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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Look at the Leaves Day!
As we get deeper into fall, more leaves are changing color and starting to fall off of trees. In many areas the leaves are beautiful this time of year, making it fitting that today is Look at the Leaves Day. Leaves provide energy for trees and plants by converting sunlight into sugars and starches with a process called photosynthesis. During the spring and summer, leaves appear green because of a chemical called chlorophyll that allows them to photosynthesize. As it begins to get cooler and the sun is out less as days shorten, trees start to store up energy for the winter, and the chlorophyll breaks down. Energy begins to be stored inside of trees instead of inside their leaves. Then colors such as orange, yellow, brown, red, and purple appear, some of which the chlorophyll had hid from being seen before. Chemicals create these pigments as well: carotenoids make leaves orange, yellow, and brown and are always present in leaves, and anthocyanins are in some leaves and bring out red and purple hues. Anthocyanins are created when sugars get trapped in leaves after chlorophyll is gone. A seal is created between branches and leaves, which protects the tree during the winter months and causes the leaves to fall to the ground.
Syracuse Basketball: Adrian Autry sees roster improvements everywhere (itlh; Adler)
This past Monday, official practices got underway for Syracuse basketball players, first-year head coach Adrian Autry and his coaching staff.
There’s a palpable buzz in the air in the 315, as Autry takes the helm following the March retirement of the legendary Hall of Famer, Jim Boeheim. Replacing Boeheim is no easy task, but much of the Orange fan base is excited about Autry being in charge moving forward.
This off-season, Autry and his assistants did a wonderful job bringing in multiple talented players via the NCAA’s transfer portal. As I’ve noted countless times in recent months, the Orange staff has also fared well on the recruiting trail, earning a 2024 four-star verbal commitment, reaffirming a four-star verbal pledge in that same class, and positioning itself for success in the 2025 and the 2026 cycles.
Come early November, we’ll start to see how Autry & Co. will fare in actual games during the 2023-24 season. The team’s roster for the upcoming term is athletic, deep and versatile, and Autry said in a recent interview that he’s seen a lot of strong improvements from returning guys.
Syracuse basketball first-year head coach Adrian Autry dishes on his current roster.
Recently, college basketball insider Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports headed to Central New York to watch a ‘Cuse practice. He caught up with Autry for a Q&A, where the Orange head coach provided some insights on his 2023-24 squad.
The steamboat City of Syracuse lies at the bottom of Skaneateles Lake where it was sunk in 1920. It was a symbol of a bygone era, and the wreck is visible fr...
How did Skaneateles’ biggest, finest cruise ship end up a wreck at the bottom of the lake? (PS; $; Croyle)
Visible from the end of the village pier on Skaneateles Lake sits an ominous structure beneath the crystalline water. At a glance, it looks like old timber. Maybe some discarded lumber.
But the bulk of the debris is the partially intact wreckage of the ‘City of Syracuse,’ the largest cruise ship to ever sail the lake. It was the last of a generation of mighty steamboats that once navigated those waters, ferrying residents to camps and taking tourists on rambunctious moonlight cruises.
The ship launched at the turn of the 20th century and was almost twice the size of the Judge Ben Wiles, the lake’s present-day cruise ship. Nearly 600 people could pack onto the double-decker ship. But advances in water faring technology soon left the old steamer obsolete.
The “City of Syracuse” met an ignoble end. It partially sank, was salvaged for parts, and finally was dynamited (albeit poorly), descending to its resting spot, where it’s sat for more than 100 years, still visible to the tens of thousands of tourists who visit the lake each summer.
Record heat possible for much of Upstate NY this week (PS; Coin)
Upstate New York could see record-high temperatures this week as a strong high pressure system lingers and allows sunlight to stream in for the next few days.
Temperatures are predicted to reach the mid to upper 80s Tuesday and Wednesday across the region, which could lead to “record-challenging or even record-breaking warmth,” the National Weather Service said.
It might even feel a little humid on Wednesday, the weather service said.
Highs in the mid 80s are typical in late July, not early October. Normal high temperatures for the first week of October are in the mid 60s.
Syracuse is expected to reach 85 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday. The records for Oct. 3 and 4 are 86 and 84, respectively.
The forecast high for Buffalo on Wednesday is 87 degrees, which would tie for record for the date. Binghamton is expected to reach 83 on Wednesday, which would beat the Oct. 4 record of 78 degrees.
Nighttime low temperatures, normally in the high 40s this time of year, could stay in the upper 50s or early 60s this week across Upstate.