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As our first day spring gets underway, we have been blessed by seasonable weather and sunny skies. Going forward it is only going to get nicer, especially as we head into the spring time. In two weeks, temperatures in the mid-fifties will be the normal, and low temperatures below freezing with occasional.  Sunsets around 7:30 in about 2 1/2 weeks. Not too bad.

Albany, NY Temperature Normals and Records

Week Date Dawn Sun-
rise
Sun-
set
Dusk Day Avg High Avg Low Record Hi Record Low
0 March 20 6:28 am 6:56 am 7:08 pm 7:36 pm 12:12 46 27 78 (2012) 2 (1967)
1 March 27 6:15 am 6:43 am 7:16 pm 7:44 pm 12:32 49 30 78 (1998) 11 (1975)
2 April 3 6:03 am 6:31 am 7:24 pm 7:52 pm 12:52 53 33 79 (1981) 16 (1954)
3 April 10 5:50 am 6:19 am 7:32 pm 8:01 pm 13:12 56 35 86 (1922) 21 (1974)
4 April 17 5:38 am 6:08 am 7:40 pm 8:09 pm 13:31 59 38 91 (2002) 21 (1971)
5 April 24 5:27 am 5:57 am 7:48 pm 8:18 pm 13:50 62 40 81 (2001) 25 (1965)
6 May 1 5:17 am 5:47 am 7:56 pm 8:26 pm 14:08 65 43 86 (2001) 28 (2008)
7 May 8 5:07 am 5:39 am 8:03 pm 8:35 pm 14:24 67 45 91 (1936) 26 (1968)
8 May 15 4:59 am 5:31 am 8:11 pm 8:43 pm 14:39 69 47 93 (1900) 31 (1977)
9 May 22 4:52 am 5:25 am 8:18 pm 8:51 pm 14:53 71 49 97 (1911) 33 (2002)
10 May 29 4:46 am 5:20 am 8:24 pm 8:58 pm 15:03 73 51 93 (1931) 34 (1956)
11 June 5 4:43 am 5:17 am 8:29 pm 9:04 pm 15:12 75 53 97 (1925) 39 (1990)
12 June 12 4:41 am 5:16 am 8:33 pm 9:08 pm 15:17 77 56 94 (1949) 38 (1972)
13 June 19 4:42 am 5:16 am 8:36 pm 9:11 pm 15:19 79 58 94 (1995) 38 (1950)
14 June 26 4:44 am 5:19 am 8:37 pm 9:12 pm 15:18 81 59 99 (1952) 39 (1979)
15 July 3 4:48 am 5:22 am 8:36 pm 9:10 pm 15:13 82 61 102 (1911) 44 (1978)
16 July 10 4:53 am 5:27 am 8:33 pm 9:07 pm 15:06 82 61 100 (1936) 47 (1963)

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Google Maps: Length Of Day – First Day Of Spring 2017

On the first spring there is not 12 hours of day and night but between 12 hours and 13 minutes and 12 hours and 12 minutes of daylight, depending where you are at in New York State.

Places further north like Massena have slightly more daylight (about 1 minute more) then places more southerly like Staten Island, though the difference is daylight is the most slight on the first day of spring and autumn and greatest on the first day of summer and winter.

On the first day of summer, there is almost a 32 minute difference between Massena and Staten Island when it comes to the length of day (Massena's day is longer).

When Does Spring Begin?

"Most people consider the first day of spring to be the Spring Equinox, which will start this year at 6:29 a.m. EDT, March 20th. This is because, astronomically speaking, the sun is directly overhead of the Equator as the Earth`s tilt begins to point the northern hemisphere towards the sun.

As the earth rotates around the Sun, the Sun will be situated directly overhead at mid-day at different times of the year. The Vernal (Spring) Equinox is the day the Sun is again highest in the sky at noon over the equator as the apex progresses north. The day the Sun is straight up at noon over the Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn (23.5 degrees N and S latitude) are the summer and winter solstices, respectively.

Many refer to Astronomical Spring on March 20, as the first "official" day of spring. Most meteorologists, except for this year across the East and Midwest, will argue that spring begins a few weeks before, on March 1st.

That`s because meteorologists observe seasons over different time periods. Meteorological spring began March 1, summer begins June 1, fall begins on September 1 and winter begins on December 1."

Heating Degree Days, Average vs. 2007-2017

The months of January and February have been somewhat below normal for the number of Heating Degree Days this year. That said, this frigid month of March may mean that we get closer to the climate normals for Albany as the year progresses.

Data Source: Monthly Heating Degree Days, NYSERDA. https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/About/Publications/EA-Reports-and-Studies/Weather-Data/Monthly-Cooling-and-Heating-Degree-Day-Data

The summer of 1959 was the hottest summer ever in the history of Albany. There were 996 cooling degree days during the summer of 1959, compared to the normal of 550 cooling degree days. Cooling degrees are the number of degrees an air conditioning must lower the air temperature in a month to make the indoors a comfortable 65 degrees.

May 1959 Р150
May Normal – 15

June 1959 – 293
June Normal – 97

July 1959 – 293
July Normal – 219

August 1959 – 281
August Normal – 183

September 1959 – 171
September Normal – 33

October 1959 – 12
October Normal – 3

If you aren’t convinced that Albany was hot during the summer 1959, consider the fact that the temperature average for September 1959 was 82 degrees in Albany. That’s ten degrees above the September average of 72 degrees most years.

Six weeks ago today, was Thursday, February 2nd. The Ground Hog pronounced that there would be six more weeks of winter, exactly six weeks ago today. Today, it may reach 29 degrees with blowing snow. Therefore, Punxsutawney Phil lied.