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Good evening! Partly clear and 66 degrees in Delmar. There is a south-southeast breeze at 5 mph. The dew point is 50 degrees. Not a half bad evening. Bought food and supplies for the weekend camping trip, gased up the truck so I’m ready. 

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 54 degrees at 4am. Four degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 50 at 10pm. South wind around 6 mph. In 2016, it got down to 51 degrees with rain and shallow fog and patches of fog and mist and partly cloudy skies. The record low of 30 occurred back in 1956.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 4% illuminated. The moon will rise around 4:14 am. The New Moon will be tomorrow with showers expected. The Full “Strawberry” Moon is on Friday, June 9th. Local strawberries are good. The sun will rise at 5:23 am with the first light at 4:50 am, which is 43 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 2 minutes of darkness, a decrease of one minute and 38 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will rain, mainly after 11am. Otherwise cloudy, with a high of 64 degrees at 3pm. Eight degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 52 at 3pm. East wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. A year ago, we had rain, shallow fog, patches of fog, mist, partly cloudy skies and a high of 88 degrees. The record high of 94 was set in 1981.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Maximum dew point of 54 at 8pm. That’s going to be a very nice day. Sunday, a chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Maximum dew point of 56 at 11am. Typical average high for the weekend is 73 degrees.

In four weeks on June 21 the sun will be setting at 8:36 pm, which is 16 minutes and 31 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had thunderstorm, rain, mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 80 and 56 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 79 and 58 degrees. The record high of 97 degrees was set back in 1938.

Looking ahead, Flag Day is in 3 weeks, Summer is in 4 weeks, Latest Sunset of Year (8:37 PM) is in 1 months, Last Day with Average High of 80 is in 13 weeks, State Fair Opens is in 3 months, Harvest Moon is in 15 weeks, 6:30 PM Sunset is in 19 weeks, Coldest Day of Year (Avg. 14-30 degrees) is in 33 weeks and Inaugeration Day 2021 is in 191 weeks.

On this Wednesday before the long Memorial Day Weekend we are at 58 degrees on our way up to 75 degrees with more sun later. It should be not half bad Hump Day. Assuming that I get out of work at a reasonable hour, I plan to gas up my truck and buy food and supplies for the camping trip. Maybe get the kayak racks put on.

The sun will set at 8:20 pm with dusk around 8:53 pm, which is 56 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly cloudy conditions and 68 degrees. The dew point will be 53 degrees. There will be a south-southeast breeze at 5 mph. Today will have 14 hours and 56 minutes of daytime, an increase of one minute and 39 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 53 degrees at 5am. Three degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 53 at 6pm. South wind around 5 mph. In 2016, it got down to 51 degrees with rain and shallow fog and patches of fog and mist and partly cloudy skies. The record low of 30 occurred back in 1956.

As previously noted, there are 3 weeks until Flag Day when the sun will be setting at 8:34 pm with dusk at 9:09 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 77 and 47 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 78 degrees. We hit a record high of 96 back in 1892.

Liberals may bemoan the president’s budget but I think it’s a fresh breath, a new idea, a reinvention of government. Maybe it’s time to consider the work that agencies do; there is a lot of bloat in government. I just wish there was bigger cuts to defense, military, homeland security, and police. There is so much bloat in the institutions that primarily exist to protect the state. I would be sad if a friend or love one died from terrorism or crime but those risks are so infinitely small, that I would rather see most of those funds used to pay down the deficit. Maybe if I lived in crime ridden city, I would feel different. But I live in the suburbs.

I saw that Moose River Plains roads are open for the season but only the major roads west of Lost Ponds. I’m not surprised, things are pretty soft up there after the relatively wet May. At least the fire risk is low. I’m thinking about Independence Weekend for the Plains. By then the black flies will be gone.

The forest service roads are much better maintained in Vermont and should be in good condition. They have a lot more gravel so they tend not to get as muddy. Saturday should be quite nice, I’m thinking about hiking back to Stratton Lake and then just hanging out on Sunday or maybe paddling in Grout Pond. That beach at Grout Pond is nice but I think it will be too cold for swimming. I am thinking I will pack the heater, even if I don’t end up using it much in case it’s cold in the mornings and warm my hands. I don’t expect the mercury in Vermont to get much above 65 or maybe 70 when I’m there and during cloudy and wet periods that can be rather cold.

