Good morning! Happy Tuesday. Next Tuesday is August 1st. Cloudy and damp with occasional breaks of sun with mercury around 60 degrees at the Finger Lakes National Forest outside of Watkins Glen. There is a northwest breeze at 9 mph. The dew point is 57 degrees. The skies will clear tomorrow around 7 am.

Today will have a chance of showers before 3pm, then patchy drizzle with a slight chance of showers after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high of 64 degrees at 2pm. 19 degrees below normal. Pretty cold for late July which is supposed to the warmest time of year. Maximum dew point of 59 at 3pm. Northwest wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. A year ago, we had sunny skies. The high last year was 89 degrees. The record high of 97 was set in 1963.

What can I say but the weather was much nicer last year. Who would have guessed it would have been so cold and wet this year? The past few years it’s been really nice during this week. I am going to get cleaned up, shaved and then will head down to Watkins Glen. 

I will probably go down to the library for a while and then if it clears up, I will go to the Watkins Glen pool. Not going to be a great day for swimming but without the thunderstorms today it should be open and it’s a way to wash all the mud off good. 

The sun will set at 8:33 pm with dusk around 9:06 pm, which is 58 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly cloudy conditions and 62 degrees. The dew point will be 58 degrees. There will be a north breeze at 5 mph. Today will have 14 hours and 40 minutes of daytime, an increase of one minute and 56 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low of 57 degrees at 4am. Five degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 59 at 6pm. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. In 2016, we had clear skies. It got down to 65 degrees. The record low of 46 occurred back in 1976.

Tomorrow’s weather looks much better and I will probably head down to Taughannock and enjoy the Cayuga Lake beach and maybe paddle around the cove and kayak fish if it’s not too windy. Not going to be real warm though but it’s fun to visit different places. I still would like to swim in Enfield Glen but I doubt that will open before the end of week based on the current forecast. 
I do want to paddle from Seneca Lake to Montour Falls via the Montour Falls Canal later this week. But I have to put in along the southern shore of Seneca Lake and paddle a quarter mile to reach the canal do it can’t be too windy. 

I am not sure if I will spend the balance of the week in the Finger Lakes or head down to Pennsylvania for the weekend. Being so wet I’m leaning towards staying here. The Allegheny Wilds and Presque Isle aren’t going anywhere and there is plenty to do here in the Finger Lakes. And at one level, I don’t actually mind the rain because it’s giving me an excuse to hang out and not rush to do as possible during that short period known as vacation. 

On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan goes electric as he plugs in at the Newport Folk Festival, signaling a major change in folk and rock music. The crowds boo and his. Not very respectful. In 1993, The Saint James Church massacre occurs in Kenilworth, Cape Town, South Africa. Liberals use it as an excuse to take away people’s gun rights in Australia, which weren’t protected by an active gun culture or second admendment like in America.

As previously noted, next Tuesday is August 1st when the sun will be setting at 8:26 pm with dusk at 8:57 pm. On that day in 2016, we had rain, drizzle, patches of fog, mist, cloudy skies and temperatures between 74 and 67 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 82 degrees. We hit a record high of 101 back in 1933.

Good evening! Partly cloudy and 63 degrees at the Finger Lakes National Forest outside of Watkins Glen. There is a west-northwest breeze at 9 mph. The dew point is 60 degrees. The skies will clear Wednesday around noontime. 

It almost feels a bit cooler with the breeze. The lower dew point and the mostly dry evening is making up for the deluge we got yesterday. 

Maybe there is some hope for some sun during vacation but so far I haven’t seen blue skies or sun for more than five minutes at any period. It hasn’t been that wet except for that deluge we got Sunday evening that was so wet that for a while water was flowing into the truck cap past a seal like one of those cows piss. One of the seals leaks by one of the drains in heavy rain and I’ve not figured out the leak. I through a tarp over the truck cap so I can hopefully block that leak again tonight should we get a severe storm. 

The campsite I camped in the first two nights at the Finger Lakes is still underwater from last evening. I guess that site up on Burnt Hill is not well drained despite being at one of the highest elevations in the Finger Lakes, near the microwave radio tower, now cellphone tower overlooking the big hill as you head into Watkins Glen from the east om NY 79. The campsite, at least the road and cow pasture had great views of Dundee and Glendora Winery, especially at sunset and after dark with all the distant lights on houses and farms. But I didn’t like how you couldn’t back all the way into the site but instead had to park in the driveway which was shared parking with the Interlaken Trail.

Sunday I went to the Watkins Glen Pool which was nice but not as much landscaping or at least not as many flowers I’m bloom at the Terrace Garden. I think they are doing more native landscaping this year which is nice but I missed the colors. At least everything isn’t so dried out this year. The flowers in parts last year looked like they were struggling with the drought despite regular watering. The pool was a nice temperature but I wish there was more sun. Made bisquick biscuits for dinner with chilli which was good and finished up before the deluge. I did have a campfire for a while but I didn’t dare use the electric lights at all with standing water everywhere. I suspect that the a short in the water would probably trip the reset on the inverter but it really doesn’t take much 120 volt current to kill. Only maybe 100 milliamps and my big inverter can put out 9,000 milliamps or so. I had a campfire from the dry wood I salvaged from the flood but I quickly retired to bed when I realized how lame it was to be sitting in the one section that wasn’t a giant puddle by the fire pit and that’s the way the smoke kept blowing. 

