Average Weather at Albany County Airport New York, United States
At Albany County Airport, the summers are warm and wet, the winters are freezing, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 16°F to 82°F and is rarely below -1°F or above 90°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Albany County Airport for warm-weather activities is from mid June to mid September.
The warm season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 26 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 72°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 82°F and low of 63°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from December 2 to March 11, with an average daily high temperature below 41°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 16°F and high of 31°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
At Albany County Airport, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year at Albany County Airport begins around June 17 and lasts for 4.4 months, ending around October 30. On September 2, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 65% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 35% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 30 and lasts for 7.6 months, ending around June 17. On January 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 58% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 42% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Albany County Airport varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.9 months, from April 4 to September 30, with a greater than 29% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 39% on June 15.
The drier season lasts 6.1 months, from September 30 to April 4. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on January 30.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation at Albany County Airport changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 11 months, from February 4 to January 1. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 39% on June 15.
Snow alone is the most common for 1.1 months, from January 1 to February 4. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 11% on January 10.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Albany County Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year at Albany County Airport. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 7, with an average total accumulation of 3.8 inches.
The least rain falls around January 24, with an average total accumulation of 1.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Albany County Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 5.4 months, from November 2 to April 15, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 23, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 1.2 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 6.6 months, from April 15 to November 2. The least snow falls around July 27, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day at Albany County Airport varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 2 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 20 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:16 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 15 minutes later at 7:31 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:21 PM on December 9, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 16 minutes later at 8:37 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Albany County Airport during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
Albany County Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from June 5 to September 18, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 9% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 30, with muggy conditions 35% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 20, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed at Albany County Airport experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.2 months, from November 20 to April 26, with average wind speeds of more than 4.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.6 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.8 months, from April 26 to November 20. The calmest day of the year is August 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Albany County Airport varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 3.3 weeks, from September 12 to October 5, with a peak percentage of 34% on October 4. The wind is most often from the west for 11 months, from October 5 to September 12, with a peak percentage of 46% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Albany County Airport throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Albany County Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to mid September, with a peak score in the second week of August.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Albany County Airport for hot-weather activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
The growing season at Albany County Airport typically lasts for 5.6 months (171 days), from around April 27 to around October 15, rarely starting before April 10 or after May 16, and rarely ending before September 28 or after November 3.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms at Albany County Airport should appear around April 21, only rarely appearing before April 7 or after May 2.
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from May 2 to August 22, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 29, with an average of 6.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from November 1 to February 11, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 1.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Albany County Airport are 42.748 deg latitude, -73.802 deg longitude, and 302 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Albany County Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 266 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 297 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,161 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,029 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Albany County Airport is covered by artificial surfaces (84%) and trees (14%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (55%) and trees (37%), and within 50 miles by trees (78%) and cropland (14%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Albany County Airport, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
Albany County Airport has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.
In the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on records from nearby stations, adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal intra-station differences. For a given day of the year and hour of the day, the fallback station is selected to minimize the prediction error over the years for which there are measurements for both stations.
The stations on which we may fall back include but are not limited to William H. Morse State Airport, Pittsfield Municipal Airport, Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Harriman and West Airport, Dutchess County Airport, Rutland - Southern Vermont Regional Airport, Barnes Municipal Airport, and Stewart International Airport.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .