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Good morning! Happy Soon to be Very Warm for February Thursday. Partly sunny with some warm winter haze and 45 degrees in Delmar. There is a south-southeast breeze at 6 mph.

Today weather-wise will be one for the record books. You don’t get many 67 degrees days in Albany during February. The heat is off at home. I have my windows open, airing out my apartment. Good fresh air for sure. I forgot how much road noise there is though.  I am much happier with all the fresh air. I hope soon the nights will be warm enough that I can leave the windows open all night long and enjoy the fresh air.

Today will be partly sunny, with a high of 67 degrees at 3pm. Thirty degrees above normal for this day in February! Maximum dew point of 50 at 3pm. That should help dry up some of the mud, especially with the expected wind. More clouds later. South wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. At least with the snow melting the ground is plenty wet. A year ago, we had snow and a high of 38 degrees. The record high of 62 was set in 1984. I think that record is going down in the history books, I will have to update the records file. 6.9 inches of snow fell back in 1935.

The sun will set at 5:38 pm with dusk around 6:06 pm, which is 1 minute and 16 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have exactly 11 hours of daylight, an increase of 2 minutes and 49 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 44 degrees at 6am. 25 degrees above normal. South wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the evening. Definitely good weather for tailgate drinking. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 32 degrees with periods of rain and snow and thunderstorm. The record low of -11 occurred back in 1894.

I’m definitely thinking more about camping soon, although I don’t think this weekend. I think today I am going to order the low-voltage shut-off relay, so as soon as it gets nice, I can install it. Two weeks from Saturday, the time changes. I don’t know how busy I will be in March but if the snow is gone and the weather is nice, I may get out camping. I miss sitting out by the fire.

Looking ahead, there are 14 weeks until Start of June when the sun will be setting at 8:27 pm with dusk at 9:01 pm (Daylight Savings Time). 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.

“You might tell me where to go, but there ain’t nobody going to me what to do.” – As the sign on the dashboard of my old pickup truck said, quoting Van Zandt. 

Good evening! Going home time. Partly clear and 53 degrees in Delmar. There is a south-southeast breeze at 6 mph.

The sun will set at 5:37 pm with dusk around 6:05 pm, which is 1 minutes and 16 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly clear conditions and 52 degrees. There will be a south-southeast breeze at 6 mph. A very pleasant evening is on tap. Me thinks tailgate drinking weather. I hope the beer sitting in the bed of my pickup ain’t too warm but I guess I can stick it in the remaining snowbank. 

Tomorrow will be 63 degrees which will help melt away the snow. Rail trail has increasingly less snow. This weekend will only be good for playing in the mud. I can’t wait until things green up a bit.  

Such a nice day. I hate that I was behind bars of the window most of day but I got a nice walk at lunch time. Pretty sunset tonight. 

Tonight will have patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low of 36 degrees at 6am. 17 degrees above normal. South wind 3 to 6 mph. In 2016, it got down to 17 degrees with periods of snow. The record low of -16 occurred back in 1972.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 22% illuminated. The moon will rise around 2:46 am. The New Moon is on Sunday night with partly cloudy skies expected. The Full “Worm” Moon is on Sunday, March 12th. The sun will rise at 6:40 am with the first light at 6:11 am, which is 1 minute and 32 seconds earlier then yesterday. Tonight will have 13 hours and 1 minute of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 49 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a slight chance of showers after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high of 63 degrees at 3pm. 26 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 49 at 2pm. South wind 5 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had snow and a high of 38 degrees. The record high of 62 was set in 1984. 6.9 inches of snow fell back in 1935.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, a chance of showers, then rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 62. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Maximum dew point of 53 at 12pm. Sunday, partly sunny, with a high near 40. We don’t care about the dew point when it’s that cold. Typical average high for the weekend is 37 degrees.

In four weeks on March 22 the sun will be setting at 7:10 pm (Daylight Savings Time), which is 1 hour and 33 minutes later then today. In 2016 on that day, we had snow and temperatures between 53 and 27 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 47 and 28 degrees. The record high of 81 degrees was set back in 2012.

Looking ahead, March 1st is Next Wednesday, Ides of March is in 3 weeks, Average High is 60 is in 8 weeks, Flag Day is in 16 weeks and Summer is in 17 weeks.

Good morning! What day is it? Hump Day, of course. Next Wednesday is March 1st. Mostly cloudy and 38 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a south-southeast breeze at 5 mph. The skies will clear around 10 am.

