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Albany Pine Bush
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NYS Census - Population
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Rapp Road Landfills, Total Tonnage

The Rapp Road Landfill has been expanded five times since 1969. The original landfill lasted for 25 years, it operated along with the OGS Refused Derived Steam Plant between 1983-1993, which burned shredded trash. The landfill received the ash from the burned trash. It is the biggest landfill in tonnage, followed by the 2000-2010 P4 Landfill, which took in nearly as much in a decade as the Rapp Road Landfill the previous 25 years.

The GAL was unlined; the DEC allowed incinerator ash in the unlined portion until the closure of ANSWERS in 1993. The GAL is entirely capped, they have test plots on parts of it, and is being developed into a Pine Bush compatible habitat.

Albany Interim Landfill was the first lined landfill, which first took in incinerator bypass waste and certain other municipal solid wastes. The AIL was located to the north of the GAL, near the trailer park. That's what the overlap.

The AIL "Wedge" was the landfill located between the GAL and AIL. P4 Expansion was a mostly vertical expansion on tap of the GAL and AIL.

The Eastern Expansion (aka P5) was to the North and East of P4 Expansion. It took about 10 acres of unprotected Albany Pine Bush -- the city charges a $10 ton tipping fee, which is financing the $25 million restoration of the trailer park and the more controversial "Pine Bush like" landfill cap.

Data Source: NYSDEC Annual Solid Waste Facility Reports, 2016. ftp://ftp.dec.state.ny.us/dshm/SWMF/Annual%20Reports_Solid%20Waste%20Management%20Facility/Annual%20Reports_by%20Activity%20Type/Landfill/Landfill%20Annual%20Reports%20-%202016/R4/01S02_Albany_SWMF_msw_R4_2016.2017-03-01.AR.pdf

Good evening! That Thursday before Memorial Day Weekend.  Light rain and 57 degrees in City of Albany. There is a east-northeast breeze at 8 mph. The dew point is 51 degrees. 0.19 inches of rain is expected before it ends tomorrow around 1 am. 

Going to be a fairly wet evening. Hopefully it will drier tomorrow and traffic won’t be such a slog. Things really aren’t moving well tonight traffic wise with the rain. I guess that is to be expected. I’m hoping the rain will lighten up later on, so I can put the kayak on the roof of my truck. 

The sun will set at 8:21 pm with dusk around 8:54 pm, which is 54 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for rain and 57 degrees. The dew point will be 51 degrees. There will be a east breeze at 10 mph.

This afternoon will have showers likely, mainly before 5pm. Cloudy, with a high of 57 degrees at 4pm. Nine degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 51 at 4pm. East wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 88 degrees. The record high of 94 was set in 2010. There was a dusting of snow in 1953.

New Moon tonight. The First Quarter Moon is next Thursday. The Full “Strawberry” Moon is on Friday, June 9th. The sun will rise at 5:23 am with the first light at 4:49 am, which is 42 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and one minute of darkness, a decrease of one minute and 34 seconds over last night.

Tonight will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11pm. Low of 52 degrees at 4am. Two degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 51 at 8pm. East wind 6 to 10 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 58 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. The record low of 38 occurred back in 1972.

Not a particularly nice weekend on tap. Saturday, mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Maximum dew point of 55 at 8pm. Sunday, mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. Maximum dew point of 57 at 7pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 73 degrees.

In four weeks on June 22 the sun will be setting at 8:36 pm, which is 15 minutes and 47 seconds later then today. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 77 and 52 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 80 and 59 degrees. The record high of 95 degrees was set back in 1954.

Looking ahead, June 1st is Next Thursday, Average High is 80 is in 4 weeks, National Fried Chicken Day is in 6 weeks, Hottest Day of Year (83 Average) is in 7 weeks, Ugly Truck Day is in 8 weeks, State Fair Opens is in 13 weeks, 7:30 PM Sunset is in 14 weeks, Average High is 70 is in 17 weeks, More Night Then Day in Albany is in 4 months, Hunter’s Moon is in 19 weeks, Thanksgiving is in 26 weeks and Christmas is in 7 months.

Weekly Rain Accumulation

It looks like we might be in for another inch of rain in the next week. Half inch of rain between now and tomorrow afternoon, then a break, and some more rain come Sunday afternoon into Memorial Day.

Blue is new rain. Gray bars represent clouds, with no new accumulation, yellow bars represent sun, which will start to dry things out.

Buoyed by State Aid, U.S. Nuclear Plant Still Fails at Auction

Apparently in states where they don't hand out subsidies to nuclear plant operators like their Halloween candy, they aren't doing so hot.

"Exelon’s Three Mile Island station, scene of the worst accident in the history of U.S. commercial nuclear energy, may not be so lucky. After failing to clear at the past three PJM auctions, the plant is at risk of early retirement. It hasn’t made a profit in five years and remains “economically challenged” given the lack of federal or Pennsylvania energy policies that value zero-emissions nuclear power, the company said."

NY State vs Federal Minimum Wage

Both the Federal Government and New York State set a minimum wage for workers. Right now the state's minimum wage is $9.70 (upstate) while the federal minimum wage is $7.25. This is the largest discrepancy between federal and state minimum wages, at least since 1968.

Data Sources:

U.S. Department of Labor, Federal Minimum Wage Rate under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act [STTMINWGFG], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/STTMINWGFG, February 22, 2017.

U.S. Department of Labor, State Minimum Wage Rate for New York [STTMINWGNY], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/STTMINWGNY, February 21, 2017.

Population Change for NY’s Largest Municipalities, 2010 vs 1970

This interactive chart shows the change of population for 50 largest municipalities in New York State as of 2010, comparing the 2010 US Census Population to the 1970 US Census population. About half of the large municipalities have lost population, while half have gained population. Most of the municipalities who have lost population are upstate cities, while large suburban town, especially downstate, have gained population. Data Source: US Census Total Population County, 2010 vs 1970.