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Good morning! Sixty days from now it will be New Years Day 2017. Where does the time go by so quickly? In the mean time, it is a rather depressing November morning. Cloudy and 56 degrees in Cicero, NY. Calm wind. The dew point is 52 degrees. The skies will clear Friday around 6 am.

Today will have a slight chance of showers after 3pm. Otherwise pretty cloudy and gray November day. High of 62 degrees at 2pm. Nine degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 56 at 2pm. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Last year, partly sunny with a high around 63. The record high of 82 was set in 1950. There was 0.1 inches of snow back in 1911.

Got the new brakes, rotators, and tires rotated. I had them also flush and replace the brake fluid, which after 5 years most certainly was contaminated with water (and is recommended by manual to be changed). Water tends to corrode all the brake components and also increases stopping distance. I probably should have done that sooner, but the brakes have lasted a lot longer for me then many people. The brakes seem to stop better, but I don’t use them that much, but I wanted to make sure things were working well before vacation. It wasn’t cheap, but with my big truck, nothing is ever cheap. I could of waited longer, but I didn’t want to risk trouble later on.

Still need to work out my vacation plans. I think I will stop over at least one night at the Finger Lakes National Forest and the Allegheny National Forest, but I also want to spend a lot of time this year in Allegany, Cattaragaus, and Chautauqua counties in the Southern Tier. There are a lot of state forests and lands I want to explore in this remote part of state. Probably some truck cap camping and some tent camping, depending on where I am and the weather. If I do Canaseraga/Ossian State Forest, it will be tent camping. But with the lantern and the heater, and the portable bluetooth speaker I’ll have audio. Some will depend on the weather.

The sun will set at 5:53 pm with dusk around 6:23 pm, which is 1 minutes and 17 seconds earlier than yesterday. Today will have 10 hours and 11 minutes of daylight, a decrease of 2 minutes and 34 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a slight chance of showers before 9pm, then rain likely, mainly after 3am. Low of 53 degrees at 4am. 17 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 55 at 6pm. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. One year ago, mostly clear with a low around 36. The record low of 20 occurred back in 1980.

There are 4 weeks until First Day with Temperatures Recorded Below Zero when the sun will be setting at 4:30 pm with dusk at 5:02 pm (Standard Time). The average high temperature is 42 degrees, with a record high of 67 in 1933.

Today is the earliest day of the year that Election Day can fall, as it always has to be the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Needless to say, the first Tuesday of November this year was November 1st, so we don’t have Election Day until November 8th. There are 5 days, 10 hours and 52 minutes until the polls close in NY State on Election Day.

Forty years ago today, Jimmy Carter was elected president. Before my time. The peanut farmer, he was the first and only president from the deep south, unless you consider the Ozark-country Governor of Arkansas was who was elected in 1992.