Good evening! That Thursday before Memorial Day Weekend.  Light rain and 57 degrees in City of Albany. There is a east-northeast breeze at 8 mph. The dew point is 51 degrees. 0.19 inches of rain is expected before it ends tomorrow around 1 am. 

Going to be a fairly wet evening. Hopefully it will drier tomorrow and traffic won’t be such a slog. Things really aren’t moving well tonight traffic wise with the rain. I guess that is to be expected. I’m hoping the rain will lighten up later on, so I can put the kayak on the roof of my truck. 

The sun will set at 8:21 pm with dusk around 8:54 pm, which is 54 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for rain and 57 degrees. The dew point will be 51 degrees. There will be a east breeze at 10 mph.

This afternoon will have showers likely, mainly before 5pm. Cloudy, with a high of 57 degrees at 4pm. Nine degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 51 at 4pm. East wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 88 degrees. The record high of 94 was set in 2010. There was a dusting of snow in 1953.

New Moon tonight. The First Quarter Moon is next Thursday. The Full “Strawberry” Moon is on Friday, June 9th. The sun will rise at 5:23 am with the first light at 4:49 am, which is 42 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and one minute of darkness, a decrease of one minute and 34 seconds over last night.

Tonight will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11pm. Low of 52 degrees at 4am. Two degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 51 at 8pm. East wind 6 to 10 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 58 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. The record low of 38 occurred back in 1972.

Not a particularly nice weekend on tap. Saturday, mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Maximum dew point of 55 at 8pm. Sunday, mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. Maximum dew point of 57 at 7pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 73 degrees.

In four weeks on June 22 the sun will be setting at 8:36 pm, which is 15 minutes and 47 seconds later then today. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 77 and 52 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 80 and 59 degrees. The record high of 95 degrees was set back in 1954.

Looking ahead, June 1st is Next Thursday, Average High is 80 is in 4 weeks, National Fried Chicken Day is in 6 weeks, Hottest Day of Year (83 Average) is in 7 weeks, Ugly Truck Day is in 8 weeks, State Fair Opens is in 13 weeks, 7:30 PM Sunset is in 14 weeks, Average High is 70 is in 17 weeks, More Night Then Day in Albany is in 4 months, Hunter’s Moon is in 19 weeks, Thanksgiving is in 26 weeks and Christmas is in 7 months.

Average Daily Tonnage at Rapp Road Landfill

About 2/3rds of the waste that Rapp Road Landfill accepts is Municipal Solid Waste, although it is also a significant facility for the disposal of Construction and Demolition debris and Asbestos-containing wastes. It's also one of the few facilities permitted to accept incinerated sewage sludge, and it imports about a third of it's incinerated sewage sludge from the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Data Source: NYSDEC Annual Solid Waste Facility Reports, 2016. ftp://ftp.dec.state.ny.us/dshm/SWMF/Annual%20Reports_Solid%20Waste%20Management%20Facility/Annual%20Reports_by%20Activity%20Type/Landfill/Landfill%20Annual%20Reports%20-%202016/R4/01S02_Albany_SWMF_msw_R4_2016.2017-03-01.AR.pdf

Weekly Rain Accumulation

It looks like we might be in for another inch of rain in the next week. Half inch of rain between now and tomorrow afternoon, then a break, and some more rain come Sunday afternoon into Memorial Day.

Blue is new rain. Gray bars represent clouds, with no new accumulation, yellow bars represent sun, which will start to dry things out.

Buoyed by State Aid, U.S. Nuclear Plant Still Fails at Auction

Apparently in states where they don't hand out subsidies to nuclear plant operators like their Halloween candy, they aren't doing so hot.

"Exelon’s Three Mile Island station, scene of the worst accident in the history of U.S. commercial nuclear energy, may not be so lucky. After failing to clear at the past three PJM auctions, the plant is at risk of early retirement. It hasn’t made a profit in five years and remains “economically challenged” given the lack of federal or Pennsylvania energy policies that value zero-emissions nuclear power, the company said."

