March 3, 2017 Evening

Happy Friday! Going home time. We have some bright sun filtering through after the earlier snow squall and 30 degrees in City of Albany. There is a west-northwest breeze at 15 mph. The current wind chill is 19. Ducking cold out. I look forward to the muggy summer days. Drive safely, so you can make it the weekend. People seem to be cranky on the road, probably because of the cold. 

Waxing Crescent Moon tonight with 41% illuminated. The moon will set around 12:36 am. The First Quarter Moon is on Sunday night with partly cloudy expected. The Full “Worm” Moon is on Sunday, March 12th. The sun will rise at 6:25 am with the first light at 5:57 am, which is 1 minutes and 39 seconds earlier then yesterday. Tonight will have 12 hours and 35 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 53 seconds over last night.

Tonight will have a chance of snow showers, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 11 degrees at 6am. 11 degrees below normal. Half the normal temperature. Gawd, I know it doesn’t work that way but it is cold. Wind chill values as low as -5. Blustery, with a northwest wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 18 degrees with periods of snow. The record low of -20 occurred back in 1950. But not that cold. 

No real plans for tomorrow. Going to be cold with temperatures only reaching 21 degrees with windchills pushing zero all day. Sunny though. Maybe I’ll stay home and do some reading and maybe cleaning. Somewhat warmer with temperatures around 32 degrees. Maybe go hiking locally on Sunday. I want to wash my truck. If Glenmont is still closed, I’ll have to wash it in Greenville. I do enjoy hiking at that town preserve. 

In four weeks on March 31 the sun will be setting at 7:20 pm (Daylight Savings Time), which is 1 hour and 32 minutes later then today. In 2016 on that day, we had rain and temperatures between 71 and 49 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 51 and 31 degrees. The record high of 89 degrees was set back in 1998.

Looking ahead, St. Patrick’s Day is in 2 weeks, Good Friday is in 6 weeks, Arbor Day is in 8 weeks, Cinco de Mayo is in 9 weeks, Memorial Day Weekend is in 12 weeks and Election Day 2020 is in 44 months. Election Day will be here before you know it.