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Albany Almanac - Dec. 21, 2013

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area

TEMPERATURES

As of 5 p.m. yesterday

High: 74

Low: 37

High last year: 71

Low last year: 40

Normal high: 63

Normal low: 40

Record high: 80 (1967)

Record low: 13 (1981)

Soil (4 inches): 45

PRECIPITATION

As of 5 p.m. yesterday: None

To date through yesterday morning

Month: 1.60

Departure: -1.06

Year: 56.25

Departure: +5.35

SUN & MOON

Sunrise: 7:32 a.m.

Sunset: 5:37 p.m.

Moon phase: Waning gibbous; last quarter is Christmas Day.

DID YOU KNOW?

Today is the winter solstice, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. It’s the day in North America in which the sun’s perceived track across the sky reaches its lowest arc toward the south. The days will gradually get longer in the Northern Hemisphere as sun’s daily arc moves higher until it reaches its northernmost point on the summer solstice in June.