We Enjoy Four Distinct Seasons
New York State is not the same throughout the year. The climate varies from the hot days of summer to the cold snows of winter. In between, we enjoy the freshness of spring and the emerging flowers and the crisp, autumn days filled with pumpkins and fall colors.
For the most part, summer days in New York State are pleasantly warm, with intermittent periods of hot, humid days. The weather is cooler in the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains. The warmest weather is near the New York City area, the coast, and the lower Hudson Valley. Temperatures can be over 90 degrees, sometimes reaching the high 90's. It is rare to see temperatures of 100 degrees, but it has happened. The temperatures are the warmest in July and August. Mid September often sees the start of cooler temperatures, but summer can rebound with an "Indian summer." Although the days are hot, the vegetation and countrysides remain lush and green. Drives along any New York State road in summer will render panoramas of thick forests and summer flowers.
Autumn in New York is a special event. From the coast to the mountains, the landscape is transformed to gorgeous vistas of orange, red, and gold. As the days shorten and the temperatures grow colder, the leaves start to turn. The air loses the humidity of the hot summer and becomes crisp and cool. The sky is bright blue and is often dotted with gaggles of geese flying South. Pumpkins and corn stalks dot the fields, and the orchards are full of apples just waiting to be picked. Fall is New York's harvest season. The land gives up its final bounty before winter, and farmers plow their fields, preparing for the coldest season of the year.
of New York State receives an average snowfall of 70 inches per season.
Areas near New York City and the coast receive about 30" per
year. The Atlantic Ocean moderates the temperatures, and there is less
snowfall. Maximum snowfall is approximately 175" in certain parts
of the Adirondack Mountains. The Catskill Mountains also receive
significant snow, with both areas known for ski resorts. Towns and
cities near the Great Lakes often receive "lake effect snows," which
adds to their average, seasonal snowfall. There are many winter
sports associated with New York's snow - skiing, snowmobiling, skating, cross country skiing, and winter camping.
Spring usually "blooms" in New York State in early May. March still holds onto the cold of winter, with only the early crocus showing signs of peeping through. April brings daffodils and other early flowers, but May brings the full bloom of flowering trees and plants. The days grow longer; the birds return; the skies become an azur blue, and nature is full of new vegetation. The farmers till the soil and prepare for summer crops. The sun rises higher in the sky, and we "snowbirds" come out of our homes, walk our neighborhoods, jog, and start puttering around yards. It's a new beginning, as the Earth awakens from its winter sleep.