Recently, I’ve come convinced that Governor Andrew Cuomo would be a very good president.

Why? He gets things done. He’s not afraid to cross party lines to get his agenda done, and to move the people of our state forward. He can ram things through the process. You might not agree with every policy proposal he’s gotten through the legislature – indeed we are a very liberal state – but he has a proven track record, and he’s more then just tough talk.

President Donald Trump ran on being a deal maker, one who could bring change to our country. Despite having a Republican-controlled House and Senate, it’s really hard to point to what he’s gotten done in his first six months of president. He talks tough, but has no shit to show for his tough talk. He’s all hat and no cattle. Healthcare Reform? Nope. Climate Change Action? Hah, Nope. He doesn’t even believe in the science. Heck, even a Republican priority like 50-state concealed carry of firearms, doesn’t seem to be able to be moved forward by his administration. Probably his only victory so far is getting Neil Gorsuch put on the Supreme Court.

In contrast, Governor Andrew Cuomo legalized gay marriage long before the US Supreme Court ruled it was a fundamental right of Americans. He implemented a property tax cap that forced schools and local governments to limit their spending and find efficiency in their operations. He cut middle class taxes to the lowest rate in 50 years. His Regional Economic Development Councils have turned boring government grants into the engines of economic growth of our state. Or at least made them fun and interesting. He got the long stalled Tappan Zee Bridge re-construction completed. He got the Sewage Right to Know Law, which after decades of long stalled sewage treatment efforts, has gotten them moving. He made state budget pass on time or within days of on time. And he passed the most comprehensive gun control law in the nation – the SAFE Act. The guy has been effective, rammed a lot of things through the process – both good and bad. Even if you don’t always agree with methods or policies, he’s moved a broken state government forward.

Nobody thinks the Governor is a particularly nice person to those who get in his way. But who cares – he gets stuff done. Sometimes you have crack a few eggs to make an omelet. Sometimes you have to take the make an elderly widow homeless to build an expressway. Governing at times can be incredibly cruel, but necessary. Public participation and respecting people’s rights is important – but special interests can’t block moving our society forward. Governor Cuomo knows how to make things happen, to play the game, even if he runs over a few elderly people in his way.

I will admit I have never voted for Governor Cuomo. But the more I’ve seen him in action, the more I’ve really warmed up on him becoming the Democratic nominee for President, for being the man who can take on and beat Donald Trump. We can’t have someone timid, afraid to take one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in America. We need somebody who can be more then bluster, somebody who can point to his successful record as New York Governor as our next president. We don’t need for the Democrats to nominate a weak, inexperienced candidate, who will lose, and we will be stuck with Trump. We need president that gets shit done.

Good evening! Partly sunny and 85 degrees in Albany. There is a southwest breeze at 6 mph. The dew point is 70 degrees. The heat index is 88. The muggy weather ends Monday around 11 pm.

Not a terrible day, bus is running about on time and traffic is moving well. A bit humid this evening but I’ve seen much worse days. Going to have a quick dinner then I will go to the store and wash the truck. I also want to clean some of my camping gear and maybe vacuum the inside of the truck. 

The sun will set at 8:28 pm with dusk around 9:01 pm, which is 46 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly clear conditions and 78 degrees. The dew point will be 69 degrees. There will be a calm wind.

This afternoon will have isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high of 84 degrees at 5pm. One degree above normal. Maximum dew point of 70 at 5pm. Southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had cloudy skies. The high last year was 79 degrees. The record high of 97 was set in 1904.

Tonight will have a Waning Crescent Moon. The New Moon is on Saturday night with partly cloudy skies. The Strugeon Moon is on Monday, August 7th. The sun will rise at 5:34 am with the first light at 5:01 am, which is 53 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 7 minutes of darkness, an increase of one minute and 41 seconds over last night. 

Saturday looks nice but Sunday may be a bit more cloudy. Saturday, a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Maximum dew point of 67 at 7am. Sunday, a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Maximum dew point of 67 at 2pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 83 degrees.

In four weeks on August 15 the sun will be setting at 7:56 pm, which is 32 minutes and 39 seconds earlier then today. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 83 and 66 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 81 and 60 degrees. The record high of 96 degrees was set back in 1959.

