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Tag Archive | May

We Still Have Some Snow In New Hampshire — May 27, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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First decent day in two weeks and we headed to ‘The Flume‘ & the ‘Franconia Notch State Park‘. We had visited in June of last year and it was time to go back. Beautiful and relaxing area of the State. Always fun and so much to do.

Driving on I-93, past Cannon you could see these white blotches high up in the mountains. It was snow. This patch left over in the ski area; no doubt the remnants of a big pile that they must have piled up while grooming the slopes.

I haven’t checked Mount Washington, but they probably have a fair amount of snow up there too.

It was COOL!


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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus — A New Set Of Maps, Including TopoActive For U.S. & Canada, Now Available.

by Anura Guruge


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I no longer do it by rote as I used to — i.e., fire up Garmin Express each and every time I charge my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus by connecting it to my PC. I, however, did yesterday, Friday, May 10, 2019.

I saw the notification that NEW MAPS were awaiting download. I immediately clicked the INSTALL button.

It was quite a big download. Even over USB it took about 25-minutes. And it told me it would take some time too. Hate to think how long it might take over Bluetooth.

Definitely suggest you hook up with Garmin Express soon as that Garmin Connect doesn’t try to download the maps over Bluetooth.

The installation on the watch took slightly longer than previous. But, there were no glitches.

From my records the last map update was in early April — about 6-weeks ago.

So, this is good.

If you have a Fenix 5 Plus series I would definitely make sure I get these the latest maps.


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Lake Winnipesaukee [NH] 2019 Ice-Out Was Wednesday, April 24 — @ 5:24am.

by Anura Guruge


Prior instances when it was on April 24 (non-leap years)
and April 23 (leap years).


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I take LEAP YEARS into account.
I count days from January 1, taking into account leap years.
So, April 21 & April 22 are 111-days in From Jan. 1
depending on whether it was Leap Year or not.



Ice Out 1992 to 2019.

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Vagaries of Ice Out 2000 to 2019.


So, it wasn’t April 22nd as most people had expected. It was two-day later.

But, it was 2-days earlier than last year.

Same as 2015.

2014 was one-day off, but was also on a Wednesday.

Nowhere close to being even close to ‘long’. Longest was 132-days (since Jan. 1) in 1888.

Also, not the shortest. SHORTEST was just 3-years ago. 2016. 77-days, March 18,


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Lake Winnipesaukee [NH] 2019 Ice-Out Expected To Be Monday, April 22.

by Anura Guruge


Prior instances when it was on April 22 (non-leap years)
and April 21 (leap years).

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I take LEAP YEARS into account.
I count days from January 1, taking into account leap years.
So, April 21 & April 22 are 111-days in From Jan. 1
depending on whether it was Leap Year or not.



Prevailing consensus is that it most likely will be April 22 in 2019. But, there could always be a pesky little floe floating around that could delay it by 12-, 24-, 36 or even 48-hours.

I am just going with the flow. 


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Lake Winnipesaukee [NH] Ice-Out: Longest [i.e., Latest] Occurrences.

by Anura Guruge



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1964 was a LEAP YEAR and I take that into account.
I count days from January 1, taking into account leap years.
So, April 29 in a non-leap year is the SAME as April 28 in a Leap Year.



So, of course, we have had ice-outs as late as May 12 — albeit not of late. 

2018 [i.e., last year], on April 26, was pretty late. Don’t think it will be as late this year. But, I suspect we are still at least a good week away.


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Sri Lanka Buddhists Now Divided On Whether To Celebrate 2018 Vesak In May Or April!

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I had grown up always believing (and assuming) that Vesak was always the May full moon. Though I have not celebrated it in over 50-years I still think of the May full moon as Vesak. That is why I did my customary, annual Vesal ‘card’ yesterday. Since I know that different, mainly non-Theravadan, countries celebrate vesak on dates different to Sri Lanka I typically put the Sri Lankan date on my ‘card’ to avoid confusion. So, yesterday, I put May 29, 2018.

When I posted my ‘card’ on Facebook two Sri Lankans pointed out that this year Sri Lanka celebrated vesak on April 29, 2018, though some plan to also do so on May 29. Initially I was shocked and upset because I hate to see long held traditions disrupted. I also found the above post which confirmed my initial view.

But, after some research I came to realize that there is some logic to the April 29, 2018 decision — made, of course, by Sri Lanka’s charlatan, often discredited astrologers.

It all has to do with trying to map lunar cycles into the Roman solar calendar — given that vesak is entirely a full moon related event. It eventually comes down to when the full moons fall relative to a given year. April 29th was a LATE full moon for April. That was the problem.

If there are two full moons in May Sri Lanka, traditionally, celebrated vesak on the FIRST of these. A full moon on April 29 was an analogous situation.

So ….


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The Windows of “Castle In The Clouds”, Moultonborough, New Hampshire, October 18, 2017.

by Anura Guruge


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A different perspective of “Castle In The Clouds” — which is now closed until May 2018. This was from the October 18, 2017 visit — our 3rd in 2017.

It is fun to try and visualize what views ‘they’ enjoyed out of these windows. I am sure I am not doing enough justice. Not as easy, getting it right — or at least not for I.

Enjoy. So, many more pictures of the “Castle” that I should post.

But, I wanted to get these out. Enjoy.


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