Let's get it straight: NEW ENGLAND WEATHER

<p>I'm sorry if I'm clogging up this high-traffic forum with a topic that has probably been discussed numerous times before, but I figure it's a pretty important one.</p>

<p>A LOT of us are going to colleges back east in the fall, specifically in New England, but so far from what I've gathered the weather is very enigmatic. I can't seem to get a single authoritative response on what the weather is really like back there.</p>

<p>I know about the cold winters, but that's about it. Especially because I'm coming from the Pacific Northwest (where rainfall and Gore-Tex are ways of life), I know it will be a much different climate, and I'll need to pack my clothes according to the weather.</p>

<p>So ANYBODY-- can you give me a month-to-month rundown of what the weather usually does back east? I'd be eternally grateful.</p>

<p>Also-- Happy St. Patrick's to you all.</p>

<p>well it varies even in new england. the maine and vermont mountains are alot colder than the greater boston area and the connecticut/rhode island regions. its still snowing in the mountains whereas by now its changed over to rain in CT and MA.
For this CT/MA region: basically, September changes from hot (70-80 degrees) to warm, say 55-60 degrees, very fast, and october....well, it varies. We've had both 50 degree days and snow on halloween. It can continue like that into november. last year december was weird, we had rain (!) but usually it's definitely snow, and continues to be 35 and below throughout december, january and february...but the last couple years have been a little warmer/sometimes freezing...it really does vary.
by now in march, its getting to 40-50 consistently, and by april/may its usually the 50s...then it gets warmer again.
Now subtract 5-15 degrees for the northern regions...you kind of get the idea, except yet again, it varies.
haha...sorry this is long, and not specific, but new england weather really DOES vary.</p>

<p>This may be annoying in a "look it up yourself" sort of way, but places like weather.com have month-by-month breakdowns for you.</p>

<p>The only reason I'm making you do the leg work is that New England is a big place, the climate varies, so it'd probably do you more good to look up, for example, "New Haven weather." Plus, then you can see all sorts of nifty factoids... average temperature, average precipitation... oooo aren't you excited?!</p>

<p>asg726 totally hit CT on the spot, haha. in short, the weather is just unpredictable sometimes (moreso in the past few years). it takes a long time to get cold (i didn't think it was truly cold -on a regular basis- until January really) and then a long time to get consistently warm. this last month has been either nice and sunny or cold and rainy. It should even out by the end of this month/next month. By May it's usually climbing into the 70s, and by mid-June you're sweating like a dog (or burning, depending on how your body feels about humidity on that particular day, haha).</p>

<p>You need to list specific place. the weather varies</p>

<p>No one has ever described New England weather better than this:


<p>Speech delivered at the New England Society's Seventy-First Annual Dinner, New York City, Dec. 22, 1876.</p>


<p>I reverently believe that the Maker who made us all makes everything in New England but the weather. I don't know who makes that, but I think it must be raw apprentices in the weather-clerk's factory who experiment and learn how, in New England, for board and clothes, and then are promoted to make weather for countries that require a good article, and will take their custom elsewhere if they don't get it. </p>

<p>There is a sumptuous variety about the New England weather that compels the stranger's admiration -- and regret. The weather is always doing something there; always attending strictly to business; always getting up new designs and trying them on the people to see how they will go. But it gets through more business in spring than in any other season. </p>

<p>In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four-and-twenty hours. It was I that made the fame and fortune of that man that had that marvelous collection of weather on exhibition at the Centennial, that so astounded the foreigners. He was going to travel all over the world and get specimens from all the climes. I said, "Don't you do it; you come to New England on a favorable spring day." I told him what we could do in the way of style, variety, and quantity. Well, he came and he made his collection in four days. As to variety, why, he confessed that he got hundreds of kinds of weather that he had never heard of before. And as to quantity -- well, after he had picked out and discarded all that was blemished in any way, he not only had weather enough, but weather to spare; weather to hire out; weather to sell; to deposit; weather to invest; weather to give to the poor. </p>

