2017 February 05

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“That’s all folks. One would say that about the weekend. Saturday afternoon was pleasant although cold but I thought it was a pretty productive weekend. Monday go back to work to make more money to fill up the tank of big red, buy more beer and ammo. Summer will be here before you know it. 42 days of winter remain.”

Good evening! Mild and pleasant evening. Partly cloudy and 34 degrees in Delmar. There is a west breeze at 11 mph. 

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 24 degrees at 6am. Six degrees above normal. Not bad. Northwest wind 11 to 17 mph. In 2016, it got down to 19 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The record low of -20 occurred back in 1948.

Waxing Gibbous Moon tonight with 65% illuminated. The moon will set around 4:00 am. The Full “Snow” Moon is on Saturday night with mostly cloudy skies expected and chance of rain/snow. The sun will rise at 7:03 am with the first light at 6:34 am, which is 1 minutes and 11 seconds earlier then yesterday. Tonight will have 13 hours and 47 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 32 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have increasing clouds, with a high of 29 degrees at 3pm. Four degrees below normal. West wind 6 to 11 mph. Somewhat cool with the wind but sunny to start out the day. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 42 degrees. The record high of 55 was set in 1991. 10.8 inches of snow fell back in 1978.

In four weeks on March 5 the sun will be setting at 5:50 pm, which is 35 minutes later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 35 and 17 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 40 and 22 degrees. The record high of 71 degrees was set back in 1964.

Looking ahead, Daylight Savings Time is in 5 weeks, Palm Sunday is in 9 weeks, Easter is in 10 weeks, Cinco de Mayo is in 3 months, Mother’s Day is in 14 weeks and Father’s Day is in 19 weeks.

For those who are curious, there are 2,047,527 non-citizens in New York State. Non-citizens are people who are have green cards, work or education visas, or are undocumented immigrants.

The state’s population of non-citizens is about twice 1,066,421 residents of our state who live within 14-county region of New York State that is falls under the Appalachian Regional Commission, and consists of most of the counties of the Southern Tier and few above them.

See this map of the Applachian Regional Comission counties in New York State: http://andyarthur.org/map-applachian-region-of-new-york-state.html

While this year hasn’t been particularly cold compared to historical averages, this winter has been quite gray — especially on the weekends. Sometimes we have a break in the clouds but most of the time, it hasn’t been even worthwhile to put some gas in the truck and go anywhere.

I don’t mind the cooler weather of winter, but when it’s cloudy and dreary, it ain’t nearly as much for hiking, much less taking pictures. You don’t see the wildlife in the woods, and the pictures one takes are pretty bland. And with no sun to warm one’s face, that wind can be pretty biting.

Weather tends to be more sunny in Albany during the spring and summer. And it certainly be much warmer. I guess the best thing to do is just hibernate, save the gas, and wait for nicer days to happen, which will happen at some point.

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Public Works 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

“No sun today,  the blue has gone away. In the words of the President Donald or maybe Alex Baldwin, SO Depressing. Snow and rain later. No accumulation, too warm. More blue skies for Monday and maybe in the fifties by Wednesday.”

Good morning! Happy Sunday. Five weeks to Daylight Savings Time. Cloudy and 29 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a south breeze at 10 mph. The skies will clear around 10 pm. Hopefully the change in clocks will be associated with nicer weather. 

Today will have a chance of snow showers, mainly between noon and 3pm. Cloudy, with a high of 38 degrees at 2pm. Six degrees above normal. South wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 41 degrees. The record high of 59 was set in 1890. 10.4 inches of snow fell back in 2014.

The sun will set at 5:15 pm with dusk around 5:44 pm, which is 1 minute and 19 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 10 hours and 11 minutes of daylight, an increase of 2 minutes and 30 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a slight chance of snow showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 23 degrees at 6am. Six degrees above normal. Southwest wind 11 to 16 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, it got down to 19 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The record low of -20 occurred back in 1948.

Tomorrow I may have to drive to work. Looks like a decent forecast but I hate driving in the city. We will see. The last bus leaves downtown at 11:30, so I should be okay but it still promises to be a long day. 

Skiing at Partridge Run was a lot of fun. Excellent snow out there now. Nice packed hard base with about two inches of fluff up top. It was nice and quiet in the back all through I did cross the tracks of a small game hunter. Never saw anyone up there though. Roads are a bit icy up there though. Pretty driving down in Huntersland. Shit ton of deer by this one house down in the valley, I suspect a home owner was feeding them. A fed deer is a dead deer. 

I have a lot to get done today, preferably mostly in the morning. I got to get groceries, get my taxes finished, bake dessert, put the final coat of paint on the refrigerator and upload photos and videos at the library. I also need to purchase an HDMI to VGA adapter so I can play the slideshow at the Save the Pine Dinner next month. Lots to do and that’s why I’m starting my shower shortly. Dishes are done. 

As previously noted, there are 5 weeks until Daylight Savings Time when the sun will be setting at 6:59 pm with dusk at 7:27 pm (Daylight Savings Time). On that day in 2016, we had partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 62 and 25 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 43 degrees. We hit a record high of 69 back in 2012.