2017 August 31

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Albany Pine Bush
Beebe Hill State Forest
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Cowanesque Lake
Delmar, New York
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Eid al-Adha

"Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى‎, translit. ʿīd al-aḍḥā, lit. 'Feast of the Sacrifice'‎, [ʕiːd ælˈʔɑdˤħæː]), also called the "Sacrifice Feast", is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year, and considered the holier of the two. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismaeel, as an act of obedience to God's command. Before he sacrificed his son God intervened by sending his angel Jibra'il (Gabriel), who then put a ram in his son's place. In commemoration of this, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts: the family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy."

Thirteen-year-old runs for Governor of Vermont

Vermont has no age restriction on who can run for governor. He just can't vote for himself. I think he would be great -- we need fresh ideas in our country -- and why not elect a 13 year old, and have him become youngest governor in the nation. Seems like an outstanding candidate.

"I think that there’s this idea that there’s no such thing as an honest politician, and I'd say that’s part of why I’m running." -- Ethan Sonneborn

Good morning! Tonight is the first 7:30 PM sunset of autumn season. August is basically done. And in only three weeks to Average High is 70. Autumn is really coming quickly. Overcast and 62 degrees in Albany, NY. There is a west-southwest breeze at 6 mph. The dew point is 57 degrees. The skies will clear around 1 pm.

Today will have isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high of 72 degrees at 2pm. Four degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 59 at 10am. Northwest wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 12 to 17 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies. It was sticky. The high last year was 76 degrees. The record high of 93 was set in 1953.

The sun will set at 7:30 pm with dusk around 7:59 pm, which is one minute and 42 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly clear conditions and 65 degrees. The dew point will be 50 degrees. There will be a northwest breeze at 14 mph. Today will have 13 hours and 9 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 46 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low of 46 degrees at 5am. 11 degrees below normal. Northwest wind 6 to 13 mph. In 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies. It was somewhat humid. It got down to 62 degrees. The record low of 41 occurred back in 1967.

This morning I got my hair cut, and let me landlord into the apartment. The dripping faucet in the tub is being fixed today.  That’s one less thing to worry about for me. I won’t have to keep things as clean, as I await the landlord. The hair cut is done so I won’t have long hair to get all icky if I decide to head out of town for the long weekend — which seems increasingly unlikely with the rain expected on Sunday. If it was Saturday or Labor Day, I might just do a two day trip, but now it looks like all day rain on Sunday. Or maybe I will go out to the Green Mountains for just Friday into Sunday. I’d rather get away before it gets cold out.

On this day in 1965, Super Guppy took it’s first flight. The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy is a large, wide-bodied cargo aircraft that is used for hauling outsize cargo components. It was the successor to the Pregnant Guppy, the first of the Guppy aircraft produced by Aero Spacelines, which in turn was named for its resemblance to a pregnant guppy. Five were built in two variants, both of which were colloquially referred to as the “Super Guppy”.

As previously noted, there are 3 weeks until Average High is 70 when the sun will be setting at 6:53 pm with dusk at 7:21 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 80 and 58 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 70 degrees. We hit a record high of 95 back in 1895.

Duly Noted:

1) Today is the final day of August.
2) Labor Day is Monday.
3) Tonight the sun will set at 7:30 PM
4) Three weeks from now the average high will be 70 degrees.
5) Three weeks from Friday will be Autumn.

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Map: Beebe Hill State Forest

Map: Beebe Hill State Forest

Beebe Hill State Forest (in the Columbia County town of Austerlitz) was established in 1963 and is the home of the Beebe Hill fire tower, erected in 1964 and operated through 1987. Recent history has seen the protection of over 3,000 acres of state forests in Columbia County. The 60-foot-tall fire tower was originally constructed on Alander Mountain in the Berkshires in 1928. Five years later it was moved to Washburn Mountain in Columbia County, where it stood until it was moved to Beebe Hill in 1964. Harvey Mountain State Forest, to the east, was purchased in 1999 and adjoins Beebe Hill State Forest.