Sixty five degrees this morning with some high haze that is expected to burn off and the mercury is expected to climb to 81 degrees by mid afternoon with relatively low humidity. The era of pre-eight o’clock sunsets is back, three weeks out from Labor Day Weekend. The Altamont fair starts tomorrow. 

The sun will set at 7:57 pm with dusk around 8:28 pm, which is one minute and 27 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly cloudy conditions and 74 degrees. The dew point will be 60 degrees. There will be a south breeze at 6 mph. Today will have 13 hours and 54 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 31 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a slight chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 61 degrees at 5am. One degree above normal. Maximum dew point of 60 at 7pm. South wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies. It was humid. It got down to 66 degrees. The record low of 48 occurred back in 1964.

Back in 1962, two gunmen hijacked a mail truck in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and made off with $1.5 million in small denomination bills that were never recovered. The highly organized hijacking involved a fake road crew, a heavy truck to block traffic, and six theives armed with machine guns. That was a lot of money back in the day, now a days it would be hard to retire on. 

I am going to check the weather one more time for the Finger Lakes and will decide if I extend my weekend a few more days, so I can enjoy the eclipse down there. I would leave before dawn on Saturday and return late Wednesday. But my plans are still subject to change. 

As previously noted, there are 3 weeks until Labor Day when the sun will be setting at 7:23 pm with dusk at 7:52 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 80 and 54 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 77 degrees. We hit a record high of 97 back in 1929.

Good morning! Happy Tuesday.  Sunny and 34 degrees in Delmar. Calm wind. A very morning for December. If I didn’t have to dress up for work, I probably would have taken the express to work and walked down to the Park and Ride. 

Today will be mostly sunny, with a high of 40 degrees at 1pm. A very nice day. One degree above normal. Light and variable wind. A year ago, we had fog and a high of 39 degrees. The record high of 68 was set in 2001. 12.5 inches of snow fell back in 2003.

The sun will set at 4:22 pm with dusk around 4:53 pm, which is 5 seconds earlier than yesterday. Today will have 9 hours and 10 minutes of daylight, a decrease of 1 minutes and 1 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of rain and snow before 9pm, then snow likely. Cloudy, with a low of 34 degrees at 9pm. Nine degrees above normal. Southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. In 2015, it got down to 26 degrees with periods of fog. The record low of -7 occurred back in 1901.

There is  1 month until Epiphany, (12th Day of Christmas) when the sun will be setting at 4:38 pm with dusk at 5:09 pm. The average high temperature is 32 degrees, with a record high of 61 in 1895. The last of the Christmas lights will be shut off and the harsh winter weather will be upon us. 

That podcast I shared earlier today on the blog about the fake news industry, is pretty interesting. There is a lot of money to be made off of conspiracy nuts. Its rather amazing to see what ideologues believe in our country, fact or fiction. And apparently if you’re an ideologue, you’ll believe anything as long as it demonizes your political opponents. At least most of our elected officials are somewhat more level headed. 

Been looking at ordering Oxford shirts from Sears online. I just like how they fit but Sears usually has limited ones in stocks locally when I go there. Online I’ll have to pay shipping unless I order at least four shirts to spend more than $50. I got to think about it. Economy shipping is only $3, less than gas to Sears. And they’re one sale for $16 through Friday, which is a good price compared to the $18-20 range that they often are. 

I am still liking the weekend forecast for camping, and maybe hunting and hiking, although in the Adirondacks it will feel more like January than December. Without the wind and lots of sun it shouldn’t be too bad. A couple of inches are expected of snow on the ground but that’s fine, I’ll shovel out a parking spot and my campsite. 

Going to be a nice day. Get out and enjoy it if you can. It’s been a while since we’ve had a nice sunny day like today. 

Good morning! Yeah, it’s Friday! Five weeks to Epiphany. Partly cloudy and 36 degrees in Delmar. There is a west-southwest breeze at 10 mph. Some sun this morning but it’s not expected to last. More sun on SUNday. The skies will clear tomorrow around 8 pm.

Taking the yokel local bus to work today, because I couldn’t get an early start. Which kind of sucks, because next week I’ll have to dress up and will be taking the local most of the week. I guess it really doesn’t matter because my phone keeps me entertained on the bus. 

