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Happy Weekend! Mostly clear and 77 degrees in Albany, NY. There is a north breeze at 8 mph. The dew point is 50 degrees. Definitely a really nice evening. A few more things to pack then it’s off to Moose River Plains. I decided to take the bus home and leave from home because that way I would be leaving after rush hour and no matter how early I left I would be driving most of the way after dark. I have headlights and I’ll take lots of caffeine and will keep my eyes peeled for wildlife.  

The sun will set at 6:51 pm with dusk around 7:19 pm, which is one minute and 47 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly clear conditions and 73 degrees. The dew point will be 51 degrees. There will be a north breeze at 8 mph.

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low of 57 degrees at 5am. Six degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 52 at 7pm. North wind 6 to 8 mph. In 2016, we had mostly clear skies with more clouds in the early hours of the next day. It got down to 54 degrees. The record low of 32 occurred back in 1963.

Tonight will have a Waxing Crescent Moon with 16% illuminated, setting at 8:59 pm. The moon will rise tomorrow at 11:02 am. The First Quarter Moon is on Wednesday night with scattered showers. The Hunter Moon is on Thursday, October 5th. The sun will rise at 6:43 am with the first light at 6:15 am, which is one minute and 5 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 11 hours and 53 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 52 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be sunny, with a high of 83 degrees at 3pm. 14 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 62 at 6pm. North wind 3 to 6 mph. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies. The high last year was 75 degrees. The record high of 97 was set in 1895. A little bit more humid but overall a nice weekend ahead. 

Looking ahead to Sunday, patchy fog between 7am and 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph. Maximum dew point of 69 at 9pm. That’s going to be obnoxiously sticky but hopefully not as bad up north. Plus I have a lot of cold beer to drink. Nothing like your normal fall weekend.  Typical average high for the weekend is 69 degrees.

I have Monday off so I’m not coming back until that evening. Probably not really early on Monday either but that could change. Hopefully it will be very relaxing up north at the Moose River Recreation area. I have the kayak, my shotgun, fishing pole, books and podcasts to enjoy. Not much in cell service up that way but I have lots of interesting content scheduled to keep you entertained. 

You got to get out and enjoy the nice weather, because it ain’t expected to last long. Cooler weather pushes in next Thursday and it may only reach the upper 50s or low 60s by next weekend. October is just around the corner. 

In four weeks on October 20 the sun will be setting at 6:04 pm, which is 47 minutes and 18 seconds earlier then today. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, fog, shallow fog, patches of fog, mist, in the vicinity there was thunderstorm, cloudy skies and temperatures between 60 and 44 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 58 and 38 degrees. The record high of 80 degrees was set back in 1965.

Looking ahead, Beaver Moon is in 6 weeks.

Many people I know giggle or maybe take a gasp when I tell them I am a liberal Democrat, or something like that. I mean, I voted for both Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and for Jill Stein in 2016. I did consider voting for Donald Trump in 2016, but ultimately went with Stein as protest vote against both Trump and Clinton. I voted for Senator Sanders in the Democratic primary, but honestly I wasn’t thrilled about either candidate in the primary. I thought Donald Trump would be a change, much like Obama was a change, and a fresh voice in 2008. I was very impressed with Barack Obama’s work as president, even if many of his best ideas got held up by the Republican Congress. I’m mostly indifferent to all the candidates that run for office, not liking many of them.

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I believe it’s important for government to regulate big corporations and big urban concerns, when we are talking about thousands or millions of people. As they used to say, individually people are really beautiful, but together there is a lot of collective ugliness. Most human impact is limited, but becomes more problematic when thousands or millions of humans act together – like driving automobiles in cities, generating solid waste, or using megawatts of electricity. Your 100 watt light bulb doesn’t impact shit, but burning coal to power millions of homes and oil to power millions of automobiles is producing such an incredible amount of carbon dioxide, it’s warming the planet.

I am not a believer in individual action or lifestyle statements, except for political lobbying. Replacing your incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs or buying a hybrid car is going to nothing to change the trajectory of our planet as it continues to warm. Neither will trading in your SUV for a hybrid or taking the bus is going to alone change a thing on the planet. But fuel economy standards can force manufacturers to make millions of more efficient cars, and investing in convenient transit options, can move millions in ways that reduce carbon emissions.

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I am also not a believer in expanding social programs per se. I do see the need for universal healthcare, but it should be provided a mix of a public and private partnership. The government should be the insurer of expensive healthcare operations, while private insurers can cover ancillary needs like lost wages, premium parking, cable television or Internet at hospital rooms, or other non-essential benefits that will help to make health care pleasant. I also think college education should be highly subsidized, so students who work summer jobs and live conservatively, can afford it without going to debt.

