Happy Weekend! Partly cloudy and 3 degrees in Delmar, NY. Breezy, 18 mph breeze from the west-northwest with gusts up to 30 mph. The current wind chill is -17. The skies will clear around 10 pm. I guess it’s pretty cold out this evening but I don’t know, I wore gloves and a face mask so it didn’t feel all that cold. Also helped that the bus was on time and real time bus info was accurate. 

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of -5 degrees at 5am. 21 degrees below normal. Maximum wind chill around -25 at 5am; Northwest wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. In 2017, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 12 degrees. The record low of -19 occurred back in 1996.

Tonight will have a Waning Gibbous Moon with 78% illuminated with 32 rising at 9:09 pm. The moon will set tomorrow at 10:38 am. The Last Quarter Moon is on Sunday night with a chance of snow. The Blue Moon is on Tuesday, January 30th. The sun will rise at 7:25 am with the first light at 6:53 am, which is 6 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 48 minutes of darkness, a decrease of one minute and 7 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and cold, with a high of 2 degrees at 12pm. Cold day, 28 degrees below normal. Maximum wind chill around -26 at 6am; Northwest wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies. The high last year was 26 degrees. Shrug, it’s winter. The record high of 71 was set in 2007. 12.7 inches of snow fell back in 2002.

Looking ahead to Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 14. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Bundling up, that should be fine weather for skiing.   Typical average high for the weekend is 31 degrees.

This weekend I will finish up my LED driver project, fixing the dead pixels on the strip and finishing packaging that up. Tomorrow I plan to run to Walmart to buy a couple of sheets of foam board, and exacto knife and paint so I can work on my LED sign board next. I was hoping that the MAX7219 modules would arrive for the weekend so I could work on that too but that was not to be. In preparation though I plan to splice a USB cable I have to power them. 

Not sure when I am going to get out camping again, but certainly not this weekend. Maybe if it warms up for the Martin Luther King Weekend, I’ll be able to get our camping. A lot will depend on the weather. If not, I’ll just have to wait a few more weeks. Eventually the weather will moderate, and indeed I expect a much warmer second half of the month. 

But other than that I’m tired and will head to bed early tonight. Tomorrow besides running to Walmart, I’ll bundle up and walk down to the library for a few hours. I think I was originally going to meet my parents for lunch but with the cold weather, I just don’t know of they’re up to it. That’s fine, I just kind of want to relax this weekend. 

During lunch time, I walked for about 45 minutes in the concourse, but I conced I should be doing more. Well at least I bought a lot of veggies the last time I went to the store. Maybe I should ride the exercise bike for a while this evening. 

Traffic heading out of city has been a breeze, I should be home shortly. When I get home, I’ll turn up the electric heat upstairs and the gas up a few more degrees downstairs, as I’m sure it hasn’t kept up with the cold temperatures. The electric heats up quickly but for safety and conserving  I don’t leave it on when I’m not home. Sixty is plenty warm for me, anything above that seems a bit too warm for my tastes to say nothing of my budget.   

In four weeks on February 2 the sun will be setting at 5:11 pm, which is 33 minutes and 56 seconds later then tonight. In 2017 on that day, we had snow, mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 35 and 18 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 32 and 15 degrees. The record high of 53 degrees was set back in 1981.

Looking ahead, Ground Hog Day is in 4 weeks, Good Friday is in 12 weeks and Memorial Day Weekend Starts is in 20 weeks. Spring will come, I tell myself. 

Only 139 days remain until the start of Memorial Day Weekend!

Average Snow on Ground at Albany International Airport, 1997-2017

In the past 20 years, Albany has the bulk of it's snow in the months of January, February, March. February by far is the month when you bound to see snow on the ground, especially the first two weeks of February. Then the average snow tapers off, with somewhat likelihood of snow during the last two weeks of March, as winter's last breaths try to blow a bit of fury. April some years has some snow on the ground, but it's more likely to be a dusting then anything else.

Note: There is no recorded snow on the ground at the Albany International Airport between the months of May through September between the years of 1997-2017.

Gonzales v. Raich – Wikipedia

I predict that the Supreme Court will over-turn Gonzales v. Raich in the next few years, as the Trump administration goes after state marijuana laws. I have a feeling that Neil Gorsch will take a the opposite (libertarian) position to Anthony Scalia, and Kennedy will retire or pass away, and Trump will appoint another justice. Or one or more liberals will flip. Either way, it will strike a rod through the heart of Wickard v. Filburn, which allowed the federal government to regulate grain grown by farmers for consumption by livestock on-farm.

While many conservatives will like to see Heart of Atlanta be overturned, I think that's unlikely because that's a clear case of interstate commerce, with 75% of Heart of Atlanta Motel visitors coming from out of state. The part of Heart of Atlanta relating to the whites-only Lester Maddox's Pickrick restaurant is more questionable if that restaurant wasn't as widely used by interstate travelers, instead relying on claims that the Pickrick bought food and restaurant supplies from out-of-state, therefore being subject to Civil Rights Act.

Map: Applachian Region Of New York State

Map: Applachian Region Of New York State

Appalachia (/ˌæpəˈlætʃə, -ˈleɪtʃə/) is a cultural region in the Eastern United States that stretches from the Southern Tier of New York to northern Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. While the Appalachian Mountains stretch from Belle Isle (Newfoundland and Labrador) in Canada to Cheaha Mountain in Alabama, the cultural region of Appalachia typically refers only to the central and southern portions of the range. As of the 2010 United States Census, the region was home to approximately 25 million people.

How Donald Trump and Roy Cohn’s Ruthless Symbiosis Changed America

"In 1973, a brash young would-be developer from Queens met one of New York’s premier power brokers: Roy Cohn, whose name is still synonymous with the rise of McCarthyism and its dark political arts. With the ruthless attorney as a guide, Trump propelled himself into the city’s power circles and learned many of the tactics that would inexplicably lead him to the White House years later."

As we head into the second week of January, the sun is starting to set noticeably later.  While it still will be a few weeks before the sun sets at 8 PM, it’s clear that the days are getting longer. Spring will happen eventually for sure!

Upcoming Sunsets:

4:45 pm sunset – Friday, January 12
5:00 pm sunset – Wednesday, January 24
5:15 pm sunset – Sunday, February 4
5:30 pm sunset – Friday, February 16
5:45 pm sunset – Wednesday, February 28
Daylight Savings Time Begins – Sunset on Sunday, March 11 is at 6:57 pm
7:00 pm sunset – Monday, March 12
7:15 pm sunset – Sunday, March 25
7:30 pm sunset – Saturday, April 7
7:45 pm sunset – Saturday, April 21
8:00 pm sunset – Friday, May 4
8:15 pm sunset – Friday, May 18