"Nebraska was a largely treeless prairie region when, on April 10, 1872, it became the first state to celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees."
"The celebration came a few months after J. Sterling Morton, a vice-president of the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture, first proposed to the Board that the day be set aside for tree planting and that they should offer a "special premium" or prize for the county and for the person that planted the most trees on that day. The Board approved his resolution. Reportedly, there were more than a million trees planted in the state that first year."
Meteorologists say that Albany's climate is getting wetter. One effect of the wetter climate in Albany is that major dry spells are becoming less common in the Albany-area. Indeed between 1995 and 2015, there was not a single period of 14 days without some sort of precipitation. That is the longest recorded period without a dry period in Albany. We did have a dry periods during the spring 2015 and the winter of 2016, but both just barely over the definition (14 days and 15 days).
I have a modest proposition — tax the black flies. I don’t know what rate, or how to collect such a tax — but it could greatly improve the quality of life in the Adirondacks during the spring black fly season. A modest tax on black flies could raise hundreds of millions of dollars..
If your not familiar with the black fly season, or have not been outside during a particularly hellish black fly season, you probably don’t understand the need for taxation on black flies, to control this Adirondack nuisance. Think swarms of little black flies, waiting for you to sit down, or even just stand still.
Forget about that cruel joke known as bug spray with DEET. That doesn’t do much of anything to control the black fly population. Moreover, the primary purpose of DEET is to make you sick from the smell of it. Citronella candles, DEET wipe pads — you might as not waste your money, as I think they mostly attract the black flies.
There are only four ways really to escape the clouds of Adirondack black flies:
- Keep moving. Black flies need you stay still to bite you.
- Hide out under the screens of your tent or truck cap.
- Wait until it’s dark out. Black flies disappear within minutes of darkness.
- Wait until late June. Then the black are all dead.
Jesus was a working man
And a hero you will hear
Born in the town of Bethlehem
At the turning of the year
When Jesus was a little lad
Streets rang with his name
For he argued with the older men
And put them all to shame
He became a wandering journeyman
And he traveled far and wide
And he noticed how wealth and poverty
Live always side by side
So he said, "Come all you working men
Farmers and weavers too
If you would only stand as one
This world belongs to you
When the rich men heard what the carpenter had done
To the Roman troops they ran
Saying put this rebel Jesus down
He's a menace to God and man
The commander of the occupying troops
Just laughed and then he said
"There's a cross to spare on Calvaries hill
By the weekend he'll be dead
Now Jesus walked among the poor
For the poor were his own kind
And they'd never let them get near enough
To take him from behind
So they hired one of the traders trade
And an informer was he
And he sold his brother to the butchers men
For a fistful of silver money
And Jesus sat in the prison cell
And they beat him and offered him bribes
To desert the cause of his fellow man
And work for the rich men's tribe
And the sweat stood out on Jesus' brow
And the blood was in his eye
When they nailed his body to the Roman cross
They laughed as they watched him die
Two thousand years have passed and gone
Many a hero too
But the dream of this poor carpenter
Remains in the hands of you
We have a nice week coming up with lots of sun and warmth -- all week will be a few degrees above normal -- with today and tomorrow being particularly warm but not record breaking. Going to be a bit dry, but this spring has been fairly wet, and hopefully things will green up quickly. No freezing temperatures seen for foreseeable future in Albany, so things should green up quickly after a very cold March.
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.
With temperatures climbing close to 80 degrees mid-week, it's time to bring out the Mug-o-Meter (TM). While it will get warm early in the week, it will be a dry heat, so don't expect much sweating or discomfort as things start to warm up and spring heads our way.