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30 Years of Nitrogen Fertilization in Spruce-Fir Forest – CompassLive

"Rocks and sediments bind up almost 98 percent of all nitrogen. The remaining 2 percent is in motion, part of a global chemical cycle that includes humans, bacteria, plants, and the atmosphere.
“Plants need nitrogen to grow,” says U.S. Forest Service research ecologist Steve McNulty. “However, excess nitrogen can harm plants.”

"Nitrogen and sulfur can combine with oxygen to form nitrogen or sulfur oxides. These compounds become part of the atmosphere, where they react with water vapor and other elements. Eventually, the nitrogen and sulfur – now in the form of nitric and sulfuric acid – fall to the ground with the rain drops."

Good evening! Rain and 57 degrees in Delmar. Calm wind. The dew point is 56 degrees. The skies will clear tomorrow around 4 pm.

Tonight I went for my evening walk. The rain held off for it. I also walked down to the express bus stop at the old Union Station and walked from New Scotland to the Alfred E Smith Building midday. Trying to get my steps in, especially with so much going on in my life these days. 

Made pasta for dinner tonight. It was pretty good. Worked on the blog for a while got reading some articles on the Internet and went for my evening walk. 

Tonight will have showers, mainly before 3am. Low of 54 degrees at 2am. One degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 56 at 10pm. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. In 2016, we had partly cloudy skies. It was somewhat humid. It got down to 63 degrees. The record low of 36 occurred back in 1962.

Tonight will have a Waning Gibbous Moon with 96% illuminated. The moon will set tomorrow at 8:48 am. The Last Quarter Moon is on Tuesday night. The Hunter Moon is on Thursday, October 5th. The sun will rise at 6:26 am with the first light at 5:58 am, which is one minute and 4 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 11 hours and 7 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 49 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a chance of showers, mainly after 4pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high of 70 degrees at 3pm. Six degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 57 at 10am. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies with more clouds in the afternoon. It became humid as the day progressed. The high last year was 86 degrees. The record high of 96 was set in 1945.

Cool this weekend with temperatures running 8 degrees below normal but otherwise sunny. Saturday, isolated showers after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Maximum dew point of 48 at 10am. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Maximum dew point of 50 at 4pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 75 degrees.

In four weeks on October 4 the sun will be setting at 6:30 pm, which is 49 minutes and 32 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had cloudy skies and temperatures between 69 and 53 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 65 and 44 degrees. The record high of 86 degrees was set back in 1891.

Looking ahead, 6:30 PM Sunset is in 4 weeks, Coldest Day of Year (Avg. 14-30 degrees) is in 18 weeks, Election Day 2018 is in 13 months and Inaugeration Day 2021 is in 176 weeks.

I don’t know if a Hurricane comes to Upstate NY, I am not buying bottled water but extra beer. I mean, who really wants to be sober during a hurricane? I’d rather be sitting back, watching the rain come down while drinking a cold one or two.

Summer is done. Maybe not calendar wise, but as a practical matter once school is back in session and Labor Day comes to an conclusion, summer is concluded. The sunset is before 7:30 PM and with the recent cold snap the mountains are showing a hints of color to come. I am kind of sad that it’s been such a cool and wet summer, but I look forward to autumn.

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My next big trip in the mid to late summer is likely to Moose River Plains for three or four days in late September. Moose is wonderful when it’s in peak colors, even if it does get chilly at night, and the nights sure come early. Then I plan to go to West Virginia and Virginia and the Blue Ridge Parkway. That should be a pretty amazing trip, if all goes well.

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Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

"Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health."

"Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an investigation by Orb Media, who shared the findings with the Guardian. Overall, 83% of the samples were contaminated with plastic fibres."

"The US had the highest contamination rate, at 94%, with plastic fibres found in tap water sampled at sites including Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, and Trump Tower in New York. Lebanon and India had the next highest rates."