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Chilly, gray and 31 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a south breeze at 8 mph. Kind of a chilly walk down to the Park and Ride, especially because I skipped the winter coat in favor of the rain coat, as rain is expected by mid day. 41 degrees by late afternoon. 

 It’s a Friday as we head into our final week of March. Next Saturday is April Fools Day. I’m hoping that this is the last week for the deicers on the road and that next week we will have all rain which will wash away the snow. I’m still hoping to get out camping in mid April once the snow is gone. And that the rain will stop by next weekend so we have reasonable amount of water in the creeks for trout season. 

The sun will set at 7:13 pm with dusk around 7:41 pm, which is one minute and 9 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 12 hours and 23 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 54 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of rain before 9pm, then a chance of drizzle after 9pm. Cloudy, with a low of 37 degrees at 6am. Eight degrees above normal. South wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 35 degrees with periods of rain. The record low of 0 occurred back in 1875.

Traffic is moving well heading downtown, although a Trooper has somebody pulled over on the expressway southbound. I have my camera but pictures aren’t worthwhile on this rather gray morning. I’m ready for winter to melt away. 

Woke up fairly early this morning, as I went to bed early and wanted to ensure ample time to walk down to the Park and Ride. I tend to go to bed early which means I wake early in the morning. Sometimes I reset my alarm and go back to bed but not this morning. That said, as the coffee wears off I’m starting to feel a bit drowsy. So be it. 

As previously noted, there are 3 weeks until Good Friday when the sun will be setting at 7:37 pm with dusk at 8:06 pm. On that day in 2016, we had sunny skies and temperatures between 58 and 31 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 58 degrees. We hit a record high of 83 back in 1968.

Good morning! It may be dark but, it’s Friday! Three weeks to Good Friday. Dark and  cloudy this morning and 30 degrees in Delmar. There is a south-southeast breeze at 6 mph. No snow or ice in Delmar but definitely some in the Southern Adirondacks and Green Mountains. Don’t expect much sun, the skies will clear next Wednesday around 10 am.

Today will have a chance of freezing rain, sleet and snow then periods of rain later.  Generally cloudy, with a high of 41 degrees at 4pm. Six degrees below normal. South wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 13 to 18 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph. Forget your umbrella, it will be useless. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible. A year ago, we had rain and a high of 59 degrees. The record high of 69 was set in 1976. 5.5 inches of snow fell back in 1956.

Google Maps: 2016 Net Migration

This map shows the net migration in the United States during 2016. This is one component of population change -- birth and death rates are another component. It is an interesting map to look at it as it gives you an idea on where people are choosing to locate to in the United States and where people are moving away from. Generally, people are continuing to move out of the salt belt to places with more sun.

The difference between domestic in-migration to an area and domestic out-migration from the same area during a specified time period. Domestic in- and out-migration consist of moves where both the origin and the destination are within the United States (excluding Puerto Rico). The net domestic migration rate expresses net domestic migration during a specified time period as a proportion of an area's population at the midpoint of the time period. Rates are expressed per 1,000 population.

Data Source: County and Metro Area Population Estimates. https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-kits/2017/20170323_popestimates.html

Good evening! Sunny and 36 degrees in City of Albany. There is a west-northwest breeze at 13 mph. A rather cool evening for late March, but one must enjoy the sunlight before we get stuck with a week of ample rain. At least that should help the snow melt away. 

The sun will set at 7:11 pm with dusk around 7:39 pm, which is one minute and 9 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly clear conditions and 31 degrees. There will be a west breeze at 8 mph.

Bus was running a little bit late this evening because Interstate 787 was backed up onto the South Mall Arterial but traffic southbound on 787 so we are making up time. You can complain about the dirty snow and the cold but skies are quite blue without clouds but they aren’t expected to last. 

Tonight will have increasing clouds, with a low of 19 degrees at 11pm. 10 degrees below normal. West wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable. In 2016, it got down to 33 degrees with periods of rain. The record low of 0 occurred back in 1875. Warming up at the night progresses but we will still see some snow, ice and road salt come the morning. 

