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The 14-Year-Old Who Convinced People to Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide

"The compound can corrode and rust metal and cause severe burns, the paper correctly argued. If you consume it, it can cause bloating and excessive urination and sweating. Thousands of people in the U.S. die from its accidental ingestion every year. If you are dependent on it, going through withdrawal can kill you. It’s found in significant quantities in acid rain, tumors, and more. Armed with this information and asked what the world should do about the threat of DHMO, 43 of Zohner’s classmates voted to ban the compound, citing its deadly nature. Lucky for them, no lawmaker would agree: DHMO is the chemical formula for water."

Good morning! Today is the first day of the year when the Average High is 80. Such warm weather will last about nine weeks until the end of August. Mostly sunny and 71 degrees in Delmar, NY. Calm wind. The dew point is 57 degrees.

After a long few days at work, I took today off. I have some time to use and I want to recover and maybe pack for the weekend. I could make it into a four day weekend but I decided to come into the office tomorrow as the weather isn’t expected to be real nice – humid and cloudy. I will probably leave for Schoharie on Saturday morning as Friday’s weather doesn’t look great but Saturday will be beautiful. A week from Friday, it’s off to Moose River Plains for five days. 

Got home last night around midnight which was a lot better than I expected. Had a few beers out back and went to bed. Slept in late this morning. Cooked up some eggs and are just laying back now. I got to get going but I’m just a bit fried from the first half of the week. 

I need to wash the kitchen and bathroom floor this morning, and then I’m thinking about fishing and hiking at Partridge Run this afternoon. I would think about going somewhere farther like the Catskills today but I’m already planning on heading out of town for the weekend. Alternatively, I could hike Bennett Hill and then this evening get the kayak and fish Lawson Lake. That might be a better option now that I think about it. Less driving for sure and with the long evenings that gives me a lot of time to fish. 

Today will be sunny, with a high of 83 degrees at 3pm. Three degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 58 at 6pm. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Another beautiful summer day. A year ago, we had rain, partly cloudy skies and a high of 77 degrees. The record high of 95 was set in 1954.

The sun will set at 8:37 pm with dusk around 9:12 pm, which is 10 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly cloudy conditions and 78 degrees. The dew point will be 61 degrees. A little bit more humidity will creep in. There will be a south-southwest breeze at 5 mph. Today will have 15 hours and 18 minutes of daytime, an increase of 7 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 67 degrees at 5am. Eight degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 65 at 6am. South wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. In 2016, it got down to 49 degrees with partly cloudy skies. The record low of 44 occurred back in 1940.

Looking ahead, there are 2 weeks until National Fried Chicken Day when the sun will be setting at 8:35 pm with dusk at 9:09 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 90 and 64 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 82 degrees. We hit a record high of 97 back in 1886. Well before my time. 

Map: Vinegar Hill Wildlife Management Area

Map: Vinegar Hill Wildlife Management Area

Vinegar Hill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) The primary purposes of the Vinegar Hill WMA is for wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. This WMA consists of 394 acres of upland habitat acquired by the State in the 1970's. The terrain of Vinegar Hill WMA is dominated by upland forested communities and old fields. Tree species include red and sugar maple, beech, birch, ash, hemlock and black cherry. Two large fields exist on the property as well as a stream and a small pond. The terrain is mostly gently sloping hillsides and flat fields but gets a little steeper on the eastern side. The fields are mowed periodically to prevent woody growth from taking over.

Vinegar Hill Wildlife Management Area is located in Wildlife Management Unit 4R. Most of the property was given to the state as a gift by the previous owner with the stipulation that it become a Game Refuge and that no hunting or trapping be allowed. Therefore, this property is open to other uses such as hiking and bird watching only.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/86084.html

Good evening! Partly clear and 74 degrees in City of Albany. There is a west-northwest breeze at 13 mph. The dew point is 52 degrees. Such a nice evening, but I’m stuck at work. I went for a walk in the Empire State Plaza for a while — and took some pictures. Hopefully tonight will be the last for the late nights at work for a while. But only god and may four other men in a room know. 

