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April Weather

April Weather

Posted: March 31, 2017

April seems to be a matter of expectations versus reality.  Often the conclusion is that April is fickle, as though we could attach some personality trait to something as arbitrary as a period of time that we call a month.  As though our expectation of warmth should BE reality!  Winter ...
March Weather

March Weather

Posted: March 3, 2017

Although the arrival of spring just about guarantees disappointment, the prevalence of mud, and steam rising from the sugar houses offers two additional seasons which more accurately capture the crusty end of winter.  The sugaring season takes advantage of the strengthening sun and the remnants of winter to send thermometers ...
February Weather

February Weather

Posted: February 9, 2017

Each February brings out perhaps the best and the worst in the realm of weather folklore.  Various weather proverbs and sayings still pepper our conversations about what the weather has done, or the prospects for what it will do.  But the centuries of honest efforts to select out those pieces ...
January Weather

January Weather

Posted: January 4, 2017

January is the heart of winter.  It is the coldest and snowiest month on the average, although it does not hold the record for the all-time snowiest month, nor the coldest month.  January’s consistency is its claim, with any thawing rare, and very few instances of a lack of snow.  ...
December Weather

December Weather

Posted: November 30, 2016

Notes:

December is dark for more reasons than the failing daylight.  Clouds are at their maximum as the re-establishment of a storm track along the Atlantic coast combines with the open waters of the Great Lakes to keep sunshine to a minimum.  A typical storm traveling up the coast sweeps arctic ...
November Weather

November Weather

Posted: November 2, 2016

Notes:

Most of us welcome the warmth of a late-season spell of Indian Summer, which seems to stave off the message that November delivers:  the cold, the snow, the dark are all coming, but they are not here to stay, not yet.  The delay is sometimes more torturous than the cold ...
October Weather

October Weather

Posted: October 4, 2016

Notes:

October may encompass the biggest transitions of any month of the year.  Our colorful foliage begins on the trees, and ends on the ground, leaving the hills brownish-grey, only the tamaracks glowing like the last flickering flames of October’s colorful demise.  By the end of the month, the days have ...
September Weather

September Weather

Posted: September 5, 2016

Notes:

September's charm weaves the age-long glory of the harvest with the turning of the season into the familiar tapestry that grows steadily across the landscape this month. The colors are not only those beginning to ripen on the trees, but the golden orange pumpkins, the crimson apples, and the still-green ...
August Weather

August Weather

Posted: August 2, 2016

Weather Notes

In many ways, August is just another version of July.  The steamy heat from the afternoon's hazy sun can ignite the late-in-the-day rumblings of a local thunderstorm, offering false hope of cooler air, only to make for another muggy night.  And yet there are some important differences.  Summer drought ...
July Weather Highlights

July Weather Highlights

Posted: July 7, 2016

July is most often the warmest month of summer because the length of the day and the height of the sun are still near their maximum.  But there are more likely to be more weather changes in July than in its summer cousin, August, as the storm track across Canada ...