2017 November 07

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Adams Station - Delmar
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City of Troy NY
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John Boyd Thacher State Park
Leland Pond
Old Erie Canal State Historic Park
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Shenandoah Mountain

November 2017
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Good evening! Cloudy and 36 degrees in Delmar, NY. Calm wind. The skies will clear around 11 pm. After such a mild autumn it sure feels chilly. It was cold out walking today in Troy but it was nice to help out a former colleague from work. Did you see my earlier post about how cold it will be come Friday, especially with the windchill? I’m not ready for single digit windchills yet. 

Tonight will be cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low of 28 degrees at 6am. Six degrees below normal. North wind 3 to 5 mph. In 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies. It got down to 26 degrees. The record low of 18 occurred back in 1971. Bundle up if you’re heading out tonight. 

Tonight will have a Waning Gibbous Moon with 79% illuminated. The moon will set tomorrow at 11:15 am. The Last Quarter Moon is on Friday night with mostly clear skies. The Cold Moon is on Sunday, December 3rd. But the last quarter moon will feel cold enough. The sun will rise at 6:38 am with the first light at 6:08 am, which is one minute and 15 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 13 hours and 59 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 24 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be sunny, with a high of 44 degrees at 1pm. Seven degrees below normal. Light north wind. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies. The high last year was 59 degrees. The record high of 75 was set in 1975. 1.7 inches of snow fell back in 1894.

It will be interesting to see how the Troy democrats made out this Election Day. It seems like they have a lot of good candidates, but Troy is a really conservative, republican machine kind of town. It’s very much kind of the polar opposite to Albany. Maybe that’s an exaggeration but David Bissember is a good guy so hopefully he will win. 

Still haven’t gotten groceries yet. I was tired from canvassing and didn’t feel like doing much this evening. I’m really enjoying my day off from work and not having deal with all the craziness of elections. So I just got home from the canvassing and worked on some Arduino sketches including one with the LCD display and the temperature sensor. I want to make a few more projects then I’ll figure out the components I need for the LED driver I want to build. Walked down to the library for a bit mostly to stretch my legs. Didn’t order those square Yakima washer pad things I need for bolting the solar panel on because I want to shop around tomorrow. 

In four weeks on December 5 the sun will be setting at 4:22 pm, which is 18 minutes and 3 seconds earlier then tonight. Come the nineth of that month days will actually get longer. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, drizzle, snow, mist, cloudy skies and temperatures between 42 and 26 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 40 and 25 degrees. The record high of 65 degrees was set back in 2001.

Looking ahead, Election Day 2018 is in 52 weeks and Election Day 2020 is in 156 weeks.

Map: Leland Ponds

Map: Leland Ponds

Upper and Lower Lelands Ponds are located in Madison County near the hamlet of Bouckville.

Plant Life

Both ponds have significant rooted aquatic vegetation growth around much of them out to about 15 feet of water.

Public Access Sites

Upper Leland Pond - On Route 26, approximately one mile southwest of the hamlet of Bouckville. Concrete launch ramp. Parking for 10 cars and trailers. Universally accessible fishing pier.
Lower Leland Pond - Undeveloped hand launch, across from Upper Lelands parking area.

General Fishing Information

Upper and Lower Lelands Ponds are connected by a channel that runs through a culvert under the highway. This culvert is too small for boat passage, but it does allow fish movement. Upper Lelands offers a cold water fishery for brown trout along with warm water gamefish such as largemouth bass and tiger musky. Lower Lelands is shallower and weedier and offers a better opportunity for largemouth bass and tiger musky. Bluegills, pumpkinseeds, black crappie, brown bullhead and yellow perch can also be found in both ponds.

Fisheries Management

Upper Lelands Pond is stocked annually with approximately 1,360 year-old brown trout. Lower Lelands Pond receives approximately 155 tiger musky annually.

Special fishing regulations exist for trout in Lelands Ponds. Please consult the Special Regulations by County section of your fishing regulations guide.


Today was kind of a cold and gray afternoon. But later in the week will be downright cold. Maybe not so depressingly gray, but look at those wind chills. Sure, we have cold days in January but this seems a bit early for the second week of November. But it happens. At least no snow is in the forecast, even if your heat may be working a bit on Friday into Veterans Day.

Weather Summary
Tonight. Gradual Clearing and 28 degrees , 6:39 sunrise.
Wednesday. Sunny and 44 degrees , 4:39 sunset.
Wednesday Night. Mostly Clear and 28 degrees , 6:40 sunrise.
Thursday. Mostly Sunny and 48 degrees , 4:37 sunset.
Thursday Night. Slight Chance of Showers then Chance of Rain/Snow and 26 degrees , 6:41 sunrise.
Friday. Mostly Sunny and 29 degrees , 11 max wind chill, 4:36 sunset.
Friday Night. Mostly Clear and 15 degrees , 8 max wind chill, 6:43 sunrise.
Veterans Day. Sunny and 37 degrees , 8 max wind chill, 4:35 sunset.
Saturday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 21 degrees , 6:44 sunrise.
Sunday. Mostly Cloudy and 43 degrees , 4:34 sunset.
Sunday Night. Chance of Rain/Snow and 32 degrees , 6:45 sunrise.
Monday. Chance of Rain and 47 degrees , 4:34 sunset.
Monday Night. Partly Cloudy and 32 degrees , 6:46 sunrise.