2017 March 18

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Good evening! Cloudy and 35 degrees in Bethlehem, NY. There is a east breeze at 5 mph. The skies will clear tomorrow around 9 am.

Didn’t do much today besides go for a walk and down to the library. Sometimes a quiet Saturday is nice for a change. Do look forward to camping come another month or so when it finally warms up. 

Tonight will have a chance of light snow, mainly before 10pm. So far no snow so I doubt it. Too warm to stick.  Cloudy, with a low of 27 degrees at 2am. Typical for tonight. For a change, not so cold.   Northeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 23 degrees under clear skies. The record low of -10 occurred back in 1967. One of the last few below zero records until late autumn. 

Waning Gibbous Moon tonight with 59% illuminated. The moon will rise around 11:06 pm. The Last Quarter Moon is on Monday night with mostly cloudy skies expected. The Full “Pink” Moon is on Tuesday, April 11th. The sun will rise at 6:59 am with the first light at 6:31 am, which is one minute and 45 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 11 hours and 52 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 55 seconds over last night. Days are rapidly getting longer. 

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high of 39 degrees at 3pm. Seven degrees below normal. North wind 5 to 10 mph. That’s a bit disappointing but I’ll take it. A year ago, we had sunny skies and a high of 42 degrees. The record high of 78 was set in 2012. 9.6 inches of snow fell back in 1971. While it’s been cold out and last week we got that big storm, the truth is by this time of year winter doesn’t have the punch of even a few weeks ago. 

In four weeks on April 15 the sun will be setting at 7:38 pm, which is 32 minutes and one second later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had sunny skies and temperatures between 64 and 32 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 58 and 37 degrees. The record high of 86 degrees was set back in 2003.

Looking ahead, April Fools Day is in 2 weeks, Tax Day is in 1 month, Earth Day is in 5 weeks and Father’s Day is in 3 months.

‘Louie Louie’: Indecipherable, Or Indecent? An FBI Investigation

This is why our country needs to invest more in federal law enforcement... To keep use safe from songs like Louie, Louie.

"So the FBI tried to figure out whether the recording inserted vulgar variations on the published lyrics. The process involved a lot of agents, Predoehl says. Robert Kennedy and J. Edgar Hoover received letters about it. The governor of Indiana got involved.

The FBI looked at the recording, Predoehl says, looking at it "backwards and forwards, they played it at different speeds, they spent a lot of time on it — but it was indecipherable at any speed."

Not to be Debbie Downer but did you see the forecast for next Wednesday, the third day of spring? 25 degrees for the high with winds Northwest between 15 and 25 miles per hour. Times of sun and clouds. 

Trump Administration Files Motion Aimed At Controlling Consumer Protection Agency

"The Trump administration has gone to court to try to bring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under its control. The bureau is an executive branch entity, but the president doesn't have direct control over the six-year-old agency.

The Justice Department filed a brief with a federal appeals court in Washington on Friday, making the case that the structure of the agency violates the Constitution."

How To Make Boring Sell: In A Jiffy

"We hear a lot about U.S. companies laying off workers and shipping jobs overseas.

So, amid the global pressures to downsize, how do you hang onto your workforce?

We went looking for answers in Chelsea, Mich., home to a family owned manufacturer that's managed to thrive over four generations, since the company's founding in 1907.

The Chelsea Milling Co. is better known as the manufacturer of Jiffy baking mixes. You know the ones. They come in those signature little blue and white boxes: mixes for muffins, cakes, pie crusts, biscuits, brownies and more."