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Thursday, June 14, 2018

reed-canarygrass

Reed canarygrass setting seeds in our front field.

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 58 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 96%, dewpoint 57, barometric pressure 29.58” and steady. We picked up 0.15” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 81, and the overnight low was 57.

Forecast:

Clouds and scattered showers will linger over the region today and into
tonight as upper low pressure spins by just to our north. Temperatures will be on the cool side with highs only in the 60s most spots. We’ll see gradual clearing later tonight as high pressure begins to build into the region on Friday bringing mostly sunny skies and highs around 70. Dry conditions and warming temperatures will continue into the weekend.

We’ll see scattered showers and cloudy skies today with a high near 62 and west winds 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50% with precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Tonight should be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be around 49 with northwest wind 6 to 9 mph. Precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday should start out mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny with a high near 72 and northwest winds 6 to 9 mph. Friday night should be clear with a low around 51 and northwest winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Saturday’s looking sunny with a high near 82 and light and variable winds becoming northwesterlyt 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Saturday night should be mostly clear with a low around 57 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 69 and a low of 42. We picked up 0.01″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high 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: 5:08AM
Sunset: 8:38PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 43m
Length of Day: 15h 29m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 28 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 0.5 days old with 0.3% illumination.
Moonrise: 6:04AM
Moonset: 9:34PM

About Today’s Photo:

With farmers bringing in their first cuts of hay, grasses are doing well in our front field. Reed canarygrass is common to Vermont with nicely compact seedheads. I like the subtle reddish tinge.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/4.5, 1/4000″ exposure.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

peony

A burst of color and form in our back garden

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently a balmy 66 degrees under clear skies. Winds are out of the south at 0-4 mph. Relative humidity is 69%, dewpoint 56, barometric pressure 29.86” and falling slowly. Yesterday’s high was 81, and the overnight low was 53. Looking forward to some rain…

Forecast:

A strong upper level trough of low pressure and its associated cold front will move out of the Great Lakes today and into our region later today and into tonight. We’ll see some clouds and showers out ahead of this system with the threat of showers and some thunderstorms increasing over the area as it moves in later in the day. The best chance for any storms will be over northern New York, and any of these storms could produce strong and gusty winds. Showers will linger across the region tonight and into Thursday especially in the mountains. Below normal temperatures are expected on Thursday, but high pressure will begin building in Friday kicking off a warming and drying trend that will hold through the weekend.

We’ll see increasing clouds today with a high near 79 and south winds 6 to 10 mph. Showers should begin to move in mainly after 1:00PM with precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Chance of showers is 80%. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. lows will be around 58 and south wind 10 to 13 mph gusting as high as 28 mph. Chance of showers is 80% with precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday should be mostly cloudy and showery with a high near 65 and northwest wind around 11 mph. Chance of rain is 80% with precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers. Lows will be around 46 with north winds 6 to 9 mph. Precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are possible.

Friday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 74 and northwest winds 5 to 9 mph. Friday night should be mostly clear with a low around 51 and northwest winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 83 and a low of 51.

Burlington averages for this date are a high 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: 5:09AM
Sunset: 8:39PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 43m
Length of Day: 15h 30m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 32 seconds longer

The Moon is new 28.9 days old with 0.4% illumination.
Moonrises: 5:11AM
Moonset: 8:28PM

About Today’s Photo:

Peonies are starting to bloom in several locations on our property. We have a variety of diffent colors and forms. This blossom has an interested compound form of larger and smaller petals. Looking up the flowers on Wikipedia yields quite a bit of interesting information about the plant and its long and storied use as a medical plant and food additive especially in Asian cultures.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/13, 1/800″ exposure.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

skimmer

A skimmer dragonfly pauses briefly on our dock

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:40AM it’s currently 57 degrees under mostly sunny skies. Winds are calm. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 87%, dewpoint 53, barometric pressure 30.12” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 73, and the overnight low was 40.

