2017 February 03

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Belfry Mountain Firetower
Cheney Mountain
Donald John Trump
Folk Music
High Towers State Forest
The West

February 2017
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Good evening! Mostly cloudy and 21 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a west breeze at 13 mph. The current wind chill is 9. The skies will clear tomorrow around 1 pm. Kind of a chilly night, decided to stay home. 

Tonight will have scattered snow showers, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 15 degrees at 6am. Typical for tonight. West wind 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 36 degrees with periods of rain. The record low of -13 occurred back in 1978.

First Quarter Moon tonight with 50% illuminated. The moon will set around 1:55 am. The Full “Snow” Moon is on Saturday, February 11th. The sun will rise at 7:05 am with the first light at 6:36 am, which is 1 minutes and 8 seconds earlier then yesterday. Tonight will have 13 hours and 52 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 28 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be partly sunny, with a high of 32 degrees at 2pm. Typical temperatures. West wind 8 to 17 mph. A year ago, we had rain and a high of 57 degrees. Not typical. The record high of 61 was set in 1991. 15.5 inches of snow fell back in 1926.

In four weeks on March 3 the sun will be setting at 5:48 pm, which is 35 minutes later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had snow and temperatures between 29 and 17 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 39 and 21 degrees. The record high of 64 degrees was set back in 2002.

Looking ahead, St. Patrick’s Day is in 6 weeks, Good Friday is in 10 weeks, Arbor Day is in 12 weeks, Cinco de Mayo is in 13 weeks and Memorial Day Weekend is in 16 weeks.

I am working on some maps and charts for next week on citizenship in our country. Citizenship is a big issue these days, and I thought it would be interesting to present the facts on the issue. One thing I was reading intrigued me:

Within U.S. territory, non-citizens have rights because of the 14th Amendment, which declares “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

This article lays out the case law on this issue: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/immigration/255281-yes-illegal-aliens-have-constitutional-rights

Private Sector Construction Spending, 2016

The Value of Construction Put in Place Survey (VIP) provides monthly estimates of the total dollar value of construction work done in the U.S. The United States Code, Title 13, authorizes this program. The survey covers construction work done each month on new structures or improvements to existing structures for private and public sectors. Data estimates include the cost of labor and materials, cost of architectural and engineering work, overhead costs, interest and taxes paid during construction, and contractor’s profits. Data collection and estimation activities begin on the first day after the reference month and continue for about three weeks. Reported data and estimates are for activity taking place during the previous calendar month. The survey has been conducted monthly since 1964.

Data Source: http://www.census.gov/construction/c30/c30index.html

The Byrds – Old John Robertson

"John Stuart Robertson (14 June 1878 – 5 November 1964) was a Canadian born actor and later film director perhaps best known for his 1920 screen adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring John Barrymore."

"Robertson was born in London, Ontario. He broke into filmmaking in 1915 with Vitagraph, then with Famous Players-Lasky, making 57 features in his career. Robertson left film in 1935, amid the increasing prevalence of sound pictures."

More from Wikipedia: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/John_S._Robertson

Boulder falls from Rimrocks, clips car in Billings

"A boulder fell from the Rimrocks on Thursday night and struck a car, according to the Billings Police Department."

"The driver of the vehicle was on North 27th Street driving toward the airport when they were struck, said BPD Sgt. Clyde Reid. The driver was uninjured and the car had minor damage, Reid said."

"The boulder, described as roughly half the size of a passenger car, fell on 27th a few hundred yards north of Rimrock Road at about 8 p.m. and came to rest in the middle of the road, Reid said."

Map: High Towers State Forest

Map: High Towers State Forest

This 729-acre state forest is named for the tall electric towers that were constructed on the area many years ago. Since that time, newer and higher towers have been constructed adjacent to the originals, but the name has persisted. The diverse landscape provides a range of recreational experiences. Minimal developed facilities besides town roads exist on this state forest.