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Map: South Valley State Forest North Map

Map: South Valley State Forest North Map

Charles Baker State Forest is named after the first District Forester who administered it. This property totals over 9,400 acres in southeast Madison County and makes up the core area for the Brookfield Trail System. This highly acclaimed horse and snowmobile trail system has over 130 miles of trails set throughout three state forests (Charles Baker State Forest, Brookfield Railroad State Forest, and Beaver Creek State Forest) that make up the Brookfield unit management area. These three forests collectively provide 13,750 acres of public reforestation lands for multiple recreation purposes.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8225.html

Good morning! Yeah, it’s Friday! Five weeks to Epiphany. Partly cloudy and 36 degrees in Delmar. There is a west-southwest breeze at 10 mph. Some sun this morning but it’s not expected to last. More sun on SUNday. The skies will clear tomorrow around 8 pm.

Taking the yokel local bus to work today, because I couldn’t get an early start. Which kind of sucks, because next week I’ll have to dress up and will be taking the local most of the week. I guess it really doesn’t matter because my phone keeps me entertained on the bus. 

Today will have a slight chance of showers after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 47 degrees at 1pm. Six degrees above normal. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had rain and a high of 50 degrees. I guess depressing early December weather is not unusual.  The record high of 66 was set in 1998. 6.2 inches of snow fell back in 1949.

The sun will set at 4:22 pm with dusk around 4:54 pm, which is 14 seconds earlier than yesterday. Today will have 9 hours and 14 minutes of daylight, a decrease of 1 minutes and 16 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of rain showers before 11pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 34 degrees at 6am. Eight degrees above normal. West wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected. In 2015, it got down to 38 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The record low of -1 occurred back during the spirit of 1976.

As previously noted, there are 5 weeks until Epiphany when the sun will be setting at 4:38 pm with dusk at 5:09 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 34 and 5 degrees. Cold day even for late December. Typically, the high temperature is 31 degrees. We hit a record high of 71 back in 2007. So it’s not always that cold in late December. 

Today in 1970, the law went into effect that created the US Environmental Protection agency. Much like the creation of the state’s DEC it was a reorganization of various federal agencies to consolidate many environmental functions into one agency based on increased concern and awareness of industrial pollution. 

29 days and 15 hours left in 2016. Make the most of it. Have a great Friday, we are almost to the weekend… 

Good evening! Mostly cloudy and 46 degrees in Albany. There is a west breeze at 10 mph. A bit chilly with that breeze this evening. The skies will clear Saturday around 11 pm.

Lately I’ve gotten into listening to the Guess Who, that early 70s Canadian soft rock  band most famous for American Women. I hadn’t heard She’s Come Undun in almost a decade but then I heard it ON XM Radio’s free preview and I got hooked on it.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 36 degrees at 6am. Nine degrees above normal. West wind 6 to 10 mph. In 2015, it got down to 41 degrees with periods of rain. The record low of -2 occurred back in 1875.

Look towards the west for beautiful  the Waxing Crescent Moon tonight with 17% illuminated. At times it will be hidden by clouds. The moon will set around 8:30 pm. The First Quarter Moon is on Tuesday night with a chance of rain orsnow expected. The Full “Cold” Moon is on Wednesday, December 14th.

Another evening in soon to be Donald Trump’s America. All I can say is that the bus is running on time, and traffic wasn’t that bad. I really should go to Sears tonight but I really don’t feel like going anywhere tonight.

“Too many mountains and not enough stairs to climb / Too many churches and not enough truth / Too many people and not enough eyes to see / Too many lives to lead and not enough time” – She’s Come Undun, The Guess Who

Tomorrow will have a slight chance of showers after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 47 degrees at 1pm. Six degrees above normal. West wind 6 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had rain and a high of 50 degrees. The record high of 66 was set in 1998. 6.2 inches of snow fell back in 1949.

Looking colder and generally nastier for Saturday but Sunday still looks nice if I don’t get stuck in the office. Much like most of America.  Saturday, a slight chance of rain and snow showers before 10am, then a slight chance of rain showers between 10am and 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Northwest wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 40.Typical average high for the weekend is 41 degrees. I’m increasingly looking at staying in town this weekend because I think Saturday could be cold in the wilderness, even if it is snow free. I’ll make a decision tomorrow. I might have to go into the office on Sunday. On the other hand, it might be nice to get away before it gets super frigid outside with the blast of cold air certainly on its way.

In four weeks on December 29 the sun will be setting at 4:30 pm, which is 8 minutes later then tonight. In 2015 on that day, we had rain, snow and temperatures between 35 and 24 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 32 and 17 degrees. The record high of 71 degrees was set back in 1984. It must have been nice on that late December day to get up to 71. I’ll have to check the record book to see see if it was sunny on that warm day a few days before 1985 rolled around.

After doing extensive research I found that the problem I was having with my PyQGIS script is that the SIP module that ships with Python 2.7 is broken and not properly allowing methods to be called through their parents. Nothing I can do to easily fix it unless I want to re-compile Python 2.5 and QGIS. For now, I’m just going to disable the problematic code.

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