I do not agree with welfare or providing certain individuals with special government subsidies just because they are poor – government shouldn’t be providing the poor with vochures to buy food or rental assistance. But government should work to ensure that there is an adequate supply of affordable healthy food for all regardless of income, and same with safe, decent housing for all.

At the same, I am a believer in the government creating good public places for all to use, without consideration of income. Every community should have good public spaces where people can get together and work on issues of common interest. Public libraries, free and open to all, are important in every community, so people can learn and access the Internet. Learning shouldn’t end just because you graduate from a publicly funded school. I also think parks that are free and open to all are important, as people need a chance to get some fresh air and enjoy healthy recreation. Public forest lands can provide numerous recreational opportunities from hunting to fishing to camping and hiking, and can also provide important products to industry like timber, oil, and coal – which in turn can fund their use for all.

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I don’t think government has much of a role regulating individual lives. I don’t support gun control, instead I think government should be working to produce healthy communities that are largely free of violence, because people have other ways to work out problems. Strong communities have good jobs, good schools, good community centers, and a mix of people that always are keeping an eye on their street. Neighborhood watches, and local anti-crime citizen groups should always be the preference over more cops and government regulation.

In urbanized areas, there needs to more regulation of private property, to protect community character, but sometimes regulation gets a little out of hand. In rural areas, there can be more freedom, because there is less of a chance of conflict. But I think there should be more review of regulations, and repeal of outdated regulations, and implementing regular sunsets of laws. It seems like there too many laws, especially on the local level, that don’t always make sense to continue.

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That’s my take on it.

Theodore Wind Bridge in Little Falls

Driving over the Mayor Theodore Wind Bridge in Little Falls, that was built south of rather then upon Moss Island, carrying NY 169 to the Thruway, providing this dying industrial city access to the superhighway. For being a highway bridge built in 1980-1982, it's a remarkably graceful bridge that crosses the Mohawk River, Barge Canal, Old River Road, and the Railroad Tracks. The first part of this video is Old River Road, from the Sewage Treatment Plant to NY 5.

As we head into the middle of September the days continue to get shorter and the average temperature drops into the low 70, not that you’d notice that on such beautiful late summer day. In a few weeks you’ll be seeing the leaves change color, then deer season, Thanksgiving and the holidays. 

Albany, NY Temperature Normals and Records

Week Date Dawn Sun-
rise
Sun-
set
Dusk Day Avg High Avg Low Record Hi Record Low
0 Sep 12 6:04 am 6:32 am 7:09 pm 7:37 pm 12:36 74 53 94 (1947) 36 (1875)
1 Sep 19 6:12 am 6:40 am 6:56 pm 7:24 pm 12:16 71 50 90 (1946) 32 (1959)
2 Sep 26 6:19 am 6:47 am 6:44 pm 7:12 pm 11:56 68 47 89 (2007) 29 (1947)
3 Oct 3 6:27 am 6:55 am 6:31 pm 6:59 pm 11:36 65 44 83 (1967) 29 (1945)
4 Oct 10 6:35 am 7:03 am 6:19 pm 6:48 pm 11:16 62 41 89 (1939) 25 (1980)
5 Oct 17 6:43 am 7:11 am 6:08 pm 6:36 pm 10:56 59 39 85 (1947) 21 (1940)
6 Oct 24 6:51 am 7:20 am 5:57 pm 6:26 pm 10:37 57 37 74 (1973) 16 (1969)
7 Oct 31 6:59 am 7:28 am 5:48 pm 6:17 pm 10:19 54 35 73 (1946) 18 (1988)
8 Nov 7 6:08 am 6:37 am 4:39 pm 5:09 pm 10:01 51 34 75 (1938) 18 (1962)
9 Nov 14 6:16 am 6:46 am 4:32 pm 5:02 pm 9:45 49 32 70 (1973) 12 (1996)
10 Nov 21 6:24 am 6:55 am 4:27 pm 4:57 pm 9:31 46 30 70 (1931) 7 (1879)
11 Nov 28 6:32 am 7:03 am 4:23 pm 4:54 pm 9:20 43 28 68 (1990) 6 (1951)
12 Dec 5 6:38 am 7:10 am 4:21 pm 4:53 pm 9:11 40 25 65 (2001) 2 (1989)
13 Dec 12 6:44 am 7:16 am 4:21 pm 4:53 pm 9:05 37 23 62 (1979) -12 (1988)
14 Dec 19 6:49 am 7:21 am 4:24 pm 4:56 pm 9:02 35 20 54 (1895) -13 (1973)
15 Dec 26 6:52 am 7:24 am 4:28 pm 5:00 pm 9:03 33 18 59 (1895) -17 (1914)
16 Jan 2 6:53 am 7:25 am 4:33 pm 5:05 pm 9:08 31 16 61 (1890) -20 (1970)

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Good morning! Happy Saturday. Partly cloudy and 53 degrees in Delmar. There is a northwest breeze at 5 mph. The dew point is 47 degrees. Some blue skies and clouds around. But cool. 

