2016 August 13

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Good evening! Mostly cloudy and 82 degrees in Delmar. There is a south breeze at 8 mph. The dew point is 74 degrees. Muggy, cloudy, generally disgusting weather. The skies will clear Monday around 7 am. But still humid. Yuck.  At least no road salt now and no large heating bills. 

Tonight will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could be severe and produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 74 degrees at 5am. 14 degrees above normal. Yuck. South wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Maximum dew point of 74 at 9pm. Super yuck.  The record low of 44 occurred back in 1941. Waxing Gibbous Moon tonight with 70% illuminated. The moon will set around 4:27 am. The Full “Strugeon” Moon is on Thursday.

Good luck sleeping tonight. You’ll need it. 

And if you hated today’s weather, tomorrow will be worse but hopefully wetter. We will have showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 2pm and 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 89 degrees at 3pm. Eight degrees above normal. West wind 7 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 74 at 8am. The record high of 97 was set in 1988. The sun will rise at 6:01 am with the first light at 5:30 am, which is 1 minutes and 5 seconds later then yesterday.

I am glad I didn’t go to the Adirondacks this weekend. Did you hear about all the damage in Pine Lake? I go past there on my way up to Piseco-Powley Road. I don’t know if they got damage up there, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they have had some severe thunderstorms. With the weather I doubt I would have had much chance to swim or paddle between the thunderstorms. 

Looking ahead, First Day with Average High Below 80 is in 1 week, Last Day of At Least 13 Hours of Daylight is in 3 weeks, Citizenship Day is in 5 weeks, First Day with Average High Below 70 is in 6 weeks, October 1st is in 7 weeks, Make a Difference Day is in 10 weeks, First Day on Average with Low of Freezing is in 3 months and New Years Eve is in 20 weeks.

Cloudy periods:
Saturday – Mostly cloudy from 9 pm to midnight.
Sunday – Mostly cloudy from midnight to midnight.
Monday – Mostly cloudy from midnight to 5 am.
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy from 10 am to midnight.
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy from midnight to 4 pm.

Rainy periods:
Saturday – Chance of rain and chance of thunderstorms from 9 pm to midnight. 0.07 inches.
Sunday – Chance of rain and chance of thunderstorms from midnight to 2 pm. Rain and thunderstorms from 2 pm to 3 pm. Chance of rain and chance of thunderstorms from 3 pm to 10 pm. Slight chance of rain and slight chance of thunderstorms from 10 pm to midnight. 0.29 inches.
Monday – Slight chance of rain from midnight to 2 am. Slight chance of rain and slight chance of thunderstorms from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Tuesday – Slight chance of rain from 6 am to 8 am. Chance of rain and slight chance of thunderstorms from 8 am to 12 pm. Chance of rain and chance of thunderstorms from noon to midnight. 0.48 inches.
Wednesday – Chance of rain and slight chance of thunderstorms from midnight to 12 pm. Chance of rain and chance of thunderstorms from noon to 8 pm. Slight chance of rain and slight chance of thunderstorms from 8 pm to midnight. 0.71 inches.
Thursday – Slight chance of rain and slight chance of thunderstorms from midnight to 8 am. Chance of rain and chance of thunderstorms from 8 am to 8 pm.

Muggy periods (dew point greater then 64):
Saturday – Muggy from 9 pm to midnight. 77-82 degrees. Heat Index 77-88. Dew Point 73-74.
Sunday – Muggy from midnight to midnight. 74-89 degrees. Heat Index 97. Dew Point 69-74.
Monday – Muggy from midnight to 4 pm. 69-86 degrees. Heat Index 88. Dew Point 65-69.
Tuesday – Muggy from 11 am to midnight. 71-84 degrees. Heat Index 87. Dew Point 66-67.
Wednesday – Muggy from midnight to midnight. 67-83 degrees. Heat Index 87. Dew Point 67-69.
Thursday – Muggy from midnight to midnight. 66-84 degrees. Heat Index 86. Dew Point 65-67.

