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October Snowfall Records

While this October has been quite warm, snow is always a possibility in October in Albany. That said, snow in October is usually quite light, with the norm being more of an occasional dusting in the morning rather then any serious accumulation. Back in 1987 with the freak early autumn storm, we got 6.5 inches of snow at the Albany International Airport with some outlaying areas getting as much as two feet. Even last year, we got 1.7 inches of snow in Albany on October 27th. Measurable snowfall is more common during the end of the month, although still quite rare.

NWS: Indian Summer

"An early American writer described Indian Summer well when he wrote, "The air is perfectly quiescent and all is stillness, as if Nature, after her exertions during the Summer, were now at rest." This passage belongs to the writer John Bradbury and was written nearly an "eternity" ago, back in 1817. But this passage is as relevant today as it was way back then. The term "Indian Summer" dates back to the 18th century in the United States. It can be defined as "any spell of warm, quiet, hazy weather that may occur in October or even early November." Basically, autumn is a transition season as the thunderstorms and severe weather of the summer give way to a tamer, calmer weather period before the turbulence of the winter commences."

"The term "Indian Summer" is generally associated with a period of considerably above normal temperatures, accompanied by dry and hazy conditions ushered in on a south or southwesterly breeze. Several references make note of the fact that a true Indian Summer can not occur until there has been a killing frost/freeze. Since frost and freezing temperatures generally work their way south through the fall, this would give credence to the possibility of several Indian Summers occurring in a fall, especially across the northern areas where frost/freezes usually come early."

Google Maps: Length Of Day In New York State On the First Day of Autumn

The first day of autumn does not have exactly 12 hours day and 12 hours of night. There is about 12 hours and 7 minutes of daylight, depending on what part of New York State you are to celebrate the autumn equinox due to refraction of light on the earth's atmosphere. This is The Town of Massena will have the longest day in all of New York State, at 12 hours, 7 minutes and 54 seconds. The Borough of Staten Island will have shortest day, at 12 hours, 7 minutes and 29 seconds. On Wednesday, September 27th this reverses -- the day will actually be slightly longer in Staten Island then Massena.

This article explains why "Equinox Does Not Have Exactly 12 Hours of Daylight and Night". https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/equinox-not-equal.html