2017 February 27

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Percentage of GDP Spent on Defense Spending

America spends significantly less of our economy's total output on defense then it did during the cold war, but far more then most other countries.

This percentage is calculated by dividing G160461A027NBEA by GDPA.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Government current expenditures: Federal: National defense [G160461A027NBEA], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/G160461A027NBEA, February 27, 2017.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product [GDPA], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/GDPA, February 27, 2017.

“Monday mornin’ feels so bad
Ev’rybody seems to nag me
Comin’ Tuesday I feel better
Even my old man looks good
Wed’sday just don’t go
Thursday goes too slow
I’ve got Friday on my mind”

Good Monday evening! Going home time. Drive safely. No, the weekend isn’t here yet. Nor is summer. Partly clear and 51 degrees in City of Albany. There is a south-southwest breeze at 11 mph. Those shadows from the buildings are hanging low overhead. I do like that evening sun. It will be nice when the time changes a week from Sunday. Tomorrow is final day of February 2017, in Trump’s America. 

The sun will set at 5:43 pm with dusk around 6:11 pm, which is 1 minutes and 15 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly clear conditions and 47 degrees. There will be a south-southwest breeze at 11 mph.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 35 degrees at 1am. 14 degrees above normal. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light southeast after midnight. In 2016, it got down to 32 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The record low of -10 occurred back in 1950.

Waxing Crescent Moon tonight with 12% illuminated. The moon will set around 8:53 pm. The First Quarter Moon is on Sunday night with mostly cloudy expected. The Full “Worm” Moon is on Sunday, March 12th. The sun will rise at 6:31 am with the first light at 6:03 am, which is 1 minutes and 36 seconds earlier then yesterday. Tonight will have 12 hours and 47 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 52 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a slight chance of rain and snow showers before 7am, then a slight chance of rain showers after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 54 degrees at 2pm. 18 degrees above normal. Southeast wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 57 degrees. The record high of 63 was set in 1903. 9.7 inches of snow fell back in 1948.

I thought it was a pretty good day for a Monday. Not too crazy, the calm before the storm. Things that needed to get underway happened and got the information I need to set up a dental appointment. I hope to get my teeth checked out in the next few weeks. I need to find out how much damage has occurred by deferred maintenance, because honestly I’ve not been to the dentist in a decade and a half because I didn’t have dental insurance for a while and it’s generally not a pleasant experience for me. I drink a lot of milk and a eat shit ton of vegetables so hopefully they won’t be that bad. I don’t eat that many cookies or sweets except at parties and when camping. 

All together I am feeling better today. That ear ache went away last night by morning. A little achy this afternoon, so I might be coming down with a cold. It’s the damn weather of recent. 

A nice weekend coming up with seasonable temperatures. Saturday, mostly sunny, with a high near 32. Sunday, partly sunny, with a high near 47. Typical average high for the weekend is 40 degrees. I know that seems cold compared to recent days, but it’s still the first weekend of March. And I like sunny weather after all the cloudy crap of late. 

My new wallet works well with the bus RFD card but I find even just storing my hunting and fishing license in the center fold blocks it from operating. Those businesses card readers aren’t very sensitive. I guess it prevents accidental reads. 

In four weeks on March 27 the sun will be setting at 7:16 pm (Daylight Savings Time), which is 1 hour and 33 minutes later then today. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 58 and 40 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 49 and 30 degrees. The record high of 78 degrees was set back in 1998.

Looking ahead, Patriots Day is in 7 weeks, May Day is in 9 weeks and Memorial Day is in 13 weeks.

Map: Clermont State Historic Site

Map: Clermont State Historic Site

Clermont State Historic Site was the Hudson River seat of New York's politically and socially prominent Livingston Family. Seven successive generations of the family left their imprint on the site's architecture, room interiors and landscape. Robert R. Livingston, Jr. was Clermont's most notable resident. His accomplishments include: drafting the Declaration of Independence, serving as first U.S. Minister of Foreign Affairs, administering the oath of office to George Washington, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase and developing steamboat technology with Robert Fulton.

http://nysparks.com/historic-sites/16/details.aspx

Enjoy today’s beautiful weather, as it’s not going to last. Much cooler, early March weather is expected come for second half of the week, once we get past the rainy but mild first day of March on March 1st. Sunset keeps getting later, as in a week from Sunday, we will be setting the clocks ahead an hour,

Weather Summary
Tonight. Mostly Cloudy and 33 degrees , 6:30 sunrise.
Tuesday. Slight Chance of Rain/Snow then Chance of Rain and 54 degrees , 41 max dew point, 5:44 sunset.
Tuesday Night. Rain is likely and 49 degrees , 6:28 sunrise.
Wednesday.
March 1st
Chance of T-storms and 65 degrees , 54 max dew point, 5:45 sunset.
Wednesday Night. Showers is likely and 38 degrees , 6:26 sunrise.
Thursday. Partly Sunny and Breezy and 43 degrees , 5:46 sunset.
Thursday Night. Partly Cloudy and 22 degrees , 6:25 sunrise.
Friday. Partly Sunny and 33 degrees , 5:48 sunset.
Friday Night. Partly Cloudy and 17 degrees , 6:23 sunrise.
Saturday. Mostly Sunny and 32 degrees , 5:49 sunset.
Saturday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 22 degrees , 6:21 sunrise.
Sunday.
Partly Sunny and 46 degrees , 5:50 sunset.
Sunday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 30 degrees , 6:20 sunrise.

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‘Middle-class’ Manufacturing Jobs Pay Fast-food Wages

"The truth is that while auto jobs used to be good jobs, we now have more in common with workers at McDonald’s or Walmart. One-in-four of the 600 jobs at the Camaco plant are temporary positions that pay $10 an hour. Meanwhile, wages for all of the plant’s production workers are capped at just $12 an hour — with an 18-cent raise a year for a “living fee.” I haven’t even received that raise this year. Temp workers are often kept in limbo for up to a year before being hired on full time. And turnover at the plant is off the charts, with a manager recently admitting that 1,500 workers have cycled through the plant in the last two years. The company has been forced to hire three temp agencies to find employees, recruiting workers from as far away as Cleveland."

Difference Between Record High and Normal High

Last Friday the mercury pushed up to 74 degrees, the warmest temperature ever recorded during meteorological winter in Albany. With normal high temperatures for that day around 37 degrees, that day was 37 degrees above normal. I remarked on Friday that if we had days that were 37 degrees above normal in the hottest period of summer, we would have reached 120 degrees. But it almost never reaches above 100 degrees in Albany -- at least not since the 1950s.

The reason is we have hot days in summer, but there isn't that kind of energy in the atmosphere to push record breaking heat more then 10-15 degrees above normal in summer. In contrast, in the winter, it's not unusual to have days 15-25 degrees above normal, and days that are 25-40 degrees above normal are not unheard of during the winter. The greatest difference in record high minus normal high occurred on January 13, 2007, when it reached 71 degrees on a day when the normal high is 30 degrees. That's a 41 degree difference.

The formula used to calculate this chart is highest recorded temperature minus average high temperature for the day, based on records collected at the Albany International Airport by NOAA.