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.