2017 October 10

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Good evening! Mostly clear and 66 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a west-northwest breeze at 7 mph. The dew point is 55 degrees. A pretty nice evening. If I was parked in the normal spot I would have sat out back but instead I’m inside laying on my bed listening to podcasts. 

Tonight will have patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low of 53 degrees at 5am. 12 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 55 at 9pm. Northwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Nice weather for sleeping with the windows open. In 2016, we had clear skies. It got down to 33 degrees. Much cooler weather.  The record low of 22 occurred back in 1943.

Tonight will have a Waning Gibbous Moon with 65% illuminated. The moon will set tomorrow at 1:24 pm. The Last Quarter Moon is on Thursday night with a chance of showers. The Beaver Moon is on Friday, November 3rd. The sun will rise at 7:03 am with the first light at 6:35 am, which is one minute and 9 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 12 hours and 44 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 50 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 61 degrees at 2pm. One degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 52 at 6am. North wind 6 to 8 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. The high last year was 65 degrees. The record high of 86 was set in 1949. There was a dusting of snow in 1987.

Another warm autumn weekend on tap. Saturday, partly sunny, with a high near 76. Maximum dew point of 61 at 3pm. Sunday, scattered showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Maximum dew point of 61 at 4pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 61 degrees. Thursday morning I’ll decide if I should try to get next week off. 

In four weeks on November 7 the sun will be setting at 4:40 pm (Standard Time), which is one hour, 40 minutes and 7 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 53 and 28 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 51 and 34 degrees. The record high of 75 degrees was set back in 1938.

Looking ahead, Election Day 2017 is in 4 weeks, Average Temperature (low+high) is 40 is in 5 weeks (seems unbelievable), Coldest Day of Year (Avg. 14-30 degrees) is in 3 months, Election Day 2018 is in 56 weeks and Election Day 2020 is in 160 weeks.

Total Non-Farms Jobs in New York State, 1939-2017

In August 2017 there were 9,577,100 non-farm jobs in New York, a record for jobs in the history of New York State. There was a slight decline in jobs in September, but still we are in record breaking territory for the most people ever employed in our state. It's a much a different story then the 1970s in New York State when our state was not only losing population, it was also losing jobs. August 1969 had 7,280,700 jobs in New York, a number that wouldn't be exceeded until May 1981 with 7,285,200 jobs.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, All Employees: Total Nonfarm in New York [NYNAN], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/NYNAN, October 10, 2017.

There are 66 back-country campsites currently digitized by the NYS DEC in the Catskill Forest Preserve. For use with your GPS, the latitude and longitude have been listed below, sorted by Forest Preserve unit. Additional campsites exist, and some have been heads-up digitized by myself on other maps found on this site, however due to in-exact location they have not been included on this list.

