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Thursday, June 21, 2018; the Summer Solstice

waxewingsd

A pair of cedar waxwings in the evening light

Happy Solstice!

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:55AM it’s currently 60 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are light. Relative humidity is 73%, dewpoint 51, barometric pressure 29.82” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 79, and the overnight low was 56.

Forecast:

A weak cold front dropping southward out of Canada this morning will start the day with a mix of sun and clouds, but high pressure building in from the north will quickly turn skies mostly sunny by this afternoon. High pressure will dominate our weather through Friday before low pressure arrives from the Great Lakes bringing unsettled conditions for the weekend with periods of rain likely from Saturday afternoon through Sunday night.

We’ll see partly cloudy skies through mid morning, then gradual clearing with a high near 71 and light and variable winds becoming northerly 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Tonight should be clear with a low around 43 and north winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Friday should be sunny with a high near 80 and light and variable winds becoming southerly 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 56 and south winds 3 to 7 mph.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers after 10:00AM. Highs will be near 74 with southeast winds 6 to 8 mph. Precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Saturday night showers are likely. It’ll be cloudy with a low around 57 and southeast winds around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60% with precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 73 and a low of 54. We picked up 0.50″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 78 and lows of 57.
The record high was 97°F in 2012 (we had a high of 92).
The record low was 42°F in 1926.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:09AM
Sunset: 8:40PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 45m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 1 seconds shorter

The Moon is waxing gibbous, 8.3 days old with 59% illumination.
Moonrise: 2:09PM
Moonset: 1:38AM

The Summer Solstice occurred this morning at 6:007AM. The Solstice occurs when the Earth’s rotational axis is most inclined toward the Sun. On the summer solstice, Earth’s maximum axial tilt toward the Sun is 23.44°. In the northern hemisphere, this marks the beginning of astronomical summer and is the longest day of the year. Here’s a handy graphic:

seasons_solstice_equinox_NASA

About Today’s Photo:

We have a pair of cedar waxwings in residence this summer. I’m not sure where they’re nesting, but I see and hear them often as they hover and dive for insects in the air. The handsome pair posed for me in the dying birch by our front porch catching the last light of spring as the sun was setting last evening.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/400″ exposure.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

mayappel

A mayapple blossom blooming at the edge of the woods

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:10AM it’s currently 52 degrees under clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 98%, dewpoint 52, barometric pressure 29.90” and steady. Yesterday’s high was 72, and the overnight low was 45.

Forecast:

We’ll see a mostly sunny day today, however, a cold front dropping southward out of Canada will bring a chance of showers to northern areas near and just south of the border this evening through midnight. High pressure will return for Thursday and Friday bringing pleasant conditions. Low pressure moving out of the Great Lakes on Saturday will bring unsettled conditions for the weekend with periods of rain likely, along with the chance for a few rumbles of thunder.

We’ll see sunny skies today with a high near 80 and light and variable winds becoming southwesterly 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Tonight should bring increasing clouds with a 30% chance of showers north, mainly between 11:00pm and 3:00am. Lows will be around 53 with light and variable winds.

Thursday (the Summer Solstice) should be sunny with a high near 71 and calm winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Thursday night should be clear with a low around 46 and north winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Friday’s looking sunny with a high near 80 and calm winds becoming southwesterly 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Friday night should bring increasing clouds with a low around 56 and calm winds becoming southerly around 6 mph after midnight.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 75 and a low of 59. We picked up 0.81″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 78 and lows of 57.
The record high was 95°F in 2012 (we had a high of 92).
The record low was 35°F in 1918.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:08AM
Sunset: 8:40PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 45m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 2 seconds longer

The Moon is in its first quarter, 7 days old with 48% illumination.
Moonrise: 1:02PM
Moonset: 1:09AM

About Today’s Photo:

Mayapples are woodland plants that typically grow in colonies aided by their rhizomeous roots. The pretty umbrella like leaves and delicate single white blossom are hard to miss.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/13, 1/125″ exposure.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

tree-frog

A grey tree frog by the side of our pond

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:00AM it’s currently 59 degrees under cloudy skies. Winds are out of the south at 3-6 mph. Relative humidity is 92%, dewpoint 57, barometric pressure 29.81” and rising rapidly. We picked up 1.00” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 83, and the overnight low was 59.

Forecast:

High pressure building into the region this morning behind the departing cold front will bring mainly dry and seasonable conditions to the region through the end of the work week. Temperatures will be in the low 70s today and warm into the low 80s heading towards the weekend. The next chance of appreciable rainfall will arrive over the weekend as low pressure lifts northeast from the Ohio Valley.

