2017 November 20

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Albany County
Delmar, NY
Dolly Sods Wilderness
Elm Ave Park & Ride - CDTA
Letchworth State Park
Moreau Lake State Park
Petersburg, WV
Rock City and McCarty Hill State Forest
Zoar Valley

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Breakup of the Bell System

Today in 1974, the US Department of Justice filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the Bell System and A&TT. It would lead to a breaking up of MaBell, eventually leading to more competition and lower prices for telephone and other communication methods.

Most of the upcoming week for Albany should be pretty decent, if not a bit cool.  Tuesday will be the best day of the week by far, but Thanksgiving and Black Friday aka Buy Nothing Day should be pretty nice too. Probably get out hiking on Buy Nothing Day, but I may have to get some supplies for camping. Maybe I will do Moreau State Park and camp on NY 8 — I’ve done that in years past and that’s a nice post-Thanksgiving trip.

Weather Summary
Today. Chance of Snow Showers then Chance of Rain/Snow and 40 degrees , 4:28 sunset.
Tonight. Decreasing Clouds and 29 degrees , 6:55 sunrise.
Tuesday. Sunny and 55 degrees , 4:27 sunset.
Tuesday Night. Mostly Clear then Chance of Showers and 38 degrees , 6:56 sunrise.
Wednesday. Chance of Showers and 42 degrees , 4:26 sunset.
Wednesday Night. Mostly Clear and 25 degrees , 6:57 sunrise.
Thanksgiving Day. Mostly Sunny and 39 degrees , 4:26 sunset.
Thursday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 28 degrees , 6:59 sunrise.
Friday. Mostly Sunny and 42 degrees , 4:25 sunset.
Friday Night. Partly Cloudy and 29 degrees , 7:00 sunrise.
Saturday. Chance of Showers and 44 degrees , 4:25 sunset.
Saturday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 31 degrees , 7:01 sunrise.
Sunday. Partly Sunny and 38 degrees , 4:24 sunset.

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Map: 2017 Albany County Legislative District 38 Democratic Primary

Map: 2017 Albany County Legislative District 38 Democratic Primary

Albany County (/ˈɔːlbəniː/ awl-bə-nee) is a county located in the U.S. state of New York, and is part of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy Metropolitan Statistical Area. The name is from the title of the Duke of York and Albany, who became James II of England (James VII of Scotland). As of the 2010 census, the population was 304,204.[1] As originally established, Albany County had an indefinite amount of land, but has only 530 square miles (1,400 km2) as of March 3, 1888. The county seat is Albany, the state capital.


Map: Rock City State Forest

Map: Rock City State Forest

Rock City and McCarty Hill State Forests, also known as Cattaraugus Reforestation Areas #5 and #8, covers approximately 6,229 acres. These state forests are located in Cattaraugus County in the Towns of Mansfield, Little Valley, Ellicottville and Great Valley. This unit shares its boundary lines with two major ski areas and is near Ellicottville, New York--a place that has become a year-round destination resort area. The most common recreational uses of this area are hunting, hiking, mountain bike riding, skiing, snowshoeing, orienteering, camping and snowmobile riding. These state forests also have a rich history which has shaped the way they look today.

There are camp sites available with covered picnic tables at Camp Seneca and Little Rock City recreation areas. Rock City camp area has four available sites like the one pictured that are tent camping only. Camping is allowed at designated sites only and there is no water supply (look for yellow camp disks at sites). Build fires in designated rock fire rings and not on roads, turn-around areas, picnic tables, or anywhere else that will cause damage or leave a mess to clean up. There is no garbage pick up at these sites; this area is carry in - carry out only!

On other areas of these state forests you can set up camp as long as you are 150 feet away from a road, trail, stream or waterbody.

Look for our yellow "camp here" disks which designate camp sites on the property. Please see maps for general locations. For map locations of Rock City and Camp Seneca as well as other camp locations please view the camp map at the top of the page.


Good morning! Monday’s come back around again. Thursday marks Thanksgiving with five weeks from today to Christmas. Mostly cloudy and 28 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a west breeze at 13 mph. The current wind chill is 17. First dusting of snow has fallen in Delmar. None though on the roads and as far as I can tell they haven’t been salted. The skies will clear around 8 pm.

Today will have a chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high of 40 degrees at 3pm. Six degrees below normal. West wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. A year ago, we had light snow and mist in the morning, remaining cloudy in the afternoon. The high last year was 42 degrees. The record high of 72 was set in 1991. 3.4 inches of snow fell back in 1961.

The sun will set at 4:28 pm with dusk around 4:58 pm, which is 42 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly cloudy conditions and 39 degrees. There will be a west breeze at 13 mph. Today will have 9 hours and 33 minutes of daytime, a decrease of one minute and 54 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low of 29 degrees at 4am. One degrees below normal. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph becoming south after midnight. In 2016, we had light snow. It got down to 29 degrees. The record low of 7 occurred back in 1879.

Looking forward to getting up to the Adirondacks this weekend. Should be a nice weekend assuming we don’t get freezing rain. The nights are long this time of year but they can still be fun. I will probably pitch a tent because then I use the warmer in the tent in the morning. 

In recent years, I’ve become less of a fan of the winter months but I guess they are just part of living in Upstate NY. I tell myself I will eventually head to warmer climates where I can have more freedom, but the truth is I kind of enjoy the awfulness that is New York. Albany is definitely an interesting place, and the work arounds to survive in Upstate NY aren’t that bad. 

Looking ahead, there are 5 weeks until Christmas when the sun will be setting at 4:27 pm with dusk at 4:59 pm. Just think of all that colorful wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and Styrofoam bricks for rednecks to burn! Always accentuate the positive.  On that day in 2016, we had drizzle, mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 43 and 21 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 33 degrees. We hit a record high of 66 back in 1889.