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Nameplate Capacity of Installed Wind Power, 2016

Nameplate Capacity of Installed Wind Power - 2016. INCOMPLETE DATA.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an early release of the final EIA-860 data for calendar year 2016. The early release is provided for the express purpose of providing immediate access to individual plant and generator data for analysts who use this type of information. The data has not been fully edited and is inappropriate for aggregation, such as to state or national totals. Also, in some cases, data for a certain number of plants and generators has been excluded from this early release pending further data validation. Final, complete, and fully-edited data will be released by EIA later in 2017. Questions or comments regarding this data release should be directed to infoelectric@eia.gov.

Data Source: Preliminary EIA-860 Data for 2016. https://www.eia.gov/electricity/data/eia860/

Change in Hourly Wages, Compared to One Year Ago (Cents)

Today the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the average hourly wage has increased by 63 cents an hour compared to last year. How does that compare to recent years? It seems like wage growth remains quite healthy.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Average Hourly Earnings of All Employees: Total Private [CEU0500000003], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/CEU0500000003, November 3, 2017. Comparison of this year's average hourly earning compared to one year ago in cents.

Trump administration report attributes climate change to ‘human activities’

"A significant federal government study released Friday finds "no convincing alternative explanation" for the changing climate other than "human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases."

"This assessment concludes, based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th Century. For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence," the report said.

Happy Weekend! Going home time.  Drive home safely and you’ll be able to enjoy your weekend.  Last evening commute at 5 pm until late January where the sun will still be up. Set your clock back an hour on Sunday. Partly clear and 57 degrees in Delmar. Breezy, 16 mph breeze from the west-northwest with gusts up to 29 mph. The dew point is 46 degrees. It’s a bit chilly with that breeze and not as much clearing as I would have hoped this evening. Maybe later. 

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low of 36 degrees at 6am. One degree above normal. Northwest wind 11 to 16 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph. In 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies. It got down to 31 degrees. The record low of 17 occurred back in 1951.

Tonight is the Beaver Moon. It is going to be cool but clear, so get out and enjoy it. The sun will rise at 7:33 am with the first light at 7:03 am, which is one minute and 16 seconds later than yesterday. I believe tomorrow is the latest sunrise of the year for Albany but I would have to check that against the times in January.  Tonight will have 13 hours and 49 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 29 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be partly sunny, with a high of 50 degrees at 3pm. Three degrees below normal. Northeast wind 3 to 5 mph. With the sun, especially in the morning it shouldn’t be too cold. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies. The high last year was 53 degrees. The record high of 76 was set in 1994. There was a dusting of snow in 2006.

Looking ahead to Sunday, showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 57. South wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Typical average high for the weekend is 53 degrees.

In four weeks on December 1 the sun will be setting at 4:22 pm (Standard Time), which is one hour and 22 minutes earlier then today. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, mist, cloudy skies and temperatures between 50 and 37 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 41 and 27 degrees. The record high of 67 degrees was set back in 1934. I find it hard to accept that we are now four weeks out from December. And three from Buy Nothing Day, which means it will be a four day weekend for me, which is nice. 

I am continuing to research things I can build off the Arduino platform. It looks like for the hobbyist building relatively simple circuits, I can just move my projects from the breadboards over to perf board and solder them together for permanent ongoing uses, like the LED color changing lamp and Election Day countdown clock im building. EBay has different plastic and aluminum cases I could mount the perf board in. 

Looking ahead, Cold Moon is a month away and Election Day 2020 is in 35 months.

Trump administration releases report finding ‘no convincing alternative explanation’ for climate change

"The Trump administration released a dire scientific report Friday detailing the growing threats of climate change. The report stands in stark contrast to the administration’s efforts to downplay humans’ role in global warming, withdraw from an international climate accord and reverse Obama-era policies aimed at curbing America’s greenhouse-gas output."

"The White House did not seek to prevent the release of the government’s National Climate Assessment, which is mandated by law, despite the fact that its findings sharply contradict the administration’s policies. The report affirms that climate change is driven almost entirely by human action, warns of potential sea level rise as high as 8 feet by the year 2100, and enumerates myriad climate-related damages across the United States that are already occurring due to 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit of global warming since 1900."

Map: Whitaker Swamp State Forest

Map: Whitaker Swamp State Forest

Whitacker Swamp State Forest covers 812 acres near Deposit, NY. A 2.2-mile multiple use trail runs through the forest and connects the two main access points; there is a place to pull off the road at both ends of the trail. The multiple use trail is open for hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, horseback riding and mountain biking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmL_D6f6P2E
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/8093.html