May 16, 2017 Night

Good evening! Partly cloudy and 69 degrees in Delmar. Calm wind. The dew point is 49 degrees. Not a bad evening but I was disappointed that the PBS Newshour didn’t record earlier. I think the digital TV box needs to be turned on and off again. Definitely looking forward to tomorrow’s hotter weather. 

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 56 degrees at 5am. Nine degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 49 at 9pm. Light and variable wind. Leave those windows wide open for fresh air! In 2016, it got down to 40 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. The record low of 30 occurred back in 1959.

Waning Gibbous Moon tonight with 61% illuminated. The moon will rise around 11:10 pm. The Last Quarter Moon is on Friday night with partly cloudy expected. The Full “Strawberry” Moon is on Friday, June 9th. The sun will rise at 5:30 am with the first light at 4:58 am, which is 58 seconds earlier than yesterday. I got to draw the curtains and get to bed early because the bright sun keeps waking me up early. Tonight will have 9 hours and 17 minutes of darkness, a decrease of one minute and 59 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high of 87 degrees at 4pm. 17 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 58 at 6pm. Warm but quite dry air. South wind 7 to 13 mph becoming west in the afternoon. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 66 degrees. The record high of 89 was set in 1977. We could break that record tomorrow. Should be nice day especially now that things have greened up. Those greens of the new leaves are always pretty. 

A picture perfect weekend on tap, especially because I don’t have to work. Saturday, mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Maximum dew point of 42 at 5pm. Sunday, partly sunny, with a high near 70. Maximum dew point of 49 at 2pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 71 degrees.

I found out that I’m not working this weekend, so that’s kind of nice because it means I can do the Lupine Festival. I might still be on call but I don’t expect anything big to develop during the weekend and Albany is a quicker hop then NY City. I was thinking about going up to the Adirondacks or maybe Schoharie to go camping after the lupine festival, but at this point I think I’ll just hold off for Memorial Day Weekend as I wouldn’t get up there until relatively late on Saturday and at that point, I’m not sure if it’s worth it despite the nice weather — especially being Black Fly Season. It’s just a lot of work to pack and unpack all of the camping gear. Maybe instead I’ll go hiking or paddling in the Catskills. Maybe both — I could go to North/South Lake and toss out a line and paddle, then do some hiking in that area. 

I am looking forward to the warm weather tomorrow and Thursday, although both nights I will have things to do in the city. Wednesday is the Albany Pine Bush Dinner. I’m sure after the dinner I’ll sit out back just like tonight. But not too late because that sun has been waking me up kind of early lately. Maybe try out the fan I have in my truck sitting out back tomorrow. 

I’m just hoping this nice weather lasts through Memorial Day Weekend. Seems like I keep losing at the weather lottery. Saving a shit ton of miles on my truck, and that’s why I haven’t done an oil change yet. I looked at the price of a Walmart oil change, and it’s foolish to waste my time doing it myself. I don’t know if I will go to Walmart but I’m sure doing it myself really ain’t worth the hassle with the price of oil these days. 

I had to return my library books so I went to the library for a bit. Uploaded another graph and I started to work on some new code to start making preview graphs as images to share in social media. It’s a bit complicated but I’m figuring out how to make it happen. 

In four weeks on June 13 the sun will be setting at 8:34 pm, which is 21 minutes and 49 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 66 and 52 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 77 and 56 degrees. The record high of 94 degrees was set back in 1892.

Looking ahead, 8:30 PM Sunset is in 3 weeks, Independence Day is in 7 weeks, August 1st is in 11 weeks, Altamont Fair Opens is in 13 weeks, Lowville Cream Cheese Festival is in 4 months, Friday the 13th (October) is in 20 weeks, Election Day 2017 is in 25 weeks, Average High is 40 is in 26 weeks, Election Day 2018 is in 77 weeks and Election Day 2020 is in 181 weeks.