2017 March 10

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“The weather may have been cold in the past, but it’s very cold now.”

Happy Weekend! Got out of work by 6 PM, Daylight Savings Time on a Friday, so I’m not complaining. Maybe next week an hour earlier? Partly clear and 30 degrees in City of Albany. Breezy, 22 mph breeze from the west-northwest with gusts up to 34 mph. The current wind chill is 19. Cold enough even President Donald Trump wouldn’t approve. At least the 18 year old beat up old bus I’m taking home seems to have some good heaters. 

Once I get home, I’m not going anywhere until it warms up or at least not until tomorrow. And then I’m only planning on walking to the library. Sunday I’ll go to the store. I expect it will be a very quiet weekend. 

As much as I enjoy the sun in the evening now, it will be super nice with the additional sunlight come next week. Seven PM sunsets. Unfortunately, I do not see any kind of warm up I’m the foreseeable future. But eventually winter must come to an end. Maybe once there is enough light in the evening to enjoy the park. 

Tonight will have a slight chance of snow showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 8 degrees at 6am. 16 degrees below normal. Maximum wind chill around -10 at 6am; Northwest wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, it got down to 34 degrees with periods of rain. The record low of -10 occurred back in 1939.

Waxing Gibbous Moon tonight with 91% illuminated. The moon will set around 6:35 am. The Full “Worm” Moon is on Sunday night with partly cloudy skies expected. The sun will rise at 6:13 am with the first light at 5:45 am, which is one minute and 42 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 12 hours and 15 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 56 seconds over last night.

It looked like there was major delays southbound on Interstate 787 but they were only delays heading into the city and not out. Apparently there is some kind of concert or event tonight at the Palace Theater. Not that I’m in that much of a rush to get home on this very cold weekend. 

Super Cold this weekend with temperatures running 21 degrees below normal with bone chilling below zero wind chills but at least it will be sunny. Accentuate the positive for this weekend won’t bring anybody but natural gas traders joy. Saturday, partly sunny, with a high near 19. Wind chill values as low as -10. Blustery, with a northwest wind 16 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 24. West wind 8 to 15 mph. Typical average high for the weekend is 42 degrees.

In four weeks on April 7 the sun will be setting at 7:28 pm (Daylight Savings Time), which is one hour, 32 minutes and 17 seconds later then today. In 2016 on that day, we had rain and temperatures between 62 and 42 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 55 and 34 degrees. The record high of 87 degrees was set back in 2010.

Looking ahead, St. Patrick’s Day is Next Friday, Good Friday is in 5 weeks, Arbor Day is in 7 weeks, Cinco de Mayo is in 8 weeks and Memorial Day Weekend is in 11 weeks.

This afternoon is 34 degrees, for the high. Tomorrow is only expected to reach 22 degrees with a below zero wind-chill. Sunday might reach 26 degrees, again with some bone-chilling windchills in the single digits. But it’ s not always that cold. Here is the weather conditions for this week, one year ago. 

Friday 03/11/16. Mostly cloudy and rain, a high of 55 and a low of 34.
Saturday 03/12/16. Partly cloudy, a high of 62 and a low of 25.
Sunday 03/13/16. Mostly cloudy, a high of 59 and a low of 42.
Monday 03/14/16. Cloudy and rain, a high of 47 and a low of 40.
Tuesday 03/15/16. Cloudy, a high of 58 and a low of 39.
Wednesday 03/16/16. Cloudy and rain-thunderstorm, a high of 64 and a low of 44.
Thursday 03/17/16. Mostly cloudy and fog-rain-thunderstorm, a high of 61 and a low of 38.

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Dogs Use Deception to Get Treats, Study Shows

"Researchers observed the pooches leading the cooperative partner to the box containing the sausage more often than expected by chance. They led the competitive partner to the sausage less often than expected by chance. And here’s where things get really interesting: the dogs took the competitive partner to the empty box more frequently than the cooperative partner, suggesting that they were working through their options and engaging in deliberate deception to maximize their chances of getting both treats."

Muskrats are a Lenten delicacy for some in southeast Michigan

"While the Lenten season usually signals a break from guilty pleasures like red meat, social media or alcohol, some Downriver communities are counting their lucky stars that Muskrats don't fall on that list."

"Yes, Muskrats."

"In fact, Trinity Lutheran Church in Wyandotte still holds an annual Muskrat dinner to kick off the Lenten season. Don't worry, spaghetti is offered as an alternative. "

"The exemption for eating the semi-aquatic rodent falls under a Catholic notion dating back to the 1800s that since Muskrats live in the water, they should be viewed as fish. Hour Detroit Magazine reports the Archdiocese of Detroit said "there is a standing dispensation for Catholics Downriver" to the eat animal on Fridays, even though there is "no documentation."

America’s infrastructure isn’t as shoddy as it sounds

"Just about every profession has an interest group in Washington that lobbies for more government spending that will benefit its own people. The ASCE is probably more honorable than most, and to its credit, it advocates prudent spending based on rigorous analysis rather than the gimme-gimme grab bag some groups lobby for. But the well-meaning engineers are also making a legitimate problem sound worse than it is, which is very Trumpian and therefore timely—but not a very good reflection of how real Americans get to work, go shopping or visit their relatives."

Google Maps: Sunrise on Sunday, March 12

Sunday starts Daylight Savings Time. This mean we will be setting our clocks ahead an hour. This also means we will be getting up an hour earlier for work come Monday, so it will be dark for many of us when we get up in the morning. The sunrise will be at 7:33 in French Creek, Chautauqua County on the Pennsylvania border, while in East Hampton on Long Island, it will be rising at 7:02 AM. Albany's sunrise will be at 7:09 AM.

Services Delivered for Cocaine Users in New York State

Much fewer people are seeking services for cocaine use in the past few years, compared to years past. Heroin has become the drug of choice, largely offsetting use of other drugs like alcohol, cocaine, and marijuana.

NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) certified chemical dependence treatment programs report admissions of people served in programs throughout NYS. This dataset includes the number of admissions to NYS OASAS certified treatment programs aggregated by primary substance of abuse group.
Data Source: https://data.ny.gov/Human-Services/Chemical-Dependence-Treatment-Program-Admissions-B/ngbt-9rwf