2017 February 23

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Good evening! Today was one for the record books, the warmest February day in the record books, reaching 69 degrees or 32 degrees above the normal temperature for this day in February. As I noted earlier, if today had been July 15, the mercury would have reached 115 degrees. Fortunately so far, our summers haven’t increased that quickly on the record breaking scale in Albany.

Right now it is partly cloudy and 66 degrees in City of Albany. The temperature is expected to drop a bit after dark but still very mild. There is a south breeze at 13 mph. The dew point is 49 degrees. Clouds are starting to creep in and skies will clear Sunday around noontime.

I wish we had more daylight in the evening, although we will come too weeks. Daylight Savings Time starts in two weeks from Sunday.

Tonight will have a chance of showers before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 48 degrees at 6am. 29 degrees above normal. Leave your windows open, enjoy the fresh air! South wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 32 degrees with periods of rain and snow and thunderstorm. The record low of -11 occurred back in 1894.

Today I ordered the dimmer switch for the truck cap lights and the low voltage shut off. Once that stuff is wired up and I verify that the cut off is properly working, I’m going to replace the accessory battery hopefully one last time – and I’ll have ample battery time going forward for the lights without having to worry about cooking the plates in the battery.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 15% illuminated. The moon will rise around 3:35 am. The New Moon is on Sunday night with partly cloudy skies expected. The Full “Worm” Moon is on Sunday, March 12th. The sun will rise at 6:38 am with the first light at 6:09 am, which is 1 minutes and 33 seconds earlier then yesterday. Tonight will have 12 hours and 58 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 49 seconds over last night.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, a chance of showers, then rain and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. High near 63. Still for February, I ain’t complaining. South wind 10 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Maximum dew point of 52 at 9am. Sunday, partly sunny, with a high near 41. Still above normal. The woods is going to be mucky as all shit by Sunday. Oh well. Typical average high for the weekend is 37 degrees.

In four weeks on March 23 the sun will be setting at 7:11 pm (Daylight Savings Time), which is 1 hour and 33 minutes later then today. In 2016 on that day, we had rain and temperatures between 55 and 34 degrees. Colder than today. Typically, you have temperatures between 47 and 28 degrees. The record high of 80 degrees was set back in 1938.

They’re spreading manure at the farm down the street. Smells kind of like barnyard, very spring like. I can almost smell the fresh cut hay in the manure smell, dreaming of those summer days

Looking ahead, the Start of June is in 14 weeks. But gosh with today’s nice weather it almost feels like a June or at least a May day minus of course the black flies.

Almost home. I got to get those bottles of Corona in the snow bank, because gosh, they’re warm. Have a great evening, drink don’t drive.