NY State vs Federal Minimum Wage

Both the Federal Government and New York State set a minimum wage for workers. Right now the state's minimum wage is $9.70 (upstate) while the federal minimum wage is $7.25. This is the largest discrepancy between federal and state minimum wages, at least since 1968.

Data Sources:

U.S. Department of Labor, Federal Minimum Wage Rate under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act [STTMINWGFG], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/STTMINWGFG, February 22, 2017.

U.S. Department of Labor, State Minimum Wage Rate for New York [STTMINWGNY], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/STTMINWGNY, February 21, 2017.

Good morning! Happy Thursday. Next Thursday is June 1st. Rain showers and 56 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a east breeze at 13 mph. The dew point is 48 degrees. The skies will clear Saturday around 2 pm.

I am once again the proud Mayor of the CDTA Elm Avenue Park and Ride. Us suburbanites have quite a competition going on. I would always be number one but I often take the local to work. No rain walking down there, and it’s nice taking the express to work. Tomorrow I will drive in, as I’m heading out camping in Vermont right after work. I’ll probably stay until 5 pm to avoid the worse of the traffic.

Today will rain, mainly after 10am. Cloudy, with a high of 57 degrees at 11am. 15 degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 50 at 5pm. Northeast wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Rather cool and wet but not as bad as earlier forecasts. 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.

The sun will set at 8:21 pm with dusk around 8:54 pm, which is 54 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for rain showers and 57 degrees. The dew point will be 49 degrees. There will be a east breeze at 14 mph with gusts up to 24mph. Today will have 14 hours and 57 minutes of daytime, an increase of one minute and 36 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of rain and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11pm. Low of 52 degrees at 3am. Two degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 50 at 2am. East wind 6 to 14 mph becoming north after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 58 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. The record low of 38 occurred back in 1972.

As previously noted, next Thursday is June 1st when the sun will be setting at 8:27 pm with dusk at 9:01 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly 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.

I am hoping I’m not getting the cold that was going around the office. I think I will be fine but I do feel a bit congested this morning. Oh well, I’m still going camping this weekend unless I’m dead sick.

Still have to finish packing, do some cleaning, and get some milk. I thought I was good on supplies but I guess I drunk more of that delicious cow beverage then expected. But other than that I should be well set. Spent more than I wanted to on supplies but so be it. Most of the left overs will provide food for next week and many of the supplies will last well into next year.

I did get some new lights for camp, including a 4.8 watt 100-bulb, 31-foot party light string and a laser light show. Each was about $20 which didn’t help my budget much, but I think I will get a lot of use out of both. The green laser light show in the woods looks like lighting bugs all over the trees in the woods. It was good out back, but I’m sure it will look a million times better in the very dark wilderness. The laser light show supposedly uses 9 watts, but I think most of that is the somewhat noisy motor that can be shut-off if you don’t want to have the lights shimmering.

Replaced that propane line that I think was leaking last fall. That was damn scary to have propane condensate and gas spraying out of that line, so I’m not willing to even play with that line to see if it was a just a lose connection. I still have the damaged hose, and I guess I could test it in the woods away from spark or flame with soap, but I’m not sure if it’s worth it.

I still have to get the kayak on the roof of my truck and tied down, and the final boxes, but then I will be ready to head out on my Memorial Day Weekend Trip. The oil and fluids are good, although I did add some windshield washer fluid, and I do need to do or have done an oil change in early June. It’s been 9 months but only about 3,000 miles since the last change, but I figure after this time, an oil change is due — and indeed the monitor is at 25% oil left — I don’t like to get it below 20%.

I might leave early if Sunday is too rainy, but it looks like the rain will come late enough that I might not pack up until Memorial Day, and just hang out under the tarp on Sunday night next to the campfire. Packed my heater because it might be useful on Sunday into Monday, as the rain comes in. I’m not that worried about being cold.

Have a great Thursday. Memorial Day Weekend will be here before you know it…

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.