2017 April 29

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Bennett Hill Preserve
Climate Change
Corning Tower Observation Deck
Empire State Plaza
Ithaca, New York
Mohawk Valley
New York State Capitol
Rogers Environmental Education Center
Stissing Mountain
The Glenmont Car Wash

April 2017
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Good evening! Partly cloudy and 58 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a west-northwest breeze at 10 mph. Temperature is dropping quickly this evening, especially with the breeze. It’s still only the end of April but it’s been so mild lately. Nice starts though this evening. 

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 46 degrees at 5am. Four degrees above normal. North wind 6 to 10 mph. In 2016, it got down to 44 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The record low of 25 occurred back in 1874.

Waxing Crescent Moon tonight with 28% illuminated. The moon will set around 12:07 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 5:51 am with the first light at 5:20 am, which is one minute and 23 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 55 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 30 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have isolated showers between 10am and 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high of 60 degrees at 3pm. Four degrees below normal. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. A bit chilly for this time of year. Chance of precipitation is 20%. 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.

In four weeks on May 27 the sun will be setting at 8:23 pm, which is 28 minutes and 57 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, thunderstorm and temperatures between 87 and 71 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 73 and 51 degrees. The record high of 94 degrees was set back in 1914.

Went down to the park for a while today. Uploaded the last batch of videos from my Adirondacks trip. I will continue featuring the remaining scenic dash camera videos over the next few days. Added some maps and downloaded the latest weather records to update my blog data. 

Didn’t get out fishing or to Henry Hudson Park because the weather was kind of cloudy and looked like it could rain. Ended up cooking one of the burgers for lunch on the stove at home then later heading to the Car Wash, Lowes, and Walmart. 

Gave Big Red a good wash including crawling under it to do as much of the undercarriage and underside of the quarter panels in the bed as possible. It was a messy job and quite wet and muddy but I got the last of the residual salt off. I had noticed the other week when running the wires back to the truck cap there was a lot of mud and crap hidden under the undercarriage. Being a lifted truck it is a lot easier to get under there and really clean the hard to see places. I have a few paint chips and rusty spots after six years to fix with clear coat, probably sooner than later. 

Bought some new boots. My old ones where in really rough shape. The leather was fine but the soles were very worn through. I was worried about stepping on something like a sharp branch and cutting my foot. I got a year out of them but I haven’t been doing quite as much walking as I did in the past. Bought the same low cost brand in hopes of getting just as much use out of the new ones. 

Sat out back for a while but with the breeze it started to get cool. So I came back in. Earlier I was drinking beer and eating trail mix but it got cold. I sat in the truck cap for a while before deciding to come in. Laying in bed, I have my big camp flag lit using the 3 watt camp bulb I use. It’s such a nice warm white and very energy efficient to boot. I look forward to being out in the wilderness soon enough. 

Went to Lowes to get the Big Buddy Heater filter, so I can use a standard hose but after a half hour of staff searching they decided it was a seasonal product and they don’t have any more. I’m going to have to order online. I will do that tomorrow. I want to have two of filters to ensure that I no longer have issues with the heater not starting on cold mornings. 

Bought a very big bottle of hot sauce, which turned out to be quite good. Somebody reminded me on Facebook how good hot sauce was on eggs, so I decided I needed some more. I got the bigger bottle which was only slightly more expensive for a lot more sauce but came in plastic, so it won’t shatter I’d dropped at camp and can be burned if I finish it off at camp rather than taken to the transfer station. I like hot sauce, I expect it won’t last even all summer. Eggs and so many other things hot sauce is delicious on. 

I don’t mind staying in town, but these weekends can be sort of dull especially when the weather is crappy. I wrote and improved a lot of blog code and interesting content, so I guess that’s a big upside to being stuck home. And I saved a lot of miles on my truck. 

Looking ahead, Memorial Day is a month away.

Map: Stissing Mountain Multiple Use Area

Map: Stissing Mountain Multiple Use Area

Stissing Mountain Multiple Use Area consists of 590 acres in the Tows of Milan, Pine Plains, and Stanford in Dutchess County.

Nearby is the Stissing Fire Tower stands on one acre of ground, both of which are owned by Friends of Stissing Landmarks (FOSL), a not-for-profit organization created to save and preserve the tower for public enjoyment.

The shortest and easiest point of access is from Lake Road in Pine Plains, just down from the Thompson Pond Preserve entrance on the bend of the road. The ascent to the tower begins by crossing approximately 100 yards of Nature Conservancy property, after which the trails cross private property all the way to the tower.


Average Wage for Manufacturing Workers in New York State

Politicians always like to talk about how wonderful manufacturing jobs are. But at least in New York State, most of them have seen their wages grow relatively slowly while employment has generally declined in these fields. Computer and electronic products manufacturing, along with chemical manufacturing are some of the bright spots for manufacturing in our state.

Data Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Annual Data, Manufacturing Workers. https://data.ny.gov/Economic-Development/Quarterly-Census-of-Employment-and-Wages-Annual-Da/shc7-xcbw/data

Construction Jobs in New York by Region, 2000-2015

During the Great Recession, there was a down tick in construction jobs in the Hudson Valley, Long Island, and New York City but much smaller of a drop Upstate. The Capital Region saw almost no drop in the number of construction jobs during the recession.

Data Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Annual Data: Beginning 2000. https://data.ny.gov/Economic-Development/Quarterly-Census-of-Employment-and-Wages-Annual-Da/shc7-xcbw/data