As we head into November, the next sixteen weeks are generally coldest part of the year. Evenings will come much earlier as the time changes, average high temperatures will drop into the 50s then the 40s. In six weeks, the evenings will start getting slightly longer, in eight weeks at the start of winter the days will slowly but surely start to get longer. The coldest time of the year is eleven weeks out, with days getting noticeably longer and warmer come six weekends out. Eventually, spring will be back once again.

Albany, NY Temperature Normals and Records

Week Date Dawn Sun-
Dusk Day Avg High Avg Low Record Hi Record Low
0 Oct 31 7:00 am 7:29 am 5:48 pm 6:17 pm 10:19 54 35 73 (1946) 18 (1988)
1 Nov 7 6:08 am 6:38 am 4:40 pm 5:09 pm 10:02 51 34 75 (1938) 18 (1962)
2 Nov 14 6:16 am 6:46 am 4:33 pm 5:03 pm 9:46 49 32 70 (1973) 12 (1996)
3 Nov 21 6:24 am 6:55 am 4:27 pm 4:58 pm 9:32 46 30 70 (1931) 7 (1879)
4 Nov 28 6:32 am 7:03 am 4:23 pm 4:55 pm 9:20 43 28 68 (1990) 6 (1951)
5 Dec 5 6:39 am 7:10 am 4:22 pm 4:53 pm 9:11 40 25 65 (2001) 2 (1989)
6 Dec 12 6:45 am 7:16 am 4:22 pm 4:54 pm 9:05 37 23 62 (1979) -12 (1988)
7 Dec 19 6:49 am 7:21 am 4:24 pm 4:56 pm 9:02 35 20 54 (1895) -13 (1973)
8 Dec 26 6:52 am 7:24 am 4:28 pm 5:00 pm 9:04 33 18 59 (1895) -17 (1914)
9 Jan 2 6:53 am 7:25 am 4:34 pm 5:06 pm 9:08 31 16 61 (1890) -20 (1970)
10 Jan 9 6:53 am 7:24 am 4:41 pm 5:12 pm 9:16 30 15 62 (2008) -20 (1968)
11 Jan 16 6:50 am 7:21 am 4:49 pm 5:20 pm 9:27 30 14 62 (1995) -16 (1971)
12 Jan 23 6:46 am 7:16 am 4:58 pm 5:28 pm 9:41 31 14 64 (1906) -20 (1970)
13 Jan 30 6:40 am 7:10 am 5:07 pm 5:36 pm 9:56 31 15 56 (2013) -12 (1965)
14 Feb 6 6:33 am 7:02 am 5:16 pm 5:45 pm 10:13 33 16 55 (1991) -20 (1948)
15 Feb 13 6:24 am 6:53 am 5:25 pm 5:54 pm 10:31 34 17 58 (1900) -18 (1875)
16 Feb 20 6:15 am 6:43 am 5:34 pm 6:03 pm 10:50 36 18 66 (1930) -16 (1966)

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Google Maps: Average Yearly High Temperature In New York

The average yearly high temperature is the average of daily high temperature throughout the year in New York State. A cold weather climate state, the average high temperature is between 35 and 55 degrees depending on what part of the state you are in. It is on average 20 degrees warmer in New York City then in the High Peaks of the Adiroondacks. This interactive map can be zoomed in see the average temperature where you live in the state.

Data Source: This coverage contains data representing areas (polygons) of Average Temperature for the period 1971-2000. The data has been converted from grids to polygons. Purpose: Display and/or analyses requiring spatially distributed Average Temperature for the climatological period 1971-2000. From the The PRISM Group at Oregon State University.

Methane to Its Madness

"You don’t often find oil and gas companies lining up to take business advice from a bunch of tree huggers—especially when it comes to climate change. But that’s exactly what happened when the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) decided to tackle the problem of leaking methane, a rarely mentioned but extremely potent greenhouse pollutant. Methane, the main constituent of natural gas, is a lot cleaner than coal when used to make electricity, but when it gets into the atmosphere unburned it behaves like an invisible blanket. At least 10 million tons of methane escapes from the nation’s sprawling oil and gas system every year, resulting in about a good portion of the warming the planet is currently seeing."

Map: James Kennedy State Forest

Map: James Kennedy State Forest

The James D. Kennedy Memorial State Forest, or Cortland Reforestation Area #3, and was named in memory of the Distract Forester James D. Kennedy. The 4422 acre forest is located in the towns of Harford, Lapeer and Virgil on Babcock Hollow, Baldwin, Bleck, Cook Hill, Courtney Hill, Cortwright, Hauck Hill, Hilsinger, O'Dell, Owego Hill, Quail Hollow, Scutt Hill, Valentine Hill and Van Donsel Roads. The forest was established between 1931 and 1974 to reduce soil erosion, produce forest products, help stabilize the tax base, and provide recreational opportunities. Most of the landscape was cleared of trees for agriculture during the mid-to- late 19th century by European settlers. Between 1931 and 1976 approximately 2,280,500 pine, spruce, cedar, larch and red oak were planted. The trees were planted by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp S-125 based in Slaterville Springs, NY; Conservation Department employees; Camp Pharsalia crews and social service crews. Today the forest provides a diverse group of ecological, economic, and recreational services.

On this Halloween morning the sun has finally come up. 45 degrees and sunny, although the bus is a bit chilly as some of the windows are open and the heat is off. I’m sure with the sun it will be plenty warm in my office though. Maybe 52 degrees later.

The sun will set at 5:48 pm with dusk around 6:17 pm, which is one minute and 19 seconds earlier than yesterday. Next week it will be an hour earlier. At sunset, look for partly clear conditions and 50 degrees. There will be a west breeze at 9 mph. Today will have 10 hours and 19 minutes of daytime, a decrease of 2 minutes and 34 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 33 degrees at 6am. Two degrees below normal. But not quite freezing. West wind 3 to 8 mph. In 2016, we had mostly clear skies with more clouds in the early hours of the next day. It got down to 25 degrees. The record low of 22 occurred back in 1964. That was a pretty cold autumn but also exceptionally dry.

Definitely a pretty nice day to conclude October. It was such a busy crazy month that went by so fast. I’m glad I’m getting a November inspection sticker this year so I don’t have to deal with the state inspection until next November. Synthetic oil means I won’t need an oil change until May or June based on the mileage I normally drive.

Since they repaved the South Mall Arterial it has gotten a fair bit smoother but it is still fairly rough in spots. I guess it’s one step forward. There is a lot of traffic on it today but it’s moving well. It’s nice catching the express in. Last week it either was rainy or too difficult to get moving fast enough in the morning with the dark skies to get an early enough start to catch the express bus. Once the time changes next week, I probably will catch more of the express buses downtown.

As previously noted, next Tuesday is Election Day 2017 when the sun will be setting at 4:40 pm with dusk at 5:09 pm (Standard Time). Have you made your plans to get out and vote? I voted in the proxy ballot for some of my investment funds but I also need to vote on the machine for the local political races. I did vote in favor of the divestment proposal, because while it might add some costs, I think in the long run it’s better not to do business with dictators. I think this is the first time I’ve ever voted on a machine in Delmar in a local election. On that day in 2016, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 53 and 28 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 51 degrees. We hit a record high of 75 back in 1938.