EPA: White House plans to ‘close out’ Energy Star, other programs — Monday, March 6, 2017 — www.eenews.net

"A preliminary budget proposal from the White House would eliminate federal leadership of Energy Star, a popular voluntary program for companies to seek labels for energy-efficient consumer products and appliances."

"A spending blueprint would slash Energy Star and related programs, leaving $5 million "for the closeout or transfer of all the climate protection voluntary partnership programs," noting that achieving that might require changes to authorizing legislation from Congress."

Good morning! Not a half bad walk down to the express bus. Partly sunny and 40 degrees in Delmar. Breezy, 16 mph breeze from the west. The current wind chill is 26. Listening to Canned Heat’s nearly half century old hippie hit song, Going Up the Country.

Today will be mostly sunny, with a high of 46 degrees at 1pm. Five degrees above normal. Breezy, with a west wind 16 to 20 mph. Definitely not a half bad day for the second week of March. With ten days and like 14 hours there is hope for calendar spring. None of can know what April will bring but hopefully things will green up quickly.

The sun will set at 5:55 pm with dusk around 6:23 pm, which is one minute and 12 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 11 hours and 40 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 54 seconds over yesterday. Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday.

Tonight will have a slight chance of snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 27 degrees at 6am. Three degrees above normal. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, it got down to 55 degrees with periods of fog and rain. The record low of 0 occurred back in 1996.

Today in 1959, Barbie doll makes its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York. She would probably be declared a sexist bimbo today. Moving right along, now …

There is one month until Palm Sunday when the sun will be setting at 7:31 pm with dusk at 8:00 pm (Daylight Savings Time). The average high temperature is 55 degrees, with a record high of 71 in 1991. It will be nicer when it starts to warm up.

This weekend still looks really cold with temperatures running about 17 degrees below normal for mid March. People are going to freeze their collective asses off on Saturday for Saint Patrick’s Day parades, especially now that the friendly local politicians have decided to ban street drinking and subsequent throwing broken glass bottles into the street. But with the wind that is expected its best to plan your drinking this weekend next to the woodstove or heater. Maybe it will be marginally good enough to go hiking come Sunday, if I do it somewhere in a valley, protected from the wind.

Possible snow tomorrow. Not a lot but a quick dusting, maybe an inch. And then possibly a half foot of snow come Tuesday. Not a big snow storm, but it doesn’t look like we will be making it to spring without more snow. I guess that is to be expected, it being March and everything else.

Still feeling a bit sick to the stomach today, but better then yesterday. Little achy last night, but I don’t think it’s really a cold. Maybe it’s just the weather or something I ate. Those peas are healthy but maybe I got to mix up my veggies more. With work and colder temperatures, I’ve not been getting out walking as much as I often do. I should do my evening walk, but I’ve gotten tired of freezing my ass off, and I try to get to bed by 9 PM so I have enough sleep every night — especially because I’ve been getting up early due to early sunrises (which end Saturday with the time change for around a month). I’m sure once the weather gets better, I will feel better.

Been getting up earlier this week in preparation for the time change next week. I always hate those first few days of the time change, but it will be nice having that extra sunshine after work. And if I do decide to buy that Belgium waffle maker, I will better waffles to put my fruit on come next week. But I’m still undecided about that. It’s just more stuff. And I don’t like having more stuff.

Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: All Items

This graph shows the change in the Consumer Price Index for each month compared to one year ago, the same month.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: All Items (CPIAUCSL) is a measure of the average monthly change in the price for goods and services paid by urban consumers between any two time periods.(1) It can also represent the buying habits of urban consumers. This particular index includes roughly 88 percent of the total population, accounting for wage earners, clerical workers, technical workers, self-employed, short-term workers, unemployed, retirees, and those not in the labor force.(1)

The CPIs are based on prices for food, clothing, shelter, and fuels; transportation fares; service fees (e.g., water and sewer service); and sales taxes. Prices are collected monthly from about 4,000 housing units and approximately 26,000 retail establishments across 87 urban areas.(1) To calculate the index, price changes are averaged with weights representing their importance in the spending of the particular group. The index measures price changes (as a percent change) from a predetermined reference date.(1) In addition to the original unadjusted index distributed, the Bureau of Labor Statistics also releases a seasonally adjusted index. The unadjusted series reflects all factors that may influence a change in prices. However, it can be very useful to look at the seasonally adjusted CPI, which removes the effects of seasonal changes, such as weather, school year, production cycles, and holidays.(1)

The CPI can be used to recognize periods of inflation and deflation. Significant increases in the CPI within a short time frame might indicate a period of inflation, and significant decreases in CPI within a short time frame might indicate a period of deflation. However, because the CPI includes volatile food and oil prices, it might not be a reliable measure of inflationary and deflationary periods. For a more accurate detection, the core CPI (Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: All Items Less Food & Energy [CPILFESL]) is often used. When using the CPI, please note that it is not applicable to all consumers and should not be used to determine relative living costs.(1) Additionally, the CPI is a statistical measure vulnerable to sampling error since it is based on a sample of prices and not the complete average.(1)

For more information on the consumer price indexes, see:
(1) Bureau of Economic Analysis. “CPI Detailed Report.” 2013; http://www.bls.gov/cpi/.
Handbook of Methods - (http://www.bls.gov/opub/hom/pdf/homch17.pdf)
Understanding the CPI: Frequently Asked Questions - (http://stats.bls.gov:80/cpi/cpifaq.htm)

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: All Items [CPIAUCSL], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/CPIAUCSL, March 8, 2017.

Map: Canacadea State Forest

Map: Canacadea State Forest

Operated as a flood control project by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District. The dam was completed in June 1949 at a cost of $5.5 million and helps reduce flooding in Hornell.

http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/projects.cfm?Id=E100240

Canacadea State Forest is located one mile west of Hornell, near the hamlet of Almond, in the Allegheny Plateau. The forest is located in the town of Hornellsville, Steuben County.

Tips for Using State Forests

Recreational opportunities in this state forest focus on rustic experiences with a limited amount of development. There are no formally designated trails. Town, county, and DEC roads provide mountain biking opportunities.

Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Traps may not be set on public road right of ways. Body gripping traps set on land must be at least 100 feet from public trails. Permanent tree stands are prohibited. However, a tree stand or blind is allowed, provided that it does not injure any trees, is properly marked or tagged with the owner's name and address or valid hunting or fishing license number, and is placed and used during big game season, migratory game bird season, or turkey season, but no more than thirty days in one location per calendar year.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/38917.html

Good morning! Happy Thursday. Mostly sunny and 42 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a west breeze at 14 mph. Chilly with the wind but otherwise sunny morning. 

Today will be mostly sunny, with a high of 43 degrees at 1pm. Three degrees above normal. Breezy, with a west wind 14 to 20 mph. A year ago, we had partly cloudy skies and a high of 81 degrees.  That is the record high. 6.9 inches of snow fell back in 1961.

Sun for the most part comes up pretty early these days but with the time change Sunday, it won’t start rising until 7:05 AM at least for the first week. By April though the 6 AM sunrise will be back.