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Piseco-Powley Road
Tug Hill State Forest
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September 2016
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Good evening! Partly clear and 70 degrees in North Syracuse. Calm wind. The dew point is 61 degrees. Very mild for the first day of autumn today, with some very nice weather all day. Kind of a crazy day, with a lot going on, but I did enjoy listening to the Moody Blue’s Nights of White Satan on the way back home. But I made it through the day, and it wasn’t really all that awful.

It was one of those days, although I did head over to Davis Road in North Syracuse, and follow the herd path back from Davis Road into the woods by the Peat Bog at Hamlin Marsh WMA. The trail wasn’t really exciting and was quite over grown, but it’s a was still a nice respite from the busy city. If I do go hiking back there again, especially once archery and duck seasons opens up, I got to wear a bunch more blaze orange, so I don’t get shot. Didn’t see any hunters out today, but give a week or two with more opening up, and I’m sure I’ll seeing it. While I’m not going to comment on contemporary events, I can say sometimes people see something in the woods that isn’t really there. Humans minds sometimes fill in details that aren’t really there. Wearing blaze orange, especially during deer season, can and will save your life. I wear it liberally.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 64 degrees at 5am. 15 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 61 at 9pm. South wind 3 to 5 mph. The record low of 32 occurred back in 1963. The Last Quarter Moon is tonight at 9:56 am. The moon will rise around 11:43 pm. The Full “Harvest” Moon is on Sunday, October 16th at 4:23 am.

Tomorrow will be scattered showers, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 69 degrees at 12pm. Much cooler then today, but typical for this time of year. With the front coming through and the chance of rain, a bit more humid. Maximum dew point of 60 at 6am. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. The record high of 97 was set in 1895. The sun will rise at 6:53 am with the first light at 6:24 am, which is 1 minutes and 7 seconds later then yesterday.

The weekend looks really nice. I hope to get down to Green Lakes State Park and Jones HIll / Labrador Hollow Unique Area this weekend. The colors are only starting, but the weather will be clear and crisp, and will start to encourage more changing of the leaves. Should be great weather for hiking, although it will definitely be long sleeve weather by the weekend. Temperatures in the city only in the low 60s — the hills around will be in the 50s.  But so be it, we expect cooler

Looking ahead, Last Recorded Day Above in 90 in Albany is in 2 weeks, First Day with Average High Below 60 is in 4 weeks, Make a Difference Day is in 1 month and Thanksgiving is in 9 weeks.

Good night.

Sunday, September 25 will have 11 hours, 59 minutes and 52 seconds of daylight. That is as close as we get to an equal 12 hours of day and night. The sun will rise at 6:56 AM and set at 6:56 PM. Clear and 57 degrees at sunset on Sunday.

Google Maps: Length Of Day On The First Day Of Fall

I thought we should put the old myth to bed -- on the first day of autumn that all of earth has the same length of day, and it's always 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. That is not exactly true -- due to refraction of sunlight on the earth's atmosphere, almost all of the world has more then 12 hours of daylight. Towards the poles, you have around 12 hours and 10 minutes of daylight, while closer to the equator, you have more like 12 hours and 6 minutes of daylight. This interactive map will help you understand the length of day, and when to expect the sunrise and sunset on that day.

As we head into fall, the nights will rapidly grow in length, with earlier sunsets and a rapidly dropping average high. Here is what we are looking at in the North Syracuse area …

