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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

mallard-butts

Mallards butts-up in Willsboro Bay

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:45AM it’s currently 53 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 52, barometric pressure 29.88” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 83, and the overnight low was 51.

Forecast:

We’ve got another nice summer day on tap today as high pressure crests over the region. There’s a chance of terrain driven showers and a few thunderstorms this afternoon and evening as the atmosphere becomes increasingly unstable. A strong upper level trough of low pressure will move out of the Ohio Valley on Wednesday bringing widespread showers and the chance of thunderstorms across the entire North Country Wednesday afternoon and evening, and lingering into Thursday when a cold front swings through. Behind the cold front, delightfully cool summer conditions are expected for the upcoming weekend.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms later this afternoon. Highs will be near 84 with south winds 7 to 11 mph. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 65 with south winds around 9 mph.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Highs will be near 82 with south winds 5 to 7 mph. Wednesday night showers and thunderstorms are likely. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 64 and south winds 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/10′-1/4″ possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday should be mostly cloudy with showers likely and thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. Highs will be near 82 with southwest winds around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Thursday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be around 59 with southwest winds around 5 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 91 and a low of 63.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 80.
The record low was 44 in 1964.
The record high was 95 in 2018 (we had a high of 91).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:44AM
Sunset: 8:10PM
Length of day: 14:25:48
Today will be 2:28 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5.8 days old with 34% illumination.
Moonrise: 12:20PM
Moonset: 11:38PM

About Today’s Photo:

The small bay that we were anchored in at the south end of larger Willsboro Bay had a resident flock of mallards. Most looked to be juveniles, and they puttered about the shoreline dabbling for goodies in the shallow water. They had a good choreographer as it seemed they go butts-up in unison in a rather comical way.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 1250, f/5.6, 1/2500″ exposure.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Willsboro-view

Calm morning waters in Willsboro Bay

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:35AM it’s currently 46 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 45, barometric pressure 30.00” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 75, and the overnight low was 45.

Forecast:

High pressure over the region this morning will deliver plenty of sunshine today with temperatures slightly above normal. Dry
weather will continue tonight into the first part of Tuesday before diurnal heating goes to work sparking a few afternoon showers and thunderstorms later which may linger into Tuesday night. A large upper level trough of low pressure will develop west of the region on Wednesday and move across the North Country on Thursday bringing showers and thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 80 and calm winds becoming westerly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 57 and south winds 3 to 5 mph.

Tuesday should be mostly sunny with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be near 85 with south winds around 8 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. Lows will be around 64 with south winds around 6 mph.

Wednesday should be cloudy with a showers likely in the morning, with possible thunderstorm in the afternoon. Highs will be near 80 with south winds 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Wednesday night should be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers. Lows will be around 64 with south winds around 5 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 90 and a low of 59. We picked up 0.06″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 80.
The record low was 43 in 1972.
The record high was 95 in 1955.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:43AM
Sunset: 8:11PM
Length of day: 14:28:17
Today will be 2:26 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4.7 days old with 23% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:07AM
Moonset: 11:!0PM

About Today’s Photo:

We anchored our little trawler at the south end of Willsboro Bay Friday night. The next morning the water was dead calm offering a sheet of flat water clear to the end of the bay to the north. I was captivated by the way the land seemed to float just above the horizon line.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  162mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/2000″ exposure.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

house-wren

A house wren with a mouthful for its chicks

Rabbit-rabbit!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:05AM it’s currently a cool 55 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 55, barometric pressure 30.09” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.21” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 83, and the overnight low was 54.

Forecast:

We’ve got an extended period of lovely summer weather on tap through the weekend courtesy of surface high pressure currently building eastward from the northern Great Lakes into the region. A light north to northwesterly airflow today will bring in dry Canadian air with valley highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Saturday and Sunday are both looking dry and seasonable, with the next chance for rain not arriving until midweek next week.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 78 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Tonight should be clear with a low around 53 and light and variable winds.

Friday should be sunny with a high near 82 and calm winds becoming southwesterly 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Friday night should be mostly clear with a low around 60 and south winds 3 to 6 mph.

