ALBANY COUNTY — In the midst of Wednesday afternoon’s fierce rain and wind storm, the county’s 9-1-1 center processed over 2,600 calls within two hours, according to Sheriff Craig Apple.

One of those calls was placed by a woman in labor, giving birth to twins. 

A research program at the University at Albany is being awarded $460,281 to examine factors that cause extreme winter weather events in North America. The program, led by Dr.

The state has issued a Drought Watch for four regions of New York, including the Upper Hudson/Mohawk area of which Albany County is a part.

On Monday morning, after the season’s first major storm dumped a foot and a half of snow in Altamont, Rhonda Flansburg cleared a path to her Re-Nue Spa on Maple Avenue. The snow banks were nearly half as tall as the 5 foot, 1 inch red-haired dynamo. Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency for seven counties, including Albany, deploying 300 members of the National Guard to help with snow removal.

With the late-in-the-week addition of a performance by “American Idol” contestant Madison VanDenburg, Altamont Fair organizers concluded another successful Fair Week in spite of poor weather.  

As thunder storms swept through Altamont Sunday night, lightning struck a house, setting it on fire. 

Rensselaerville catalpa tree fallen

A tall and ancient catalpa tree has fallen at the former inn, Catalpa House, in the Rensselaerville hamlet.

County Executive Daniel McCoy has urged people to stay off the roads to allow plow operators to clear the lanes and to be safe Friday.

“I’m proud that you guys are representing New York,” says Kevin Wisely, deputy commissioner of New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services on Thursday evening inside the State Fire’s warehouse at the Northeastern Industrial Park in Guilderland before the group of 35 members, which include New York Task Force 2, an urban search and rescue team, travels to Florida.

A Doppler radar tower that is based in East Berne and supplies information for most of the Capital Region was out of service for over two weeks, leaving meteorologists to look to other means of predicting the weather.


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