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Last year was pretty mild too …

On Monday 02/20/17 we had mostly sunny skies with high of 43 and a low of 26, which is seven degrees above normal.

On Tuesday 02/21/17 we had drizzle and mostly cloudy skies with high of 44 and a low of 18, which is eight degrees above normal.

On Wednesday 02/22/17 we had rain and partly cloudy skies with high of 57 and a low of 38, which is 21 degrees above normal.

On Thursday 02/23/17 we had mostly sunny skies with high of 69 and a low of 41, which is 32 degrees above normal.

On Friday 02/24/17 we had rain, patches of fog and partly cloudy skies with high of 74 and a low of 41, which is 37 degrees above normal.

On Saturday 02/25/17 we had thunderstorm, thunderstorm rain, rain, mist and mostly cloudy skies with high of 70 and a low of 37, which is 33 degrees above normal.

On Sunday 02/26/17 we had rain, snow and cloudy skies with high of 38 and a low of 24, which is normal.

Good morning! What day is it? 💘Valentine’s Day,💖 of course. Next Wednesday is February Save the Pine Bush Dinner, the 40th Anniversary. Cloudy☁ and 33 degrees in Albany. There is a south breeze at 8 mph. The skies will clear mid-morning.

🌻Only 34 days remain until the first day of calendar spring!🌻

Today will be mostly sunny, with a high of 46 degrees at 4pm. 12 degrees above normal. South wind 7 to 10 mph.🌞 It’s going to be a long sought out February thaw. This is going to be a nice day, hopefully melting the ice that is making the sidewalks and driveways so treacherous. ⛄A year ago, we had cloudy skies, clearing in the afternoon. The high last year was 36 degrees. The record high of 63 was set in 1946. 23.5 inches of snow fell back in 1914.

The sun will set at 5:26 pm with dusk around 5:55 pm, which is one minute and 18 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly clear conditions and 44 degrees. 🌚There will be a south-southwest breeze at 7 mph. Today will have 10 hours and 34 minutes of daytime, a decrease of 2 minutes and 42 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a slight chance of rain and snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 35 degrees at 9pm.⛅ 18 degrees above normal. South wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2017, we had partly cloudy skies with more clouds in the early hours of the next day. It got down to 32 degrees. The record low of -22 occurred back in 1943.☃

Last night I was playing with the GPS logger I built. It worked well, although it didn’t start up right away when I got out of the parking garage.🌍 But I don’t normally park Big Red in a parking garage. Next I have to figure out how to translate the points into lines.♈ It does a pretty good job of recording my position every second, along with speed altitude and direction heading. It also would be interesting if I could join it along a highway map so I could spit out a list of roads traveled and make graphs of speed and particularly elevation. 🏔I expect to have this perfected and mounted on perfboard🔬 within the next weeks.

This weekend, probably going to stay in town but I will go out hiking or maybe skiing, if there is any snow left. The woods might be muddy but I will wear my boots.👞 I know of many trails that won’t be a complete mosh pit for hiking, although I will have to plan where I’m going. I could go to the Catskills but I would be worried about the ice, even with the micro-spikes.🌲

As previously noted, next Wednesday is the February Save the Pine Bush Dinner – 40th Anniversary🍝 when the sun will be setting at 5:35 pm with dusk at 6:04 pm. 🌲On that day in 2017, we had drizzle, mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 44 and 18 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 36 degrees. We hit a record high of 65 back in 1981.

Average Temperatures

This table shows the average high, median, and low temperatures for the next year. Previous year values are shown in parenthesis.

Date High Median Low
Thursday, February 15 35 (39) 26 (36) 17 (32)
Sunday, March 4 40 (23) 31 (16) 22 (8)
Saturday, March 17 45 (40) 35 (28) 26 (16)
Wednesday, March 28 50 (51) 40 (45) 30 (38)
Saturday, April 7 55 (46) 44 (42) 34 (37)
Wednesday, April 18 60 (58) 49 (49) 38 (40)
Tuesday, May 1 65 (74) 54 (62) 43 (49)
Wednesday, May 16 70 (77) 58 (61) 47 (44)
Sunday, June 3 75 (72) 64 (59) 53 (45)
Friday, June 22 80 (81) 69 (67) 59 (53)
Saturday, August 18 80 (77) 70 (74) 60 (71)
Saturday, September 8 75 (68) 65 (59) 55 (49)
Friday, September 21 70 (81) 60 (72) 50 (63)
Tuesday, October 2 65 (69) 55 (54) 45 (39)
Monday, October 15 60 (74) 50 (66) 40 (57)
Sunday, October 28 55 (67) 46 (52) 36 (37)
Saturday, November 10 50 (50) 42 (40) 33 (29)
Thursday, November 22 45 (37) 38 (34) 30 (30)
Tuesday, December 4 40 (36) 33 (30) 26 (23)
Monday, December 17 35 (35) 28 (28) 21 (20)
Tuesday, January 8 30 (23) 22 (16) 15 (9)

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Good morning! Happy Sunday.⛪ Next Sunday is Winnie the Pooh Day.🍯 Freezing drizzle and 31 degrees in Westerlo. There is a north breeze at 9 mph. The skies will clear tomorrow around 9 am.

💮Only 37 days remain until the first day of calendar spring!💮

Today will have some freezing rain before noon, then rain.🌧 Areas of fog between noon and 3pm. High of 39 degrees at 5pm. Six degrees above normal. North wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. A year ago, we had cloudy skies. The high last year was 34 degrees. The record high of 59 was set in 1981. 9.6 inches of snow fell back in 1933.

