So, that wasn't a typical October

pepper plants November garden

Pepper plants still growing in the garden in November? Sure, why not. They can keep the kale and brussels sprouts and onions company.

Noted: The October that just ended is now the warmest on record for Albany, according to the National Weather Service.

The average temperature for Albany during October was 57.8 degrees -- 8.1 degrees higher than the typical average. In this case, "on record" means dating back to 1820. And here are those records for October.

That follows a September that includes three days with highs above 90 degrees. (September here typically averages almost none.) And the last winter included the warmest winter day on record.

Also: The official growing season this year in Albany started April 9 and ended October 18 -- a span of 192 days. That's tied for 16th longest on record -- and the longest since 1931. (In this case, "on record" is since 1874.)

In related news: We were thinking the other day it feels like there a lot of trees around Albany that either haven't fully gotten the message about changing their leaves this year or they're conflicted about it and procrastinating.

+ Yep, another weird winter
+ Growing seasons in Albany

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