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Good evening! Partly cloudy and 62 degrees in Westerlo. Breezy, 17 mph breeze from the west. The dew point is 53 degrees. We had a pretty good rainshower roll through around 6 PM but now it’s cleared back out. Not going to be a real cold but it will be damp. I’m sleeping in my truck tonight, trying out the lights and just checking out my gear. I like having fresh air come the morning.

Went out hiking this afternoon to the Keheler Preserve aka Wolf Hill. I am a big fan of that preserve, I like the views and the trails. It really is one of the better non-profit preserves in the region. So many of the small non-profit preserves are just ditches and waste lands, but this one has some nice views. It’s actually relatively new preserve, which is why I wasn’t familiar with it until I stumbled upon it on OpenStreetMap about a year back.

Tonight will have a slight chance of rain before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 51 degrees at 6am. 10 degrees above normal. West wind 15 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, it got down to 36 degrees under mostly clear skies. The record low of 21 occurred back in 1971.

Waning Gibbous Moon tonight with 63% illuminated. The moon will rise around 10:45 pm. The Last Quarter Moon is on Wednesday night with chance of rain expected. The Full “Flower” Moon is on Wednesday, May 10th. The sun will rise at 6:11 am with the first light at 5:41 am, which is one minute and 36 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 10 hours and 29 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 43 seconds over last night. Nice starry night out tonight. Should be good weather for sleeping.

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high of 53 degrees at 2pm. Four degrees below normal. Northwest wind around 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies and a high of 76 degrees. The record high of 91 was set in 2002. 0.3 inches of snow fell back in 1965. So much for the 84 degrees that we hit today.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, partly sunny, with a high near 55. Sunday, a chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Going to be rather cold, but I can at least get up to the Adirondacks for the weekend to go camping. It’ s been a long time since I’ve been camping up north, so I look forward to some nights around the campfire. Typical average high for the weekend is 61 degrees.

In four weeks on May 14 the sun will be setting at 8:11 pm, which is 31 minutes and 9 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had fog, rain and temperatures between 73 and 46 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 69 and 46 degrees. The record high of 93 degrees was set back in 1900.

All and all, I felt it was a pretty successful weekend, even if it went by quickly. I got almost all of my long list of things done that I needed to get done. The big question now is the weather and whether or not I will get out on my trip next week, and if I do, how many days and where it will be. I keep studying the forecast from across the state to figure out what my best options are. I just don’t want to spend 5 days in the woods with rain pouring down and temperatures around 50 degrees, all while burning through expensive gasoline and camp supplies. I’d rather just stay at home and hang out in town if that’s going to be the case. But I’m still hopeful for the weekend.

Looking ahead, Mother’s Day is in 4 weeks, Average High is 70 is a month away and Father’s Day is in 9 weeks.

How Can The Colorado River Continue To Support 36 Million People In 7 States?

"One of the most remarkable chapters of your book has to do with something called Project Rulison in 1969, just, like, three weeks after Woodstock, when a nuclear weapon with more than twice the power of the Hiroshima bomb was used in a test to see if nuclear devices could be used basically for fracking, to break up rock and - you know, and release natural gas. How did you find out about this?"

I am pretty sure I took the worse possible weather days off in April.

Weather Summary
Tonight. Chance of T-storms and Breezy then Slight Chance of Showers and 48 degrees ,, 6:09 sunrise.
Monday. Mostly Sunny and 55 degrees ,, 7:41 sunset.
Monday Night. Partly Cloudy and 36 degrees ,, 6:08 sunrise.
Tuesday. Sunny and 56 degrees ,, 7:42 sunset.
Tuesday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 37 degrees ,, 6:06 sunrise.
Wednesday. Chance of Rain and 51 degrees ,, 7:43 sunset.
Wednesday Night. Chance of Rain and 41 degrees , 6:04 sunrise.
Thursday. Chance of Rain and 57 degrees ,, 7:44 sunset.
Thursday Night. Chance of Rain and 44 degrees ,, 6:03 sunrise.
Friday. Chance of Showers and 56 degrees ,, 7:45 sunset.
Friday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 39 degrees ,, 6:01 sunrise.
Saturday. Partly Sunny and 55 degrees ,, 7:46 sunset.
Saturday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 39 degrees ,, 6:00 sunrise.
Photo: Low Voltage Disconnect

Low Voltage Disconnect

From top to bottom --

Wire for power to CB Radio, Dashboard Camera, Smartphone.
800 watt Inverter
Low voltage disconnect
Low voltage disconnect remote (small module to right)
Fuse to Rear Truck Cap Power
Solar Controller (to be hooked to Solar Panel when using it)

Yes, I need to vacuum out my truck.

Good afternoon! Happy Easter. Beautiful weather for a nice Easter hike, and will it be for barbecues outside. Much colder tomorrow. Partly cloudy and 84 degrees on Wolf Hill in New Scotland. Breezy, 22 mph breeze from the west-southwest with gusts up to 33 mph. The dew point is 49 degrees. Definitely not too humid.

This afternoon will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 84. 20 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 49 at 3pm. Breezy, with a southwest wind around 22 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. A year ago, we had partly sunny skies and a high of 66 degrees. The record high of 91 was set in 2012. 5.3 inches of snow fell back in 1983.

I’m hiking this afternoon at the Kehler Preserve on Wolf Hill in Clarksville. It’s a really nice afternoon. A bit more clouds now that the four o’clock hour is rolling around and maybe thunderstorms for five but so is life. You can’t complain about eighty degrees and sunny on Easter, even if this is the latest possible day of the year for Easter. 

The sun will set at 7:39 pm with dusk around 8:09 pm, which is one minute and 8 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 13 hours and 28 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 44 seconds over yesterday. Tomorrow means 13 1/2 hours of daylight. Won’t be long until 15 hour days. Summer is nice. 

Tonight will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers between 11pm and 2gam. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 50 degrees at 6am. 10 degrees above normal. Maximum wind chill around 44 at 6am; Breezy, with a west wind 16 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. In 2016, it got down to 36 degrees under mostly clear skies. The record low of 21 occurred back in 1971.

I’m increasingly starting to think my April trip isn’t going to happen in account of the cold and wet weather expected but I will continue to monitor the forecast. I am not going shopping for camp until I am certain of my plans. I’m not going camping if it’s going to be cold and wet. My best guess at this point is my camping trip will be an extended weekend in the Southern Adirondacks rather than a longer trip to the North Country. But I’ll keep watching the weather. I plan to take those days off even if I stay home to avoid camping in the rain. It’s hard to know what the weather is going to be a month out when you request those days. I actually wouldn’t mind staying home on Wednesday, maybe heading out to Rensselaerville or the Catskill Creek in search of trout. Would be good weather for that. I really want to go to the Save the Pine Bush Dinner to hear metrologist Hugh Johnson speak on climate change. I like my Big Jacked Up Truck but I know as a society we must do something about the increasing levels of carbon emissions that are accumulating in our atmosphere. 

Got done rewiring all the lights on my truck cap. All of the accessory loads are now controlled by the low voltage disconnect which will prevent the battery from getting below 12.1 volts. This will greatly extend the life of the battery maximizing run time. I have a fresh battery installed and all of the lights are now controlled by the dimmer with additional USB ports and cigarette outlets. I left switches and wires available for future expansions. I’m going to buy a 12 volt powered fan but it won’t be hardwired but instead will plug into a cigarette outlet. This was it will maximize battery life as many of low voltage fans use under one amp, and don’t waste power running through the step up of the  inverter. 

Looking ahead, there are 4 weeks until Mother’s Day when the sun will be setting at 8:11 pm with dusk at 8:43 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.