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Donald John Trump says Make America Great Again. Many Trump supporters say America was great in the 1950s. I remember seeing a picture of my dad from then with enormous snow banks in Sligerlands. There are now enormous snow banks in Sligerlands. Therefore, America must be great again. Thank you, Trump. I like snow a lot. 

New York Accused of Racism on Incinerator Site

At least it didn't snow black soot in Downtown Albany today...

"For the last 12 years, officials have assured residents of a predominantly black neighborhood in Albany's inner city that a trash-burning incinerator was no health threat."

"But less than three weeks after the incinerator's emissions blackened the snow at the nearby governor's mansion, the incinerator was shut down."

Starting in circa 1965, Albany passed a law requiring that all motor vehicles driven in the city had to have tire chains or be fitted with snow tires with 1/8 inch tread depth during declared “snow emergencies.” Vehicles not having chains or snow tires who got stuck during snow emergencies were subject to citation and fine by city police. 

I’ve always wondered if that law was ever repealed by city hall or if goes unenforced in an era when most cars are front or four wheel drive and many have low wheel clearance making conventional chains difficult to fit. If it’s still on the books, it would be able to be brought back by a declaration of a snow emergency by the mayor. 

I know tire chains can greatly improve traction in adverse conditions but they cannot be used on clear roads nor above 35 mph. That an the issue with fitting tire chains on many of the sporty low sling cars of today means they are fairly unpopular. 

Good evening! Blowing snow and 26 degrees in Delmar, NY as the Blizzard of 2017 continues. Breezy, 23 mph breeze from the north with gusts up to 37 mph. The current wind chill is 10. I just back from shoveling and when your working outside and properly dressed it’s not too bad. The skies will clear Thursday around 11 am.

Dug my door and truck out for a second time this evening. If I wasn’t bored as shit, I could have avoided doing that but I didn’t want my truck to get too buried and I wanted to keep my doorway as clear as possible for tomorrow. I’m hoping to just need a quick shoveling out for my come Saturday. Snowbanks on my driveway are over five foot. 

Not having my laptop or Internet at home I was pretty bored. I left my laptop at work because I went to the Brooklyn Night reception and honestly I didn’t need it at home. I couldn’t envision my office closing as the first ten years I worked there that never happened before. Who would have thought they would cancel work on a session day? 

If my office had been open today, I would have made it to work and home fine. The Route 18 ran close to on time this morning and kept running through evening. CDTA cut the handful of neighborhood routes that run after 6:30, but is going to run the trunk routes including 18 all evening. No South End or Glenmont service for any buses this evening after 6:30, the roads must be really bad down there. 

While it was a winter day with a lot of snow, I think the blizzard warnings were very overrated. We had some wind, it was fairly cold and the snow piled up but there never was a whiteout in Albany. You never know. It could have been a hell of a lot worse. State government could have operated today, although it would have been a challenging commute for those living in outlying areas. I guess living on a trunk line bus means I have easy access to work even in adverse conditions. Those newer buses are a lot better in the snow then the old ones that lacked traction control and had trouble with fish tailing and getting stuck easier. I think Albany does makes plowing the State Street Hill and Madison Avenue Hill a greater priority then in years past. 

Tonight will snow. Widespread blowing snow, mainly before midnight. Low of 17 degrees at 5am. Eight degrees below normal. Blustery, with a northwest wind 16  to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. In 2016, it got down to 39 degrees under cloudy skies. The record low of 1 occurred back in 1993.

Waning Gibbous Moon tonight with 84% illuminated. The moon will rise around 8:05 pm. The Last Quarter Moon is on Monday night with mostly cloudy skies expected. The Full “Pink” Moon is in 4 weeks. The sun will rise at 7:07 am with the first light at 6:39 am, which is one minute and 44 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 12 hours and 3 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 55 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a chance of snow showers. Areas of blowing snow. Cloudy, with a high of 25 degrees at 3pm. 19 degrees below normal. Northwest wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. A year ago, we had cloudy skies and a high of 58 degrees. The record high of 72 was set in 1989. 10.4 inches of snow fell back in 1916.

I have a lot of work to get done tomorrow in the office, so I need to catch a relatively early bus downtown, as there will certainly be some delays. But I think things will be fine but I will need my big boots. I imagine Delaware Avenue will still be a mess tomorrow and it will be narrow with the snow banks so the buses will be moving slowly. 

Despite all the snow, the weekend may not be a great weekend for cross country skiing. Saturday, snow likely before 2pm, then rain and snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Maybe not a washout. Sunday, mostly cloudy, with a high near 39.Typical average high for the weekend is 45 degrees. Still cold. 
In four weeks on April 11 the sun will be setting at 7:33 pm, which is 32 minutes and 7 seconds later then today. In 2016 on that day, we had rain and temperatures between 52 and 40 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 56 and 36 degrees. The record high of 82 degrees was set back in 2011. It could warm up quickly but hopefully not too quickly as I want those creeks running at an appropriate level for the opening of Trout Season. 

Looking ahead, Spring is Next Tuesday, Average High is 50 is in 2 weeks (that means blizzards are less likely), Good Friday is in 1 month, Tax Day is in 5 weeks, Mother’s Day is in 2 months, Average High is 70 is in 9 weeks, Flag Day is in 3 months, Independence Day is in 16 weeks, Election Day 2018 is in 86 weeks and Election Day 2020 is in 190 weeks.

Road Salt Contaminates U.S. Waterways in Northern States Year Round

"Road-side aquatic ecosystems in North America are annually polluted with millions of tons of road deicing salts, which threaten the survival of amphibians which live and breed in these habitats,” Utah State University researchers wrote in a study published earlier this year.

Newts exposed in the Utah laboratory to amounts of salt commonly found in roadside streams had severe developmental deformities– bent tails, bent bodies, cysts, missing tails and gills, two heads and shrunken heads.

Also, salamander eggs develop abnormally when exposed. They cannot retain the water needed to avoid freezing and disease.

Map: Franklinton Vlaie

Map: Franklinton Vlaie

Franklinton Vlaie Wildlife Management Area (WMA) consists of about 195 acres of open water, wetland and upland habitat in Schoharie County. It was acquired from private landowners in the 1980's and 90's as part of a state-wide program to acquire some of the most productive wetlands in New York. It is located in the Town of Broome, about five miles south of the Village of Middleburgh. The pond and wetlands of Franklinton Vlaie are the headwaters to Catskill Creek. Parking areas providing access can be found along State Route 145 and Gates Hill Road. This parcel of public land affords multiple uses for outdoor recreation including hunting, trapping, canoeing, fishing, birding, and limited hiking.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/86040.html

Per Capita GDP in Mexico (Current Dollars)

After passage of NAFTA, per capita GDP increased quite dramatically for Mexico.

Data Source:
World Bank, Gross Domestic Product for Mexico [MKTGDPMXA646NWDB], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/MKTGDPMXA646NWDB, March 13, 2017.

World Bank, Population, Total for Mexico [POPTOTMXA647NWDB], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/POPTOTMXA647NWDB, March 13, 2017.