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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.

Driver Rescued After Plunging 175 Feet into Genesee River Gorge

" A man who drove a car off a curve and down into the Genesee River Gorge survived the crash and fall of 175 feet."

"The accident happened in the middle of Tuesday's snow, right at the curve where Seneca Parkway becomes Maplewood Drive in Rochester."

"Fire department officials say the car slid down the hill, missed the curve, drove right through the fence, and over the cliff. The call came in shortly after 11 a.m. when a passerby saw the car go over."

"A rope rescue crew responded, along with a water rescue crew on the other side of the river."

Record Breaking Snowfalls by Day in Albany

The week of Ides of March (March 15th) is when Albany is most likely to get a record breaking snowfall, historically. Based on the history records, an heavy snowfall in Albany is 10 inches, while an exceptional snowstorm is above 15 inches in Albany. Granted, Albany doesn't get nearly as much snow as other parts of the state.

Data Source: National Weather Service, Official Snowfall Measurements, Albany International Airport

NWS Nor’easter Information

"A Nor’easter is a storm along the East Coast of North America, so called because the winds over the coastal area are typically from the northeast. These storms may occur at any time of year but are most frequent and most violent between September and April. Some well know Nor’easters include the notorious Blizzard of 1888, the “Ash Wednesday” storm of March 1962, the New England Blizzard of February 1978, the March 1993 “Superstorm” and the recent Boston snowstorms of January and February 2015. Past Nor’easters have been responsible for billions of dollars in damage, severe economic, transportation and human disruption, and in some cases, disastrous coastal flooding. Damage from the worst storms can exceed a billion dollars."

"Nor’easters usually develop in the latitudes between Georgia and New Jersey, within 100 miles east or west of the East Coast. These storms progress generally northeastward and typically attain maximum intensity near New England and the Maritime Provinces of Canada. They nearly always bring precipitation in the form of heavy rain or snow, as well as winds of gale force, rough seas, and, occasionally, coastal flooding to the affected regions. The heavily populated region between Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Boston, the “I-95 Corridor,” is especially impacted by Nor’easters."

"The U.S. East Coast provides an ideal breeding ground for Nor’easters. During winter, the polar jet stream transports cold Arctic air southward across the plains of Canada and the United States, then eastward toward the Atlantic Ocean where warm air from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic tries to move northward. The warm waters of the Gulf Stream help keep the coastal waters relatively mild during the winter, which in turn helps warm the cold winter air over the water. This difference in temperature between the warm air over the water and cold Arctic air over the land is the fuel that feeds Nor’easters."

1993 Storm of the Century

Today in 1993, Albany received the Storm of the Century. I remember the storm that left over 2 feet of snow in Albany, and close to 3-4 feet at my parents house in Westerlo -- I dug snow tunnels in the driveway. As a young kid, I though it was a very fun snowstorm.

This afternoon is 34 degrees, for the high. Tomorrow is only expected to reach 22 degrees with a below zero wind-chill. Sunday might reach 26 degrees, again with some bone-chilling windchills in the single digits. But it’ s not always that cold. Here is the weather conditions for this week, one year ago. 

Friday 03/11/16. Mostly cloudy and rain, a high of 55 and a low of 34.
Saturday 03/12/16. Partly cloudy, a high of 62 and a low of 25.
Sunday 03/13/16. Mostly cloudy, a high of 59 and a low of 42.
Monday 03/14/16. Cloudy and rain, a high of 47 and a low of 40.
Tuesday 03/15/16. Cloudy, a high of 58 and a low of 39.
Wednesday 03/16/16. Cloudy and rain-thunderstorm, a high of 64 and a low of 44.
Thursday 03/17/16. Mostly cloudy and fog-rain-thunderstorm, a high of 61 and a low of 38.

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Today is expected to reach 68 degrees in the City of Albany. If so, that will be 31 degrees above the normal high temperature of 37 degrees for February 23rd. That will the tie for the warmest February temperature ever recorded in Albany — 68 degrees on February 22, 1997. February 25, 1976 reached 67 degrees and is the second hottest February day on record.

