Elm Ave Park & Ride – CDTA

The Elm Avenue Park and Ride offers a convenient way to get downtown without the hassles of urban traffic. Located next to the Elm Avenue Park at the end of the Delmar Bypass (NY 32), it is serviced by several buses that will quickly transport you downtown.

There is a new, expanded schedule for the Elm Avenue Park and Ride. 5 morning buses depart there, 5 buses in the afternoon plus a mid-day bus schedule. Very convenient. http://www.cdta.org/uploads/Route719.pdf

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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.

Today certainly has become a nice sunny November day. Warm and sunny. 36 degrees with another ten to go by midday. The express bus is running right at time without any jack booted thugs to slow it down. I believe that we should rein in any government program that makes me late for work, even if the program is funding those who drive their 2018 model year Cadillacs to the local welfare office. 

The sun will set at 4:32 pm with dusk around 5:02 pm, which is 53 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly clear conditions and 45 degrees. There will be a south-southeast breeze at 9 mph. Today will have 9 hours and 43 minutes of daytime, a decrease of 2 minutes and 8 seconds over yesterday.

Unfortunately the nice weather ain’t expected to last. Tonight will have a chance of rain, mainly after 1am. Increasing clouds, with a low of 37 degrees at 12am. Five degrees above normal. South wind 9 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. 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. Single digits! 

Definitely enjoying this beautiful weather and wishing that I wasn’t on my way to work. But so be it. Pretty decent temperature inversion downtown, making the smoke from the power plants look like a mushroom cloud. 

Tonight is the Save the Pine Bush Dinner which is going to be a presentation on Ground Source Heat Pumps. Certainly using a large heat sink can making heating and cooling more efficient. I look forward to learning more and eating lasagna. Unfortunately last month I missed the dinner because I was in West Virginia. That said, I love the Mountain State and it was pretty neat seeing the Mount Storm Power Plant up close. I keep finding West Virginia videos I saved that I have yet to post online. 

Looking ahead, there are 8 weeks until Coldest Day of Year (Avg. 14-30 degrees) when the sun will be setting at 4:42 pm with dusk at 5:13 pm. On that day in 2017, we had rain, snow, cloudy skies and temperatures between 38 and 17 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 30 degrees. We hit a record high of 55 back in 2016.

Good morning! Happy Saturday. Partly cloudy and 45 degrees in Delmar. There is a north-northwest breeze at 6 mph. It was overcast this morning when I first woke up but there is more sun now — but it’s not expected to last. I think soon I will take a shower and go for a walk at Five Rivers or maybe Thacher Park?

Today will have occasional breaks of sun, with a high of 51 degrees at 3pm. One degree below normal. It’s November.   North wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies. The high last year was 53 degrees. The record high of 76 was set in 1994. There was a dusting of snow in 2006.

The sun will set at 5:43 pm with dusk around 6:13 pm, which is one minute and 13 seconds earlier than yesterday. Set your clock back one hour tonight. Won’t see sunsets this late again until around President’s Day. At sunset, look for mostly cloudy conditions and 49 degrees. There will be a calm wind. Today will have 10 hours and 9 minutes of daytime, a decrease of 2 minutes and 28 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of showers, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 41 degrees at 4am. Five degrees above normal. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Set your old fashion clocks back an hour before bed. In 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies. It got down to 32 degrees. The record low of 17 occurred back in 1951.

So today I think I will go hiking at Five Rivers for a bit this morning before the clouds push back in. It was cloudy this morning but it’s cleared out a bit for a while. It’s November. Kind of chilly morning, but that’s expected for this time of year. I really should think about putting the storm windows in an turning on the heat at some point because its as cold when I woke up.

I can’t wait until my Arduino beginners kit arrives and I can start making electronic things again. I haven’t done anything electronic in a long time, and it seems like one can make a lot of interesting things with that small, inexpensively, easily programmable microcontroller and simple electronic components. I’ve looked and those off-brand Arduinos can purchased for $5 or less, and they only consume 20-50 milliamps but can provide programmable logic, pulse width osclliation for speed control and dimming, and read a wide variety of outputs. Plus most electronic components are quite inexpensive ordered online, from the perf board to capacitors and transitors. 

