2017 April

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Holt Preserve
Kane Mountain Fire Tower
Lakeview WMA
Mohawk Valley
Washington Park

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Good evening! Mostly cloudy and 47 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a east-southeast breeze at 9 mph. The skies will clear Tuesday around 11 pm. Enjoy the evening tonight because in 35 more Sundays you’ll be toasting away the year to Auld Lang Syne in much colder conditions. 

Tonight will have isolated showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 47 degrees at 10pm. Four degrees above normal. South wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, it got down to 44 degrees with periods of rain and drizzle and mist. The record low of 28 occurred back in 2008.

I thought about staying out overnight in my truck at my parent’s house but I figured it would be fairly cold and rainy. I will be out there later in the week to help out as dad recovers from surgery. I like sleeping in the truck but on a cold damp evening like I thought tonight was supposed to be id rather be inside. 

That said, it has somewhat of a cleared out in this evening, and my walk was surprisingly pleasant. There was actually a lot of people out walking tonight. Besides an hour hiking up at the Holt Preserve and walking around the back field at my parent’s house, I wanted to do my evening walk as I felt I spent too much time at home this past weekend. I did write a lot of little pieces of code that will make my life easier going forward. 

For a while during my evening walk it was clear enough to enjoy the moon and stars. Waxing Crescent Moon tonight with 36% illuminated. The moon will set around 12:52 am. The First Quarter Moon is on Wednesday night with mostly cloudy expected. The Full “Flower” Moon is on Wednesday, May 10th. The sun will rise at 5:49 am with the first light at 5:18 am, which is one minute and 22 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 53 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 29 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy, with a high of 74 degrees at 4pm. Nine degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 62 at 4pm. South wind 11 to 15 mph. A year ago, we had rain, drizzle, mist and a high of 54 degrees. The record high of 86 was set in 2001. There was a dusting of snow in 1978.

The long range doesn’t look that great for next weekend. Major bummer! Next Saturday, a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Maximum dew point of 46 at 6am. Next Sunday, a chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Typical average high for the weekend is 67 degrees. Maybe Sunday will be good for hiking. 

In four weeks on May 28 the sun will be setting at 8:23 pm, which is 28 minutes and 40 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had shallow fog, mist and temperatures between 93 and 67 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 73 and 51 degrees. The record high of 93 degrees was set back in 2016.

Looking ahead, Mother’s Day is in 2 weeks, Father’s Day is in 7 weeks, Buck Moon is in 10 weeks, National Cheese Cake Day is in 2 months, 7 PM Sunset is in 20 weeks, Average High is 60 is in 24 weeks, Daylight Savings Time Ends is in 27 weeks, Cold Moon is in 31 weeks and New Years Eve is in 35 weeks.

I’m tired and the sun rises early this time of year. Good night. Sleep well. 

Map: Lakeview WMA

Map: Lakeview WMA

Lakeview WMA is part of the largest natural fresh water barrier beach system in New York State. Located in southern Jefferson County, Lakeview WMA is bordered by Southwick Beach State Park to the north and Lake Ontario to the west. This 3,461-acre area is located on state Route 3, 20 miles southwest of Watertown, or 15 miles northwest of Pulaski.This area's diverse habitat includes: open fields, shrub lands, woodlands, wetlands and a natural barrier beach. Lakeview is open to the public year round, but public use restrictions apply to the sensitive barrier beach system. Some of the most beautiful areas in this WMA can only be seen by boat. There are three designated boat launch sites for canoes or car top boats with a 10-horsepower limit.

Accessible Features
This accessible trail is approximately .7 miles in length. It travels through an upland wooded segment of the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area and Southwick Beach State Park. The trail provides opportunities for wildlife observation and access for hunting. An accessible parking lot is located at the west end of the trail and is open year round. An additional parking lot located at the east end of the loop offers public access on a limited basis - between sunrise and 9 AM from Memorial Day until September 27 but open to the public all daylight hours the remainder of the year.

Full listing of DECs Accessible Recreation Destinations.

What to do at Lakeview WMA
Lakeview WMA, with its diverse habitat, provides excellent recreational opportunities. Fishing, hunting, trapping, bird watching and boating are some of the activities pursued. Two of the main creeks (Sandy and South Sandy) are well known by fishermen for steelhead trout in the spring and chinook salmon in the fall. Northern pike and yellow perch are often caught through the ice on several of the ponds, and anglers can also enjoy catching panfish, and smallmouth and largemouth bass during the summer months.

