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Today is expected to reach 68 degrees in the City of Albany. If so, that will be 31 degrees above the normal high temperature of 37 degrees for February 23rd. That will the tie for the warmest February temperature ever recorded in Albany — 68 degrees on February 22, 1997. February 25, 1976 reached 67 degrees and is the second hottest February day on record.

Oddly enough, we’ve actually had a handful of 70 degree days in January — when the temperature is colder on average. On January 6, 2007 and January 13, 1932 it reached 71 degrees in Albany.

To put that in context, if today was in the dog days of summer — July 13 through the 24th when the average high is 83 degrees — the mercury would reach 114 degrees Fahrenheit.

That said, even the most very hot summer day rarely exceed 10-15 degrees above normal. There just isn’t enough warm air in the atmosphere to ever push the mercury above 100 degrees in Albany. The last time it hit 100 degrees in Albany was September 3, 1953. The hottest it’s ever reached in Albany is 104 degrees on Independence Day 1911.

Albany, NY Temperature Normals and Records (Display Chart Full Screen)

All Employees: Total Nonfarm in New York

December 2016 marked the greatest number of jobs ever recorded in New York State - 9.4 million. It's a significant increase in the number of jobs since the start of this graph going back to 1990 when there were only 8.2 million jobs, and when in the 1990 recession, the job count dipped down to 7.7 million. Our state has been gaining population in the past twenty five years, but we've also creating a lot of new jobs.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, All Employees: Total Nonfarm in New York [NYNA], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/NYNA, February 22, 2017.

Good morning! Happy Soon to be Very Warm for February Thursday. Partly sunny with some warm winter haze and 45 degrees in Delmar. There is a south-southeast breeze at 6 mph.

Today weather-wise will be one for the record books. You don’t get many 67 degrees days in Albany during February. The heat is off at home. I have my windows open, airing out my apartment. Good fresh air for sure. I forgot how much road noise there is though.  I am much happier with all the fresh air. I hope soon the nights will be warm enough that I can leave the windows open all night long and enjoy the fresh air.

Today will be partly sunny, with a high of 67 degrees at 3pm. Thirty degrees above normal for this day in February! Maximum dew point of 50 at 3pm. That should help dry up some of the mud, especially with the expected wind. More clouds later. South wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. At least with the snow melting the ground is plenty wet. A year ago, we had snow and a high of 38 degrees. The record high of 62 was set in 1984. I think that record is going down in the history books, I will have to update the records file. 6.9 inches of snow fell back in 1935.

The sun will set at 5:38 pm with dusk around 6:06 pm, which is 1 minute and 16 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have exactly 11 hours of daylight, an increase of 2 minutes and 49 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of showers, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 44 degrees at 6am. 25 degrees above normal. South wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the evening. Definitely good weather for tailgate drinking. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 32 degrees with periods of rain and snow and thunderstorm. The record low of -11 occurred back in 1894.

I’m definitely thinking more about camping soon, although I don’t think this weekend. I think today I am going to order the low-voltage shut-off relay, so as soon as it gets nice, I can install it. Two weeks from Saturday, the time changes. I don’t know how busy I will be in March but if the snow is gone and the weather is nice, I may get out camping. I miss sitting out by the fire.

Looking ahead, there are 14 weeks until Start of June when the sun will be setting at 8:27 pm with dusk at 9:01 pm (Daylight Savings Time). On that day in 2016, we had partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 85 and 57 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 74 degrees. We hit a record high of 94 back in 1918.

Google Maps: State Minimum Wages in 2017

States have the ability to set a minimum wage above the federal $7.25 wage rate. New York's $9.70 minimum wage is one of higher minimum wages in the nation but by no means the highest.

Data Source: https://geofred.stlouisfed.org/map/?th=pubugn&cc=5&rc=false&im=fractile&sb&lng=-98.174&lat=41.046&zm=5&sl&sv&sti=116667&rt=state&at=Not%20Seasonally%20Adjusted,%20Annual,%20Dollars%20per%20Hour&fq=Annual&am=Average&un=lin&dt=2017-01-01

NY State vs Federal Minimum Wage

Both the Federal Government and New York State set a minimum wage for workers. Right now the state's minimum wage is $9.70 (upstate) while the federal minimum wage is $7.25. This is the largest discrepancy between federal and state minimum wages, at least since 1968.

