Potter County, PA

Potter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,457. Its county seat is Coudersport. The county was named after James Potter, who was a general from Pennsylvania in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Potter County is located in the Allegheny Plateau region, and is one of the most rural counties in Pennsylvania.


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Good morning! Happy Sunday. Four weeks to 7 PM Sunset. Partly sunny and 66 degrees in the “City” of Coudersport. There is a west breeze at 5 mph. The dew point is 57 degrees. It’s a great day here in God’s Country. 

Yesterday I visited the Taughannock Viaduct and the French Azilum Historic site. Ended up spending a lot more time there then I expected then I hit some heavy rain. It was so bad I ended up pulling over until the rain passed. Ended up spending the night outside of Ansonia at the Asaph Run Campground. It was nice, not so crowded and I ended up hanging out with other campers.  This morning swung up to Colton Point State Park and are heading west to the Allegheny National Forest. 

Today will be mostly sunny, with a high of 77 degrees at 3pm. One degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 57 at 10am. West wind around 6 mph. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies. It was somewhat humid. The high last year was 87 degrees. The record high of 97 was set in 1937.

The sun will set at 8:03 pm with dusk around 8:33 pm, which is one minute and 32 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly clear conditions and 68 degrees. The dew point will be 55 degrees. There will be a calm wind. Today will have 13 hours and 36 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 34 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low of 56 degrees at 6am. Three degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 56 at 6pm. Light southwest wind. In 2016, we had mostly clear skies with more clouds in the early hours of the next day. It was sticky. It got down to 66 degrees. The record low of 42 occurred back in 1977.

In 2014, seventy-two people are killed in Japan’s Hiroshima Prefecture by a series of landslides caused by a month’s worth of rain that fell in one day.

Looking ahead, there are 4 weeks until 7 PM Sunset when the sun will be setting at 7:16 pm with dusk at 7:44 pm. On that day in 2016, we had rain, mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 78 and 55 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 72 degrees. We hit a record high of 89 back in 1942.

Happy August. To start out the month we are at 71 degrees at Rim Rock in the Allegheny National Forest. Partly cloudy, 80 degrees later.

Yesterday I was at Presque Isle State Park, swimming and exploring. It’s a pretty good drive from Allegheny National Forest, something I had kind of forgotten because last time I camped I was at Chautauqua Gorge which is practically at the state line. To get there from Pennsylvania, the GPS suggested one cut through the tip of New York. I think part of Erie is actually north of the 42nd parallel, which normally is the divider between the two states.

The traffic through Erie was bad with lots of construction. I took I-90 to bypass the city, and was shocked that it only was two lanes wide in both directions despite city traffic and all the through traffic from I-86 and I-90. Then I hit congestion at the end of I-79 due to construction closing the ramp to NY 5 and Presque Isle Boulevard. The park entrance was congested with all the beach goers but the park has 11 beaches of varying quality and lots of picnic areas, marshes, trails, and activities, so once there never seemed too crowded. Didn’t hike out to Gull Point as part of the trail was flooded due to the high lake levels. If the lake levels were another foot higher, they would have been above the rip rap and seawalls, inudating parts of the park. 

It was fun swimming in Lake Erie. There were some pretty good waves and for except one beach, there was very little undertow. That was the beach with a health advisory, I didn’t spend much time there. I stayed until after 6 PM as I wanted to avoid city traffic leaving.

Last night was a good night, although by the time I got back to camp and switched on the lights, it was 9:30. I got lost trying to find the back way up Forest Road 160 in the dark. I think I was on the right road, but then again, it looked like an oil well road. I was retired to bed by 11 pm – later than recent but it was a long drive back from Erie. Fell asleep listening to Kinzua Country, the local country station in Warren PA.

Acorns from Oak Trees have been falling all week. Kind of noisy. At first it kind of creeped me out, hitting the roof, but then I got used to the noise. Totally harmless though.

I love how Pennsylvania Parks are all free to use. Hard-working families shouldn’t have to dig into their pockets for a day at the beach or picnicking in a scenic gorge. Many don’t necessarily have the $7-8 to go to the park.