Week Date Dawn Sun-
Dusk Day Avg High Avg Low Record Hi Record Low
0 September 22 6:24 am 6:53 am 7:00 pm 7:28 pm 12:06 70 49 95 (1895) 31 (1962)
1 September 29 6:32 am 7:01 am 6:47 pm 7:15 pm 11:46 67 46 86 (1921) 29 (2000)
2 October 6 6:40 am 7:09 am 6:35 pm 7:03 pm 11:26 64 43 90 (1900) 24 (1965)
3 October 13 6:48 am 7:17 am 6:23 pm 6:52 pm 11:06 61 40 81 (1930) 24 (1981)
4 October 20 6:57 am 7:25 am 6:12 pm 6:41 pm 10:46 58 38 80 (1965) 18 (1972)
5 October 27 7:05 am 7:34 am 6:01 pm 6:31 pm 10:27 56 36 79 (1963) 21 (1950)
6 November 3 7:13 am 7:43 am 5:52 pm 6:22 pm 10:09 53 35 75 (1990) 20 (1980)
7 November 10 6:22 am 6:52 am 4:44 pm 5:14 pm 9:51 50 33 72 (1931) 16 (1965)
8 November 17 6:30 am 7:01 am 4:38 pm 5:08 pm 9:36 47 31 73 (1928) 7 (1972)
9 November 24 6:38 am 7:09 am 4:33 pm 5:04 pm 9:23 44 29 70 (2014) 7 (2000)
10 December 1 6:46 am 7:17 am 4:30 pm 5:02 pm 9:12 41 27 67 (1934) -5 (1875)
11 December 8 6:52 am 7:24 am 4:29 pm 5:01 pm 9:04 38 24 58 (1927) -3 (1902)
12 December 15 6:57 am 7:30 am 4:30 pm 5:02 pm 9:00 36 21 61 (2015) -8 (1874)
13 December 22 7:01 am 7:34 am 4:33 pm 5:05 pm 8:59 34 19 60 (1990) 8 (1955)
14 December 29 7:03 am 7:36 am 4:38 pm 5:10 pm 9:02 32 17 71 (1984) -18 (1933)
15 January 5 7:04 am 7:36 am 4:44 pm 5:16 pm 9:08 () ()
16 January 12 7:02 am 7:34 am 4:52 pm 5:23 pm 9:18 () ()
Map: Tug Hill State Forest (North)

Map: Tug Hill State Forest (North)

This 12,242-acre state forest, actually a combination of four neighboring forests, is so named because it is located entirely on the Tug Hill Plateau, an area that is renowned for its harsh winters and heavy snowfalls. Much of the forest is formerly abandoned agricultural land which was purchased by the state in the 1930's for around $4 per acre. Immediately after the property was acquired, state tree planting crews reforested the depleted farm fields to white spruce, white pine, red pine, and, to a lesser degree, other conifer species. Today, these early tree planting efforts are evidenced by the many softwood plantations that exist on the forest. Under the care and custody of the State's foresters, these early plantings, along with natural hardwood and softwood stands, have matured and are now producing a wide variety of forest products.

In July 1995, a severe windstorm or "microburst" swept through the area, devastating hundreds of acres of timber and leaving in its wake dramatic scars to the landscape that will continue to be evident to future generations. The more valuable downed timber was purchased and salvaged by numerous local loggers under contract with the state. Many roads and recreational trails were temporarily blocked by trees that had been downed by the storm. In addition to the commercial logging operations, NYSDEC's Operations personnel and local volunteers joined forces and pitched in to reopen these routes in very short order.

Because of the heavy snow cover that this area endures for nearly half of the year, it is no surprise that winter sports such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dogsledding, and cross-country skiing dominate the local recreational scene. Other popular outdoor activities include white-tailed deer and snowshoe hare hunting, woodland hiking and biking, and brook trout fishing. Access to the area is provided by over 16 miles of graveled forest roads and is highlighted by the well known 13.2 mile Barnes Corners Cross-country Ski Trail System.


Good afternoon! Mostly sunny and 80 degrees in North Syracuse. There is a south breeze at 6 mph. The dew point is 56 degrees. A nice start to autumn, although a quite bit warmer then is typical for this time of year. The low humidity makes it feel really comfortable. Get out and enjoy it, the warm weather won’t last, as the rain comes in tomorrow, and cooler but sunny for the weekend.

This afternoon will be sunny, with a high of 82 degrees at 2pm. 12 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 57 at 6pm. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. The record high of 95 was set in 1895. The sun will set at 7:00 pm with dusk around 7:28 pm, which is 1 minutes and 49 seconds earlier than yesterday. Today will have 12 hours and 6 minutes of daylight, a decrease of 2 minutes and 56 seconds over yesterday.

An absolutely beautiful morning, walking down by Onondoga Lake. I got a bit of a late start, as I had trouble locating my headphones. I eventually found them, but it cut down my walking time by about 10 minutes. Still it was worth the drive down to Liverpool to enjoy the lake. Probably going to hike the short trail off of Davis Road to explore the Hamlin Marsh. We will see. The sun sets so early this time of year. I still want to get down to Jones Hill to watch the sunset some time during the weekend.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 63 degrees at 6am. 14 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 60 at 5am. Southwest wind 3 to 6 mph. The record low of 32 occurred back in 1963.

There are 2 weeks until Last Recorded Day Above in 90 in Albany when the sun will be setting at 6:35 pm with dusk at 7:03 pm. The average high temperature is 64 degrees, with a record high of 90 in 1900.