There’s Nothing Wrong with Rolling Coal

"It’s true that the black carbon emissions are among the more toxic air pollutants and also a major source of climate change. But rolling coal is not likely to have much of an environmental impact. Especially when compared to say, industrial factories, or deforestation, or the 3 billion coal and biomass cooking stoves that people are using worldwide."

Good morning! Happy Tuesday from the Monongehela National Forest. Finally things are thawing out and melting under deep blue skies here, 37 degrees outside of Davis, WV. Calm wind.

I woke up this morning and I was cold. Everything was so damp and icy, I was shivering pretty bad despite being under the covers. The dampness of last night, plus the normal water vapor from breath turned everything to a layer of icy mix. Not unexpected but after the warm weather of the past few days it felt really cold. When the sun came up under the brilliant blue skies things warmed up a lot. I think it’s going to be a good day. 

I’m one my second pot of coffee so I probably shouldn’t drive too far today or I’ll be always looking for places to piss with my weak bladder. That said, I plan to stay fairly local at least through tonight and maybe multiple days because I get tired of taking down and setting up camp, especially when I have such a nice site. Maybe I should stop having a camping set up that makes the gilded folks heading west look rustic. Finally cooked up some eggs for breakfast now just sitting by the heater, staying warm. I think it will be a reasonably nice day so I’m just kind of hanging out and relaxing before I head out for the day later on. 

Today will be sunny, with a high of 56 degrees at 2pm. Three degrees below normal. Calm wind becoming west around 6 mph in the morning.  A pretty beautiful morning and a good day on tap. but a bit cold. A year ago, we had cloudy skies. The high last year was 70 degrees. The record high of 85 was set in 1947. There was a dusting of snow in 1970.

The sun will set at 6:35 pm with dusk around 7:02 pm, which is one minute and 25 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for clear conditions and 52 degrees. There will be a west breeze at 5 mph. Today will have 11 hours and 4 minutes of daytime, a decrease of 2 minutes and 26 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be clear, with a low of 38 degrees at 5am. One degrees below normal. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph after midnight. In 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies, clearing in the early hours of the next day. It got down to 57 degrees. The record low of 22 occurred back in 1978.

Looking ahead, there are 3 weeks until Election Day 2017 when the sun will be setting at 5:09 pm with dusk at 5:37 pm (Standard Time) here in West Virginia. About 25 minutes of earlier back in Albany. On that day in 2016, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 53 and 28 degrees. I remember that day it was nice. Typically, the high temperature is 51 degrees. We hit a record high of 75 back in 1938.