September 8, 2012

Ellis Hollow Fair postponed to tomorrow

As there's a warning about high winds and rain, I think this was very smart. We will go with safety first and postpone the 2012 Fair to tomorrow Sunday the 9th, set up to begin at 8:00am and run the...

Posted by simon at 9:02 AM

May 4, 2012

Power plant? What power plant?

The AES Cayuga plant hasn't been running since March, so our electricity is no longer coming from Tompkins County. For more on why, see Stuart Staniford's look at the paths of oil and natural gas prices. This storm mostly missed...

Posted by simon at 11:53 AM

April 24, 2012

Ultraviolet upgrade

Just in time for my local weather talk, I've upgraded my weather station. If for some reason you want a local report on ultraviolet exposure, my weather station now reports the UV index in the left-hand table, with updates every...

Posted by simon at 3:38 PM

April 19, 2012

I'll be talking about the weather

next Thursday night at Dryden Village Hall: WEATHER WISE Unusual weather seems prevalent this year but as the old saying goes, "the more things change the more they stay the same." Over the years Dryden has experienced notable periods of...

Posted by simon at 12:33 PM

April 5, 2012

Fatal accident on Pinckney Road

I'm not sure what it is about the area near the Lower Creek / Pinckney Road intersection, but it seems to get more than its share of accidents. The most recent, Tuesday night, killed a Freeville man and injured four...

Posted by simon at 9:00 AM

January 27, 2012

Weather talk Saturday at Freeville Church

Via commenter Jason C, I see that meteorologist Drew Montreuil of is giving a talk in Freeville tomorrow night: What do snow, tornadoes and groundhogs have in common? Come to the Freeville Potluck Dinner THIS SATURDAY starting at 5:30pm!...

Posted by simon at 2:18 PM

Yes, we have weather here

Today the weather is just unseasonably warm but seasonably dismal - but sometimes we get more dangerous weather here too. I gave a talk last night to the Varna Volunteer Fire Company about weather disasters, exploring some of the extremes...

Posted by simon at 12:29 PM

January 20, 2012

A good night for lanterns

The weather's been tricky since I first started making ice lanterns, but tonight's cold and low winds are about perfect. I've also gotten a little better at making them. The main problem I've had is that candles melt everything around...

Posted by simon at 8:45 PM

When the Weather Becomes Deadly

I'll be giving a talk at the Varna Volunteer Fire Company next Thursday, January 26th, at 7:30pm, on local weather, weather forecasting, and their relationship to emergency services. I'm planning to start with a look at some of Dryden's...

Posted by simon at 7:08 AM

January 13, 2012

Finally, a winter wonderland

It's only a couple of inches (so far), but it's great to finally see my back yard looking like it should in mid-January. Snow up in the trees and still coming. Cortland and Groton schools closed, but it looks like...

Posted by simon at 8:32 AM

December 19, 2011

Making beauty out of cold

"And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." (John 1:5) In the darkest season of the year, the lights go up. Every year, Christmas lights go up on houses, trees, shrubs, and lately, all kinds of...

Posted by simon at 7:21 AM

October 19, 2011

1981 Dryden flood program tonight

Sorry for the late notice, but if you can make it, this should be great: On October 19, 2011 at 7 pm, Dryden Historical Society will present a program about "The 1981 Flood: 30 Years Ago" Mike Lane was mayor...

Posted by simon at 12:05 PM

October 6, 2011

Get ready for winter

Posted by simon at 8:55 AM

September 8, 2011

Bridge closed at German Cross Road

I drove around a lot of Dryden today, but only had time to explore the Fall Creek watershed. I missed something important in the southwest corner of the town - the German Cross Road bridge is closed. Bridge closed -...

Posted by simon at 10:56 PM

Fall Creek full, but mostly short of flood

Fall Creek (measured at Forest Home) is abnormally high, but just touching the 'action stage' and not crossing into flood stage territory. We got 3.67" of rain at my house yesterday, but that scarcely compared to Binghamton's record 7.49", which...

Posted by simon at 5:22 PM

County roads closed - emergency in Caroline

Ithaca and Dryden schools are closed today, and Cornell is currently closed. Ithaca College delayed opening until noon. Update: Closure order ends at 9:00am - Sheriff Lifts Road Closure Order Effective 9:00 a.m. Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing has lifted...