We’ll see mostly cloudy skies this morning giving way to sunny skies this afternoon. Highs will be near 74 with northwest winds at 11 to 13 mph. Tonight should be clear with a low around 49 and light and variable winds.

Wednesday should be sunny with a high near 81 and calm winds becoming southwesterly 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 51 and west winds around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday’s looking sunny with a high near 70 and light northwest winds increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Thursday night should be clear with a low around 47 and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 82 and a low 67. We picked up 0.47″ of rain.

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

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:08AM
Sunset: 8:40PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 44m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 6 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 6.2 days old with 37% illumination.
Moonrise: 11:53AM
Moonset: 12:38AM

About Today’s Photo:

Grey tree frogs are singing loudly this time of year. They’re quite difficult to spot as their camouflage allows them to blend in so well with their surroundings. I was lucky enough that this little fellow was actually sitting on one of the Adirondack chairs on our pond dock yesterday morning when I took a swim. I figured he (she?) didn’t really want to be out in the rising sun, so I helped it into the ferns. Note the round pads on the feet of the frog. There are sticky suction-cup like pads on the toes that allow the frogs to cling to vertical surfaces. You’ll often hear these frogs calling from the trees near ponds and streams. This individual might have recently metamorphized from its tadpole form as the emerald green color is indicative of a youngster.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/13, 1/250″ exposure.


Monday, June 18, 2018

buttercup

Up close with a buttercup blossom

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 7:05AM it’s currently a muggy 67 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 90%, dewpoint 64, barometric pressure 29.85” and falling slowly. Yesterday’s high was 86, and the overnight low was 62.

Forecast:

We’ve got an active weather day on tap today with several rounds of potentially strong to severe storms, along with very warm and humid conditions. Thunderstorms will develop ahead of a cold front—mainly this afternoon into the evening—then come to an end later tonight. Any thunderstorms that form will be capable of producing very heavy downpours with potential for isolated flash flooding, gusty winds, and frequent lightning. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid to upper 80s this afternoon, with localized valley locations around 90. This combined with dewpoints around 70 will create heat index values well into the 90s. It’ll be muggy! Much cooler and drier air will follow the frontal passage making for a pleasant day on Tuesday.

Morning sunshine will give way to showers and thunderstorms today mainly after 2:00PM. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Highs will be near 88 with a heat index as high as 96. Winds will be out of the southwest wind at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Tonight showers and thunderstorms are likely before 2:00AM, diminishing to a slight chance of showers between thereafter. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Lows will be around 60 with west winds 6 to 8 mph becoming northerly after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90% with precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday should be sunny with a high near 74 and northwest winds 11 to 13 mph.
Tuesday night should be clear with a low around 51 and northwest winds around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday’s looking sunny with a high near 81 and calm winds becoming westerly 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 51 and north winds around 6 mph.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 88 and a low of 69.

Burlington averages for this date are a high 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: 5:08AM
Sunset: 8:40PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 44m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 10 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 5 days old with 26.5% illumination.
Moonrise: 10:41AM
Moonset: 12:03AM

About Today’s Photo:

These bright, reflective yellow flowers are quite common and often overlooked. It’s nice to take a good close look sometimes though…

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/11, 1/500″ exposure.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

poppy

A poppy popping in our back garden

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:40AM it’s currently 67 degrees under mostly clear skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 82%, dewpoint 62, barometric pressure 30.08” and rising slowly. Yesterday’s high was 81, and the overnight low was 49.

Forecast:

Scattered clouds and warm temperatures rising well into the upper 80s will prevail today. Dewpoints will increase this evening and overnight, making for a muggy night. The hot and humid conditions will continue right into Monday, which may be a few degrees hotter than today. Scattered showers and
thunderstorms will impact the region from late tonight through Monday evening as a slow moving cold front crosses the region. Any showers that develop will have the potential to produce heavy rainfall with some isolated gusty winds. Cooler and drier air will follow behind the cold front and bringing more comfortable weather through the middle of the week.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 88 and calm winds becoming southwesterly 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Tonight should be mostly cloudy with a low around 68 and south winds 9 to 11 mph.

