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“Not a terrible day but a bit cold this evening waiting out for the bus. Blowing snow made the sidewalks drift shut. Going to be a cold evening but it will warm up for the weekend. I survived Monday, so I can’t complain too much.”

Good evening! Partly clear and 23 degrees in City of Albany. There is a northwest breeze at 13 mph. The current wind chill is 11. Kind of a cold evening. 

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 14 degrees at 5am. Seven degrees below normal. Northwest wind 5 to 13 mph. In 2016, it got down to a record breaking  -13 degrees under clear skies.

Waning Gibbous Moon tonight with 79% illuminated.  The Full “Worm” Moon is on Sunday, March 12th. The sun will rise at 6:52 am with the first light at 6:24 am, which is 1 minutes and 23 seconds earlier then yesterday. Tonight will have 13 hours and 26 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 41 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be partly sunny, with a high of 30 degrees at 3pm. One degreebelow normal. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the morning. A year ago, we had sunny skies and a high of 8 degrees. The record high of 63 was set in 1946. 23.5 inches of snow fell back in 1914.

Going to be very nice weekend. Saturday, mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 46.Typical average high for the weekend is 35 degrees. Should help to melt away some of the snow. 

In four weeks on March 13 the sun will be setting at 7:00 pm (Daylight Savings Time), which is 1 hour and 34 minutes later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 59 and 42 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 43 and 24 degrees. The record high of 70 degrees was set back in 2012. Even if it’s not that nice the extra sun in the evening will be appreciated. 

Looking ahead, Presidents Day is Next Monday, Patriots Day is in 9 weeks, May Day is in 11 weeks and Memorial Day is in 15 weeks.

Good night. Sleep well. Don’t let your pet bobcat wake you too early. 

Cancer Rates Compared, Several States

Comparison of cancer rate for common cancers in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont, New Hampshire, and National Averages. Rates are per 100,000 persons.

Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2013 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute; 2016. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/uscs.

Photo: Peering Into the Gulf

Peering Into the Gulf

This time of year I had no interest in getting to close to the ledge. It was slippery, and easy to trip up on ice atop the snow that I was breaking through with the snowshoes. I always enjoy visiting The Gulf, and one of these days I will go down in it take some pictures, in the moist, damp gulf that never has much sunlight, leading to many unique and endangered species.

Google Maps: Maple Trees Tapped

This interactive google map shows how many maple taps were driven in for each county. New York State and Vermont are the nation's biggest maple producers, but there are several other states that have smaller numbers of trees tapped. This is a consolidation of county level data, those counties with only one farm reporting maple production, were not included in the survey results, which depresses tap counts in counties that are marginal maple producers.

Data Source: USDA Agriculture Census, 2012. Maple Taps. Counts. https://quickstats.nass.usda.gov/

Map: Tracy Creek State Forest

Map: Tracy Creek State Forest

Tracy Creek State Forest was purchased in 1933 from several different landowners and covers 512 acres. It is located in the town of Vestal in Broome County and the town of Owego in Tioga County. The forest is named for Tracy Creek which flows north from nearby the forest, to the Susquehanna River. Although no formal trails exist on the forest, access through the woods is good due to extensive trails created by firewood cutters. For over twenty years, the upland hardwoods have been thinned by firewood sales to promote timber growth. Now these trails are used for hiking, skiing, horseback riding and mountain biking.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8102.html

Map: Trout Pond – Russell Brook Falls

Map: Trout Pond – Russell Brook Falls

These wild forest lands, later added to the Delaware Wild Forest is home to Russell Brook Falls, Trout Pond, and Mud Pond.

The main access road to this area is Russell Brook Road, which is accessed from Morton Hill Road, which runs north-west from Rockland/Roscoe.

Along Russell Brook Road, there are 3 designated campsites, with rock barriers that require vehicles to be parked a short distance from the fireplace. There are also outhouse near one of the campsites, which is designed to be accessible.

Near the end of Russell Brook Road, there is a parking area. A short walk down a gated woods road, there is the Russell Brook Falls. There are two large tent campsites near the falls. The falls are quite scenic, dropping down several drops -- you can only see the lower falls from their base.

From there, the gated road splits into two trails. One goes to Mud Pond and the other to Trout Pond also known as Cables Lake. The terrain is hilly, but not steep around here, so the hike back to Trout Pond is an easy 9/10th of a mile.

The sign says 1.4 miles, however that includes an additional 1/2 mile to the western end of the Trout Lake, where the two lean-tos and two-campsites are located. There is also one campsite on the east end of Trout Lake, and one in the valley about halfway to Trout Lake.

There also is a lean-to on Campbell Mountain, however none of the other roads here have roadside camping available.