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August Weather

August Weather

Posted: July 31, 2018

Even as the summer becomes more entrenched over the region, the signs are there that summer’s glory will not last much longer.  Is that a reason to dampen summer plans?  Hardly!  In so many ways there is a full half of summer yet to go, with temperatures averaging as warm ...
July Weather

July Weather

Posted: June 28, 2018

The rewards of summer are handed out each July, which maintains the warmest weather of the year.  Sure, June can crank up the heat and humidity, and August occasionally is hotter than July.  But if you are looking for consistency then look no farther than the hazy, blue-green hills, and ...
June Weather

June Weather

Posted: May 30, 2018

I find it curious how June is romanticized, as though it had some exemption to the usual chaos that characterizes our weather.  Like much we find in legend and lore, a single, ideal day becomes memory, and then blends into expectation, and finally blossoms into reputation.  June is certainly capable ...
May Weather

May Weather

Posted: April 25, 2018

True spring weather can be found in the merry month of May, though it can frequently be wedged between a frosty, or even snowy reminder of the winter past, and a generously warm preview of summer.  As the storm track retreats north into Canada, our weather is punctuated by weather ...
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 ...