Looking ahead, August 1st is in 2 weeks, Altamont Fair Opens is in 4 weeks, Friday the 13th (October) is in 11 weeks, Election Day 2017 is in 16 weeks, Average High is 40 is in 17 weeks, Election Day 2018 is in 68 weeks and Election Day 2020 is in 172 weeks.

Good morning! Happy Tuesday. Two weeks to August 1st. Foggy and 70 degrees in Delmar. Calm wind. The dew point is 67 degrees. The muggy weather ends Monday around 10 pm.

Today will have scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high of 84 degrees at 2pm. Three degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 70 at 4pm. South wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies. The high last year was 86 degrees. The record high of 100 was set in 1953.

The sun will set at 8:28 pm with dusk around 9:01 pm, which is 46 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly clear conditions and 79 degrees. The dew point will be 70 degrees. There will be a calm wind. Today will have 14 hours and 53 minutes of daytime, an increase of one minute and 39 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low of 67 degrees at 4am. Three degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 70 at 6pm. Light southwest wind. In 2016, we had clear skies. It got down to 58 degrees. The record low of 47 occurred back in 1875.

Walked down to the Park and Ride this morning. I am a bit sweaty from the moisture in the air but I still like stretching my legs before work. It doesn’t hurt to get into work a bit early too.

Last night I went out to Center Square Pub and then made I it home before the rain. And boy oh boy did it pour. The lights flickered on and off briefly, it got really dark and then the sky turned a bright orange. Not really severe weather but it did really pour at times, I’m sure making it very hard to see for those driving in it.

I was a bit tired after the evening out and my Monday, and while I had only two beers, I decided to skip going out to the store and wash my truck. It was a good decision, because it really poured. Tonight I will wash it and vacuum it out. And buy groceries, because I’m really starting to run low on supplies now.

Tomorrow I will be dropping off my truck to one of the local brake shops to find out what is making the noise. I’m definitely not convinced that it’s a serious issue, but I figure for a few hundred bucks I’ll have more piece of mind. It was annoying to listen to the squeak in stop and go traffic, and while maybe it’s not serious, I want to make sure my braking system is working well before I start heavily using it in the Finger Lakes and Pennsylvania. I can downshift, but ultimately brakes do to turn a lot of that forward motion into heat going down those steep hills, especially because low isn’t that low in my truck with the relatively low gear ratio on my truck.

Bought a new peace flag. That’s my last flag I plan to add to my collection. I will hang it up when I set up camp in the Finger Lakes next Saturday. I have plenty of flags now, I don’ t really need to set up any more flags.

On this day in 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts drives his car off a bridge and his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, dies. And in 1984, there were McDonald’s massacre in San Ysidro, California: In a fast-food restaurant, James Oliver Huberty opens fire, killing 21 people and injuring 19 others before being shot dead by police. After that, California implemented strict new gun control in that state, and there have been no more mass shootings.

As previously noted, there are 2 weeks until August 1st when the sun will be setting at 8:14 pm with dusk at 8:46 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 morning! Welcome to warmest part of summer with temperatures expected to reach 84 degrees with dewpoints in the upper 60s. We expect hot and muggy summer weather all week. The muggy weather ends Friday around 11 pm.

The sun will set at 8:29 pm with dusk around 9:02 pm, which is 43 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for thunderstorms and 76 degrees. The dew point will be 69 degrees.  Hot and humid. There will be a south-southeast breeze at 6 mph. Today will have 14 hours and 55 minutes of daytime, an increase of one minute and 35 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Some of the storms could produce small hail, gusty winds, and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 68 degrees at 3am. Five degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 69 at 6pm. South wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. In 2016, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 66 degrees. The record low of 46 occurred back in 1939.

On this day in 1944, Near the San Francisco Bay, two ships laden with ammunition for the war explode in Port Chicago, California, killing 320. Also on this day, another deadly tragety. In 1981, A structural failure leads to the collapse of a walkway at the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City, Missouri killing 114 people and injuring more than 200.