<p>The people of New England are by nature patient and forbearing, but there are some things which they will not stand. Every year they kill a lot of poets for writing about "Beautiful Spring." These are generally casual visitors, who bring their notions of spring from somewhere else, and cannot, of course, know how the natives feel about spring. And so the first thing they know the opportunity to inquire how they feel has permanently gone by. </p>

<p>Old Probabilities** has a mighty reputation for accurate prophecy, and thoroughly well deserves it. You take up the paper and observe how crisply and confidently he checks off what today's weather is going to be on the Pacific, down South, in the Middle States, in the Wisconsin region. See him sail along in the joy and pride of his power till he gets to New England, and then see his tail drop. He doesn't know what the weather is going to be in New England. Well, he mulls over it, and by-and-by he gets out something about like this: Probably northeast to southwest winds, varying to the southward and westward and eastward and points between, high and low barometer swapping around from place to place; probable areas of rain, snow, hail, and drought, succeeded or preceded by earthquakes, with thunder and lightning. Then he jots down his postscript from his wandering mind, to cover accidents. "But it is possible that the programme may be wholly changed in the mean time." </p>

<p>Yes, one of the brightest gems in the New England weather is the dazzling uncertainty of it. There is only one thing certain about it: you are certain there is going to be plenty of it -- a perfect grand review; but you never can tell which end of the procession is going to move first. You fix up for the drought; you leave your umbrella in the house and sally out, and two to one you get drowned. You make up your mind that the earthquake is due; you stand from under, and take hold of something to steady yourself, and the first thing you know you get struck by lightning. These are great disappointments; but they can't be helped. The lightning there is peculiar; it is so convincing, that when it strikes a thing it doesn't leave enough of that thing behind for you to tell whether-- Well, you'd think it was something valuable, and a Congressman had been there. </p>

<p>And the thunder. When the thunder begins to merely tune up and scrape and saw, and key up the instruments for the performance, strangers say, "Why, what awful thunder you have here!" But when the baton is raised and the real concert begins, you'll find that stranger down in the cellar with his head in the ash-barrel. </p>

<p>Now as to the size of the weather in New England -- lengthways, I mean. It is utterly disproportioned to the size of that little country. Half the time, when it is packed as full as it can stick, you will see that New England weather sticking out beyond the edges and projecting around hundreds and hundreds of miles over the neighboring States. She can't hold a tenth part of her weather. You can see cracks all about where she has strained herself trying to do it. </p>

<p>I could speak volumes about the inhuman perversity of the New England weather, but I will give but a single specimen. I like to hear rain on a tin roof. So I covered part of my roof with tin, with an eye to that luxury. Well, sir, do you think it ever rains on that tin? No, sir, skips it every time. </p>

<p>Mind, in this speech I have been trying merely to do honor to the New England weather -- no language could do it justice. But, after all, there is at least one or two things about that weather (or, if you please, effects produced by it) which we residents would not like to part with. If we hadn't our bewitching autumn foliage, we should still have to credit the weather with one feature which compensates for all its bullying vagaries -- the ice-storm: when a leafless tree is clothed with ice from the bottom to the top -- ice that is as bright and clear as crystal; when every bough and twig is strung with ice-beads, frozen dew-drops, and the whole tree sparkles cold and white, like the Shah of Persia's diamond plume. Then the wind waves the branches and the sun comes out and turns all those myriads of beads and drops to prisms that glow and burn and flash with all manner of colored fires, which change and change again with inconceivable rapidity from blue to red, from red to green, and green to gold -- the tree becomes a spraying fountain, a very explosion of dazzling jewels; and it stands there the acme, the climax, the supremest possibility in art or nature, of bewildering, intoxicating, intolerable magnificence. One cannot make the words too strong.


