Good afternoon! Today marks the first 6:30 PM sunset of the year. Soon the sun won’t be rising until after 7 AM (see the graph I posted earlier). As we head into the 2 o’clock hour it’s around 74 degrees under deep blue skies in Albany. There is a south breeze at 7 mph. It’s a pretty nice day day.

Walked down to the Park and Ride. It was a pleasant morning but a bit cooler then I expected, with things going to warm up by later. I probably should have dressed warmer. I actually woke up quite early, went back to bed, and suddenly it was 7 AM and the alarm was going off. And it was still pretty dark out.

Retired to bed quite early last night, as I was tired. I was going to walk down to the library but that never happened, which is fine I had nothing really to do down there. Tonight is going to be warm enough, I probably will spend some time out back. I guess I should start thinking more about getting packed and apartment cleaned up for my West Virigina trip, but I’m tired.

Today will be sunny, with a high of 77 degrees at 4pm. 12 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 55 at 6pm. South wind 5 to 11 mph. Today is a very nice autumn day, not too humid and ample sun. A year ago, we had cloudy skies. The high last year was 69 degrees. The record high of 86 was set in 1891. 30 years ago was the Great October Snowstorm that caused all kinds of trees to come down.  6.5 inches of snow fell back in 1987.

The sun will set at 6:30 pm with dusk around 6:58 pm, which is one minute and 43 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly clear conditions and 74 degrees. The dew point will be 55 degrees. There will be a south breeze at 11 mph. Today will have 11 hours and 33 minutes of daytime, a decrease of 2 minutes and 51 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be scattered showers, mainly between 10pm and 4am. Increasing clouds, with a low of 56 degrees at 6am. 13 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 59 at 11pm. South wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies, clearing in the early hours of the next day. It got down to 45 degrees. The record low of 26 occurred back in 1965.

Map: Five Mile Point

Map: Five Mile Point

The Lake George Wild Forest consists of approximately 71,133 acres of State Forest Preserve lands in the southeastern Adirondacks in the towns of Bolton, Chester, Hague, Horicon, Lake George, Lake Luzerne, Queensbury and Warrensburg in Warren County and the towns of Dresden, Fort Ann, and Putnam in Washington County and is generally bounded on the north by the Warren County line, on the west by the Hudson River, and on the south and east by the Adirondack Park boundary. The Lake George Wild Forest contains miles of marked trails available to explore, allowing the public to easily access a variety of majestic natural attractions such as Black Mountain, Shelving Rock, and Prospect Mountain.

Recreationists also enjoy year-round activities on Lake George, and popular fishing and camping locations at Lily Pond, Jabe Pond, Gay Pond and Palmer Pond. The Lake George Wild Forest is a popular area for motorized recreational uses and ice fishing, and serves as an important link with the adjoining snowmobile trail network.

In addition, the Hudson River Recreation Area of the Lake George Wild Forest enables the public to experience a unique flatwater environment and other recreation opportunities along this historic waterway.

Sunrise and Sunset October 4 through November 2

With the sunrise at 6:59 AM today, mornings certainly are dark. And they will only get darker as we head towards the first day of Standard Time. By Tuesday, November 2nd, the sun won't rise until 7:31 AM. I guess I will be getting up before dawn if I want to make it to work on time, at least in time to get the express bus. This chart is depressing -- and don't even look at the top line, reflecting the sunset, which also is getting much earlier.