2017 May 28

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It looks like our month of June will get underway with more relatively cold and wet days. Go figure.

Weather Summary
Tonight. Mostly Cloudy then Chance of Showers and 56 degrees , 5:21 sunrise.
Memorial Day. Showers and 61 degrees , 56 max dew point, 8:24 sunset.
Monday Night. Chance of Showers and 53 degrees , 5:20 sunrise.
Tuesday. Chance of T-storms then Showers is likely and 71 degrees , 54 max dew point, 8:25 sunset.
Tuesday Night. Showers is likely and 54 degrees , 5:20 sunrise.
Wednesday. Chance of Showers and 75 degrees , 60 max dew point, 8:26 sunset.
Wednesday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 52 degrees , 5:19 sunrise.
Thursday. Mostly Sunny and 71 degrees , 52 max dew point, 8:27 sunset.
Thursday Night. Partly Cloudy and 51 degrees , 5:19 sunrise.
Friday. Chance of Showers and 74 degrees , 48 max dew point, 8:27 sunset.
Friday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 55 degrees , 5:18 sunrise.
Saturday. Partly Sunny and 75 degrees , 56 max dew point, 8:28 sunset.
Saturday Night. Chance of Showers and 52 degrees , 5:18 sunrise.

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I’m not really into politics nor do I follow every news story or tweet, but my grotesque obsession over Donald Trump continues. He’s one part horror show, one part freak show, one part agent of change. I can’t decide if I hate or love the man or for that matter have much of an opinion of his presidency.

There are some things I think are just awful about Trump. He seems to have a very poor understanding of economics, international relationships, climate change and science. It’s fine to have an opinion and be a conservative, but you should have a basic understanding of the concrete facts your dealing with as our nation’s chief executive. Sometimes liberals insist on policy outcomes not based on the facts but their own values without considering values and priorities of other Americans — but they sometimes are more grounded in reality rather then rhetoric.

And I think Trump is just wrong on immigration. Immigrants are the fabric of our community, and while illegal immigration is problematic, we should find solutions to integrate immigrants already here, and go after employers who break immigrant law. Immigrants rarely take American’s jobs, because most of the lowest skilled jobs aren’t that attractive to Americans. If we want more jobs, we should have taxpayer-support of public colleges and training, so people can get the skills needed to succeed in our economy. We shouldn’t discourage international trade, we should encourage fair trade.

At the same time, I like the idea that Donald Trump is pushing a smaller government – I think the government at all levels had gotten too involved in too many people’s lives, pushing the trendy social causes of the day, spending too much time and money to save puppies and cute children. Government has core responsibilities, but we should empower private citizens rather then state to mediate conflicts. We don’t need more laws, we just need simpler, more enforceable laws, and fewer of them. Government needs to spend less time trying to stop the next so-called tragedy, and focus on making people’s lives better today.

To that matter, I am not that horrified by his budget proposal, as much as I’m amused by it, even if it spends too much on military defense and the police state. We need an honest discussion of government programs, and those that are absolutely necessary, Congress should reinstate.  Sometimes it’s better to start at ground zero, and build back up. Maybe they shouldn’t keep doing things the same way in government, because that’s the way they’ve always done it.

To be sure, I’m not thrilled by Donald Trump. I thought Barack Obama had a better grasp of the facts, and delivered a healthcare program, while not perfect, helped out a lot of people. But as they say, there is always more to do. Mr. Trump has three years left to prove himself, and ultimately governing is not defined by who has the best rhetoric, but who gets the best results. People need to learn that things need to change, so we can make life better for people.

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Good evening! Mostly cloudy and 70 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a south-southeast breeze at 10 mph. The dew point is 57 degrees. The skies will clear Wednesday around 9 pm.

The mud and bugs made me decide to pack up and leave camp today — especially after the rain is supposed to hit Vermont tonight into tomorrow morning, and I didn’t want to deal with soaked gear. Muddy gear is one thing, especially when the mud dries, but soaking wet gear, you have to hang up to keep mold and mildew from growing on it. With the low dew point today — despite the mud and clouds — things aren’t too bad.

The campsite was just so muddy. Some of it may have been the rain, and some may have been the lack of gravel and not a perfect slope. It wasn’t that bad on Friday into Saturday, but by Saturday evening it was bad enough, I was moving my gear around and tip-toeing around to avoid being ankle-deep in mud. All my gear was getting covered with mud, and it was impossible to keep things clean.

Part of it was I was wearing my leaky, old boots because I didn’t want to wreck my new ones. For a while I wore my hunting boots and they kept my feet warm and dry, but I was running low on socks on Sunday by the time I kept stepping in the mud that was everywhere. And those black flies were so feirce today.

And it was actually pretty cold up in Vermont. Remember things are like 10-15 degrees in the mountains, and with the mostly overcast skies, the moisture from the mud. But it did warm enough today, that the black flies were out in full force. So I said, duck that. I’m going to go home, where I won’t have to fight the black flies with DEET, and I won’t be slopping through the mud the whole rest of the weekend.

I will probably go back up to the Green Mountain National Forest again, just not until the end of Black Fly Season. It’s really not that far, especially where I was camping. 63 miles on the odometer, which is about 10-20 miles less then the Adirondacks, each way. And it quite nice up in that area.

Tonight will have a chance of showers, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 57 degrees at 5am. Five degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 57 at 7pm. South wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 68 degrees with thunderstorm and rain and mostly sunny skies. The record low of 34 occurred back in 1956.

The sun will set at 8:23 pm with dusk around 8:57 pm, which is 51 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly cloudy conditions and 68 degrees. The dew point will be 56 degrees. There will be a south breeze at 10 mph. Today will have 15 hours and 2 minutes of daytime, an increase of one minute and 27 seconds over yesterday.

Memorial Day will have showers, mainly before 4pm. High of 60 degrees at 3pm. 12 degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 54 at 2pm. Southeast wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. A year ago, we had thunderstorm, rain, mostly sunny skies and a high of 89 degrees. The record high of 93 was set in 1931.

As previously noted, there are 3 weeks until Father’s Day when the sun will be setting at 8:36 pm with dusk at 9:11 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 86 and 55 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 79 degrees. We hit a record high of 97 back in 1957.