2017 February 15

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Got the $6 HDMI to VGA adapter in the mail today. Too late for this month’s Save the Pine Bush Dinner but that’s fine. I was able to play the slideshow on Lynne Jackson’s laptop. 

For the hell of it, I hooked up the adapter to the HDMI output of my DTV adapter and ran it through the VGA input on my monitor. Works perfectly, I don’t see any loss of resolution. Probably wouldn’t want to drive the laptop that way for office apps, as I’m guessing it’s slightly lower quality than an all digital connection, but it should be more than fine to use for future Save the Pine Bush slideshows.

“I think the Pine Bush dinner was a success. Dishes got washed and things went well. Halfway through the week. Not too cold. Look forward to getting home and watching the PBS Newshour. Then bedtime. Not too bad of a day.” 

Good evening! Mostly cloudy and 32 degrees in City of Albany. There is a west-northwest breeze at 13 mph. That wind makes it feel pretty chilly this evening even though in protected areas it feels somewhat mild. The skies will clear tomorrow around 9 pm.

Tonight will have a slight chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low of 25 degrees at 6am. Eight degrees above normal. West wind 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, it got down to 18 degrees with periods of fog and rain. The record low of -20 occurred back in 1943.

Waning Gibbous Moon tonight with 66% illuminated. The Last Quarter Moon is on Saturday night with mostly cloudy skies expected. The Full “Worm” Moon is on Sunday, March 12th. The sun will rise at 6:50 am with the first light at 6:21 am, which is 1 minutes and 25 seconds earlier then yesterday. Tonight will have 13 hours and 20 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 44 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 31 degrees at 2pm. Four degrees below normal. Northwest wind 15 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had fog, rain and a high of 56 degrees. The record high of 61 was set in 2006. 17.3 inches of snow fell back in 1958.

Going to be nice this weekend. Saturday, partly sunny, with a high near 39. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 45.Typical average high for the weekend is 35 degrees.

In four weeks on March 15 the sun will be setting at 7:02 pm (Daylight Savings Time), which is 1 hour and 34 minutes later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had cloudy skies and temperatures between 58 and 39 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 44 and 25 degrees. The record high of 72 degrees was set back in 1989.

Looking ahead, March 1st is in 2 weeks, Ides of March is a month away, Average High is 60 is in 9 weeks, Flag Day is in 17 weeks and Summer is in 18 weeks.

Fatalities per 100 million miles driven

In 1924, 24.01 Americans died per 100 million miles driven. In contrast, the lowest number of fatalities was in 2014, when only 1.08 Americans died per 100 million miles driven. This number ticketed up 1.12 per 100 million miles in 2015, and is expected to climb slightly in 2016, due to the record high mileages. While cars are getting safer, people are driving record milage, and when people drive more, roads are more crowded, and there inevitably more crashes.

Data Source: List of motor vehicle deaths in U.S. by year. https://www.wikiwand.com/en/List_of_motor_vehicle_deaths_in_U.S._by_year

Are Electric Cars Greener?

"It's also easier to clean up, maintain and monitor one smokestack (the power plant's) than it is to do those things for a million smokestacks (all of our tailpipes). And even if you're charging your car from the dirtiest power plant, running on 100 percent coal, electric-car expert (and, to be fair, advocate) Jim Motavalli says you'd still reduce climate emissions by 30 to 40 percent over individual gasoline-powered cars."

Sixteen weeks from now will be June. There is hope for warmer weather and it’s in a foreseeable future. Already the sunsets have gotten much longer, and starting next week, we will be seeing sizable increases in the average high every week. Five weeks to calendar spring, in which the average high is 47 degrees in Albany.

Albany, NY Temperature Normals and Records

In as few as four weeks, the weather might be nice enough to go to the park in the evening, and heck I’ve been truck camping in early March, although that’s usually something reserved for the warmest winters, not necessarily this winter.

Week Date Dawn Sun-
rise
Sun-
set
Dusk Day Avg High Avg Low Record Hi Record Low
0 February 15 6:21 am 6:50 am 5:27 pm 5:56 pm 10:37 35 17 55 (2006) -22 (1943)
1 February 22 6:11 am 6:39 am 5:36 pm 6:05 pm 10:57 36 19 68 (1997) -8 (1963)
2 March 1 6:00 am 6:28 am 5:45 pm 6:13 pm 11:17 39 21 61 (1991) -9 (1948)
3 March 8 5:48 am 6:16 am 5:54 pm 6:22 pm 11:37 41 23 68 (2012) -2 (1989)
4 March 15 6:36 am 7:04 am 7:02 pm 7:30 pm 11:57 44 25 72 (1989) 1 (1993)
5 March 22 6:24 am 6:52 am 7:10 pm 7:38 pm 12:17 47 28 81 (2012) 2 (1875)
6 March 29 6:12 am 6:40 am 7:18 pm 7:46 pm 12:38 50 31 85 (1946) 0 (1923)
7 April 5 5:59 am 6:28 am 7:26 pm 7:55 pm 12:58 54 33 82 (1928) 14 (2016)
8 April 12 5:47 am 6:16 am 7:34 pm 8:03 pm 13:17 57 36 84 (1977) 13 (1874)
9 April 19 5:35 am 6:05 am 7:42 pm 8:12 pm 13:37 60 39 92 (1976) 18 (1875)
10 April 26 5:24 am 5:54 am 7:50 pm 8:20 pm 13:55 63 41 90 (1990) 24 (1972)
11 May 3 5:14 am 5:45 am 7:58 pm 8:29 pm 14:13 66 43 89 (2001) 29 (1966)
12 May 10 5:04 am 5:36 am 8:06 pm 8:37 pm 14:29 68 45 92 (1970) 28 (1958)
13 May 17 4:56 am 5:29 am 8:13 pm 8:46 pm 14:43 70 47 89 (1977) 30 (1959)
14 May 24 4:50 am 5:23 am 8:20 pm 8:53 pm 14:56 72 50 92 (1964) 29 (1963)
15 May 31 4:45 am 5:19 am 8:26 pm 9:00 pm 15:06 74 52 92 (2013) 34 (1961)
16 June 7 4:42 am 5:17 am 8:31 pm 9:05 pm 15:13 76 54 95 (1999) 37 (1958)

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Millions of Miles Driven by Americans, monthly

During July 2016, Americans drove more miles then any time in our history. Americans put 286,213,000,000 miles on their automobiles during the month. That's 2.6 times what they put on their cars during July 1970. After several years of stagnating driving, Americans are driving more miles now then at any time in the past.

Data Source: U.S. Federal Highway Administration, Moving 12-Month Total Vehicle Miles Traveled [M12MTVUSM227NFWA], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/M12MTVUSM227NFWA, February 14, 2017.

Map: 2014 State Parks Attendance

Map: 2014 State Parks Attendance

Niagara Falls State Park is the most popular state park in the state with over 9 million visitors in 2014, but there are several others that had more then 1 million visitors. At the same time, there are several lesser known parks that receive only 50,000 or 100,000 visitors a year, but still are quite popular regional destinations.