Today will have a slight chance of showers after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 47 degrees at 1pm. Six degrees above normal. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had rain and a high of 50 degrees. I guess depressing early December weather is not unusual.  The record high of 66 was set in 1998. 6.2 inches of snow fell back in 1949.

The sun will set at 4:22 pm with dusk around 4:54 pm, which is 14 seconds earlier than yesterday. Today will have 9 hours and 14 minutes of daylight, a decrease of 1 minutes and 16 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of rain showers before 11pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 34 degrees at 6am. Eight degrees above normal. West wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected. In 2015, it got down to 38 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The record low of -1 occurred back during the spirit of 1976.

As previously noted, there are 5 weeks until Epiphany when the sun will be setting at 4:38 pm with dusk at 5:09 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 34 and 5 degrees. Cold day even for late December. Typically, the high temperature is 31 degrees. We hit a record high of 71 back in 2007. So it’s not always that cold in late December. 

Today in 1970, the law went into effect that created the US Environmental Protection agency. Much like the creation of the state’s DEC it was a reorganization of various federal agencies to consolidate many environmental functions into one agency based on increased concern and awareness of industrial pollution. 

29 days and 15 hours left in 2016. Make the most of it. Have a great Friday, we are almost to the weekend… 

Good evening! Fairly heavy rain and 47 degrees in Delmar. There is a north-northwest breeze at 11 mph. The skies will clear around 11 pm. It’s good to be back home. Friday I will be back on the road but this time it will be for a road trip camping, hiking, hunting and photographing the wilds of Western NY and Pennsylvania. 

A lot of traffic heading downtown. Back in the big city, the buildings are a lot bigger and the city here in Albany is much more diverse and urban then North Syracuse. I do like not driving my big jacked up truck everywhere and be able to have a few drinks before heading home. 

Heading downtown on the bus for the after election party. I have to say I really missed riding the bus to and from work, as it always gives me some quiet time to contemplate my day, the weather and my weekend plan. I’ve been taking the bus back and forth to work for nearly a decade. With the smartphone, it’s so much more compact than bringing my laptop as in years past. 

Times certainly change. I’m not totally shocked about the presidential election. Things ended badly for the Democrats in 1968 when they ignored the primarily results and chose Hubert Humphrey. Richard Nixon implemented some controversial policies and troublesome speeches, but given a progressive congress, was often prodded to create some really good laws like the Clean Water Act. 

Waxing Gibbous Moon tonight with 68% illuminated. The moon will set around 3:55 am. The Full “Beaver” Moon is on Sunday night with mostly cloudy skies expected.

Tonight will have patchy drizzle with isolated showers before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 34 degrees at 6am. One degree above normal. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph. One year ago, mostly cloudy with a low around 36. The record low of 16 occurred back in 1965.

A nice weekend coming up with seasonable temperatures. Saturday, sunny, with a high near 44. Sunday, sunny, with a high near 53. Maximum dew point of 32 at 12pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 49 degrees. Going to be a nice start to my trip, although the weather may foul for the second half but no snow expected at this time. 

In four weeks on December 7 the sun will be setting at 4:21 pm, which is 15 minutes earlier then tonight. The average high is 39 degrees, and the record for that date is 65 degrees was set back in 1998. It’s remarkable to think we will basically be in the second week of December in one month. Shortest days of year, although the Christmas lights along the streets offset the dark nights. 

As we progress through the 9 o’clock hour, we are at 62 degrees as we head up to 78 later. The fog is burning off and the sun is peaking through the clouds. Blue skies will prevail later then clouds for Tuesday. Enjoy today before Wednesday’s cold.

Last night’s lunar eclipse was nice but at the same time kind of unremarkable. Lunar eclipses happen a few times a year although not all are visible from Upstate NY and many fall early in the morning. The moon was slightly brighter than usual, according to the pundits, but I didn’t notice that much of a difference. It was neat how it fell into prime time. The next total eclipse visible from Albany is January 2018 before the break of dawn. The next super moon eclipse is 2033, which is when I turn 50.

Started looking at getting an ammeter to use with the second battery of my truck. Having the voltage meter is helpful in telling me how much charge is left in the battery but it doesn’t really give me a good idea how much load I have on the battery or how fully charged the battery is with the engine running. Digital ammeters tell you the rate of charge or discharge, and when a battery is fully charged the ammeter will drop close to zero. They aren’t real expensive and I like gauges.