Today I will call about getting the brakes checked. It will give me some piece of mind and avoid annoyance when I’m creeping in Ithaca traffic. I’m sure there will be plenty of stop and go there. I think it will be a simple enough job that an ordinary brake shop should be able to fix it. I have one I’ve gone to in the past on Central Avenue, and they should be fine. Annoying that I need more work after replacing the brakes last fall, but sometimes things need to be adjusted or mud got into them or some bull shit. It’s about keeping things well maintained.

Next week at this point I should be in the Finger Lakes, hopefully just finishing up breakfast and getting ready to visit the pool. It will be nice to be spending time at the pool, relaxing and hiking the gorges. I’m bringing my kayak so I’ll be able to do some paddling too. I will lock it up in the campsite I’m undecided if I will go down to Presque Isle for its festival or not but if the weather is nice that’s always a fun way to cap off the week.

Tonight I plan to wash my truck and maybe vacuum out the inside and do some cleaning before my trip. I also have to return some library books and may be clean some of the camping gear. I want to put some superglue on the camp storage box so it stops coming apart. And some miscellaneous things.

As previously noted, there are 2 weeks until Mutts Day when the sun will be setting at 8:16 pm with dusk at 8:47 pm. On that day in 2016, we had rain, drizzle, fog, mist, cloudy skies and temperatures between 71 and 63 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 82 degrees. We hit a record high of 98 back in 1917.

Good morning! Monday’s going to be a hazy, hot, and humid summer day with thunderstorms later. Partly sunny and 66 degrees in Westerlo. There is a south breeze at 5 mph. The dew point is 64 degrees.

Today will be scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce small hail, gusty winds, and heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high of 80 degrees at 1pm. Two degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 69 at 5pm. South wind 5 to 8 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 sunny skies. The high last year was 85 degrees. The record high of 99 was set in 1900.

Good evening! Partly clear and 72 degrees in Westerlo. Calm wind. The dew point is 63 degrees. Sticky summer weather and I got a bit sunburnt. No updates during the weekend because my new phone on the GSM network doesn’t work in Wells. That sucks. But now I’m starting to post pictures and videos. 

It was a pretty good weekend although more sun would have been nice. Not too much rain and today wasn’t bad. Whitehouse was fun to explore, I’ve not been up there in five years. I sure hope they don’t close down that road. I did get a lot of chance to read and last night was quite pretty under the stars but a freaking barred owl scared the living shit out of me around midnight when it went whooo….whoooooo around midnight. It was still nice to get out of town.

That said I was a little bummed about the noise that my brakes were making so I’m crappy about having to spend more money this week on that. Especially because I’m not totally sure if the noise they’re making is new or just a normal noise as the spring releases, after six years of mud and brake dust. But I’d rather have the brakes checked and if all they need is some lubrication or cleaning at least I won’t have to worry about losing them in the Finger Lakes. I just hate dumping money into fixing Big Red, especially of questionable value but I guess it’s preventive maintaince to fix things as early as possible. 

Tonight will have patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low of 65 degrees at 3am. Typical for tonight. Maximum dew point of 64 at 6am. Light south wind. In 2016, we had partly cloudy skies. It got down to 66 degrees. The record low of 45 occurred back in 1974.

Tonight will have a Waning Crescent Moon. The New Moon is on Saturday night with partly cloudy skies. I’ll have to hike to Foster Pond to see the stars. Looking forward to my Finger Lakes trip. The Strugeon Moon is on Monday, August 7th. The sun will rise at 5:33 am with the first light at 5:00 am, which is 52 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 4 minutes of darkness, an increase of one minute and 35 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be scattered showers and thunderstorms between noon and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Some of the storms could produce small hail, gusty winds, and heavy rain. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high of 80 degrees at 1pm. One degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 69 at 5pm. South wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. A year ago, we had cloudy skies. The high last year was 85 degrees. The record high of 99 was set in 1900.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Maximum dew point of 63 at 8pm. Sunday, a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Maximum dew point of 65 at 8pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 83 degrees.

In four weeks on August 13 the sun will be setting at 7:59 pm, which is 31 minutes and 4 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had thunderstorm, partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 92 and 73 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 81 and 61 degrees. The record high of 98 degrees was set back in 1947.

Looking ahead, National Cheese Cake Day is in 2 weeks, Lowville Cream Cheese Festival is in 2 months, 7 PM Sunset is in 9 weeks, Average High is 60 is in 13 weeks, Daylight Savings Time Ends is in 16 weeks, Cold Moon is in 20 weeks and New Years Eve is in 24 weeks.