Today will be partly sunny, with a high of 51 degrees at 2pm. 15 degrees above normal. South wind around 5 mph. A year ago, we had snow and a high of 40 degrees. The record high of 68 was set in 1997. 14.8 inches of snow fell back in 1893.

Not a half bad walk down to the express bus downtown but it is still a bit chilly at 28 degrees. More cloudy then earlier and it will be mostly cloudy as we head up to 46 degrees later. Rain showers but they should hold off until after the evening commute. A bit of a traffic jam heading into the Empire State Plaza today due to the state bar exam.

The sun will set at 5:36 pm with dusk around 6:04 pm, which is 1 minute and 16 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 10 hours and 54 minutes of daylight, an increase of 2 minutes and 47 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of rain, mainly between 8pm and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 35 degrees at 5am. 16 degrees above normal. South wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 21 degrees with periods of snow. The record low of -8 occurred back in 1963.

The snow is mostly gone from the Albany County Rail Trail, so I guess it’s unlikely I will be able to ski down through the gorge. The rain this week will likely melt away most of the remaining snow. Maybe we will get more snow before the end of winter but with the long range forecast, I’m not hopeful. I’m actually hoping it will melt away soon, so I can head out to Burnt-Rossman State Forest or somewhere else and do early spring camping like I did last year.

This past long weekend was nice, getting out skiing each day during the weekend. Schodack Island State Park on Saturday, Rensselaerville State Forest on Sunday, and Kaaterskill Rail Trail/North-South Lake Campground on Sunday. Not a half bad weekend for sure. Skiing was a bit sloppy at Rensselaerville and icy at Kaaterskill Falls but it still was a pretty good weekend — and great to get out after not getting out for a bit. I thought about camping but with all that melting snow, and just the work of packing and unpacking camping gear, I decided against it. I think at this point, I’m just going to wait for the snow to melt for the last time this year.

Washed my truck on Monday morning and got it dirty again by Monday afternoon. It really is tough this time of year to keep things clean with all of the salt and mud. But it’s not as bad as it was before I washed it. I had so much red clay sprayed on it from Rensselaerville State Forest you couldn’t see out the windows. I did notice that there is some paint peeling in both wheel wells, probably from stone damage. I don’t think it was from the body work, because it’s a problem on both wheel wells, showing some spots of exposed, galvanized sheet metal where paint flaked. Maybe it’s from the salt or the past six winters its been through or maybe just the aggressive pressure washing I do every winter, but I’d prefer to hold off the visible rust for a few more years if at all possible. Granted I wouldn’t have noticed it if I hadn’t been deep in the wheel well spraying them with the pressure washer to get them cleaned.

Finally bought a new wallet. It’s nice, with the center tri-fold, I could put my CDTA Navigator card and just tap the card without removing it from my wallet. I also stuck my hunting and fishing licenses so they can be just swung open, and organized my cards carefully. Now it seems like I have less problem with the door key card in my wallet being read, and all of the cards I regularly need are easy to find. Took some of the cards I rarely use and are non-essential like my blood donor card and TOPS/Wegmans cards. Put them in my truck because chances are the next time I’ll need them I will be out camping in Western NY and can just pull them out then.  And it was only $12. I hate to throw away anything I could more use out of my old wallet has been falling apart for many years and really was more marginally usable then usable.

There is one month until Spring when the sun will be setting at 7:09 pm with dusk at 7:37 pm (Daylight Savings Time). The average high temperature is 46 degrees, with a record high of 78 in 1921. I can’t wait until springtime, especially once it gets nice enough to go down to the park with a book and/or my laptop, and sit out enjoying the fresh air while reading or working on something on the internet.

Good morning! Happy Tuesday. Four weeks to Calendar Spring. But today and most of the week it will feel like spring. Mostly sunny and 21 degrees in Delmar, NY. Calm wind.

Today will be partly sunny, with a high of 43 degrees at 2pm. Seven degrees above normal. Light southeast wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning. A year ago, we had rain and a high of 47 degrees. The record high of 65 was set in 1981. 11 inches of snow fell back in 1929.

Sixty degrees on Thursday? Yes, please. Wednesday also will be around 52 degrees. Rain showers on Tuesday and going ahead into the weekend. Wednesday might be the nicest day of the week. Sunset continues to get later every day with a 5:42 pm sunset come next Sunday – two weeks from the time change.  