The sun will set at 5:23 pm with dusk around 5:52 pm, which is one minute and 18 seconds later than yesterday.☁ At sunset, look for cloudy conditions and 39 degrees. There will be a south-southeast breeze at 6 mph. Today will have 10 hours and 26 minutes of daytime, a decrease of 2 minutes and 37 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of rain between 9pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 28 degrees at 6am.☁ 11 degrees above normal. South wind 7 to 15 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2017, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 23 degrees. The record low of -16 occurred back in 1979.

So yesterday, I figured out why the Arduino Nano kept crashing and refusing to operate the MAX7219 module like the Arduino Uno did. It turns out the Nano, at least the clone I have, doesn’t like voltage to be inputed via VIN pin if you are only supplying it with 5 volts. The linear voltage regulator doesn’t automatically switch to a direct connection like the Uno. So the voltage was dropping too lower for the microcontroller, as the voltage from the USB power adapter dropped as the LED display started demanding higher amounts of current. I guess this also happened with the Uno too but it took a bigger drop in voltage for it to crash/shut-off. At least that appears like the problem. This time when I rebuild the case, I’m going to cut out the cracked part and make it smaller (as the Nano is smaller), and glue it and make sure the glue is fully set before putting components in there and having them accidentally stick.

I told myself I would not order any more electronic components, until I discovered I needed a few more pin headers for a project I was working on. So I broke down and bought them. But I am not buying anything further,⚡ until I have used up and built out all the projects I’m doing now. I promise. Even though most components I’ve bought are under $10, after a while that shit adds up. But at any rate, I’m saving money by not traveling much this winter, although my heating bills have been relatively high because it’s been a cold winter.🔦 $95 in electric and gas last month, once again. Ouch. But now my electronics toolbox should be very well equiped for the basic projects i’m building, assuming the big bags of cheap basic electronics components I ordered from China arrive.

Other then that, with the freezing rain🌧 I’m going to stay home for now, 🏠although later on I’ll probably head down to the library to upload some stuff to the blog. 📚 I’ve gotten a lot of new maps done. Then I will have to go out shopping for groceries later on. Mostly just stuff for lunch although I’ll also want to pick up some shredded cheese, pasta sauce and a few other things. My goal is to make it out of the grocery store with less then $40 in damage to my checking. Even though I did take home a fair bit more last week thanks to the Trump Tax Cut, but a lot of that money is going away going forward, as I’m putting it in savings.

As previously noted, next Sunday is Winnie the Pooh Day🐝🍯 when the sun will be setting at 5:32 pm with dusk at 6:01 pm. On that day in 2017, we had partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 52 and 18 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 35 degrees. We hit a record high of 63 back in 1981.

The days are quickly getting longer … Daylight Savings Time is now only four Sundays from now. And it won’t be getting dark until even later, figuring a half hour or so between sunset and dusk. No more getting out of work at 5 PM in the pitch blackness.

5:30 pm sunset – Thursday, February 15
5:45 pm sunset – Tuesday, February 27
Daylight Savings Time Begins – Sunset on Sunday, March 11 is at 6:58 pm
7:00 pm sunset – Monday, March 12
7:15 pm sunset – Sunday, March 25
7:30 pm sunset – Saturday, April 7
7:45 pm sunset – Friday, April 20
8:00 pm sunset – Friday, May 4
8:15 pm sunset – Friday, May 18
8:30 pm sunset – Tuesday, June 5

Good morning! Happy Saturday. Finally the weekend! Not the nicest weekend ever, but it will be mild, and it doesn’t look like it will rain much until later. Right now, cloudy☁ and 35 degrees in Westerlo. There is a south breeze at 8 mph. The skies will clear Monday around 9 am.

🌺Only 38 days remain until the first day of calendar spring!🌺

Today will have a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high of 45 degrees at 3pm. 12 degrees above normal. South wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies. The high last year was 23 degrees. The record high of 53 was set in 1955. 4 inches of snow fell back in 1892.

The sun will set at 5:22 pm with dusk around 5:51 pm, which is one minute and 18 seconds later than yesterday. 🌇At sunset, look for cloudy conditions and 40 degrees. There will be a south breeze at 5 mph. Today will have 10 hours and 24 minutes of daytime, a decrease of 2 minutes and 36 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will rain.🌧 Patchy fog after 1am. Low of 34 degrees at 6am. 16 degrees above normal. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. In 2017, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 20 degrees. The record low of -18 occurred back in 1962.

Today I am thinking about going over to the Adirondack Outdoorsman Show🐐🔫🎣, but I lot depends on my schedule. It’s a long drive up Johnstown, which gives me pause, and if I’m not spending the weekend up in the Adirondacks it might not be worthwhile. I have some other business to attend to in Albany, so I don’t know if I will have the time. Depends how I feel later on.

I discovered the wonders of Alibaba/AliExpress yesterday.📺 If you want inexpensive electronics components in bulk, that’s the place to go. I am $40 poorer💻 after going to Alibaba but in 2-4 weeks I’ll have more Dupont Cables, Resistors, LEDs, Electrolytic Capacitors, and Max7219 modules⚡ then I will need for some time going forward. If you can wait 2-4 weeks, you can get some amazingly cheap stuff direct from China for building stuff.

Still haven’t figured out why the Max7219 modules are sopping too much current from my Arduino Nano. 🔌I am going to try some resistors to see if that helps, maybe today or tomorrow. I don’t know I have a busy schedule.

I do need to make some more maps up for the blog. 🗺Maybe this weekend, although I have to admit I’ve lost interest to a certain extent in map making, now that I’m much more interested in electronics.