Forecast:

High pressure moving to our east today will deliver one more day of sunny skies. A south to southwest air flow will help to bump up temperatures into the upper 70s and low 80s today. Low pressure and an associated cold front moving out of the Great Lakes Wednesday will bring showers and perhaps some thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. The front will exit the region late Wednesday night bringing most showers to an end. Cooler temperatures and the threat of more showers is expected for Thursday as a weaker secondary cold front moves through. High preswure and warming temperatures will build in Friday and continue right into the weekend.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 82 and southwest winds 6 to 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 60 and southwest wind around 9 mph.

Wednesday should bring showers with thunderstorms possible after 2:00PM. It’ll be partly sunny with a high near 79 and south winds 7 to 9 mph gusting to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40% with rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Wednesday night showers are likely, mainly before 9:00PM. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 58 and southwest winds 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday’s looking mostly cloudy with a high near 67 and northwest wind around 13 mph. There’s a 40% chance of showers midday into the afternoon with precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 47 and northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight. There’s a 40% chance of showers before 2:00AM with precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 90 and a low of 61.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 75°F and a low of 54.
The record high was 94°F in 2017 (we had a high of 90).
The record low was 36°F in 1906.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:08AM
Sunset: 8:37PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 41m
Length of Day: 15h 28m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 36 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27.8 days old with 3% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:25AM
Moonset: 7:15PM

About Today’s Photo:

There are numerous tiny and delicate damselflies active around our pond right now, but not many of the larger dragonfly species. This skimmer (?) was the exception. It took a brief break from its patrol to let me snap a shot of it.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1000″ exposure.

Monday, June 11, 2018

swallowtail-comfry

A female eastern tiger swallowtail sipping from comfry

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 44 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity its 98%, dewpoint 44, barometric pressure 30.09” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 70, and the overnight low got down to 36.

Forecast:

The high pressure that’s been delivering our clear, cool nights will be shifting southeastward towards the Mid-Atlantic Coast tonight putting us in a southwesterly air flow and setting up a warming trend through Tuesday. Low pressure and a weak cold front will bring some rain showers and possibly a few thunderstorms Wednesday. Lingering showers will remain through the end of the work week as the weather pattern remains unsettled, but the weekend looks dry and warm as high pressure returns.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 72 and light and variable winds becoming northwesterly around 6 mph in the morning. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 48 and calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph after midnight.

Tuesday should be sunny with a high near 81 and southwest winds 8 to 13 mph. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 61 and south wind around 9 mph.

Wednesday should be partly sunny early with a high near 81 and south winds around 8 mph. Showers should develop around mid-day with precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Chance of rain is 50%. Wednesday night should be cloudy with a low around 59 and west winds around 7 mph. Precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Chance of rain is 50%.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 91 and a low of 58.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 75 and lows of 54.
The record high was 95°F in 2017 (we had the aforementioned high of 91).
The record low was 35°F in 1972.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:08AM
Sunset: 8:36PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 40m
Length of Day: 15h 28m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 40 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26.7 days old with 9% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:48AM
Moonset: 6:01PM

About Today’s Photo:

The eastern tiger swallowtails have been in abundance this season. I’ve seen them all over the place and finally managed to get a decent shot of one. This female (noticeable because of the distinct blue bands along the base of its wings which males lack) was enjoying the “volunteer” comfry that’s growing near our woodshed.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/8, 1/640″ exposure.

 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

baby-pinecones

Tiny baby pinecones on a white pine

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:25AM it’s currently 49 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 93%, dewpoint 47, barometric pressure 30.12” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 74, and the overnight low got down to 38.

Forecast:

High pressure remains in control over the region and will deliver fair weather and a warming temperature trend through Tuesday. Low pressure and an associated cold front heading our way from the Great Lakes on Wednesday will bring our next chance of showers along with a slight chance of thunderstorms.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 70 and northwest winds 5 to 9 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 47 and north winds around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Monday should be sunny with a high near 76 and light and variable winds.
Monday night should be mostly clear with a low around 52 and calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph after midnight.