Here’s your forecast for the rest of the week …
Sunday Night. Chance of T-storms then Slight Chance of Showers and 69 degrees, 72 max dew point, 6:03 sunrise.
Monday. Partly Sunny and 86 degrees, 67 max dew point, 7:55 sunset.
Monday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 66 degrees, 65 max dew point, 6:04 sunrise.
Tuesday. Chance of Showers then Chance of T-storms and 84 degrees, 67 max dew point, 7:54 sunset.
Tuesday Night. Chance of T-storms then Chance of Showers and 67 degrees, 67 max dew point, 6:05 sunrise.
Wednesday. Chance of Showers then Chance of T-storms and 83 degrees, 69 max dew point, 7:52 sunset.
Wednesday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 66 degrees, 69 max dew point, 6:06 sunrise.
Thursday. Chance of T-storms and 84 degrees, 66 max dew point, 7:51 sunset.
Thursday Night. Partly Cloudy and 64 degrees, 66 max dew point, 6:07 sunrise.
Friday. Mostly Sunny and 85 degrees, 65 max dew point, 7:49 sunset.

I think I turned this otherwise pretty hot and humid day into a decent one. 

Drove up to Field and Stream store that replaced the little Dick’s that I loved. Didn’t buy anything as it was pretty crowded, but I took a good look around. It’s big, but honestly I like the little one store better which had big box prices but small store atmosphere. I may go back on Monday when it’s less crowded (and the helpful sporting goods clerk I like works) to look at the rifle I’m interested in. I’m not sure if I’m going to spend the money right now despite the good sale. I also don’t know how much I’ll use it compared to my other guns. Maybe I should instead just get another fishing pole and some other stuff. I always like to think about my purchases carefully before I buy them. 

Thacher Park Overlook was pretty cool this evening, watching the thunderstorm roll through the valley. There was a lot of people watching the thunderstorm. It was a lot cooler up on the mountain. 

I got soft  ice cream  at the ice cream shop on the way back from Thacher Park. Nothing like the Watkins Dairy Bar. Oh well, vacation is long in the rear view mirror. 

Sat out back and watched the thunderstorm roll over head. No rain, but the thunder got severe weather enough I hid under the truck cap for a while. No rain though.  At some point I’ll go back inside but in the mean time it’s fairly nice out back. Still kind of humid, especially after the thunderstorm passed by. It was fun watching it as it came by. 

Good evening! Mostly cloudy and 84 degrees at the Thacher Park Overlook. Watching the thunderstorm roll through along the Mohawk Valley. Much cooler than in Albany. There is a south-southwest breeze at 9 mph. The dew point is still a very muggy 73 degrees. The heat index is 93. Down a bit from 102 degrees earlier.

Map: Macomb State Forest

Map: Macomb State Forest

acomb State Forest was once part of a federal reservation where the 26th infantry troops trained during World War II. It is now used for recreation with more than 5 miles of forest roads, multiple use trails, and snowmobile trails. This 1000-acre state forest is located a few miles west of Schuyler Falls, and adjoins the northern boundary of Macomb Reservation State Park.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/93760.html

Good afternoon! Partly cloudy and very muggy with occassional downpours, with the mercury around 90 degrees in Delmar. There is a south breeze at 8 mph. The dew point is 75 degrees. The heat index is 103. We will have on and off showers for the next week, leaving 1.31 inches of rain is expected before it ends Thursday around 7 pm. Despite all the mugginess, so far not at lot of rain.

Today, I spent some time working on work stuff at home, calculating some spreadsheets and data. Then I fixed some code on my blog, including getting the Facebook location code working once again, and some fixes to the weather code. Nothing major. But by mid-afternoon it was pretty hot, so I went down to the library. I drove — not just because of the heat but because I honestly didn’t want to get soaked.

I am still thinking about checking out the new Dick’s Sporting Goods / Field and Stream in the old Walmart in Latham this afternoon. I’m still thinking about the Remington 783 deer rifle they have on sale for $289 plus a $40 mail-in rebate.  It’s a good deal. I don’t know. I am leaning on getting the 30-06 of that if they have it. Also, the .22 ammo sale is pretty good there. Or maybe I’ll go up to Thacher Park and just enjoy the cooler air up there, assuming it’s partly clear, as it has been much of the day. And get good ice cream on the way home. The air conditioning in my truck is very refreshing in this weather.

It’s such a weird day. Sometimes it’s blue skies, with times of heavy rain. The risk of driving the Adirondack Northway in heavy rain makes me lean against going to Dick’s today. I guess I could go tomorrow. If I had the bad luck of having a delayed sale, it wouldn’t matter — I would end up having to pick up the gun on Thursday, as the three day window is same based on business days. But maybe I should buy other toys first.

