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Map: Whetstone Gulf State Park

Map: Whetstone Gulf State Park

Whetstone Gulf State Park is built in and around a three-mile-long gorge cut into the eastern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau. The gorge is one of the most spectacular scenic vistas east of the Rocky Mountains. The park has 56 wooded campsites- some of which are electric, a scenic picnic area along Whetstone Creek, a man-made swimming area and trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, one of which circles the gorge. Above the gorge is Whetstone Reservoir, stocked with tiger muskie and large-mouth bass for fishermen, and popular for canoeing.

How dead is coal in New York?

In November 2002, New York generated 2,100 gigawatt hours of electricity from coal.
In November 2016, New York generated 22 gigawatt hours of electricity from coal.

It’s been five and half years (July 2011) since the state has produced more then 1,000 gigawatt hours of electricity in any particular month from coal.

We are down to two utility-scale power plants that burn coal, Kintigh Generating Station in Somerset, Niagara County (slated for retirement) and Cayuga Operating Station in Tompkins County, north of Ithaca (slated for conversation to natural gas).

Indian Point, Units 2 & 3 Monthly Output

Entergy Nuclear Indian Point 2 & 3 are two nuclear plants in Buchanan, Westchester County which are planned to be retired by April 2021. Consisting of two reactors, they have a nameplate capacity of 1,028 MW and 1,041 MW, respectively.

Numbers on the chart are total megawatt hours net output per month, for each plant.

Their peak output is typically during the winter months of December and January, reaching 1.54 terrawatt hours of electricity during January 2008 and 2009. Their output varies a bit due to equipment failure and re-fueling, the lowest output of these plants was during November 2002, when they only output a combined 563 gigawatt hours of electricity. Indian Point 2 was completely offline due an oil leak into river during April and May 2016, which mean that Indian Point contributed only 735 and 775 gigawatt hours during those months.

Data Sources:

Indian Point 2:
Indian Point 3:

Already warming up quickly with temperatures around 51 degrees in Delmar, NY. Otherwise fairly cloudy and damp but no rain yet. Foggy heading into the downtown.  Heading up to 68 degrees later which will once again break the day’s record high of 65 degrees in 1985 and it will be February’s second warmest February day after the record breaking 69 degrees on February 23, 2017. 30 plus degrees above normal.

The Normans Kill is roaring along with all the snow melt. 

The sun will set at 5:39 pm with dusk around 6:08 pm, which is 1 minute and 16 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 11 hours and 2 minutes of daylight, an increase of 2 minutes and 50 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a slight chance of showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 55 degrees at 4am. 35 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 53 at 9pm. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, it got down to 33 degrees with periods of fog and rain and snow. The record low of -14 occurred back in 1914.

This evening I have to clean out the refrigerator and get the bottles, cans, and trash into the back of my pickup truck. I want to run to the transfer station before I go to dad’s birthday breakfast in Clarksville. His breakfast is at 8:30 AM, so I have to get the transfer station as close to opening at 8. I am out of room on my outside trash cans. I probably should take some of the non-confidential, junk mail paper to recycling too, because I don’t think I will be out camping right away, and using it to start fires.

Tomorrow will be cooler, with showers expected both today and tomorrow. I wonder how long until it gets into the 80s, last year we hit 81 on March 9th. Last year was great — I was out camping at Burnt Rossman that following weekend, and it was quite pleasant. Not sure if that will be possible this year, as things may still be quite mucky with some icy and snow left.

I hope to the low voltage relay switch installed next weekend, although I don’t know if it will come that quickly as it may be backordered. I also need to get another high-amperage battery cable installed to wire it up. Once I am certain is working properly, I am going to get another Group 24 Marine battery from Walmart, and this time I with the relay, I shouldn’t be trashing it every two years by running it too low while camping.

As previously noted, there are 3 weeks until St. Patrick’s Day when the sun will be setting at 7:05 pm with dusk at 7:33 pm (Daylight Savings Time). On that day in 2016, we had fog, rain, thunderstorm and temperatures between 61 and 38 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 45 degrees. We hit a record high of 75 back in 1990.

Map: Camillus Forest Unique Area

Map: Camillus Forest Unique Area

The 355-acre Camillus Forest Unique Area, consisting soley of Camillus Unique Area, was established in March of 1997 with the goal of preserving the land for public enjoyment and education of present and future generations of Central New Yorkers. Collectively, the area is an exceptional and diverse open space resource that provides a multitude of passive recreational use opportunities. The "crown jewel" of the property is a 40-acre forest located in its southwest corner. It is a magnificent old sugar maple and American beech forest that is nearly two centuries old and is one of the finest examples of a mature northern hardwood forest in Central New York. This forest is slowly developing characteristics of an old growth forest. A portion of the forest is truly an ecologically significant and irreplaceable area deserving protection under the State Nature and Historical Preserve Trust (article 45) of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law.

Causes of Wildfires in New York, 1975-2016

This graph shows the various sources of wild fires in New York from 1975 through 2016. Smoking, debris burning from trash burning barrels used to be larger sources of wildfires. Total wildfires are down lately, but that's more been a matter of weather, as once can see the number of wildfires on any particular year is highly variable.

Data Sources:
NYS Forest Ranger Wildfires for FireFamily Plus 4.1: 1975-2007

New York State Forest Ranger Wildland Fire Reporting Database: Beginning 2008

“Up every mornin’ just to keep a job
I gotta fight my way through the husslin’ mob
Sounds of the city poundin’ in my brain
While another day goes down the drain” 

Good morning! Happy, Happy Friday! It will be the five o’clock world before you know it. Three weeks to St. Patrick’s Day. It’s cloudy but warm at 44 degrees in Delmar, NY. Calm wind.The skies will clear tomorrow around 11 pm. And it will get somewhat colder, although a few degrees above normal. 

We have another day of record breaking warmth on tap. Today will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3pm, then a slight chance of showers between 3pm and 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high of 67 degrees at 3pm. 30 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 53 at 3pm. Light and variable wind becoming south 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. A year ago, we had rain, snow, thunderstorm and a high of 44 degrees. The record high of 65 was set in 1985. 8 inches of snow fell back in 1962.

While it really didn’t get too cold last night, I did close the window to keep down the road noise. It wasn’t too bad but not summer for sure. I don’t have many of the windows that I can open without putting in the screens. 

Last night I sat out back and watched the sun set from the tailgate of my pickup truck then hiked down to the library and played on the WiFi for a while. Came home, stopped at Stewart’s, bought milk, then sat out back again on the tailgate and watched the stars up above. It was still 55 degrees when I retired to bed. I can’t wait until I get out camping again. 

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