Posted by simon at 7:46 AM

August 24, 2011

Natural disasters hopefully all this weak

Yesterday's quake was pretty peaceful here. My chair and office wobbled a bit, and I worried I was having a stroke for a few moments, but it was just Virginia sending a seismic message to the east coast. I'm a...

Posted by simon at 8:50 AM

August 20, 2011

Something over Varna

On my way back from the transfer station, I stopped by the side of the road to take a cell phone picture of the beautiful fog and sun over Varna and Mount Pleasant. No, it wasn't a nuclear blast. Nor...

Posted by simon at 8:17 AM

July 21, 2011

Gas brine spread on region's roads

It's not clear to me that the brine referenced in this article is hazardous or coming from hydrofracking operations, but there is clearly some use of gas wastewater being spread on roads throughout the Southern Tier. I tracked through the...

Posted by simon at 12:09 PM

May 5, 2011

Dryden awards and more

Once again, I've fallen far, far behind on keeping up with the Ithaca Journal. If you have more time than I do right now, here's some good reading: Dryden schools get award for composting TC3 students recognized for excellence Dryden...

Posted by simon at 6:56 AM

April 19, 2011

Weather station now on Weather Underground

If you prefer to get your weather through a comprehensive site like Weather Underground rather than a one-point site like mine, you can have the best of both worlds: my station is now on Weather Underground. If you go, for...

Posted by simon at 7:50 AM

April 8, 2011

Weather station preview

After three decades or so of wanting one, I've finally planted a weather station in my back yard. I don't have to be the only person to see its data, though - you can get information overload from the current...

Posted by simon at 7:47 AM

February 1, 2011

Pretty, except for the commute

Today's snow seems aimed right at early morning commuting, and roads are the whitest I've seen on a workday in a while. Route 13 and 366 overlap in the snow....

Posted by simon at 7:58 AM

January 24, 2011

Kidnapped to Mineah Road

A 21-year-old Mineah Road resident was charged with kidnapping Saturday for allegedly abducting an 18-year-old at gunpoint. The State Department of Environmental Conservation seems to be moving closer to allowing gas drilling on state forest land. (There's an earlier release...

Posted by simon at 8:28 AM

December 1, 2010

Light flooding in Robertson's Corners

It's changed from rain to snow now, but it was a pretty exciting morning of waterfalls and mud. Waterfalls between my house and the neighbor. Culvert emptying across 366. Fortunately, the foundation and drainage work from last year seems to...

Posted by simon at 12:18 PM

February 26, 2010


Eilonwy cat marvels at snow deeper than she is....

Posted by simon at 7:31 AM

February 24, 2010

Dark budget days for Dryden schools

Dryden schools have had difficult budget conversations before, but this year's conversation looks, well, extremely dark. Even if it gets better than "could lay off as many as 17 employees, including 10 teachers, to stay solvent," I don't think it...

Posted by simon at 9:59 AM

October 16, 2009

An October wonderland?

Well, sort of. It's strange to see snow when the leaves are mostly still on the trees. Snow-covered trees, with leaves. It doesn't seem to be enough snow to disrupt traffic, though there are some power outages....

Posted by simon at 8:42 AM

October 15, 2009

An early mess

Frost came late this year, but now it looks like winter's coming early. 1-2 inches of snow forecast for October 15th and 16th? And I see snow on the radar already? Sometimes I talk about weather patterns. This year feels...

Posted by simon at 11:22 AM

June 9, 2008

Road costs climb

Driving keeps getting more expensive, and it isn't just the gasoline in our tanks - it's the road maintenance we pay for through taxes. This morning's Journal examines local responses to a doubling in the cost of blacktop over the...

Posted by simon at 8:09 AM

April 28, 2008

Looking for a dose of spring?

Today's colder and rainy, sure. My ducks like it, and we need the rain, but it's not a lot of fun. If you'd like something brighter, stop by Craig Cramer's Ellis Hollow blog. He has all kinds of pictures from...

Posted by simon at 8:18 AM

March 10, 2008

Fundraiser successful

The fundraiser for Dryden High School student Grasen Alexander raised around $7000, including "a sold-out bake sale, a sold-out barbecue and a silent auction that yielded around $2,000." It's good to hear back on the success of these events. There's...

