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New England Weather, New England Climate
Gregory A. Zielinski, Barry D. Keim




University of New Hampshire Press
2003 • 300 pp. 1 illus. 18 tables, 120 figs. 6 x 9"
Weather / New England

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-58465-520-6



Zielinski and Keim "explain the technicalities in sufficient detail to satisfy the weather connoisseur, but simply enough so these same technicalities don't baffle the Doppler dabbler."—Concord Monitor

A comprehensive, accessible guide to a subject near and dear to every New Englander’s heart: the weather

New Englanders talk as much about their weather as about all other subjects combined. Anyone who’s scampered for shelter during a summer shower or shoveled a path through snow in May knows that bending to the weather’s whims is a way of life in New England. But what do you actually know about New England’s weather or climate?

Combining a scholarly appreciation of weather systems and events with an ability to transmit their passion to a general audience, Gregory A. Zielinski and Barry D. Keim have written a one-of-a-kind guide to New England weather and climate. Not only are weather patterns in New England more changeable and more extreme than almost anywhere in the country, New England is the ultimate destination of nearly all storm tracks nationwide. Recently, newsworthy items such as global warming, El Niño, and La Niña have significantly impacted our local weather, in both the short and long term. Luckily, the science of meteorology and climatology and their tools of observation and analysis have made great strides in the past few years.

The authors offer an in-depth explanation of the latest theoretical insights into New England’s weather along with a flurry of stories and lore about the vagaries of our clime. The book is divided into the seasons as we actually experience them—ski season, mud season, beach and lake season, and foliage season. It includes photos and illustrations: some all too familiar, many hard to believe. Zielinski and Keim succeed in providing an illuminating and entertaining analysis and commentary while whole-heartedly embracing our region’s atmospheric peculiarities. This book won’t do anything about New England’s weather or climate but it will help you understand each of them.

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Reviews:

"This is weather for weather nerds. (And I say that with affection.) . . . If you really want to know why the weather does what it does around here, this is the book for you. And if you don't care a lot about the weather but you do like books, this one might make you wish you were a weather nerd"—Hippo Press

"It offers a clear and accessible account of the major features of the New England climate, today and in the past, and of the atmospheric proccesses that shape it...Readers who plunge into Zielinski and Keim's explanations, often technical but never forbiddingly so, of the processes that underlie what we experience as weather will be amply rewarded. They will emerge with a much-enhanced understanding of the logic and order behind a set of appearances that has been famous for its seeming chaos."—The New England Quarterly

"New England Weather, New England Climate is an in-depth, accessible guide to New England's weather and climate that will interest all with an interest in weather/climate, New England, or both. The authors have done a first-rate job in bringing New England conditions to those of us not able to experience them directly. This book deserves a place on every climatologist's bookshelf." —Weather Doctor Website

From the Book:

“Foliage season provides yet another opportunity, not only for tourists, but residents as well, to partake in the wondrous beauty of New England. The wonderful colors of the foliage season, like many other New England splendors, are highly influenced by the weather and climate of the region. Depending on location and tree species, foliage season spans all three autumn months—September, October, and November. . . . Interestingly, small splashes of color may be seen as early as late August, a great surprise to those who live further south in the United States. However, this phenomenon is probably caused by some other type of environmental stress to specific trees, as opposed to the climatic changes close to the start of the foliage season.”



GREGORY A. ZIELINSKI is a research associate professor in the Institute for Quaternary and Climate Studies at the University of Maine. During the last ten years he has authored over forty articles including the cover story for the January 2002 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. He has taught courses on New England weather and climate and is the Maine State Climatologist. BARRY D. KEIM is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and is a member of the Climate Change Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. He has co-authored an atlas of extreme rainfall for the south–central United States and New England’s Changing Climate, Weather and Air Quality. Keim also serves as the New Hampshire State Climatologist.






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