2017 April 09

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Delmar, NY
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April 2017
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Good evening! Partly clear and 53 degrees in Delmar. There is a south breeze at 8 mph. A bit cool in just a t-shirt but reasonably nice for sitting out on the tailgate of my truck, having a beer, listening to the spring peepers. Today got up to 71 degrees and was a generally pleasant spring day. 

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 42 degrees at 5am. Seven degrees above normal. South wind 7 to 9 mph. Probably cold enough to warrant closing the windows although I expect it will warm up quickly tomorrow on the way up to 70. In 2016, it got down to 23 degrees under partly cloudy skies. The record low of 21 occurred back in 1974. Fortunately tonight is much nicer than last year. 

Waxing Gibbous Moon tonight with 93% illuminated. The moon will set around 6:57 am. There is a ton of moonlight, so if you wear a sweater or are crazy like me, a t-shirt, it’s so nice out back. The Full “Pink” Moon is on Tuesday night with partly cloudy skies expected and chance of showers. The sun will rise at 6:21 am with the first light at 5:52 am, which is one minute and 40 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 10 hours and 48 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 49 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high of 80 degrees at 4pm. 24 degrees above normal. That will be really nice. Maximum dew point of 47 at 5pm. Basically zero humidity. Just wow! South wind 8 to 14 mph. A year ago, we had partly cloudy skies and a high of 47 degrees. The record high of 86 was set in 1922. 5.7 inches of snow fell back in 1961.

I got the low voltage disconnect permanently hooked up and the inverter and solar controller relocated. I am having trouble with the remote control switch, because I misread the instructions and did not wire it correctly, but fortunately I think I actually wired the switch so that all terminals were grounded and none were hot so nothing burned out or shorted. I looked carefully at the wiring diagram but I got confused and misread and grounded the terminals that should have been hot. With no electricity flowing through it I don’t think anyone damage happened. Or so I hope or I may be out $50. I think though everything was just grounded. Which is why the switch did nothing. Drilled out a plastic grommet to run the new thicker power wire back to the truck cap. I should have everything working by next weekend. 

Right now, a split verdict on the Easter Weekend. Saturday, mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Sunday, a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Maximum dew point of 50 at 4pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 58 degrees.

In four weeks on May 7 the sun will be setting at 8:02 pm, which is 31 minutes and 40 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had fog and temperatures between 66 and 43 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 67 and 44 degrees. The record high of 92 degrees was set back in 1930.

Looking ahead, Easter is Next Sunday, Mother’s Day is in 5 weeks and Father’s Day is in 10 weeks.

Google County Maps: DEC Region 3 North

Interactive Google Map consisting of federal, state, local, and non-governmental public lands and parks within the following counties in DEC Region 3 North: Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties. Up to 7 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.

Updated on March 27, 2017. Complete trail data for state parks in this area -- consider also adding Dutchess and Orange Counties to this map for a fuller perspective.

Map: Neversink River Unique Area

Map: Neversink River Unique Area

The Neversink River Unique Area Management Unit is in the incorporated Towns of Forestburgh and Thompson, Sullivan County, in southeast New York State. This management unit consists of the 4,881-acre Neversink River Unique Area, sometimes called the Neversink Gorge, and the 585-acre Wolf Brook Multiple Area. All these lands are owned by the People of the State of New York and administered by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.


Good afternoon! Today is a beautiful Palm Sunday. Next Sunday is Easter. Mostly sunny and 66 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a southwest breeze at 5 mph. Nice!  It warmed up to quickly from a relatively cold start this morning. With my heat off, it was both cold last night when I got home and when I awoke but with things warming up to near 70 today, I wasn’t inclined to turn it on. Now I have the windows open and the birds are a chirping. The fresh air is great. 

Today will be sunny, with a high of 69 degrees at 4pm. 14 degrees above normal. Southwest wind around 6 mph. Going to be a very nice day. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 46 degrees. The record high of 77 was set in 1991. 13.3 inches of snow fell back in 2000. This is the latest major snowfall recorded in Albany. 

The sun will set at 7:31 pm with dusk around 8:00 pm, which is one minute and 9 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 13 hours and 9 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 50 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 43 degrees at 5am. Eight degrees above normal. South wind 5 to 8 mph. In 2016, it got down to 23 degrees under partly cloudy skies. The record low of 21 occurred back in 1974.

Slept about 13 hours after the 36 1/2 hour marathon session at work, but heck the state passed the budget or at least the Assembly did. I can relax today knowing I won’t be on call, and won’t have to wear my suit to work and can walk down to the Park and Ride and take the express bus both ways to work. I like to say I worked 9 to six, and well starting on Friday through Saturday. 

More waffles for breakfast today. They were pretty good. Maybe I’ll make eggs though tomorrow if my parents got eggs they can give to me. They often have surplus in the spring time. 

Did some cleaning in the bathroom and kitchen which had gotten fairly dirty while I was at work and rushing around do much. Did some more vacuuming but alas there is always more to do. 

Once I get off my ass again and get in the shower, I’m going to relocate the inverter and permanently wire up the low voltage disconnect. I got to run to the store and pickup some heat shrink and return the cable I didn’t use. I am not going to do the truck cap lighting or swap the accessory battery until next weekend. 

I’m off to the store now to buy some hardware I need to connect up the wires and shrink wrap. Also need to buy desert for Sunday dinner 

Checked the fluids in Big Red and they all look good when I opened the hood to. Still have some life left on the oil so I can hold off on the oil change for a while. Oil levels were fine. Mid week I’ll give Big Red a bath and maybe 

As previously noted, next Sunday is Easter when the sun will be setting at 7:39 pm with dusk at 8:08 pm. On that day in 2016, we had partly sunny skies and temperatures between 66 and 35 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 59 degrees. We hit a record high of 91 back in 2012.