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Good evening! Partly cloudy and 12 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a northwest breeze at 15 mph. The current wind chill is -4. I hope you are staying warm. 

I didn’t do much today besides go down to the library, do some reading, watch a movie on Donald Trump and make some maps up. So cold today that even the walk down to the library was frigid. I hate January weather in March. That said the foot plus of snow we may get on Tuesday will hopefully last until next weekend so I can get some cross country skiing in one last time this year I hope. 

I am reading Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventures, the true story of a Great American Road Trip. What a great story of a great road trip, a bad driver and some presidential history to boot. Few presidents have ever been so humble, so frugal and so colorful at the same time. This has to be one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. 

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 5 degrees at 6am. 19 degrees below normal. Darn cold but by no means record breaking cold.  Maximum wind chill around -5 at 12am; Northwest wind 9 to 15 mph. In 2016, it got down to 25 degrees under partly cloudy skies. The record low of -12 occurred back in 1948.

Waxing Gibbous Moon tonight with 98% illuminated. The moon will set around 8:26 am. The Full “Worm” Moon will be tomorrow with partly cloudy skies expected. The sun will rise at 7:12 am with the first light at 6:44 am, which is one hour, one minute and 43 seconds earlier than yesterday. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before bed.  Tonight will have 12 hours and 12 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 50 seconds over last night. Thursday it’s exactly twelve hours. 

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high of 25 degrees at 3pm. 18 degrees below normal. Northwest wind 9 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. A year ago, we had partly cloudy skies and a high of 62 degrees. The record high of 69 was set in 2012. 30.4 inches of snow fell back in 1888.

Probably too cold to go out hiking but I’ll fire up Big Red for the first time time in a week, go to the grocery store then out to my parents house for Sunday dinner. I expect a very quiet Sunday and it will probably go by quickly with the time change.  

In four weeks on April 8 the sun will be setting at 7:30 pm, which is one hour, 32 minutes and 11 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, snow and temperatures between 47 and 31 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 55 and 35 degrees. The record high of 88 degrees was set back in 1929.

Looking ahead, April Fools Day is in 3 weeks and Earth Day is in 6 weeks.

Good night. I’m off to sleep to ensure ample sleep with the time change.  Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead tonight. 

Map: Rogers Island WMA

Map: Rogers Island WMA

Rogers Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a Hudson River island located in the Town of Greenport, Columbia County and consists of 281 acres of forested uplands, tidal forested wetlands, tidal marshes, and extensive mudflats The WMA was acquired in 1950 to provide a refuge for migrating waterfowl. The WMA can only be accessed by boat, since there is no legal public access across the railroad tracks that border the east side of the property. The best place to land a boat is at the southwest corner of the island.

Large numbers of waterfowl, shorebirds and passerine birds can be observed during spring and fall migrations. Resident wildlife that occurs on the WMA includes the bald eagle, wood duck, black duck, mallard, green heron, least bittern, a variety of songbirds and white-tailed deer.

Rogers Island provides opportunities for the public to engage in a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities including hunting, fishing, trapping, bird watching, and hiking. There are several unique ecological communities to explore and great variety of wildlife species to view and otherwise enjoy. Rogers Island is a popular and productive waterfowl hunting area. A foot trail leads from the southern tip of the island through the middle of the property. Poison ivy is prevalent throughout the island.

The management of Rogers Island for non-intensive recreation is consistent with its primary purpose of providing wildlife related public benefits. Those preferring more intensively developed outdoor areas should consider visiting day use areas at nearby State Parks.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/86076.html

I tell you when we had the 74 degree weather in February nobody could have predicted such a frigid, winter like weather as is predicted for the next week here in the Albany area. At least with the time change, most of us will be at least driving home not in the darkness which is nice.

Weather Summary
This Afternoon. Slight Chance of Snow Showers and Windy and 21 degrees , -1 max wind chill, 5:59 sunset.
Tonight. Partly Cloudy and 5 degrees , -9 max wind chill, 7:10 sunrise.
Sunday. Mostly Sunny and 25 degrees , -9 max wind chill, 6:59 sunset.
Sunday Night. Mostly Clear and 9 degrees , 7:08 sunrise.
Monday. Mostly Sunny and 31 degrees , 7:00 sunset.
Monday Night. Chance of Snow and 18 degrees , 10 max wind chill, 7:06 sunrise.
Tuesday. Heavy Snow, possibly a foot or moreand 28 degrees , 7 max wind chill, 7:01 sunset.
Tuesday Night. Snow is likely and 22 degrees , 13 max wind chill, 7:05 sunrise.
Wednesday.

Ides of March.

Chance of Snow Showers and 29 degrees , 12 max wind chill, 7:02 sunset.
Wednesday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 17 degrees , 6 max wind chill, 7:03 sunrise.
Thursday.

Equal sunlight and darkness.

Mostly Sunny and 33 degrees , 6 max wind chill, 7:03 sunset.
Thursday Night. Partly Cloudy and 17 degrees , 9 max wind chill, 7:01 sunrise.
Friday.

St. Patricks Day.

Mostly Sunny and 38 degrees , 9 max wind chill, 7:05 sunset.

Chart Crashes – Fatalities, Injury Crashes and Property Damage 2006-2015

Car crashes are strongly influenced by the total number of vehicles miles traveled per year. On average every 1% more miles driven equals 4% more crashes. Vehicle miles are up 4.9% since the recession, and crashes are up 17.3% This is why car crashes dropped so dramatically during 2009 and 2010, during the height of the recession when many people were out of work and could not afford to drive as much per year.

Not seen on this chart is but shown is an associated chart is how much safer cars have gotten between 2006 and 2015 -- in 2005, 70.1% of crashes were property damage, 29.2% were injury, and 0.6% were fatal. By 2015, car had become safer with 72.2% crashes involving only property damage, 27.2% involving injuries, and 0.5% involving fatalities.

Source: Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) 2006–2014 (Final File) and 2015 Annual Report File (ARF); National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) General Estimates
System (GES) 2006–2015