2016 September 10

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Albany, NY
Big Pond
Hewitt State Forest
Lawson Lake County Park
Taconic Crest Trail

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Map: Hewitt State Forest

Map: Hewitt State Forest

The forest was established between 1929 and 1942 to reduce soil erosion, produce forest products, help stabilize the tax base, and provide recreational opportunities. Most of the landscape was cleared of trees for agriculture during the mid-to-late 19th century by European settlers. Between 1929 and 1947 approximately 1,056,872 pine, spruce, cedar, dogwood and red oak were planted by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp S-96 based in Sempronius, New York. Today, the forest provides a diverse group of ecological, economic, and recreational services


Good evening! Mostly cloudy and 78 degrees in Brooklyn. There is a south-southwest breeze at 15 mph. The dew point is 73 degrees. The skies will clear tomorrow around 11 am.

It was an interesting ride down here, but i have to say I am glad I wasn’t driving. I would have never found a parking spot for Big Red in Brooklyn, and the traffic is pretty scary. It was an interesting trip down, we went through Lower Manhattan and got to pass by City Hall and cross the Brooklyn Bridge. Kind of remarkable how that ancient bridge still carries so much traffic all these years later. Hot and long day on the city, although I did go for a walk on the beach and enjoy some of the fresh sea breeze. A long and crazy day, but sometimes traveling you get to see different places and experience things both good and bad.

That said, I’m looking more forward to my second leg of this trip and visiting a lot of great places in Central New York this fall. Assuming I survive city traffic to make it back upstate. Sometimes I just have to close my eyes. I hope to catch the sunset from Lake Ontario one of the days, head up to Salmon River Falls and maybe fish the Salmon RIver, head to Green Lakes State Park and also Labrador Hollow once the fall colors reach peak colors, and many other trips. Maybe get down to the Finger Lakes at some point?

Then in November, I’m thinking of heading back to West Virginia and then hit the Blue Ridge Parkway and take it south of Roanoke, Virginia. Should be a lot warmer when I head south. Then eventually I think I will take a trip in late November to the North Country for hunting and camping. I had a lot of fun camping at Brasher State Forest  last November. Honestly, November is one of my favorite months of the year to camp, despite the short days and cooler weather. The big buddy heater, makes the wilderness feel a whole lot less colder during the cold part of the year.

But for tonight in the city, we will have a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 74 degrees at 5am.  Maximum dew point of 74 at 1am. South wind 13 to 15 mph. Waxing Gibbous Moon tonight with 62% illuminated. The moon will set around 3:35 am. The Full “Corn” Moon is on Friday at 7:05 pm with clear skies expected.

Tomorrow will have showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high of 85 degrees at 3pm. Maximum dew point of 71 at 6am. Southwest wind around 14 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. The sun will rise at 6:32 am with the first light at 6:05 am, which is 58 seconds later then yesterday.

Looking ahead, Citizenship Day is in 1 weeks, First Day with Average High Below 70 in Albany is in 2 weeks, October 1st is in 3 weeks, Columbus Day is in 1 month, Make a Difference Day is in 6 weeks and New Years Eve is in 16 weeks. It’s remarkable to think we have New Years Eve to think about so soon.

Good morning! All my bags are packed, almost ready to go. Checked the oil and topped off the windshield washer fluid and the tires. As John Denver once sung, I’m leaving in a pickup truck… 

This morning it’s mostly cloudy and 69 degrees in Albany. Calm wind. The dew point is 64 degrees. The skies will clear around 6 pm.

Today will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. Some of the storms could be severe. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 84 degrees at 3pm. Nine degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 71 at 3pm. Light and variable wind becoming south 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. The record high of 96 was set in 1931. The sun will set at 7:12 pm with dusk around 7:40 pm, which is 1 minutes and 46 seconds earlier than yesterday. Today will have 12 hours and 41 minutes of daylight, a decrease of 2 minutes and 50 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5am. Some of the storms could be severe. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 72 degrees at 6am. 16 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 72 at 7pm. South wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. The record low of 36 occurred back in 1917.

There is 1 week until Citizenship Day when the sun will be setting at 6:59 pm with dusk at 7:27 pm. The average high temperature is 72 degrees, with a record high of 89 in 1942.