Oddly enough, we’ve actually had a handful of 70 degree days in January — when the temperature is colder on average. On January 6, 2007 and January 13, 1932 it reached 71 degrees in Albany.

To put that in context, if today was in the dog days of summer — July 13 through the 24th when the average high is 83 degrees — the mercury would reach 114 degrees Fahrenheit.

That said, even the most very hot summer day rarely exceed 10-15 degrees above normal. There just isn’t enough warm air in the atmosphere to ever push the mercury above 100 degrees in Albany. The last time it hit 100 degrees in Albany was September 3, 1953. The hottest it’s ever reached in Albany is 104 degrees on Independence Day 1911.

Albany, NY Temperature Normals and Records

February 2016 Temperatures

While we had a brief period during February 2016 that was fairly cold, it was pretty mild for the most of the month of February last year. There is a visual glitch in this graph when the temperature drops below zero, I don't know how to fix this with ChartJS, but it's otherwise readable.

Sixteen weeks from now will be June. There is hope for warmer weather and it’s in a foreseeable future. Already the sunsets have gotten much longer, and starting next week, we will be seeing sizable increases in the average high every week. Five weeks to calendar spring, in which the average high is 47 degrees in Albany.

Albany, NY Temperature Normals and Records

In as few as four weeks, the weather might be nice enough to go to the park in the evening, and heck I’ve been truck camping in early March, although that’s usually something reserved for the warmest winters, not necessarily this winter.

Week Date Dawn Sun-
Dusk Day Avg High Avg Low Record Hi Record Low
0 February 15 6:21 am 6:50 am 5:27 pm 5:56 pm 10:37 35 17 55 (2006) -22 (1943)
1 February 22 6:11 am 6:39 am 5:36 pm 6:05 pm 10:57 36 19 68 (1997) -8 (1963)
2 March 1 6:00 am 6:28 am 5:45 pm 6:13 pm 11:17 39 21 61 (1991) -9 (1948)
3 March 8 5:48 am 6:16 am 5:54 pm 6:22 pm 11:37 41 23 68 (2012) -2 (1989)
4 March 15 6:36 am 7:04 am 7:02 pm 7:30 pm 11:57 44 25 72 (1989) 1 (1993)
5 March 22 6:24 am 6:52 am 7:10 pm 7:38 pm 12:17 47 28 81 (2012) 2 (1875)
6 March 29 6:12 am 6:40 am 7:18 pm 7:46 pm 12:38 50 31 85 (1946) 0 (1923)
7 April 5 5:59 am 6:28 am 7:26 pm 7:55 pm 12:58 54 33 82 (1928) 14 (2016)
8 April 12 5:47 am 6:16 am 7:34 pm 8:03 pm 13:17 57 36 84 (1977) 13 (1874)
9 April 19 5:35 am 6:05 am 7:42 pm 8:12 pm 13:37 60 39 92 (1976) 18 (1875)
10 April 26 5:24 am 5:54 am 7:50 pm 8:20 pm 13:55 63 41 90 (1990) 24 (1972)
11 May 3 5:14 am 5:45 am 7:58 pm 8:29 pm 14:13 66 43 89 (2001) 29 (1966)
12 May 10 5:04 am 5:36 am 8:06 pm 8:37 pm 14:29 68 45 92 (1970) 28 (1958)
13 May 17 4:56 am 5:29 am 8:13 pm 8:46 pm 14:43 70 47 89 (1977) 30 (1959)
14 May 24 4:50 am 5:23 am 8:20 pm 8:53 pm 14:56 72 50 92 (1964) 29 (1963)
15 May 31 4:45 am 5:19 am 8:26 pm 9:00 pm 15:06 74 52 92 (2013) 34 (1961)
16 June 7 4:42 am 5:17 am 8:31 pm 9:05 pm 15:13 76 54 95 (1999) 37 (1958)

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Employees Manufacturing Chocolate Confectionaries

This chart shows the number of employees working at establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing chocolate confectioneries from chocolate produced elsewhere. Included in this industry are establishments primarily engaged in retailing chocolate confectionery products not for immediate consumption made on the premises from chocolate made elsewhere (311352).

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 County Business Patterns.