I took down some of camp before the flood and continued more on Monday. Nothing serious got wet but I ended up sleeping in late in my truck because I could see rain on the radar and didn’t want to get caught in a big rain storm with the tarp only covering the flooded section of the campsite. 

Moved back to my old favorite campsite on Chicken Coop Road. Now vacant I could set up my permanent base for the rest of the week. This campsite is much better sloped so flooding is not likely to be a problem, however we did have a relatively quick down burst and a few of the wetter sections did pool up but nowhere I set up gear. As this will be my home base through Thursday or Friday – and maybe the weekend, I pitched a tent for empty boxes and dirty clothing storage and removed the kayak from the roof of my truck. I want to go kayaking once it’s nice but I also don’t want to drive around town with the kayak on the roof if I could avoid it.  

Went down to Foster Pond for fishing. Didn’t catch a think just like one of the locals said would happen. Still it was a nice walk and Foster Pond is quite scenic even if it’s just a pretty generic pond. Plus I have better cellphone reception up there than at camp and I wanted to check my email. 

Tonight will have a chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 61 degrees at 4am. Two degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 61 at 10pm. Northwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2016, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 67 degrees. The record low of 46 occurred back in 1953.

Tonight will have a Waxing Crescent Moon. The First Quarter Moon is on Sunday night with mostly cloudy skies. The Strugeon Moon is in 2 weeks. The sun will rise at 5:52 am with the first light at 5:20 am, which is 58 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 18 minutes of darkness, an increase of one minute and 55 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a chance of showers, mainly before 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 64 degrees at 3pm. Cold day. 19 degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 60 at 8am. Northwest wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. A year ago, we had partly cloudy skies. The high last year was 89 degrees. The record high of 97 was set in 1963.

Cool this weekend with temperatures running 8 degrees below normal but otherwise sunny. Saturday, mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Maximum dew point of 60 at 5pm. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Maximum dew point of 63 at 8pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 82 degrees.

In four weeks on August 21 the sun will be setting at 7:58 pm, which is 36 minutes and 30 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, mist, mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 85 and 66 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 80 and 59 degrees. The record high of 98 degrees was set back in 1916.

Looking ahead, Mutts Day is Next Monday, Strugeon Moon is in 2 weeks, State Fair Opens is in 1 months, Labor Day is in 6 weeks, September 11th is in 7 weeks, More Night Then Day in Albany is in 9 weeks, Columbus Day is in 11 weeks, Christmas is in 22 weeks, January 1, 2018 is in 23 weeks and 35th Birthday is in 27 weeks.

Good morning! Happy Sunday on my second full day of vacation here in the Finger Lakes. The bright red skies have been replaced with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures 72 degrees at the national forest. Light breeze and the sun is poking out a bit. The dew point is 63 degrees. The skies will clear Tuesday around 2 pm.

Eggs and sausage for breakfast this morning, sipping down on some coffee. The cows came over and visited or more likely they just wandered over to this part of the pasture to see if there was any tender new growth. Very cloudy, humid and a bit damp. Planning to head to Watkins Glen State Park by 11 am so I can take a shower and go for a swim before the thunderstorms and rain roll in during the afternoon. I also need to buy some groceries and a few random supplies. 

I have a big pile of firewood under my camp table which after I lock up the stove and tank with the cable lock, I’ll cover with a tarp to ensure it keeps dry. I’m sure it will rain by afternoon so having dry wood is good, although I suspect the wood is still damp from all the rain we’ve had. Bugs and poison ivy are worse than most summers because it’s been so dang wet. It’s the opposite of the very dry drought conditions last year when the grass and even pastures were fairly brown from the lack of rain. 

I’m going to spend one more night at this campsite and may then move down to Chicken Coop Road assuming that campsite is free and it doesn’t pour all day Monday. While it’s a pain to relocate camp, I would still rather be by Foster Pond so I can do some fishing in the dark and enjoy the stars until midnight. I didn’t set up a tent yet to store boxes and dirty clothes or take the kayak off the roof of my truck on grounds that I may be moving tommorow. That said, I’ve grown to like my current campsite and should the sun come out, there would be some great sunsets and views across Seneca Lake at night for sure. 

Today will have a slight chance of showers before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 78 degrees at 3pm. Five degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 65 at 11am. Southeast wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. A year ago, we had cloudy skies. The high last year was 91 degrees. The record high of 96 was set in 1955.