Posted by simon at 9:40 PM

March 8, 2008

Priest covering multiple churches

Watch out for today's weather - it's not going to be easy to get around. Road salt shortages continue to be a problem in the area, though the article doesn't mention Dryden. This morning's Ithaca Journal looks at the challenges...

Posted by simon at 9:22 AM

March 5, 2008

Messy weather

March seems to have come in as an indecisive lion, one who can't decide if it prefers rain or snow. We've had an interesting few days of precipitation, and the Journal has a photo of it from the Express Mart...

Posted by simon at 8:35 AM

February 27, 2008

Prettiest snow

I know this stuff is really inconvenient, and I'm glad I don't have to go out today, but wow - this is gorgeous. Every now and then the sun even lights it up. Snow-covered driveway and trees. Amazing - even...

Posted by simon at 12:50 PM

January 16, 2008

Deployment ceremony tonight

Cathy Wakeman's Dryden Town Talk in this morning's Journal lists a lot of happenings, including one tonight: There will be a deployment ceremony at 6:00pm tonight for 87 men and women going to Afghanistan for a year. The ceremony will...

Posted by simon at 8:58 AM

January 14, 2008

Warmer winters, Spanish energy

I was out of the house on Saturday from 8:30am to 10:30pm, and didn't get to catch up with much. Saturday's Journal had some stories that aren't specifically Dryden, but still worth exploring. There's an AP piece on our changing...

Posted by simon at 12:42 PM

January 8, 2008

64 on Game Farm Road

This morning's Journal reports unseasonable temperatures, a January spring. It peaked at 62 at the airport yesterday and 64 on Game Farm Road, and we'll see similar temperatures today. There was a closed hearing in the Manos murder case yesterday,...

Posted by simon at 8:50 AM

December 19, 2007

Preserving Six Mile Creek

Between some travel and connectivity problems, I'm a little behind. To catch up... Yesterday's paper reports that the Finger Lake Land Trust will be establishing a 138-acre nature preserve near the headwaters of Six Mile Creek. Looking at the map,...

Posted by simon at 11:29 AM

December 14, 2007

Snow day; SPCA donation

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports on yesterday's snow, and has an editorial on safe driving. An anonymous donor just gave the SPCA a large donation to help cover animal control costs, giving county municipalities a year at the old rates...

Posted by simon at 8:56 AM

December 5, 2007

Lake Huron sends us snow

Every now and then I get into a conversation about lake-effect snow, and I usually talk about how Lake Erie sends snow to the Buffalo area while Ontario sends snow to the south and east. Somehow, yesterday, Lake Huron got...

Posted by simon at 9:31 AM

December 3, 2007

Winter weather arrives

Today's news is pretty general to the county and the area. There's a report on the weekend snowstorm. Groton apparently got the most snow, at five inches. There's also a report on this being the peak season for deer hunting...

Posted by simon at 2:45 PM

November 16, 2007

An inside day for chickens

I don't think the chickens have figured out snow yet. We gave them a bigger enclosure behind the coop to enjoy, but so far today they seem to think that the coop and its fenced front porch are enough excitement....

Posted by simon at 12:13 PM

August 27, 2007

Eight Square; storm damage

This morning's Ithaca Journal visits the Eight Square Schoolhouse festival, which I missed this year. It sounds like they had they usual fun re-acquainting people with the schoolhouse, which last served as a public school in 1941. I have my...

Posted by simon at 12:04 PM

August 25, 2007

Contemplating smart meters

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports on last night's storms, which dumped more than three inches of rain in the northern part of the county, including Lansing, Groton, and Dryden. We didn't seem to get anything here but thunder and lightning...

Posted by simon at 10:11 AM

August 18, 2007

Storm dims lights

I came home last night to find my house without power, and apparently a lot of other people had similar problems with the weather. The night before last we'd watched a dead tree topple into our yard, so it's been...

Posted by simon at 12:15 PM

August 4, 2007


Most of the Dryden activity in today's Journal is on the editorial page. Henry Kramer of Dryden writes about possible government consolidation. While I rarely agree with Kramer, there's a lot worth considering in this article. I agree completely that...

