstorms are possible late this afternoon or evening especially east. An approaching cold front will bring the threat for strong to locally severe thunderstorms Sunday evening into Monday, along with locally heavy rainfall with a very moist air mass in place ahead of the front. Cooler weather will follow behind the front into midweek.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today. It’ll be much warmer with highs in the mid 80s with south winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 60s and south winds around 10 mph.

Sunday should be partly sunny with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon. It’ll be humid with highs in the upper 80s and south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Chance of rain is 20%. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. It’ll be humid with lows in the upper 60s and south winds 15 to 20 mph.

Monday will bring showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rainfall. It’ll be continued humid with highs in the mid 80s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 90%. Monday night showers are likely. Lows will be in the lower 60s. Chance of rain is 90%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 80 and a low of 43.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 77 and lows of 56.
The record high was 96°F in 1994.
The record low was 42°F in 1925.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:38 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 44m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m13s longer.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 22 days old with 52% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:06 AM EDT
Moonset: 12:57 PM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The blackberry canes have produced a bumper crop of blossoms this season–good news for yummy berries later this summer! We have quite a few growing along Fargo Brook.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/100″ exposure.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

cinnamon-fern

Cinnamon fern across Fargo Brook

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 51 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 50, barometric pressure 30.08” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 69, and the overnight low was 39.

Forecast:

We’ve got a lovely day on tap today courtesy of high pressure cresting over the region today and delivering dry conditions and seasonal temperatures. A warm front will slide northward tonight bringing showers overnight into Friday followed by warmer, more humid, and unsettled weather through Monday. There will be several chances of showers and thunderstorms until a cold front moves through on Monday.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with highs in the upper 70s and light and variable winds. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a chance of showers until midnight, then cloudy with showers likely after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 50s with south winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain is 80%.

Friday showers are likely. Highs will be in the mid 60s with south winds 15 to 20 mph gusting up to 30 mph. Chance of rain is 80%. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper 50s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph.

Saturday should be partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers. It’ll be much warmer with highs in the lower 80s and south winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 73 and a low of 48.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 76 and lows of 55.
The record high was 97°F in 1988.
The record low was 41°F in 1923.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:37 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 44m
Length of Day: 15h 30m
Tomorrow will be 0m22s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 20 days old with 72% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:04 AM EDT
Moonset: 10:48 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

Cinnamon ferns (Osmundastrum) are in their prime across Fargo Brook now. This particular species of fern produce separate sterile and fertile, spore-bearing fronds. The spore-bearing fronds are a deep cinnamon color and hence the common name.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 1250,  f/8, 1/13″ exposure.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

iris-bud

A Siberian iris bud about to bloom

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:30AM it’s currently 53 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is is 98%, dewpoint 52, barometric pressure 30.06” and rising rapidly. We picked up just a trace of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 83, and the overnight low was 43.

Forecast:

High pressure is currently building into the region and will dominate our weather through Thursday with dry conditions and seasonably cool temperatures. Warmer and more unsettled weather returns for the end of the week as a warm front moves in Thursday night kicking off the daily chance of showers and
thunderstorms through the weekend.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs only in the upper 60s with north winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be clear with lows in the mid 40s and north winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Thursday should be mostly sunny and warmer with highs in the upper 70s and light and variable winds. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 50s with southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Friday’s looking cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Highs will be in the upper 60s with south winds 10 to 15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Friday night should be mostly 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 73 and a low of 45. We picked up 0.02″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 76 and lows of 55.
The record high was 94°F in 1988.
The record low was 36°F in 1912.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:37 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 43m
Length of Day: 15h 30m
Tomorrow will be 0m25s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 19 days old with 80% illumination.
No Moon Rise
Moonset: 9:46 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

The Siberian irises by the side of the house are on the verge of blooming.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 800, f/4, 1/2500″ exposure.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

lupine

Lupines opening by the pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 71 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 91%, dewpoint 68, barometric pressure 29.85” and rising. Yesterday’s high was 90, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

A cold front will slide southward through the region today bringing a chance for showers and thunderstorms. Behind the front temperatures will trend cooler for the remainder of the week with a period of dry weather through Thursday. More active weather returns Thursday night through the weekend with several rounds of showers and thunderstorms likely.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a 20% chance of showers this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with northwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear and less humid with lows in the upper 40s and north winds around 10 mph.

Wednesday should be sunny and seasonably cool with highs in the upper 60s and north winds around 10 mph. Wednesday night should be clear wit lows in the mid 40s and northeast winds around 10 mph.

Thursday’s looking mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and light and variable winds. Thursday 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 62 and a low of 45. We picked up 0.45″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 76 and lows of 55.
The record high was 94°F in 1949.
The record low was 40°F in 1923.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:37 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 42m
Length of Day: 15h 29m
Tomorrow will be 0m30s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 18 days old with 87% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:30 PM EDT
Moonset: 8:47 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

We have scattered groups of lupines around our pond and they’re flowering now. I’m always attracted to their stately upright blossoms.

I found out today that lupines, which are in the legume family, have been used for a food source for more than 3000 years around the Mediterranean and for more than 6000 in the Andean Highlands of South America. Users soak the seed in running water to remove most of the bitter alkaloids and then cook or toast the seeds to make them edible. Interesting what a quick look at Wikipedia will reveal!

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/800″ exposure.

Monday, June 12, 2017

hump-summit-north

The view north from the summit of Camel’s Hump

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 67 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 95%, dewpoint 65, barometric pressure 29.93” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 91, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

We’ve got another hot day on tap today with highs again in the mid 80s to lower 90s. A cold front will move southward across the region Tuesday morning bringing a chance for rain showers and thunderstorms. We’ll see drier and cooler conditions arrive Wednesday through the end of the work week.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today. It’ll be hot with highs in the lower 90s and southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers until midnight, then a chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Lows will be in the mid 60s with southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday should be partly sunny with a 20% chance of showers. Highs will be around 80 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night should be clear and less humid with lows in the upper 40s and north winds 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday’s looking sunny and cool with highs in the upper 60s and north winds around 10 Wednesday night should be clear with lows in the mid 40s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 59 and a low of 53. We pickd up 0.12″ for rain.

Burlington averages for this date are highs of 75 and lows of 54.
The record high was 92°F in 1949.
The record low was 36°F in 1906.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:07 AM EDT
Sunset: 8:36 PM EDT
Length of Visible Light: 16h 42m
Length of Day: 15h 29m
Tomorrow will be 0m36s longer.

The Moon is waning gibbous, 17.2 days old with 93% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:52 PM EDT
Moonset: 7:51 AM EDT

About Today’s Photo:

I took a quick hike up Camel’s Hump Saturday morning. The low morning clouds had just burned off to reveal a fine 360º view. Here we’re looking north along the spine of the Green Mountains towards Bolton Mountain. Mount Mansfield is the tallest summit against the horizon in the center of the photo.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 9mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/16, 1/500″ exposure.