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Universal Healthcare, Year Implemented

There are three types of universal healthcare systems in existence:

1) Single Payer - Government pays all health care expenses (shown in green)
2) Two-tier - Basic government healthcare system (e.g. Medicare in Canada) (shown in yellow)
3) Insurance Mandate - Government requires all citizens to purchase insurance

Data Source: Wikipedia, Universal Healthcare https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Universal_health_care

Good morning! Last night I intentionally left the curtains up in hope of waking to a sunny day. No luck. Rain and 41 degrees here in Delmar. There is a north-northwest breeze at 9 mph. The skies should clear mid morning. 

Today will be partly sunny, with a high of 49 degrees at 3pm. One degree below normal. Northwest wind 8 to 14 mph. That wind will be a bit chilly but will help to dry up the mud. A year ago, we had partly cloudy skies and a high of 46 degrees. The record high of 85 was set in 1946. 5.6 inches of snow fell back in 1984.

Good evening! Light rain and 46 degrees in the City of Albany. Calm wind. I guess I’m glad I brought my umbrella. I could actually use it downtown walking across the street to the bus shelter because it wasn’t whipping around too hard. 

Tonight will have showers likely, mainly before midnight. Cloudy, with a low of 38 degrees at 6am. Six degrees above normal. Calm wind becoming north 5 to 8 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 34 degrees under partly cloudy skies. The record low of zero occurred back in 1923.

I should be home in time for the PBS Newshour to be over, so I should be able to watch the version I taped while I eat my dinner. I don’t know what to say about the president trashing all our country’s climate control efforts but I guess we are all victims of history. That year 2050 when I retire will be here before you know it. And if we keep dumping increasingly large amounts of carbon into the air, it’s only going to increase human misery. 

I mean I like all the things that cheap fossil fuels bring to us, but it’s stupid to be so foolish. We got to do something, at least go after the low hanging fruit. Even if carbon dioxide wasn’t poisoning our planet, like every drag on a cigarette does to our health, coal is a dirty nasty fuel that poisons our air and creates an incredible amount of solid waste. It’s stupid to double down on such technology especially because there is such a glut of natural gas and more and more renewables are coming online every day. 

Waxing Crescent Moon tonight with 8% illuminated. The moon will set around 9:50 pm. The First Quarter Moon is next Monday with mostly cloudy skies expected. The Full “Pink” Moon is in 2 weeks. The sun will rise at 6:42 am with the first light at 6:13 am, which is one minute and 45 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 11 hours and 23 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 53 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy, with a high of 49 degrees at 3pm. One degree below normal. Northwest wind 9 to 16 mph. A year ago, we had partly cloudy skies and a high of 46 degrees. The record high of 85 was set in 1946. 5.6 inches of snow fell back in 1984.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend and a bit cold for early April. Saturday, mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Typical average high for the weekend is 52 degrees. I guess no turning off the heat yet. That day will come and it will be like throwing a switch I’m sure. We will have forty degree weather than 80 degrees the next day. That’s spring time in Albany. 

In four weeks on April 25 the sun will be setting at 7:49 pm, which is 31 minutes and 56 seconds later then today. In 2016 on that day, we had cloudy skies and temperatures between 59 and 45 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 63 and 41 degrees. The record high of 89 degrees was set back in 2009.

Looking ahead, Tax Day is in 3 weeks, Arbor Day is in 1 months, Average High is 70 is in 7 weeks, Independence Day is in 14 weeks, Election Day 2018 is in 84 weeks and Election Day 2020 is in 188 weeks.

Just another rainy afternoon.

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It could be snow, so I guess I can’t complain.

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And I could be camping, but I’m not.

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Which is good, as I’ve spent a lot of rainy evenings in the woods.

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But I’ll be glad when summer is here.

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Forty four on our way up to fifty. To the east you can see the sun peaking through the clouds but rain is expected later. In some ways kind of depressing, but the weather will change, starting tomorrow. More sun come Wednesday, and now the weekend is looking progressively nicer. Maybe a bit too much sun though for good trout fishing come Sunday. Water levels might be too high too. But maybe come the following week, I can get out fishing.

