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Good evening! Partly clear and 79 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a west breeze at 7 mph. The dew point is 62 degrees. Pretty warm evening after a hot day but it could be a lot worse. We only tied the record for today and the dew point was only in the muggy, not the oppressive range. 

After getting back from my evening walk, I’m sitting out back in a lawn chair with the fan in my truck cap blowing air on me making it feel a little better cooler. With the breeze from the fan and the relatively low dew point its pretty reasonable but when I was in my apartment earlier getting changed, it’s still pretty oppressive. I’m quite impressed by this little oscillating fan. It pushes around a lot of air for being an inexpensive 12 volt fan. I have the truck cap lights doing the slow cycle through their colors. 

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 73 degrees at 4am. 16 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 66 at 5am.  As the night progresses, it will get stickier. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southwest after midnight. In 2016, it got down to 52 degrees with rain and mostly cloudy skies. The record low of 38 occurred back in 1974.

Waning Gibbous Moon tonight with 77% illuminated. The moon will rise around 9:58 pm. The Last Quarter Moon is on Saturday night with chance of t-storms expected. The Full “Buck” Moon is on Sunday, July 9th. The sun will rise at 5:16 am with the first light at 4:42 am, which is 4 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 8 hours and 42 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 31 seconds over last night.

Nice summer evening, the air smells a little like fresh hay from the farm chopping it down the road. The stars are decent tonight, although it’s not totally dark yet. Some fire flies around, although I think I walked a bit too early to see the bat. I’m sure he’s around although I don’t think they are common as they once were. That’s kind of bad, because we need more bats after such a buggy spring. I heard more rain the second half of the week into the weekend. 

Today was the work picnic at Martell’s at the Albany Golf Course. Wasn’t a half bad evening but it was hot. I made the mistake of walking back to my truck parked up by SUNY which made me into a sweaty pig. I didn’t mind abstaining from drinking because the one glass of Coors Light I had made the diet soda taste good in constrast. Food, while basic picnic food was pretty good and by evening it had cooled down a bit. Nice way to close out another session year. I think I had the biggest truck in the lot but then again they’re aren’t a lot of people in government who drive pickup trucks, at least to work. 

Tomorrow will have a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high of 85 degrees at 2pm. Nine degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 69 at 11am. The mercury won’t be as high tomorrow as today but it will feel a lot more muggy. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Some relief expected Thursday when it becomes less humid. A year ago, we had rain, mostly cloudy skies and a high of 66 degrees. The record high of 94 was set in 1892.

Not a particularly nice weekend on tap. Saturday, mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Maximum dew point of 66 at 4pm. Sunday, a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Maximum dew point of 71 at 4pm. That’s going to be pretty oppressive.  Typical average high for the weekend is 79 degrees. Summer like temperatures but not a lot of sun expected this weekend for sure. 

In four weeks on July 10 the sun will be setting at 8:33 pm, which is 9 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, drizzle, patches of fog, mist, mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 79 and 63 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 82 and 61 degrees. The record high of 100 degrees was set back in 1936.

Finally got the photos and videos uploaded from the last weekend. It was a good weekend if it was fairly ordinary on Pisceo Powley Road. I keep playing with video. My only complaint is that I wish the weekend was a bit longer and the weather a bit sunnier and warmer on Saturday. It was almost perfect on Sunday though, until it was time to go home. Bugs were bad though. 

Been having some problems with my dashboard camera locking in the mountains due to a GPS bug. I noticed that they have a firmware update that may address this issue. I like how the dash cam manufacturer keeps putting out meaningful upgrades and how all you have to do to upgrade is save the file on the root of the flash card then put it back in the dash cam and turn it on. Doesn’t require Windows or any specific PC program to update the firmware. 

Next weekend I’m heading to the Gas Up. It looks like Saturday will have the best weather. I want to get the homemade ice cream there, made by the antique Blackstone engine or whatever that is called. I want to poke around the exhibits more and make some more videos. Probably no to camping this weekend but it depends on the weather. 

Then the following weekend I might go swimming at Mine Kill State Park, camp at Burnt Rossman, fish the Schoharie Creek and maybe visit the farm markets in Fulton for fresh fruit. And maybe hike the Cliffs of Middleburg. So many fun things to do in Schoharie County. Probably just one night as I expect to be tired after a busy week at work. 

Using the headphone speaker wire to tie my wallet to my belt seems to work fine, although I guess to the paranoid it looks like I’m wearing a wire for spying. But especially with the suit on it looks essentially invisible and if it does fall out of my pocket I’ll feel the wire tug on my belt. The insulated headphone wire is quite durable and because I break ear buds with some regularity, i should have plenty of wire to replace it when it wears out and breaks again. 

Looking ahead, Mutts Day is in 7 weeks, Strugeon Moon is in 8 weeks, Last Sunset After 8 PM is in 2 months, Labor Day is in 12 weeks, September 11th is in 13 weeks, More Night Then Day in Albany is in 15 weeks, Columbus Day is in 17 weeks, Christmas is in 28 weeks, January 1, 2018 is in 29 weeks and 35th Birthday is in 33 weeks.

With that sun coming up so early and the mercury now dropping a bit, I probably should retire to bed. 

One of the great problems in our country is people are too inflexible in their thinking, put too much meaning into symbols that can have virtually any meaning applied to them. We need more creativity and less people stuck in the old way of doing things. 

Drugmaker Behind Vivitrol Tries To Cash In On The Opioid Epidemic, One State Law At A Time

"Two years ago, a mental health advocate named Steve McCaffrey stood at a lectern in the Indiana statehouse, testifying in favor of an addiction treatment bill. After years of rising overdose rates, lawmakers in the health committee were taking action to combat the opioid epidemic. And they often turned to McCaffrey, who leads Mental Health America of Indiana, to advise them.

His brief testimony appeared straightforward. "We rise in support, urge your adoption," said McCaffrey. He said the legislation would move the state "toward evidence-based treatment."

But the bill wouldn't do that. Instead, it would cement rules making it harder to access certain addiction medications — medications that many patients rely on. The goal was to steer doctors toward a specific brand-name drug: Vivitrol.

The drug is a monthly shot used to treat alcohol and opioid addiction and one of a handful of FDA-approved treatments for addiction to opioids such as pain relievers, heroin and fentanyl."

Warm and muggy through Wednesday, then cooler and nicer Thursday. Rain comes in on Thursday night into Friday, then cloudy and muggy for the weekend.

Weather Summary
Tonight. Partly Cloudy and 71 degrees , 66 max dew point, 5:16 sunrise.
Tuesday. Slight Chance of T-storms and 87 degrees , 66 max dew point, 8:34 sunset.
Tuesday Night. Partly Cloudy and 58 degrees , 5:16 sunrise.
Wednesday. Sunny and 78 degrees , 64 max dew point, 8:34 sunset.
Wednesday Night. Mostly Clear and 52 degrees , 5:16 sunrise.
Thursday. Mostly Sunny and 78 degrees , 49 max dew point, 8:35 sunset.
Thursday Night. Chance of Rain and 57 degrees , 5:16 sunrise.
Friday. Showers is likely and 69 degrees , 54 max dew point, 8:35 sunset.
Friday Night. Chance of Showers and 60 degrees , 5:16 sunrise.
Saturday. Mostly Cloudy and 79 degrees , 60 max dew point, 8:35 sunset.
Saturday Night. Chance of T-storms and 66 degrees , 66 max dew point, 5:16 sunrise.
Sunday. Chance of T-storms and 84 degrees , 66 max dew point, 8:35 sunset.
Sunday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 66 degrees , 71 max dew point, 5:16 sunrise.

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