2017 May 12

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Albany, NY
Alfred E. Smith Building
Elm Ave Park and Ride
Empire State Plaza
Empire State Plaza Skating Center
Thirteenth Lake
Whetstone Gulf State Park

May 2017
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Good evening! Mostly cloudy and 57 degrees in Delmar. There is a south-southeast breeze at 6 mph. The dew point is 44 degrees. The air is feeling a bit damp with the rain heading in tomorrow but generally a mild evening that is getting increasingly cool. The skies will clear Monday around 6 pm. But next week will be nice, until the weekend. 

Wasn’t a terrible day but kind of chaotic at times, but that’s normal for a Friday where I work. Wish we had better weather for the weekend and I could get out of town but I have some things to do this weekend and hopefully Memorial Day Weekend will be quite nice. 

Sitting out back now watching the PBS Newshour on the tailgate of my truck. Not a terrible evening but it could be a bit warmer. In a bit I will retire inside. So be it. I will close the windows when I go to bed because it will get fairly cool and damp in morning. 

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 46 degrees at 5am. Typical for tonight. South wind around 6 mph. In 2016, it got down to 52 degrees with rain and fog and patches of fog and mist and cloudy skies. The record low of 30 occurred back in 2005.

Waning Gibbous Moon tonight with 86% illuminated. The Last Quarter Moon is next Friday with partly cloudy skies expected. The Full “Strawberry” Moon is in 4 weeks. The sun will rise at 5:35 am with the first light at 5:02 am, which is one minute and 5 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 25 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 7 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will rain, mainly after 9am. High of 56 degrees at 3pm. 13 degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 47 at 1pm. Southeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. A year ago, we had rain, fog, patches of fog, mist, cloudy skies and a high of 64 degrees. The record high of 86 was set in 2004. There was a dusting of snow in 1953.

Sunday, rain likely before 8am, then showers likely, mainly after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 58. Northwest wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Typical average high for the weekend is 69 degrees.

In four weeks on June 9 the sun will be setting at 8:32 pm, which is 23 minutes and 59 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 65 and 50 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 76 and 55 degrees. The record high of 100 degrees was set back in 1933.

Still thinking about vests because mine is in very rough shape. It really isn’t a big expense, when you figure how much I wear the vest. I just got to find some place that offers a good price. I want to be able to wear my vest again. 

I found a shapefile with the BEDS codes so I will be able to make maps comparing state education data. There has been a lot of maps on education I’ve wanted to make but without the BEDS codes, I’ve not been able to link the data. I wish I could find current year school aid data but I’m sure looking around I’ll be able to find useful data, or maybe in June when it’s finally posted.

With yet another rainy weekend ahead, I’ll probably work on some more maps, graphics and content. I really got to do more Google Maps going forward. We will see. 

Looking ahead, Memorial Day Weekend is in 2 weeks, Strawberry Moon is in 4 weeks, National Nude Day is in 9 weeks, Last Sunset After 8 PM is in 3 months, September 1st is in 16 weeks and Autumn Begins is in 19 weeks.

Google Maps: SUNY Colleges And Universities

There are community colleges and state universities across most of New York State. Campuses which comprise the State University of New York (SUNY) System. Highlights information on Undergraduate and Graduate enrollment as well as some program area offerings.

Data Source: State University of New York (SUNY) Campus Locations with Websites, Enrollment and Select Program Offerings. https://data.ny.gov/Education/State-University-of-New-York-SUNY-Campus-Locations/3cij-nwhw

55 degrees with partly sunny skies with another ten degrees to go before we max out today. Making good time downtown on the express bus but it’s chilly with the air conditioning blasting. TGIF. I’m just glad that summer is coming even if this weekend will be yet another rainy weekend.

The sun will set at 8:08 pm with dusk around 8:40 pm, which is one minute and 4 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly cloudy conditions and 59 degrees. There will be a southeast breeze at 5 mph. Today will have 14 hours and 33 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 9 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 47 degrees at 6am. One degree above normal. South wind 5 to 7 mph. In 2016, it got down to 52 degrees with rain and fog and patches of fog and mist and cloudy skies. The record low of 30 occurred back in 2005.

As previously noted, there are 2 weeks until Memorial Day Weekend when the sun will be setting at 8:22 pm with dusk at 8:55 pm. On that day in 2016, we had partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 88 and 58 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 72 degrees. We hit a record high of 94 back in 2010.

