Forty four degrees as we head into the nine o’clock hour. The rain has slowed to only a few drops here and there. Made it down to the express bus in plenty of time. Another big large articulated bus this morning, and while they are big and different from the regular 40 foot Gillig buses, they have a shitty ride compared to air suspension of the regular buses. Articulated buses have to have a hard suspension as the trailer contains the engine which pushes the tractor. They are backwards to semi trucks and use air pressure chambers to keep the front tractor from jack knifing on heavy acceleration. The cut air pressure on turns so these massive buses can make the tight turns. That said, I think there may be something broken on this bus, making it ride particularly rough.

Late autumn continues with the early sunset. The sun will set at 4:31 pm with dusk around 5:01 pm, which is 51 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly cloudy conditions and 47 degrees. There will be a west-northwest breeze at 13 mph. Today will have 9 hours and 41 minutes of daytime, a decrease of 2 minutes and 5 seconds over yesterday. I guess it doesn’t matter, expect to stay late at work for a while today.

Tonight will have a slight chance of rain showers, mixing with snow after midnight, then gradually ending. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 32 degrees at 6am. One degree above normal. Breezy, with a northwest wind 14 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, we had mostly clear skies. It got down to 34 degrees. The record low of 7 occurred back in 1972.

As previously noted, next Thursday is Thanksgiving when the sun will be setting at 4:26 pm with dusk at 4:57 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 37 and 27 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 45 degrees. We hit a record high of 72 back in 1931. I have Black Friday off that week, so I am hoping to take a long weekend assuming snow and cold weather is not forecasted.

The weekend forecast continues to look crappy for opening day of Southern Zone Regular Season, but that’s fine I’m not participating in the deer hunt this year. Rabbits, squirrels and small game, sure. But I’ll let the deer hunters get out of the woods first so I can have it all to myself. Probably camp and hunt sometime in December, deer season in the Northern Zone ends on December 3rd. If there is no snow, I may still make a December trip to the North Country. But otherwise, it will probably be Route 8 in the Adirondacks.

This weekend I want to work on my LED driver and getting the hardware put together for mounting the solar panel on my truck cap this weekend. First I have to go to the car wash to make sure it will fit. I think I should be fine but I want to confirm how many inches I have. I do have the track plates I need now, I just got to get the bolts, aluminum bar and drill out the plate.  I found an algorithm to convert color temperature to RGB, which means I can use that to control the lights rather then adjusting hue. I would probably set the remote control channel up button to set the color warmer (lower color temperature) and the channel down button to make the color bluer (warmer color temperature).

Morning folks! Happy Thursday. Next Thursday is Thanksgiving. Dark and dreary with light rain and the mercury is let’s say around forty degrees in Delmar. There is a south breeze at 9 mph. I didn’t get that soaked going down to the store to buy the most essential thing with breakfast, good delicious moo juice, aka MILK! I drink like two gallons of milk each week, and I hadn’t had a chance to get some and all I had was an empty jug of milk in my refrigerator which made me kind of sad. After milk and coffee, with waffles with fresh fruit, I’m happier.

Today will have continued light rain, mainly before 10am, then a chance of showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 51 degrees at 1pm. Three degrees above normal. South wind 8 to 13 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. A year ago, we had cloudy skies with some clearing in the afternoon. The high last year was 55 degrees. The record high of 71 was set in 2006. 3.4 inches of snow fell back in 2002. I remember that day when I was a student at Hudson Valley Community College. The roads weren’t that bad, but they were a bit sloppy but mostly wet. First snowstorm of the autumn season that year.
There is always more to say but I have to get in the shower. Good morning! Express bus will be here before you know it it.

Good evening! Partly cloudy and 38 degrees in Delmar. There is a south-southeast breeze at 10 mph. The skies will clear Friday around 1 am. Today was a nice day weather wise but maybe a bit chilly. But the sun sets so early and the Pine Bush Dinner meant I didn’t get home until pretty late. 

Interesting presentation at the Save the Pine Bush dinner on the ultra efficient ground source aka geothermal heat pumps but also kind of depressing when you realize how energy intensive they are. Your not going off the largely fossil fuel fired electric grid with heat pumps no matter how many solar panels or wind turbines you have on your house. Sinking heat or cold into the ground is very energy efficient but it still requires incredible amounts of electric power. For a large sububranite house that currently consumes 1,000 gallons of oil a year, the ground source heat pump would use about 7 megawatt hours per year or 7,000 kwH. Maybe burning 800 watts a hour, every hour of the day 24-7-365 is better than burning all that oil but neither is sustainable. Nor is it really a serious solution for heating in urban areas as its still a lot of energy, unlikely to ever be sourced from renewable sources or even by burning uranium in those quantities. Drilling geothermal heat sink wells turns out to be pretty difficult in cities too, especially as you to tear up streets and sidewalks to site wells and avoid hitting the numerous utilities and archeological items below ground. 

Tonight will have a chance of rain, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 38 degrees at 10pm. Four degrees above normal. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2016, we had light rain and mist in the evening, remaining overcast into the early morning. It got down to 39 degrees. The record low of 7 occurred back in 1972.

Tonight will have a Waning Crescent Moon with 5% illuminated.The moon will rise tomorrow at 4:41 am. The New Moon is on Friday night. The Cold Moon is on Sunday, December 3rd. The sun will rise at 6:48 am with the first light at 6:17 am, which is one minute and 15 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 17 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 7 seconds over last night.

Rain and clouds tomorrow. Not a nice day. Tomorrow will rain likely, mainly before 11am, then a chance of showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 49 degrees at 1pm. Three degrees above normal. South wind 7 to 16 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Better weather for Friday but continued cold. A year ago, we had cloudy skies. The high last year was 55 degrees. The record high of 71 was set in 2006. 3.4 inches of snow fell back in 2002.

Friday will be nicer but still quite cold and windy. I have too much to get done at work this week so I’m not going to take it off but I will take some long weekends in December. Or maybe go hiking midweek like up Overlook Mountain as I often do in December. 

Not a particularly nice weekend on tap. Saturday, a chance of snow before 10am, then rain. High near 44. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Sunday, a chance of showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Typical average high for the weekend is 47 degrees.

I am still waiting on the transistors but I have the LEDs and power supply now, so I should be able to hook up the LED string this weekend and play with developing the code. Hopefully this will be as good as I hope. If not it’s an experiment and there is more to learn going forward. The trick is to get as much light as possible in places I need the light of just the perfect temperature. I’m going to stay in town and work on that during the rainy cold and wet weekend. I’m not going to be out there in the woods for regular season, hopefully though you’ll have good luck and get meat on the table. It would be a little different if I had land and wasn’t stuck as a public lands hunter who either has no place to hang a deer in the suburbs. I should hunt more, always buy my license but I lack the skill and patience. Eventually though I’ll own land in God’s Country, and my focus will be on acreage more than a big fancy grid tied house. I like working with low voltage electricity. I’d rather know exactly where my power and food is coming from and where my waste is going. Maybe I’ll get the bars cut and drilled for mounting the solar panel on my truck. 

In four weeks on December 13 the sun will be setting at 4:22 pm, which is 9 minutes and 39 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had snow, mist, mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 39 and 32 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 37 and 22 degrees. The record high of 58 degrees was set back in 1984.

Looking ahead, Coldest Day of Year (Avg. 14-30 degrees) is in 8 weeks and Inaugeration Day 2021 is in 166 weeks.