Good morning! Happy Saturday. Finally the weekend! Next Saturday is National Dog Day. Partly sunny and 67 degrees in Delmar. Calm wind. The dew point is 64 degrees.

Today I’m off to Pennsylvania and the Allegheny National Forest. I plan to stop at several parks and historic sites along the way. Monday it’s out to Erie Penna to see the solar eclipse then Tuesday and Wednesday its back to the Finger Lakes to swim and enjoy the gorges as summer starts to wind down.  

Today will have patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high of 83 degrees at 2pm. Three degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 67 at 11am. Light west wind increasing to 8 to 13 mph in the morning. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies. It was somewhat humid. The high last year was 85 degrees. The record high of 92 was set in 1899.

The sun will set at 7:49 pm with dusk around 8:19 pm, which is one minute and 33 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly clear conditions and 77 degrees. The dew point will be 65 degrees. There will be a west breeze at 7 mph. Today will have 13 hours and 42 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 37 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have isolated showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then isolated showers between midnight and 3am. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low of 65 degrees at 3am. Four degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 65 at 7pm. West wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, we had mostly clear skies. It got down to 60 degrees. The record low of 45 occurred back in 1998.

On this day in 1955, severe flooding across the northeastern portion of our country caused by Hurricane Diane claims 200 lives. Mostly forgotten now, it devesated the Poconos of Pennsylvania, along with much of Connecticut and Massachusetts as rivers overflowed their banks and dams failed.

As previously noted, next Saturday is National Dog Day when the sun will be setting at 7:38 pm with dusk at 8:08 pm. On that day in 2016, we had rain, mist, mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 87 and 66 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 79 degrees. We hit a record high of 98 back in 1948.

Good evening! Fog and 71 degrees in Delmar. There is a south breeze at 6 mph. The dew point is 69 degrees. The skies will clear tomorrow around 2 am. It’s incredibly stick out. With the air conditioning on in my truck I had trouble keeping the windows free of fog. Packing tonight for my road trip I got soaked in the dew. It wet outside for sure. 

Tonight will have a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low of 68 degrees at 3am. Seven degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 69 at 11pm. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, we had partly cloudy skies with more clouds in the early hours of the next day. It was humid. It got down to 65 degrees. The record low of 43 occurred back in 1977.

Tonight will have a Waning Crescent Moon with 3% illuminatedThe moon will rise tomorrow at 4:40 am. The New Moon is on Monday night with partly cloudy skies. The Harvest Moon is on Tuesday, September 5th. The sun will rise at 6:06 am with the first light at 5:36 am, which is one minute and 5 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 10 hours and 16 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 36 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high of 82 degrees at 3pm. Two degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 67 at 6am. West wind 3 to 7 mph. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies. It was humid. The high last year was 85 degrees. The record high of 92 was set in 1899.

Looking ahead to Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph. Maximum dew point of 62 at 7am. Typical average high for the weekend is 80 degrees.

Tomorrow I’m leaving for the Allegheny National Forest and then Monday out to Presque Isle to watch the eclipse and go swimming. That didn’t happen over summer vacation but I decided with this break of weather to take 3 days before the end of summer. The eclipse glasses came in the mail this afternoon and for that I am very grateful. Had they not come today I probably wouldn’t have been able to witness the eclipse directly and this whole trip would have had a very different flavor. Tuesday I’ll probably overnight in the Finger Lakes and come back late Wednesday to Albany. It’s not a full vacation but some time off when I should finally have decent weather. I like seeing Pennsylvania and maybe some of Western NY. 

In four weeks on September 15 the sun will be setting at 7:04 pm, which is 47 minutes and 27 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 71 and 48 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 73 and 52 degrees. The record high of 92 degrees was set back in 1915.

Looking ahead, September 1st is in 2 weeks and Autumn Begins is in 5 weeks.