Posted by simon at 11:06 AM

July 10, 2007

Local Iraq war perspective

This morning's Journal has a letter from David and Christine Bravo-Cullen of Dryden, reporting their daughter's perspective on what's happening in Iraq. The Monitor reports on a Dryden man's arrest in Ithaca for DWI. There are also a few stories...

Posted by simon at 5:33 PM

April 17, 2007

Fuel oil spill on Snyder Hill

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports on a fuel oil spill on Snyder Hill Road, not a place I would normally think of for "hazmat". The state DEC and contractors are cleaning up after: About 100 gallons of No. 2 fuel...

Posted by simon at 9:27 AM

April 16, 2007

More April snow

Winter really doesn't want to end....

Posted by simon at 11:50 PM

April 12, 2007

Folding snow

This late spring snow we seem to keep getting is very strange. I was surprised to look out the window at my car and see that a sheet of snow had fallen down the hood, forming a strangely folded effect...

Posted by simon at 8:30 AM

April 9, 2007

I'm dreaming of a white Easter

I'm a little surprised that the Journal doesn't mention yesterday's surprising Easter weather, except in an article from Atlanta. We went for a walk on the Jim Schug trail and found it covered in white snow, and there are still...

Posted by simon at 12:51 PM

March 19, 2007

Dryden residents march for peace

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports on Saturday's march for peace. I joined about thirty people marching from Belle Sherman down to the Commons, many of whom had carpooled from the Village of Dryden or walked in from Snyder Hill and...

Posted by simon at 12:35 PM

March 7, 2007

Livestock in the Village of Dryden?

I seem to be getting the Dryden Courier later and later in its weekly cycle, and combining that with my being out of town Monday and Tuesday means that the issue I'm about to write about isn't the one in...

Posted by simon at 7:08 PM

Ithaca schools pass bond

It looks like both Ithaca school bond proposals passed in yesterday's vote, the first one by a larger margin than the second. The Ithaca initial school budget also came out, at a total of $92.4 million, up from $86.8 million....

Posted by simon at 12:11 PM

February 16, 2007

Child abuser likely to plead guilty

While much of this morning's Journal focuses on snow cleanup, the Journal's breaking news reports that Jacob Carter's attorney reports that he has decided to plead guilty to assault, sexual assault, and sexual abuse charges in a plea deal. It's...

Posted by simon at 12:11 PM

February 15, 2007

Another snow day

I hope everyone's enjoying the snow and sunshine today - Dryden and Ithaca schools are closed, as well as TC3. The Journal has lots of articles and pictures on the snow, which wasn't a record, but still closed down or...

Posted by simon at 12:57 PM

February 14, 2007

Lots of snow

Well, in the end, not that much, maybe a foot. Well, maybe more - it's snowing again, though it sounds like the worst of the storm's moved east of us. Still, this morning's Ithaca reports on the state of emergency...

Posted by simon at 12:09 PM

February 13, 2007

Snow on the way

It's not the eleven feet of snow further north, but a real storm looks likely to hit Tompkins County tonight and tomorrow. Heavy snow, freezing temperatures, and plenty of wind are on their way. Beyond the Lifton explanation of her...

Posted by simon at 8:43 AM

January 10, 2007

Dryden schools have extra facilities money

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports that the Dryden Central School District has extra funding available for facilities work, which will allow them to get extra state aid for facilities upgrades without a property tax increase. The Journal now says that...

Posted by simon at 8:01 AM

October 21, 2006

State politics, rain

This morning's Journal has an overview article on the Assembly race, talking with incumbent Democratic Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton and Republican challenger Jim Rohan. There's also an article on New York's rainy summer. Ithaca has had 34.54 inches of precipitation this...

Posted by simon at 9:07 AM

September 20, 2006

Housing, budget

I'm behind on, well, everything, lately, but here's what the Journal's reported this week. On Monday, they reported that the Tompkins County housing market is steady, with the median price of a home sold January-June climbing from $150,000 in 2004...

Posted by simon at 7:55 AM

August 31, 2006

September 11th memorial

I'm just now getting to yesterday's Ithaca Journal. Cathy Wakeman reports on Dryden Fire Department member Jenn Wildridge's assembling a September 11th memorial service that will be held Monday the 11th at the Village Green at 7:00pm. Wakeman also notes...

