Climate and weather are very crucial factors in the growth, development and decline of an area. The state of New Hampshire is not immune from this universal phenomenon. The most important atmospheric conditions considered in geography are temperature and rainfall (precipitation). Other factors include solar radiation, humidity and cloud cover. The state of New Hampshire has a humid continental climate although the weather has a very high degree of variability. The four seasons vary greatly in temperature and overall general pattern. This brings to mind an old Yankee saying “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” Nothing can be more descriptive of the ever-changing weather of New Hampshire.
In terms of seasons and temperature, the state enjoys warm humid summers and cold wet winters. Winter usually starts in late October which can be quite cold and snowy particularly in the northern and mountainous areas. Records have shown that the average snow fall throughout the year ranges from 60 inches (150 cm) to more than 100 inches (250 cm) and continue well into April. In the past, there have been times of extreme snow falls, such as the blizzards of 1978 and 1993. However, during the winters, ice-fishing, downhill and cross-country skiing are very popular sports.
Concerning precipitation, the state has an all-year-round precipitation. The average of this in the state is about 40 inches (100 cm), but it must be noted that there are considerable variations in the White Mountains and its surrounding areas. This is as a result of the differences in the height and the total snowfall. Talking about the other seasons, an interesting pattern is revealed. The spring season commences after the end of winter which is in the middle of March. An important fact is that it is during this season that the weather comes with its most erratic patterns. This season is regarded as the season of the ‘maple syrup’ with a lot of festivities and activities like dances and pole fishing going on. Apart from its streak of unpredictability, the season is surely an enjoyable one!
The summer is also another interesting season in the state. Summer usually begins during the middle of June and lasts till early September. During this time, there are sunny days and clear nights as the state goes all-out with the excitement of so many activities. With so much playing, canoeing, hiking and other adventurous things in the air, summer may be the best season to enjoy a vacation in New Hampshire.
On a more frightening scale, the Granite State is also prone to natural disasters, although this is on rare occasions. It has been recorded that extreme climatic events like hurricanes and tropical storms have hit the state before. As a matter of fact, the state experiences almost 20 days of thunderstorms every single year. This is apart from the fact that a couple of tornadoes cause considerable mayhem every year. On a larger scale, New Hampshire is a relatively safe and geologically-stable (there is no history of significant earthquakes). After all, it seems New Hampshire is actually as solid as granite!