Map: Berry Hill Firetower

Map: Berry Hill Firetower

The Berry Hill facility was created in the early fall of 1934 with the construction of the fire tower by the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) to provide early fire detection over their reforestation projects, which today make up the McDonough State Forest. In the spring of 1935, the forest fire observatory began operating and ran continuously up through the end of the 1988 fire season. As was the case with all of the state operated fire towers during World War II, the forest fire observer at Berry Hill reported all aircraft sightings to the local command of Civil Defense, while keeping a watchful eye out for smoke. Along with the fire towers that once stood at Brookfield, Chenango Lake (moved to Brookfield in 1948) and Georgetown, any forest fire could be triangulated on a map by local forest rangers once compass azimuth readings of a smoke were provided from each fire tower.

At this point I’m hoping I am done with the heat for the year but only time will tell. It is a bit damp out there this morning but it seems like the rain has stopped or at least let up to a drizzle with temperatures around 47 degrees on our way up to maybe 51. More rain later with more sun expected for Wednesday with temperatures around 57 degrees. Should be very spring like. The best day of the weekend continues to be Sunday with sun and 58 degrees.

Definitely a rather wet morning today but mild wet mornings like today will ultimately bring spring or so I hope. This snow can’t last forever, it must become awesome torrents of water spinning hydroelectric turbines and overflowing urban sewage treatment plants. The Normans Kill looks like a giant milkshake and the Hudson River looks to be full of shit.

The sun will set at 7:25 pm with dusk around 7:54 pm, which is one minute and 8 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 12 hours and 55 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 51 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low of 42 degrees at 6am. Nine degrees above normal. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. In 2016, it got down to 14 degrees under mostly clear skies. The record low of 14 occurred back in 2016.

I found my headphones that I lost last week under my bed after much searching previous weeks and ultimately buying another pair. I guess I’m set once one of the existing sets broke. I generally just get the $7 Walmart specials which seem not to last a long time even though I use them much too much. I often salvage as much off the broken ones as possible or use them as radio antennas when I use the radio feature with my Bluetooth speaker.

I’ve ordered the wire and ring connections for running the new 8 gauge wire back to truck cap so I have sufficient power back there. I also will use the wire to relocate the inverter so I can permanently mount the low voltage disconnect. I am hoping to get most of the wiring done by this weekend, or at least power back to new switch block in the truck cap.

I don’t know if I will get out camping for  the Easter Weekend. A lot depends on weather and if I have the wiring done and the new battery in the truck. Its possible that I might only go for one night, or maybe leave late on Good Friday, assuming I have Good Friday. And I don’t know how much snow will be left or if things will be really muddy up north. It might be better to wait until things thaw out — and I’m still looking at taking off April 19th through April 23rd, assuming that I can get it off due to the late state budget.

As previously noted, there are 2 weeks until Tax Day when the sun will be setting at 7:41 pm with dusk at 8:11 pm. On that day in 2016, we had partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 78 and 40 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 60 degrees. We hit a record high of 90 back in 1976.

Good morning! Happy Tuesday. Two weeks to Tax Day. Today might be a good time to do your taxes if they aren’t done already. Trump needs your money to fund our starving military and police force. Light rain and 46 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a southeast breeze at 11 mph with gusts up to 21 mph. The skies will clear tomorrow around 1 pm.

Today will rain, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. High of 49 degrees at 8am. Four degrees below normal. Southeast wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. A year ago, we had fog, snow and a high of 26 degrees. The record high of 79 was set in 1950. 4.3 inches of snow fell back in 2016.

At least it’s not snowing out today like last year. 

Map: Split Rock Wild Forest

Map: Split Rock Wild Forest

The 3,700-acre Split Rock Wild Forest is part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. Located in the eastern foothills of the Adirondack Mountains along the shore of Lake Champlain, it comprises the largest tract of undeveloped Lake Champlain shoreline in New York.

The wild forest is named for Split Rock Mountain, the main feature of the area. The Lake Champlain Palisades and Webb Royce Swamp are within its boundaries. The trail system provides many scenic views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont. The Westport Boat Launch Site, located in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest, is the nearest location to launch on the lake and access the shoreline campsites on Split Rock Wild Forest.