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“Roads were a little slushier then expected this afternoon due to the snow sticking around. Wasn’t a terrible commute although the driver seemed a little more aggressive on the somewhat slick highway. But I made it home safely.”

Good evening! Mostly clear and 13 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a northwest breeze at 13 mph. The current wind chill is -1.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 7 degrees at 5am. Nine degrees below normal. Wind chill values as low as -6. Northwest wind 7 to 13 mph. In 2016, it got down to 23 degrees with periods of snow. The record low of -21 occurred back in 1948.

Waxing Gibbous Moon tonight with 94% illuminated. The moon will set around 7:56 am. The Full “Snow” Moon is on Saturday night with mostly cloudy then slight chance of snow showers. The sun will rise at 6:58 am with the first light at 6:29 am, which is 1 minutes and 17 seconds earlier then yesterday. Tonight will have 13 hours and 36 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 37 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high of 25 degrees at 2pm. Eight degrees below normal. Wind chill values as low as -3. Northwest wind 8 to 16 mph. A year ago, we had snow and a high of 37 degrees. The record high of 53 was set in 1955. 4 inches of snow fell back in 1892.

Not a particularly nice weekend on tap. Saturday, a chance of snow showers before noon, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 37. South wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Sunday, snow likely before 10am, then rain and snow. High near 35. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Typical average high for the weekend is 34 degrees.

In four weeks on March 9 the sun will be setting at 5:55 pm, which is 35 minutes later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 81 and 48 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 41 and 23 degrees. The record high of 81 degrees was set back in 2016.

Looking ahead, Palm Sunday is in 2 months and Start of June is in 16 weeks.

Murders by NY County, 1990-2015

In 2015 there were 2,889 murders in New York State. In contrast, twenty five years earlier in 1990, there were 4,957 murders in New York State. As they say, crime isn't what it once was in New York. The biggest drop in murder occurred between 1993 and 1997, when total yearly murders dropped from 4,393 to 3,211.

Data Source: https://data.ny.gov/Public-Safety/Index-Crimes-by-County-and-Agency-Beginning-1990/ca8h-8gjq

U.S. Governors Discuss Water in 2017 State of the State Speeches

"Akin to the presidential State of the Union, the State of the State speech is an opportunity for U.S. governors to set budget priorities for the upcoming year and champion public policy success (and occasionally failures)."

"Below are summaries of what governors said about water in their 2017 speeches. For many state leaders, water has enough urgency to merit discussion. Iowa, for one, continues to grapple with nitrate pollution while New York’s governor wants $US 2 billion to patch and repair water pipes and treatment facilities."

The past two laptops I’ve owned, I’ve kept Microsoft Windows installed in it, but I almost never use it. The only time I ever use Windows is to load a product upgrade or run a driver that isn’t working properly in Linux. Like for example, right now I am booted into Windows to read and reformat a memory card that Linux is refusing to see at all because it is corrupted. It seems to work okay.

Every time I’ve loaded Microsoft Windows, I’ve always noticed how truly slow the operating system is compared to the striped down version of Linux I run with the XFCE Window Manager. It also is trying to sell me some kind of new product, that is always free and easily installed in Linux like office software, software updates, and virus protection. Why pay for something that is already free and easier to install?

I agree that some hardware and software requires a bit more fiddling to get working perfectly. But on the other hand, not all Windows programs are easy to install, especially if you have to buy them, download them and run them through an installer — compared with the ease of apt-get. Linux’s powerful command line makes scripting, and basic repetitive tasks much easer to do then doing a lot of clicking. But for more complicated tasks, there are almost always easy to use GUI programs like OpenOffice and QGIS.

There are two Deer Rivers in the North Country of New York.

Deer River – a tributary of St. Regis River

This river starts at the Deer River Flow, generally flowing north east to the Saint Regis River, through Deer River State Forest and Brasher Falls.

Deer River – a tributary of Black River

This river starts about 3 miles of Barnes Corners, north of Sears Pond State Forest, enters a deep gorge near Lookout State Forest, flows through Copenhagen and the village of Deer River.