2017 May 04

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Albany, NY
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Good evening! Cloudy and 57 degrees in City of Albany. There is a south breeze at 13 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. No rain yet but it’s coming. Forget about the sun. The skies will clear Wednesday around 7 pm.

Tonight will likely have rain, mainly after 5am. Cloudy, with a low of 45 degrees at 5am. One degree above normal. South wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 47 degrees under cloudy skies. The record low of 29 occurred back in 1974.

Waxing Gibbous Moon tonight with 64% illuminated. The moon will set around 3:21 am. The Full “Flower” Moon is on Wednesday night with scattered showers. The sun will rise at 5:43 am with the first light at 5:12 am, which is one minute and 17 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 43 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 23 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will rain. High of 55 degrees at 3pm. 11 degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 48 at 4pm. South wind 9 to 11 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. A year ago, we had cloudy skies and a high of 58 degrees. The record high of 91 was set in 1944. There was a dusting of snow in 1900.

Not a particularly nice weekend on tap. Saturday, showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. South wind 10 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Maximum dew point of 54 at 8am. Sunday, a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Typical average high for the weekend is 67 degrees.

Been watching videos about buck converters and boost converters to further my knowledge of electronics. It’s interesting how they convert voltages in direct current. I never knew it possible but the theory behind such conversions is relatively simple. 

In four weeks on June 1 the sun will be setting at 8:26 pm, which is 27 minutes and 26 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 85 and 57 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 74 and 52 degrees. The record high of 94 degrees was set back in 1918.

Looking ahead, Twilight Zone Day is Next Thursday, June 1st is in 4 weeks, Average High is 80 is in 7 weeks, Independence Day is in 2 months, National Fried Chicken Day is in 9 weeks, Hottest Day of Year (83 Average) is in 10 weeks, Ugly Truck Day is in 11 weeks, State Fair Opens is in 16 weeks, 7:30 PM Sunset is in 17 weeks, Labor Day is in 4 months, Average High is 70 is in 20 weeks, 6:30 PM Sunset is in 5 months, Hunter’s Moon is in 22 weeks, Beaver Moon is in 6 months and Thanksgiving is in 29 weeks.

BBC: There are diseases hidden in ice, and they are waking up

"However, what would happen if we were suddenly exposed to deadly bacteria and viruses that have been absent for thousands of years, or that we have never met before? We may be about to find out. Climate change is melting permafrost soils that have been frozen for thousands of years, and as the soils melt they are releasing ancient viruses and bacteria that, having lain dormant, are springing back to life."

Don't worry, be happy !

When Politics Invades Your Workplace

"But while the traditional advice is to steer clear of politics at the office, more than half of American workers in a new survey by the American Psychological Association—54 percent—say they're talking about it with their co-workers, an uptick since the thick of the campaign in September, when the number was 48 percent. About half have had post-election conversations with people who agree with them, a third with those who don't, and 15 percent have gotten into political arguments at work, according to the survey of 1,311 part-time or full-time employees, conducted online by Harris Poll from Feb. 16 to March 18."

Map: Frank E. Jadwin Memorial State Forest – Jerdan Falls Area

Map: Frank E. Jadwin Memorial State Forest – Jerdan Falls Area

This 20,412 acre state forest, one of the largest and most diverse in New York State, spans the townships of Croghan and Diana. It was named as a memorial to former Conservation Department (now NYSDEC) District Forester Frank E. Jadwin, who was locally instrumental in the acquisition and establishment of the state forests which exist today. A memorial site and plaque was established after his death and can be found on the west side of State Route 812.

The diversity of this forest is evidenced by over 12,000 acres of natural hardwood and conifer forest, 5,000 acres of softwood plantations, 2,500 acres of ponds and wetlands, and 500 acres of brush land, historic sites, and other unique areas. Unusually large and ecologically important wetlands such as Sunday, Patchin, Pine Creek, and Compo swamps drain into trout streams including the West Branch of the Oswegatchie River, Pine Creek, Blanchard Creek, Brown Creek, and Compo Creek.

Over 18 miles of major graveled forest access roads service this forest; including the Wahalula (0.8 miles), Old Croghan 0.7 miles), Judy Cole (2.8 miles), Patchin (1.7 miles), Blanchard Creek (2.7 miles), Loop (3.2 miles), Mountain Swamp (0.3 miles), Nelson(0.8 miles), Henry (0.9 miles), Wisner (2.7 miles), Oswegatchie Corners (0.3miles), Q (1.5 miles), and Bailey Swamp (0.1 miles). Lum (0.2 miles) and PASNY (0.8 miles) are hiking trails and also allow motor vehicle access for people with disabilities by permit. Seven gravel pits exist on the forest and are used to help maintain these routes.