Posted by simon at 12:28 PM

August 2, 2006

Eating food from right here

I noted Local Food Week earlier, but Cathy Wakeman goes one step further and explores the local food options in the Town of Dryden itself. I've wished for a while that there were more ways to enjoy food that's produced...

Posted by simon at 5:04 PM

August 1, 2006

August heat

This morning's Journal warns of a hot couple of days to come, with temperatures in the 90s today and tomorrow. They also provide advice on keeping cool. Karel Westerling's ex-girlfriend testified against him in his ongoing rape trial, stemming from...

Posted by simon at 8:08 AM

July 18, 2006

Dryden teacher on testing

Freeville resident and Dryden High School teacher Charles J. Hanley has a guest column on the impact of testing on education, A few excerpts: Do we teach for the test? Of course we do. At some level we have no...

Posted by simon at 8:16 AM

June 29, 2006

Sometimes what didn't happen here

could have happened here. We were very lucky that Tuesday's rain wasn't worse here than it was, but other places weren't so fortunate. Places to the south and east of Dryden are severely flooded, with part of Interstate 88 completely...

Posted by simon at 8:06 AM

June 27, 2006

Rain undermines basement, takes down trees

Yesterday's heavy rain undermined a basement on Foot Hill Road and toppled trees on Genung Road. I was a little surprised here to see my birdfeeder had fallen over, but this was the first good rain since I put it...

Posted by simon at 7:34 AM

May 4, 2006

Schools test better; wildfire risk

This morning's Ithaca Journal visits local school districts, whose test scores have been improving, and talks with Dryden Superintendent Mark Crawford about trends in the schools. There's also an article about recent dry weather leading to wildfires. It might rain...

Posted by simon at 12:24 PM

April 20, 2006

Yep, it's spring

It's been bright and sunny, but every time I've gone into downtown Ithaca I've noticed that it seems to be a week ahead of us for flowers. Today looks pretty nice, though! Tulips and daffodils bursting onto the scene This...

Posted by simon at 12:42 PM

March 3, 2006

Dryden Town Hall preview

This morning's Ithaca Journal takes a look at the plans for Dryden's new Town Hall, noting that construction could start this summer and costs will be around $2.4 million. The print edition includes a drawing and a map that shows...

Posted by simon at 8:34 AM

March 2, 2006

Shoveling conversations

This winter, I've been trying to shovel my driveway rather than use my snowblower. The snowblower is small, loud, doesn't turn off until it runs out of gas, doesn't do a great job anyway, and is buried further in my...

Posted by simon at 4:47 PM

February 18, 2006

Just a little wind

I enjoyed yesterday's winds, but didn't think they were all that powerful here, at least until I saw this: Blown-over billboard along Route 13. The Journal reports wind gusts of 54mph, but it had sounded like most of the damage...

Posted by simon at 11:03 AM

February 1, 2006

70-year-old woman struck, killed on Route 13

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports that Janice Cortright, 70, was killed while crossing Route 13 at Livermore Road yesterday. I have enough trouble getting my newspaper and mail from across Route 366, and walking along 13 is even scarier. State...

Posted by simon at 12:14 PM

December 15, 2005

Was that -11?

Posted by simon at 8:25 AM

November 14, 2005

Weather photos

I've been switching my weather links from the advertising-dominated and information-light to the advertising-supported but information-heavy Weather Underground. I noticed this morning that they have a section of photos uploaded by visitors, and you can check out Dryden photos...

Posted by simon at 12:06 PM

November 1, 2005

Lots of October rain

As everyone in Dryden no doubt noticed, there was a lot of rain in October - 7.27 inches, up from the usual 3.26. All the rain we didn't get this summer apparently fell over the last few weeks. It could...

Posted by simon at 8:46 AM

October 24, 2005

First winter storm watch


Posted by simon at 12:31 PM

August 12, 2005

Too little water, too much traffic

Jennie Daley reports on last night's Dryden Town Board meeting, highlighting problems residents reported with their water systems and traffic. Cathi Calori and Art Berkey presented their work on a possible water district for Ellis Hollow Road from Game Farm...

Posted by simon at 8:21 AM

July 30, 2005

Yes, it's been hot

While it isn't precisely news, this morning's Ithaca Journal confirms that June and July 2005 are among the hottest ever, with the statewide average for June 5.5 degrees above normal. Looking at the list of city records there, it looks...

