2017 December 13

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Good evening! It’s the deep and dark off the winter with the roads and sidewalks encrusted with salt. I tell you it’s so bad downtown that you can taste the salt on your lips from the passing cars kicking up the salt. Partly clear and 21 degrees in Delmar, NY. Breezy, 23 mph breeze from the west-northwest with gusts up to 40 mph. The current wind chill is 5. It was fairly cold waiting out for the bus although I no longer go outside until 5:13 or later depending on what the real time bus info says. 

Tonight will have a slight chance of snow showers before 7pm, then a chance of snow showers after 11pm. Increasing clouds, with a low of 14 degrees at 5am. Eight degrees below normal. Maximum wind chill around 6 at 7pm; West wind 9 to 14 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. In 2016, we had cloudy skies with some clearing in the early hours of the next day. It got down to 19 degrees. The record low of -5 occurred back in 1898.

Tonight will have a Waning Crescent Moon with 15% illuminated.The moon will rise tomorrow at 3:35 am. The New Moon is on Sunday night. The sun will rise at 7:17 am with the first light at 6:45 am, which is 45 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 55 minutes of darkness, an increase of 32 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high of 26 degrees at 1pm. 10 degrees below normal. Light southwest wind becoming northwest 10 to 15 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Going to be a cold day. A year ago, we had partly cloudy skies. The high last year was 33 degrees. The record high of 63 was set in 1901. 12.5 inches of snow fell back in 1956.

I took tomorrow off from work. I don’t have am plans except to do some cooking for the Christmas party at work. I still haven’t decided for sure what I will make but I’m leaning towards a chicken salad type dish. I will have to go shopping tomorrow. 

I am just having an awful time getting that lead free solder to stick. I remember that I think I have leaded electrical solder downstairs so I think I’ll see if I can find that, and if it will work. I also have some extra flux that I might be able to coat the lead free solder with. I’ve tried increasing the iron output but that seems to get the flux too hot and boiling off, preventing it from sticking. I’ll figure this out eventually. 

A cold but fairly sunny weekend on tap. Saturday, partly sunny, with a high near 31. Sunday, partly sunny, with a high near 31. Typical average high for the weekend is 36 degrees. Save the Pine Bush hike on Saturday at 9:30 than my family Christmas party thereafter. Then the following weekend is Christmas. Can you believe that? 

I bought a small promoted event on Facebook for the Save the Pine Bush hike. It will be interesting to see if more people will see the event and show up for the hike. 

In four weeks on January 10 the sun will be setting at 4:42 pm, which is 19 minutes and 50 seconds later then tonight. In 2017 on that day, we had rain, snow, cloudy skies and temperatures between 38 and 17 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 30 and 14 degrees. The record high of 55 degrees was set back in 2016.

Looking ahead, State of the State Day is in 3 weeks, Coldest Day of Year (Avg. 14-30 degrees) is in 4 weeks, Blue Moon is in 7 weeks, February Save the Pine Bush Dinner – 40th Anniversary is in 10 weeks, Independence Day is in 29 weeks and Inaugeration Day 2021 is in 162 weeks.

World Bank to end financial support for oil and gas exploration

Only 20 years too late ....

"The World Bank will end its financial support for oil and gas exploration within the next two years in response to the growing threat posed by climate change. In a statement that delighted campaigners opposed to fossil fuels, the Bank used a conference in Paris to announce that it “will no longer finance upstream oil and gas” after 2019. The Bank ceased lending for coal-fired power stations in 2010 but has been under pressure from lobby groups also to halt the $1bn (£750m) a year it has been lending for oil and gas in developing countries."

The Bank said it saw the need to change the way it was operating in a “rapidly changing world”, adding that it was on course to have 28% of its lending going to climate action by 2020. At present, 1-2% of the Bank’s $280bn portfolio is accounted for by oil and gas projects."

How The U.S. Defines Race And Ethnicity May Change Under Trump

I am inclined to say having accurate categories based on how people self-identify is more important then protecting the census from nefarious purposes. Never has the privacy of the census been broken to reveal individual identities, even during World War II during the interment, Japanese Americans were not targeted by individual households but were targeted by the blocks they lived -- Wartime Security Zones targeted whole Japanese neighborhoods, not just individual persons of Japanese descent.

Acres of State DEC Land by County

Roughly 1/3rd of the DEC's State Land is located in Hamilton and Essex Counties. The Adirondack and Catskill Forest counties are other top locations for state lands, e.g. Herkimer, Warren, Franklin, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Ulster and Greene counties. Chenango, Delaware (partially Forest Preserve), Clinton (partially Forest Preserve), Oswego, and Allegany are top non-forest preserve counties for state land.