And, yes I brought my umbrella. Not that I expect it to rain by afternoon, based on the latest forecasts. That said, usually when I’m downtown, the umbrella is pretty useless in the afternoon. But the latest model suggest that we might not get much rain come afternoon. I guess we will see. Hopefully I won’t leave my umbrella on the bus, as I left my laptop backpack at work, as I didn’t need my laptop last night.

Had a great big oil spill in my apartment this morning. I was making waffles and I dropped the Pyrex glass measuring cup, and went to grab it to avoid shattering on the floor. The measuring cup fell on the floor, but it didn’t break,  but I knocked over the bottle of vegetable in the process. Vegetable oil, like all oil is difficult to clean up — and I probably only spilled less then a cup before I caught the bottle. Fortunately, because I skipped lunch yesterday, I didn’t have to pack lunch today.

That said, the waffles came out pretty good, this time leaving the blueberries for on the top. I don’t have fresh ones this week, because I didn’t get to the grocery store that had them on sale. I like fresh fruit better, but then I have to worry about them going bad, and usually fresh fruit comes in more packaging then frozen ones. I did the whole wheat ones today. I have a box of the regular waffle mix, but I doubt I will buy anything but whole wheat or corn waffle mix going forward, as I don’t like the regular white flour waffle mix that much.

The sun will set at 7:17 pm with dusk around 7:46 pm, which is one minute and 8 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 12 hours and 35 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 53 seconds over yesterday. Rain showers and 50 degrees later.

Tonight will have showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Patchy fog before 11pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low of 37 degrees at 5am. Six degrees above normal. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 34 degrees under partly cloudy skies. The record low of zero occurred back in 1923.

I tell you I’m looking forward to getting out camping on the weekends soon. I hate been stuck at home so much, and I really hate my dusty, dirty generally awful apartment in the suburbs. It’s great for commuting to work, but I’ve spent too  much time there this winter. I did clean my tub and kitchen up a bit last night, and I probably should vacuum again upstairs tonight.

I also got reading about off-grid refrigerators and the latest in 12 volt refrigeration technology. Surprisingly enough, there is a lot of highly efficient refrigerators available today, not just the Sunfrost models that once were the gold standard for off-grid people. A lot of semi truck drivers use 12 volt mini-refrigerators to keep their food cold. Refrigerator technology has really improved in recent years — even if you have an 120 volt system powered by central grid, replacing that 10 year old refrigerator will pay you back in a few years.

Looking ahead, there are 3 weeks until Tax Day when the sun will be setting at 7:41 pm with dusk at 8:11 pm. On that day in 2016, we had partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 78 and 40 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 60 degrees. We hit a record high of 90 back in 1976. I am hoping by then I will be able to get the park after work and be enjoying some nice fresh air while either reading a book or working on my laptop.

I still think I have to pay my big ol’ state tax bill by the April 15th, even though it’s a Saturday. I think the state is withdrawing $300 from my account.

Good morning! I hope you remember to bring your umbrella to work today, you’ll need it later.  Cloudy and 42 degrees in City of Albany. Calm wind.The skies will clear tomorrow around 7 am.

Today will have showers, especially later on. Patchy fog after noon. High of 51 degrees at 3pm. Today is the first day of year when the average high is 50 degrees. We’ll break that average today by one degree. Maximum dew point of 47 at 2pm. South wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. A year ago, we had rain and a high of 50 degrees. The record high of 85 was set in 1945. 14.2 inches of snow fell back in 1932.

Good evening! Cloudy and 45 degrees in City of Albany. Calm wind.The skies will clear Wednesday around 5 am. As predicted the rain stopped and I think I’ll make it home in time to watch the PBS Newshour. That’s good because I got busy and never stopped to eat lunch. 
The sun will set at 7:16 pm with dusk around 7:44 pm, which is one minute and 9 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for cloudy conditions and 45 degrees. There will be a calm wind. Not good weather for going to the park at any rate. 