Posted by simon at 10:52 AM

July 26, 2005

Dryden Elementary recognized for performance

There's lot of Dryden news today, starting with New York State's recognizing Dryden Elementary School as a Higher Performing/Gap Closing School for its work during the 2003-4 school year. The Cornell news for this week includes informaiton on Cornell's participation...

Posted by simon at 8:12 AM

June 7, 2005

Dryden weathers storm

Yesterday afternoon's thunderstorm knocked out power to 2,000 local people and damaged a convertible at American Homes on Route 13. Trees came down across the county, causing power outages and damage. The lights only flickered here, but I saw NYSEG...

Posted by simon at 7:24 AM

April 5, 2005

Dryden school budget; more on flooding

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports on a possible 9% levy hike in the Dryden schools budget for next year, though the recently-passed state budget "would drop the levy increase by 2 percent" if all goes well. BOCES services and a...

Posted by simon at 8:27 AM

April 4, 2005

Flooding in Dryden

Local firefighters had a challenging Saturday as 2.5 inches of rain landing on saturated ground caused flooding around the area. I noticed Route 366 had some water coming across the road as the ditch on the south side of the...

Posted by simon at 8:32 AM

February 3, 2005

Old snow

Along sidewalks or roads, old snow tends to be brown and slushy. Left in a pristine state, however, it can develop its own strange magic. A canyon wall of snow. Undulating and gravity-defying snow. A stream of snow. It's very...

Posted by simon at 6:16 PM

January 24, 2005

Windmills, weather, and wish lists

This morning's Journal mentions a project I've heard rumored but not seen in print, the possibility of Cornell setting up windmills in Dryden and elsewhere in Tompkins County. The University is doing tests now in Dryden, "though Joyce declined to...

Posted by simon at 7:43 AM

January 22, 2005

Dryden quiet as storm approaches

There's not a lot of Dryden-specific news in today's Journal, though there's plenty of news that affects us. We'll be sharing in the weekend forecast of snow and cold, and the current winter storm warning claims: SNOW WILL SPREAD ACROSS...

Posted by simon at 8:42 AM

January 18, 2005

Winter weather woes

The cold and snow are taking their toll on local driving. This morning's Journal reports 43 accident reports by 6:50pm yesterday, though none of them were fatal. A look at this morning's radar shows snow in a narrow diagonal strip...

Posted by simon at 8:16 AM

January 7, 2005

Etna fire coverage, schools out yesterday

Today's Ithaca Journal provides more information on the Etna fire coverage agreement that was discussed at Tuesday's Town Board meeting. The article looks at the agreement between the four Dryden fire departments as well as the new Mobile Response Vehicle...

Posted by simon at 7:53 AM

January 6, 2005

Weather, State of the State

I was hoping to be in Albany today for a rally on reform, but the weather kept me home, so the Ithaca Journal's focus on the weather and Governor Pataki's State of the State address will have to do. The...

Posted by simon at 8:57 AM

December 9, 2004

An alternate approach to traffic calming

I've reported a few times on meetings about traffic calming (1 2), and today I found an article on a traffic-calming approach that's pretty different from what we discussed there: Monderman and I are tooling around the rural two-lane roads...

Posted by simon at 12:57 PM

November 21, 2004

Etna fire contract, Pirates of Penzance

This week's Dryden Courier is stuffed full of Dryden news. The front page leads with coverage of Dryden Middle School's presentation of The Pirates of Penzance, including both a picture and a story on the musical and its production. An...

Posted by simon at 11:05 AM

November 9, 2004

More snow than yesterday

Yesterday morning was a small warning of snow to come. Last night was much stronger - I had trouble seeing the road by the airport at one point, but it seems to have slowed overnight. First real snow. Time to...

Posted by simon at 8:34 AM

November 8, 2004

First bits of snow

It's not much snow, and it's gone already, but it's the first morning I've seen it since spring. First signs of snow. I'm glad I finished my mowing and raking yesterday....

Posted by simon at 9:21 AM

November 3, 2004

Elections, budget

Much of the Journal's coverage today is about yesterday's elections. They lead their local coverage with a piece on the defeat of the OTB referendum, which quotes Bruce Drowne of Dryden as supporting the measure. There's also an article on...

