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Good evening! Mostly clear and 80 degrees in Delmar. There is a southwest breeze at 7 mph. The dew point is 75 degrees. It’s just dripping out there. Welcome to Florida. At least with the sun setting, it’s cooling down quite a bit. 

Tonight will have patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low of 68 degrees at 5am. Six degrees above normal. South wind 3 to 7 mph. Maximum dew point of 75 at 8pm. The record low of 44 occurred back in 1950. The sun will set at 8:31 pm with dusk around 9:05 pm, which is 38 seconds earlier than yesterday. Waxing Gibbous Moon tonight with 70% illuminated. The moon will set around 3:53 am. The Full “Buck” Moon is on Tuesday.

Tomorrow will have a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high of 90 degrees at 3pm. Seven degrees above normal. Light south wind becoming southwest 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Maximum dew point of 69 at 7am. The record high of 96 was set in 1997.

Right now, the weekend forecast looks decent. Saturday, a slight chance of showers after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming west around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Maximum dew point of 63 at 7am. Sunday, sunny, with a high near 84. Maximum dew point of 61 at 8pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 83 degrees.

In four weeks on August 11 the sun will be setting at 8:01 pm, which is 29 minutes earlier then today. The average high is 81 degrees, and the record for that date is 98 degrees was set back in 1944.

Today was a long day at work but quite productive. Got a lot done. Didn’t get to bail Big Red out of the shop tonight but I’ll find out how much damage scheduled  maintenance  does to my bank account. I don’t think the bite will be that bad and it should be a lot cooler. I got paid this week, so hopefully I can retire the debt this weekend.

 I cut back my savings rate slightly a few months back, as I got tired of living paycheck to paycheck, sometimes having to move money around or buy cheaper groceries to squeeze a little more out of each paycheck. Been putting more of each paycheck in low cost index funds, because the low fed rate sucks when you have a decent amount in cash savings. I put in long days, but there are rewards for what you do. 
Every day is one day closer to vacation. I just hope that the sunny and hot weather lasts and we don’t get a week of cold rainy days. The long days at work pay for the toys, the beer, the gasoline  and the ammunition. 

I’m tired. But tomorrow is Friday. And maybe if I’m lucky, I’ll be able to find out of town on Saturday. And that will be fun. 

Map: Lands Classified as Agricultural By Adirondack Park Agency

Map: Lands Classified as Agricultural By Adirondack Park Agency

The Adirondack Park is a publicly protected, elliptical area encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of Upstate New York. It is the largest park and the largest state-level protected area in the contiguous United States, and the largest National Historic Landmark. The park covers some 6.1 million acres (2.5×106 ha), a land area roughly the size of Vermont and greater than the National Parks of Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Great Smoky Mountains combined.

The Adirondack Park boundary, commonly referred to as the 'Blue Line,' contains the entire Adirondack Mountain range, as well as some surrounding areas, all within the state of New York. The park includes all of Hamilton and Essex counties, as well as considerable portions of Clinton, Franklin, Fulton, Herkimer, St. Lawrence, and Warren counties and small portions of Lewis, Oneida, Saratoga, and Washington counties as well. (The Clinton County towns of Altona and Dannemora, despite being entirely within the park boundary, are specifically excluded from the park by statute, due to the large prison facilities in both towns.)

Not all of the land within the park is owned by the state, although new sections are frequently purchased or donated. State land comprises 2.7 million acres (1.1×106 ha), about 45% of the park's area, including the highest peaks in New York State, as well as Mount Marcy, the highest elevation in the state. About 1 million acres (400,000 ha) of this is classified as wilderness, with most of the remainder managed under the somewhat less stringent wild forest classification. Villages and hamlets comprise less than 1% of the area of the park; the remaining area of more than 3 million acres (1.2×106 ha) is privately held but is generally sparsely developed.[3] There is often no clear demarcation between state, private, and wilderness lands in the park. Signs marking the Adirondack Park boundary can be found on most of the major roads in the region, but there are no entrance gates and no admission fee.