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 26% illuminated. The moon will rise around 2:51 am. The New Moon is on Tuesday night with chance of rain expected. The Full “Pink” Moon is on Tuesday, April 11th. The sun will rise at 6:50 am with the first light at 6:22 am, which is one minute and 45 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 11 hours and 37 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 55 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely before noon, then rain, freezing rain, and sleet between noon and 1pm, then rain likely after 1pm. High of 40 degrees at 6pm. Seven degrees below normal. South wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than one inch possible. A year ago, we had rain and a high of 59 degrees. The record high of 69 was set in 1976. 5.5 inches of snow fell back in 1956.

Not a particularly nice weekend on tap. Saturday, a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 47. Light and variable wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Not a wash out.  Sunday, freezing rain likely before 8am, then a chance of rain between 8am and 5pm, then a chance of drizzle after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Typical average high for the weekend is 48 degrees. Hopefully we will get some good soaking rains that melt the snow and reduce the fire risks. 

In four weeks on April 20 the sun will be setting at 7:43 pm, which is 31 minutes and 59 seconds later then today. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 62 and 42 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 61 and 39 degrees. The record high of 93 degrees was set back in 1941.

Looking ahead, Start of June is in 10 weeks. At one level that seems like a long ways away but I know time goes by quickly and it will be here before one realizes. 

Explaining The Rising Death Rate In Middle-Aged White People

"In 2015, when researchers Ann Case and Angus Deaton discovered that death rates had been rising dramatically since 1999 among middle-aged white Americans, they weren't sure why people were dying younger, reversing decades of longer life expectancy."

"But whites with college degrees haven't suffered the same lack of economic opportunity, and haven't seen the same loss of life expectancy. The study was published Thursday in Brookings Papers on Economic Activity."

Tomorrow morning, we will be waking up to a sloppy commute, with a mix of snow and ice turning to rain by afternoon. The rain will continue on and off through the weekend into next week. Temperatures are expected to moderate over the weekend to close to normal, although we have to watch for periods of freezing rain through the next week. I am not sure if you can say March will be leaving us like a lamb, at least not an ice-covered lamb that smells like wet wool.

Weather Summary
Today. Sunny and 37 degrees , 12 max wind chill, 7:12 sunset.
Tonight. Increasing Clouds and 18 degrees , 18 max wind chill, 6:49 sunrise.
Friday. Chance of Snow then Chance of Rain/Sleet and 43 degrees , 7:13 sunset.
Friday Night. Chance of Rain and 38 degrees , 6:47 sunrise.
Saturday. Rain is likely and 50 degrees , 7:14 sunset.
Saturday Night. Chance of Rain then Rain
/ Freezing Rain is likely and
30 degrees , 6:46 sunrise.
Sunday. Rain/Freezing Rain is likely
then Rain is likely and
41 degrees , 7:15 sunset.
Sunday Night. Rain is likely
then Rain/Freezing Rain is likely and
32 degrees , 6:44 sunrise.
Monday. Rain/Freezing Rain is likely
then Rain is likely and
43 degrees , 7:16 sunset.
Monday Night. Chance of Rain and 38 degrees , 6:42 sunrise.
Tuesday. Chance of Rain and 47 degrees , 7:17 sunset.
Tuesday Night. Chance of Rain
then Chance of Rain/Snow and
34 degrees , 6:40 sunrise.
Wednesday. Chance of Rain/Snow
then Chance of Rain and
48 degrees , 7:18 sunset.

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There is a lot of sun this morning, but definitely still fairly chilly for late March with temperatures around 23, climbing to 37 later. Breezy throughout the day but at least lots of sun. With the snow though, I wasn’t seriously contemplating going to the park at any rate after work. Eventually thought it will get nice enough to head down to the park.