Today was the first day I drove in the morning (yesterday I drove in the evening). And now I’m parked in a metered spot so hopefully I will be done by 8 AM or I will need to stick some quarters in the meter. I was going to park in the loading spot, but I would have to move my truck at 7 AM should I be here that late. I also like being able to keep an eye on my truck after dark. Been in the office until 10:30-10:45 each night — Monday I took the bus home, and Tuesday I got my truck at 8:15 PM, and then drove home at 10:45 that night. Neither night did I get to bed before 11 PM, and its tough getting to sleep as soon as you get home. Hopefully, soon it will be over. I’m just so tired and ready for summer to arrive.

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low of 58 degrees at 4am. One degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 56 at 11pm. West wind 8 to 13 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. In 2016, it got down to 52 degrees with rain and partly cloudy skies. The record low of 37 occurred back in 1940.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 14% illuminated. The moon will rise around 3:19 am. The New Moon is on Saturday night with partly cloudy expected. The Full “Buck” Moon is on Sunday, July 9th. The sun will rise at 5:17 am with the first light at 4:42 am, which is 15 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 8 hours and 41 minutes of darkness, an increase of 5 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high of 81 degrees at 4pm. One degree above normal. Maximum dew point of 56 at 8am. Another wonderful day! Calm wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the morning. A year ago, we had rain, partly cloudy skies and a high of 77 degrees. The record high of 95 was set in 1954.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, a chance of showers, mainly before 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Maximum dew point of 62 at 6am. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Maximum dew point of 56 at 6pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 80 degrees.

The weekend forecast keeps improving, although early Saturday may be a bit cloudy. I’m definitely going out to Schoharie this weekend, although after the long and crazy work week, it won’t happen until early Saturday. That’s fine, that way I won’t have to deal with the traffic on Friday. I think I will need a good couple days to recover from this week, including a good nights sleep hopefully on Friday. I want spend lots of time swimming at Mine Kill Pool, then a nice campfire, then hike Vormans Nose or Cliffs of Middleburgh and hit up the farm stands and some fishing. Summer is such a wonderful time of the year, especially because I hope this is a quiet summer.

In four weeks on July 19 the sun will be setting at 8:27 pm, which is 9 minutes and one second earlier then today. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 79 and 58 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 83 and 62 degrees. The record high of 97 degrees was set back in 1904.

A week from Friday is my planned start to the Independence Day Weekend trip to Moose River Plains. I am hoping for a really nice trip. A lot will depend on the weather, but having a camping permit, I will be able to make a single campsite home for five days, so I will have plenty of time to string up tarps to make a shelter, and put up a tent to store clothes and other gear. Just need to get lots of fireworks now to shoot off, and stock up on ammo too, especially if I choose a nice remote campsite.

Still trying to figure out the charger mystery for my laptop.  I think the particular model of laptop was specifically branded for Staples, and it’s the same as other models, but my Internet searches are still not getting my answers that I need. I put in an email to one of the manufacturers — so I’m hoping soon I will get an answer on which charger I need — and I’ll be able to get one inexpensively. And I’ll keep researching the Internet.

Also thinking of getting another set of color adjustable lights for my truck. I want to have some lights under the rear seat of my truck so I can find stuff at night while camping. It also would be pretty to make the inside of my truck glow at times. This way I’ll have a second remote in case a misplace one of them. I bought a switch last week, and I was going to use tailgate bulbs, but I think the color changing string might offer more possibilities.

Looking ahead, Last Day with Average High of 80 is in 9 weeks, Harvest Moon is in 11 weeks, Average High is 70 is in 3 months, 6:30 PM Sunset is in 15 weeks, Coldest Day of Year (Avg. 14-30 degrees) is in 29 weeks and Inauguration Day 2021 is in 187 weeks.

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