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Federal Government Revenue Sources, by Percentage

Federal government since World War II has become more reliant on the income tax and social insurance and retirement taxes, rather then the corporate income tax for funding its purposes. This data was not avaliable on the new Trump OMB website, however it was on the old Obama site. For years after fiscal year 2016, these the numbers are estimates.

Data Source: Historical Tables, Table 2.2—Percentage Composition of Receipts by Source: 1934–2021. https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/omb/budget/Historicals

Weekly Rain Accumulation

It's going to be very wet on Friday, going into the weekend, with 1 1/4 inches of rain expected to hit Albany through Sunday morning. It's good, as it will make a lot of progress towards our monthly rain total, especially if the second half of the month dries out as expected.

Good morning! What day is it? Hump Day, of course. Two weeks to Pack Rat Day. Drizzle and 51 degrees in Delmar. There is a west breeze at 11 mph. Not great weather for using your umbrella, so you might get a little wet this morning. The good news is that the rain isn’t expected to last. The skies will clear around 3 pm.

Today will have a slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high of 55 degrees at 2pm. 11 degrees below normal. West wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had rain, drizzle, mist and a high of 55 degrees. The record high of 89 was set in 2001. There was a dusting of snow in 1986.

The sun will set at 7:58 pm with dusk around 8:29 pm, which is one minute and 7 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly clear conditions and 51 degrees. There will be a west-northwest breeze at 14 mph. Today will have 14 hours and 12 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 25 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have patchy frost after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low of 34 degrees at 5am. 10 degrees below normal. Northwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming light after midnight. In 2016, it got down to 48 degrees with periods of rain and drizzle and mist. The record low of 28 occurred back in 1985.

As previously noted, there are 2 weeks until Pack Rat Day when the sun will be setting at 8:13 pm with dusk at 8:46 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 66 and 40 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 70 degrees. We hit a record high of 89 back in 1977.

It looks like the weekend is in sight, Doesn’t look that great weather wise but it’s still black fly season. Subsequent weekends look better based on the climate modeling for the 8-14 day and experimental 3-4 week outlook. It will be Memorial Day aka the unofficial start of summer before you know it. 

Today in 1963, the police force in Birmingham, AL responds with violent force to stop the “Birmingham campaign” protesters. Images of the violent suppression are transmitted worldwide, bringing new-found attention to the Civil Rights Movement. And in 1973, 108-story Sears Tower in Chicago is topped out at 1,451 feet as the world’s tallest building.

On that note, this blog post is ending. Have a great day.