Saturday’s looking sunny with a high near 83 and west winds 5 to 7 mph. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 59 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 81 and a low of 60.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 81.
The record low was 43 in 1964.
The record high was 98 in 1975.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:39AM
Sunset: 8:16PM
Length of day: 14:37:53
Today will be 2:19 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1 day old with 0.1% illumination.
Moonrise: 5:59AM
Moonset: 9:01PM

About Today’s Photo:

We’ve had a pair of house wrens in residence this summer. I’ve watched them flit about hunting and chiding us and the cats when we got too close. I hadn’t, however, figured out where their nest was until yesterday when I got this shot and took the time to watch them from a distance. Once I was out of threat range, the birds headed towards an upturned downspout of a disconnected gutter system on the shed roof attached to our garage. Their arrival was greeted by peeping from within the aluminum pipe. What a clever place to put a nest as the spout was turned just enough out of the weather to keep rain from falling into it.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 1250, f/5.6, 1/500″ exposure.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

globe-thistle

Globe thistle beginning to bloom in our ornamental garden

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 65 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 64, barometric pressure 29.96” and steady. We picked up 1.09” of rain in the past 24hrs in a series of pretty intense downpours starting yesterday late afternoon. Yesterday’s high was 91, and the overnight low was 64.

Forecast:

After a quiet start to the day, a cold front will slide southeastward from southern Québec around midday bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms with the greatest potential for thunderstorms across south-central Vermont. Skies will clear out tonight with patchy dense fog in favored valley locations. High pressure will build eastward from the Great Lakes Thursday bringing fine summer weather with lower humidity levels on light northerly winds, along with seasonable temperatures to kick off August. Highs on Thursday will reach the upper 70s to lower 80s and then moderate into the low-mid 80s for highs on Friday and Saturday. The next chance for showers arrives Sunday.

We’ll see partly sunny skies today with 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be near 82 with south winds 5 to 7 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts of less than 1/10″ are expected with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 62 with northwest winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday should be sunny with a high near 79 and light north winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Thursday night should be clear with a low around 56 and north winds around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Friday’s looking sunny with a high near 82 and calm winds becoming westerly around 5 mph in the afternoon. Friday night should be mostly clear with a low around 59 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 84 and a low of 59. 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 42 in 1964.
The record high was 96 in 1999 (we had a high of 92).

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:37AM
Sunset: 8:18PM
Length of day: 14:40:13
Today will be 2:17 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is new, 28 days old with 0% illumination.
Moonrise: 4:45AM
Moonset: 8:17PM

About Today’s Photo:

We have several patches of globe thistles growing in our ornamental garden. The tall perennials are just now beginning to flower. The blooms are pollinator magnets with every variety of flying insect in search of nectar and pollen visiting.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/500″ exposure.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

red-eft

A red eft on the forest floor

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 69 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 67, barometric pressure 29.91” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 90, and the overnight low was 65.

Forecast:

We’ve got some active weather on tap courtesy of a slow moving cold front which will approach the region tonight into Wednesday. A pre-frontal trough will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon, with a few storms capable of producing locally heavy rain and gusty winds. It’ll be warm again today with temperatures bumping up into the low 90s in the Champlain Valley. Showery conditions will continue into Wednesday as the front crosses the region, tapering off by Wednesday night. Cooler, more seasonable temperatures will move in behind this cold front as it moves east on Wednesday, setting us up for a dry and pleasant weekend.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Some storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. It’ll be hot with a high near 90 and south winds 5 to 13 mph. Rainfall amounts between 1/10″-14″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Lows will be around 65 with southwest winds 3 to 7 mph. Rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday should become partly sunny with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be near 81 with light and variable winds becoming westerly around 6 mph in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ are possible with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 58 and north winds around 5 mph.

Thursday’s looking sunny with a high near 79 and light north winds increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Thursday night should be mostly clear with a low around 55 and calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 83 and a low of 52.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 81.
The record low was 45 in 1968.
The record high was 96 in 1959.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:36AM
Sunset: 8:19PM
Length of day: 14:42:30
Today will be 2:14 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 27 days old with 5% illumination.
Moonrise: 3:39AM
Moonset: 7:24PM

About Today’s Photo:

The ubiquitous red efts that you’ll find in damp woods are actually the eft, or juvenile, stage of the eastern newt. Newts begin their lives as gilled larva in ponds and vernal pools. They emerge as efts to wander the woodlands eating insects, worms, and other small prey. Their distinctive bright red coloring is an example of aposematism, or “warning coloration”, signaling to potential predators that the eft isn’t going to be a good meal as its skin contains toxins. After two to three years of woodland wondering, the efts return to ponds as adults to lay eggs for the next generation.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/2.8, 1/30″ exposure.

