Good morning! Where did May go? Today is the final day of May and it’s raining again. Two weeks to Flag Day. The sun better come out by then so I can hang up my flag. Rain and 60 degrees in Delmar. There is a south-southeast breeze at 5 mph. The dew point is 54 degrees.

The month left much like it started – fairly cold and wet. I’ll have to keep an eye out for mildew in the apartment and get out my good friend, bleach. I’m sure they are saving the heat for June, preferably with a lot of sun, so I can spend my time at the beach. I don’t mind the rain that much on a work day.

While I was a few minutes late leaving the apartment, I decided to walk down to the Park and Ride. I always build in quite a margin for my time, so I was fine. But I shouldn’t do this regularly because if I miss it, I have to walk a mile back to the local bus.  It wasn’t a bad walk, and indeed I made it to the shelter right before the skies opened up. Then it poured. The bus was on time, and I made it to work without issue.

Today will have showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 75 degrees at 4pm. One degree above normal. Maximum dew point of 58 at 12pm. South wind 5 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies and a high of 83 degrees. The record high of 92 was set in 2013.

The sun will set at 8:26 pm with dusk around 9:00 pm, which is 48 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly cloudy conditions with thunderstorms around and 69 degrees. The dew point will be 56 degrees. There will be a southwest breeze at 5 mph. Today will have 15 hours and 6 minutes of daytime, an increase of one minute and 18 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then isolated showers between 1am and 2am. Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds. Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low of 54 degrees at 5am. Two degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 56 at 6pm. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. In 2016, it got down to 57 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. The record low of 35 occurred back in 1945.

As previously noted, there are 2 weeks until Flag Day when the sun will be setting at 8:34 pm with dusk at 9:09 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 77 and 47 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 78 degrees. We hit a record high of 96 back in 1892.

Saturday I’m getting the oil change, and hopefully it will go well. I will ask but I’m sure they know what the proper filter and oil for a GM truck is. It is the most produced vehicle in America when you include the Sierra. It will be a lot easier then having to find that filter and oil, pay for that expensive sixth quart of oil, then have to return the used oil. And it’s just one less thing to worry about screwing up. I’ve always done it myself, but this time I’m taking it to the mechanic that my parents recommend. I just hate the worry and mess of doing it myself, and I think compared to the cost of buying those stupid little bottles of oil, having a professional won’t cost that much more.

This weekend I want to get some clear coat to cover the spots where the paint is chipped in the wheel well to hold off wheel well rot, that is common in the second generation Silverado trucks you see around. Probably just get some rattle can clear-coat stuff and apply it to the places with paint chips in the wheel well during the weekend, after sanding off any rust. It doesn’t have to be perfect, because nothing is perfect on the truck, and nobody looks that carefully in the wheel well. I think I still have a few years before wheel well rot kicks in on my 2011, but I’m sure it will happen, as it seems to a problem on all the GM trucks. I try to keep the wheel well clean, especially the drains,  and maybe I will eventually put on fender flares, although I’m not sure if they are worth the money. And I like the wheels sticking out, even if it means it throws a lot of stones, salt, and slings a lot of mud — which isn’t legal in all states.

Maybe do some fishing on Saturday evening. I have some other projects I want to work at home too. I want to wire up a switch and a light under the passenger seat in my truck, as I’m tired of looking for things under the seat in the dark. I do need to buy a switch. I also want to order those color-changing lights for my truck, to wire them up maybe this weekend or next — at least before the Fourth of July Holiday. And then that’s the last wiring project I plan to do for a long time, I promise. A lot depends on how rainy the weekend will be, and it doesn’t look.

The following weekend is the first week of the Gas Up. I am still thinking of going out there on Saturday, getting some ice cream, and then camping in a tent up in one of the state forests out that way. Nothing is set in stone, and I’m holding out for the weather forecast the following weekend. Tent camping might be fun for a change, just not so far back that it would be a challenge to carry the propane tank back in the woods. Maybe 200 feet from the road, in an isolated, well hidden location.

Have a great day!

Map: Frozen Ocean State Forest

Map: Frozen Ocean State Forest

Frozen Ocean State Forest encompasses 754 acres of land in the town of Niles in Southeastern Cayuga County. There are no trails on this state forest. Recreational activities are limited to hunting, fishing, trapping,primitive camping, and nature photogrpahy/observatin. Situated on one of the highest points in the county, Frozen Ocean is well known for receiving more than its fair share of freezing winds in the winter.

Colchester woman wants ‘deadbeat’ dam gone

"The sight and sounds of an old stone dam on her property have utterly charmed Colchester resident Kim Scofield.

