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Golden Software Celebrates National Beer Day

As I sat thinking last night, having a beer on New Beer’s Eve, about what to write my next blog about; it struck me, April 7th is National Beer Day and would be a great oppurtunity to discuss beer. National Beer Day celebrates the modification of the Volstead Act, which raised the legal alcohol level of beverages that can be consumed from .05 percent to 3.2 percent. On April 7th, 1933, President FDR took the initial leap towards ending Prohibition where he signed the act which allowed beer champions to legally purchase beer for the first time in over 13 years. After modifying the act, Americans consumed over 1.5 million barrels of beer! National Beer day was founded by beer enthusiasts Justin Smith and Mike Connolly in 2009 and has taken the nation by storm.

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The Sunniest Areas in the U.S. Identified With MapViewer

The Sunniest Areas in the U.S. Identified With MapViewer

As December ushers in snowy days and fewer daylight hours, I find I am grateful for every minute of sunshine I can get.  Even ten minutes outside in the sun can renew my energy for the remainder of the day.  I grew up in the Midwest where winters often consist of many grey snowy days and very few opportunities to enjoy the sun.  As a result, I find winters in Colorado much brighter and happier.

As the days got shorter and shorter before the winter solstice, I found myself wondering which areas in the U.S. receive the most sunshine each year.  I found some historical sunshine and cloud data online consisting of the total hours of sunshine each month at over 250 monitoring locations in the U.S collected between 1908 and 1992.   I used this data to calculate the average number of sunny days per year at each location and then plotted the results as a gradient map in MapViewer 8 GIS software.

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