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Good evening! Light rain and 38 degrees in North Syracuse. Not a terrible Thursday but such a dreary day. There is a southeast breeze at 11 mph. 0.2 inches of rain is expected before it ends tomorrow around noontime.

Got dinner tonight at Moe’s Mexican Grill. First time doing online ordering. I really like online ordering as it lets you think about what you want and have the food ready when you get there. Plus you pay online so you know the price. 

Driving home I started to fish tail when I turned too quickly onto South Bay Road. The traction control quickly kicked in and while it was abrupt, I maintained control. A few scary oh shit moments. Definitely be careful out on the roads tonight as they are slick with the rain and leaves. 

Got the hard drive pulled from my dead laptop. Hopeful tomorrow that I will get it up and running in the USB enclosure. I do have most of my photos backed up prior to mid September backed up but I really don’t want to loose the other data on my dead laptop’s hard drive including the code I use to make maps. I also want to be able to upload my Chittenango Falls photos once I get my files back. 

Tonight will have showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Patchy fog before 3am. Low of 37 degrees at 6am. One degrees above normal. Southeast wind 8 to 13 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. One year ago, cloudy with a low around 37. The record low of 18 occurred back in 1974.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 16% illuminated. The moon will rise around 4:24 am. The New Moon is on Saturday night with mostly cloudy skies expected. The Full “Beaver” Moon is on Sunday, November 27th. After Thanksgiving. Might be on a road or camping trip then. I wouldn’t mind a nice trip during that long weekend, assuming there ain’t a ton of snow blocking off the back roads. 

Tomorrow will be scattered showers before noon, then a chance of sprinkles between noon and 1pm. Mostly cloudy and pretty cool. High of 46 degrees at 2pm. Nine degrees below normal. Northwest wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Last year, cloudy with a high around 56. The record high of 78 was set in 1971. There was 2 inches of snow back in 1952.

Not a particularly nice weekend on tap. Saturday, a chance of showers, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. Southeast wind around 8 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Maximum dew point of 53 at 6pm. Sunday, a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Maximum dew point of 49 at 6am. Typical average high for the weekend is 55 degrees. Probably staying in town this weekend. 

In four weeks on Thanksgiving which is November 24 this year, the sun will be setting at 4:33 pm (Standard Time), which is 1 hour and 28 minutes earlier then tonight. The average high is 44 degrees, and the record for that date is 70 degrees was set back in 2014. Cooler that time of year but it can still be fun camping up in the wilderness. 

There are 11 days and 15 minutes until the polls close in NY State on Election Day. The time is rapidly passing by. I’ll be glad when things are over. The presidential election has been so angry and awful. I don’t think things will be better after Election Day, I think having a woman president will be such a step forward for women, especially young women in our country. Barack Obama was so inspirational for minorities in our country and I expect Hillary to be the same way for women. 

I also do look forward to sleeping in my own bed, and being able to camp and travel again. 

Map: Skinner Hill State Forest

Map: Skinner Hill State Forest

Skinner Hill State Forest (Chenango Reforestation Area #8), located at the junction of the towns of Sherburne, Columbus, and New Berlin, is an oddly shaped forest located on old farm lands once plowed by its namesake, the Skinner family. Across its 1,666 acres you will find a mixture of Spruce and Pine Plantations, natural growing Hardwoods, open fields, and wetland areas. This diverse landscape provides the ideal opportunity for wildlife habitat, making it popular spot for hunting and wildlife viewing. White-tailed deer, Wild Turkey, and Ruffed Grouse are among a few of the game species to be found here.

Two trout classified streams pass through the forest, both tributaries of Great Brook. In some places, beavers have taken up residence along these streams, creating small ponds and pools. Waterfowl can be found in abundance in these locations. For those people who enjoy trapping, these wetland areas are home to an abundance of small mammals.

Across the length of the forest are remnants of the history of the area. Stone walls, old stone bridges, foundations, and even a Root Cellar used to hide escaped slaves during the time of the Underground Railroad can be found on the property.

Due to its elongated shape, Skinner Hill is also an easily accessible forest to reach, with many local roads crisscrossing the property. A variety of old logging roads, as well as newer skid roads provide pathways for hiking, hunting experience or, for a change of pace, bring your dog out for a walk! Parking can be found along the roadside, or on one of several forest access roads maintained by DEC.

Good morning! Happy Thursday. Sloppy and 33 degrees in North Syracuse. Lots of slop. You could call it call it snow or sleet or rain, but it’s warm enough there isn’t much left except some dusting on the grass. There is a east-southeast breeze at 10 mph. The skies will clear tomorrow around 7 pm. But then real miserable for the weekend, but warmer with temperatures in the low 60s as drizzle comes down throughout.

Exchanged the shirt that didn’t fit properly because I bought the wrong size. I should have read the label. It wasn’t a big deal. I got another set of miniature screw drivers because I left my set at home. I pulled the hard drive from the dead laptop, and now are waiting for the case to arrive. Hopefully I’ll have all my files back to later. I’m really looking forward to getting the new laptop in November, especially with the fast SSD drive. I wasn’t ready to replace my nearly 4 year old laptop yet, but sometimes life doesn’t always go to plan. Also got more windshield washer fluid as the pump has always been leaking, and it always runs low on cold, icy mornings when I use and leak a lot of fluid.

I’m thinking about calling today to drop off my truck to have the brakes done and tires rotated. I really want to get it done before vacation, not because I’m in immediate risk of scoring up the rotators, but because I don’t want to wait. And I’m not volunteering to do my own brakes, especially not in the wet nasty weather of today.

This morning will have some more slop in the form rain and snow, becoming all rain after 11am. Overcast and dreary to max. High of 39 degrees at 4pm. 16 degrees below normal. Even miserable Donald Trump supporters don’t like weather that nasty. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Last year was only slightly more pleasant with mostly cloudy skies with a high around 56. The record high of 79 was set in 1963. There was 1.6 inches of snow back in 2011. Fortunately, we aren’t getting that kind of snow today.

The sun will set at 6:01 pm with dusk around 6:31 pm, which is 1 minutes and 26 seconds earlier than yesterday. Today will have 10 hours and 27 minutes of daylight, a decrease of 2 minutes and 42 seconds over yesterday. Those days are really getting short, and it doesn’t help how truly dreary the weather is today.

Tonight will rain even more, but no snow is expected at least in the Greater Syracuse area. Low of 39 degrees at 6pm. Two degrees above normal. Southeast wind 10 to 14 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. One year ago, cloudy with a low around 37. The record low of 18 occurred back in 1974.

There are 4 weeks until Thanksgiving when the sun will be setting at 4:33 pm with dusk at 5:04 pm (Standard Time). The average high temperature is 44 degrees, with a record high of 70 in 2014. Looking forward to the turkey and all the sides. November is really a great month even if later October is really dreary. November tends to be cloudy but not really as wet as October.

There are 11 days, 12 hours and 11 minutes until the polls close in NY State on Election Day.

Governor Ronald Reagan in 1964 delivers a speech on behalf of the Republican candidate for president, Barry Goldwater. The speech launches his political career and comes to be known as “A Time for Choosing”. I am pretty sure that Ronald Reagan was just as bad back then as he was in 1980s. We are a little over a week and half from election day, so I can be obnoxiously political.