February 17, 2017 8 AM Update

“Well soon you’ll have a chance to make your weekends great again with tomorrow being a Saturday and a long weekend to follow at least with businesses that close in observation of President’s Day, as we look back to the era when we had somewhat competent presidents.”

26 degrees under more sun then earlier as we head up to around 33 degrees later. Partly sunny today but about 10 degrees warmer tomorrow. Less wind later which should make things feel less cold.

The sun will set at 5:30 pm with dusk around 5:59 pm, which is 1 minute and 17 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 10 hours and 43 minutes of daylight, an increase of 2 minutes and 44 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 16 degrees at 6am. Two degrees below normal. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming south after midnight. In 2016, it got down to 16 degrees with periods of snow. The record low of -21 occurred back in 1973.

There is one month until St. Patrick’s Day when the sun will be setting at 7:05 pm with dusk at 7:33 pm (Daylight Savings Time). Friday, St Patrick’s Day is a good day for drinking green beer, especially when you don’t work on Saturdays. The average high temperature is 45 degrees, with a record high of 70 in 1995. Maybe by then if my weekends are free enough I can get camping. Certainly they are predicting above average temperatures for Saint Patrick Day.

Looking forward to the long weekend, although my plans are far from finalized. It’s possible that I will go camping locally one night, but I’m not sure with all the snow everywhere and the difficult of setting up in the snow. I do want to go skiing. I got clean out my truck, get it dug out of the snow and make that wiring change to improve the power I’m getting to the dash cam. One of those days, I’m thinking about Cross Country Skiing at Schodack Island State Park, which is great because it’s flat and relatively close to home — and along the river, you can definitely see a lot of birds and wildlife — especially now that the river is once again unfrozen. I like Hannacroix Preserve, but with the hills, that’s better for snow shoes. Sunday or Monday, I’m thinking the Kaaterskill Rail Trail and North South Lake Campground for cross-country skiing.

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