2016 September 01

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Good evening! Partly cloudy  and 67 degrees in Albany, NY. There is a north breeze at 6 mph. The dew point is 56 degrees. Not a terrible evening for early September. 

Tonight will have patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low of 57 degrees at 5am. Typical for tonight. Maximum dew point of 56 at 10pm. North wind around 7 mph. The record low of 39 occurred back in 1991. 

Tomorrow will have patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high around 76 at 3 pm. Typical for September 2nd. Maximum dew point of 57 at 10am. North wind 5 to 9 mph. Should be a nice day. The record high of 100 was set in 1953. The sun will rise at 6:21 am with the first light at 5:52 am, which is 1 minutes and 4 seconds later then yesterday.

Spent some time cleaning around my apartment. Pulled off the knobs of my stove and got it well cleaned up.  Also started to wire up the new switch for the CB radio and mini amplifier for the speaker. It’s a cute little amplifier. I haven’t wired it up but I expect it do to the job. 

Saturday morning I will do an oil change, finish my wiring projects, do some more cleaning, and hook up the dashboard camera. My hope is to leave for camping between two an three in afternoon so I have time to carry my gear back in the wilderness and pitch the tent. Nights are coming a lot earlier this time of year. We will see. There is a lot to get done in a short period of time. 

Looking ahead, First Day of Autumn is in 3 weeks, October 1st is in 1 month, Last Recorded Day Above in 90 in Albany is in 5 weeks, First Day with Average High Below 60 is in 7 weeks, Sunrise After 7 AM in Albnay is in 2 months and Thanksgiving is in 12 weeks. I love turkey day. Mom and Dad still make an amazing dinner after all these years. 

Balmville Tree Springs Back To Life.

"Local folklore has it that the tree grew when George Washington planted his walking stick while he and the Continental Army were encamped in nearby Newburgh during the final years of the Revolutionary War but core samples of the tree have dated its growth to 1699, well before American independence. Franklin Roosevelt often came to visit the tree."

The tree was cut down in 2015 when it was in terminal decline and ready to collapse on the road and surrounding houses. This summer though, the energy in the roots have allowed it to spring new branches and come back alive. While not uncommon for a large cut tree to do this, it's still a wonderful story of rebirth.

After a rather cloudy start to the day, this evening will be quite nice. At sunset, look for partly clear conditions and 73 degrees. The dew point will be 58 degrees. There will be a north breeze at 8 mph. Almost fall like, or at least a reasonable temperature for the start of September.

The sun will set at 7:27 pm with dusk around 7:56 pm, which is 1 minutes and 43 seconds earlier than yesterday. Shortly after sunset, you should be able to see a slender crescent moon until around 9:12 pm. The First Quarter Moon is on Friday, September 9th at 11:49 am with mostly clear skies expected. The Full “Corn” Moon is on Friday, September 16th at 7:05 pm.

Map: Gee Brook State Forest

Map: Gee Brook State Forest

Gee Brook State Forest encompasses 878 acres. It is a small but popular area that offers a variety of recreational activities including hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching, nature viewing and snowmobiling. Gee Brook is named for the beautiful sparkling creek that gently flows through the peaceful forest.

Informal foot trails are located along the stream and ponds. There are also two Public Forest Access Roads (Ace of Spades Rd. and Calico Pond Rd.) that provide entry into each of the respective north and south portions of the property. Nature observers and hunters can also enjoy the many species of plants and animals throughout this heavily forested area.

Camping is allowed at Calico Pond at designated sites, by permit only. Permits are available through the forest ranger or the Cortland DEC office, call 607-674-4017. The access bridge leading to Calico Pond over Gee Brook no longer provides vehicular access, although it is maintained as a foot bridge. An informational map of the camping area and its three camping sites is available.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/37042.html

Google Maps: 2015 Fatal Distracted Driving Crashes In New York

In 2015, only two fatal crashes were reported in New York State involving use of a cellphone. There were also two fatal crashes reported from drivers who were consuming food or drink while driving, and three while operating radio or heating and air conditioning controls. The most common distraction for drivers is not in the vehicle -- but things outside of the vehicle -- a scenic vista, a pretty women, etc. That said, most distracted driving crashes do not go into detail of what caused the distraction.

Good morning! Happy September! Autumn starts this month. It will feel somewhat autumn like come tomorrow with a high around 76 and a 10 mph southerly breeze. But this morning is mostly cloudy and 66 degrees in Albany, NY. There is a northwest breeze at 5 mph. The dew point is 63 degrees. The skies will clear around noontime.

Today will be partly sunny, with a high of 79 degrees at 3pm. Two degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 63 at 8am. North wind 5 to 8 mph. The record high of 96 was set in 1953.

The sun will set at 7:27 pm with dusk around 7:56 pm, which is 1 minutes and 43 seconds earlier than yesterday. Today will have 13 hours and 6 minutes of daylight, a decrease of 2 minutes and 47 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 58 degrees at 4am. Typical for tonight. Maximum dew point of 59 at 6pm. North wind 5 to 7 mph. The record low of 39 occurred back in 1991.