Monday, July 29, 2019

indian-pipes

Indian pipes growing in a hemlock wood

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:45AM it’s currently 63 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 62, barometric pressure 29.92” and steady. We picked up 0.10” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 86, and the overnight low was 61.

Forecast:

High pressure is cresting over the region today and will deliver dry but humid and warm conditions today through early Tuesday. A cold front will approach the region Tuesday night increasing the chances for rain late Tuesday night. Showers and thunderstorms—some possibly severe—will be on tap for Wednesday as the front slides through. Temperatures will return to near seasonal levels after the passage of the cold front making for a more pleasant end of the week heading into the weekend.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 87 and southwest winds 3 to 7 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 68 and south winds 5 to 7 mph.

Tuesday should be mostly sunny with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be near 88 with south winds 8 to 10 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows will be around 66 with south winds 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/10″-1/4″ expected with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy with showers likely in the morning and showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Highs will be near 80 with light and variable winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between 1/4″-1/2″ possible. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers before 8:00pm. Lows will be around 58 with calm winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 89 and a low of 55.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 81.
The record low was 45 in 1987.
The record high was 98 in 1949.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:35AM
Sunset: 8:20PM
Length of day: 14:44:45
Today will be 2:12 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 26 days old with 11% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:43AM
Moonset: 6:24PM

About Today’s Photo:

Indian pipes (Monotropa uniflora, A.K.A. ghost pipes) are a fascinating plant. Though it may appear to be some kind of mushroom, it is actually an herbaceous perennial plant that does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic employing certain fungi interact with trees and getting its energy from the photosynthesis of the trees themselves. Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense forest—here in a hemlock forest. Indian pipes are also known to be a nervine, with medicinal properties that affect the nervous system. Native Americans used the plant for a wide range of ailments including pain and anxiety and the plant has been used as in western herbal medicine since the late nineteenth century.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/6.3, 1/60″ exposure.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

hop-hornbeam

Hop hornbeam fruiting along Taft Road

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 6:40AM it’s currently 56 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 55, barometric pressure 30.24” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 87, and the overnight low was 55.

Forecast:

We’ve got another warm summer day on tap across the North Country courtesy of high pressure over the region. We may see a few isolated stray showers or thunderstorms across the higher terrain this afternoon as temperatures bump up to around 90 in valley locations. A short wave trough will move into the region tomorrow during peak heating hours sparking scattered showers and thunderstorms with some storms capable of frequent lightning and brief heavy downpours. Temperatures will continue above normal for Sunday and Monday with additional chances for precipitation on Tuesday. Cooler and drier conditions should prevail later in the week.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 88 and southeast winds 5 to 7 mph becoming westerly in the afternoon. Tonight should be mostly clear and muggy with a low around 64 and south winds 6 to 8 mph.

Sunday should be partly sunny with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs will be near 85 with northwest winds 9 to 11 mph. Sunday night should be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows will be around 65 with southwest winds 3 to 7 mph.

Monday should be mostly sunny with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Highs will be near 86 with southwest winds 3 to 7 mph. Monday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 68 and south winds 3 to 5 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 85 and a low of 60. We picked up 0.56″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a low of 60 and a high of 81.
The record low was 45 in 2001 (we had a low of 42).
The record high was 98 in 1949.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:33AM
Sunset: 8:22PM
Length of day: 14:49:08
Today will be 2:07 shorter than yesterday.

The Moon is a waning crescent, 24 days old with 28% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:20AM
Moonset: 4:10PM

About Today’s Photo:

Hop Hornbeam (A.K.A. hardhack & ironwood) is fruiting in the woods now. This understory tree grows in well drained woodlands and gets its name from the distinctly hop-like pendulous fruits that form this time of year.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/2.5, 1/500″ exposure.