Today will have a slight chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high of 66 degrees at 3pm. Nine degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 50 at 1pm. North wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies with some clearing in the afternoon. It was somewhat humid. The high last year was 87 degrees. The record high of 94 was set in 1959.

The sun will set at 7:14 pm with dusk around 7:42 pm, which is one minute and 46 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly cloudy conditions and 61 degrees. The dew point will be 50 degrees. There will be a north breeze at 8 mph. Today will have 12 hours and 44 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 50 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 48 degrees at 5am. Six degrees below normal. Northwest wind 3 to 7 mph. In 2016, we had partly cloudy skies with more clouds in the early hours of the next day. It was humid. It got down to 67 degrees. The record low of 34 occurred back in 1978.

A bit chilly this morning but it will warm up as the day progresses. I plan to hook up the relay today for the CB radio and get the propane tank filled and kayak racks back on the truck. Probably go out paddling and fishing tomorrow on Tompkins Lake. After being out of town so many weeks lately I just need a break. I don’t think the relay will be difficult to wire but I will need to visit Advanced Auto for some more wires and clips. 

Next weekend if it’s not too cloudy and rainy, I plan to head up to the Adirondacks for the weekend. Or maybe not. We will see. I might instead hold off for the following week and take a long weekend to Moose River Plains to go camping. All these trips after a while become just a lot of time packing and unpacking. 

As previously noted, next Saturday is Lowville Cream Cheese Festival when the sun will be setting at 7:01 pm with dusk at 7:30 pm. On that day in 2016, we had heavy fog, fog, patches of fog, mist, partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 75 and 43 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 72 degrees. We hit a record high of 92 back in 1939.

Happy Weekend! Mostly cloudy with rain showers around and 65 degrees in Albany. There is a west-northwest breeze at 9 mph. The dew point is 52 degrees. The skies will clear around 8 pm.

I was a bit concerned that they might close the road before the bus came but it wasn’t a problem. Tonight is the big Labor Parade downtown and they end up closing off the streets. The bus was a few minutes late but not too bad. Traffic though is really bad heading out of the city. Just sitting at the end of 787 but I expect to be home by six. Traffic since the beginning of the school year has been so sluggish on the expressway. 

The sun will set at 7:16 pm with dusk around 7:44 pm, which is one minute and 46 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly cloudy conditions and 60 degrees. The dew point will be 51 degrees. There will be a west-northwest breeze at 8 mph. 

Tonight will have a Waning Gibbous Moon with 82% illuminated, rising at 9:25 pm. The moon will set tomorrow at 11:05 am. The Last Quarter Moon is on Tuesday night with partly cloudy skies. The Hunter Moon is on Thursday, October 5th. The sun will rise at 6:28 am with the first light at 6:00 am, which is one minute and 3 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 11 hours and 13 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 50 seconds over last night.

Tonight will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers between 8pm and 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 49 degrees at 4am. Five degrees below normal. Northwest wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. In 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies. It was very sticky. It got down to 69 degrees. The record low of 36 occurred back in 1938.

The bigger, longer kayak paddle I ordered arrived in the mail today. It’s 20 cm or eight inches longer than the previous model I ordered so it should fit me well. I think it only cost me $3 because I used credit card rewards and I got 25% off for the Labor Day special. The color doesn’t match the kayak but if I want to I could paint it any color I desire. I don’t think it really matters though. It will get me back on the water. I plan to go fishing on Tompkins Lake this weekend. Maybe also visit the Thacher Park Nature Center and do some hiking too.

I also need to fill the propane tank I use for camping, wire up the relay for the CB radio and catch up on sleep. I don’t think I’ve gotten enough sleep lately. I probably also will need to pick up some more groceries and a few other supplies. It’s good to stay in town every once and a while. 

In four weeks on October 6 the sun will be setting at 6:27 pm, which is 49 minutes and 26 seconds earlier then today. In 2016 on that day, we had patches of fog, mist, sunny skies and temperatures between 75 and 41 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 64 and 43 degrees. The record high of 90 degrees was set back in 1900.

Looking ahead, Autumn Begins is in 2 weeks.

Weekly Rain Accumulation

This interactive graph shows how much rain is expected to accumulate over the next five days. Gray bars represent clouds, with no new accumulation, yellow bars represent sun, which will start to dry things out.

Saturday should be nice. Sunday is expected to be quite wet. Then more sun for Monday. The timing of the weather for the holiday weekend sucks, but that's how all summer has been. Just pure suck.