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Good evening! Cloudy and 36 degrees in Delmar, NY. Calm wind.The skies will clear tomorrow around 7 am.

Tonight will have patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low of 30 degrees at 2am. 16 degrees above normal. Light northwest wind. In 2016, it got down to 16 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The record low of -22 occurred back in 1970.

Last Quarter Moon tonight with 48% illuminated. The moon will rise around 11:14 pm. The New Moon is on Saturday, January 28th with mostly cloudy expected. The Full “Snow” Moon is on Saturday, February 11th. The sun will rise at 7:19 am with the first light at 6:48 am, which is 39 seconds earlier then yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 25 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 1 minutes and 55 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be partly sunny, with a high of 40 degrees at 4pm. 10 degrees above normal. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. Not a half bad day for Inauguration Day.  A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 30 degrees. The record high of 53 was set in 2006. 8.7 inches of snow fell back in 1978.

Right now, the weekend looks to be fairly cloudy but warm. Saturday, a slight chance of rain before 8am, then a slight chance of drizzle between 8am and 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Sunday, a chance of rain, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 30%.Typical average high for the weekend is 30 degrees.

In four weeks on February 16 the sun will be setting at 5:29 pm, which is 36 minutes later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had fog, rain and temperatures between 56 and 18 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 35 and 17 degrees. The record high of 61 degrees was set back in 2006.

Looking ahead, Ground Hog Day is in 2 weeks, Average High is 60 is in 3 months and Start of June is in 19 weeks.

I found this to be an interesting about a potential new Empire State Plaza Co-Generation plant to replace the existing steam plant downtown …

“The [State Executive] Budget includes $88 million in new appropriations for the construction of a cogeneration plant and microgrid to power the Empire State Plaza and surrounding municipal buildings in Albany. In furtherance of the Governor’s goal to accelerate energy efficiency in State buildings through the Build Smart NY program, the cogeneration plant will simultaneously produce electricity and provide a heating source for State buildings. Through the development of microgrid installations, an important component of the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy, New York State is moving toward decentralizing its power grid, providing enhanced reliability, interconnection with existing utility systems, and optimized energy efficiency. These cogeneration plant and microgrid projects are innovative and transformative energy solutions that will reduce CO2 emissions by 25,600 tons/year, reduce annual utility costs, and provide additional protection against severe weather events and emergencies.”

https://www.budget.ny.gov/pubs/executive/eBudget1718/fy1718littlebook/Environment.pdf

“The microgrid to serve downtown Albany could include the following facilities: the Empire State Plaza (ESP), the Alfred E. Smith Building, the New York State Capitol Building, the New York State Department of Education, the Times Union Center, the Albany Capital Center, the New York State Comptroller’s Office (110 State Street), an Albany County office building (112 State Street), City Hall, the Albany County Courthouse, and the Sheridan Avenue Steam Plant (SASP). An aerial map of the proposed microgrid is included in Appendix A. This location was highlighted in the Opportunity Zones map provided by NYSERDA on the NY Prize website. 1 Each of the microgrid customers will be electrically connected behind the ESP meter.”

“It is the intention that a 16 MW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant will be installed by the Office of General Services (OGS) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) on Sheridan Avenue at the decommissioned Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) building. The CHP Plant will be comprised of two (2) 8 MW Gas Turbine Generators (GTGs) that will operate on natural gas during normal operations but have dual fuel capabilities in times of natural gas curtailment. The existing backup No. 2 Fuel storage at the SASP has enough capacity to run the CHP system for a week without any refills or daily deliveries.”

“Electricity will be generated at the CHP Plant on Sheridan Avenue, and then be distributed to the additional microgrid customers through either existing infrastructure (OGS utility tunnels or Times Union Center walkway) or new underground concrete encased duct bank. Steam generated by the CHP Plant will serve the Empire State Plaza existing steam distribution system. The microgrid is anticipated to produce 118,850,000 kWh or 81.38% of total electricity annually for these ten facilities with the remainder of power imported through National Grid. This system will remove 15 MW of demand from the utility system. With an electric reduction of this magnitude on the distribution system, the utility will have more capacity for other customers on the National Grid utility system.”

