August 2, 2017 Night

Good evening! Partly clear and 70 degrees in Delmar, NY. Calm wind. The dew point is 65 degrees. The muggy weather ends Saturday around 9 pm.

Less humid this evening that I would have expected, although I think it has to do more with the breeze and dropping temperature then the actual dew point. 

Got home, had some dinner, watched the PBS Newshour for a while then fell asleep. Ever since the end of vacation I’ve been so tired by the time I get home from work. I’m having trouble getting used to getting up early after sleeping in so much during vacation. 

I always enjoy the walk down to Tri Centennial Park and catching the bus down there by the DEC. It turns out that walking down there means there is more consistency with the bus schedule because when the driver gets a late start on the first few stops he’s able to catch up closer to on time then. Moreover, farther down the bus route, the estimated arrival time for the bus is more accurate, and it’s less waiting for the bus. 

Every time I walk down the pedestrianized section of Stueben Street, I’m fascinated by the farm tractor toy store. It just such a strange business to be located on a side street of Albany. I can’t imagine selling plastic and metal tractor toys downtown is a lucrative business. I am sure there is back story – maybe the toy tractors is a side business for something legitimate like farm insurance or other agricultural business that is somehow tied in with state government. Or maybe it’s a front for something more sinister like a front for bribes for government officials. But why would you have a store front and not a non descript office run by an LLC in a tower downtown? Or maybe it’s some kind of religious organization that has an interest in promoting agriculture. I’m sure I could find an answer on the Internet but I think I’d rather use my imagination. 

Tonight will have patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low of 63 degrees at 5am. Two degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 66 at 1am. Light south wind. In 2016, we had mostly clear skies with more clouds in the early hours of the next day. It was somewhat humid. It got down to 60 degrees. The record low of 44 occurred back in 1976.

Tonight will have a Waxing Gibbous Moon. The Full Moon is on Monday night. The sun will rise at 5:49 am with the first light at 5:17 am, which is one minute and 2 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 36 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 15 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high of 84 degrees at 2pm. Three degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 69 at 10am. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies. It was somewhat humid. The high last year was 83 degrees. The record high of 97 was set in 1975.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Maximum dew point of 66 at 8am. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Maximum dew point of 57 at 8pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 82 degrees.

Weekend doesn’t seem really great, especially Saturday. I think I’m sticking with my plans for staying in town. I guess if it clears early I could camp at the lean to one Harvey Mountain that I’ve wanted to for some time but I doubt it will be that nice evening on Saturday evening. 

In four weeks on August 30 the sun will be setting at 7:32 pm, which is 41 minutes and 39 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had shallow fog, patches of fog, partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 82 and 54 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 78 and 58 degrees. The record high of 98 degrees was set back in 1953.

Looking ahead, Last Day with Average High of 80 is in 3 weeks, Corn Moon is in 5 weeks, 6:30 PM Sunset is in 9 weeks, Coldest Day of Year (Avg. 14-30 degrees) is in 23 weeks and Inaugeration Day 2021 is in 181 weeks.