2017 January 06

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Good evening! Mostly clear and 16 degrees in Delmar. There is a west-northwest breeze at 5 mph. I went for my evening walk but I did bundle up and still my goatee was starting to freeze up by the time I got home. 

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 11 degrees at 6am. Six degrees below normal. Northwest wind 3 to 5 mph. In 2016, it got down to 12 degrees under partly clear skies. The record low of -12 occurred back in 1878.

Pushed forward some minor changes to the blog, which approve its appearance on the modern wide-screen monitors of today but downgrade nicely for mobile devices. The Google Maps section in particular has a nice design refresh. I re-enabled comments on most of the site which a previous design had removed due to space constraints. Removed a few other rarely used parts of the site for simplicity sake. Also doing some cleaning up of the site backend, removing some legacy code I no longer use. 

Waxing Gibbous Moon tonight with 61% illuminated. The moon will set around 3:31 am. The Full “Wolf” Moon is on Thursday night with mostly cloudy skies expected and chance of rain then chance of rain/snow. The sun will rise at 7:24 am with the first light at 6:53 am, which is 9 seconds earlier then yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 46 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 1 minutes and 11 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a slight chance of snow after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high of 23 degrees at 2pm. Seven degrees below normal. North wind 3 to 8 mph. A fairly cold winter’s day. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had partly sunny skies and a high of 40 degrees. The record high of 56 was set in 1915. 7.2 inches of snow fell back in 1994.

In four weeks on February 3 the sun will be setting at 5:12 pm, which is 34 minutes later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain and temperatures between 57 and 30 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 32 and 15 degrees. The record high of 57 degrees was set back in 2016.

Looking ahead, Inauguration Day is in 2 weeks and April Fools Day is in 12 weeks. Not that one would really notice the difference. 

Q&A: Donald Trump On Guns, Hunting, And Conservation – Field & Stream.

I'm very interested to learn more about our president's plans for conservation. I hope he stays true to his promise to invest in our public lands and ensure that profits from timber sales, hunting and fishing licenses, and oil and gas sales go back to improving our public lands.

I hope our president's proclaimed interest in the great outdoors also will inspire more people to take up hunting and fishing and enjoying the many great resources out there and become our country's next generation of conservation leaders.

Google Maps: 2015 Pennsylvania Percent Of Households Heating With Coal

Pennsylvania is the home to anthracite coal, the popular hard-coal frequently used as a heating fuel. Some people also burn bituminous coal, which is mined in the south-western portion of the state. Coal is most frequently used in Pennsylvania as a heating fuel in the Appalachian Mountains, near where it is mined -- in some census blocks, over 25% of residents report using coal as their primary heating fuel.
Map of coal regions in Pennsylvania: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_008139.pdf

Data Source: 2015 5-year ACS Survey, Primary Heating Fuel. https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml

The next two weeks are typically the coldest two weeks of the year with an average high of 30 degrees and an average low of 14. That said the last week of January is only slightly warmer, and even the first two weeks of February are marginally warmer.

March is when it starts warming up noticeably again, with high temperatures averaging in the 40s. By the end of April we have high temperatures in the mid-60s, a least in typical year. We may a few weeks to wait but eventually spring will come back around the calendar.

Week Date Dawn Sun-
rise
Sun-
set
Dusk Day Avg High Avg Low Record Hi Record Low
0 January 6 6:53 am 7:25 am 4:38 pm 5:09 pm 9:13 31 15 71 (2007) -19 (1996)
1 January 13 6:51 am 7:22 am 4:46 pm 5:17 pm 9:23 30 14 71 (1932) -18 (1968)
2 January 20 6:48 am 7:18 am 4:54 pm 5:25 pm 9:35 30 14 53 (2006) -22 (1970)
3 January 27 6:43 am 7:13 am 5:03 pm 5:33 pm 9:50 31 14 62 (1974) -23 (1994)
4 February 3 6:36 am 7:05 am 5:12 pm 5:42 pm 10:06 32 15 57 (2016) -18 (1955)
5 February 10 6:28 am 6:57 am 5:21 pm 5:50 pm 10:24 33 16 53 (1955) -21 (1948)
6 February 17 6:18 am 6:47 am 5:30 pm 5:59 pm 10:43 35 18 60 (1981) -16 (1973)
7 February 24 6:08 am 6:36 am 5:39 pm 6:08 pm 11:02 37 19 65 (1985) -11 (1894)
8 March 3 5:57 am 6:25 am 5:48 pm 6:16 pm 11:22 39 21 64 (2002) -10 (1950)
9 March 10 5:45 am 6:13 am 5:56 pm 6:24 pm 11:43 42 23 72 (1977) 0 (1996)
10 March 17 6:33 am 7:01 am 7:05 pm 7:33 pm 12:03 45 26 75 (1990) -1 (1916)
11 March 24 6:21 am 6:49 am 7:13 pm 7:41 pm 12:23 48 29 69 (1976) 0 (1875)
12 March 31 6:08 am 6:37 am 7:21 pm 7:49 pm 12:43 51 31 89 (1998) 12 (1923)
13 April 7 5:56 am 6:25 am 7:29 pm 7:57 pm 13:03 55 34 87 (2010) 13 (1982)
14 April 14 5:44 am 6:13 am 7:37 pm 8:06 pm 13:23 58 37 83 (1968) 19 (1973)
15 April 21 5:32 am 6:02 am 7:45 pm 8:14 pm 13:42 61 39 89 (1923) 20 (1875)
16 April 28 5:21 am 5:52 am 7:52 pm 8:23 pm 14:00 64 42 92 (1990) 25 (1947)

Heating With Coal.

I've always been interested in coal stoves. Coal heating is the most inexpensive heating fuel out there, especially in rural areas. They are very common in the Finger Lakes and Pennsylvania. The great thing is they are like wood stoves but don't constantly have to be perked up and be fed more wood like wood stoves. Anthracite is largely mined around Scranton, which is in part and explanation of the popularity of these stoves.

A nice morning on this Friday, the Epiphany. Ample sun and 25 degrees in Delmar. There is a northwest breeze at 7 mph. I always enjoy my mile walk down to the express bus but today was particularly nice. It may be January but all that sun in my eyes felt wonderful.  Despite the sun with the weak sun angle and high pressure, we will only make it up to 28 or 29 degrees by afternoon.

The sun will set at 4:38 pm with dusk around 5:09 pm, which is 1 minutes and 1 seconds later than yesterday. I’ve definitely noticed the extra light at the bus stop lately. It’s nice. Today will have 9 hours and 13 minutes of daylight, an increase of 1 minutes and 10 seconds over yesterday. Longer days are a good thing as we head to the first day of spring in 74 short days. Remember though that spring is March 20, and it’s another month and half before it typically greens up around here.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 14 degrees at 6am. About what you would expect for early January. It is the coldest week of the year.

Looking ahead, there are 2 weeks until Inauguration Day when the sun will be setting at 4:54 pm with dusk at 5:25 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 30 and 16 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 30 degrees. We hit a record high of 53 back in 2006.

Tomorrow I will go out hiking somewhere locally. Right now I’m leaning either towards either Schodack Island State Park or Hannacroix Preserve, but I could change my mind. Sunday looks to be a lot colder with the windchill but if it’s reasonably nice, I could go hiking at Thatcher Park before heading to to my parents house for Sunday dinner, because it’s been a long time since I’ve hiking up there in the OSI parcel.