2017 May 21

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Good evening! Light on and off drizzle and 59 degrees in Dormanville, out sleeping in my truck cap. I can hear the rain and wind on my truck cap. There is a south-southeast breeze at 13 mph. At times the wind gusts up. The dew point is 42 degrees. The skies will clear Tuesday around 4 am. Tomorrow will be rainy at times, you’ll want your umbrella.

Tonight will have showers, mainly after 3am. Low of 51 degrees at 6am. Two degrees above normal. South wind 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 54 degrees with rain and drizzle and mostly cloudy skies. The record low of 33 occurred back in 2002.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 26% illuminated. The moon will rise around 2:15 am. The New Moon is on Thursday night with chance of showers expected. The Full “Strawberry” Moon is on Friday, June 9th. The sun will rise at 5:26 am with the first light at 4:53 am, which is 50 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 7 minutes of darkness, a decrease of one minute and 46 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will rain, mainly before 5pm. High of 58 degrees at 3pm. A rather cool day for late May, roughly 13 degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 52 at 3pm. South wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. A year ago, we had rain, drizzle, mostly cloudy skies and a high of 75 degrees. The record high of 97 was set in 1911.

Next weekend looks like it might be perfect weather-wise. We will have to see. Next Saturday, partly sunny, with a high near 72. Maximum dew point of 55 at 4pm. Next Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Maximum dew point of 55 at 5pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 73 degrees. I’m hoping for a nice weekend out camping, but as long as it’s not a rain-out, I’ll still probably end up going. Should be nice up in Vermont — tomorrow I will see if I can sneak out of work a bit early on Friday, it all depends on how things go.

In four weeks on June 18 the sun will be setting at 8:36 pm, which is 18 minutes and 42 seconds later then tonight. That’s almost the latest sunset of the year. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 86 and 55 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 79 and 57 degrees. The record high of 97 degrees was set back in 1957.

Looking ahead, Father’s Day is in 4 weeks, Summer is in 1 months, Buck Moon is in 7 weeks, National Cheese Cake Day is in 10 weeks, 7 PM Sunset is in 17 weeks, Average High is 70 is in 4 months, Average High is 60 is in 21 weeks, Daylight Savings Time Ends is in 24 weeks, Cold Moon is in 28 weeks and New Years Eve is in 32 weeks.

How ACA Repeal Would Hurt Farmers and Rural Communities

"The ACA has been a mixed bag for agriculture. While many large farms balked at the requirement to ensure their employees (experts say it cost farm employers in California about $1 per hour per employee working in the field), most small-scale farmers often opted out of insurance all together before the ACA, or sought off-farm employment in order to get coverage through an employer’s plan. A 2015 USDA blog post notes that prior to the ACA, rural families struggled to find affordable healthcare, “paying an average of nearly half of their costs out of their own pockets” and that “one in five farmers is in debt because of medical bills.”

Rural parks and wildlife areas, 1945-2007 in NY State

ERS has been a source of major land use estimates in the United States for over 50 years, and the related U.S. cropland used for crops series (Summary table 3 below) dates back to 1910 and is updated annually. The Major Land Uses (MLU) series is the longest running, most comprehensive accounting of all major uses of public and private land in the United States. The series was started in 1945, and has since been published about every 5 years, coinciding with the Census of Agriculture. Data Source: https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/major-land-uses.aspx