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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 ...
June Weather

June Weather

Posted: May 16, 2017

June is bustin' out all over..." according to Rogers and Hammerstein, and the weather rarely disappoints this month.   Along with being one of the sunniest months, it is also one of the wettest over northern and mountain sections of Vermont and New Hampshire.  This is not a contradiction, but an ...
May Weather

May Weather

Posted: May 1, 2017

Spring gives everything a little more "bounce" during May, as life begins anew with greater enthusiasm than in any other month.  Yet the swift transition is only possible because the gap from late chills to early heat is so narrow.  Mountains retain their last snow, and may even be coated ...
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 ...