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Friday, August 10, 2018

hummingbird-moth

A clear-wing hummingbird moth in the bee balm by the pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 65 degrees under clear skies. Winds are light out of the Northwest. Relative humidity is a lovely 79%, dewpoint 59, barometric pressure 29.88” and steady. We picked up 0.06” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 85, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

With the passage of the cold front yesterday much more comfortable air is now in place over the region. High pressure will build over the region today and remain through the weekend. Temperatures will be near seasonal normals with significantly lower dewpoints. Slightly more unsettled weather returns early next week with the best chances for hit or miss showers during the afternoon
hours each day from Sunday onwards.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs in the mid 70s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be clear and cool with lows in the mid 50s and light and variable winds.

Saturday (Emma’s wedding day!) should be partly sunny in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers in the afternoon mainly south. Highs will be in the upper 70s with light and variable winds. Saturday night should eb partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 50s with light and variable winds.

Sunday’s looking partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers. Highs will be in the upper 70s with light and variable winds. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be in the lower 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 82 and a low of 54.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 59° and a high of 80°
The record low was 47° in 1964.
The record high was 97° in 1949.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:49AM
Sunset: 8:04PM
Length of day: 14:14:59
Today will be 2:35 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 28 days old with 2% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:38AM
Moonset: 7:45PM

About Today’s Photo:

Clear-wing hummingbird moths have to be one of my favorite insects. As the name implies, these little beauties can often be mistaken for hummingbirds as they flit and hover between blossoms. Their long tongues are perfectly adapted for reaching in deep to sip the nectar out of bee balm blossoms.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  140mm, ISO 1600, f/5.4, 1/500″ exposure.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

spider-web

A well built spider web outside our front door

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:20AM it’s currently 70 degrees under overcast skies. Winds are calm.Relative humidity is 97%, dewpoint 69, barometric pressure 29.73” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.29” of rain overnight. Yesterday’s high was 85, and the overnight low was 68.

Forecast:

Warm, muggy, and showery conditions will continue today as a weak cold front moves through during the day today. A second stronger cold front will move through the region later tonight bringing a few scattered showers, and then a much anticipated break from the humid conditions we’ve been “enjoying”. Behind the front brief high pressure will build in bringing cooler and drier conditions Friday night into Sunday. The next best chance of showers arrives early next week.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning becoming partly sunny this afternoon. There’s a 40% chance of showers and a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 70s with west winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the upper 50s with northwest winds around 10 mph.

Friday should be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 70s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be clear with lows in the lower 50s and south winds around 10 mph.

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

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 78 and low of 50.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 59° and a high of 80°
The record low was 44° in 1922.
The record high was 99° in 2001 (we had a high of 91).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:48AM
Sunset: 8:05
Length of day: 14:17:35
Today will be 2:34 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27 days old with 6.5% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:28AM
Moonset: 6:54PM

About Today’s Photo:

Spiders have been busy the past few nights. I’ve seen lots of webs in trees and bushes around town. This near perfect web was right outside our front door yesterday morning.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/640″ exposure.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

giant-swallowtail

A giant swallowtail visits the bee balm by the pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:20AM it’s currently a comfortable 63 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 63, barometric pressure 29.91” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.35” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 84, and the overnight low was 60.

Forecast:

After morning fog burns off, clear skies this morning will give way to additional showers and thunderstorms this afternoon as a trough of low pressure moves through the region. A cold front moving through tonight will drop temperatures and dewpoints to finish out the week, returning to near normal conditions by the weekend. We can expect a couple showers to develop on Thursday. Friday looks to be the driest day, with unsettled weather returning over the weekend.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with a 40% chance of showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with light and variable winds. Tonight should bring a slight chance of thunderstorms until midnight. It’ll be cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows in the mid 60s with light and variable winds.

Thursday should be mostly cloudy in the morning then become partly sunny with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be around 80 with light and variable winds, becoming northwesterly around 10 mph in the afternoon. Thursday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the upper 50s with west winds around 10 mph.

Friday’s looking partly sunny with highs in the lower 70s and northwest winds around 10 mph. Friday night should be mostly clear with lows in the upper 50s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 76 and a low of 52. We picked up 0.52″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 59° and a high of 80°
The record low was 45° in 1929.
The record high was 97° in 1949.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:47AM
Sunset: 8:07PM
Length of day: 14:20:09
Today will be 2:32 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26 days old with 14% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:27AM
Moonset: 5:56PM

About Today’s Photo:

The giant swallowtail butterfly (Papilio cresphontes) is the largest species of butterfly in North America. This muscular flier was quite busy working the stand of bee balm we have by our pond. It was a bit tough getting a decent shot, as it flapped its wings pretty much no stop as it went from blossom to blossom. Note the bumble bee coming in from the right.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  109mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/320″ exposure.

 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

steeplebush

Steeplebush blooming in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently a muggy 73 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 70, barometric pressure 19.90” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 91, and the overnight low was 65.

Forecast:

Warm and muggy conditions will continue through the middle of the week. A slow moving cold front will be gradually moving toward the region through the day today bringing showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms may be strong with gusty winds and heavy rainfall. Showers will once again be possible on Wednesday but Thursday and Friday are looking drier with near normal temperatures. The possibility a more showers arrive for the weekend.

Today showers likely with thunderstorms likely this afternoon. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall this afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 80s with southwest winds around 10 mph, becoming westerly this afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly until midnight. It’ll be humid with lows in the mid 60s and southwest winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Wednesday should start out partly sunny in the morning then become mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. It’ll be humid with highs in the lower 80s and light and variable winds. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the lower 60s with light and variable winds.