Weather Summary
Washington’s Birthday. Sunny and 43 degrees , 5:34 sunset.
Tonight. Mostly Clear and 22 degrees , 6:41 sunrise.
Tuesday. Mostly Sunny then Chance of Showers and 41 degrees , 5:36 sunset.
Tuesday Night. Chance of Showers and 33 degrees , 6:40 sunrise.
Wednesday. Partly Sunny and 52 degrees , 42 max dew point, 5:37 sunset.
Wednesday Night. Partly Cloudy and 37 degrees , 6:38 sunrise.
Thursday. Partly Sunny and 60 degrees , 49 max dew point, 5:38 sunset.
Thursday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 37 degrees , 6:37 sunrise.
Friday. Chance of Showers and 49 degrees , 5:39 sunset.
Friday Night. Chance of Showers and 41 degrees , 6:35 sunrise.
Saturday. Showers is likely and 53 degrees , 44 max dew point, 5:41 sunset.
Saturday Night. Mostly Cloudy and 30 degrees , 6:33 sunrise.
Sunday. Mostly Sunny and 41 degrees , 5:42 sunset.

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I think President’s Day should be replaced with a new holiday – Black Panthers Day.

Why? While some presidents like John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama were exceptionally talented and smart individuals, many other were really bad. The president, while the executive figure in our government, really is just one person, a mere mortal in time, not a citizens movement empowered for change.

In contrast, the Black Panthers were dedicated to making their communities better, following the law, and protecting themselves from the violence of the state. The Black Panthers took on the American ethos far more any president – self-reliance, community engagement, looking out for one and another. Few movements have ever been as truly American as that of the panthers.

Our country should celebrate individual empowerment and what communities can do to protect themselves working together, and not relying on the often corrupt state that is disconnected from local communities’ own needs. 

We don’t need another holiday like President’s Day celebrating monarchy and the rich and powerful in our country. We need holidays that celebrate the people, especially those who work so hard to improve our communities. That’s why I think we should replace Presidents Day with a Black Panthers Day.

Good morning! Happy Presidents Day in the State of New York or as the federal government calls it, Washington’s Birthday. Mostly sunny and 37 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a northwest breeze at 9 mph. Not a half had morning for Presidents Day. 

Today, George Washington’s Birthday, will be sunny, with a high of 43 degrees at 2pm. Seven degrees above normal. North wind 9 to 13 mph. A year ago, we had rain, snow and a high of 62 degrees. The record high of 66 was set in 1930. 11.2 inches of snow fell back in 1978.

Today is going to a nice but cooler then the earlier part of the long weekend. Looking at going up to the Catskills and ski the Kaaterskill Rail Trail. Then out to the escarptment. Should be a nice day. I’m on the fence about washing my truck before going up there as the windows are hard to see out. I would also like to get the salt off but I’m sure there still is a lot of salt in the Catskills. 

The sun will set at 5:34 pm with dusk around 6:03 pm, which is 1 minute and 16 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 10 hours and 51 minutes of daylight, an increase of 2 minutes and 46 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low of 22 degrees at 6am. Three degrees above normal. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight. In 2016, it got down to 32 degrees with periods of rain. The record low of -10 occurred back in 2015. It still sometimes gets cold in Albany. 

Looking ahead to springtime, there are 8 weeks until Patriots Day when the sun will be setting at 7:40 pm with dusk at 8:10 pm (Daylight Savings Time). 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. I am all in favor of weather like that. 

Have a great day! 

Good evening! Partly clear and 44 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a west-northwest breeze at 13 mph. 

Not a half bad evening after a nice warm and sunny day. If I wasn’t so tired and watching Columbo, I might be sitting out back on the tailgate of my pickup. But it looks like next week will have many nice evenings, with evenings throughout the week in the mid to upper 40s. I don’t expect to have to work late this week. 

This afternoon I went up to Rensselaerville State Forest and cross country skied for about an hour and a half. It was a nice afternoon a bit chilly at first with the breeze but once I put sweater it wasn’t too bad. A lot of logging going on up there as they clear out some of the big old white timber stands in favor of a better wildlife habitat, especially for things like grouse and turkey. Because of one of the strip cuts, there is a nice new view of the Catskills. CCC Road was pretty sloppy with the ice melting on it and I was careful parking but it was fine. I didn’t want to sink out of sight on the fragile soft shoulders. My truck is so muddy. After sking, drove down to Preston Hollow via Cheese Hill Road. Pretty drive. Not a half bad evening. 

