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Crosby, Stills and Nash – Daylight Again

Daylight again
Following me to bed
I think about a hundred years ago
How my father's bled

I think I see a valley
Covered with bones in blue
All the brave soldiers that cannot get older
Been asking after you

Hear the past a' calling
From Armageddon's side
When everyone's talking and no one is listening
How can we decide

Do we find the cost of freedom
Buried in the ground
Mother Earth will swallow you
Lay your body down

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

September Record Low Temperatures

This graph shows the record lows in Albany.

The first recorded frost in Albany, NY is next Wednesday, September 14th. Albany hit 32 degrees on September 14, 1963. The autumn of 1963 was a pretty cold one in Albany, we broke several record lows that year, with temperatures well below freezing on several mornings in late September 1963. Overall, 1963 is the coldest September with complete records at the Albany International Airport. 1835 was recorded as being slightly colder, but those observations were done downtown rather in then Colonie. The coldest September morning in Albany was September 24 and 25 during 1947, when temperatures dropped down to 24 degrees.