Thursday’s looking partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers. Highs will be around 80 with west winds around 10 mph. Thursday night should be mostly clear with lows in the lower 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 76 and a low of 50. We picked up 0.02″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60° and a low of 80°.
The record low was 40° in 1964.
The record high was 95° in 2001 (we had a high of 89).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:46AM
Sunset: 8:08PM
Length of day: 14:22:41
Today will be 2:30 shorter than yesterday.

The moon is a waning crescent, 24.8 days old with 23% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:35AM
Moonset: 4:50PM

About Today’s Photo:

Steeplebush (Spiraea tomentosa), A.K.A. meadowsweet and hardhack, is in bloom this time of year in moist fields. This native plant is quite attractive to pollenators such as bees and butterflies.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/5000″ exposure.

Monday, August 6, 2018

vines

A twist of vines in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:45AM it’s currently 71 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 71, barometric pressure 30.02” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 89.5, and the overnight low was 63.

Forecast:

We’ve got a steamy one on tap for today. Hot and humid conditions will continue with temperatures bumping into the low 90s in valley locations along with dewpoints in the mid 70s. It’ll be muggy tonight as low temperatures will remain in the mid 60s to lower 70s. A cold front will track through the region Tuesday bringing showers and the the possibility for strong to possibly severe storms. Behind the frontal system we’ll see a return to a more comfortable airmass with dry conditions and highs in the low 80s and lows at night in the 50s to low 60s heading towards the weekend.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today. It’ll be hot and humid with highs around 90 and southwest winds around 10 mph. Tonight should be partly cloudy until midnight, then clearing. It’ll be humid with lows in the upper 60s and southwest winds around 10 mph until midnight, becoming light and variable.

Tuesday should be partly sunny in the morning, then become mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms and showers likely in the afternoon. It’ll be humid with highs in the mid 80s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 70%. Tuesday night showers are likely with a chance of thunderstorms. It’ll be humid with lows in the mid 60s and light and variable winds. Chance of rain is 70%.

Wednesday’s looking partly sunny with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. It’ll be humid with highs in the lower 80s and light and variable winds. Wednesday night should be mostly 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 72 and a low of 53. We picked up 0.53″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60° and a high of 81°.
The record low was 44° in 1964.
The record high was 93° in 1947 (might see this one eclipsed today…)

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:44AM
Sunset: 8:10PM
Length of day: 14:25:12
Today will be 2:29 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 23.7 days old with 33.5% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:52AM
Moonset: 3:41PM

About Today’s Photo:

A twist of wild grape vines along East Street. I like the contrast in colors…

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/320″ exposure.

 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

fly-fly-fleabane

Life and death on daisy fleabane

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 68 degrees under mostly sunny skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 68, barometric pressure barometric pressure 30.13” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.06” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 86, and the overnight low was 59.

Forecast:

Today begins another stretch of hot and humid conditions as drier weather moves over the region. Temperatures will warm into the upper 80s to lower 90s through early part of the work week. Relief will come on Tuesday night into Wednesday as low pressure heads our way out of the Great Lakes bringing unsettled weather through the rest of the week.

We’ll see partly sunny skies this morning becoming sunny and hot. Highs will be in the upper 80s with light and variable winds. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows in the upper 60s and light and variable winds.

Monday should be partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. It’ll be hot’n’humid with highs around 90 and southwest winds around 10 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy and humid with lows in the upper 60s and south winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday showers and thunderstorms are likely. It’ll be humid with highs in the upper 80s and southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain is 60%. Tuesday night should be partly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the upper 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 79 and a low of 60. We picked up 0.03″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60° and a high of 81°.
The record low was 43° in 1972.
The record high was 95° in 1955.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:43AM
Sunset: PM
Length of day: 14:27:41
Today will be 2:27 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 22.7 days old with 44% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:16AM
Moonset: 2:31PM

About Today’s Photo:

I almost missed this little life and death drama unfolding on some daisy fleabane in our front field. I first saw the dead fly, but I had to look really closely (and put on my glasses…) to see the camouflaged bug that was dining on the dead one. I haven’t identified the predator yet—perhaps some variety of assasin bug? Any ideas?

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1000″ exposure.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

vine-leaf

A purple veined vine leaf in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:20AM it’s currently 69 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 99%, dewpoint 69, barometric pressure 30.07” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.17” of rain in the past 2hrs. Yesterday’s high was 80, and the overnight low was 66.

Forecast:

The upper level trough that brought our overnight showers continues to push to the east this and any remaining rainfall will come to an end mid morning across most of Vermont. High pressure combined with hot and humid conditions will pull in today into Sunday bringing a bit of a heat wave into early next week. A cold front will move through Tuesday night into Wednesday bringing showers and somewhat cooler temperatures.

We’ll see cloudy skies this morning, then becoming partly sunny with a 50% chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs will be around 80 with light and variable winds. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows in the mid 60s and light and variable winds.

Sunday should be mostly sunny, humid, and hot with highs in the upper 80s and light and variable winds. Sunday night should be mostly clear with lows in the upper 60s and light and variable winds.

Monday’s looking mostly sunny and hot with highs around 90 and southwest winds around 10 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the upper 60s.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 85 and a low o 59.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60° and highs of 81°.
The record low was 44° in 1914.
The record high was 95° in 1944.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:42AM
Sunset: 8:12
Length of day: 14:30:09
Today will be 2:25 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is in its last quarter, 21.7 days old with 54% illumination.
No Moonrise
Moonset: 1:23PM

About Today’s Photo:

Amongst the lush green of our front field, this purple veined vine leaf caught my eye as I hunted for bugs.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/500″ exposure.