I had the darnest time getting going this morning, even though I killed the lights by nine and it was a sunny morning. Many mornings I wake up around five and open the shades but not today. I miss those evenings in the woods around the campfire and waking up to fresh air in my bedroom. I think summer will make sleeping so pleasurable — even on those hot and sticky evenings we sometimes get.

The sun will set at 7:12 pm with dusk around 7:40 pm, which is one minute and 9 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 12 hours and 20 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 54 seconds over yesterday.

Every day we will get closer to the summer, now that we are ten weeks away from June. At some point the snow will melt and I’ll be able to get up to the Adirondacks. I am hoping they stock the Sacandaga River with trout fairly early this year, although I suspect it will be a while before Pumpkin Hollow Road will be open all the way to the campsites. But I can always stop there on the way back from camping in other parts of the Adirondacks.

Tonight will have increasing clouds, with a low of 18 degrees at 12am. 11 degrees below normal. Light and variable wind. In 2016, it got down to 33 degrees with periods of rain. The record low of zero occurred back in 1875. It doesn’t get that cold in late March.

Tomorrow will be sloppy. Rain and snow in the morning changing to rain showers late. High 44. Winds SSE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70%. At least it won’t be another big snow storm and the rain we are expected to get through the weekend should help melt the snow away.

As previously mentioned, there are 10 weeks until Start of June when the sun will be setting at 8:27 pm with dusk at 9:01 pm. On that day in 2016, we had partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 85 and 57 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 74 degrees. We hit a record high of 94 back in 1918.

Good morning! Happy Thursday. It’s the Direct Drive of the Work Week. Sunny and 19 degrees in Delmar, NY. Calm wind. Cold but it could certainly be a lot colder this morning, as was the case yesterday. 

Today will be sunny, with a high of 37 degrees at 3pm. 10 degrees below normal. Winter must die now what it’s calendar spring. Northwest wind 7 to 14 mph. A year ago, we had rain and a high of 55 degrees. The record high of 80 was set in 1938. 2.7 inches of snow fell back in 2005. Snow records are getting smaller as spring approaches. 

Good evening! Mostly sunny and 24 degrees in City of Albany. Breezy, 23 mph breeze from the northwest with gusts up to 40 mph. The current wind chill is 9. Absurdly cold for late March, but then again, it is still March, and sometimes it gets cold. At least it’s sunny, and we have more time now in the evenings. I don’t think I will be going to the park this evening. Eventually it will get nice enough to head to the park after work, I”m sure.

Tonight will be clear, with a low of 14 degrees at 4am. 18 degrees below normal. Maximum wind chill around 8 at 6pm; Northwest wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. In 2016, it got down to 34 degrees with periods of rain. The record low of -4 occurred back in 1875.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 33% illuminated. The moon will rise around 2:05 am. The New Moon is on Tuesday night with chance of rain then chance of rain/snow expected. The Full “Pink” Moon is on Tuesday, April 11th. The sun will rise at 6:52 am with the first light at 6:24 am, which is one minute and 45 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 11 hours and 40 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 54 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be somewhat warmer, with a high near 34.  Generally, sunny. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph. The record high is 80, set back in 1938. The climate normal for Thursday is 47 degrees.

The weekend forecast keeps going downhill, but at least Saturday won’t be that frigid. Saturday, rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Sunday, snow likely before 11am, then rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Typical average high for the weekend is 48 degrees. I guess I better not plan on doing much this weekend. At least it will be warm, so I won’t be spending much on heat.

In four weeks on April 19 the sun will be setting at 7:42 pm, which is 31 minutes and 59 seconds later then today. In 2016 on that day, we had rain and temperatures between 65 and 44 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 60 and 39 degrees. The record high of 92 degrees was set back in 1976.

Looking ahead, Average High is 60 is in 4 weeks, Earth Day is in 1 months, Pack Rat Day is in 8 weeks, Flag Day is in 12 weeks, Summer is in 13 weeks and Inauguration Day 2021 is in 200 weeks.