Six weeks ago today, was Thursday, February 2nd. The Ground Hog pronounced that there would be six more weeks of winter, exactly six weeks ago today. Today, it may reach 29 degrees with blowing snow. Therefore, Punxsutawney Phil lied.

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Hits Record Levels

"The CO2 measured at the Mauna Loa Baseline Atmospheric Observatory in Hawaii hit 405.1 parts per million last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced. That’s an increase of 3 parts per million, which matched the record of 3 parts per million in 2015. It marks five consecutive years of CO2 increases of at least 2 parts per million, an unprecedented rate of growth, said Pieter Tans, lead scientist at NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network."

“The rate of CO2 growth over the last decade is 100 to 200 times faster than what the Earth experienced during the transition from the last ice age,” Tans said. “This is a real shock to the atmosphere.”

"The number is significant because the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was 280 parts per million from about 10,000 years ago until the start of the Industrial Revolution. The monthly global average nosed above 400 parts per million for the first time in March 2015 and is now increasing at a faster pace, according to NOAA researchers. What’s more, carbon emissions stay in the atmosphere for years, so even as some emissions have been reduced in recent years, the global average level continues to climb. In 1960, they were about 300 parts per million, suggesting a precipitous climb in a relatively short period of time since then."

22 degrees now and quite sunny with blue skies. If there is something to say about yet a miserable commute the skies are quite nice. Only going to reach 29 or 30 degrees later but treated surfaces should start to melt. My hope is they’ll get the sidewalks finished today and salted so getting around will be easier tomorrow. I live in the Town of Bethlehem and they care about their citizens, so I’m sure that will happen.  Albany on the other hand is a complete mess from the snow storm, it’s pretty obvious that little snow removal progress is being made. Hopefully by evening I will be able to walk down to the library on bare sidewalks or at least treated, mostly clear ones.

My  commute wasn’t a bad walk down to the express bus until of course the sidewalk ran out of plowed area. The town did a pretty good job at clearing the sidewalk until they ran out of fuel or daylight or labor or something. Then it was a bit narrow walking on the shoulder but traffic was light. Then the road widened up and got down to the park and ride in good time. The bus was running about on time and we were doing good until we reached city limits and the Normans Kill, when US 9W and Southern Boulevard ground to a halt. Snow banks meant the merge lane on 787 was blocked. Then there was delays on the South Mall expressway. South Swan is also mess due to delays caused by the bus stop being full of snow and buses having no place to let passengers out. Ever since the faux blizzard all there has been is traffic delays. I wish the government would do more to get motorists off the road in the city to ensure smooth commutes.

The sun will set at 7:03 pm with dusk around 7:31 pm, which is one minute and 10 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 12 hours of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 55 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 20 degrees at 3am. 14 degrees below normal. Maximum wind chill around 15 at 6pm; Northwest wind 8 to 14 mph. In 2016, it got down to 38 degrees with periods of fog and rain and thunderstorm. The record low of -1 occurred back in 1916.

There is one month until Easter when the sun will be setting at 7:39 pm with dusk at 8:08 pm. The average high temperature is 59 degrees, with a record high of 92 in 2012.

Good morning! Happy Thursday. Partly ll cloudy and 20 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a west-northwest breeze at 14 mph with gusts up to 24 mph. The current wind chill is 7. Cold morning. The skies will clear around 4 pm.

Today will be mostly cloudy, with a high of 28 degrees at 3pm. 16 degrees below normal. Some clearing later. Northwest wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. A year ago, we had rain, thunderstorm and a high of 64 degrees. The record high of 82 was set in 1990. 13.4 inches of snow fell back in 1956.

Federal Funds Target Rate, 1982-Present

The federal funds rate has fallen to historic levels after the recession, but continues to inch upwards as the economy recovers. During the recession, the FED rate was to a target of 0 to 0.25 (they set a lower and upper range, because they wanted to get the target rate as close to zero without causing a negative rate and deflation).

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (US), Federal Funds Target Rate (DISCONTINUED) [DFEDTAR], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis;, March 15, 2017.

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (US), Federal Funds Target Range - Upper Limit [DFEDTARU], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis;, March 15, 2017.

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (US), Federal Funds Target Range - Lower Limit [DFEDTARL], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis;, March 15, 2017.