It was pretty nice evening down at the park then back home, watching the moon rise during my evening walk. With the halo of the clouds, if almost looked like a flower. Saw a bat flying around scooping up bugs. White Nose has wiped out a lot of cave dwelling bats but it seems like in Delmar you still see them around, probably surviving under the eves of houses. Bats are good, they eat a lot of bugs. 

Sat our back until around ten, watching the PBS Newshour on the tailgate of my truck. Got a bit chilly after a while but then again it’s still only mid May. A lot of road noise though as it seems everybody is out and about in the nice weather. 

Continued to look at vests and I found a place that has free shipping and a good price but I’m concerned it will be delivered while I’m downstate. I’ll have to think about what I will do, I might have it shipped to a friend’s apartment. Or I might hold off now. I always like to think about purchases before I buy them. My old one is really falling apart, that’s why I decided to skip it this morning. 

Two quick weeks from now I will be finishing packing my truck and heading to work then out to Vermont. I don’t have a Vermont fishing license but there is plenty of other things to do during my three day weekend. It’s not a big trip so if the weather goes bad, I can always head home. I don’t mind a thunderstorm but I don’t want a weekend of heavy rain while camping. 

Been starting to research heavier rear wheel to put on my bike. I’ve always liked riding from place to place and my bike is nice but I got to have something that doesn’t keep breaking spokes, leaving me broken down along the road. I am thinking of possibly riding through some of the Pine Creek Rail Trail Gorge on my summer vacation. With nearly 80 miles of bike trail, there is a lot to see. Nearly half of the trail is in Wilderness, all of it is quite rural, flat and in the deep Pine Creek Gorge.

That said, like years past I will spend the bulk of my summer in the Finger Lakes National Forest and spend my days swimming and I hiking in the cold gorges of the Finger Lakes. It’s just a fun and relaxing way to spend a summer. I have the Empire Passport again this summer, so I have unlimited park visitation, and then I can camp along old Chicken Coop Road, have a nice fire, cook some burgers on charcoal while I listen to the soft mooing of the cows across the way in the pasture.

I am feeling a bit achy this morning. Not sure why. I’ve felt like I’ve had a upset stomach for most of the week but I’m thinking it may be all the hot sauce. I really need to use it in moderation, maybe in a bottle that pours slower. And maybe get to bed earlier, so I get sufficient sleep. Often when I’m tired, I get achy and don’t feel great. With the nice evenings though, I’ve been sitting out back until 11 PM, which is much too late, especially with the sun coming up early and waking me before 6 AM.

Speaking of speed, they’ve put once of those temporary your speed signs on my road, and it’s amazing how fast people are blowing past it. People are often going 40-45 miles per hour in 30, around a fairly tight curve past pedestrians. In the era of cruise control and electronic throttles and eight speed transmissions this seems very non sensible. You reach the speed limit limit and hit a button on your steering wheel. How difficult can it be?

State University of New York, Enrollment

The modern State University of New York came into being and expanded enormously under Governor Nelson Rockefeller during the 1960s, out of its very humble roots of a series of state teachers colleges.

Data Source: Headcount Enrollment by Student Level and Student Load, State University of New York: Beginning 1948. https://data.ny.gov/Education/Headcount-Enrollment-by-Student-Level-and-Student-/ben2-nyur

Good morning! Yeah, it’s Friday! Two weeks to Memorial Day Weekend. Partly sunny and 43 degrees in Delmar, NY. Calm wind. Not a half bad start to our Friday. Going to cloud up later and rain a lot on Saturday through Monday. 

Today will be mostly sunny, with a high of 66 degrees at 4pm. Two degrees below normal. Southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 80 degrees. The record high of 91 was set in 1881. There was a dusting of snow in 1996.

Map: Whetstone Reservior

Map: Whetstone Reservior

Whetstone Gulf State Park is built in and around a three-mile-long gorge cut into the eastern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau. The gorge is one of the most spectacular scenic vistas east of the Rocky Mountains. The park has 56 wooded campsites- some of which are electric, a scenic picnic area along Whetstone Creek, a man-made swimming area and trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, one of which circles the gorge. Above the gorge is Whetstone Reservoir, stocked with tiger muskie and large-mouth bass for fishermen, and popular for canoeing.