Posted by simon at 8:22 AM

September 19, 2004

Fall Creek swollen

I took this picture of Fall Creek from the bridge in Etna yesterday. I don't think it's that unusual a picture of the creek for this summer, but it's not normally like this in the fall that I can remember....

Posted by simon at 10:40 AM

September 9, 2004

Weather, Reagan

It's a quiet day for Dryden news in Thursday's Journal. Hurricane Frances' remnants are soaking the area, though not producing flooding. There's an article on Ithaca High School's rules for parents opting out of information sharing with military recruiters, which...

Posted by simon at 8:49 AM

Students back at school

Wednesday morning's Ithaca Journal reports on the return of students to schools. Dryden schools opened Tuesday. The Dryden Recreation Department is hosting fall sports events, including an eight-week field hockey program and the NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick contest,...

Posted by simon at 1:13 AM

September 1, 2004

School renovation costs rise; festivals coming

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports that 10 to 15% increases in the cost of materials may force changes in plans for elementary school renovation. The Dryden Central School Board will have to look at a list of options and choose...

Posted by simon at 8:27 AM

August 31, 2004

Rain damage, forum tonight

Yesterday's heavy rains are a big story in the Ithaca Journal today, with a piece on a rollover on Hanshaw Road caused by flooding, an article on flooding in Groton and throughout the county, and an article that looks at...

Posted by simon at 8:10 AM

August 30, 2004

One of those wet days

It just won't stop raining lately, and it's been raining hard. Here are some pictures from my yard. Water pouring down stairs This is normally a path. I've seen worse, of course....

Posted by simon at 3:25 PM

August 17, 2004

Community yard sale in Varna, upstate taxes

This morning's Ithaca Journal notes a community yard sale that will be held in Varna on Saturday, August 21st. There will be tables at the Varna Community Center (map) and maps for other local yard sales will be available. There's...

Posted by simon at 8:53 AM

August 13, 2004

Notes from last night's Town Board meeting

The August Town Board meeting was relatively brief and not very dramatic. Only three board members (Trumbull, Stelick, and Hattery) were there. It included: Nancy Zahler and Liz Vance presented on the Tompkins County Recreation Partnership, discussing Dryden's participation, the...

Posted by simon at 8:46 AM

May 25, 2004

Assessment hearings today; power outages

The Ithaca Journal reports that the Tompkins County Board of Assessment Review is meeting today to review 290 scheduled grievances plus walk-ins. Scheduled sessions are from 10am to 2pm, while unscheduled sessions are from 4pm to 8pm. Both will be...

Posted by simon at 7:52 AM

March 17, 2004

Song to a fair young lady, going out of the town in the spring

The first verse of this poem, written by Dryden's namesake, the poet John Dryden (1631-1700), seems especially appropriate as we approach the first official day of spring, but switch suddenly from mud with a few flowers starting to grow to...

Posted by simon at 4:50 PM

March 8, 2004

Spring thaw is over

David Weinstein writes again to report the effect of all that snow melting from our hillsides: After reaching a peak flow of just over 2000 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Friday night (March 5, 2004) and remaining there for...

Posted by simon at 2:27 PM

March 6, 2004

Fall Creek flow

David Weinstein writes with news about a sign of spring, Fall Creek's current flow of water: The USGS gage site web page has continuous flow records from Forest Home (right below the lower bridge) for the last 78 years. Since...

Posted by simon at 6:01 PM

February 16, 2004

More frost photos

It's much warmer now, but there was some amazing frost this morning when it was -5. Field of frost Tree of frost...

Posted by simon at 5:24 PM

February 6, 2004

Natural snow sculpture

This morning's freezing rain falling on snow produced miniature models of white canyons. Snow canyon Snow closeup...

Posted by simon at 11:02 AM

February 5, 2004

Weather this week

The weather this week hasn't been all bad, but it hasn't been all good either. Traffic in snow (map) Winter sunset along 366...

Posted by simon at 3:53 PM

January 30, 2004

Yet another winter accident

The Ithaca Journal reports another accident caused by snow on Route 13, this time near the Gulf Hill Road intersection. This accident was a rear-ending rather than a head-on collision, and there were no fatalities. The Journal also has part...

