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Good morning! Happy Arbor Day. Without those trees we would have a whole lot less fun and mostly non toxic stuff to burn. Hah. Plus shade, clean air and habitat for the squirrels to shoot for fun. Next Friday is Cinco de Mayo. Showers around, generally cloudy and 62 degrees in Albany. There is a west-southwest breeze at 9 mph. The dew point is 55 degrees. The skies will clear around 8 am.

Today will be mostly sunny, with a high of 79 degrees at 3pm. 15 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 55 at 8am. West wind 9 to 13 mph. Going to be warm one but not too humid. I’m not complaining but why couldn’t have God held this weather off for one more day, e.g. the weekend. Thank you Trump for messing up my weekend. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 58 degrees. The record high of 92 was set in 1990. There was a dusting of snow in 1966.

The sun will set at 7:52 pm with dusk around 8:23 pm, which is one minute and 8 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 14 hours of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 33 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have increasing clouds, with a low of 55 degrees at 5am. 13 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 50 at 6am. West wind 6 to 8 mph becoming south in the evening. In 2016, it got down to 37 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The record low of 27 occurred back in 1947.

As previously noted, next Friday is Cinco de Mayo when the sun will be setting at 8:00 pm with dusk at 8:31 pm. I’ll have to buy some Corona to celebrate drinking out back. On that day in 2016, we had cloudy skies and temperatures between 58 and 47 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 66 degrees. We hit a record high of 91 back in 1944.

Today is going to a hot one but it won’t feel that bad with the humidity being relatively low. Last night’s very brief thunderstorm and recent rains are helping to keep fire risk low. Everything is remarkably damp despite the fact we didn’t get much rain in Delmar.

It was a nice evening at the park, although it got dark early with the clouds. But I still enjoyed the walk down there. I should have brought a book rather than my laptop but I did get some more videos uploaded. I have plenty of content for the next few days.

Sat our back for a while watching the PBS Newshour on the tailgate of my truck after dark. Retired to bed early as want to get an early start tomorrow, especially as they were going to be removing several trees at my apartment starting at 7:30 am.

I also listened to NPR’s Marketplace for the first time in a while walking down to the park, because most evenings I usually end up the Newshour at home. I should listen to the Newshour more so I can be better informed on what is happening in the world.

I was a little on the fence about going camping this weekend but I decided against it because I didn’t want the expense or the burden of getting all the camping gear out for marginal weather. I’m fine with waiting for nicer days to go camping. I guess if tomorrow turns out beautiful I could do a day trip somewhere or even spend Saturday night camping in the wilderness. But I expect to just hang out in town.

It’s interesting to read about the difference between Pennsylvania and New York on the Emerald Ash Borer. Penna tried a relatively weak quarantine but quickly abandoned it and now it is spread across most of the state. New York is doing a valent effort to try to slow the spread of EAB with an aggressive quarantine and firewood inspections but it’s not clear we are going to be any more successful at stopping the EAB. Indeed the DEC has been really quiet recently about the location of the EAB in our state but I suspect it’s going to be rooted in most of our state within the next few years with the ash tree largely gone from New York by 2025. Our ecology is changing, largely man driven and its clear we can’t always stop the change. I think the same may prove true about climate change.

Dropped off my dry cleaning this morning at the dry cleaners and drove to the park and ride. They are supposed to cut more of the shade trees in the yard, but so far the tree trimming crew hasn’t arrived. It supposed to make the plumbing work better but gosh I don’t know. I think most of the trees cut will impact the shade for the neighbors more then me because they cut my shade tree last year. I guess I will find out. It’s great they are chopping down my shade on Arbor Day. 

I’m almost to work. Just passed the $175 an hour waterfalls on the front of the Empire State Plaza. Have a good one. Enjoy the warmth. 

Google Maps: 2016 Unemployment Rate

Yesterday I posted the unemployment statistics for March 2017. Those stats are not seasonally adjusted, so they don't calculate in the difference of seasonal employment, which impacts many of the more rural parts of New York State. This map in contrast shows the unemployment rate for all of 2016, which gives you a better idea on what the actual unemployment rate is for various cities and counties across the state.

Data Source: NYS Local Area Unemployment Statistics, NYS DOL. https://www.labor.ny.gov/stats/LSLAUS

Map: OK Slip Falls Trail

Map: OK Slip Falls Trail

The Hudson Gorge Primitive Area (HGPA) encompasses approximately 17,000 acres of State Forest Preserve in Essex and Hamilton Counties. It is located north of State Route 28 between the hamlets of Indian Lake and North River, near the center of the Adirondack Park.

