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.

Spring maybe a little over five and half weeks away, slowly but surely we are climbing out of the bleak of winter.☃ By March, temperatures in the 40s are common, and indeed sometimes we get weather in the 50s, 60s, and 70s.🌲 Who know how many much snow we get in March, it can very a lot from year to year.🌻

Albany, NY Temperature Normals and Records

Week Date Dawn Sun-
rise
Sun-
set
Dusk Day Avg High Avg Low Record Hi Record Low
0 Feb 8 6:30 am 7:00 am 5:18 pm 5:48 pm 10:18 33 16 52 (1925) -16 (1950)
1 Feb 15 6:21 am 6:50 am 5:28 pm 5:56 pm 10:37 35 17 55 (2006) -22 (1943)
2 Feb 22 6:11 am 6:40 am 5:36 pm 6:05 pm 10:56 36 19 68 (1997) -8 (1963)
3 Mar 1 6:01 am 6:29 am 5:45 pm 6:13 pm 11:16 39 21 66 (2017) -9 (1948)
4 Mar 8 5:49 am 6:17 am 5:54 pm 6:22 pm 11:36 41 23 68 (2012) -2 (1989)
5 Mar 15 6:37 am 7:05 am 7:02 pm 7:30 pm 11:56 44 25 72 (1989) 1 (1993)
6 Mar 22 6:25 am 6:53 am 7:10 pm 7:38 pm 12:17 47 28 81 (2012) 2 (1875)
7 Mar 29 6:12 am 6:41 am 7:18 pm 7:46 pm 12:37 50 31 85 (1946) 0 (1923)
8 Apr 5 6:00 am 6:29 am 7:26 pm 7:55 pm 12:57 54 33 82 (1928) 14 (2016)
9 Apr 12 5:48 am 6:17 am 7:34 pm 8:03 pm 13:17 57 36 84 (1977) 13 (1874)
10 Apr 19 5:36 am 6:06 am 7:42 pm 8:12 pm 13:36 60 39 92 (1976) 18 (1875)
11 Apr 26 5:25 am 5:55 am 7:50 pm 8:20 pm 13:54 63 41 90 (1990) 24 (1972)
12 May 3 5:14 am 5:45 am 7:58 pm 8:29 pm 14:12 66 43 89 (2001) 29 (1966)
13 May 10 5:05 am 5:37 am 8:06 pm 8:37 pm 14:28 68 45 92 (1970) 28 (1958)
14 May 17 4:57 am 5:30 am 8:13 pm 8:45 pm 14:43 70 47 92 (2017) 30 (1959)
15 May 24 4:50 am 5:24 am 8:20 pm 8:53 pm 14:55 72 50 92 (1964) 29 (1963)
16 May 31 4:46 am 5:20 am 8:26 pm 9:00 pm 15:06 74 52 92 (2013) 34 (1961)

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Temperature, Through Wednesday February 14

Today's snow and ice will stick around until the end of the week but look for some slow but steady melting come Saturday and Sunday. Average high temperatures are now above freezing at 33 degrees, and will be up to 34 degrees on average by next week. There is some hope for spring -- 41 days away -- once we get through today's snow and ice storm.

While we got a inch or two of the dusty white stuff, it looks like on Wednesday we could get quite a bit more of the white stuff. ☃ I may have to think about moving my truck to it’s winter parking spot, 🚘 but I will keep an eye on the weather.🙄 I don’t like to move it unless I can run it for a bit, maybe it’s an excuse to run to the grocery store tonight or tomorrow, we will see. I don’t really need anything in supplies, AFAIK at this point.🛍

Weather Summary
Today. Sunny and Blustery and 27 degrees , 6 max wind chill, 5:15 sunset.
Tonight. Partly Cloudy then Slight Chance of Snow Showers and 16 degrees , 7 max wind chill, 7:02 sunrise.
Tuesday. Slight Chance of Snow Showers and 32 degrees , 9 max wind chill, 5:16 sunset.
Tuesday Night. Partly Cloudy then Slight Chance of Snow Showers and 17 degrees , 7:01 sunrise.
Wednesday. Snow and 28 degrees , 5:17 sunset.
Wednesday Night. Snow is likely and 17 degrees , 7 max wind chill, 7:00 sunrise.
Thursday. Partly Sunny and 26 degrees , 6 max wind chill, 5:18 sunset.
Thursday Night. Partly Cloudy and 8 degrees , 1 max wind chill, 6:58 sunrise.
Friday. Partly Sunny and 27 degrees , 2 max wind chill, 5:20 sunset.
Friday Night. Chance of Snow Showers and 13 degrees , 14 max wind chill, 6:57 sunrise.
Saturday. Chance of Snow Showers and 33 degrees , 5:21 sunset.
Saturday Night. Chance of Rain/Snow and 24 degrees , 6:56 sunrise.
Sunday. Chance of Rain/Snow and 39 degrees , 5:22 sunset.

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Rather cold, unsettled pattern for the next week to start out February. Not exceptionally cold or snowy, but certainly on the cool side of things on Friday into Saturday, especially when you factor in the wind chill. Some sunny days, but not a lot. When the sun comes out, it will be cold. I guess the big upside is the days now are quickly getting longer, as we head into February.

Weather Summary
This Afternoon. Chance of Rain/Snow and 40 degrees , 5:10 sunset.
Tonight. Chance of Rain/Snow then Chance of Snow Showers and 20 degrees , 7 max wind chill, 7:07 sunrise.
Friday. Slight Chance of Snow Showers and Blustery and 24 degrees , -2 max wind chill, 5:10 sunset.
Friday Night. Partly Cloudy and 6 degrees , -5 max wind chill, 7:05 sunrise.
Saturday. Partly Sunny and 26 degrees , -3 max wind chill, 5:11 sunset.
Saturday Night. Chance of Light Snow and 21 degrees , 11 max wind chill, 7:04 sunrise.
Sunday. Snow is likely then Rain/Snow is likely and 36 degrees , 11 max wind chill, 5:13 sunset.
Sunday Night. Snow is likely and 24 degrees , 7:03 sunrise.
Monday. Partly Sunny and 32 degrees , 5:14 sunset.
Monday Night. Partly Cloudy and 11 degrees , 10 max wind chill, 7:02 sunrise.
Tuesday. Mostly Cloudy and 29 degrees , 5 max wind chill, 5:15 sunset.
Tuesday Night. Chance of Snow and 20 degrees , 13 max wind chill, 7:01 sunrise.
Wednesday. Snow is likely then Rain/Snow is likely and 38 degrees , 13 max wind chill, 5:17 sunset.

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Temperature, Through Monday February 5

For my birthday week, it is expected to be a bit cool for late January but not cold by any means. The coldest night will be early Wednesday morning, dropping down to 11, which is cool but not that cold. Maybe hit 40 or so on Thursday with clouds and snow flurries. Nothing really to celebrate or complain about. It's winter. But it won't last that much longer, regardless of the decision of the Ground Hog.

50 days from now is the first day of spring (Tuesday, March 20th).

While it will take a while for things to warm up, there will be a warm up and get progressively nicer as we head through February into March.

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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