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Well folks, another year has come to a close. 2016 is one for the books, one that will be at some point in the future looked back at with nostalgia, as we look back those silly cars we used to drive back in the day. The times come and go, in a few short weeks we enter the Donald Trump era of our country’s history.

Change is good, and indeed the flipping of the calendar will mean change. But then it’s just a continue, history doesn’t start or end on a calendar day. Sure there will be new laws that will go in effect and we’ll have to write 2017 on all our paperwork, but really is December 31st that much different then January 1st?

Enjoy the egg nog and fondue one more night. Soon the Christmas lights will be shut off and we will be in the cold of January. But fear not, another spring isn’t that far away.

Google Maps: DEC Lean-tos Map – Updated February 2016

One of the most popular posts on my blog is a list of lean-tos in the state. The list has gotten about five years out of date, so I updated the map with the latest data I had gotten from the DEC, which was last exported in February 2016. Lean-tos are shown as balloons, color coded based on the forest unit they reside in.

http://andyarthur.org/maps-and-locations-of-lean-tos-maintained-by-dec.html

Good morning! Happy New Years Eve. 2016 is almost done. Partly cloudy and 27 degrees in Delmar. There is a south breeze at 6 mph. We had a snow squall come through but now it’s done  The skies will clear tomorrow around noontime.

Today will have isolated snow showers before noon, then a slight chance of snow showers after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high of 37 degrees at 2pm. Five degrees above normal. South wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had rain and a high of 43 degrees. The record high of 61 was set in 1895. 7.9 inches of snow fell back in 2007.

The sun will set at 4:32 pm with dusk around 5:04 pm, which is 51 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 9 hours and 7 minutes of daylight, an increase of 45 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of snow showers, mainly before 5am. Cloudy, with a low of 32 degrees at 6am. Mild. 16 degrees above normal. South wind 8 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. In 2015, it got down to 30 degrees with periods of snow. The record low of -18 occurred back in 1970.

We are in the dead of winter. There are 9 weeks until Average High is 40 when the sun will be setting at 5:49 pm with dusk at 6:17 pm. On that day in 2016, we had snow and temperatures between 38 and 18 degrees. Not forty then. We hit a record high of 59 back in 1919.

The media does us a disservice in not fully explaining the pros and cons of the president’s decision to proclaim two new national monuments in the west. The public has a right to know the pros and cons of such a designation. An informed public is important, and no public policy is ever totally good or bad.

What does a national monument mean? Will the land forever be locked up as wilderness? What conventional multiple uses of these federal lands will be prohibited going forward. Do these changes make sense? What do the current users of the land currently think of the change? How does it impact the local community?

I don’t buy the argument that without a national monument designation the land will be turned into suburban subdivisions or intensive oil and gas development. I think that’s far from the truth, and I think the public dialogue would be moved forward if we had a full telling of the facts to see which side is right or wrong.

I’ve not made up my mind, but I would like to learn the full truth of the matter.