The steep-sided Hudson Gorge is one of the most spectacular reaches of the Hudson River. Whitewater rafting through the gorge is the most popular recreational activity in the primitive area. With limited foot trail access, the interior of the area offers great opportunities for hiking, camping, hunting, fishing and trapping in a wild setting. Most visitors to the primitive area have been customers of whitewater rafting outfitters, who have led rafting trips between the Lake Abanakee dam on the Indian River to the hamlet of North River on the Hudson, 16 miles away.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/22601.html

Good evening! Partly cloudy and 74 degrees in Albany. There is a south-southeast breeze at 10 mph. The dew point is 56 degrees. I think you might describe the weather this evening as being quite pleasant. 

The sun will set at 7:51 pm with dusk around 8:22 pm, which is one minute and 8 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly clear conditions and 70 degrees. The dew point will be 55 degrees. There will be a south-southeast breeze at 9 mph. Yes, I’m going to have a quick dinner then head down to the park for a while.

Tonight will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3am. Increasing clouds, with a low of 60 degrees at 3am. 18 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 56 at 6pm. South wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. In 2016, it got down to 35 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The record low of 25 occurred back in 1947.

Waxing Crescent Moon tonight with 13% illuminated. The moon will set around 10:36 pm. The First Quarter Moon is on Wednesday night with mostly cloudy expected. The Full “Flower” Moon is in 2 weeks. The sun will rise at 5:53 am with the first light at 5:22 am, which is one minute and 26 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 10 hours of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 33 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a chance of showers, mainly before 8am. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high of 77 degrees at 3pm. 13 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 56 at 6am. West wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 58 degrees. The record high of 92 was set in 1990. There was a dusting of snow in 1966.

The weekend doesn’t get my vote for heading out of town. Saturday, a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. South wind 6 to 13 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Maximum dew point of 53 at 12pm. Sunday, a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Maximum dew point of 46 at 6am. Typical average high for the weekend is 64 degrees. So we will be much above normal. 

There is a lot of summer ahead, probably 25 weeks before it gets really too cold to camp although Labor Day Weekend is in 18 weeks and many of the beaches close before then. But the cycle goes back around again. 

In four weeks on May 25 the sun will be setting at 8:21 pm, which is 29 minutes and 29 seconds later then today. In 2016 on that day, we had fog, rain and temperatures between 88 and 51 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 72 and 50 degrees. The record high of 94 degrees was set back in 1981.

Looking ahead, Start of June is in 5 weeks.

Kiss your ash trees goodbye … unless you treat now

"The emerald ash borer is an Asian native that likely rode wooden packing materials to America. It was first discovered destroying ash trees in Michigan in 2002. Since then, it's moved mostly south and east by firewood and flight, killing tens of millions of all species of ash trees in 20 states. The first ones showed up in central Pennsylvania in 2012. The alarming part is that the emerald ash borer is so devastating that it's expected to kill nearly 100 percent of ash trees within four to five years."

"Many municipalities, power companies and tree-owners already are cutting down ashes pre-emptively. It's too expensive to chemically protect masses of ash trees, and if you wait until they're failing, they became fall hazards and much more expensive to remove. (Brittle dead and dying ash trees are more hazardous for tree companies to work on than healthy, solid ones.)"

"Do you ignore the coming threat, figuring you'll pay later if necessary while hoping the tree doesn't fall down in the meantime? Do you bite the bullet and pay a few hundred dollars now to remove a tree that might look fine? Or do you invest hundreds or even thousands of dollars for unknown years of treatments to save your ash from the borers? The most effective treatment is an insecticide called emamectin benzoate, which tree companies can inject into the trunk of ash trees every two years."

Google Maps: March 2017 Unemployment Rate

This interactive map shows the 160 communities where Local Area Unemployment Statistics are generated. All 62 counties in New York have an unemployment rate calculated monthly, along with the 98 cities, towns, and villages with a population greater then 25,000. Monthly numbers are not seasonally adjusted, and in some regions of the state unemployment rises during certain periods of the year. You should only compare like months (e.g. March 2017 vs March 2016). You can download the data going back to 1970s here: https://www.labor.ny.gov/stats/LSLAUS