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Good evening! Partly clear and 26 degrees in Delmar. Calm wind. It’s cool out there but not too bad without the wind. 

Tonight will snow, mainly after 3am. Low of 26 degrees at 10pm. Typical for tonight. Warming up as the snow pushes in. Roads might be slick come morning. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of around an inch possible. In 2015, it got down to 27 degrees under partly cloudy skies. The record low of 2 occurred back in 1989.

Waxing Crescent Moon tonight with 36% illuminated. The moon will set around 11:21 pm. The First Quarter Moon is on Tuesday night with mostly cloudy expected. The Full “Cold” Moon is on Wednesday, December 14th. Not a terrible night to get out and enjoy it. 

With the crappy weather on tap, I made sure to have everything I needed for the week. I don’t plan to drive until Saturday. I thought I was low on toilet paper but I had a box tucked away. Good for shitter paper through spring time. Also have lots of food and supplies so I should be good. 

So new maps return to the blog. Finally got QGIS back up and running properly on my blog. Stay away from Quantum GIS on Ubuntu 16.10, the Python SIP library or something else is broken on it. After deleting my hard drive and downgrading to 16.04 long term support, I’m back in business. I made a bunch of maps, I’ll be featuring them on the blog in the coming weeks. Few things at least when I’m stuck inside make me happy compared to making maps. It’s a way of exploring places and remembering memories while playing with the mapping software. 

Spent too much time today working on maps and writing and debugging PyGIS code for map making. The weather turned out to be fairly raw today and didn’t clear out to late. It kind of sucked, so I didn’t do anything walking or hiking today. Think I’m getting away from the health kick but I hope to be back at it this week. 

It’s December so I’ve been having problems with sleeping. Dug out the dim red light bulb, killed all the other lights in my apartment and took a sleeping pill. Hopefully I won wake up mid night and stuck awake or have a nightmare where I’m stuck living in the city for the rest of my life and I can never go to the country, never see another farm or the countryside again. 

Definitely a beautiful drive with the hills and mountains driving out to museums parents house for Sunday dinner via Selkirk Road and Copeland Hill Road. Haven’t been that way in a long time and it was getting close to dusk after a day when it had finally cleared on out.  I miss living out in the sticks, although I certainly spend a lot of time camping out there. Eventually though, I’ll own a house out there but I don’t want to put down roots in New York with the gun laws and the burn ban. 

At one level I wish I had gone to the Adirondacks as it would have made the weekend seem more meaningful and memorable but I didn’t. Saved a lot of money by staying in town. It would have been pretty cold camping in the wilderness. 

Tomorrow will snow before 10am, then rain and snow likely between 10am and 11am, then a chance of rain after 11am. High of 40 degrees at 1pm. Typical for Tomorrow. Southeast wind 7 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. A year ago, we had partly cloudy skies and a high of 47 degrees. The record high of 65 was set in 2001. 9 inches of snow fell back in 1902. The sun will rise at 7:10 am with the first light at 6:38 am, which is 59 seconds later then yesterday.

Looking ahead, Christmas is in 3 weeks, New Years Day is in 4 weeks, My 34th Birthday is in 8 weeks, Average High is 40 is in 3 months, Daylight Savings Time is in 14 weeks, Palm Sunday is in 18 weeks, Easter is in 19 weeks, Mother’s Day is in 23 weeks, Father’s Day is in 28 weeks and Independence Day is in 7 months. Of all those holidays, I can wait for independence Day. Sparklers are fun! 

Good night. Those sleeping pills are kicking in. 

Map: South Bradford State Forest

Map: South Bradford State Forest

The 1,819-acre South Bradford State Forest features a portion of the Finger Lakes Hiking Trail and is the northern end of the Crystal Hills Branch Hiking Trail. This forest also has significant mineral activity, visitors should expect to see natural gas wellheads and pipelines. Today, South Bradford and all state forests in New York are managed for multiple benefits to serve the needs of the people of New York. Sustainable management practices will ensure a perpetual supply of timber, a diversity of wildlife habitats, compatible recreational opportunities and clean water.

Located on the area is a portion of the Finger Lakes Trail and Crystal Hills Branch Trail (both foot traffic only). Maintenance is done by the volunteers of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference (leaves DEC website) under a Volunteer Stewardship Agreement. The Finger Lakes Trail is a segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail (leaves DEC website) a 3200-mile trail which extends from New York to North Dakota, and the Crystal Hills Branch Trail is a segment of the Great Eastern Trail (leaves DEC website) which, when finished, will end in Alabama.

The South Bradford Lean-to is located at the intersection of the Finger Lakes Trail and the Crystal Hills Trail. At-large primitive camping is also allowed in this unit. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger.

Good evening! Partly cloudy and 31 degrees in Albany. There is a northwest breeze at 9 mph. The wind has died down a bit but still chilly. I guess it’s still December. 

With the cold, I’m glad that I didn’t go up to the Adirondacks. Tonight would have been a cold night and I probably would have retired to the tent before 9 pm. Not that much fun as much as I like winter camping and a good fire, it wouldn’t have been much fun. 

Finally got QGIS up and running by downgrading to Ubuntu 16.04. I should have just stuck with the long term support version from the start. It’s much more stable and doesn’t force you to totally upgrade every six months. Things are better supported with the long term support version when it comes to pre-compiled add on packages. That said it was a pain to reinstall all the software and configure it a second time. But things are mostly back in business. 

I made up 20 new maps tonight and will start posting tomorrow…. 

Went to Sears, bought another blue Oxford shirt. Boring yes. But I needed a second one and they were out of stock for my size. Good price this week at $15. I do need more but I’m hoping with the receipt I can figure out what I need to order online. I like their Oxford shirts a lot, I wouldn’t mind ordering a bunch just for the free shipping. They had some nice colors there but not my size. 

I was surprised how empty the mall was for being three weeks to Christmas on a Saturday night. I wonder if people are doing a lot more online shopping now. It can’t be good for business but maybe the suburban mall is dying out. Sears didn’t look real healthy and it keeps getting smaller but that isn’t shocking as they are kind of dying out. 

Also went to the grocery store and picked up a a few things. Tomorrow I’ll go to Walmart for sandwich meat and replacement headphones. Bought peanut butter cookies mix to make for dessert for Sunday dinner at my parents house. 

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 28 degrees at 6am. Two degrees above normal. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph. In 2015, it got down to 35 degrees with periods of rain. The record low of -9 occurred back in 1940.

Waxing Crescent Moon tonight with 30% illuminated. The moon will . The First Quarter Moon is on Tuesday night with chance of snow expected. The Full “Cold” Moon is on Wednesday, December 14th.

Tomorrow will be sunny, with a high of 37 degrees at 1pm. Three degrees below normal. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph. A year ago, we had rain and a high of 45 degrees. The record high of 63 was set in 1998. 6 inches of snow fell back in 1901. The sun will rise at 7:09 am with the first light at 6:37 am, which is 1 minutes and 1 seconds later then yesterday. The sun rises late this time year, essentially canceling out the extra time we got before the time change. 

Looking ahead, Christmas is in 3 weeks, New Years Day is in 4 weeks, Average High is above 40 is in 13 weeks, Palm Sunday is in 18 weeks, Easter is in 19 weeks, Mother’s Day is in 23 weeks and Father’s Day is in 28 weeks.

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