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  1. Clear night. It is unusual to be in my backyard on the fringes of the Dorptown and able to see the Pleiades if you don't look straight at it.
  2. NYS uses concrete because they're stupid, plus the concrete industry used to be controlled by people that knew how to pull strings. Concrete is the worst in a cold climate, the joints break and you get big sharp transverse holes. I'm biased because I ride a bicycle, but if you're riding roads like Route 9 north of Schroon or something it is bang - bang - bang - bang until your fillings fall out. That doesn't beat the genius plan they did locally, one of the big hills up off the river on a state road was all broken up so they spent a summer ripping it out, replacing the road bed and paving it. It was great, smooth as glass - until about a month later when they came to finish adding the rip rap to where they excavated the bank out a little. They dumped it on the road and used a bobcat to shove it into place, gouging the hell out of the road surface. And left it that way so it's like climbing one of the cobbled bergs in Belgium according to my pal that's from there. Weather related content - you guys that have been paying attention to this longer than I have, is the path of Hurricane Ophelia and the strength it looks to hit Ireland with a little unusual?
  3. Does NMH still do the immersive English language academy for kids from overseas? You meet a lot of really interesting people from quite varied backgrounds. They consolidated a few years back so the Northfield campus and the buses are gone. I might be biased but I'd give that school a hard look if the academics are still any good.
  4. Eesh. Good luck to you guys being molested by the docs. Almost there myself. Weird days... three years ago I get on my bicycle for the 270 miler at ADK 540 weekend. 160 miles later I quit with wicked hypothermia because I found that (1) being dumb and assuming it'll warm up like they say and (2) when you stop thinking because you're hypothermic and you have such a low threshold for thinking anyway you get kinda cold and spike your chances to finish the race. This year my effort was spiked because it was so stinking hot. 150 miles and stopped, resuming the next morning I made it two hours down the road and almost having been killed twice by guys driving pickups pulling huge camper trailers I bagged it. Albany airport recorded zero precipitation Monday, ten miles down the road I drove home through the heaviest downpour I have ever encountered in a car. Flooded I-890 and, NYS Route 7, some cars apparently aren't designed to drive at high speed through 12 inches of water because some numbies were ending up facing the wrong way all merged up into the guard rails. My rain gauge was tipped over at home or I'd have some idea what fell but it sure seemed like a lot in a short time.
  5. It is logarithmic from one class to the next, linear within the class.
  6. A co-worker's younger brother lives in Houston and his house just passed inspection so he can go back in... knee deep water outside but she said 'Not as much indoors'. Her parents live in Puerto Rico. She's stressing. She said it seemed like a month without water or electricity when she lived there and I think she said it was Hugo that went through.
  7. I saw places in Vermont where Irene took thousands of yards of earth and put it somewhere else nobody knows where. I took my bike down a road in upstate NY where I realized I was going over brand new bridges down through a steep valley that weren't there a couple of years ago. Thank you, Irene. I rode a loop of the Adirondack 540 bike race a month after Irene and going through Upper Jay I was looking up at debris in the trees. One that struck me was a telephone about fifteen or twenty feet up in a tree along the Au Sable. The library in Jay was soaked out of existence. I am not ashamed to say that I cried when I heard they completed the last road repair so everybody could get through to somewhere else in Vermont and the crew threw their hats in the air. I'm OK if we don't have another disaster so we can get our entertainment from it.
  8. Not NE but was in Syracuse today at about 1pm went into a building was almost sunny 75 degrees came out it was 63 degrees and raining 30 minutes later. 30 miles east was sunny 78 degrees and blowing HARD from the south as we drove home.
  9. Yes. On the other hand, the basil is doing very well. The buffalo got away so I'm going to have to buy mozz.
  10. A couple of years ago I was out for a long ride and coming south into Saratoga I could hear something happening over the ridge by Sacandaga off my right shoulder. I went through town and stopped at a convenient store to refill my bottles and by the time I came back out you couldn't see the bridge over Fish Creek a quarter mile over. It was funny, everybody standing under the overhang and nobody willing to get in their car six feet away. I waited a while and because I was tired I decided I'd lock up if I waited too long to do the last 30 of a 120 mile day so I took off into the rain and flinched every time one hit up on the ridge to my left. What cracked me up, though, was it came so fast that all the boats on the lake were stacked up trying to get back in but some guys were still out there in the middle of the lake fishing. I guess the storm brought on a bite and dammit they weren't going to waste it! Some friends passed me about ten miles later and they said I was flying. The outflow from that storm was the best tailwind... probably pushing all of 100 watts and going 28-30. I love those days.
  11. When I was a kid we went up to the Gaspe Peninsula and being on the south shore of the St Lawrence watching that wall of dark come down the river is in the top half dozen or so coolest things I have ever seen. Imagine seven people in a Pontiac station wagon driven by my 18 year old brother with seven heads stuck out the windows alternately all looking at the sky trying to find a hole in the clouds and our unsynchronized watches until we as one yelled "STOP NOW", screeched to a halt and jumped out of the car maybe five minutes in front of it. Also the silence as all the birds stopped singing.
  12. Yesterday afternoon WFH in Schenectady no lightning within 20 miles except for one about a mile from my house. All quiet with a soft rain falling. I jumped about a foot because at first I thought something blew up by the sound of it. One big BANG but then after a couple of seconds it rumbled a bit so I recognized what it was. And then that was it for the day. The guys on the golf course maybe a quarter of a mile where it hit the ground must have lost a couple of strokes easy.
  13. I was visiting my parents at their farm in central Vermont and I woke to hear one of those events coming. There wasn't any damage there so I can only think that you can hear them from a distance.
  14. I remember a July 4th parade in Hartland, Vt. some time in the last 30 years (how's that for narrowing it down?) where I swear it was just like today. I remember pouring rain and hypothermia standing there watching the poor miserable marchers go by. I wish that weatherspark site or whatever was still around so I could go take a look to see if it was really as cold as I remember it. VFD's barbeque chicken was awesome as usual, though. BBQ chicken and hot chocolate. Quite the pairing.
  15. Massive hailstorm over here in Schenectady. 15-20 minutes of dime sized stuff. The exposed garden is shredded.