2017 August 05

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Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest
Borough of Galeton
Ketchumville State Forest
Lake Lila
Mine Kill State Park
Pillsbury Mountain
Piseco-Powley Road

August 2017
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Map: Big Alderbed Lake Trail

Map: Big Alderbed Lake Trail

Piseco-Powley Road runs from Stratford to Piseco, along west of one of the last old Adirondack dirt roads. Home to many old growth Spruce trees -- many that almost touch the road. The West Branch of the East Canada Creek crosses Powley Road under the historic 1911 bridge.

It is located 8 miles south-west from where NY 10 crosses Piseco Outlet, and about 7.5 miles from where Piseco-Powley Road splits off from NY 10. From the south, Powley Place is located 10 1/2 miles north-east from Stratford, via Piseco Road.

There are four campsites located in the general victinity of Powley Place, which are part of the 22 designated campsites along Piseco-Powley Road.


America’s stores are closing. Why isn’t that raising a jobs alarm?

"Yet it’s the decline of industries like coal and manufacturing that get the big attention, especially from politicians. That’s surprising, since the closings mean that retail, which employs about 10 percent of all working Americans, is shedding jobs at a rate that dwarfs either of those. The retail sector shed 6,100 positions in June this year alone, according to the Labor Department. Since 2001, employment at department stores like Sears and JCPenney has declined 46 percent. An estimated 89,000 employees in “general merchandise” stores were laid off between October 2016 and April 2017 – more than the entire workforce of the US coal industry."

Map: Ketchumville State Forest

Map: Ketchumville State Forest

Ketchumville State Forest encompasses 500 acres. Its rustic and primitive feel makes it ideal for recreational activities such as hunting, snowshoeing, bird watching, and nature viewing. Ketchumville State Forest is undeveloped and has no formally marked trails. Former logging trails, the public forest access road, and old town roads provide informal hiking opportunities. As such, this forest offers unique opportunities to those who wish to explore on their own. No target shooting is allowed on this state forest.


Good morning! Happy Saturday. Finally the weekend! Next Saturday is the Last Sunset After 8 PM for the Year. Mostly cloudy and 72 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a south breeze at 7 mph. The dew point is 67 degrees. The skies will clear around noontime.

I have a lot of choices what to do today. I could stay home or maybe go to that multi year High School reunion at the drive in theater in Greenville which is less than a half hour away. I am probably not going to do the later because it seems like mostly people who I don’t know from earlier classes will be attending. I’m not really plugged into the Greenville scene anymore. It’s been decade and a half since I’ve spent much time in my old hometown. 

Instead, I’m thinking about going out to Schoharie County for the night. I just have to load up my truck, get gas, and something for dinner. That said, I am a bit hesitant to leave until I know we will have blue skies. I don’t really trust the forecast. I might run to the store now and if it doesn’t clear, just cook dinner out back. Still, I think it might be a nice weekend to get away, especially as summer is rapidly fading away. 

Today will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3pm, then a slight chance of showers. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high of 78 degrees at 4pm. Four degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 67 at 10am. South wind 7 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. A year ago, we had partly cloudy skies. It was humid. The high last year was 86 degrees. The record high of 99 was set in 1955.

The sun will set at 8:09 pm with dusk around 8:41 pm, which is one minute and 16 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly clear conditions and 71 degrees. The dew point will be 56 degrees. There will be a west-northwest breeze at 11 mph. Today will have 14 hours and 17 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 19 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 59 degrees at 4am. Three degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 59 at 6pm. West wind 9 to 11 mph. In 2016, we had mostly clear skies with more clouds in the early hours of the next day. It was sticky. It got down to 69 degrees. The record low of 45 occurred back in 1994.

As previously noted, next Saturday is the Last Sunset After 8 PM when the sun will be setting at 8:00 pm with dusk at 8:31 pm. On that day in 2016, we had thunderstorm, thunderstorm rain, rain, drizzle, mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 93 and 73 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 81 degrees. We hit a record high of 99 back in 1944.

August 5, 2017 Weather Forecast

This interactive graph shows the hourly weather forecast for the next seven days. The bars represent the temperature, the pink line reprsents the dew point and the white line represents the dewpoint. Red dots are climate normals for the day. Orange dots are record temperatures. Green dots are last year's temperatures.

Yellow bars represent generally sunny conditions. The more gray the bar is, the more clouds expected. Blue bars represent a greater then 50% chance of rain. Purple bars represent a greater then 50% chance of snow. Orange bars represent a greater then 50% chance of thunderstorms. Red bars represent warm and muggy weather, under generally clear skies.

Map: Lake Lila

Map: Lake Lila

Lake Lila is a 1,400 acre (5.6 km²) Lake in the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area, in the town of Long Lake, in the west-central portion of the Adirondack Park.

Lake Lila is the largest lake in the Adirondack Park whose shoreline is entirely state-owned; it is the twenty-second largest body of water in the park. The southeastern portion of Lake Lila is an extensive wetland drained by the Shingle Shanty Brook, which feeds the lake; the lake is drained by the Beaver River. The lake is bordered by 2,220-foot (680 m) Mount Frederica.

There are 24 primitive campsites, 18 of which are accessible only by boat. Boats must be hand-launched, and motors are not permitted; there is a 0.3-mile (0.48 km) carry from the parking lot to the lake.