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April Weather

April Weather

Posted: March 29, 2018

Spring in April is like a new-born lamb,  just getting to its wobbly legs - one moment bouncing, and the next tumbling and tripping.  The strengthening sun will bounce temperatures into the 60s or 70s.  In a few rare years, thermometers have leapt to 90 degrees.  However, one sharp cold ...
March Weather

March Weather

Posted: March 1, 2018

Most of us do not care for transitions, though there are tempting moments of excitement and hope.  Yet the changes often blind-side us, upsetting the routines that bring us comfort and security.  March's transitions are volatile, unreliable, so that even the tradition of maple sugaring is at the mercy of ...
February Weather

February Weather

Posted: January 31, 2018

February may have good reason to be the host of winter's deepest cold and snow, with snow reaching its greatest depth, and the nights still longer than the days, sending thermometers well below zero on clear night.  Yet there are changes in the making.  The biggest difference in the sun ...
January Weather

January Weather

Posted: January 2, 2018

Winter deepens in thought and deed each January, even though there is a noticeable change in the daylight by month's end.  Average minimum temperatures are near zero, the temperature at which snow begins to squeal and creek underfoot, and daytimes are most often below freezing as well, making January home ...
December Weather

December Weather

Posted: December 5, 2017

[caption id="attachment_1559" align="alignleft" width="249"] Skywatch Almanac is written by Mark Breen, senior meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum.[/caption] Winter is now stalking the region, sometimes boldly covering the landscape and declaring itself, sometimes haphazardly experimenting with different versions of winter storms and skies.  Should ...
November Weather

November Weather

Posted: October 31, 2017

Storms increasingly walk a fine line between rain and snow in November, due in part to a storm track which progresses south from southern Canada to the Ohio Valley and the east coast by the end of the month.  Some years if the progress is slow, mild rains add dampness ...
October Weather

October Weather

Posted: October 4, 2017

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: August 31, 2017

Weather almost always takes a back seat to the harvest of the fields and gardens, as well as the blaze of foliage by late in the month.  Yet the same decreasing daylight that signals plants to ripen their fruit, and triggers chemical changes in the leaves to stop making green ...
August Weather

August Weather

Posted: August 3, 2017

If summer can be said to be fading in August, it does so with grace and composure.  The days remain warm and hazy, and often muggy.  Nights are longer, but rarely cool.  And the morning fog settles into the river valleys like a gossamer veil.  Thunderstorms remain the most common ...
July Weather

July Weather

Posted: June 30, 2017

Even though the length of the day and the height of the sun are past their maximum, July is most often the warmest month of summer. Early in July there is just enough cool air, chilled over the last ice and snow fields in eastern Canada, to drive a few ...