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Still chewing over my weekend plans but I have to say that the weekend forecast looks pretty good for Wells in the Southern Adirondacks. Warm and sunny but not too humid. If it seems likely that I can get out of work at a reasonable hour on Friday, I’m all for the Adirondacks and spending my Saturday either at the Wells or Speculator beach. Endless summer really is an endangered species. 

Here is what you can expect in Wells for the weekend… 

  • Friday night will be mostly clear, with a low of 58 degrees at 5am. Maximum dew point of 60 at 6pm. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph. The record low of 41 occurred back in 1969.
  • Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high of 77 degrees at 3pm. Maximum dew point of 59 at 4pm. The record high of 97 was set in 1948.
  • Saturday night will be partly cloudy, with a low of 56 degrees at 5am. Maximum dew point of 59 at 6pm. The record low of 42 occurred back in 1982.
  • Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high of 79 degrees at 3pm. Maximum dew point of 62 at 4pm. The record high of 98 was set in 1948.
Map: Snowy Mountain Trail

Map: Snowy Mountain Trail

Snowy Mountain is a mountain located in Hamilton County, New York. Initially known as 'Squaw Bonnet', its summit is the highest point in the county. While most maps show the elevation as 3899 feet, some suggest that more recent surveys have it as 3904 feet or even 3908 feet.

The mountain is the highest in the Adirondack Mountains south of the 4,000 ft (1,200 m) High Peaks region. It is one of thirteen mountain in New York with more than 2,000 ft (610 m) of topographic prominence. Snowy Mountain is flanked to the northeast by Squaw Mountain (3239 feet), and to the southwest by Lewey Mountain (3742 feet). A subsidiary ridge comes off the summit to the east ending at unnamed 'Peak 3149' (3149 feet) which forms the head of a large bowl overlooking the Griffin Brook drainage.

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.

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