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October 2011

December 4, 2011
Annual Meeting -- Hudson River Ice Yacht Club
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Beech Hill Rockport, Maine

Downeast Maine is lovely in mid-October -- the fall foliage was in full color Columbus Day weekend and the weather was perfect -- no rain, cool nights, low humidity, no bugs, and 75 degree afternoons. We continued our work reclaiming the blueberry field in Sedgwick -- in two years we expect to have quite a crop of organic wild blueberries to process. Two more work sessions this fall should put the first acre in good shape. When spring growth resumes after mowing and burning, these low bush wild blueberries will send new stems from rhizomes below the ground that will eventually produce new fruit buds in year 2013.               More Pictures

Beech Hill -- stone building & sod roof


Pumpkin Sail 2011

Pumpkin Sail was a regular feature of the fall sailing schedule of the historic Hudson River Sloop "Clearwater". We'd load the boat up with pumpkins and musicians and travel down the river from Albany to NYC holding dockside festivals every day. School groups would visit by day, then there would be a two hour concert in the evening with Pete Seeger leading the sing-along's. While not quite the elaborate production it once was, it's great to have it back.

Clearwater's "Pumpkin Sail" returns to the Hudson Valley

Current Jetstream Forecast and Surface Conditions -- Image by Environment Canada

Astute readers of the LRC Weather site may have noticed the possible weather pattern setting up that Gary Lezak blogs about. We've seen two or three large powerful cut-off low pressure centers develop in the Lake Michigan area in the past few months that hung around for a week or more circulating large bands of heavy precipitation fed by moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. If this pattern persists, then expect a ton of snow this winter -- on the other hand, the short cycle time of these events may indicate we are still in the transition stage. Colder, stormier winters also seem to occur around the 11 year average solar cycle minimums, the last of which occurred in April of 2009.

Ketch, Ming, & BB posing for the cameras

Firewood for the Cabin -- No more tenting this year.

Gathering for sunset at the top of the hill


Pictures of the Mohawk Valley after storms IRENE & LEE

Tribes Hill where the muddy Schoharie Creek joins the Mohawk River

Lock 10 control dam damaged by floating debris entangled in lifting chains

Buoy Boat on the wall at Lock 7

Recent Photo Albums

The first quarter acre pruned with the mowers -- ready for burning next month.


Weather Links

Composite Weather from UniSys Zone Forecast Tivoli Bay 15 Image 5 Day GFS Forecast
Northern Hemisphere 850 Temp  Regional Summary -- Albany & VT 5 Image 2 Day Forecast Maps
US Radar from Intellicast Jetstream 4 Panel Forecast Snow and Precip Type Forecast Loop
Albany Radar from Intellicast Jetstream Map -- Environment Canada Water Vapor Forecast Loop
Albany Storm Precipitation Totals SailFlow Wind Forecast for Kingston NY 3 - 7 Day US Hazards Outlook
Day 1 Quant Precip Forecast Map  Wind Speed and Direction Map 10 day GFS Forecast
Day 2 Quant Precip Forecast Map Northeast Wind Speed (Kts) & Streamlines 31 Frame Forecast Animation
Day 3 Quant Precip Forecast Map Northeast Temperature 5 F Contour Quantitative Precipitation Discussion

Links to Field Reports of Ice Conditions

IDNIYRA Ice Conditions Reports

Saratoga Lake Ice Report

Yahoo Group  "IceReports"


Brakes On? 
photo Copyright Brian Reid, December 2002



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