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April Snowfall Records

Just because April is around the corner, doesn't mean that we can't get any big snow storms. Indeed, on April 6, 1982 we received 17.3 inches of snow in Albany during that the April Blizzard of 1982. Even as late as April 19th we can get a significant snow -- on April 19, 1983 we got 8.8 inches of snow in Albany. So just because we get April Showers, doesn't mean they won't be April snow showers.

Every year, I usually kick off the camping season with a big road trip somewhere. Here are some of the trips I’ve done in years past:

2016: Finger Lakes National Forest

April 2016 was a relatively cold month after a relatively warm winter. The first night I camped at Stony Pond in Nelson. It got down to 15 degrees.

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I visited the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge then camped off of Chicken Coop Road at the Finger Lakes National Forest.

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Rather cold weather up on Hector Backbone, so I strung up tarps to block the wind and built big campfires.

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Rather gray as things hadn’t really greened up yet.

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But in lower elevations, especially along Cayuga Lake, things where starting to bud up, like as seen with this picture of Taughannock State Park.

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2015: Balsam Pond, Long Pond and Chenango County

Rained a bit during the day but camping was great Balsam Pond.

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Beautiful sunrise on Balsam Pond.

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Nice afternoon fishing on Whitney Point Reservior, but I didn’t get many bites.

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2014: East Branch of Sacanadaga River

In 2014, I camped on the East Branch of Sacandaga River. It was a pretty night.

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I used my solar panel a bit under the sunny skies to keep the accessory battery charged.

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2013: Balsam Pond, Long Pond and Chenango County

In many ways my 2013 trip was similiar to my 2015 trip. I camped at Long Pond, which was very much so still frozen this year.

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Hiked up the Berry Hill Firetower.

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Visited Rogers Environmental Education Center.

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2012: Crane Mountain and Harrisburg NY

Hike both Crane Mountain and Hadley Mountain and camped off of Harrisburg Road in the Adirondacks.

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My truck didn’t have a cap then, so I camped in a tent.

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It was fun camping in my then new truck.

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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."

Google Maps: Sunrise on Sunday, March 12

Sunday starts Daylight Savings Time. This mean we will be setting our clocks ahead an hour. This also means we will be getting up an hour earlier for work come Monday, so it will be dark for many of us when we get up in the morning. The sunrise will be at 7:33 in French Creek, Chautauqua County on the Pennsylvania border, while in East Hampton on Long Island, it will be rising at 7:02 AM. Albany's sunrise will be at 7:09 AM.

At this point, we are beyond the coldest — on average — part of winter with the average high now reaching 31. We start seeing the temperature noticeably increasing in about three weeks once we get to February 15. Sixteen weeks from now we will have average highs reaching 70 degrees most days. The biggest increases in temperature occur in April in Albany, but things often don’t really green up until early May when the nights are comfortably above freezing each night.

Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday March 12th, which is when the sun will be setting at 7:01 PM. Albany never sees a sunset during the 6 PM hour, due to the time change.

Week Date Dawn Sun-
rise
Sun-
set
Dusk Day Avg High Avg Low Record Hi Record Low
0 January 25 6:44 am 7:15 am 5:00 pm 5:31 pm 9:45 31 14 61 (1938) -12 (1963)
1 February 1 6:38 am 7:08 am 5:10 pm 5:39 pm 10:01 32 15 65 (1989) -20 (1920)
2 February 8 6:30 am 6:59 am 5:19 pm 5:48 pm 10:19 33 16 52 (1925) -16 (1950)
3 February 15 6:21 am 6:50 am 5:28 pm 5:57 pm 10:37 35 17 55 (2006) -22 (1943)
4 February 22 6:11 am 6:40 am 5:37 pm 6:05 pm 10:57 36 19 68 (1997) -8 (1963)
5 March 1 6:00 am 6:28 am 5:46 pm 6:14 pm 11:17 39 21 61 (1991) -9 (1948)
6 March 8 5:49 am 6:17 am 5:54 pm 6:22 pm 11:37 41 23 68 (2012) -2 (1989)
7 March 15 6:37 am 7:05 am 7:02 pm 7:30 pm 11:57 44 25 72 (1989) 1 (1993)
8 March 22 6:24 am 6:53 am 7:10 pm 7:38 pm 12:17 47 28 81 (2012) 2 (1875)
9 March 29 6:12 am 6:40 am 7:18 pm 7:47 pm 12:38 50 31 85 (1946) 0 (1923)
10 April 5 6:00 am 6:28 am 7:26 pm 7:55 pm 12:58 54 33 82 (1928) 14 (2016)
11 April 12 5:47 am 6:17 am 7:34 pm 8:03 pm 13:17 57 36 84 (1977) 13 (1874)
12 April 19 5:36 am 6:05 am 7:42 pm 8:12 pm 13:37 60 39 92 (1976) 18 (1875)
13 April 26 5:24 am 5:55 am 7:50 pm 8:21 pm 13:55 63 41 90 (1990) 24 (1972)
14 May 3 5:14 am 5:45 am 7:58 pm 8:29 pm 14:12 66 43 89 (2001) 29 (1966)
15 May 10 5:05 am 5:37 am 8:06 pm 8:38 pm 14:29 68 45 92 (1970) 28 (1958)
16 May 17 4:57 am 5:30 am 8:13 pm 8:46 pm 14:43 70 47 89 (1977) 30 (1959)

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Think spring! 55 Days Until Spring.
The average high is 41 degrees, sunset at 7:09 PM.
In 2016 it was 41 degrees with partly cloudy skies.