This afternoon will have showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 90 degrees at 3pm. Nine degrees above normal. Heat index values as high as 102 between 3pm and 5pm. Nine degrees above normal. South wind around 8 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 76 at 4pm. The record high of 98 was set in 1947. The sun will set at 7:58 pm with dusk around 8:29 pm, which is 1 minutes and 27 seconds earlier than yesterday. Today will have 13 hours and 57 minutes of daylight, a decrease of 2 minutes and 31 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 75 degrees at 3am. 15 degrees above normal. South wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Maximum dew point of 76 at 6pm. The record low of 44 occurred back in 1941.

Cloudy periods:
Saturday – Mostly cloudy from 4 pm to midnight.
Sunday – Mostly cloudy from midnight to 9 pm.
Monday – Mostly cloudy from 1 am to 9 am.
Tuesday – Mostly cloudy from 8 am to midnight.
Wednesday – Mostly cloudy from midnight to 11 pm.

Rainy periods:
Saturday – Rain and thunderstorms from 3 pm to 6 pm. Chance of rain and chance of thunderstorms from 6 pm to midnight. 0.33 inches.
Sunday – Chance of rain and chance of thunderstorms from midnight to 12 pm. Rain and thunderstorms from noon to 1 pm. Chance of rain and chance of thunderstorms from 1 pm to 2 pm. Rain and thunderstorms from 2 pm to 3 pm. Chance of rain and chance of thunderstorms from 3 pm to midnight. 0.35 inches.
Monday – Chance of rain and chance of thunderstorms from midnight to 8 am. Slight chance of rain and slight chance of thunderstorms from 8 am to midnight.
Tuesday – Slight chance of rain and slight chance of thunderstorms from midnight to 2 pm. Chance of rain and chance of thunderstorms from 2 pm to midnight. 0.28 inches.
Wednesday – Chance of rain and chance of thunderstorms from midnight to 8 pm. Slight chance of rain and slight chance of thunderstorms from 8 pm to midnight. 0.3 inches.
Thursday – Slight chance of rain and slight chance of thunderstorms from midnight to 8 am. Chance of rain and chance of thunderstorms from 8 am to 8 pm.

Muggy periods (dew point greater then 64):
Saturday – Muggy from 3 pm to midnight. 78-90 degrees. Heat Index 102. Dew Point 74-76.
Sunday – Muggy from midnight to midnight. 73-88 degrees. Heat Index 96. Dew Point 69-74.
Monday – Muggy from midnight to 2 pm. 69-83 degrees. Heat Index 85. Dew Point 65-69.
Tuesday – Muggy from 10 am to midnight. 71-83 degrees. Heat Index 86. Dew Point 66-68.
Wednesday – Muggy from midnight to midnight. 68-82 degrees. Heat Index 86. Dew Point 66-71.
Thursday – Muggy from midnight to midnight. 67-84 degrees. Heat Index 87. Dew Point 66-67.
Friday – Muggy from midnight to 10 pm. 65-84 degrees. Heat Index 86. Dew Point 65-66.

On this day in 1969, The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy a ticker tape parade in New York City That evening, at a state dinner in Los Angeles, they are awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Richard Nixon.

There is 1 week until First Day with Average High Below 80 when the sun will be setting at 7:48 pm with dusk at 8:17 pm. With this kind of heat, that is certainly welcome news. The average high temperature is 79 degrees, with a record high of 97 in 1937.

Map: Happy Valley WMA

Map: Happy Valley WMA

Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area, totaling some 8,898 acres, is located in eastern Oswego County with its northern boundary transected by U.S. Route 104 and its southern boundary by Oswego County Route 26. These Routes are easily accessible off Exit 34 of Interstate 81 and hence east on Route 104 to Happy Valley. The 7½ minute topographic maps covering the area are Dugway and Williamstown.

Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area has generally flat terrain ranging in elevation mostly between 600 to 700 feet above mean sea level. The soils are generally stony fine field loam or sandy knolls. Due to the area's close proximity to Lake Ontario, snow depths average about 125 inches annually.

Reforestation and former farming activity have changed the original forest in much of the area. Fields in all stages of succession exist along with northern hardwoods such as sugar maple, beech, yellow birch and softwoods such as hemlock, white pine and spruce.

Wildlife associated with uplands and water are common and include: deer, hare, squirrel, beaver, muskrat, raccoon, mink, weasel, fisher and porcupine to name only a few of the mammals. A large variety of songbirds as well as grouse, woodcock, turkey and waterfowl are also on the area.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/68691.html