With so much habitat diversity, there is also a variety of wildlife. White-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, cottontail rabbit, red fox, beaver, mink, grey squirrel, eastern coyote, waterfowl, reptiles and amphibians are some of the residents found on this area. If you are interested in hunting, observing wildlife, or just exploring, several gravel roads and trails lead into the area. Designated as a Bird Conservation Area, Lakeview WMA is a great place to view bird species such as: American Bitterns, Caspian Terns and Northern Harriers. With a little persistence, protected bird species such as Black Terns and Least Bitterns can also be found at this area.

If boating is not an option, Lakeview WMA also offers over three miles of foot trails and two viewing towers. The main trail (Lake Ontario Dune Trail) can be accessed via the road into Southwick Beach State Park. This trail begins in a section of hardwoods and ends on the shorelines of Lake Ontario. This trail can also be accessed from the parking area at Lakeview Pond. Two dune walkover structures enable visitors to actually walk over the fragile dunes and enjoy the shoreline of Lake Ontario. On a clear day, the observation tower on Montario Point Road allows a bird's-eye view of the management area.


Fairly mild for the rest of the week then cooler as the week progresses. The best day of the week looks to be Wednesday, but this time of year the weather sometimes evolves to become nicer or maybe just worse.

Weather Summary
Tonight. Mostly Cloudy then Isolated Showers and 47 degrees , 5:48 sunrise.
Monday. Mostly Cloudy and 72 degrees , 44 max dew point, 7:56 sunset.
Monday Night. Showers and 55 degrees , 5:47 sunrise.
Tuesday. Scattered Showers and Breezy and 69 degrees , 61 max dew point, 7:57 sunset.
Tuesday Night. Scattered Showers then Mostly Cloudy and 43 degrees , 5:46 sunrise.
Wednesday. Partly Sunny and 57 degrees , 7:58 sunset.
Wednesday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 39 degrees , 5:44 sunrise.
Thursday. Chance of Rain and 59 degrees , 7:59 sunset.
Thursday Night. Rain and 43 degrees , 5:43 sunrise.
Friday. Rain is likely and 58 degrees , 8:01 sunset.
Friday Night. Showers is likely and 47 degrees , 5:42 sunrise.
Saturday. Chance of Showers and 61 degrees , 46 max dew point, 8:02 sunset.
Saturday Night. Chance of Showers and 45 degrees , 5:41 sunrise.

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Good afternoon! Where did April go? I thought it went quick, maybe due to the late state budget. Later this week it will feel more like early April then May. Two weeks to Mother’s Day. Don’t forget about your mother. She’ll be mad if you do. 

There is light rain and 49 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a north-northeast breeze at 8 mph. Sort of how the month of May is expected to begin. The skies will clear tomorrow around 1 pm.

Today will have scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 58 degrees at 3pm. Six degrees below normal. North wind 6 to 8 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 66 degrees. The record high of 86 was set in 1903. There was a dusting of snow in 2008.

Today is pretty cold and damp. Some rain but relatively dry. I might go for a short hike this afternoon, that’s to be decided. Depends if the rain stops. 

The sun will set at 7:55 pm with dusk around 8:26 pm, which is one minute and 8 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly cloudy conditions and 60 degrees. There will be a south-southeast breeze at 9 mph. Today will have 14 hours and 5 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 30 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have isolated showers before 7pm, then isolated showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 49 degrees at 5am. Six degrees above normal. South wind 9 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, it got down to 44 degrees with periods of rain. The record low of 28 occurred back in 2008.

As previously noted, there are 2 weeks until Mother’s Day when the sun will be setting at 8:10 pm with dusk at 8:42 pm. On that day in 2016, we had fog, rain and temperatures between 73 and 46 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 69 degrees. We hit a record high of 93 back in 1900.

It was a beautiful morning then the clouds came back in. I should have taken my chance to get in the fresh air before the rain. Oh well. I’ve updated the weather records database and automated the database using NOAA website. This way at the end of the month, weather updates are easy. I used to use Weather Underground data but they cut back on the amount of data they publish for free, so now I’m pulling the data from the horses mouth or something like that. Maybe I should be careful as horses have big teeth. 

I’m going to order online two of those Buddy Heater filters so I have them, although at this point I doubt I’ll be using the heater much more but then again you can still have some cold mornings and wet days in the Adirondacks. It’s too bad it’s a seasonal product and Lowes doesn’t have them in stock any more this time of year. I’m going to try cleaning the regulator hose I have but I think it’s plugged with dirt and condensate. I’ve never had any trouble with the regular hoses and if I plug a filter, they are inexpensive compared to the quick disconnect hose, which really ain’t that much quicker. 

Well I should take out the trash and recycling, and do some cleaning. I have a lot of cans because I’ve been drinking all that beer I bought for camping. I should cut back as it has a lot of calories, and I’m already a big boy. Maybe next week when I run out of beer. I should drink more milk and water as it’s healthier.