"Nonetheless, she wants the dam torn down."

"She made up her mind about a year after moving into the old house above Indian Brook."

"That was time enough for Scofield to determine that Mill Pond Dam is too expensive, too hazardous and too disruptive to wildlife passage up- and downstream."

Good evening! Cloudy and 60 degrees in Delmar. There is a south breeze at 10 mph. The dew point is 54 degrees. The skies will clear tomorrow around 10 pm.

Tonight will have a chance of showers, mainly before 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 55 degrees at 3am. Three degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 55 at 6am. 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 59 degrees with mostly sunny skies. The record low of 34 occurred back in 1961.

Waxing Crescent Moon tonight with 40% illuminated. The moon will set around 1:17 am. The First Quarter Moon is on Thursday night with partly cloudy skies expected. The Full “Strawberry” Moon is on Friday, June 9th. The sun will rise at 5:20 am with the first light at 4:46 am, which is 31 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 8 hours and 54 minutes of darkness, a decrease of one minute and 19 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 74 degrees at 4pm. Typical for Tomorrow. Maximum dew point of 58 at 12pm. South wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies and a high of 83 degrees. The record high of 92 was set in 2013.

Not a particularly nice weekend on tap. Saturday, a chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Maximum dew point of 56 at 6am. Sunday, a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Maximum dew point of 52 at 6pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 75 degrees.

In four weeks on June 27 the sun will be setting at 8:37 pm, which is 11 minutes and 46 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, cloudy skies and temperatures between 84 and 68 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 81 and 60 degrees. The record high of 97 degrees was set back in 1941.

Looking ahead, 8:30 PM Sunset is Next Tuesday, Independence Day is in 5 weeks, National Cheese Cake Day is in 2 months, August 1st is in 9 weeks, Altamont Fair Opens is in 11 weeks, Friday the 13th (October) is in 18 weeks, Election Day 2017 is in 23 weeks, Average High is 40 is in 24 weeks, Election Day 2018 is in 75 weeks and Election Day 2020 is in 179 weeks.

Today I found a few clear plastic cabinet with drawers someone left out along the curb that will be perfect for storing camping supplies when I’m camping. It looked virtually brand new. I’ve wanted one for a while to keep food and supplies organized at camp  but wasn’t going to spend money on something like that I figured I could get for free. 

I made an appointment to have my oil changed this weekend in the truck. I decided to not do it myself as it’s such a messy job and I always have trouble getting the filter off and sometimes have trouble getting the right type of oil. I’ll let the professionals do it this time, see how expensive and time versus doing it myself. 

I also took a half day off on the Friday before Independence Day Weekend and the Monday July 3rd. I am going to call the DEC about getting a camping permit so I can camp at Moose River Plains for four days in one campsite, probably tomorrow. I probably could get away without getting a permit or pack up and move one day but I think it’s not that much work to have them mail me a permit. Too bad the DEC lacks the technology to do it electronically. 

Whose Extravagance? – 98 Acres in Albany

"Acting on a tip a few months ago, we contacted architect Daniel Pratt. At age 22 in 1970, he was a draftsman for the Buffalo architectural firm, James, Meadows & Howard, which designed the Legislative Office Building. Dan’s job was to draw the interior office spaces, even though many interior wall frames were already in place. The problem was that the legislators’ office space had been divided unequally, in a manner which favored one chamber over another. Dan and his colleagues were charged with ensuring that legislators’ offices were the same size, within one-half of a square foot. Unbeknownst to him at the time, he was playing a role in a costly political dispute."

The other day I was reading a light-hearted post on Facebook about the dangers that turtles face while crossing highways and that people can help them by avoiding hitting them. Then of course there had to be a completely irrational animal rights extremist on that post, who had to warn people about those who would go out an intentionally hit turtles on the road, because apparently there are a lot of turtle haters in the world who have leak-proof steel tires and ultra-durable suspensions on their cars. I do not recommend hitting turtles, bricks, tin cans, glass bottles, large rocks, and other debris on the road – and certainly not intentionally. You can damage your suspension of your car, not to mention dent a rim or get a flat tire.

Political paranoia is the greatest threat facing our country. There are too many people who have a paranoid view of the world – and believe everybody is out to get them. Animal rights extremists believe that there are people out there actively to kill turtles for nothing but the fact they are turtles, and apparently people hate turtles – and want to destroy their cars in the process. Not that there is much evidence to that fact. But the paranoid don’t want to hear that. They want to believe that there are evil forces out there, actively working to destroy their world. Such people are not helpful to our country or the process of it’s governing, because they are demeaning well meaning, hard-working individuals and are distraction to actual needed change in our country.

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