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Good evening! Clear and 63 degrees in Delmar, NY. Calm wind. The dew point is 51 degrees. Not a half bad evening, sitting out back drinking orange juice. I almost prefer drinking a cold glass of that over beer. 

Tonight will have patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low of 48 degrees at 5am. Six degrees below normal. Calm wind. In 2016, we had mostly clear skies. It got down to 49 degrees. The record low of 36 occurred back in 1875.

Tonight will have a Waning Gibbous Moon with 51% illuminated, rising at 11:30 pm. The moon will set tomorrow at 2:27 pm. The Last Quarter Moon will be tomorrow with a slight chance of showers. The Hunter Moon is on Thursday, October 5th. The sun will rise at 6:32 am with the first light at 6:03 am, which is one minute and 4 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 11 hours and 21 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 50 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high of 78 degrees at 3pm. Four degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 56 at 6pm. Calm wind becoming west around 6 mph in the afternoon. Going to be a really nice day. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies with some clearing in the afternoon. The high last year was 77 degrees. The record high of 94 was set in 1947.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, a chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Maximum dew point of 65 at 2pm. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Maximum dew point of 62 at 1pm. This is almost a bonus summer weekend. In mid September. Typical average high for the weekend is 72 degrees. I think we may have a nice warm up for the second half of the week into the weekend. 

I am thinking about one last trip up to Piseco-Powley Road for the weekend. I may drive down to Little Falls on Saturday and explore Moss Island and the Mohawk River. Then the Potholers during the evening and next day. I also want to hike back and do some fishing in House Pond.

I’m thinking about the last week of September to go up to Moose River Plains to enjoy the fall foliage. Also still planning on going to West Virginia and Virginia to see more of those states in autumn and to drive more of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Maybe some short hikes too, although by autumn the days are getting short. I should really start planning that soon.

In four weeks on October 9 the sun will be setting at 6:21 pm, which is 49 minutes and 14 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, drizzle, cloudy skies and temperatures between 60 and 46 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 63 and 42 degrees. The record high of 83 degrees was set back in 1949.

Looking ahead, More Night Then Day in Albany is in 2 weeks, Columbus Day is in 4 weeks, Christmas is in 15 weeks, January 1, 2018 is in 16 weeks and 35th Birthday is in 20 weeks.

Why the Elite Media Want You to Think Trump Is an Independent

"And while it almost certainly isn't something they're consciously attempting to argue, I suspect that another reason reporters might want to assert that Trump is an independent is that it serves as a defense of the two-party system and the larger stability of our democracy. One way to look at Trump is that he's the logical product of a party that has set about in recent years to promote fear of immigrants, distrust of scientific authority, the specific interests of white people, the belief that all problems have easy solutions, and a contempt not just for the media but for the idea of objective truth itself. Trump is proof positive that if you say Both Sides Do It, you're completely wrong."

"On the other hand, if Trump is an anomaly who stands outside the two parties and got elected essentially by accident, then the system is basically fine. Once he's gone and all this madness has come to its merciful end, we can return to the way things were without asking whether there's a profound rot within the GOP and within America itself that allowed this toxic buffoon to become his party's nominee and then the president."

In August 2017, there were 51,000 coal mining jobs. That’s up from the 50,200 jobs when Trump took over the White House. But it’s down from August 2015 when there were 63,100 jobs mining coal, and 73,300 jobs in coal mining 15 years ago in August 2001.

Coal is not back.