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Good evening! Rain and 36 degrees in City of Albany. There is a east breeze at 7 mph. The skies will clear Sunday around 4 am. A rather cold and wet ending to our week. More sun on Sunday, but it will be cold for start of April.

Tonight will rain before 1am, then rain, snow, and sleet. Low of 34 degrees at 6am. Two degrees above normal. Northeast wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total nighttime snow and sleet accumulation of less than one inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 42 degrees with periods of rain. The record low of 9 occurred back in 1923.

Waxing Crescent Moon tonight with 31% illuminated. The moon will set around 12:23 am. The First Quarter Moon is on Monday night with rain is likely expected. The Full “Pink” Moon is on Tuesday, April 11th. The sun will rise at 6:36 am with the first light at 6:08 am, which is one minute and 44 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 11 hours and 14 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 52 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will rain and snow, becoming all rain after 10am. High of 40 degrees at 3pm. 12 degrees below normal. North wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. A year ago, we had rain and a high of 70 degrees. The record high of 77 was set in 1986. 5 inches of snow fell back in 1924.

On Sunday, look for mostly sunny skies, with a high near 49. Northwest wind 6 to 11 mph. Typical average high for the weekend is 52 degrees.

In four weeks on April 28 the sun will be setting at 7:52 pm, which is 31 minutes and 54 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 58 and 35 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 64 and 42 degrees. The record high of 92 degrees was set back in 1990.

Looking ahead, Good Friday is in 2 weeks, Arbor Day is in 4 weeks, Cinco de Mayo is in 5 weeks and Memorial Day Weekend is in 8 weeks.

Trading One Bad Map for Another?

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Climate Progress, With or Without Trump

"President Trump’s unfortunate and misguided rollback of environmental protections has led to a depressing and widespread belief that the United States can no longer meet its commitment under the Paris climate change agreement. But here’s the good news: It’s wrong.

No matter what roadblocks the White House and Congress throw up, the United States can — and I’m confident, will — meet the commitment it made in Paris in 2015 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet. Let me explain why, and why correcting the false perception is so important."