After years of delay, I swear that this month I will get the solar panel mounted on  my truck. I am going to use Yakima bolts and 1/8 inch aluminum bar and bolt the panel directly onto that. The bolts are brass and the bar is aluminum, so I am bit concerned about corrosion and damage from one metal being harder then the other, but I will have to research further. The panel will be permanetly hooked into the solar controller and will top off the accessory battery anytime I’m parked in the a sunny location. This will allow me to camp multiple days without driving far — as long as I’m parked in the sun and the kayak is off the roof. I’ve had the panel for three years now, but I think I’ve finally figured this out. I will order the Yakima bolts this afternoon — probably two sets, that way I can have eight mounting points to make sure things stay nice and secure.

I am one for making grand plans but never getting around to doing them right away. But that’s fine, patience is good. Over time, technology gets better and cheaper, knowledge grows so you don’t do as much stupid and expensive shit, and your savings and investments grow. I’m quite fine putting off buying land and put togther an off-grid homestead for another decade plus so I can buy more with cash plus learn a lot more. I am fairly compentent about 12 volt wiring, are book smart about electronics basics, but I haven’t built anything electronic since I was a kid. Computers kind of replaced my interest in electronics. While I don’t endorse resisting new “green” technology like some of Republicans do, I say “tread’ carefully, because sometimes technologies like hybrid buses and first generation LED street lights have proven to be defective technology compared to the second generation. Conservatism matters!

More pressing updates!!! I had pumpkin bagles for breakfast. I was rather underimpressed. Maybe with pumpkin creamcheese and a toaster over they would have been better then just heated in the oven with butter. But my toaster oven is broken — something shorted out in it — and I’ve yet to be able to figure out how to fix it. So I live without.

Tonight the sun will set at 5:43 pm in Albany. Then tonight we set back the clocks one hour as we return to standard time. Here is what that means for sunsets going forward over the next few months…. 

Standard Time Begins – Sunset on Sunday, November 5 is at 4:42 pm

4:30 pm sunset – Friday, November 17

Earliest Sunset – Saturday, December 9 at 4:22 pm

4:30 pm sunset – Wednesday, December 27
4:45 pm sunset – Friday, January 12
5:00 pm sunset – Wednesday, January 24
5:15 pm sunset – Sunday, February 4
5:30 pm sunset – Friday, February 16
5:45 pm sunset – Wednesday, February 28

Daylight savings time returns on Sunday, March 11th – Sunset at 6:59 pm

7:00 pm sunset – Monday, March 12

Happy Weekend! Going home time.  Drive home safely and you’ll be able to enjoy your weekend.  Last evening commute at 5 pm until late January where the sun will still be up. Set your clock back an hour on Sunday. Partly clear and 57 degrees in Delmar. Breezy, 16 mph breeze from the west-northwest with gusts up to 29 mph. The dew point is 46 degrees. It’s a bit chilly with that breeze and not as much clearing as I would have hoped this evening. Maybe later. 

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low of 36 degrees at 6am. One degree above normal. Northwest wind 11 to 16 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph. In 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies. It got down to 31 degrees. The record low of 17 occurred back in 1951.

Tonight is the Beaver Moon. It is going to be cool but clear, so get out and enjoy it. The sun will rise at 7:33 am with the first light at 7:03 am, which is one minute and 16 seconds later than yesterday. I believe tomorrow is the latest sunrise of the year for Albany but I would have to check that against the times in January.  Tonight will have 13 hours and 49 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 29 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be partly sunny, with a high of 50 degrees at 3pm. Three degrees below normal. Northeast wind 3 to 5 mph. With the sun, especially in the morning it shouldn’t be too cold. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies. The high last year was 53 degrees. The record high of 76 was set in 1994. There was a dusting of snow in 2006.

Looking ahead to Sunday, showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 57. South wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Typical average high for the weekend is 53 degrees.

In four weeks on December 1 the sun will be setting at 4:22 pm (Standard Time), which is one hour and 22 minutes earlier then today. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, mist, cloudy skies and temperatures between 50 and 37 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 41 and 27 degrees. The record high of 67 degrees was set back in 1934. I find it hard to accept that we are now four weeks out from December. And three from Buy Nothing Day, which means it will be a four day weekend for me, which is nice. 