Posted by simon at 9:39 AM

January 28, 2004

Road condition information on the Web

Both the Ithaca Journal and the New York State Department of Transportation now offer road condition warnings on their web sites. When there are warnings (as there were yesterday), the Journal's reports are on their main site and at least...

Posted by simon at 8:29 AM

January 25, 2004

Snow hazards and removal

Yesterday's Ithaca Journal is filled with articles on the hazards of winter driving and the difficulties of snow removal. The longest, Deadly Highways: Blowing Snow, Unsafe Speeds Create Recipe for Tragedies, starts from a fatal accident last year on Route...

Posted by simon at 10:20 AM

January 13, 2004

Another weather station in heavier weather

After visiting the weather station at Game Farm Road yesterday, I decided to go take some pictures of the weather station just north of Freeville, next to Cornell's Homer Thompson Vegetable Research Farm. The first picture shows the weather station;...

Posted by simon at 11:22 AM

January 12, 2004

Weather station, in weather

I suspect that the keepers of the weather station on Game Farm Road are happy about the automated instruments which collect the data these days. Game Farm Road weather station (map)...

Posted by simon at 5:59 PM

January 10, 2004


The severe cold lately has some nice side effects in glorious patterns of frost that survive into (and through) the daytime. Taking pictures of sunlit frost is tricky, though, especially if you want to get anything at all of the...

Posted by simon at 11:02 PM

Cold doesn't stop the news

Posted by simon at 11:33 AM

January 6, 2004

Ithaca Weather Calendar

I bought a copy of the 2004 Ithaca Weather Calendar yesterday at Ludgate Farms. I bought it partly because I'm perhaps a little too interested in weather, but also because it turned out to have a lot of Dryden pictures...

Posted by simon at 7:36 AM

December 15, 2003

The news is snow

The news yesterday into this morning was snow, and lots of it. I removed about three inches from the driveway yesterday at 4pm and a foot this morning. When I'm making the first run with the snowblower (which now works,...

Posted by simon at 8:54 AM

December 12, 2003

I'm back

At 6:19 pm, I crossed the Dryden town line on Route 38 coming from Harford. I barely had time to enjoy that I was finally home before the world went white with snow and I had to slow down to...

Posted by simon at 7:02 PM

December 6, 2003

Tough day for travel

It is my peculiar misfortune to have to get to Philadelphia today, as snow blankets the northeast and Tompkins County. We're kind of on the edge of the storm here, but I just shoveled away about three inches. (The snowblower...

Posted by simon at 10:28 AM

December 5, 2003

Weather for hamlets and crossings

The Ithaca Journal has an article from David Nicosia of Binghamton's National Weather Service office on their efforts to provide more detailed forecasting, especially where changes in elevation make a big difference. They've put up an experimental site that provides...

Posted by simon at 8:39 AM

December 3, 2003

Snow day in Dryden; superintendent retires

Yesterday was a busy day for the Dryden Central School District - it started with a surprise snow day, and concluded with the approval of the June 2004 retirement of superintendent Patricia Archambault. Archambault, who's retiring to Florida, noted "My...

Posted by simon at 8:44 AM

November 17, 2003

Schools referendum, weather

Today's Ithaca Journal brings an article on the Dryden school renovation referendum, as well as a brief letter to the editor on the subject. The vote takes place tomorrow from 7am to 9pm in the Dryden Central School auditorium. Apparently...

Posted by simon at 8:56 AM

November 14, 2003

Weather as news

The weather was pretty definitely the most exciting news yesterday. High winds, trees falling, lights flickering. The Ithaca Journal reports bricks blowing off a building in downtown Ithaca, while Dryden had more ordinary power outages. It was loud most of...

Posted by simon at 9:42 AM

November 8, 2003


It's not quite the first snow, as we had a dusting in late October, too, but this feels a little more substantial. Snow and birdfeeders It seems to have lasted a bit better on the wood of our deck and...

Posted by simon at 8:12 AM

November 7, 2003

A normal winter

According to the NOAA, the Northeastern United States has "equal chances" of a warm or cold winter this year. The Ithaca Journal notes that normal winters in the Finger Lakes range from "45 to 90 inches". The winter before last,...

Posted by simon at 4:14 PM