Good morning! Happy Thursday. Mostly cloudy and 76 degrees in Delmar. There is a south breeze at 9 mph. The dew point is 70 degrees. Big Red is dropped off at the shop for his routine maintenance, and hopefully I’ll pick him up today or tomorrow morning.

Today will have showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 88 degrees at 3pm. Five degrees above normal. South wind 9 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Maximum dew point of 73 at 4pm. The record high of 99 was set in 1995. The sun will set at 8:31 pm with dusk around 9:05 pm, which is 38 seconds earlier than yesterday. Today will have 14 hours and 59 minutes of daylight, a decrease of 1 minutes and 29 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 68 degrees at 5am. Six degrees above normal. South wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Maximum dew point of 73 at 6pm. The record low of 44 occurred back in 1950.

0.5 inch of rain expected between Thursday 8am and Friday 7am. 0.1 inch of rain expected between Monday 8am and Monday 7pm. Within the next four days, a total of 0.6 inches of rain is expected.

Muggy weather continues in our forecast through Friday afternoon and returns for Monday. Thursday 8am – Friday 1pm. Maximum temperature will be 88 degrees, a heat index reaching 96, and a maximum dew point of 73. Friday 8pm – Friday 11pm. Maximum temperature will be 83 degrees, a heat index reaching 85, and a maximum dew point of 65. Monday 4pm – Monday 8pm. Maximum temperature will be 88 degrees, a heat index reaching 90, and a maximum dew point of 67. Tuesday 1am – Tuesday 11am. Maximum temperature will be 79 degrees, a heat index reaching 79, and a maximum dew point of 67.

On this day in 1969, the $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officially withdrawn from circulation. After this date, if you wanted to buy a large purchase in cash, you needed a lot of hundred dollars in bills. They had last been printed in 1945, and were finally dropped from circulation in 1969, in part as an effort to reduce corruption and money scams.

There are 6 weeks until State Fair Opens when the sun will be setting at 7:39 pm with dusk at 8:09 pm. The average high temperature is 79 degrees, with a record high of 99 in 1947.

Big Red is at the shop to have the air conditioning checked and routine maintenance under the severe service schedule.  None of it had to be done today but I wanted to maximize the life of the truck and the air conditioning, and make sure I stay cold all summer long. I’ve spent enough money on the truck, it best work at peak performance. Probably waste a few hundred on this but gosh, is reasonable preventive maintenance really ever a waste?

It’s possible that the shop will tell me that the air conditioning is fine and I just have inflated expectations for how cold it should but I suspect that after five years the refrigerant has leaked a bit. The truck was manufactured five years ago and I’ve had it for five as of October. I’m fine with paying a couple hundred to prolong the life of the air conditioning system. For the 100k recharge, if necessary, I’ll just buy a Wally World kit, assuming that the climate activists don’t get R-134a limited to professional installers.

Probably in a decade I’ll view Big Red as a the folly that he is, but when you’re young, it’s fun to have fun toys. Probably in ten years we’ll be in a fuel crisis or climate crisis, and I’ll have good memories of those good old days. Life is fun but old age will certainly creep up.

A little over a week until vacation. I look forward to having nice cold air from the truck, when I travel around on vacation, assuming it’s not an unusually frigid last week of July. It will be nice spending days at the pools, exploring the gorge, and camping. I have that great campstove, a charcoal grill, and other things, so I will set up a nice campsite in the National Forest and have a lot of fun.

Nine days to be exact. Have a good one.

Good morning! Happy Thursday. Mostly cloudy and 74 degrees in Delmar. There is a south breeze at 9 mph. The dew point is 69 degrees.

Today will have showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 88 degrees at 3pm. Five degrees above normal. South wind 9 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Maximum dew point of 73 at 4pm. The record high of 99 was set in 1995.