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Good evening. Currently mostly clear with a few clouds and 8 degrees in Delmar. Tonight will have isolated snow showers before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 6. Cold. Wind chill values as low as -6. West wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.Waxing crescent moon has already set. It was pretty while it lasted.

Tomorrow’s sunrise will be at 6:55 am with first light at 6:26 am, which is 2 minutes and 20 seconds earlier then today. Friday will start out partly cloudy with increasing clouds, and a high near 24. With the wind it will feel much colder. Look for wind chill values as low as -1. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Just brr.

Did my taxes this evening. Made up some new topographic maps. Did some coding. Walked down to the library and back. Actually I took the bus down there, and I didn’t freeze. Only walked home. Not that cold here without the wind. But mostly just hanging out in my apartment and listening to the wind whip around.

I hope you had a good and not too frigid of a day. Stay warm and Sleep well!

Good evening. Currently there are light snow showers coming around and it’s breezy and 15 degrees in Albany. Wind chill values as low as -2. Blustery, with a northwest wind around 22 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. In other words, just plain cold. Although maybe not that cold by Minnesota standards but I’m soft by this warm winter in Albany.

Tonight we have a Waxing Cresent Moon with 25% illuminated. It will set at 8:47 pm. Pretty little sliver again tonight. Enjoy it from your pictures window with a cup of hot chocolate. Tonight will have isolated snow showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 6. Wind chill values as low as -4. In other words, cold. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 6 to 11 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

I carefully planned it out to avoid standing out a long time at the bus stop. There was a van broke down in the left lane by the Alfred Smith building but it got going with the help of Albany police. I grabbed the hot seat on the bus by the engine, so I’m plenty warm. Winter is cold and tomorrow is going to get colder.

I’m adding getting a flu shot to my list of things to do this weekend. I heard that there is more people getting the flu and it’s free under Obamacare. I’m over my cold now.

Gas is currently $1.91 on Glenmont Stewart’s. Remarkably cheap. I never thought gas would get this cheap.

Lately we have had the speed driver on the Voorheesville express bus. Driving in the left lane and taking full advantage of the gore, doesn’t phase her. She uses the left lane as long as possible and then makes sure to make a place for her bus in the right lane. It gets me home promptly and so far she hasn’t hit any other cars on the expressway.

In four weeks on March 10 the sun will be setting at 5:56 pm, which is 35 minutes later then today. And hopefully not so cold. There are 3 months, 26 days until Best Friends Day. when the sun will be setting at 8:31 pm. The mercury will be dramatically expanded at that point or so I hope.

Good morning! Happy Thursday. It is partly cloudy and 20 degrees in Delmar.

Partly sunny, with a high near 23. West wind 13 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible, mostly occuring before 3 PM. Sunset will be at 5:22 pm with twilight at 5:51 pm which is one minute and 19 seconds later then yesterday. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -3. Northwest wind 7 to 16 mph.

There are 4 days until It’s Presidents Day. Certainly going to be a frigid one. Good for the ice for ice fishing but not much else. At least natural gas and heating oil is inexpensive this year, and most of the winter has been mild.

This day in energy history in 1808, Jesse Fell burned the first anthracite coal in an indoor fireplace, setting off a revolution in heating and eventually fueling the industrial revolution. Coal would save America’s forests, which were being decimated by demand of wood for heating and the production of heat for making steel.

Also on the energy front, in 1981 at TVA Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant in Tennessee, approximately 100,000 gallons of radioactive water spilled when a cooling pipe broke, poisoning eight nuclear workers and furthering the public’s concern with nuclear power – coming only four years after the melt down at Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant.

On the politics front in 1812, Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry “gerrymanders” for the first time with his proposal for new State Senate district lines around the City of Boston. The lines would be deemed gerrymandering by the¬†Boston Gazette on March 26, 1812.