Mark Twain
Weather</a> and Arts: Mark Twain - New England Weather</p>

<p>His remarks still hold true.</p>

<p>humid as **** during the summer (moved from ct, so i know summers :))</p>

<p>Hope this helps. Weather on average or how its "suppose" to be... </p>

<p>September: 80- 70 degrees
October: 70- 50 degrees
November: 50- 30 degrees
December- February: Below 30 degrees
March: 30- 45 degrees
April: 50- 60 degrees
May: 60-70 degrees
June- August: Above 80 degrees</p>

<p>Not sure how accurate this is but this the general temperature ranges. However the weather is pretty unpredictable as one day it'll be 15 degrees and the next 50!</p>

<p>The costal regions in CT through RI can vary significantly fom the inland areas. Major NE snowstorms can often be rain/mix events along the coast. Summer humidity (read May through September) can be atrocious.</p>

<p>Like everyone said, totally unpredictable. Last January, there was a day when it got to 70s... I took a run outside in shorts. </p>

<p>Basically pack every variety of cloth you have.</p>

<p>OK, so I've lived in Massachusetts all my life (which I suppose isn't that big of a deal considering I'm still in High School :P).</p>

<p>Anyway, the weather her is weird, but you'll get used to it. For example, yesterday it snowed, but today it was rather sunny and warm out. It's really weird.</p>

<p>In the winter you can either get a lot of snow right away or in small bouts. So you might get a blizzard one winter that lasts for days or it might just be a few inches, and that's as bad as it gets.</p>

<p>spring - usually a bit cold, but most days are pretty nice. usually very short because winter weather kinda drifts into it.</p>

<p>summer- surprisingly it gets really hot, like weeks of 80+ temps.</p>

<p>fall- very pretty, turns into winter pretty quick</p>

<p>Usual temperatures in Central MA:</p>

<p>September - 55-80 degrees
October - 40-60 degrees
November - 25-45 degrees
December - 10-45 degrees
January - 0-35 degrees (although it can be a lot colder or warmer. Last year it was 70 on 1/6, 3 years ago it got down to -30 for a week)
February - 0-40 degrees
March - 15-50 degrees, wet
April - 30-60 degrees, wet
May - 45-70 degrees, a bit wet</p>

<p>The rest of the year shouldn't really matter, and rainfall is middling most of the time.</p>

<p>Wow-- thanks a lot. And yeah, I probably could have looked it up myself, but I was wondering if anybody had any first-hand accounts of a real deviation in weather.</p>

<p>For example, we have very little humidity (to none at all) out here, and I've learned that late spring/summer/early fall months are really humid. Which sucks. To me "too humid" is higher than 10%, and "too hot" is usually over 60.</p>

<p>Also, I'll be going to Hamilton, which is in upstate NY, right near the Massachusetts border.</p>

<p>wait so in other parts of the country it isn't 70 one day and 30 the next during the fall and spring, it doesn't jump around randomly and suddenly like that?</p>

<p>I live about 20 minutes from Hamilton College. The humidity can seriously be unbearable. I remember this year it was like 80 degrees all the way into October and we were dying in school because of the humidity. Over the summer, it is unlikely to see the temperatures get below 60 at night. I am not sure what the Humidity level usually is in the summer, but I believe it's always over 60%. Winters can be brutal, but this year hasn't really been at all. Lake Effect snow and Nor'easters definitely pile up the snow. I believe that we usually get at least 100" a season. Winters vary from year to year haha. I remember when I got back from my trip to Europe at the end of Spring Break (in Late April) last year we just had a snow storm and got like 1-2 feet. This year, the snow is already starting to clear up.</p>


<p>Weather in Syracuse/Rochester NY is often much different from the weather in New England. You may want to clarify that's what you are seeking information about. Lake effect snow in the winter is a big deal...</p>

<p>Well he said Hamilton which is in Clinton, NY. About 1 hour from Syracuse.</p>

<p>I've been to New England in the late spring, summer, and early fall.
So a warning (especially for those from out West): it is humid!
If you come to school at the end of August, don't be surprised if it's still quite hot and humid. I brought warmer clothes when I went once--big mistake! You'll be uncomfortable if you don't have shorts and a t-shirt on. According to my relatives, it doesn't really cool down until October, and even then you never know.
Same with the late spring (May especially).
You always hear about how cold New England gets. Don't forget that it gets hot and humid too! (At least in CT, RI, MA.) Don't pack for just cold weather because when you first arrive, chances are you'll be sweating in your long sleeves.</p>

<p>IS PRETTY AWESOME and GREAT! haha or so i think.</p>