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Google County Maps - State land maps, tracks and waypoints.
Interactive Maps of NY Census - Explore and download KML files.
State Land Websites - Links to many of the state land webpages.

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March 27, 2017 Weather Forecast

This interactive graph shows the hourly weather forecast for the next seven days. The bars represent the temperature, the pink line reprsents the dew point and the white line represents the dewpoint. Red dots are climate normals for the day. Orange dots are record temperatures. Green dots are last year's temperatures.

Yellow bars represent generally sunny conditions. The more gray the bar is, the more clouds expected. Blue bars represent a greater then 50% chance of rain. Purple bars represent a greater then 50% chance of snow. Orange bars represent a greater then 50% chance of thunderstorms. Red bars represent warm and muggy weather, under generally clear skies.

Map: Bashakill WMA

Map: Bashakill WMA

2,213 acres, upland, wetland, hiking trails, boat access, parking lot, viewing tower, scenic vistas, birdwatching, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting, fishing and trapping. This WMA is located 65 miles northeast of New York City, south of NYS Route 17 and east of NYS Route 209 with major access points from Haven and South Roads.

I was heading out to bus stop this morning, I realized that I forgot to check for my umbrella in the closet. It turned out it was in my bedroom, which is good because I really needed it. Umbrellas are good when your in a suit in the suburbs but get downtown with the wind whipping around the buildings they are pretty useless.

37 degrees and rain this morning. Rain through the morning, tapering off later. Looking at a high around 49 degrees. More sun come Wednesday. We have to watch Friday, as it may be icy at least in the higher elevations.

The sun will set at 7:16 pm with dusk around 7:44 pm, which is one minute and 9 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 12 hours and 32 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 54 seconds over yesterday. Already over 12 1/2 hours of daylight. Days are growing quickly.

Tonight will have patchy fog before 4am, then patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low of 39 degrees at 5am. Nine degrees above normal. Calm wind. In 2016, it got down to 41 degrees with periods of rain. The record low of 3 occurred back in 1923.

The blueberry waffles I had for breakfast were okay but I should not put them in the mix because they kind of made a mess and came out soft or at least use a lot less water. I guess it’s important to try new things. I should be able to clean up the mess once things cool down.

In the rush down to the bus stop I forgot to turn down the heat, but I guess it doesn’t matter that much because it’s going to be pretty mild out. I’m sure in a week or two I’ll have the heat off until autumn and soon have the windows open. I like having the fresh air in the morning, even if that means more road noise and my neighbors hearing me cuss out the world when I spill hot coffee on myself.

As previously noted, there are 3 weeks until Patriots Day when the sun will be setting at 7:40 pm with dusk at 8:10 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 76 and 36 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 59 degrees. We hit a record high of 91 back in 2002. Taxes are due the following day. So don’t forget to pay Trump’s War Department.

Google County Maps: DEC Region 8 North

Interactive Google Map consisting of federal, state, local, and non-governmental public lands and parks within the following counties in DEC Region 8 North: Genesee, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca and Wayne counties. Up to 3 additional counties (for a total of ten) can be added to the map. Data can be downloaded as KML and GPX Tracks and Waypoints for use in Google Earth or handheld GPS units.

Updated on March 27, 2017. New trail data for Harriet Hollister Spencer State Park and Watkins Glen State Park, more campsites and trail data for Sugar Hill State Forest, new campsites for Finger Lakes National Forest.

Map: Spruce Mountain Firetower

Map: Spruce Mountain Firetower

Spruce Mountain's rehabilitated fire tower and new trail in the town of Corinth, Saratoga County are open for public use, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman announced today. From the top of the 5 ½ story fire tower, the public can enjoy views of Vermont, Gore Mountain and the southern Adirondacks. The 2.4-mile round-trip trail traverses through wooded gentle terrain with an elevation change of approximately 1,000 feet.

Over the past few months I’ve posted several graphics and charts about heroin abuse in our state. I thought it would be good to put together a brief synopsis, of the various graphs and maps I’ve done.

Heroin abuse doesn’t effect all counties equally, indeed some counties are particularly hard hit.

3 Yr Average For Visits To ER For Opioid Overdoses Per 10k Population

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Overall in the past decade, heroin deaths are up dramatically across the state.

Heroin and Opiods Deaths, 2003-2014

Indeed, heroin is the fastest growing reason people are checking themselves into drug rehab facilties in our state.

Chemical Dependence Treatment Program Admissions by Drug Type, 2007-2015

The growth of heroin has displaced the abuse of cocaine and crack in our state.

Services Delivered for Cocaine Users in New York State

Despite common myth, drug possession arrests nationally follow closely the racial breakdown, at least in 2015.

Race of those Arrested for Crimes (2015)

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