“The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where” 

Continuing on the Hollies theme, Good Morning! Happy Tuesday. Next Tuesday the Altamont Fair Opens.  A rather damp morning but the rain has stopped. 70 degrees now. For a while last night it rained a fair bit and it was quite wet when I ran to the store. My sinuses were rather plugged but I bought some Sudafed and now they aren’t so plugged but despite getting a good amount of sleep I still feel a bit groggy this morning.

Already there has been some breaks of sun and the next few work days are expected to be quite nice. Of course the key there is they are work days and I’ll be stuck in the office. And then clouds and rain for the weekend. It seems like we can’t ever get a break from rainy Saturdays. That’s why I head out anytime the weather looks half decent.

I’ve been studying my options for replacement kayak paddles, as I want to be able to get out kayaking the next decent weekend we get. I am thinking about upgrading to fiberglass, as they may be a bit more durable. But things don’t look great. So far, the early predictions for this weekend don’t look good, but I guess I can stay in town.

Mostly cloudy today with some more sun later, with a high of 77 degrees at 5pm. Five degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 62 at 10am. Northwest wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies. The high last year was 84 degrees. The record high of 95 was set in 1983.

The sun will set at 8:05 pm with dusk around 8:36 pm, which is one minute and 20 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly clear conditions and 69 degrees. The dew point will be 58 degrees. There will be a west-northwest breeze at 8 mph. Today will have 14 hours and 10 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 23 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low of 53 degrees at 5am. Eight degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 58 at 6pm. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight. In 2016, we had clear skies. It got down to 57 degrees. The record low of 46 occurred back in 1989.

Last night, I put together several new maps for the blog. I will be featuring them over the next few weeks. Some are totally new content, others are just reworking of existing map. I know I haven’t had a lot of new maps over the past few weeks, but now I’m going to get caught back up.

As previously noted, next Tuesday is Altamont Fair Opens when the sun will be setting at 7:56 pm with dusk at 8:26 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 83 and 66 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 81 degrees. We hit a record high of 96 back in 1959.

West Virginia governor wants federal incentives to boost Appalachian coal use

Welfare recipients are the worse. They keep demanding more and more taxpayer dollars.

"West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) is proposing a federal homeland security incentive he says would help ensure the security of the Eastern power grid, as well as preserve coal jobs in Eastern states, WV Metro News reports. The proposed incentive would pay utilities $15 for each ton of coal they burn from fields in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. The aim would be to provide an incentive for utilities to burn Central Appalachian or Northern Appalachian coal as a safeguard against potential disruptions such as bombings of pipelines or bridge used to transport natural gas or Western coal, according to Gov. Justice. "

How The Dream Of America’s ‘Nuclear Renaissance’ Fizzled

"A decade ago, utility executives and policymakers dreamed of a clean energy future powered by a new generation of cheap, safe nuclear reactors. Projects to expand existing nuclear plants in South Carolina and Georgia were supposed to be the start of the “nuclear renaissance.”

"But following the decision last week by two utilities to scrap the expansion at the Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Generating Station in South Carolina, that vision is in tatters. There’s now just one nuclear expansion project left in the country, its future is also uncertain."