I am continuing to research things I can build off the Arduino platform. It looks like for the hobbyist building relatively simple circuits, I can just move my projects from the breadboards over to perf board and solder them together for permanent ongoing uses, like the LED color changing lamp and Election Day countdown clock im building. EBay has different plastic and aluminum cases I could mount the perf board in. 

Looking ahead, Cold Moon is a month away and Election Day 2020 is in 35 months.

54 degrees with increasing clouds now. It looks like today will be cloudy but rather mild once again with the mercury pushing 70 or maybe breaking it in the city. Already the once very sunny once it rose morning is turning to clouds. It’s back to work in a work that seems so less rugged and more hustled than the back country of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Albany seems so domesticated and busy compared to the land I’ve spent my past week in. Much more color too. 

The sun will set at 5:59 pm with dusk around 6:28 pm, which is one minute and 29 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly cloudy conditions and 67 degrees. The dew point will be 59 degrees. There will be a south-southeast breeze at 10 mph. Today will have 10 hours and 40 minutes of daytime, a decrease of 2 minutes and 42 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of showers, mainly after 11pm. Cloudy, with a low of 63 degrees at 9pm. 26 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 61 at 2am. South wind 10 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2016, we had mostly clear skies with more clouds in the early hours of the next day. It got down to 42 degrees. The record low of 16 occurred back in 1969.

Wednesday morning I have my dental cleaning appointment so I will be in the office late a bit that day. I still have to tell my supervisor but I don’t think it will be a big deal. It’s good to do more to maintain my teeth. 

Today in 1973, President Richard M. Nixon agrees to turn over subpoenaed audio tapes of his Oval Office conversations. Happy Watergate Day if you can say that. I guess us democrats were happy about that but the whole affair was a blot on our country, even though many of the things Nixon did look like child play compared to the TRUMP. 

There is one month until Thanksgiving when the sun will be setting at 4:26 pm with dusk at 4:57 pm (Standard Time). The average high temperature is 57 degrees, with a record high of 81 in 1947.

So based on the latest forecast, I face a bit of a dilema when it comes to my multi-state road trip that was originally planning to go down to Pennsylvania to West Virigina to Virigina and travel along a ways of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The problem I face is the forecast is expected to be quite bad for the first half of next week due to Tropical Storm Nate which is expected to drop as much as 2 inches of rain on West Virigina between Sunday and Wednesday — mostly on Monday but a front will keep the skies cloudy and possibly somewhat damp through Wednesday. I camped out too many cold and wet days over the summer into the fall, and I”m hardly excited to repeat that again.

I have two options for the week. The first is I could try to postpone the trip for a week. That might work fairly well, but it’s also a gamble. The third week of October is often much cooler then the second week, and the risk of unexpected snow storms, especially in the most rugged part of West Viriginia where I am planning on going increaes. No guarantees of better weather next week either. Plus the following week I don’t have Columbus Day Weekend off, so I would have to use an extra vacation day.

The second option is just to carry on my trip as planned, and expect a very wet period to startout the trip. Monday would be wasted and maybe Tuesday and Wednesday might not be perfect, but maybe it will be less rainy and cloudy as predicted. Of course that’s a gamble, remember I took a summer vacation when it rained nearly every day.

The third option is to change my trip plans all together to a different part of the state/country. I could do another trip out to Western NY, spend some time exploring and camping at various state forests in Allegany and Cattaargus County. Except for Monday, the forecast out in Western NY looks pretty good. Maybe later in the week head down to Allegheny National Forest then south for a night at Hicks Run Campground in Elk Country. That might be pretty in autumn to see and hear the elk out in their rut. I would have to reach out the DCNR and have them email me a camping permit or maybe stop by their regional office. But that could be done. Alternatively or maybe afterwards, I could go south almost to West Virigina and camp at Ohiopyle State Park. I’ve always been interested in that park, ever since a hunter I ran into last autumn was telling me how beautiful it was. And then maybe a night or two in West Virigina? I mean if I’m driving home, assuming I have enough energy, I could drive all the way back to Albany in one day, but that would be tiring, and I worry about dozing off at the wheel. I guess I could overnight again at Aspah Run or County Bridge campgrounds outside of Wellsboro — as I had originally planned.

I have options. Now just to pick one. Soon. As I have to pack tomorrow night if I’m planning on leaving for next week.