I’m almost to work. Have a great day! 

Gasoline Price Estimates, 2016-2018

For the 2017 summer driving season (April through September), U.S. regular gasoline retail prices are forecast to average $2.39/gallon (gal), compared with $2.23/gal last summer. The higher forecast gasoline price is primarily the result of higher forecast crude oil prices. The annual average price for regular gasoline in 2017 is forecast to be $2.34/gal, which, if realized, would result in the average U.S. household spending about $160 more on motor fuel in 2017 compared with 2016.

Data Source: Short Term Energy Outlook, May 2017. Gasoline retail price incl taxes U.S. average. https://www.eia.gov/outlooks/steo/

Good morning! What day is it? Hump Day, of course. Make it great! Three weeks to Flag Day. Mostly cloudy and 56 degrees in Delmar, NY. Calm wind. The dew point is 51 degrees. The skies will clear around 1 pm.

Today will be partly sunny, with a high of 75 degrees at 4pm. Three degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 53 at 11am. Light and variable wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. The TRUMP would approve. A year ago, we had rain, shallow fog, cloudy skies and a high of 67 degrees. The record high of 92 was set in 1964.

Good evening! Partly cloudy and 61 degrees in Delmar. Calm wind. The dew point is 52 degrees.

Tonight will have patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low of 53 degrees at 4am. Three degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 52 at 10pm. Calm wind. In 2016, it got down to 53 degrees with rain and shallow fog and cloudy skies. The record low of 29 occurred back in 1963.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 12% illuminated. The moon will rise around 3:34 am. The New Moon is on Thursday night with showers is likely expected. The Full “Strawberry” Moon is on Friday, June 9th. The sun will rise at 5:24 am with the first light at 4:51 am, which is 46 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 4 minutes of darkness, a decrease of one minute and 39 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high of 77 degrees at 3pm. Five degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 52 at 9am. Light southeast wind. A year ago, we had rain, shallow fog, cloudy skies and a high of 67 degrees. The record high of 92 was set in 1964.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Maximum dew point of 54 at 4pm. Sunday, a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Maximum dew point of 59 at 1pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 73 degrees.

In four weeks on June 20 the sun will be setting at 8:36 pm, which is 17 minutes and 16 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 91 and 64 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 79 and 58 degrees. The record high of 97 degrees was set back in 1953.

Looking ahead, 8:30 PM Sunset is in 2 weeks, Independence Day is in 6 weeks, August 1st is in 10 weeks, Altamont Fair Opens is in 12 weeks, Last Day with Average High of 80 is in 3 months, Friday the 13th (October) is in 19 weeks, Election Day 2017 is in 24 weeks, Average High is 40 is in 25 weeks, Thanksgiving is in 6 months, Election Day 2018 is in 76 weeks and Election Day 2020 is in 180 weeks.

I’m thinking about going to the grocery store on Wednesday night and then I realize I forgot anything go on Thursday or maybe Friday morning. I want to leave straight from work for the Green Mountains. I’m not leaving early on Friday, although maybe I should do so to get the best campsite. I shouldn’t hit much traffic going through Sand Lake then to Cropseyville, then NY 2 to NY 22 to NY 7 to VT 279 and US 9.  I will avoid the horrors of Hoosick Street in Troy which is a cluster even on a good day.

Despite my promises to do as such, I’ve done absolutely nothing in preparation to start packing for the long weekend, although honestly there isn’t that much that can’t be done the night before. Maybe tonight I will start doing some, although honestly it’s hard to get packed too early. I did take my flag down from outside, because I didn’t want to leave it up in the rain or cloudy days.

I was reading yesterday about how they are planning to change around the HDTV channel format again, so they are saying I need to buy yet another converter box in a few years. I think it’s just stupid. I was also looking at the low cost pocket projectors again and they seem neat, especially those that can read an SD card with video files. I think it could be fun for projecting something like a flag or an interactive image on a sheet from a video that I made up. But they still seem a bit out of reach for my budget at this point. I’m sure prices will come down. Maybe someday.

Watching the PBS Newshour. Didn’t tape again because the flash drive wasn’t in the recorder but I’m watching the 10 pm rebroadcast. I’m tired and heading to bed shortly. 