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Forest Preserve Unit Campsite Office Location
Big Indian Wilderness Rider Hollow Campsite New Paltz, Region 3 42.10163,-74.51719
Colgate Lake Wild Forest Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.23919,-74.12405
Colgate Lake Wild Forest Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.23917,-74.12235
Colgate Lake Wild Forest Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.23964,-74.12338
Colgate Lake Wild Forest Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.23958,-74.12268
Colgate Lake Wild Forest Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.24121,-74.11467
Colgate Lake Wild Forest Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.24112,-74.11676
Colgate Lake Wild Forest Colgate Lake ADA Primitive Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.23938,-74.12045
Crystal Lake Wild Forest Crystal Lake Campsite 1 New Paltz, Region 3 41.86922,-75.02342
Crystal Lake Wild Forest Crystal Lake Campsite 10 New Paltz, Region 3 41.87308,-75.02943
Crystal Lake Wild Forest Crystal Lake Campsite 11 New Paltz, Region 3 41.8759,-75.02821
Crystal Lake Wild Forest Crystal Lake Campsite 3 New Paltz, Region 3 41.86903,-75.02405
Crystal Lake Wild Forest Crystal Lake Campsite 4 New Paltz, Region 3 41.86889,-75.02458
Crystal Lake Wild Forest Crystal Lake Campsite 5 New Paltz, Region 3 41.86931,-75.02463
Crystal Lake Wild Forest Crystal Lake Campsite 6 New Paltz, Region 3 41.86955,-75.02504
Crystal Lake Wild Forest Crystal Lake Campsite 7 New Paltz, Region 3 41.87026,-75.0262
Crystal Lake Wild Forest Crystal Lake Campsite 8 New Paltz, Region 3 41.87044,-75.02649
Crystal Lake Wild Forest Crystal Lake Campsite 9 New Paltz, Region 3 41.87097,-75.02645
Delaware Wild Forest ADA Primitive Campsite Stamford, Region 4 41.99649,-74.93796
Delaware Wild Forest Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.01243,-74.82313
Delaware Wild Forest Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.04316,-74.80916
Delaware Wild Forest Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.04023,-74.80933
Delaware Wild Forest Campsite 1 Stamford, Region 4 42.04385,-74.72643
Delaware Wild Forest Campsite 10 Stamford, Region 4 42.04515,-74.72231
Delaware Wild Forest Campsite 11 Stamford, Region 4 42.04597,-74.722
Delaware Wild Forest Campsite 12 Stamford, Region 4 42.04995,-74.72074
Delaware Wild Forest Campsite 13 Stamford, Region 4 42.04971,-74.72366
Delaware Wild Forest Campsite 2 Stamford, Region 4 42.04377,-74.72538
Delaware Wild Forest Campsite 3 Stamford, Region 4 42.04328,-74.72424
Delaware Wild Forest Campsite 4 Stamford, Region 4 42.04206,-74.72564
Delaware Wild Forest Campsite 5 Stamford, Region 4 42.0423,-74.72527
Delaware Wild Forest Campsite 6 Stamford, Region 4 42.04145,-74.72518
Delaware Wild Forest Campsite 8 Stamford, Region 4 42.04297,-74.72591
Delaware Wild Forest Campsite 9 ADA Stamford, Region 4 42.04334,-74.72598
Delaware Wild Forest Primitive Campsite Stamford, Region 4 41.99624,-74.94371
Delaware Wild Forest Primitive Campsite Stamford, Region 4 41.99585,-74.94107
Delaware Wild Forest Primitive Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.00052,-74.94268
Delaware Wild Forest Primitive Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.00623,-74.94263
Delaware Wild Forest Primitive Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.01187,-74.94557
Delaware Wild Forest Primitive Campsite Stamford, Region 4 41.99636,-74.96218
Delaware Wild Forest Primitive Campsite Stamford, Region 4 41.99457,-74.95989
Delaware Wild Forest Primitve Campsite Stamford, Region 4 41.99916,-74.95874
Diamond Notch Primitive Bicycle Corridor Primitive Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.16844,-74.25743
Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Primitive Campsite 1 Stamford, Region 4 42.18875,-74.24009
Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Primitive Campsite 2 Stamford, Region 4 42.18883,-74.23982
Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Primitive Campsite 3 Stamford, Region 4 42.18856,-74.23974
Indian Head Wilderness Campsite 1 Stamford, Region 4 42.09804,-74.08922
Indian Head Wilderness Campsite 2 Stamford, Region 4 42.09688,-74.08913
Indian Head Wilderness Campsite 3 Stamford, Region 4 42.096,-74.09069
Indian Head Wilderness Campsite 4 Stamford, Region 4 42.09664,-74.0921
Indian Head Wilderness Campsite 5 Stamford, Region 4 42.09727,-74.09231
Indian Head Wilderness Campsite 6 Stamford, Region 4 42.09828,-74.09165
Indian Head Wilderness Campsite 7 Stamford, Region 4 42.0985,-74.09123
Indian Head Wilderness Primitive Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.13464,-74.16232
Indian Head Wilderness Primitive Campsite 1 Stamford, Region 4 42.13514,-74.16196
Sundown Wild Forest ADA Trailer Field Campsite New Paltz, Region 3 41.91688,-74.43558
Sundown Wild Forest ADA Trailer Field Campsite New Paltz, Region 3 41.91683,-74.43548
Sundown Wild Forest Kanape Brrok By Fer Field Campsite New Paltz, Region 3 41.93334,-74.32539
Sundown Wild Forest Trails End Campsite New Paltz, Region 3 41.884,-74.35998
Windham-Blackhead Range Wilderness Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.27589,-74.10103
Windham-Blackhead Range Wilderness Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.27605,-74.1011
Windham-Blackhead Range Wilderness Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.27632,-74.09992
Windham-Blackhead Range Wilderness Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.27064,-74.11374
Windham-Blackhead Range Wilderness Campsite Stamford, Region 4 42.27042,-74.11397
Windham-Blackhead Range Wilderness Elm Ridge 1 Stamford, Region 4 42.306,-74.17393
Windham-Blackhead Range Wilderness Elm Ridge 2 Stamford, Region 4 42.306,-74.17369

1950s Experiment Asked Artist To Take LSD And Draw The Same Portrait 9 Times, And Each Portrait Got Crazier

"In the 1950s the US government did a lot of experiments with psychotomimetic drugs (in fact, as anybody who's seen or read 'The Men Who Stare At Goats' will know, the US government used to do all sorts of weird and wonderful experiments). One of these experiments included feeding human test subjects measured quantities of LSD and then monitoring their ensuing behavior. In one particular experiment, Oscar Janiger, a University of California-Irvine psychiatrist known for his work on acid, gave an artist an activity box full of crayons and asked him to drawing his experiences on LSD. And as you can see from these 9 illuminating images, the results are just as trippy as you'd expect. Things start out normally enough, but it doesn't take long before the artist's perception of reality starts to warp, and his drawings (which were recently uploaded by somebody called juraganyeri) capture in fascinating detail the various stages of his hallucinogenic journey, from the beginning of his trip right through to his comedown. See for yourself below, and please, don't try this at home."

Google Maps: August 2017 Unemployment Rate In NY State

This interactive map shows the 160 communities where Local Area Unemployment Statistics are generated. All 62 counties in New York have an unemployment rate calculated monthly, along with the 98 cities, towns, and villages with a population greater then 25,000. You can zoom in into see individual villages and cities. Click to see one year of unemployment data. Monthly numbers are not seasonally adjusted, and in some regions of the state unemployment rises during certain periods of the year. You should only compare like months (e.g. August 2017 vs Augsut 2016). You can download the data going back to 1970s here: https://www.labor.ny.gov/stats/LSLAUS

This Friday is the 6:15 PM sunset. Then a little over three weeks from then the time will change. Eight weeks until we reach the earliest sunset of the year, with the sunsets slowly but surely starting to get later after that point.

Upcoming Sunsets:

6:15 pm sunset – Friday, October 13
6:00 pm sunset – Sunday, October 22
5:45 pm sunset – Thursday, November 2
Standard Time Begins – Sunset on Sunday, November 5 is at 4:42 pm
4:30 pm sunset – Friday, November 17
Earliest Sunset – Saturday, December 9 at 4:22 pm
4:30 pm sunset – Wednesday, December 27
4:45 pm sunset – Friday, January 12
5:00 pm sunset – Wednesday, January 24
5:15 pm sunset – Sunday, February 4
5:30 pm sunset – Friday, February 16

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