Chance of Rain During the Week of May 1, 2017

This is going to be a wet week, especially tonight with the front coming through and expected to bring thunderstorms and rain, then again on Friday into Saturday with unstable, cold weather expected to bring even more rain. This pattern is not that unusual -- we actually had a wet first few weeks of May in 2016, then it got drier and warmer for the second half of May. Some of the long range models suggest a very similar pattern for this year.

Definitely a dark and gray start to the month of May. Probably not a good day to be in search of the toms. Fifty degrees now, with temperatures rising to 76 degrees with thunderstorms later.

The sun will set at 7:56 pm with dusk around 8:27 pm, which is one minute and 7 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for light rain and thunderstorms and 71 degrees. The dew point will be 62 degrees. There will be a south breeze at 14 mph. Today will have 14 hours and 8 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 28 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have showers and thunderstorms before 2am, then showers likely. Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds. Low of 60 degrees at 4am. 17 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 63 at 6pm. South wind 9 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 44 degrees with periods of rain and drizzle and mist. The record low of 29 occurred back in 1974.

Looking ahead, there are 4 weeks until Memorial Day when the sun will be setting at 8:24 pm with dusk at 8:58 pm. On that day in 2016, we had a thunderstorm, some rain and temperatures between 89 and 68 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 73 degrees. We hit a record high of 93 back in 1931.

Next weekend I am going to be mostly stuck in town, but I’m hoping I can get some clear coat on a few of paint chips and rust spots that are starting to pop up on my truck after six harsh New York winters. It just needs to be reasonably dry and warm for that.

I’m hoping to get out fishing on Saturday or Sunday and maybe hiking in the Catskills. Maybe the following week go up to the Adirondacks to see if the black flies are truly as bad as they say they are. I’m leaning towards Vermont for the Memorial Day Weekend. Probably do Moose River Plains for the Independence Day Weekend, which I’m hoping they give us both the Monday and Tuesday off for this year. They usually do nice stuff like that where I work.

I am basically out of new maps for the blog but I hope to make some new ones up after work. I always like to have a new or improved map everyday, which means that I have to make up at least 365 maps a year, although many are just improvements on existing maps as the DEC data I have improves. It will get done.

I was running a little bit late this morning, but I seemed to make up time. I made it to bus stop in perfect time and had time to cook up eggs. But I tell you it was hard to get up on such a dark morning. I also didn’t get to bed until a little before eleven because I decided to do my evening walk at nine. But I’m fortunately not running super late.

I’m almost to work. Have You been great day! 

Map: Coreys Road Campsites

Map: Coreys Road Campsites

The High Peaks Wilderness Area, the largest Forest Preserve unit in the U.S. state of New York, is located in three counties and six towns in the Adirondack Park: Harrietstown in Franklin County, North Elba, Keene, North Hudson and Newcomb in Essex County and Long Lake in Hamilton County.

It is roughly bounded on the north by NY 3, the old Haybridge Road, which runs from Cold Brook to Averyville, the Adirondak Loj property at Heart Lake, the Mount Van Hoevenberg area and NY 73 near the Cascade Lakes. Private land to the west of Route 73 forms the eastern boundary. The southern boundary is formed by privately owned lands, including the Ausable Club, Finch, Pruyn, and Company, National Lead Company and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry's Huntington Wildlife Forest. This wilderness is bounded on the west by Long Lake and the Raquette River.

There is one significant inholding: the Johns Brook Lodge, a cabin and surrounding campsites operated by the Adirondack Mountain Club, 3.5 miles (5.6 km) along the eponymous trail and brook from the popular "Garden" parking area and access point near Keene Valley.

The area includes 112 bodies of water on 1,392 acres (5.6 km2), 238.4 miles (383.5 km) of foot trails, 52.3 miles (84.1 km) of horse trails, and 84 lean-tos. The area contains 36 of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, including the tallest, Mount Marcy.
The topography ranges from small areas of low-lying swampland (e.g., along the Raquette and Saranac Rivers) to the highest point in New York State at the top of Mount Marcy. Although there is a considerable variety of topography, it is predominantly high mountain country. Like the topography, the forest cover also varies from pole-size hardwoods to mature, large diameter hardwood and softwood stands to the spruce-fir of the subalpine region.

Good morning! Happy Spring Turkey and May Day. Four weeks to Memorial Day. Mostly cloudy and 53 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a south-southeast breeze at 13 mph. The dew point is 46 degrees. Bring your umbrella, you’re going to need it later.  The skies will clear Wednesday around 6 pm.

Today will have isolated showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 74 degrees at 4pm. Nine degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 63 at 4pm. South wind 11 to 15 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 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.