Data Sources:

U.S. Department of Labor, Federal Minimum Wage Rate under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act [STTMINWGFG], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/STTMINWGFG, February 22, 2017.

U.S. Department of Labor, State Minimum Wage Rate for New York [STTMINWGNY], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/STTMINWGNY, February 21, 2017.

“You might tell me where to go, but there ain’t nobody going to me what to do.” – As the sign on the dashboard of my old pickup truck said, quoting Van Zandt. 

Good evening! Going home time. Partly clear and 53 degrees in Delmar. There is a south-southeast breeze at 6 mph.

The sun will set at 5:37 pm with dusk around 6:05 pm, which is 1 minutes and 16 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly clear conditions and 52 degrees. There will be a south-southeast breeze at 6 mph. A very pleasant evening is on tap. Me thinks tailgate drinking weather. I hope the beer sitting in the bed of my pickup ain’t too warm but I guess I can stick it in the remaining snowbank. 

Tomorrow will be 63 degrees which will help melt away the snow. Rail trail has increasingly less snow. This weekend will only be good for playing in the mud. I can’t wait until things green up a bit.  

Such a nice day. I hate that I was behind bars of the window most of day but I got a nice walk at lunch time. Pretty sunset tonight. 

Tonight will have patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low of 36 degrees at 6am. 17 degrees above normal. South wind 3 to 6 mph. In 2016, it got down to 17 degrees with periods of snow. The record low of -16 occurred back in 1972.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 22% illuminated. The moon will rise around 2:46 am. The New Moon is on Sunday night with partly cloudy skies expected. The Full “Worm” Moon is on Sunday, March 12th. The sun will rise at 6:40 am with the first light at 6:11 am, which is 1 minute and 32 seconds earlier then yesterday. Tonight will have 13 hours and 1 minute of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 49 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a slight chance of showers after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high of 63 degrees at 3pm. 26 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 49 at 2pm. South wind 5 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had snow and a high of 38 degrees. The record high of 62 was set in 1984. 6.9 inches of snow fell back in 1935.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, a chance of showers, then rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 62. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Maximum dew point of 53 at 12pm. Sunday, partly sunny, with a high near 40. We don’t care about the dew point when it’s that cold. Typical average high for the weekend is 37 degrees.

In four weeks on March 22 the sun will be setting at 7:10 pm (Daylight Savings Time), which is 1 hour and 33 minutes later then today. In 2016 on that day, we had snow and temperatures between 53 and 27 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 47 and 28 degrees. The record high of 81 degrees was set back in 2012.

Looking ahead, March 1st is Next Wednesday, Ides of March is in 3 weeks, Average High is 60 is in 8 weeks, Flag Day is in 16 weeks and Summer is in 17 weeks.

Manufacturing Employees in New York State

In 1990, approximately 1,012,300 New Yorkers worked in manufacturing. Since then many plants have closed, and only 443,300 manufacturing jobs remain in our state. These monthly numbers are seasonally adjusted.

Data Source:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, All Employees: Manufacturing in New York [NYMFG], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/NYMFG, February 22, 2017.

Coal and jobs in the United States

"There are approximately 174,000 blue-collar, full-time, permanent jobs related to coal in the U.S.: mining (83,000), transportation (31,000), and power plant employment (60,000). (See below for details on each sector.) The U.S. civilian labor force totaled 141,730,000 workers in 2005; thus, permanent blue-collar coal industry employees represent 0.12% of the U.S. workforce."

Good morning! What day is it? Hump Day, of course. Next Wednesday is March 1st. Mostly cloudy and 38 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a south-southeast breeze at 5 mph. The skies will clear around 10 am.

Today will be partly sunny, with a high of 51 degrees at 2pm. 15 degrees above normal. South wind around 5 mph. A year ago, we had snow and a high of 40 degrees. The record high of 68 was set in 1997. 14.8 inches of snow fell back in 1893.

Coal Mining Jobs by State

The Energy Information Agency estimates that there was 65,971 coal mining jobs in 2015. Of those jobs, 40,045 were underground miners, while 25,814 strip and mountaintop removal miners.

The largest state for coal mining jobs was West Virginia, where there were 15,490 jobs coal mining, with 5,497 in the northern counties and 9,993 in the southern counties.

Data Source: 2016 Annnual Coal Report, US Energy Information Agency. Table 18 Employment by State. http://www.eia.gov/coal/annual/