Happy Weekend! Cloudy and 70 degrees in City of Albany. There is a south-southeast breeze at 9 mph. The dew point is 64 degrees. The skies will clear tomorrow around noontime.

I am off to the Adirondacks. Looks like I won’t hit any rain until I’ll well up there, but I think I will stop and buy firewood, so I’m not messing around finding wood, especially if it starts to pour shortly after I get there. The woods are going to be wet, and while I don’t like spending money on wood, I think I’d rather have dry firewood and a nice campfire, then a dark wet night. But tomorrow should be much nicer.

The sun will set at 8:31 pm with dusk around 9:04 pm, which is 37 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for light rain and conditions and 67 degrees. The dew point will be 64 degrees. There will be a south-southeast breeze at 7 mph.

It’s the Waning Gibbous Moon. The Last Quarter Moon is on Sunday night with scattered t-storms then partly cloudy skies. The Strugeon Moon is on Monday, August 7th. The sun will rise at 5:30 am with the first light at 4:57 am, which is 50 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours of darkness, an increase of one minute and 28 seconds over last night.

Tonight will be scattered showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low of 64 degrees at 3am. One degree above normal. Maximum dew point of 64 at 6pm. South wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. In 2016, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 69 degrees. The record low of 44 occurred back in 1950.

Saturday will have a chance of showers, mainly before 11am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 80. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Looking ahead to Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph. Maximum dew point of 65 at 7pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 83 degrees.

In four weeks on August 11 the sun will be setting at 8:01 pm, which is 29 minutes and 44 seconds earlier then today. In 2016 on that day, we had shallow fog, patches of fog, mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 91 and 72 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 81 and 61 degrees. The record high of 98 degrees was set back in 1944.

Looking ahead, September 1st is in 7 weeks, Autumn Begins is in 10 weeks and Average High is 40 is in 4 months.

As they say, it’s all down hill from here. The mercury is expected to start declining in about two weeks and the days are already getting shorter. But don’t fret. We’ve only lost a few minutes of daylight so far and at first the temperature declines are only slight. And we have gotten 100 degree weather in Albany through the first week of September.

Albany, NY Temperature Normals and Records

Week Date Dawn Sun-
rise
Sun-
set
Dusk Day Avg High Avg Low Record Hi Record Low
0 July 14 4:57 am 5:30 am 8:31 pm 9:04 pm 15:00 83 62 99 (1995) 49 (1940)
1 July 21 5:04 am 5:37 am 8:25 pm 8:58 pm 14:48 83 62 101 (1930) 45 (1974)
2 July 28 5:11 am 5:43 am 8:19 pm 8:51 pm 14:35 82 62 99 (1929) 44 (1971)
3 August 4 5:19 am 5:51 am 8:10 pm 8:42 pm 14:19 82 61 98 (1955) 46 (1966)
4 August 11 5:27 am 5:58 am 8:01 pm 8:32 pm 14:03 81 61 98 (1944) 46 (1941)
5 August 18 5:36 am 6:06 am 7:51 pm 8:21 pm 13:45 80 60 95 (1913) 40 (1981)
6 August 25 5:44 am 6:13 am 7:40 pm 8:09 pm 13:26 79 59 99 (1947) 35 (1940)
7 September 1 5:52 am 6:21 am 7:28 pm 7:57 pm 13:07 77 57 96 (1953) 41 (1967)
8 September 8 6:00 am 6:28 am 7:16 pm 7:44 pm 12:47 75 55 94 (2015) 34 (1978)
9 September 15 6:07 am 6:35 am 7:03 pm 7:31 pm 12:27 73 52 92 (1915) 33 (1975)
10 September 22 6:15 am 6:43 am 6:51 pm 7:19 pm 12:07 70 49 95 (1895) 31 (1962)
11 September 29 6:23 am 6:51 am 6:38 pm 7:06 pm 11:47 67 46 86 (1921) 29 (2000)
12 October 6 6:30 am 6:59 am 6:26 pm 6:54 pm 11:27 64 43 90 (1900) 24 (1965)
13 October 13 6:38 am 7:07 am 6:14 pm 6:43 pm 11:07 61 40 81 (1930) 24 (1981)
14 October 20 6:46 am 7:15 am 6:03 pm 6:32 pm 10:48 58 38 80 (1965) 18 (1972)
15 October 27 6:55 am 7:23 am 5:53 pm 6:22 pm 10:29 56 36 79 (1963) 21 (1950)
16 November 3 7:03 am 7:32 am 5:44 pm 6:13 pm 10:11 53 35 75 (1990) 20 (1980)