Tonight will have isolated showers before 8pm. Patchy fog between 10pm and 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low of 39 degrees at 6am. Nine degrees above normal. Light southeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, it got down to 41 degrees with periods of rain. The record low of 3 occurred back in 1923.

New Moon tonight. The Full “Pink” Moon is on Tuesday, April 11th. The sun will rise at 6:43 am with the first light at 6:15 am, which is one minute and 45 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 11 hours and 25 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 54 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will rain likely, mainly after 3pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high of 53 degrees at 2pm. Three degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 48 at 1pm. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. A year ago, we had rain and a high of 50 degrees. The record high of 85 was set in 1945. 14.2 inches of snow fell back in 1932.

I’m modestly concerned about the weather on Friday but if it is bad in the morning, I’ll take the bus and get Big Red in the evening. That might be the best route at any rate. 

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Sunday, a chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Still kind of stuck in this cold pattern. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Typical average high for the weekend is 52 degrees.

In four weeks on April 24 the sun will be setting at 7:48 pm, which is 31 minutes and 56 seconds later then today. In 2016 on that day, we had partly sunny skies and temperatures between 58 and 35 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 62 and 40 degrees. The record high of 81 degrees was set back in 2001.

Looking ahead, Patriots Day is in 3 weeks, May Day is in 5 weeks and Memorial Day is in 9 weeks. I can’t wait for Black Fly Season. At least it beats winter. 

March 27, 2017 Weather Forecast

This interactive graph shows the hourly weather forecast for the next seven days. The bars represent the temperature, the pink line reprsents the dew point and the white line represents the dewpoint. Red dots are climate normals for the day. Orange dots are record temperatures. Green dots are last year's temperatures.

Yellow bars represent generally sunny conditions. The more gray the bar is, the more clouds expected. Blue bars represent a greater then 50% chance of rain. Purple bars represent a greater then 50% chance of snow. Orange bars represent a greater then 50% chance of thunderstorms. Red bars represent warm and muggy weather, under generally clear skies.

I was heading out to bus stop this morning, I realized that I forgot to check for my umbrella in the closet. It turned out it was in my bedroom, which is good because I really needed it. Umbrellas are good when your in a suit in the suburbs but get downtown with the wind whipping around the buildings they are pretty useless.

37 degrees and rain this morning. Rain through the morning, tapering off later. Looking at a high around 49 degrees. More sun come Wednesday. We have to watch Friday, as it may be icy at least in the higher elevations.

The sun will set at 7:16 pm with dusk around 7:44 pm, which is one minute and 9 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 12 hours and 32 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 54 seconds over yesterday. Already over 12 1/2 hours of daylight. Days are growing quickly.

Tonight will have patchy fog before 4am, then patchy fog after 5am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low of 39 degrees at 5am. Nine degrees above normal. Calm wind. In 2016, it got down to 41 degrees with periods of rain. The record low of 3 occurred back in 1923.

The blueberry waffles I had for breakfast were okay but I should not put them in the mix because they kind of made a mess and came out soft or at least use a lot less water. I guess it’s important to try new things. I should be able to clean up the mess once things cool down.

In the rush down to the bus stop I forgot to turn down the heat, but I guess it doesn’t matter that much because it’s going to be pretty mild out. I’m sure in a week or two I’ll have the heat off until autumn and soon have the windows open. I like having the fresh air in the morning, even if that means more road noise and my neighbors hearing me cuss out the world when I spill hot coffee on myself.

As previously noted, there are 3 weeks until Patriots Day when the sun will be setting at 7:40 pm with dusk at 8:10 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 76 and 36 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 59 degrees. We hit a record high of 91 back in 2002. Taxes are due the following day. So don’t forget to pay Trump’s War Department.

Good morning! Final Monday of March. Sixty days until the start of Memorial Day Weekend. Rain and 36 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a south-southeast breeze at 8 mph. Definitely need your umbrella or rain coat today. The skies will clear Wednesday around 5 am.

Today will rain, mainly before 1pm. High of 49 degrees at 3pm. Typical for today. South wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 58 degrees. The record high of 78 was set in 1998. 6.7 inches of snow fell back in 1959.