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 32 degrees at 6am. 14 degrees above normal. Northwest wind 9 to 13 mph. In 2016, it got down to 35 degrees with periods of rain and snow. The record low of -16 occurred back in 1966.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 41% illuminated. The moon will rise around 12:16 am. The New Moon is next Sunday. The Full “Worm” Moon is in 3 weeks. The sun will rise at 6:44 am with the first light at 6:16 am, which is 1 minutes and 29 seconds earlier then yesterday. Tonight will have 13 hours and 9 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 47 seconds over last night.

Washington’s Birthday tomorrow will be sunny, with a high of 46 degrees at 2pm. 10 degrees above normal. Northwest wind 9 to 13 mph. A year ago, we had rain, snow and a high of 62 degrees. The record high of 66 was set in 1930. 11.2 inches of snow fell back in 1977. It will be a nice day. 

Tomorrow I’m thinking of going up to Kaaterskill Falls then along the rail trail with my cross country skis, and maybe then to the escarptment. Today I didn’t do any damage to my pinkey on my foot, so I’m hopeful that with the blister bandaged up I will be fine in the ski boots. 

Dashboard camera still had some issues with cutting out on rough roads but it are least switched on and off easily. I might not have fixed all of issues but I caught the video I cared about. And hopefully I won’t be losing video when I least expect it. 

In four weeks on March 19 the sun will be setting at 7:07 pm (Daylight Savings Time), which is 1 hour and 33 minutes later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had sunny skies and temperatures between 42 and 23 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 46 and 27 degrees. The record high of 78 degrees was set back in 2012.

Looking ahead, Daylight Savings Time is in 3 weeks, Palm Sunday is in 7 weeks, Easter is in 8 weeks, Average High is 60 is in 2 months, Mother’s Day is in 12 weeks and Father’s Day is in 17 weeks.

I’m off to bed. I want to get out skiing relatively early tomorrow. Good night! 

Good afternoon! Talk about a beautiful Sunday.  Mostly sunny and 49 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a west-northwest breeze at 11 mph. It’s a super afternoon, especially after this relatively cold winter. I am heading out cross country skiing or maybe snowshoeing at Partridge Run or maybe just Wolf Hill later on. The sun is definitely setting later, and only three weeks until Daylight Savings Starts in the second week of March.

This afternoon will be sunny, with a high of 50 degrees at 3pm. 15 degrees above normal. Northwest wind 11 to 13 mph. A year ago, we had snow and a high of 37 degrees. The record high of 66 was set in 1981. 11.4 inches of snow fell back in 1972. But it’s certainly not 1972 today, although i guess you could compare Richard Nixon to Donald Trump.

The sun will set at 5:33 pm with dusk around 6:02 pm, which is 1 minute and 17 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 10 hours and 48 minutes of daylight, an increase of 2 minutes and 46 seconds over yesterday. Nice long days.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 31 degrees at 6am. 13 degrees above normal. West wind 7 to 10 mph. In 2016, it got down to 35 degrees with periods of rain and snow. The record low of -16 occurred back in 1966. Maybe more tailgate drinking tonight?

As previously noted, there are 3 weeks until Daylight Savings Time when the sun will be setting at 6:59 pm with dusk at 7:27 pm (Daylight Savings Time). On that day in 2016, we had partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 62 and 25 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 43 degrees. We hit a record high of 69 back in 2012.

Yesterday I went out to Schodack Island State Park, and cross country skied around the preserve for a number of hours. It was quite nice skiing, but I managed to blister my pinky toe once again, and my foot was a bloody mess when I got home. The darn ski boots don’t fit my left correctly anymore – I don’t know but it seems like my left foot has a problem with getting blisters every time I ski. I’m going to bandage it up before skiing today, so hopefully my foot doesn’t get too infected. I hate going to the doctor.

Didn’t get any dash camera video on my trip to Schodack Island because I left the camera pointing towards the sky when I installed it. Today before I go anywhere, I’m going to check where the camera is pointed. So be it. I always like to have video to share of my road trip, but I don’t think the sky and bridges overhead going over the Dunn Memorial interchange is particularly exciting. And I was hoping to preserve my trip. But hell, I should get more video on the backroads, now that I fixed the power feed, by connecting it up with the switched power that also operates the CB radio. Now if we have more clear days. It will be nice when things green up and I can get video from going up to the Adirondacks.

