2017 August 13

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Good evening! Clear and 64 degrees in Dormansville. There is a west-northwest breeze at 9 mph. The dew point is 54 degrees. Sometimes a warm breeze, sometimes a cold one. It varies a lot. A pretty nice summer evening, although I admit it felt like the weekend went by too quickly, but I got a lot done around the apartment, I returned the kayak paddle, made numerous fixes to the blog, and was able upload a good cache of new and replacement maps, so I’ll have plenty to feature. 

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low of 56 degrees at 5am. Three degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 56 at 10pm. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. In 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies. It was very sticky. It got down to 72 degrees. Much cooler and refreshing tonight. Don’t get summer evenings much nicer then tonight.  Going to look for shooting stars in a bit then retire for the night. The record low of 44 occurred back in 1941.

Tonight will have a Waning Gibbous Moon with 48% illuminated, rising at 12:01 am. The moon will set tomorrow at 2:22 pm. The Last Quarter Moon will be tomorrow with partly cloudy skies. The Harvest Moon is on Tuesday, September 5th. The sun will rise at 6:01 am with the first light at 5:31 am, which is one minute and 4 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 10 hours and 3 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 30 seconds over last night. The nights are getting longer, as have been shown by the many graphs I’ve been publishing lately. If you see the graphs on Facebook or Twitter, I encourage you to check the interactive versions on the blog.

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high of 80 degrees at 3pm. Two degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 57 at 10am. Light and variable wind. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies with some clearing in the afternoon. It was very sticky. The high last year was 90 degrees. I remember working late that night, and getting out to wait for the bus, and was dripping with sweat, feeling like I had just stepped out into a steam bath. The record high of 97 was set in 1988.

The long range is not perfect, but not terrible for a summer weekend. Next Saturday, a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Maximum dew point of 63 at 1pm. Next Sunday, a chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Maximum dew point of 62 at 5pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 80 degrees.

I have a week from Monday off and I am thinking of taking the following Tuesday and Wednesday off so I can do a re-do of summer vacation, and head out to the Finger Lakes. i have to see if I can get those days off, but it would be fun to be farther west and south, where the view of the eclipse would be better. Plus I could use some more time out in sun. i will look at the forecast tomorrow before making up my mind though.

In four weeks on September 10 the sun will be setting at 7:13 pm, which is 45 minutes and 53 seconds earlier then tonight. How fast time goes. It will be autumn and peak color in Moose River, before you know it. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, mist, partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 87 and 67 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 75 and 54 degrees. The record high of 96 degrees was set back in 1931.

Looking ahead, 7 PM Sunset is in 5 weeks, Average High is 60 is in 9 weeks, Daylight Savings Time Ends is in 12 weeks, Cold Moon is in 16 weeks and New Years Eve is in 20 weeks. This time, the upcoming holidays are so depressing.

I enjoyed having an off-weekend, not doing much, staying home and getting some little around the house chores done. The past four weeks I’ve been out camping, and this was a nice respite, especially with the nasty weather on Saturday. Got some coding and cleaning done – fixing long existing bugs in the blog and making my apartment just a little less dirty.

Not every weekend has to be a great adventure.
Sometimes it’s nice to give Big Red a rest, and not be setting up and taking down camp. Hoping for better weather for next weekend, but so far the weather doesn’t look that promising.

Map: Mohawk Springs State Forest

Map: Mohawk Springs State Forest

The 7211 acre Beartown State Forest is named for its proximity to a former small pioneer settlement by that name. The main access road leading from the north into this forest also "bears" the same designation. Granite bedrock forms the base for the mostly shallow, poor soils found here. Rock outcrops are common, with beaver inundated wetlands occupying the low areas.