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At sunset this evening, we are looking at temperatures around 75 degrees under clear skies. Light southerly breeze and a modestly humid dew point around 62.

The sun will set at 7:41 pm with dusk around 8:10 pm, which is 1 minutes and 38 seconds earlier than yesterday.

Not a bad evening for sitting on the patio out back or fishing. Just be aware of the sunset that is occurring earlier every day.

Google Maps: 2015 Deer Harvest Numbers

I was under-impressed with the deer harvest summary maps made by the DEC, so I made up some Google Maps of my own.

Data Source:
2015 New York State Deer Take by Wildlife Management Unit

"The values presented here are calculated estimates. The precision of the statewide take estimate is within 1-2 percent. Take estimates become less precise as the size of the area considered is reduced."

Back in 1967, the Yippies of Abbie Hoffman’s Youth International Party temporarily disrupts trading at the New York Stock Exchange by throwing dollar bills from the viewing gallery, causing trading to cease as brokers scramble to grab them. As they say, it’s all about the something money.

The day the NYSE went Yippie.

Abbie Hoffman and Yippies shower money on the NYSE.

Wall Street Protest, Circa 1967.

Google Maps: Length Of Day On The First Day Of Fall

With autumn starting in four weeks, I thought we should put the old myth to bed -- on the first day of autumn that all of earth has the same length of day, and it's always 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. That is not exactly true -- due to refraction of sunlight on the earth's atmosphere, almost all of the world has more then 12 hours of daylight. Towards the poles, you have around 12 hours and 10 minutes of daylight, while closer to the equator, you have more like 12 hours and 6 minutes of daylight. This interactive map will help you understand the length of day, and when to expect the sunrise and sunset on that day.

That fog is rapidly disappearing this morning and we are now up to sixty six. Calm wind. The dew point is 58 degrees. Not a bad start for our Wednesday.

Today will be sunny, with a high of 86 degrees at 3pm. Seven degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 61 at 5pm. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. With the relatively low dew point and the breeze, it’s bound to be a nice day. The record high of 95 was set in 1947.

Enjoy this nice summer day, four weeks from now will be the first day of autumn. On the first day of autumn, September 21, the sun will be setting at 6:52 pm, which is 48 minutes earlier then today. The average high is 70 degrees, and the record for that date is 95 degrees was set back in 1895.

But for now, I have to think about my weekend plans. I’m really undecided about heading up to the Wells / Spectacular area versus Schoharie. They do have those nice town beaches but it’s much more of a drive up north. Been to Schoharie a lot this year. I don’t know. We will see.

I’ve been thinking about getting a dashboard camera for my truck again. Not so much in case of a crash but for capturing the scenery along the road. They are certainly pretty inexpensive these days for a pretty high quality video.

I was thinking I could capture things like when I visit a National Park or Forest or pass a scenic vista along the road. There are so many places that would be great for a picture, but no place to stop along narrow roads with no breakdown lane. It would be fun to capture parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway should I go later this year. I wasn’t sure about the quality of pictures, but from what I’ve seen from Youtube, I’m impressed even with the budget cameras.

And it would give peace of mind if I ever got in a crash as I’d have a record of what really happened or be able to record a near misses. If I got pulled over, I would also have a recording of what was said to law enforcement.

The picture quality of even the most basic dashboard cameras is really quite impressive I have to say. I think I could make some nice YouTube videos from them. That said, I want to make sure I get a quality model that is reliable. I don’t want to waste my money. My spending limit is around $100 but there are a lot of interesting options out there. I don’t really need advanced options like GPS or a G-Force sensor, as you can look at the video to know where on the road you are. I have a spare 12 volt outlet from the accessory  battery that could power it, including when I’m parked and running into the store.

Well it’s something for me to consider further. 

Good evening! How was your day? Right now, it’s clear and 73 degrees in Albany, NY. There is a west-southwest breeze at 6 mph. The dew point is 55 degrees. Going to be a great night for looking at the stars, assuming you wear a long sleeved shirt.

Probably after the evening walk, I’ll sit out back and enjoy a cold drink or two. Tomorrow is Wednesday. Eleven weeks from now Election Day, and two months we will have our first sunset of the autumn season before 6 pm.

August 2016
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