2018 February 10

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Map: Punkeyville State Forest

Map: Punkeyville State Forest

The 518-acre Punkeyville State Forest was purchased in 2012, making it the newest state forest in the region. It received its name through a contest in which students from Forestport Elementary School submitted potential names. Punkeyville was an early name for the area that is now Forestport. This was also the site of a commercial trout farm years ago. Some of the rearing ponds and raceways are still evident. There are no developed facilities except for the roads that cross these lands.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/107771.html

Good morning! Happy Saturday. Finally the weekend! Not the nicest weekend ever, but it will be mild, and it doesn’t look like it will rain much until later. Right now, cloudy☁ and 35 degrees in Westerlo. There is a south breeze at 8 mph. The skies will clear Monday around 9 am.

🌺Only 38 days remain until the first day of calendar spring!🌺

Today will have a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high of 45 degrees at 3pm. 12 degrees above normal. South wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. 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 23 degrees. The record high of 53 was set in 1955. 4 inches of snow fell back in 1892.

The sun will set at 5:22 pm with dusk around 5:51 pm, which is one minute and 18 seconds later than yesterday. 🌇At sunset, look for cloudy conditions and 40 degrees. There will be a south breeze at 5 mph. Today will have 10 hours and 24 minutes of daytime, a decrease of 2 minutes and 36 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will rain.🌧 Patchy fog after 1am. Low of 34 degrees at 6am. 16 degrees above normal. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. In 2017, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 20 degrees. The record low of -18 occurred back in 1962.

Today I am thinking about going over to the Adirondack Outdoorsman Show🐐🔫🎣, but I lot depends on my schedule. It’s a long drive up Johnstown, which gives me pause, and if I’m not spending the weekend up in the Adirondacks it might not be worthwhile. I have some other business to attend to in Albany, so I don’t know if I will have the time. Depends how I feel later on.

I discovered the wonders of Alibaba/AliExpress yesterday.📺 If you want inexpensive electronics components in bulk, that’s the place to go. I am $40 poorer💻 after going to Alibaba but in 2-4 weeks I’ll have more Dupont Cables, Resistors, LEDs, Electrolytic Capacitors, and Max7219 modules⚡ then I will need for some time going forward. If you can wait 2-4 weeks, you can get some amazingly cheap stuff direct from China for building stuff.

Still haven’t figured out why the Max7219 modules are sopping too much current from my Arduino Nano. 🔌I am going to try some resistors to see if that helps, maybe today or tomorrow. I don’t know I have a busy schedule.

I do need to make some more maps up for the blog. 🗺Maybe this weekend, although I have to admit I’ve lost interest to a certain extent in map making, now that I’m much more interested in electronics.