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Good evening! Cloudy and 67 degrees in Delmar. Calm wind. The dew point is 61 degrees. The skies will clear Saturday around noontime. My bags are packed, my propane tank is full and my kayak is on the roof of the truck in preparation for heading up to the Adirondacks at 5 pm. 

I kind of lucked out that the rain stopped by evening. Midday I realized that I hadn’t gotten around to refilling my propane tank and that would be a problem should it be pouring. I don’t think the guy at the hardware store would be happy to fill the tank in the pouring rain. I like going to the Delmar Hardware Store as it’s convenient but fairly pricey but I figure I’m supporting a local business and refilling the tank is still much cheaper than disposable tanks and even those gas station exchange programs. Plus you get more propane for the buck. I only buy propane a few times of year and it goes slowly when I’m not using the heater. Despite being the hottest part of summer tomorrow night in the Adirondacks I might want the heater with the cold rain but I think I will live without it. The high tomorrow in Albany is only 72. I’m actually hoping the rain will break early but if it doesn’t I’ll string up a tarp and buy dry firewood from Stewart’s. I don’t mind a roaring campfire from under a tarp. I have some burnables to get the fire starting. 

Tonight will be scattered showers. Cloudy, with a low of 62 degrees at 4am. Typical for tonight. Maximum dew point of 61 at 10pm. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. In 2016, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 73 degrees. The record low of 49 occurred back in 1940.

Tonight will have a Waning Gibbous Moon. The Last Quarter Moon is on Sunday night with partly cloudy skies. The Strugeon Moon is on Monday, August 7th. The sun will rise at 5:29 am with the first light at 4:56 am, which is 49 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 8 hours and 58 minutes of darkness, an increase of one minute and 25 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9am and 10am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 10am. Cloudy, with a high of 70 degrees at 2pm. 13 degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 64 at 3pm. Southeast wind 5 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 87 degrees. The record high of 99 was set in 1995.

Looks like a very summer like forecast for the weekend. Saturday, a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Northwest wind 3 to 6 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 66 at 5pm. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Maximum dew point of 66 at 7pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 83 degrees.

I have a nice weekend planned for the Adirondacks. Camping at White House or Pumpkin Hollow Road then swim and fish in Speculator. I also plan to paddle the flat water just a little ways above Auger Falls and maybe up in Speculator on Lake Pleasant and Sacandaga River down towards the old Kunjamunk. Hopefully this year if I paddle the Kunjamunk I won’t take a bath climbing the Beaver Dams. I’m just hoping the weather cooperates. The forecast models vary a lot on Saturday and they keep changing. 

Got the $2.78 USB OTG adapter in the mail that I thought might work with my phone but it doesn’t. I guess that’s fine. I can almost type faster on my phone then with an external keyboard. It was worth a try. I couldn’t find a definite answer on the internet.  I figured I’ll keep it for the future. 

Next weekend it’s off the Finger Lakes so it will be a repeat next week. I decided to bring the kayak out to the Finger Lakes but I’ll keep it locked up at camp when I’m not paddling around. That way I on a calm summer day I can paddle out in the coves around Ithaca or Taughannock State Park and do some fishing. Just another way to enjoy summer vacation. 

In four weeks on August 10 the sun will be setting at 8:02 pm, which is 28 minutes and 57 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, shallow fog, mist, mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 84 and 70 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 81 and 61 degrees. The record high of 96 degrees was set back in 1949.

Looking ahead, Ugly Truck Day is Next Thursday, State Fair Opens is in 6 weeks, 7:30 PM Sunset is in 7 weeks, Average High is 70 is in 10 weeks, Hunter’s Moon is in 12 weeks and Thanksgiving is in 19 weeks.