I don’t know about you, but I’m still thinking about those hairy women of Klipnocky. Allegany County is a wonderful wild place. I wish I’ve spent more time there. But seriously, this morning they were playing the Byrds’ Ain’t Going Nowhere on the radio.  

“Clouds so swift
Rain won’t lift
Gate won’t close
Railings froze
Get your mind of wintertime
You ain’t goin’ nowhere”

That said, maybe their other song about Ecclesiastes 3:31 would be more appropriate. Winter must die at some point, as calendar spring starts in like 18 days and 14 hours. I’m not sure how warm March is going to be but it sure feels cold after the 66 degrees it got to yesterday that lasted into the very starry evening. I can’t wait for daylight savings time that begins a week from Sunday.

On that note, let me say Good morning! Happy Thursday. Partly cloudy with snow flurries and 38 degrees in Delmar, NY. Blustery, with a stiff breeze at28 mph the west with gusts up to 46 mph. The current wind chill is 25. The skies will clear around 11 am.

Today will have a chance of rain and sleet before 9am, then a slight chance of rain and snow between 9am and noon. Partly sunny, with a high of 38 degrees at 8am. One degree below normal. But with that wind it will feel much colder. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow and sleet accumulation expected. A year ago, we had rain, snow and a high of 48 degrees. The record high of 65 was set in 1991. 6.2 inches of snow fell back in 1948.

The sun will set at 5:47 pm with dusk around 6:15 pm, which is 1 minute and 14 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 11 hours and 19 minutes of daylight, an increase of 2 minutes and 52 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 23 degrees at 5am. Typical for tonight. West wind 8 to 15 mph. In 2016, it got down to 17 degrees with periods of snow. The record low of -10 occurred back in 1950.

Looking ahead, there are 13 weeks until Start of June when the sun will be setting at 8:27 pm with dusk at 9:01 pm (Daylight Savings Time). On that day in 2016, we had partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 85 and 57 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 74 degrees. We hit a record high of 94 back in 1918.

Oil and Gas Extraction Jobs, 1972-2016

While the latest oil boom has created more jobs in the oil and gas industry, it's still far fewer then the jobs created in the late 1970s and 1980s, in part due to automation of oil and gas drilling equipment.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, All Employees: Mining and Logging: Oil and Gas Extraction [CES1021100001], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/CES1021100001, March 1, 2017.

Map: Klipnocky State Forest

Map: Klipnocky State Forest

Albany is the capital city of the U.S. state of New York, the seat of Albany County, and the central city of New York's Capital District. Roughly 135 miles (217 km) north of the City of New York, Albany sits on the west bank of the Hudson River, about 10 miles (16 km) south of its confluence with the Mohawk River. The population of the city was 97,856 at the time of the 2010 census.

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Number of Oil and Gas Extraction Jobs by State, 2014

In 2015, there were 137,839 jobs in the oil and gas extraction industry in America. This shows how many oil and gas extraction jobs are in each state. The Connecticut number reflects an single oil and gas extraction firm located within that state.

Data Source: US Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, 2014. NAICS Code 211, Oil and Gas Extraction. Full-time workers employed during the week of March 12, 2014. https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2014_00A1&prodType=table

Note: In some states, confidentially requirements mean that the Census Bureau reports the total number of jobs as a range. In those cases, the median value of the range is reported.

Google Maps: Jobs In The Oil And Gas Extraction, 2014

In 2015, there were 137,839 jobs in the oil and gas extraction industry in America. While that sounds like a lot of jobs, it oil and gas extraction jobs are widely distributed across America, with many counties only having a handful of persons directly employed in the extraction of oil and gas.

Data Source: US Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, 2014. NAICS Code 211, Oil and Gas Extraction. Full-time workers employed during the week of March 12, 2014. https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2014_00A1&prodType=table