2017 May 24

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Albany County
Albany Pine Bush
Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest
Empire State Plaza
Green Mountain National Forest
Grout Pond
Lester Flow and Cheney Pond
Middleburgh Cliff
New York State

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Good evening! Partly clear and 66 degrees in Delmar. There is a south-southeast breeze at 5 mph. The dew point is 50 degrees. Not a half bad evening. Bought food and supplies for the weekend camping trip, gased up the truck so I’m ready. 

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 54 degrees at 4am. Four degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 50 at 10pm. South wind around 6 mph. In 2016, it got down to 51 degrees with rain and shallow fog and patches of fog and mist and partly cloudy skies. The record low of 30 occurred back in 1956.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 4% illuminated. The moon will rise around 4:14 am. The New Moon will be tomorrow with showers expected. The Full “Strawberry” Moon is on Friday, June 9th. Local strawberries are good. The sun will rise at 5:23 am with the first light at 4:50 am, which is 43 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 2 minutes of darkness, a decrease of one minute and 38 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will rain, mainly after 11am. Otherwise cloudy, with a high of 64 degrees at 3pm. Eight degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 52 at 3pm. East wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. A year ago, we had rain, shallow fog, patches of fog, mist, partly cloudy skies and a high of 88 degrees. The record high of 94 was set in 1981.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Maximum dew point of 54 at 8pm. That’s going to be a very nice day. Sunday, a chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Maximum dew point of 56 at 11am. Typical average high for the weekend is 73 degrees.

In four weeks on June 21 the sun will be setting at 8:36 pm, which is 16 minutes and 31 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had thunderstorm, rain, mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 80 and 56 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 79 and 58 degrees. The record high of 97 degrees was set back in 1938.

Looking ahead, Flag Day is in 3 weeks, Summer is in 4 weeks, Latest Sunset of Year (8:37 PM) is in 1 months, Last Day with Average High of 80 is in 13 weeks, State Fair Opens is in 3 months, Harvest Moon is in 15 weeks, 6:30 PM Sunset is in 19 weeks, Coldest Day of Year (Avg. 14-30 degrees) is in 33 weeks and Inaugeration Day 2021 is in 191 weeks.

Land Use in New York State

As of 1997, 62.7% of New York State is forested. 24.8% is used for growing agricultural crops and raising farm animals. 4.3% of the state's land is used for residential purposes, 3.2% is water, 2.9% is wetlands, 1.0% is commerial or industrial, 0.8% is parks, golf and lawns, and 0.2% is barren surfaces.

A more recent analysis would likely show a point or two decrease of in agricultural land that mostly has gone towards to forested lands and to a lesser extent to residential development.

Some maps of interest:
Land Use in New York http://andyarthur.org/map-new-york-state-land-use-quad-color.html
Developed Areas of New York http://andyarthur.org/map-developed-areas-in-new-york-state.html
Corn and Hay Planted in New York, 2010

Data Source: NYS DEC, 1997 Analysis of NCLD data. http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9402.html