“The microgrid to serve downtown Albany could include the following facilities: the Empire State Plaza (ESP), the Alfred E. Smith Building, the New York State Capitol Building, the New York State Department of Education, the Times Union Center, the Albany Capital Center, the New York State Comptroller’s Office (110 State Street), an Albany County office building (112 State Street), City Hall, the Albany County Courthouse, and the Sheridan Avenue Steam Plant (SASP). An aerial map of the proposed microgrid is included in Appendix A. This location was highlighted in the Opportunity Zones map provided by NYSERDA on the NY Prize website. 1 Each of the microgrid customers will be electrically connected behind the ESP meter.”

“It is the intention that a 16 MW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant will be installed by the Office of General Services (OGS) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) on Sheridan Avenue at the decommissioned Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) building. The CHP Plant will be comprised of two (2) 8 MW Gas Turbine Generators (GTGs) that will operate on natural gas during normal operations but have dual fuel capabilities in times of natural gas curtailment. The existing backup No. 2 Fuel storage at the SASP has enough capacity to run the CHP system for a week without any refills or daily deliveries.”

“Electricity will be generated at the CHP Plant on Sheridan Avenue, and then be distributed to the additional microgrid customers through either existing infrastructure (OGS utility tunnels or Times Union Center walkway) or new underground concrete encased duct bank. Steam generated by the CHP Plant will serve the Empire State Plaza existing steam distribution system. The microgrid is anticipated to produce 118,850,000 kWh or 81.38% of total electricity annually for these ten facilities with the remainder of power imported through National Grid. This system will remove 15 MW of demand from the utility system. With an electric reduction of this magnitude on the distribution system, the utility will have more capacity for other customers on the National Grid utility system.”

https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/-/media/NYPrize/files/studies/48-City-of-Albany-Empire-State-Plaza.pdf

The Inauguration Parade Almost Had Tanks And Missile Launchers

The military, which traditionally works closely with the presidential inaugural committee, shot down the request, the source said. Their reason was twofold. Some were concerned about the optics of having tanks and missile launchers rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue. But they also worried that the tanks, which often weigh over 100,000 pounds, would destroy the roads.

“I could absolutely see structural support being a reason [not to use tanks],” a Department of Defense official said. “D.C. is built on a swamp to begin with.”

The last express bus is heading downtown on this damp and cloudy morning. The mercury reads around thirty-six on our way up to 41. Less fog now but it is a bit foggier in the city. More sun later? Busy day on tap but hopefully I’ll be home at a reasonable hour tonight. Should at least be a mild day in a corrosive kind of way. 

The sun will set at 4:53 pm with dusk around 5:23 pm, which is 1 minute and 14 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 9 hours and 33 minutes of daylight, an increase of 1 minute and 52 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low of 28 degrees at 6am. 14 degrees above normal. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight. A fairly mild evening but I expect it to remain fairly damp but I could be wrong. In 2016, it got down to 16 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The record low of -22 occurred back in 1970.

As previously noted, there are 2 weeks until Ground Hog Day when the sun will be setting at 5:11 pm with dusk at 5:41 pm. On that day in 2016, we had partly sunny skies and temperatures between 46 and 29 degrees. I hope we have a Ground Hog day that nice, although that means six more weeks of winter. Typically, the high temperature is 32 degrees. We hit a record high of 53 back in 1981.

Not sure about my weekend plans, I guess a lot depends on the weather. I do have the Save the Pine Bush hike I’m leading on Sunday at 1 pm. I could go camping but I think that’s unlikely. Maybe hiking locally on Saturday. I don’t have a lot I need to accomplish this weekend. Maybe catch up on sleep? I don’t know. 

I’m almost to work. Have a great day and don’t forget tomorrow is Friday…