2017 August 06

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Westerlo, New York

August 2017
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Good evening! Partly clear and 57 degrees in Westerlo, NY. There is a west-southwest breeze at 6 mph. The dew point is 55 degrees.

It wasn’t a terrible weekend, I ended up going out to Schoharie County to camp at Burnt-Rossman Hills State Forest. The North bridge to Betty Brook Campsites is closed — due to bridge detroiration or maybe vandalism, and Duck Pond Campsite is closed due to logging. It looked like one of the Betty Brook Campsites were taken, so I ended up at West Kill Road Campsite. Never camped there before, but it turned out to be quiet. I thought there would be a lot more traffic up there then there was.

Hiked around the Blenheim-Gilboa Power Plant Lansing Manor parcel for a while and spend some time swimming at Mine Kill State Park. Not as much sun as I would have hoped, but all and all I thought it was a good weekend.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 54 degrees at 5am. Three degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 55 at 9pm. West wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. In 2016, we had mostly clear skies. It got down to 62 degrees. The record low of 46 occurred back in 1994.

Tonight will have a Waxing Gibbous Moon. The Full Moon will be tomorrow night with partly cloudy skies. The sun will rise at 5:53 am with the first light at 5:22 am, which is one minute and 3 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 46 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 22 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will rain, mainly after noon. High of 67 degrees at 2pm. 15 degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 62 at 1pm. South wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies, clearing in the afternoon. It was somewhat humid. The high last year was 84 degrees. The record high of 102 was set in 1918.

The long range offers only limited hope for next weekend. Next Saturday, a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Maximum dew point of 63 at 7pm. Next Sunday, a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Maximum dew point of 67 at 2pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 81 degrees.

In four weeks on September 3 the sun will be setting at 7:25 pm, which is 43 minutes and 28 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 76 and 54 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 77 and 56 degrees. The record high of 100 degrees was set back in 1953.

Looking ahead, Harvest Moon is in 1 months, 7 PM Sunset is in 6 weeks, Average High is 60 is in 10 weeks, Daylight Savings Time Ends is in 13 weeks, Cold Moon is in 17 weeks, New Years Eve is in 21 weeks and Election Day 2018 is in 14 months.

Using Queen Anne’s Lace seeds as contraception

"Women have used the seeds from Daucus carota commonly known as wild carrot or queen anne's lace, for centuries as a contraceptive, the earliest written reference dates back to the late 5th or 4th century B.C. appearing in a work written by Hippocrates. John Riddle writes in Eve's Herbs, that queen anne's lace (QAL) seeds are one of the more potent antifertility agents available, and a common plant in many regions of the world. "The seeds, harvested in the fall, are a strong contraceptive if taken orally immediately after coitus."

"Research on small animals has shown that extracts of the seeds disrupt the implantation process, or if a fertilized egg has implanted for only a short period, will cause it to be released. There has been some research done on wild carrot seeds mostly in other countries, the results of those experiments have been encouraging. The Chinese view QAL as a promising post-coital agent, "recent evidence suggests that terpenoids in the seed block crucial progesterone synthesis in pregnant animals." 1 When asked about the contraceptive effects of wild carrot, some herbalists have described it as having the effect of making the uterus "slippery" so the egg is unable to implant."

A New Vaccine Campaign Could Be The First Step In Wiping Out ‘Goat Plague’

"The virus was first identified in Ivory Coast in 1942 and has spread to some 70 countries since then. It is quite good at spreading, both by animal-to-animal contact and through the air. "It's very, very contagious," says Adesogan.

It has not reached the United States because our quarantine measures and our control of animal imports keep sick animals out. Since the acute form of the disease lasts only a week or two, quarantines definitely work. Nor has it been reported in Europe.

Now there's an effort to eradicate the disease by 2030 — to wipe it out just as its relative, the cattle plague called rinderpest, was officially eliminated in 2011 after decades of effort. The key is to vaccinate the herds with a shot administered in the neck or rump. The problem up until now has been that the freeze-dried vaccine was only effective if kept at about 39 degrees Fahrenheit. And there isn't a lot of refrigeration available in many parts of the world where the virus lurks."