2018 January 15

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Good evening! Partly cloudy and 16 degrees in Delmar, NY. 🌚☁🌠Calm wind. The skies will clear Wednesday around 2 pm. Kind of a chilly night, I just ran outside to grab my headphones from the truck. 🎧 I guess they are now talking about quite a fair amount of snow tomorrow, maybe 4-9 inches. ❄❄❄

It looks like we will have some snow tomorrow, but NOAA isn’t as optimistic as mom and some other sources. My truck is still parked in it’s special winter spot, assuming that plowable snow will be coming this week. Besides moving my truck before the snow, it doesn’t really impact me much because the buses run snow or no snow.🚍🚌 I’ll check the real-time bus info before I leave and if it’s bad wear my boots. 👢

Tonight will have a chance of snow, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 15 degrees at 11pm. One degree above normal. Maximum wind chill around 9 at 11pm; Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. In 2017, we had clear skies. It got down to 14 degrees. The record low of -16 occurred back in 1971.

Tonight is the New Moon.🌑 The Blue  Moon is on Tuesday, January 30th. The sun will rise at 7:22 am with the first light at 6:51 am, which is 30 seconds earlier than yesterday. Still pretty dark in the morning but it’s getting lighter a bit earlier. Tonight will have 14 hours and 33 minutes of darkness, a decrease of one minute and 42 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will snow likely, mainly after 9am. ❄Cloudy, with a high of 30 degrees at 3pm. Typical for Tomorrow. South wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies. The high last year was 39 degrees. The record high of 62 was set in 1995. 15.1 inches of snow fell back in 1945.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, partly sunny, with a high near 43. ☀ Sunday, mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. ⛅Typical average high for the weekend is 30 degrees. That’s a nice break from the cold every weekend lately. 😀

Hiking at Holt Preserve is always a treat, it’s on the way to my parents house. Hiked up to Upper Copeland Road for a bit to take in the views, along with the other overlooks. I’ve posted some photos, I’ll post more tomorrow. 📷🚶

Went out to my parents house for dinner.🍲 Mom still makes pretty good pork roast after all these years. Always a good dinner. 

Did my wash, cleaned up the kitchen, vacuumed, and are pretty much ready for the week ahead. 📝💼 Fortunately it’s only a four day week. It’s getting late, I should think about bed soon. 

Almost ordered a five pack of Arduino Nano microprocessor boards, but then I saw if I ordered three different products from the company I would get 10% off. I always like saving money. Almost bought some SD card readers for Arduino and a few more of the Max7219 modules but held off. I want to make more progress on my countdown clock before I build more things. 

Also spent more time researching plexiglass and acrylic sheet for building cases.  Dad suggested that I go to the hardware store to study what thickness I need and maybe buy some locally and then later on get colorized acrylic sheet. Acrylic sheet is fairly expensive but it looks like if I go with 3 mm or 0.08 inch it can be affordable assuming it’s durable enough for a case. I asked online and did some searching but I’m struggling with a good answer. I’m also worried that I can accurately enough cut the sheet at home and glue it with epoxy or hot glue. Well if the clear 3 mm appears acceptable at Lowe’s, I’ll buy it along with a scoring tool and try it out. The 3 mm sheets are only $12 for 20×25″ or something like that. 

In four weeks on February 12 the sun will be setting at 5:24 pm, which is 36 minutes and 5 seconds later then tonight. In 2017 on that day, we had snow, heavy fog, freezing fog, mist, skies and temperatures between 31 and 23 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 34 and 17 degrees. The record high of 55 degrees was set back in 1932.😨

Looking ahead, National Hot Sauce Day is in 1 weeks, 35th Birthday is in 2 weeks, Presidents Day is in 5 weeks, Memorial Day is in 19 weeks, Labor Day is in 33 weeks and Columbus Day is in 38 weeks.🍂

🐵🐸Only 129 days remain until the start of Memorial Day Weekend!🌻🌳

Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour – “Flush To Finish”

A very interesting video on how wastewater is turned into clean water at a typical sewage treatment plant ...

Most sewage treatment is biological (natural bacteria) encouraged by heat and stirring up of the sewage. Then there is screening. Chemicals are used very sparingly in sewage treatment, due to the the risk of chlorine disinfection byproducts, which cause cancer.

Google Maps: Waste Water Treatment Plants Of New York State

Do you live in a place that is hooked up to a sewer? This map shows the location of the outflows from every permitted sewage treatment in New York State., along with a detailed listing of the technologies used at each sewage treatment plant. Light blue are small plants, yellow and green are mid-size while red are very large sewage treatment plants.

Data Source: Current Descriptive Data of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants. https://data.ny.gov/Energy-Environment/Current-Descriptive-Data-of-Municipal-Wastewater-T/g5a2-qa6a