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I hope that soon a judge imposes a travel ban on President Donald Trump.

Judges often do that to people after they are indicted on felonies, to avoid them leaving the country and going on the lam. Somebody like the president poses a unique flight risk, because he owns properties across the world where he could hide out from justice.

Good evening! Mostly cloudy and 39 degrees in City of Albany. There is a south-southeast breeze at 8 mph. Still feels like winter. The good news is that calendar winter is coming to a conclusion in a little over 13 days and 5 hours. The skies will clear Wednesday around 5 am.

Not a terrible day, for the most part quiet, and without running from crisis to crisis. I like days like that, especially when it’s going home time. Each Monday gets us closer to summer weather. And next week at the time, the sun will be setting after 7 PM. The long range looks cold and sunny though,

Tonight will have a chance of light rain, mainly after 2am. Cloudy, with a low of 34 degrees at 8pm. Nine degrees above normal. Maximum wind chill around 31 at 6pm; South wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 31 degrees with periods of rain. The record low of -6 occurred back in 1950.

Waxing Gibbous Moon tonight with 62% illuminated. The moon will set around 3:12 am. I doubt you’ll see it through the clouds. The Full “Worm” Moon is on Sunday night with mostly cloudy skies expected. The sun will rise at 6:20 am with the first light at 5:52 am, which is one minute and 41 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 12 hours and 26 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 54 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have light rain likely before 10am, then rain likely, mainly between 10am and 3pm. Cloudy, with a high of 50 degrees at 4pm. 10 degrees above normal. South wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. A year ago, we had rain and a high of 52 degrees. The record high of 62 was set in 1974. 10.3 inches of snow fell back in 1967.

Cool this weekend with temperatures running 13 degrees below normal but otherwise sunny. Saturday, mostly sunny, with a high near 27. Sunday, partly sunny, with a high near 31. Typical average high for the weekend is 42 degrees. I don’t think I’ll be doing much wiring if that remains the forecast come the end of the week.

In four weeks on April 3 the sun will be setting at 7:24 pm (Daylight Savings Time), which is one hour, 32 minutes and 31 seconds later then today. In 2016 on that day, we had snow and temperatures between 38 and 24 degrees. Yuck. Let’s not think such negative thoughts. Typically, you have temperatures between 53 and 33 degrees. The record high of 79 degrees was set back in 1981.

Looking ahead, Patriots Day is in 6 weeks, May Day is in 8 weeks, Memorial Day is in 12 weeks and Election Day 2018 is in 20 months. I can’t wait until Memorial Day Weekend, but I’m not yet ready for Election Day 2018 and all that entails. But I do think it will be a good year for the Democrats.

All Employees: Health Care and Social Assistance in New York

Healthcare and Social Assistance continues to be a rapidly growing industry in New York State, especially as our state's population grows and there is a growing demand for healthcare workers.

Data Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, All Employees: Health Care and Social Assistance in New York [SMS36000006562000001], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/SMS36000006562000001, March 6, 2017.

International Fixed Calendar

"The International Fixed Calendar (also known as the Cotsworth plan, the Eastman plan, the 13 Month calendar or the Equal Month calendar) is a solar calendar proposal for calendar reform designed by Moses B. Cotsworth, who presented it in 1902.[1] It divides the solar year into 13 months of 28 days each. It is therefore a perennial calendar, with every date fixed to the same weekday every year. Though it was never officially adopted in any country, entrepreneur George Eastman adopted it for use in his Eastman Kodak Company, where it was used from 1928 to 1989."

~Review~ TEQStone 6-Switch LED Light Bar Panel with Volt Meter USB & Cig Lighter 4 Truck, Jeep, Boat

I got tired of the awful Walmart switch box I used to control the lights on my truck cap. Damn wires kept pulling loose and switches sometimes would fail. Not good when your trying to turn lights on in the dark. Based on the reviews and nice big switches it had on it, this is the unit I got for controlling the lights on the truck cap.

