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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."

Albany normally has 3.61 inches of rain during the month of May. This year, as of May 21st, there have been 3.73 inches of rain. They are expecting another 8/10th of inch of rain during this week. But we are long ways from 1953, when we had 8.91 inches of rain during the month of May.

By 2020, every Chinese coal plant will be more efficient than every US coal plant

"The result is a report — authored by Melanie Hart, Luke Bassett, and Blaine Johnson — that offers the clearest picture yet of the big picture on coal in China. And a closer look, it turns out, utterly destroys the conservative argument. Far from sitting back and coasting while the US acts, China is waging an aggressive, multi-front campaign to clean up coal before eventually phasing it out — reducing emissions from existing plants, mothballing older plants, and raising standards for new plants. Unlike the US, it is on track to exceed its Paris carbon reduction commitments."

Why Radar Detectors Matter More Than Ever

"DeMuro thought his detector would thwart any potential speeding tickets? Condoms break sometimes. Does that mean no one should use them? Hey Doug, what do you think will happen if no one uses detectors anymore? I’ll tell you. A large minority of Waze-tagged speed traps will disappear. Why? Because the cop hiding behind a bridge can’t be tagged by Wazers who aren’t looking for him. A detector may be the only warning of their presence. Power detector users — the ones using Waze at the same time — are therefore Wazers’ best allies."