2017 July 30

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Good evening! Clear and 59 degrees in Westerlo. Calm wind. The dew point is 58 degrees. Unpacked and camping out at my parents house tonight; it’s back to work tomorrow. I am unpacked from my trip, and ready to move on to new adventures — that is after I work for five days this week and make some money.

Tonight will be clear, with a low of 58 degrees at 5am. Two degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 58 at 9pm. Light west wind. In 2016, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 63 degrees. The record low of 49 occurred back in 1978.

Tonight will have a Waxing Gibbous Moon. The Full Moon is on Monday, August 7th with partly cloudy skies. The sun will rise at 5:47 am with the first light at 5:15 am, which is one minute and one second later than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 30 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 8 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high of 85 degrees at 4pm. Three degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 62 at 6pm. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. A year ago, we had cloudy skies. The high last year was 71 degrees. The record high of 98 was set in 1917.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Maximum dew point of 66 at 11am. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Maximum dew point of 60 at 6am. Typical average high for the weekend is 82 degrees.

In four weeks on August 27 the sun will be setting at 7:37 pm, which is 39 minutes and 58 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 86 and 62 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 79 and 58 degrees. The record high of 97 degrees was set back in 1948.

Looking ahead, 7 PM Sunset is in 7 weeks, Average High is 60 is in 11 weeks, Daylight Savings Time Ends is in 14 weeks, Cold Moon is in 18 weeks and New Years Eve is in 22 weeks.

Temperature, Through Sunday August 6

After a fairly cool and wet week last week while I was on vacation, this upcoming week is expected to be a few degrees above normal -- at least for the first half of the week. Tonight, however will be fairly chilly with temperatures expected to drop back into the upper 50s, which is a few degree below normal for this time of year.

I am sad that my summer vacation has come to it’s conclusion. But I still have some trips planned for the final four weeks of summer.

  • Mine Kill State Park – Swim, Fish, Paddle. Camp at Burnt-Rossman Hills State Forest. Visit farm stands, get good eats.
  • Piseco-Powley Road – Enjoy the potholers in the heat, maybe paddle Big Bay or Good Luck Lake. I would also like to hike up Good Luck Cliffs, which I haven’t been up in many years.

I also have August 21st off for the solar eclipse. I plan to get eclipse glasses and watch as the sun darkens that day, assuming we have nice weather. I am also thinking of taking off the 18th of August, to make a four day weekend, and if I do that, I might head up to Woodhull Reservoir or somewhere in the Western Adirondacks.

For Labor Day Weekend, I’m thinking about heading up to Moose River Plains for the long weekend. Hopefully, by then we will have some warm and sunny weather.

Map: Ossian State Forest

Map: Ossian State Forest

Ossian State Forest is located two miles northeasterly of the hamlet of Swain, in the town of Ossian, Livingston County.

Recreational opportunities on this forest focus on rustic experiences with a limited amount of development. There are no formally designated trails. There is a developed camping area at Evergreen Pond, along Scoville Road. Tables and fire rings are provided. This is a carry in-carry out facility.

Some of this forest will require significant walking to access. There is also a significant mileage of state forest administrative access roads which are open to public access during good weather.