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February 28, 2017 Weather Forecast

Warm -- possibly record breaking warmth -- and rain tomorrow, with clearing and below average temperatures for Friday and Saturday. Warming up but cloudy for Sunday into Monday next week.

This interactive graph shows the hourly weather forecast for the next seven days. The bars represent the temperature, the pink line represents the dew point and the white line represents the dewpoint. Red dots are climate normals for the day. Orange dots are record temperatures. Green dots are last year's temperatures.

Yellow bars represent generally sunny conditions. The more gray the bar is, the more clouds expected. Blue bars represent a greater then 50% chance of rain. Purple bars represent a greater then 50% chance of snow. Orange bars represent a greater then 50% chance of thunderstorms. Red bars represent warm and muggy weather, under generally clear skies.

Map: High Flats State Forest

Map: High Flats State Forest

High Flats State Forest covers 2018 acres. The topography is variable with upland areas supporting a mixture northern hardwood, hemlock, and white pine forests. Pine and spruce plantations were established on what were formerly farm fields and pastures. Flatter ground supports open wetlands and shrub swamps, which gradually transition to spruce-balsam fir and swamp hardwoods stands in poorly drained areas.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/104007.html

Good morning! Today marks the final day of February. Three weeks to Spring. Mostly cloudy and 38 degrees in Delmar, NY. Calm wind. More clearing is expected later this morning.

Today will have a slight chance of rain before noon, then a chance of rain after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high of 54 degrees at 3pm. 16 degrees above normal. Southeast wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 57 degrees. The record high of 63 was set in 1903. 9.7 inches of snow fell back in 1948.

I think I have a bit of a a cold, at least I’m somewhat congested this morning. I’m not sure if I should have skipped the coffee this morning, indeed I reheated some and went to the store but then ended up having orange juice instead with the eggs.

The sun will set at 5:44 pm with dusk around 6:13 pm, which is 1 minutes and 14 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 11 hours and 14 minutes of daylight, an increase of 1 minutes and 51 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low of 50 degrees at 9pm. 29 degrees above normal. South wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 21 degrees with periods of rain. The record low of -9 occurred back in 1948.

Yesterday I went to Rezsin’s house in the city and folded Pine Bush newsletters for about an hour. I wouldn’t have driven downtown but I wanted to get my truck washed but the nine foot bay is still closed. That sucks. I guess I will have to wait until the weekend now.

As previously noted, there are 3 weeks until Spring when the sun will be setting at 7:09 pm with dusk at 7:37 pm (Daylight Savings Time). On that day in 2016, we had snow and temperatures between 46 and 32 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 46 degrees. We hit a record high of 78 back in 1921.

While yesterday I left a few windows open, I decided today would be too cold for doing that. I did however do that yesterday. I’m hoping spring will come shortly.

I look forward to hearing the president’s annual speech tonight. I know we’ve hard previews of what he going to say, but I would like to hear more details to be sure. I like the idea that he has of shrinking government, but I also think shrinking law enforcement and military should be part of the idea. In an era of declining crime, and no major wars or terrorist attacks, it doesn’t make sense to be spending so much borrowed money. There is just too much government, and it needs to be shrunk at all levels.

Government current expenditures: Welfare and social services

Historically, spending on welfare and social services increases quicker when there is Republican in control of the White House then when there is a Democrat in control. This may be to the worse economic times that are often occur when Republicans control the White House. Number is not inflation adjusted.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Government current expenditures: Income security: Welfare and social services [G160371A027NBEA], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/G160371A027NBEA, February 26, 2017.

Percentage of GDP Spent on Defense Spending

America spends significantly less of our economy's total output on defense then it did during the cold war, but far more then most other countries.

This percentage is calculated by dividing G160461A027NBEA by GDPA.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Government current expenditures: Federal: National defense [G160461A027NBEA], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/G160461A027NBEA, February 27, 2017.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product [GDPA], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/GDPA, February 27, 2017.

“Monday mornin’ feels so bad
Ev’rybody seems to nag me
Comin’ Tuesday I feel better
Even my old man looks good
Wed’sday just don’t go
Thursday goes too slow
I’ve got Friday on my mind”

Good Monday evening! Going home time. Drive safely. No, the weekend isn’t here yet. Nor is summer. Partly clear and 51 degrees in City of Albany. There is a south-southwest breeze at 11 mph. Those shadows from the buildings are hanging low overhead. I do like that evening sun. It will be nice when the time changes a week from Sunday. Tomorrow is final day of February 2017, in Trump’s America. 

The sun will set at 5:43 pm with dusk around 6:11 pm, which is 1 minutes and 15 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly clear conditions and 47 degrees. There will be a south-southwest breeze at 11 mph.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 35 degrees at 1am. 14 degrees above normal. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light southeast after midnight. In 2016, it got down to 32 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The record low of -10 occurred back in 1950.

Waxing Crescent Moon tonight with 12% illuminated. The moon will set around 8:53 pm. The First Quarter Moon is on Sunday night with mostly cloudy expected. The Full “Worm” Moon is on Sunday, March 12th. The sun will rise at 6:31 am with the first light at 6:03 am, which is 1 minutes and 36 seconds earlier then yesterday. Tonight will have 12 hours and 47 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 52 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a slight chance of rain and snow showers before 7am, then a slight chance of rain showers after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 54 degrees at 2pm. 18 degrees above normal. Southeast wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 57 degrees. The record high of 63 was set in 1903. 9.7 inches of snow fell back in 1948.

I thought it was a pretty good day for a Monday. Not too crazy, the calm before the storm. Things that needed to get underway happened and got the information I need to set up a dental appointment. I hope to get my teeth checked out in the next few weeks. I need to find out how much damage has occurred by deferred maintenance, because honestly I’ve not been to the dentist in a decade and a half because I didn’t have dental insurance for a while and it’s generally not a pleasant experience for me. I drink a lot of milk and a eat shit ton of vegetables so hopefully they won’t be that bad. I don’t eat that many cookies or sweets except at parties and when camping. 

All together I am feeling better today. That ear ache went away last night by morning. A little achy this afternoon, so I might be coming down with a cold. It’s the damn weather of recent. 

A nice weekend coming up with seasonable temperatures. Saturday, mostly sunny, with a high near 32. Sunday, partly sunny, with a high near 47. Typical average high for the weekend is 40 degrees. I know that seems cold compared to recent days, but it’s still the first weekend of March. And I like sunny weather after all the cloudy crap of late. 

My new wallet works well with the bus RFD card but I find even just storing my hunting and fishing license in the center fold blocks it from operating. Those businesses card readers aren’t very sensitive. I guess it prevents accidental reads. 

In four weeks on March 27 the sun will be setting at 7:16 pm (Daylight Savings Time), which is 1 hour and 33 minutes later then today. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 58 and 40 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 49 and 30 degrees. The record high of 78 degrees was set back in 1998.

Looking ahead, Patriots Day is in 7 weeks, May Day is in 9 weeks and Memorial Day is in 13 weeks.

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