Good morning! Happy Saturday. Finally the weekend! Two weeks to April Fools Day. Cloudy and 34 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a southeast breeze at 6 mph. Sunny and cold for a while this morning but now it’s cloudy and gray.
Made some pretty awesome corn bread waffles this morning. Corn bread mix makes the best waffles. So much flavor! Skipped my feed ration of fruit on the waffles though, I’ll have to have fruit for desert later.
No real plans for today, mostly just hanging out around home and will go down to the library later. I might also go for a walk around the big superblock around the High School. I could strap on skis and head out skiing but I don’t want to bother with firing up Big Red. He’s clear of snow but I just don’t feel like driving. I’m lazy and driving Big Red is a lot of work. I’m not a big fan of driving, especially in traffic in the city.
I might go to the store later but I will probably end up going to Walmart in Glenmont rather than Shoprite because after leaving the truck parked for a week I want to fully warm the water engine before parking. I think Shoprite is cheaper and I like supporting a union business but between wanting to warm up Big Red and the random supplies I need at Walmart, that ends up being my choice. I do see plenty of union people shopping there, and honestly I would support making Walmart a union business. Big business that is union usually has better, happier workers. I’d rather get rid of low wage workers and replace them with more computers and automation, maintained by unionized higher paid employees.
Today will have a chance of snow, mainly after 3pm. Increasing clouds, with a high of 37 degrees at 3pm. Eight degrees below normal. Southeast wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. A year ago, we had rain and a high of 51 degrees. The record high of 69 was set in 2012. 8 inches of snow fell back in 1977.
The sun will set at 7:06 pm with dusk around 7:34 pm, which is one minute and 10 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 12 hours and 6 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 54 seconds over yesterday.
Tonight will have a chance of snow, mainly before 5am. Cloudy, with a low of 27 degrees at 4am. Typical for tonight. East wind around 6 mph becoming northeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New 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. Not many below zero days left in the record books as we head into spring. Calendar spring starts Monday at 6:45 AM or sometime near then.
As previously noted, there are 2 weeks until April Fools Day when the sun will be setting at 7:22 pm with dusk at 7:50 pm. On that day in 2016, we had rain and temperatures between 70 and 42 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 52 degrees. We hit a record high of 77 back in 1986.
This Google World Map looks at the percentage of each country's energy that comes from fossil fuels. Generally more developed economies rely more on fossil fuels then less developed countries.
Data Source: World Bank, World Development Index. Chart 3.6 Energy Production and Use. http://wdi.worldbank.org/table/3.6
Energy data are compiled by the International Energy Agency (IEA). IEA data for economies that are not members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are based on national energy data adjusted to conform to annual questionnaires completed by OECD member governments. Data for combustible renewables and waste are often based on small surveys or other incomplete information and thus give only a broad impression of developments and are not strictly comparable across countries. The IEA reports include country notes that explain some of these differences. All forms of energy - primary energy and primary electricity - are converted into oil equivalents. A notional thermal efficiency of 33 percent is assumed for converting nuclear electricity into oil equivalents and 100 percent efficiency for converting hydroelectric power.
The past two summers have been relatively warm and taxing on air conditioning units. I don't think they were particularly humid but they definitely were quite warm.
Data Source: Monthly Heating Degree Days, NYSERDA. https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/About/Publications/EA-Reports-and-Studies/Weather-Data/Monthly-Cooling-and-Heating-Degree-Day-Data