2016 March 11

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Good evening! Currently partly clear and 38 degrees with a 8 mph northwest wind. The wind chill value is currently 32. Not unusually cold for this time of year but we’ve forgotten in recent days what is normal for this time of year.

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 30. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight. That’s about 6 degrees above normal. The record low of -12 degrees was set back in 1948.

Tonight will have 12 hours and 11 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 54 seconds over last night. Tomorrow the sun will rise at 6:09 am with the first light at 5:41 am, which is 1 minutes and 43 seconds earlier then today.

Earlier tonight we had a Waxing Cresent Moon with 19% illuminated. It set around 8:19 pm. It was a pretty little sucker tonight. Tomorrow the moon will be up until 9:09 pm. The First Quarter Moon is next Friday and the March’s Full Worm Moon is on March 22nd.

Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the morning. That’s about 17 degrees above normal. The record high of 69 degrees was set back in 2012.

The average high in four weeks on Saturday April 9th is 55 degrees, and the record for that date is 88 degrees was set back in 1929.

Feeling a little under the weather with allergies this evening. Heading to bed early then may head out to Schoharie County tomorrow for camping and hiking depending how I feel in the morning.

Already set my clocks back and hours and are in bed ready to go to sleep shortly. To get a jump on the day tomorrow, I’ve set my alarm clock for 6 AM. Figure it’s good to get into the habit of early rising before Monday. Plus if I decide on camping, I want to get an early start.

I hope you had a good week. The weekend is here. Relax. And sleep well!

Map: Charleston State Forest

Map: Charleston State Forest

The Charleston State Forest and the Rural Grove State Forest contain a large portion of what was called the Clarke Lands. James Clarke, the original grantee, had a three life lease with the tenants on the land. Clarke's great grandson raised the rent when the three life lease expired. This happened in the 1840's during the height of the anti-rent wars and resulted in much of the land being abandoned. Rather than leave the houses and barns that they had built intact for Clarke's great grandson to benefit from, many of the tenants set fire to their homesteads when they abandoned them. The abandoned lands were vacant and unproductive for a long time. The Town of Charleston lost over two thirds of its population between the 1840's and 1900 (Beers, 1878).

The Warrior Trail is a path running generally north to south through Charleston State Forest near the Waite Drive area. It was said to have been a major access route for Indians to access the coast from the Mohawk River. It was also reportedly used by Johnson's Raiders in 1780.

The Sara Lib/Gordon Road area was reportedly used as a Tory training ground during the Revolutionary War. While plowing a fire break in the area in the 1950's, a Revolutionary War Era sword was found in the ground and is still housed in the Charleston Town Historical Society Museum (Whiting, 2004).

Rural Grove State Forest was named after the nearby hamlet of Rural Grove, which had previously been called Leatherville because of the tannin industry present in the area at the time. Rural Grove's most prominent resident during that time, John Bowdish, suggested the name. Bowdish is given credit as the father of the free school system. He operated a store and post office in the hamlet (Farquhar, 2004).

Yatesville Falls, historically known as Buttermilk Falls, was the site of a gristmill owned by the Vrooman family. General George Washington and his entourage reportedly spent the night at Vrooman's house in Yatesville (site of present day Randall). Several Mohawk Indian villages are known to have been located near this State Forest. They generally date back to the 1600's (Marino, 2004).


Good morning! Yeah, it’s Friday! We have a nice weekend approaching. Currently partly cloudy and 50 degrees with a 8 mph north-northeast wind. I opened the windows this morning again.

Today will be partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 57. Not too bad. Northwest wind around 15 mph. That’s about 15 degrees above normal. The record high of 70 degrees was set back in 1977. Nowhere near that today.

Tonight the sun will set at 5:58 pm with darkness around 6:26 pm, which is 1 minutes and 11 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 11 hours and 46 minutes of daylight, an increase of 2 minutes and 54 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be clear, with a low around 29. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. That’s about 5 degrees above normal. Closer to what we should be expecting for this time of year and a brief break with below freezing temperatures. The record low of -12 degrees was set back in 1948.

There are 1 month, 25 days until Cinco de Mayo when the sun will be setting at 8:01 pm (Daylight Savings Time). The average high temperature for Cinco de Mayo is 66 degrees, with a record high of 91 in 1944.

Happy Birthday to Rupert Murdoch who turns 81 years old today. He is most famous for his conservative news media including Faux News and the NY P.O.S.T.

Today in 1861, the confederacy enacted it’s constitution which remained in effect until the northern aggressors told the southern states they weren’t free to leave the United States. Or something like that. I guess it depends what part of the country you are from and your perspective on the Civil War.

Much to dislike of many southerners, Bill Clinton appointed Janet Reno to be Attorney General today in 1993. I’m sure at times both parts of the country have to wonder if the war was worth it.

Also today in 2009, Toyota sold the millionth hybrid car in the United States, showing that these fuel-sipping cars could go mainstream. The Toyota Prisus remains the most popular car in the State of California, in part because of the benefits one gets in that state for driving a hybrid like being able to use the car pool lane solo.