2017 January 08

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Good evening! Partly clear and 11 degrees in Delmar. There is a northwest breeze at 11 mph. The current wind chill is -3. Cold evening but it is January. Pretty much a cold bleak weekend but so be it. 

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 3 degrees at 5am. A bit chilly, 12 degrees below normal. Wind chill values as low as -4. Northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light west after midnight. In 2016, it got down to 38 degrees under cloudy skies. The record low of -20 occurred back in 1968.

Didn’t do a whole lot of things this weekend, because it was so cold and bleak but I did some cleaning and some modifications to the blog. Had Sunday dinner at the parents house and went grocery shopping. Just kind of passing the time until spring rolls around again. It’s tough when one remembers what winter is truly like once again.

Waxing Gibbous Moon tonight with 76% illuminated. The moon will set around 5:44 am. The Full “Wolf” Moon is on Thursday night with mostly cloudy skies expected and a chance of showers. The sun will rise at 7:24 am with the first light at 6:53 am, which is 13 seconds earlier then yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 43 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 1 minutes and 19 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy, with a high of 21 degrees at 3pm. Nine degrees below normal. Wind chill values as low as -4. Light south wind increasing to 8 to 13 mph in the morning. A year ago, we had cloudy skies and a high of 45 degrees. The record high of 62 was set in 2008. 9.9 inches of snow fell back in 1953.

In four weeks on February 5 the sun will be setting at 5:16 pm, which is 34 minutes later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 41 and 24 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 32 and 15 degrees. The record high of 59 degrees was set back in 1890.

Looking ahead, My 34th Birthday is in 3 weeks, Daylight Savings Time is in 9 weeks, Palm Sunday is in 13 weeks, Easter is in 14 weeks, Mother’s Day is in 18 weeks and Father’s Day is in 23 weeks.

The forecast will be fairly cold tonight but warming up as the week progresses. The best chance for snow is going to be on Tuesday, but it may be too warm to stick on the ground. Right now we are quite a ways out from next weekend, but it may be quite cloudy if the long range is to believed.

Weather Summary
This Afternoon. Chance of Snow Showers and 21 degrees , 4:41 sunset.
Tonight. Chance of Snow Showers then Mostly Clear and 3 degrees , 7:24 sunrise.
Monday. Mostly Cloudy and 20 degrees , 4:41 sunset.
Monday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 14 degrees , 7:23 sunrise.
Tuesday. Chance of Snow then Snow is likely and 33 degrees , 4:42 sunset.
Tuesday Night. Wintry Mix and 33 degrees , 7:23 sunrise.
Wednesday. Chance of Rain then Partly Sunny and 46 degrees , 4:43 sunset.
Wednesday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 36 degrees , 7:23 sunrise.
Thursday. Chance of Showers and 47 degrees , 4:44 sunset.
Thursday Night. Chance of Showers and 38 degrees , 7:22 sunrise.
Friday. Chance of Showers and 47 degrees , 4:45 sunset.
Friday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 25 degrees , 7:22 sunrise.
Saturday. Mostly Cloudy and 34 degrees , 4:47 sunset.
Map: Tremper Mountain

Map: Tremper Mountain

Mount Tremper, officially known as Tremper Mountain and originally called Timothyberg, is one of the Catskill Mountains in the U.S. state of New York. It is located near the hamlet of Phoenicia, in the valley of Esopus Creek.

At 2,740 feet (840 m) in elevation, it is well below the higher peaks of the region. Its slopes were a source of two major local products during the 19th century: hemlock bark, a source of tannin, and bluestone used in construction. Later it was the site of Tremper House, one of the Catskills' earliest railroad resorts. Henry Ward Beecher and Oscar Wilde were among the guests there.

In the 20th century it was acquired by the state and became part of the Catskill Park Forest Preserve. Its location in the Esopus Valley between the northern and southern Catskills made it an ideal place for a fire lookout tower, which still stands on the mountain's summit. The Mount Tremper Fire Observation Station has been restored and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hikers often follow the old road to it from Phoenicia, also a section of the Long Path long-distance trail, to enjoy the views from the tower.


I just got an email from somebody I’ve never heard of with no subject and no text in the body. I can’t wait until I open the attached zip file to see what it contains. Maybe it’s a free screensaver with pictures of Russia from Vladimir Putin. 

Good morning! Everybody seems more interested in my post that notes the positive aspects of Donald Trump’s messaging then that hilarious Claude Gray song How Fast Them Trucks Will Go. I guess that trucker country doesn’t give people the rise in their pants that politics give them. Maybe people need to spend more time hanging out at truck stops to get an education. I do love all the CB equipment and 12 volt stuff you can get at those Pilot truck stops. It’s like a toy store for big boys. 

We have another rather cold and gray day on tap today with the mercury omly expected to reach 22. Right now it’s only 15 degrees in Delmar. There is a west breeze at 9 mph. The skies will clear around 7 pm.

With the breeze today, watch out for lake effect snow bands. While they may only drop an inch of snow, they could lead to white out conditions and an inch of slick snow on the roads. 

Today is going to remain cold and cloudy. A full 10 degrees below normal. But the real story is the wind. Northwest wind 9 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.YUCK!   

I think my expectations of doing anything outdoors has lowered. Later on though I will probably walk down to the library and then drive to the store and recycling dumpsters at the park and ride. Then Sunday dinner at my parents house. Hopefully we won’t have many white outs this afternoon. And my oh my, how fast those trucks can go. 

A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 41 degrees. The record high of 60 was set in 2008. 8.3 inches of snow fell back in 1923.

The sun will set at 4:40 pm with dusk around 5:11 pm, which is 1 minutes and 3 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 9 hours and 15 minutes of daylight, an increase of 1 minute and 16 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a slight chance of snow showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low of 7 degrees at 6am. 11 degrees below normal. Wind chill values as low as -3. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph becoming light west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 34 mph. No evening walk tonight I guess. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, it got down to 38 degrees under cloudy skies. The record low of -20 occurred back in 1968.

Looking ahead, there are 3 weeks until My 34th Birthday when the sun will be setting at 5:06 pm with dusk at 5:36 pm. On that day in 2016, we had snow and temperatures between 38 and 25 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 31 degrees. We hit a record high of 54 back in 2002.

Map: Sugarloaf Mountain

Map: Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain is a mountain located in Greene County, New York. The mountain is part of the Devil's Path range of the Catskill Mountains. To the northwest, Sugarloaf is separated from Plateau Mountain by Mink Hollow Notch; to the southeast, Sugarloaf is separated from Twin Mountain by Pecoy Notch.

Sugarloaf Mountain stands within the watershed of the Hudson River, which drains into New York Bay. The northeastern slopes of Sugarloaf Mtn. drain into Schoharie Creek, thence into the Mohawk River, and the Hudson River. The northwestern slopes of Sugarloaf drain into Roaring Kill, thence into Schoharie Creek. The southwestern and southeastern slopes of Sugarloaf drain into Beaver Kill, thence into Esopus Creek, and the Hudson River.

Sugarloaf Mountain is within New York's Catskill State Park. The Devil's Path hiking trail traverses the summit ridge of Sugarloaf. The Long Path, a 350-mile (560 km) long-distance hiking trail through southeastern New York, is contiguous with this stretch of the Devil's Path.