Monday showers and thunderstorms are likely mainly after 1:00PM. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. It’ll be partly sunny, humid, and hot with a high near 90 and southwest winds at 11 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Monday night showers and thunderstorms are likely before 1:00AM, then a chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Lows will be around 62 with west winds 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80% with rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 75 and northwest winds around 10 mph. Tuesday night should be mostly clear with a low around 53 and light and variable winds.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 55 and a low of 39. We picked up 0.11″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high 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: 5:08AM
Sunset: 8:39PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 44m
Length of Day: 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 15 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 4 days old with 17% illumination.
Moonrise: 9:28AM
No Moonset

About Today’s Photo:

We have a spreading host of poppies in our back garden that have made their brief and vibrant appearance. This photo was taken a couple days ago, and already most of the blooms have gone bye. I like how this photo shows the crinkled nature of the petals.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/13, 1/250″ exposure.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

shaker-cornfield

Corn rows create topo lines off of Shaker Mountain Road

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:25AM it’s currently 64 degrees under mostly sunny skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 86%, dewpoint 60, barometric pressure 30.01” and steady. We picked up 0.02” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 74, and the overnight low was 46.

Forecast:

High pressure will continue to build across the region through the first half of the weekend bringing mostly sunny skies and above normal temperatures and increasing humidity. Sunday will be very warm with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Monday will be very muggy and perhaps even a few degrees warmer. A slow moving cold front will move in Sunday night into Monday bringing chances for showers and thunderstorms overnight Sunday night through Monday and lingering into early Tuesday. Cooler and drier air will return after the passage of the front.

We’ll see mostly sunny skies today with a high near 82 and light and variable winds becoming northwesterly 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 57 and light and variable winds.

Sunday should be sunny and warm with a high near 88 and calm winds becoming southwesterly 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Sunday night should be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Lows will be around 70 with south winds at 7 to 9 mph. Precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are possible.

Monday will bring a chance of showers early, with showers and thunderstorms becoming likely after 8:00AM. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Highs will be near 88 with south winds around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Monday night showers and thunderstorms are likely before 1:00AM, then a chance of showers between later. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Lows will be around 62 with west winds at 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70% with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 67 and a low of 56. We picked up 0.32″ of rain.

Burlington averages for this date are a high of 77 and lows of 56.
The record high was 94°F in 1891.
The record low was 37°F in 1961.

Sky Notes:

Sunrise: 5:08AM
Sunset: 8:39PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 44m
Length of Day: 15h 30m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 19 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 2.9 days old with 9% illumination.
Moonrise: 8:15AM
Moonset: 11:22PM

About Today’s Photo:

Yesterday’s breaking clouds allowed for splashes of sunshine across the young corn rows along Shaker Mountain Road. Following the rise and fall of the land, the rows remind me of topographical lines on a map.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  34mm, ISO 400, f/18, 1/400″ exposure.


Friday, June 15, 2018

bluegrass

Bluegrass flowering in our front field

Morning Observation:

This morning in Huntington at 8:00AM it’s currently 51 degrees and drizzling a bit under overcast skies. Winds are calm. Relative humidity is 94%, dewpoint 49, barometric pressure 29.97” and rising slowly. We picked up 0.18” of rain in the past 24hrs. Yesterday’s high was 65, and the overnight low was 51.

Forecast:

An upper level shortwave trough is currently sliding southward across the international border bringing morning showers across the region. High pressure will build into the North Country today, however, bringing
mostly sunny skies and highs in the lower 70s by this afternoon. Dry weather and warming temperatures will continue into the weekend, with Sunday’s highs reaching well into the 80s along with an increase in humidity through the weekend. This increasing moisture combined with a slow
moving frontal system will result in the potential for showers and thunderstorms Sunday night into Monday.

Morning showers will give way to partly sunny skies by this afternoon with a high near 72 and northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight should be mostly clear, with a low around 52 and light and variable winds.

Saturday should be sunny with a high near 83 and light and variable winds becoming westerly 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Saturday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 58 and light and variable winds.

Sunday’s looking mostly sunny with a high near 88 and south winds 3 to 7 mph. Sunday night showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly after 11:00pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. It’ll be mostly cloudy with a low around 69 and south winds around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60% with rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Almanac:

Last year on this date we had a high of 80 and a low of 39.

Burlington averages for this date are a high 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: 5:08AM
Sunset: 8:38PM
Length of Visible Light: 16h 43m
Length of Day: 15h 30m
Tomorrow will be 0 minutes 23 seconds longer

The Moon is a waxing crescent, 1.7 days old with 3.3% illumination.
Moonrise: 7:06AM
Moonset: 10:32PM

About Today’s Photo:

Ah, the ripening grain… Bluegrass is flowering in our front field. It’s tiny dangling flowerettes often get overlooked, but they’re quite lovely.

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