Albany County

Albany County (/ˈɔːlbəniː/ awl-bə-nee) is a county located in the U.S. state of New York, and is part of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy Metropolitan Statistical Area. The name is from the title of the Duke of York and Albany, who became James II of England (James VII of Scotland). As of the 2010 census, the population was 304,204.[1] As originally established, Albany County had an indefinite amount of land, but has only 530 square miles (1,400 km2) as of March 3, 1888. The county seat is Albany, the state capital.

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Albany County Rail Trail
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Bethlehem, New York
Black Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area
Cole Hill State Forest
Colonie, New York
Delmar, New York
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Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Four Corners Laundromat
Guilderland, New York
Henry Hudson Park
Holt Preserve
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John Boyd Thacher State Park
Keleher Preserve
Knox
Lawson Lake County Park
Louise Kerr Wildlife Management Area
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Partridge Run Game Management Area
Petrol 9w Co
Rensselaerville
Rensselearville
Swift Wetland Preserve
Thatcher Park
Walmart Glenmont
Westerlo

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People sometimes ask what West Virignia is like compared to Upstate New York. It’s really not that much different all things considered.

Much of the terrian of Northern West Viriginia, in the region of the Monongehella and George Washington National Forests is in many ways similar to that of the Green Mountains, especially in the region east of the Lake Champlain Valley. Tall, but not too tall mountains break up the landscape, with narrow passages that rivers have carved through them. The ridges are quite a bit steeper though then the Green Mountains, the roads that climb them are much more windy.

Windy roads — many dirt roads but also many black top ones — cross the mountains. The valleys of West Virginia remind me a lot of some parts of the Green Mountains — fertile valleys and steep hills and mountain ranges surrounding them. Some of the peaks look very much like the Green Mountains. In some ways the region reminds me a bit of Cattaraugus County and the hills and valleys that dot the landscape there.

One noticable difference is the landscape in the valleys in West Virginia is dotted by chicken and turkey farms, and some beef but almost no dairy in this part of state. There just isn’t the milk plants to take the milk, and there is a large frozen chicken processor in Morefield. The chicken farms aren’t that different from dairies, but instead of red barns, they typically have long steel barns. Most of the valleys are planted with corn which is processed on-farm into chicken feed. Turkeys are similiar, except turkey barns typically are one story and are more open then chicken barns. This time of year, I didn’t really notice any smell from the chicken barns but the turkey farms were kind of earthy smelling. Maybe a bit pungent, but certainly not like dairy.

Farther upland it’s mostly just hunting camps and vacation homes. To the north of the forest is coal land, dotted by strip mines that feed the vercious mouth of the Mount Storm Coal Plant. Rural homes spread out in that area, some farms and a what not used for coal is timberlands leased by hunters.

Accents in northern West Virigina aren’t that strong. They are more Applachian then anything else — they are quite similiar to what you mind find in the eastern half of New York State — the rural areas. There are a lot of people out hunting, as small game season for squrrels and rabbits is open now. Nothing that much different from Upstate New York.

All and all, to a New Yorker, especially one from Upstate New York who has spent a lot of time in rural parts of the state, you won’t find things much different from the Upstate landscape and peoples that you know well.

Good evening! Light drizzle and 59 degrees in Albany. There is a north breeze at 11 mph. The dew point is 48 degrees. No serious rain just a tad bit damp. Leaves are falling all around with the breeze and rain. The skies will clear tomorrow around 11 am.

Pretty long delayed on the 787 heading home this evening. Stop and go traffic, probably an accident up ahead. But I’m sure I’ll be home by six and I’m not driving so it really doesn’t matter. With the dark and wet weather it might actually be close to the to dark once I’m there. 

The sun will set at 6:18 pm with dusk around 6:46 pm, which is one minute and 40 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for rain showers and 58 degrees. The dew point will be 47 degrees. There will be a north breeze at 11 mph.

Tonight will have showers likely, mainly before 1am. Cloudy, with a low of 47 degrees at 6am. Six degrees above normal. North wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. In 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies, clearing in the early hours of the next day. It got down to 47 degrees. The record low of 22 occurred back in 1964.

Tonight will have a Waning Gibbous Moon with 54% illuminated with the moon rising at 11:16 pm. The moon will set tomorrow at 2:19 pm. The Last Quarter Moon will be tomorrow. The Beaver Moon is on Friday, November 3rd. The sun will rise at 7:04 am with the first light at 6:36 am, which is one minute and 9 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 12 hours and 47 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 50 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high of 63 degrees at 3pm. Two degrees above normal. East wind around 6 mph. A year ago, we had sunny skies with more clouds in the afternoon. The high last year was 67 degrees. The record high of 85 was set in 1954. There was a dusting of snow in 1904.

Awesome weekend on tap, with temperatures running 15 degrees above normal. Saturday, partly sunny, with a high near 74. Maximum dew point of 61 at 3pm. Sunday, partly sunny, with a high near 79. Maximum dew point of 63 at 4pm. With that high pressure in control, it’s like the summer that never ends despite the leaves rapidly falling. Typical average high for the weekend is 61 degrees.

I am thinking about asking for next week off and doing a try two on my West Virginia trip. I think it would be a fun trip although I’m increasingly thinking about spending more time in Western New York over West Virginia and the Blue Ridge Parkway. I just kind of get tired of taking down and setting up camp every day. I also don’t really enjoy staying in developed campgrounds or so much driving. Maybe I’ll just find a place in the National Forest down there and stay multiple days. I’ll have to think about it more. 

In four weeks on November 8 the sun will be setting at 4:38 pm (Standard Time), which is one hour, 39 minutes and 36 seconds earlier then today. In 2016 on that day, we had patches of fog, mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 59 and 26 degrees. That was the day after Election Day 2016, when people were shocked about the results of the presidential election. Typically, you have temperatures between 51 and 34 degrees. The record high of 75 degrees was set back in 1975.

Looking ahead, World Pasta Day is in 2 weeks, Coldest Day of Year (Avg. 14-30 degrees) is in 13 weeks and Inaugeration Day 2021 is in 171 weeks.