2017 January 02

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There are 215,430 acres or 337 square miles of abandoned coal mines in Pennsylvania. 

92,231 acres are dry strip mine, 6,710 acres are strip mine filled with water. 86,317 acres are coal mining refuse, 722 acres of it is currently burning. Underground coal  fires burn on an additional 2,609 acres.

I used to be a lot more involved in political activism back in the day. But I’ve lost interest and have frankly been turned off by some much of the political ideology that goes along with it. I don’t like the idea of supporting groups that have only one limited world view on our country and are unwilling to see beyond what their group believes is right.

Maybe I’m too much of an iconoclast, too ready to jump ship when I only agree on seven out of ten points. Maybe I’m just too comfortable on where I stand today that I don’t feel like being involved with political movements is that important. Maybe loud and obnoxious protests aren’t my style.

Things could change in the Trump era. I like the man the lot but I am concerned with some of his policies and what they mean for the future of our country. Maybe I will be back out on the streets demanding change. Or maybe I’ll just go back in my fishing rod and shotgun, and forget about the world around me.

Google County Maps: DEC Region 4 East

Interactive Google Map consisting of federal, state, local, and non-governmental public lands and parks within the following counties in DEC Region 4 East: Albany, Columbia, Greene and Rensselaer counties. Up to 6 additional counties (for a total of ten) can be added to the map. Data can be downloaded as KML and GPX Tracks and Waypoints for use in Google Earth or handheld GPS units.

Well folks, it’s the second day of 2017. 78 days until the first day of calendar spring. With the clear skies and calm wind, we got fairly cold last night but now it’s 26 degrees and cloudy in Delmar. Without the heater working last night, I’m glad I abandoned my plans to camp in the Adirondacks. I still wish I had gotten an earlier start and been able to make it work. 

Today will have a slight chance of rain and snow after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high of 36 degrees at 2pm. Six degrees above normal. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had snow and a high of 35 degrees. The record high of 61 was set in 1890. 7.1 inches of snow fell back in 2014.

The sun will set at 4:34 pm with dusk around 5:06 pm, which is 54 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 9 hours and 9 minutes of daylight, an increase of 53 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of rain, snow, and sleet before 1am, then a chance of sleet between 1am and 3am, then a chance of freezing rain after 3am. Cloudy, with a low of 33 degrees at 9pm. 17 degrees above normal. Southeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow and sleet accumulation expected. In 2016, it got down to 27 degrees with periods of snow. The record low of -14 occurred back in 1970.

There are 2 weeks until Martin Luther King Day when the sun will be setting at 4:49 pm with dusk at 5:20 pm. On that day in 2016, we had rain, snow and temperatures between 40 and 29 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 30 degrees. We hit a record high of 62 back in 1995.