2017 December 09

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Good evening! The snow has stopped and it’s 27 degrees in Delmar, NY. Calm wind. I  am really surprised by the amount snow we got here in Delmar this evening, almost like 3 inches or so. Some of the local landlords have been plowing but I doubt mine will because it will warm up by morning. The skies will clear tomorrow around 9 am. Maybe tomorrow won’t be such a bad day after all. 

Tonight will have a chance of snow before 1am. Cloudy, with a low of 24 degrees at 5am. One degree above normal. Maximum wind chill around 17 at 5am; Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. In 2016, we had partly cloudy skies. It got down to 16 degrees. The record low of -4 occurred back in 1902.

Tonight will have a Waning Gibbous Moon with 51% illuminated.The moon will rise tomorrow at 12:00 am. The Last Quarter Moon will be tonight with mostly cloudy skies. The is on Wednesday night. The sun will rise at 7:14 am with the first light at 6:42 am, which is 53 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 53 minutes of darkness, an increase of 48 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a slight chance of snow showers after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high of 37 degrees at 2pm. One degrees below normal. West wind 7 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies with more clouds in the afternoon. The high last year was 29 degrees. The record high of 64 was set in 1966. 6.1 inches of snow fell back in 2014.

As I am getting really low on groceries, I found some really freezer burnt corned beef, put it in the oven then shredded it and mixed it with the box of stuffing and a can of peas I had bought a while back. Made a pretty good dinner but I’m increasingly running low on food. I was planning on going shopping this evening but with the snow and the traffic around I decided it would be best to wait until tomorrow to head out. 

Been working on some essays and writing down my thoughts on various topics for the blog. Mostly just topics where I think I have a unique perspective or want to share my thoughts with you the readers. And also just so I have a record of my thoughts. I’m thinking about doing some more video blogging in the coming year more too. 

I am slowly getting better, but I still have a nasty sounding cough and aches. But I think I will be able to return to work on Monday. This week is the holiday party at work although they also signed me up for sexual harassment training during the same time. 

Been wasting time watching some of the videos I’ve made over the past year on my dash camera. I turned on my big screen monitor for the first time in weeks and have been enjoying the memories of the places I’ve been. The dash cam videos make it possible to relive a drive without actually taking it. I can enjoy Moose River Plains or West Virginia from the comfort of my own bed. 

In four weeks on January 6 the sun will be setting at 4:38 pm, which is 16 minutes and 8 seconds later then tonight. In 2017 on that day, we had snow, partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 26 and 12 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 31 and 15 degrees. The record high of 71 degrees was set back in 2007.

Looking ahead, The Day the Music Died is in 8 weeks and April Fools Day and Easter is in 16 weeks. I can’t wait for the nicer weather of spring time to return once again.

And to all a Good night

May 2017

Mostly dash cam videos of places I saw and explored during May 2017 as part of my year in review. By May the landscape was greening up, and days were often getting quite nice. Shots of the South End, along with the Albany Pine Bush and some of the other trips that I took.

Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans ‘Foreign Waste’

"The U.S. exports about one-third of its recycling, and nearly half goes to China. For decades, China has used recyclables from around the world to supply its manufacturing boom. But this summer it declared that this "foreign waste" includes too many other nonrecyclable materials that are "dirty," even "hazardous." In a filing with the World Trade Organization the country listed 24 kinds of solid wastes it would ban "to protect China's environmental interests and people's health."

Plastic Is Everywhere And Recycling Isn’t The End Of It

"Plastic is, of course, very useful. Geyer and his colleagues found that 42 percent of plastic goes for packaging. The second-largest use is for construction, at about 20 percent. Plastic fibers, like polyester, is one of the fastest-growing uses."

"But eventually, most of it gets thrown away. In the U.S., three-quarters of discarded plastic ends up in landfills or is just lost."

Russia’s Nuclear Industry Tries To Dispel Fears Over Mysterious Radioactive Cloud

"More than two months after a mysterious radioactive cloud was detected over Europe, Russia's nuclear industry went public Friday in an attempt to dispel fears that one of its facilities had released a plume of ruthenium-106. Russia's state nuclear corporation, ROSATOM, released the findings of a special commission, which concluded that the Mayak nuclear reprocessing plant, near the border with Kazakhstan, could not have been the source of ruthenium-106, a radioactive isotope."

Google Maps: Adirondack Land Bank Admendment

While the Adirondack Land Bank Amendment passed with a 60% margin in the county, it was rejected by educational lines in the county. South End, Arbor Hill, Watervilet, and the Hilltowns, Coeymans, South Bethlehem vote almost as a block against the amendment (light pink), while Pine Hills, Delmar, Altamont, Guilderland, Loudonville voted in favor of Adirondack Land Bank Amendment (green/dark green).

Police Officers Killed in the Line Of Duty

With crime rates dropping, safer police cars and more police officers wearing seat belts, fewer police officers are dying in the line of duty then in years past. At the same time, the number of police officers has increased, so deaths per capita of police officers has dropped to one of the lowest numbers on record.

Data Source: National Police Officers Memorial. Officer Deaths per Year. http://www.nleomf.org/facts/officer-fatalities-data/year.html