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“Kind of a chilly evening with the wind. Not a terrible night though when I walked down to the library. I am looking forward to nicer weather come the weekend but at least tomorrow we will have more sun, even if it’s expected to remain cold.” 

Good evening! Partly cloudy and 24 degrees in Delmar. There is a west-northwest breeze at 14 mph. The current wind chill is 12. The skies will clear around 10 pm.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 17 degrees at 6am. One degrees below normal. Northwest wind 11 to 14 mph. In 2016, it got down to 28 degrees with periods of snow. The record low of -16 occurred back in 1973.

Waning Gibbous Moon tonight with 60% illuminated. The Last Quarter Moon is on Saturday night with partly cloudy skies expected. The Full “Worm” Moon is on Sunday, March 12th. The sun will rise at 6:49 am with the first light at 6:20 am, which is 1 minutes and 26 seconds earlier then yesterday. Tonight will have 13 hours and 17 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 45 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high of 32 degrees at 2pm. Three degrees below normal. Northwest wind 10 to 13 mph. A year ago, we had snow and a high of 37 degrees. The record high of 60 was set in 1981. 11.9 inches of snow fell back in 2003.

Weekend forecast looks quite nice. Saturday, partly sunny, with a high near 47. South wind 3 to 6 mph. Sunday, partly sunny, with a high near 45.Typical average high for the weekend is 35 degrees. If there wasn’t so much snow which I’m sure will be wet and melting I’d definitely consider camping but in the meantime I expect to spend a good amount of the long weekend our cross country skiing. 

In four weeks on March 16 the sun will be setting at 7:03 pm (Daylight Savings Time), which is 1 hour and 34 minutes later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain with a thunderstorm and temperatures between 64 and 44 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 44 and 26 degrees. The record high of 82 degrees was set back in 1990.

Looking ahead, Easter is in 2 months, Average High is 70 is in 3 months and Start of June is in 15 weeks.

Map: Conesus Inlet WMA

Map: Conesus Inlet WMA

The Conesus Inlet Fish and Wildlife Management Area contains over 1,120 acres located in the township of Conesus, Livingston County, on the southern end of Conesus Lake. It is bounded on the west by West Swamp Road (State Route 256), on the east by East Swamp Road, on the south by Guiltner Road, and on the north by Conesus Lake. The topography of Conesus Inlet consists of a flat valley flood plain with steep sloping hills on the east and west. Vegetation consists primarily of marsh types with a peripheral border of swamp hardwoods, brush, and open land.

In the late 1960's, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation purchased this land, subsequently initiating wildlife management programs to conserve and protect this vital wetland resource. An additional 83 acres was purchased in 1979 to provide access to Conesus Lake and to preserve critical northern pike spawning habitat.

Management objectives are to maintain pike spawning and rearing habitat in the inlet and adjacent wetlands, waterfowl utilization in the marsh, and upland habitat along the edges. The inlet contains the major, if not the only, northern pike spawning grounds on Conesus Lake. Several small ponds and potholes have been created for the wildlife in addition to the development of a major impoundment marsh and other wetland enhancement projects.

Public recreational use is encouraged to the extent it does not conflict with the primary objectives. Normal use includes hunting, fishing, trapping, bird watching, photography, hiking and environmental education. Several parking lots and two scenic overlooks offer excellent access and opportunities to observe wildlife. A fisherman's access parking area at the north end of the area, on Conesus Lake, also offers car-top boat launch access to the lake. A nature trail along the western portion provides viewing of wetland and upland habitats and wildlife species.

Albany County and Subdivsions, Unemployment January 2000 – December 2016

This chart shows the unemployment rate in Albany County, along with the City of Albany and the Towns of Bethlehem, Colonie, and Guilderland from January 2000 to December 2016. Due to a new estimating methodology implemented in January 2005, sub-state labor force statistics from January 2000 to present are not comparable to data from earlier years.

Labor force estimates provide the most up-to-date estimates of persons employed and unemployed by place of residence. Labor force data include estimates of the civilian labor force, the number employed, the number unemployed, and the unemployment rate. Labor force figures are available for New York State, labor market regions, metropolitan areas, counties, and municipalities of at least 25,000. Estimates are developed and distributed monthly. Labor force data for the nation and areas outside of New York State are available at http://www.bls.gov/lau/home.htm.

Data Source: https://labor.ny.gov/stats/lslaus.shtm

After today, we should be in a nice stretch of weather with lots of partly to mostly sunny days with temperatures running about 5-10 degrees above normal. Tomorrow might be a little bit windy but we will have ample sun. Look how much longer the days are getting! After so many cold days, this is much needed respite.

Weather Summary
This Afternoon. Slight Chance of Snow Showers and 33 degrees , 5:29 sunset.
Tonight. Mostly Cloudy and 17 degrees , 6:47 sunrise.
Friday. Mostly Sunny and 33 degrees , 5:30 sunset.
Friday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 17 degrees , 6:45 sunrise.
Saturday. Partly Sunny and 41 degrees , 5:31 sunset.
Saturday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 33 degrees , 6:44 sunrise.
Sunday. Partly Sunny and 44 degrees , 5:33 sunset.
Sunday Night. Partly Cloudy and 31 degrees , 6:42 sunrise.
Washington’s Birthday. Mostly Sunny and 40 degrees , 5:34 sunset.
Monday Night. Partly Cloudy and 24 degrees , 6:41 sunrise.
Tuesday. Partly Sunny and 41 degrees , 5:35 sunset.
Tuesday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 30 degrees , 6:39 sunrise.
Wednesday. Partly Sunny and 45 degrees , 5:36 sunset.

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Largest Sources of NOx Industrial Emissions in New York

The largest source of industrial emissions (Title V) of nitrogen oxides in New York State is the 675-MW Somerset Power Generating station in Barker, along Lake Ontario in Niagara County. This plant is no longer economic to run and without nearby supply of natural gas, it is expected to be fully retired in the next few years. After Somerset Generating station, the state's second largest source of NOx is LaFarge aka Blue Circle Cement in Coeymans. Eastman Business Park's Coal Fired Power Plant and Cayuga Generating Station, another coal fired plant, are other large NOx emitters in our state. Then there are many other fossil fuel burning plants and other industrial sources of NOx emissions in our state. Not shown on the chart is non-industrial sources of NOx, including automobiles and agriculture.

NOx is a generic term for the mono-nitrogen oxides NO and NO2 (nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide). They are produced from the reaction among nitrogen, oxygen and even hydrocarbons (during combustion), especially at high temperatures. In areas of high motor vehicle traffic, such as in large cities, the amount of nitrogen oxides emitted into the atmosphere as air pollution can be significant. NOx gases are formed whenever combustion occurs in the presence of nitrogen – as in an air-breathing engine; they also are produced naturally by lightning. In atmospheric chemistry, the term means the total concentration of NO and NO2. NOx gases react to form smog and acid rain as well as being central to the formation of tropospheric ozone.

This is 2013 Year Data, the most recent available.

Data Source: Title V Emissions Inventory, Year 2013. https://data.ny.gov/Energy-Environment/Title-V-Emissions-Inventory-Beginning-2010/4ry5-tfin