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Map: Huckleberry Loop Trail

Map: Huckleberry Loop Trail

The Dry Brook Ridge Wild Forest is made up of four non-contiguous Forest Preserve parcels in the western Catskill Park. For a combined total of 8,900 acres, these parcels are located in the Towns of Andes and Middletown in Delaware County, and the Town of Hardenburgh in Ulster County. The unit is made up of rugged, mountainous land most of which is moderate to steep in grade, and the area is primarily used by the public for hunting, fishing and hiking.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/72992.html

Map: Cedar River Flow

Map: Cedar River Flow

The Cedar River Flow is a remote 640-acre (2.6 km2) shallow lake, created by the Wakely Dam, where there are 10 campsites accessible via a gravel road, 14 miles (23 km) from Indian Lake or 23 miles (37 km) from Inlet. This area is also known as the Cedar River Entrance, and beyond it is the 150 campsites of Moose River Plains.

More campsites are accessible via canoe, around the Flow. It lies on the border between the Moose River Plains Wild Forest and the West Canada Lake Wilderness Area.

You can paddle up the Cedar River, above Cedar River Flow to the first Lean-To. Shortly thereafter, water levels are too low for paddling.

Happy Weekend! Cloudy and 70 degrees in City of Albany. There is a south-southeast breeze at 9 mph. The dew point is 64 degrees. The skies will clear tomorrow around noontime.

I am off to the Adirondacks. Looks like I won’t hit any rain until I’ll well up there, but I think I will stop and buy firewood, so I’m not messing around finding wood, especially if it starts to pour shortly after I get there. The woods are going to be wet, and while I don’t like spending money on wood, I think I’d rather have dry firewood and a nice campfire, then a dark wet night. But tomorrow should be much nicer.

The sun will set at 8:31 pm with dusk around 9:04 pm, which is 37 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for light rain and conditions and 67 degrees. The dew point will be 64 degrees. There will be a south-southeast breeze at 7 mph.

It’s the Waning Gibbous Moon. The Last Quarter Moon is on Sunday night with scattered t-storms then partly cloudy skies. The Strugeon Moon is on Monday, August 7th. The sun will rise at 5:30 am with the first light at 4:57 am, which is 50 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours of darkness, an increase of one minute and 28 seconds over last night.

Tonight will be scattered showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low of 64 degrees at 3am. One degree above normal. Maximum dew point of 64 at 6pm. South wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. In 2016, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 69 degrees. The record low of 44 occurred back in 1950.

Saturday will have a chance of showers, mainly before 11am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 80. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Looking ahead to Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph. Maximum dew point of 65 at 7pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 83 degrees.

In four weeks on August 11 the sun will be setting at 8:01 pm, which is 29 minutes and 44 seconds earlier then today. In 2016 on that day, we had shallow fog, patches of fog, mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 91 and 72 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 81 and 61 degrees. The record high of 98 degrees was set back in 1944.

Looking ahead, September 1st is in 7 weeks, Autumn Begins is in 10 weeks and Average High is 40 is in 4 months.

Law Enforcement Officers in America

In the twenty year period between 1992 and 2012, there was a 27% increase in the number of law enforcement (police) officers in America. In recent years, the growth in number of police officers has slowed, in part due to the recession. Much of the growth in law enforcement is due to increased federal financial grants to encourage local government to new police officers, along with a general perception of crime being a problem -- especially in urban areas. Population growth is another reason why there are so many more police officers then 20 years ago.

Data Source: National Sources Of Law Enforcement Employment Data. April 2016 Report. https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5600

As they say, it’s all down hill from here. The mercury is expected to start declining in about two weeks and the days are already getting shorter. But don’t fret. We’ve only lost a few minutes of daylight so far and at first the temperature declines are only slight. And we have gotten 100 degree weather in Albany through the first week of September.

Albany, NY Temperature Normals and Records

Week Date Dawn Sun-
rise
Sun-
set
Dusk Day Avg High Avg Low Record Hi Record Low
0 July 14 4:57 am 5:30 am 8:31 pm 9:04 pm 15:00 83 62 99 (1995) 49 (1940)
1 July 21 5:04 am 5:37 am 8:25 pm 8:58 pm 14:48 83 62 101 (1930) 45 (1974)
2 July 28 5:11 am 5:43 am 8:19 pm 8:51 pm 14:35 82 62 99 (1929) 44 (1971)
3 August 4 5:19 am 5:51 am 8:10 pm 8:42 pm 14:19 82 61 98 (1955) 46 (1966)
4 August 11 5:27 am 5:58 am 8:01 pm 8:32 pm 14:03 81 61 98 (1944) 46 (1941)
5 August 18 5:36 am 6:06 am 7:51 pm 8:21 pm 13:45 80 60 95 (1913) 40 (1981)
6 August 25 5:44 am 6:13 am 7:40 pm 8:09 pm 13:26 79 59 99 (1947) 35 (1940)
7 September 1 5:52 am 6:21 am 7:28 pm 7:57 pm 13:07 77 57 96 (1953) 41 (1967)
8 September 8 6:00 am 6:28 am 7:16 pm 7:44 pm 12:47 75 55 94 (2015) 34 (1978)
9 September 15 6:07 am 6:35 am 7:03 pm 7:31 pm 12:27 73 52 92 (1915) 33 (1975)
10 September 22 6:15 am 6:43 am 6:51 pm 7:19 pm 12:07 70 49 95 (1895) 31 (1962)
11 September 29 6:23 am 6:51 am 6:38 pm 7:06 pm 11:47 67 46 86 (1921) 29 (2000)
12 October 6 6:30 am 6:59 am 6:26 pm 6:54 pm 11:27 64 43 90 (1900) 24 (1965)
13 October 13 6:38 am 7:07 am 6:14 pm 6:43 pm 11:07 61 40 81 (1930) 24 (1981)
14 October 20 6:46 am 7:15 am 6:03 pm 6:32 pm 10:48 58 38 80 (1965) 18 (1972)
15 October 27 6:55 am 7:23 am 5:53 pm 6:22 pm 10:29 56 36 79 (1963) 21 (1950)
16 November 3 7:03 am 7:32 am 5:44 pm 6:13 pm 10:11 53 35 75 (1990) 20 (1980)

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Map: Crane Pond Road

Map: Crane Pond Road

The Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area, an Adirondack Park unit of New York's Forest Preserve, straddles the Essex County-Warren County line in the towns of Ticonderoga, Hague, Horicon and Schroon. The county road along the east shore of Schroon Lake forms the western boundary; to the north, private land and NY 74 form the boundary. The state land boundary forms most of the remaining perimeter except for a stretch of NY 8 on the south.

The area contains 39 bodies of water covering 1,100 acres (4.4 km2), 62.8 miles (101 km) of foot trails, and 14 lean-tos.