The sun will set at 8:35 pm with dusk around 9:08 pm, which is 55 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for light thunderstorms and conditions and 74 degrees. The dew point will be 65 degrees. There will be a southeast breeze at 6 mph. Today will have 14 hours and 44 minutes of daytime, an increase of one minute and 53 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between midnight and 2am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Patchy fog after 2am. Low of 66 degrees at 4am. Four degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 65 at 7pm. Southeast wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. In 2016, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 59 degrees. The record low of 45 occurred back in 1985.

On this day in 1967, today was the start of 12th Street Riot In Detroit, one of the worst riots in United States history begins on 12th Street in the predominantly African American inner city. It ultimately kills 43 people, injures 342 and burns about 1,400 buildings.

As previously noted, next Sunday is National Cheese Cake Day when the sun will be setting at 8:28 pm with dusk at 9:00 pm. On that day in 2016, we had rain, mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 79 and 64 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 82 degrees. We hit a record high of 100 back in 1933.

All Employees: Total Nonfarm in New York

December 2016 marked the greatest number of jobs ever recorded in New York State - 9.4 million. It's a significant increase in the number of jobs since the start of this graph going back to 1990 when there were only 8.2 million jobs, and when in the 1990 recession, the job count dipped down to 7.7 million. Our state has been gaining population in the past twenty five years, but we've also creating a lot of new jobs.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, All Employees: Total Nonfarm in New York [NYNA], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/NYNA, February 22, 2017.

Good evening! It maybe morning now. Mostly cloudy and 66 degrees up on Hector Backbone. There is a east-northeast breeze at 6 mph. The dew point is 63 degrees. Still rather muggy even though the temperature has dropped. The skies will clear Tuesday around 10 am.

I thought it was a pretty good day even if there wasn’t a lot of sun. I tell you the weather got down right depressing around sunset due to all the gray with only a few hints of sunset and some extra darkness due to the impending rain shower that lasted only about a minute. 

Went out to Montezuma Wildlife Refuge and then to the Audubon Center in Savanna, and while the birds weren’t as numerous or colorful as during peak migration like when I was up there in April 2016, it wasn’t bad. The humidity thought was quite oppressive and I was happy to spend as much time as possible in my air conditioned truck. 

Somebody got my favorite spot on Chicken Coop Road but I’m going to see if he leaves tomorrow and I can pick it up for the rest of the week. The campsite I am at is quite nice and will have beautiful sunsets over Seneca Lake and views of the hill across the lake especially at night with city lights but I’m a bit worried about severe weather being located at the highest point of Hector Backbone – and the highest point between the Finger Lakes. I bet thunderstorms really roar on over. And I would prefer to be able to hike back to Foster Lake and enjoy the stars at night. I love laying on my back next to the lake on the berm until almost midnight. This campsite is set back a ways from the parking which means I have to walk maybe 50 feet to my table and fire pit, which means if it’s raining I’ll get wet between my truck and hiking back to the campsite. And that’s no fun. I will see. I don’t necessarily want to move camp yet another time but I don’t think it will be that difficult to re-set up as right now it’s just the one tarp and normal camp gear.  I do have great 4G LTE service up here. 

Tomorrow I do need to get some food and supplies at the store and I’m hoping the Watkins Glen pool is open so I can use the shower. Swimming will be fun if it’s not too cold and cloudy. Then I’ll see if my usual campsite is open and move back there. In 2016, I spent 10 nights there, the most of any campsite I did that year. I really like the layout with my truck camper. 

Tonight will have a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 64 degrees at 4am. Two degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 63 at 10pm. East wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 65 degrees. The record low of 45 occurred back in 1981.

Tonight will have a New Moon. The Strugeon Moon is on Monday, August 7th. The sun will rise at 5:50 am with the first light at 5:17 am, which is 56 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 14 minutes of darkness, an increase of one minute and 51 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 76 degrees at 3pm. Seven degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 66 at 2pm. East wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. A year ago, we had cloudy skies. The high last year was 91 degrees. The record high of 96 was set in 1955.

In four weeks on August 19 the sun will be setting at 8:01 pm, which is 35 minutes and 14 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 85 and 65 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 80 and 60 degrees. The record high of 92 degrees was set back in 1899.

Looking ahead, National Lasagna Day is Next Saturday, Last Sunset After 8 PM is in 3 weeks, National Dog Day is in 5 weeks, Lowville Cream Cheese Festival is in 8 weeks, Autumn Begins is in 2 months and Beaver Moon is in 15 weeks.

Riding With ICE: ‘We’re Trying To Do The Right Thing’

"Under President Trump, ICE agents are told to arrest anyone in the country illegally. Since Trump's executive order in January, calling for more aggressive enforcement of immigration laws, ICE arrests have skyrocketed and the agency plans to hire more agents."

"Immigrants without legal status "should be afraid," according to Thomas Homan, the federal agency's acting director."

"But that tougher stance has put the agency on the hot seat. Immigrant advocates say ICE agents are fearmongering and arresting people who only broke the law to come to the U.S. for a better life. The agents say they're misunderstood and that they simply want to enforce the law."