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Google Maps: Albany County One Percent Chance Of Flooding Per Year

This interactive map shows the FEMA Flood Maps for Albany County. Highlighted areas have a 1% yearly flood risk, or a 26% risk of flooding at least once every 30 years.

Red on the map are areas designated AE presents a 1 percent annual chance of flooding. This area is more commonly referred to as the base flood area or the 100-year flood plain. Because flood zone AE is prone to flood, property owners with mortgages from federally regulated lenders in these zones must buy flood insurance if they live in a community that participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Orange on the map are areas inundated by 100 year flooding, for which no base flood elevation have been established.

Yellow on the map are areas inundated by 100-year flooding (usually sheet flow on sloping terrain), for which average depths have been determined; flood depths range from 1 to 3 feet.

Data Source: FEMA Flood Map Service, Albany County Flood Maps. https://msc.fema.gov/portal/search

It’s Time To Ditch The Concept Of ‘100-Year Floods’

"That’s no surprise to experts, who say the concept of the “100-year flood” is one of the most misunderstood terms in disaster preparedness. In the wake of catastrophic flooding on the Texas coast, the media has been working hard to explain the term, turning out dozens of articles explaining that a “100-year flood” is not a flood that you should expect to happen only once every 100 years. Instead, it refers to a flood that has a 1 percent chance of happening in any given year. Over the course of a 30-year mortgage, a house in a 100-year floodplain has a 26 percent chance of being inundated at least once."

Sunrise and Sunset August 10 through September 8

As we head through the month of August into September, the days get noticeably shorter. Sunset, currently at 8:03 PM will be in 30 days reduced to 7:16 PM. Even dusk at that point will be as early 7:43 PM. But so it goes. Summer can't last forever, autumn must come eventually. But the good news is that come mid-December, the days will start getting longer once again.

Increasing chances for more heavy rain this weekend in Central New York

"Syracuse- A very complex weather pattern is setting up for this weekend. While the details will need to be continually tweaked over the coming days, the general idea is for nice weather Saturday and storms on Sunday."

"A large dome of heat and humidity that has been a semi-permanent feature over the middle of the nation will once again nudge its way towards Central New York."

A slow moving frontal boundary along the leading edge of the tropical air will serve as a focal point for rounds of showers and storms. These storms will be able to tap into both strong winds aloft and the copious amounts of moisture to produce severe weather and heavy rain."

July 15, 2017 Weekend Weather Forecast

This interactive graph shows the hourly weather forecast for the next seven days. The bars represent the temperature, the pink line reprsents the dew point and the white line represents the dewpoint. Red dots are climate normals for the day. Orange dots are record temperatures. Green dots are last year's temperatures.

Yellow bars represent generally sunny conditions. The more gray the bar is, the more clouds expected. Blue bars represent a greater then 50% chance of rain. Purple bars represent a greater then 50% chance of snow. Orange bars represent a greater then 50% chance of thunderstorms. Red bars represent warm and muggy weather, under generally clear skies.

Meet the Computer Scientist You Should Thank For Your Smartphone’s Weather App

"A weather app is a nifty tool that predicts your meteorological future, calculated with the strength of radar, algorithms and satellites around the world. Today, computerized weather prediction—like moving pictures or flying by plane—is so commonplace that smartphone-users don’t give it a second thought. But at mid-century, the idea that you might be able to forecast the weather days or even weeks ahead was a tantalizing prospect."

"One of the most important breakthroughs in weather forecasting took place in the spring of 1950, during an experiment at the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. For over a month straight, a team of scientists and computer operators worked tirelessly to do something meteorologists had been working toward for nearly a century: predict the weather mathematically."