Tuesday’s looking sunny and warmer with a high near 80 and southwest winds 6 to 9 mph. Tuesday night should bring a 30% chance of showers after late. It’ll be partly cloudy with a low around 60 and south winds around 7 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 80 and a low of 48. We picked up 0.04″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 75 and lows of 54.
The record high was 93°F in 1974.
The record low was 34°F in 1912.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:09AM
Sunset: 8:36PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 40m
Length of Day: 15h 27m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 44 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning cresent, 25.6 days old with 16.5% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:15AM
Moonset: 4:49PM

About Today’s Photo:

The pinecone crop is coming in on some of the white pines flanking the west side of our property. These tiny “baby” cones were no more than a 3-4mm long.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/200″ exposure.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

bachelor-button

Bachelor Button blooming in our side garden

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:50AM it’s currently 55 degrees under mostly sunny skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity its 98%, dewpoint 54, barometric pressure 30.14” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 73, and the overnight low was 42.

Forecast:

We’ve got a lovely weekend on tap courtesy of high pressure currently parked over the region. We’ll see dry, sunny days with highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s expected. Temperatures will warm for the first half of the work week bumping up into the upper 70s and low 80s by mid week. Our next
chance of rain comes Tuesday night through Wednesday as low pressure and an associated cold front push through.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 74 and light and variable winds becoming northwesterly 10 to 15 mph in the morning. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 44 and north wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday should be sunny with a high near 70 and northwest winds 5 to 9 mph.
Sunday night should be mostly clear with a low around 47 and north winds around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Monday’s looking sunny with a high near 76 and ight and variable winds.
Monday night should be mostly clear with a low around 52 and calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 74 and a low of 42.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 75 and lows of 54.
The record high was 93°F in 1933.
The record low was 37°F in 1983.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:09AM
Sunset: 8:35PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 39m
Length of Day: 15h 26m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 48 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning cresent, 24.6 days old with 25% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:46AM
Moonset: 3:40PM

About Today’s Photo:

I was struck by the lovely lacy symmetry of this bachelor button blossom.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/320″ exposure.

Friday, June 8, 2018

bumble-iris

A bumble bee makes a stop at a bearded iris

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:15AM it’s currently 57 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 56, barometric pressure 30.13” and rising rapidly. We picked up a 0.01” trace of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 71, and the overnight low was 53.

Forecast:

A weak cold front passing through northern New York and Vermont early this morning will bring a northwesterly wind shift allowing skies to clear during the mid to late morning hours. Low humidity and sunshine are expected this afternoon with temperatures reaching the upper 60s to mid 70s. Quiet weather and seasonable temperatures will continue through this weekend. The next chance for widespread precipitation is not expected
until the middle of next week.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies through mid morning, then gradual clearing with a high near 75 and northwest winds at 7 to 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 49 and calm winds becoming southerly around 5 mph after midnight.

Saturday should be mostly sunny with a high near 76 and light west winds becoming northwesterly at 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Saturday night should be mostly clear with a low around 45 and north winds around 6 mph, becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday’s looing sunny with a high near 70 and north winds at 3 to 8 mph.
Sunday night should be mostly clear with a low around 46 and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 82 and a low of 45.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 74 and low of 53.
The record high was 91°F in 1984.
The record low was 36°F in 1960.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:09AM
Sunset: 8:35PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 38m
Length of Day: 15h 25m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 52 seconds longer

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23.6 days old with 35% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:18AM
Moonset: 2:32PM

About Today’s Photo:

We have several clumps of beared iris around our place. These relatively early bloomers have a strong, sweet scent that reminds us of grape bubblegum. Quite intoxicating! It seems this bumblebee finds them attractive too!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/400″ exposure.