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At sunset, look for mostly clear conditions and 58 degrees. The dew point will be 40 degrees. There will be a north-northwest breeze at 6 mph.

The sun will set at 6:54 pm with dusk around 7:22 pm, which is 1 minutes and 48 seconds earlier than yesterday.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 31% illuminated. The moon will rise around 2:12 am. The New Moon is on Saturday at 12:11 am with partly cloudy expected. The Full “Hunter” Moon is in 3 weeks at 4:23 am.

Map: Red Hill Firetower

Map: Red Hill Firetower

Red Hill Firetower in Denning-Elevation 2,990 feet

The Red Hill Fire Tower stands 60 feet tall, has nine flights of stairs, and was constructed in 1921. This tower affords an unsurpassed view of the Catskill high peaks to the west and north, and the Rondout Reservoir to the southeast. It was the last fire tower staffed in the Catskills, closing in 1990.

Directions: Follow the yellow-marked Red Hill Tower Trail from Coons Road (formerly Dinch Road) just outside of Claryville-a moderate, three-mile, round-trip hike.

Good morning! A nice autumn morning with blue skies on the first day with more darkness then daytime. Sunny and 46 degrees at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville. Light breeze along the lake. A lot of yuppie joggers racing around the lake, as I enjoy the scenery. 

After a nice evening watching the sunset and stars rise on Jones Hill, I’m out hiking at Green Lakes State Park. Not much color yet but peak color doesn’t happen at Green Lakes State Park until the week after Columbus Day or later due to the lower elevations. Even at Labrador Hollow down in Fabius doesn’t show much color yet. If I go down there next week, I’m sure there will be more colors. 

The stars were pretty great at Labrador Hollow and the drive back to North Syracuse wasn’t too bad. I stayed up there looking at the stars and lights below until nearly nine o’clock. Without the moonlight and the dense forest, I needed a flashlight almost the whole way down the mountain, because it was dark. Several people were up there until sunset, but shortly after sunset, everybody left, and I cracked open a beer and laid on my back for over an hour, just looking at the stars. 

Today will be a relaxing, pleasant autumn Sunday. In Syracuse, it will be sunny, with a high of 64 degrees at 3pm. Four degrees below normal. Very autumn like. Very clear and dry. Maximum dew point of 39 at 9am. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. The record high of 89 was set in 1970. The sun will set at 6:54 pm with dusk around 7:22 pm, which is 1 minutes and 48 seconds earlier than yesterday. Today will have 11 hours and 58 minutes of daylight, a decrease of 2 minutes and 55 seconds over yesterday. It is the first day with more darkness then daylight. 

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low of 41 degrees at 6am. Six degrees below normal. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph after midnight. The record low of 29 occurred back in 1947.

There are 3 weeks until the Hunter Moon when the sun will be setting at 6:18 pm with dusk at 6:46 pm. The predator hunters will like that. The average high temperature is 60 degrees, with a record high of 88 in 1947.

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