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Good evening! Cloudy and 57 degrees in Delmar. There is a south-southwest breeze at 6 mph. The dew point is 54 degrees. The skies will clear tomorrow around 2 am.

Tonight will be cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low of 50 degrees at 4am. One degree above normal. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. In 2016, it got down to 51 degrees with shallow fog and mostly sunny skies. The record low of 36 occurred back in 1967.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 19% illuminated. The moon will rise around 2:54 am. The New Moon is on Thursday night with showers is likely expected. The Full “Strawberry” Moon is on Friday, June 9th. The sun will rise at 5:25 am with the first light at 4:52 am, which is 47 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 6 minutes of darkness, a decrease of one minute and 43 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be partly sunny, with a high of 74 degrees at 3pm. Two degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 50 at 6pm. Light northwest wind. A year ago, we had shallow fog, mostly sunny skies and a high of 81 degrees. The record high of 93 was set in 1964.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, partly sunny, with a high near 74. Maximum dew point of 57 at 5pm. Sunday, a chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Maximum dew point of 58 at 1pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 73 degrees.

In four weeks on June 19 the sun will be setting at 8:36 pm, which is 17 minutes and 58 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 91 and 59 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 79 and 58 degrees. The record high of 94 degrees was set back in 1995.

Looking ahead, Memorial Day is Next Monday, Average High is 80 is in 1 months, Hottest Time of Year Ends (83 Average) is in 2 months, Mutts Day is in 10 weeks, Strugeon Moon is in 11 weeks, Labor Day is in 15 weeks, September 11th is in 16 weeks, Autumn Begins is in 4 months, More Night Then Day in Albany is in 18 weeks, Columbus Day is in 20 weeks, Christmas is in 31 weeks, January 1, 2018 is in 32 weeks and 35th Birthday is in 36 weeks.

Humans Accidentally Created a Protective Bubble Around Earth

"A pair of NASA space probes have detected an artificial bubble around Earth that forms when radio communications from the ground interact with high-energy radiation particles in space, the agency announced this week. The bubble forms a protective barrier around Earth, shielding the planet from potentially dangerous space weather, like solar flares and other ejections from the sun.

Earth already has its own protective bubble, a magnetosphere stretched by powerful solar winds. The artificial bubble that NASA found is an accident, an unintended result of the interplay between human technology and nature. When humans want to communicate with submarines near the surface of the ocean, they use a type of radio communication known as very low frequency waves, or VLF, transmitted from stations on the ground. Some of the waves can stretch all the way out into Earth’s atmosphere and beyond, where they affect the movement of the radiation particles bouncing around in the region. Sometimes, the interaction between VLF and these particles creates a barrier that can be seen by spacecraft orbiting the planet."

State Adds Marion River Carry To Adirondack Forest Preserve

"The state has added the historic Marion River carry to the Forest Preserve, ending a long-running dispute over the ownership of 216 parcels of land near the hamlet of Raquette Lake.
The deal secures a five-hundred-yard trail used by paddlers portaging between Utowana Lake and the Marion River. The carry is an essential part of a canoe route between Blue Mountain Lake and Raquette Lake.
The Open Space Institute bought the 296-acre parcel in 2012 for $2 million and transferred it to the state this year at no cost to the state.
Before OSI stepped in, the Marion River property faced the possibility of development, which might have cut off public access. But the OSI acquisition also offered a solution to a legal dispute dating back to the 1800s."

How bad is drug pollution in the Hudson?

"Scientists are taking samples of the Hudson River this month to measure how much pharmaceutical pollution gets washed into the waterway during heavy rains and to pinpoint its source."

"Anti-depressants, blood pressure medicine, decongestants and other medicines have already been detected in the Hudson in preliminary samples. The latest round of testing is a larger sweep of the river at a time of the year when pollution overall is washing into the Hudson at a greater rate due to runoff and sewage overflows."