Short-Term Energy Outlook

"For the 2017 summer driving season (April through September), U.S. regular gasoline retail prices are forecast to average $2.39/gallon (gal), compared with $2.23/gal last summer. The higher forecast gasoline price is primarily the result of higher forecast crude oil prices. The annual average price for regular gasoline in 2017 is forecast to be $2.34/gal, which, if realized, would result in the average U.S. household spending about $160 more on motor fuel in 2017 compared with 2016."

Projected MPG, Mid-Sized Cars

Over the next ten years, there are expected to be large increases in fuel economy for mid-sized cars, then over time a slight drop in economy. After 2025, the fuel economy standards are not set to increase under law, which is why there is expected to be a small drop in economy -- assuming no new fuel standards are set after 2025.

Data Source: Annual Energy Outlook 2017, Table 52: New Light-Duty Vehicle Fuel Economy. https://www.eia.gov/outlooks/aeo/tables_ref.cfm

Good morning! Happy Tuesday. Two weeks until the 8:30 PM Sunset. If that doesn’t mean summer then what does?Partly sunny and 54 degrees in Delmar, NY. Calm wind. The dew point is 46 degrees.

As we creep towards the Memorial Day Weekend, look for mostly sunny conditions, with a high of 74 degrees at 4pm. Two degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 49 at 6pm. Northwest wind 3 to 5 mph. A year ago, we had shallow fog then later mostly sunny skies and a high of 81 degrees. The record high of 93 was set in 1964.

Good evening! Cloudy and 57 degrees in Delmar. There is a south-southwest breeze at 6 mph. The dew point is 54 degrees. The skies will clear tomorrow around 2 am.

Tonight will be cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low of 50 degrees at 4am. One degree above normal. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. In 2016, it got down to 51 degrees with shallow fog and mostly sunny skies. The record low of 36 occurred back in 1967.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 19% illuminated. The moon will rise around 2:54 am. The New Moon is on Thursday night with showers is likely expected. The Full “Strawberry” Moon is on Friday, June 9th. The sun will rise at 5:25 am with the first light at 4:52 am, which is 47 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 6 minutes of darkness, a decrease of one minute and 43 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be partly sunny, with a high of 74 degrees at 3pm. Two degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 50 at 6pm. Light northwest wind. A year ago, we had shallow fog, mostly sunny skies and a high of 81 degrees. The record high of 93 was set in 1964.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, partly sunny, with a high near 74. Maximum dew point of 57 at 5pm. Sunday, a chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Maximum dew point of 58 at 1pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 73 degrees.

In four weeks on June 19 the sun will be setting at 8:36 pm, which is 17 minutes and 58 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 91 and 59 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 79 and 58 degrees. The record high of 94 degrees was set back in 1995.

Looking ahead, Memorial Day is Next Monday, Average High is 80 is in 1 months, Hottest Time of Year Ends (83 Average) is in 2 months, Mutts Day is in 10 weeks, Strugeon Moon is in 11 weeks, Labor Day is in 15 weeks, September 11th is in 16 weeks, Autumn Begins is in 4 months, More Night Then Day in Albany is in 18 weeks, Columbus Day is in 20 weeks, Christmas is in 31 weeks, January 1, 2018 is in 32 weeks and 35th Birthday is in 36 weeks.

Humans Accidentally Created a Protective Bubble Around Earth

"A pair of NASA space probes have detected an artificial bubble around Earth that forms when radio communications from the ground interact with high-energy radiation particles in space, the agency announced this week. The bubble forms a protective barrier around Earth, shielding the planet from potentially dangerous space weather, like solar flares and other ejections from the sun.

Earth already has its own protective bubble, a magnetosphere stretched by powerful solar winds. The artificial bubble that NASA found is an accident, an unintended result of the interplay between human technology and nature. When humans want to communicate with submarines near the surface of the ocean, they use a type of radio communication known as very low frequency waves, or VLF, transmitted from stations on the ground. Some of the waves can stretch all the way out into Earth’s atmosphere and beyond, where they affect the movement of the radiation particles bouncing around in the region. Sometimes, the interaction between VLF and these particles creates a barrier that can be seen by spacecraft orbiting the planet."