Washed one of the most dirty walls in my apartment, and vacuumed both upstairs and downstairs. Did some cleaning in the kitchen and miscellaneous cleaning throughout the apartment. I need to keep to working on this, but I get busy during the weekdays, and honestly it’s not my favorite thing to do. I can’t wait until I have a place without carpets because they are a pain to have around. I also took the garbage and recyclables, but I do need to get the transfer station sooner then later because my cans are pretty well packed. I’m still a dirty hick, but at least that one spot on the wall, along with the light switch overhead, ain’t as dirty. That was bugging me this morning to no end.

Ended Up Going to Price Chopper at Nine O’Clock Last Night, because hell, it was fairly warm out last night and after I went for my evening walk, I really wanted a cold Corona or two to drink on the tailgate of my pickup truck. Bought the beer and peanuts, along with cake mix for tomorrow. I was going to stop to at Walmart or Price Chopper on the way home for skiing, but I was kind of tired at that point, so I said f*ck. I didn’t want to spend the money at any rate. I got to get to Wally World at some point though, as I really need to get a decent wallet that isn’t all ripped up, so I can leave my CDTA Navigator card in it and tap the bus to pay my fare. This means I am less likely to drop or lose the card, especially after a night out drinking. Going to be warm all week, so I have the 18 rack

I thought about going camping at Cole Hill or somewhere else nearby, but I decided hell, it’s still pretty cold out, the nights are long, and we are only three weeks from the time change at this point, when the sun will set at 7 PM or later. I am not convinced we are going to have much more snow at this point, and March is expected to be quite mild. There have been several years when I’ve been able to truck camp at Burnt-Rossman without snow in March. That’s always fun to do. Or I might wait to April, especially if I get busy with state budget sh*t. All I can say about state government is it sure keeps me entertained, although not as much Donald Trump. I’ve been saving a lot of miles on my truck this winter, in part because I don’t want to have to deal with the snow or winter anymore. It’s nice and warm at home.

Wired Up the Dash Camera to the CB Radio Switch. Finally got warm enough to make this relatively minor change, but this hopefully will keep the power from cutting off on rough roads to the dash camera. It’s also one quick switch to turn off the dash camera and CB radio when I park. If for some reason I want to keep the dash camera operating when the truck is turned off, I can just switch the CB radio off by the radio. But for the most part, I don’t need recording of where I’m parked all of the time. I also disconnected the solar controller. No need for it to be wasting electricity when the solar panel is disconnected form the truck. I might eventually permanently install the solar panel on my truck, but I’m more then a bit nervous about drilling through the fiberglass for good reason. It would be cool to charge my battery just by parking and not having to hook up the panel.

Cleaned A Lot of Crap Out of the Back of My Pickup. Just camping gear. But now I can finally take my garbage and bottles to the transfer station next weekend. Which is good because those cans are full. I drink a lot of milk, and all those plastic milk bottles take up room, especially because I’m not out camping, where admittingly a lot of them probably get burned or something like that. I do miss summer and those long nights around the campfire. Fortunately, camping season ain’t far away. My truck will be well organized and ready to load up camping gear once the snow melts. I am going to install a fresh accessory battery along with a low voltage cut-off in a few weeks, so I should have a long battery life for many nice nights camping.

Superglued the Hole in My Water Bottle. Camping on Christmas Day this year, it got a little too close to the heater and melted a small hole into it. I noticed it when I was snowshoeing and kind of got soaked through my backpack. Hopefully the super-glue when well dry will fix the hole and not poison me to death immediately. I could order another one, but I prefer to repair to turn things into firewood, I mean recycle the plastic.

“It looks like today will be another nice day.” 

Good morning! Happy Sunday. Three weeks to Daylight Savings Time. Partly cloudy and 37 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a west-northwest breeze at 6 mph.

Today will be mostly sunny, with a high of 47 degrees at 1pm. 13 degrees above normal. West wind 6 to 14 mph. A year ago, we had snow and a high of 37 degrees. The record high of 66 was set in 1981. 11.4 inches of snow fell back in 1972.

The sun will set at 5:33 pm with dusk around 6:02 pm, which is 1 minutes and 17 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 10 hours and 48 minutes of daylight, an increase of 1 minutes and 46 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 31 degrees at 6am. 13 degrees above normal. Northwest wind 8 to 10 mph. In 2016, it got down to 35 degrees with periods of rain and snow. The record low of -16 occurred back in 1966.

As previously noted, there are 3 weeks until Daylight Savings Time when the sun will be setting at 6:59 pm with dusk at 7:27 pm (Daylight Savings Time). On that day in 2016, we had partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 62 and 25 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 43 degrees. We hit a record high of 69 back in 2012.