2017 September 13

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Delmar, NY
Gilboa, New York
Leonard Hill State Forest
Route 358
Schoharie County

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Good evening! Mostly cloudy and 71 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a south breeze at 5 mph. The dew point is 60 degrees. The skies will clear Friday around 9 pm. Feels like a nice summer evening, although the sun set much too early. But still I’m enjoying sitting out back, listening to a podcast, clicking through random crap on Facebook. Rain showers may chase me in soon, I already took down the American flag I first put up on September 11th. 

Tonight will have isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 63 degrees at 5am. 11 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 63 at 11pm. South wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies, clearing in the early hours of the next day. It was somewhat humid. It got down to 53 degrees. The record low of 32 occurred back in 1963.

Tonight will have a Waning Crescent Moon with 28% illuminated. The moon will rise tonight at 1:22 am. The New Moon is on Tuesday night. The Hunter Moon is on Thursday, October 5th. The sun will rise at 6:34 am with the first light at 6:05 am, which is one minute and 4 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 11 hours and 27 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 51 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 75 degrees at 2pm. Two degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 65 at 10am. South wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. A year ago, we had sunny skies. The high last year was 82 degrees. The record high of 93 was set in 1931.

A hazy, hot and humid late summer, September weekend on tap. Saturday, isolated showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Maximum dew point of 65 at 11am. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Maximum dew point of 64 at 1pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 72 degrees. You can’t beat that.

I am pretty sure I’ll be heading up to the Adirondacks, and probably driving down to Little Falls on Saturday to explore Moss Island from a kayak. I’m quite excited about that. Also Sunday should be warm enough for one more time at the Potholers before the cold of winter sets in. Looks like it will be a good weekend. 

Made too much pasta for dinner and proceeded to eat too much. That said, I did walk about 6-7 miles around town today so I burned off some of the calories. I try to walk around town as much as possible. I like walking around the city, you get to see so much more of it. 

In four weeks on October 11 the sun will be setting at 6:18 pm, which is 49 minutes earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had patches of fog, sunny skies and temperatures between 65 and 33 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 62 and 41 degrees. The record high of 86 degrees was set back in 1949.

Looking ahead, Average High is 70 is Next Wednesday, Hunter’s Moon is in 3 weeks and Thanksgiving is in 10 weeks.

Crude Oil Prices: West Texas Intermediate (WTI) – Cushing, Oklahoma

Despite the recent spike at the gas price due to refineries being brought offline, crude oil prices remain low, since the 2015 price crash.

Data Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Crude Oil Prices: West Texas Intermediate (WTI) - Cushing, Oklahoma [WCOILWTICO], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/WCOILWTICO, September 13, 2017.

Google Maps: Length Of Day On The First Day Of Fall

I thought we should put the old myth to bed -- on the first day of autumn that all of earth has the same length of day, and it's always 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. That is not exactly true -- due to refraction of sunlight on the earth's atmosphere, almost all of the world has more then 12 hours of daylight. Towards the poles, you have around 12 hours and 10 minutes of daylight, while closer to the equator, you have more like 12 hours and 6 minutes of daylight. This interactive map will help you understand the length of day, and when to expect the sunrise and sunset on that day.

Length of Day, Next Month

The first day when we will have more night then day will be Monday, September 25th. This is due to the refraction of the sun on the earth -- we don't have exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night on the first day of autumn. Indeed, it varies a bit on how much day length on the first day of autumn as you travel to different parts of New York State, depending on how far from your from the equator.