The great thing about this unit is it uses blade clips and you can freely re-wire each part of the unit as you choose, to disable lights on the buttons or for that matter switch off the voltage meter, so it's not glowing while your trying to sleep.

Map: Morrow Mountain State Forest

Map: Morrow Mountain State Forest

Morrow Mountain State Forest, Madison Reforestation Area #10, occupies 1,290 acres in the towns of Georgetown and Nelson in Madison County. Morrow Mountain rises to 2,142 and is the highest elevation in Madison County.

History
Georgetown was one of the original Chenango Twenty Towns and was patented to Thomas Ludlow Jr. of New York City in 1792. It was formed from DeRuyter and named Georgetown only after the State Legislature denied a local petition to name it Washington. In his 1880 history of Chenango and Madison Counties, James Smith reports that when Georgetown was first settled it was one unbroken forest: "...the bights of her hills crowned with large straight hemlock, spreading beech and sweeps of sugar maple; swamps gloomy with magnificent pine-ancient monarch of the forest, reigning with undisputed sway over the mass of tangled struggling foliage beneath them."

Soon much of the original forest that Smith described was cut for lumber or cleared for farms earning Georgetown the name "Slab City" for the rounded side of a log removed during milling. Farms produced potatoes, butter, hops, cheese and apples and sheep provided wool for local looms. By the late 19th century however, urbanization, westward expansion and an increasing demand for industrial labor reconfigured New York's rural landscape. Between 1870 and 1930 the population of Georgetown declined 52% from 1,423 to 684 residents. In the absence of plowing and grazing, pastures and fields began the slow but steady return to native forest. Between 1933-42, the Civilian Conservation Corp recruits planted trees, built roads and erected a 67' firetower and observation cabin atop Morrow Mountain. The tower was dismantled in the 1970s and replaced with a 100' communication tower to support a New York State Police radio network.

Field Notes

On a brisk autumn day the landscape is ablaze in reds and yellows from the changing leaves of sugar maple. Maples have long been valued for their sweet sap, blonde wood and spreading shade on streets, parks and village greens throughout New York State. But their brilliant fall color has earned them a distinction as one of the most beautiful trees in North America. In Native American legend, spirit hunters in the sky slew the constellation Great Bear in autumn and the bear's blood, dripping on the forest, changed many leaves to red. Some leaves turned yellow by the fat that splattered out of the kettle as the hunters cooked the meat. Science has revealed that color change is caused by chemical changes in the tree as summer turns to winter. Sugar maple is one of the most common trees on Morrow Mountain State Forest, and a visitor can enjoy its brilliance on any day of the year. But to experience sugar maple at its most spectacular, consider a visit in October when the sun is bright, the temperature is brisk and autumn colors are at their peak.

The CHP Asks You To Kindly Not Jump Over Freeways On Your Motorcycle

"A Sheriff’s department deputy wasn’t entirely certain a crime has been committed, and stated: “If we are looking into something, we need a victim. We don’t have a victim.”

"CHP officials seemed a bit more certain that some rules had been broken, including reckless driving and driving an off-road motorcycle on the highway. Though, really, this is sort of over a highway, right?"

"CHP officials were also concerned that they were unable to identify the rider conclusively, which would make proving even these misdemeanor charges difficult."

"In order to prevent anyone else from trying something this stupid, Caltrans blocked the access to the ramp with bulldozers pushing boulders and tree trunks."

Surge In Mice Is A Harbinger For Lyme Disease

"The Hudson River Valley experienced a mouse plague during the summer of 2016. The critters were everywhere. For most people, it was just a nuisance. But for Keesing and Ostfeld, the mouse plague signaled something foreboding."

"We're anticipating 2017 to be a particularly risky year for Lyme," Ostfeld says.

"Keesing and Ostfeld, who have studied Lyme for more than 20 years, have come up with an early warning system for the disease. They can predict how many cases there will be a year in advance by looking at one key measurement: Count the mice the year before."