Good morning! Today marks the final day of February. Three weeks to Spring. Mostly cloudy and 38 degrees in Delmar, NY. Calm wind. More clearing is expected later this morning.

Today will have a slight chance of rain before noon, then a chance of rain after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high of 54 degrees at 3pm. 16 degrees above normal. Southeast wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 57 degrees. The record high of 63 was set in 1903. 9.7 inches of snow fell back in 1948.

I think I have a bit of a a cold, at least I’m somewhat congested this morning. I’m not sure if I should have skipped the coffee this morning, indeed I reheated some and went to the store but then ended up having orange juice instead with the eggs.

The sun will set at 5:44 pm with dusk around 6:13 pm, which is 1 minutes and 14 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 11 hours and 14 minutes of daylight, an increase of 1 minutes and 51 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low of 50 degrees at 9pm. 29 degrees above normal. South wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 21 degrees with periods of rain. The record low of -9 occurred back in 1948.

Yesterday I went to Rezsin’s house in the city and folded Pine Bush newsletters for about an hour. I wouldn’t have driven downtown but I wanted to get my truck washed but the nine foot bay is still closed. That sucks. I guess I will have to wait until the weekend now.

As previously noted, there are 3 weeks until Spring when the sun will be setting at 7:09 pm with dusk at 7:37 pm (Daylight Savings Time). On that day in 2016, we had snow and temperatures between 46 and 32 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 46 degrees. We hit a record high of 78 back in 1921.

While yesterday I left a few windows open, I decided today would be too cold for doing that. I did however do that yesterday. I’m hoping spring will come shortly.

I look forward to hearing the president’s annual speech tonight. I know we’ve hard previews of what he going to say, but I would like to hear more details to be sure. I like the idea that he has of shrinking government, but I also think shrinking law enforcement and military should be part of the idea. In an era of declining crime, and no major wars or terrorist attacks, it doesn’t make sense to be spending so much borrowed money. There is just too much government, and it needs to be shrunk at all levels.