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The traditional declaration of ice out on Lake Winnipesaukee came around the usual time in 2015, even after an unusually cold and snowy winter.

Dave Emerson is owner and president of Emerson Aviation in Laconia. He declared ice out on Friday, which he says it typical even given the many winter storms that moved through New Hampshire.

Sara Plourde, NHPR

This winter's series of heavy snowfalls put a $9.2 million hurt on the state's annual snow removal budget and led to a raid on the fund that pays for road and bridge repair and maintenance.

Figures compiled by the Department of Transportation show the state spent $48.3 million to clear roads this season. It had budgeted $39.1 million and needed a transfer from the State Highway Fund to cover the shortfall.

DOT spokesperson Bill Boynton says not only was there simply more snow this winter, the storms were longer.

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The historic barrage of snow and cold in New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses as well as gardeners eager to get outside and in the dirt.

The growing season is one to two weeks behind schedule, following a winter that lacked the usual mid-season thaw.

Brian Wallstin

  It's been a cold February in New Hampshire, and it could go down in the record books as one of the coldest in Concord since weather observers started keeping records in 1869.

Temperatures in February have averaged 11.3 degrees below normal for the month so far in the state's capital. It hasn't risen above freezing since Feb. 10.

The coldest February on record so far in Concord is 1934, when the average temperature for the month was 12 degrees.

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  Rob Carolan with Hometown Forecast says an unpredictable ‘trough’ of low pressure sitting in the Atlantic is poised to bring some possible snow to the seacoast area this afternoon.

Good Gig: Night Meteorologist On Mount Washington

Feb 4, 2015
Courtesy Mount Washington Weather Observatory

Being the night meteorologist at the top of Mount Washington might not sound like a Good Gig for some people, but for Ryan Knapp, it's the perfect place to experience weather first hand. So what kind of person would be happy working at a place known for having the worst weather in the world?

Boiling water to snow in just seconds!  

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The media often portrays Sweden as a modernist utopia – where blond-haired trend makers export upbeat pop music, hip furniture and meat balls, and parents enjoy unparalleled family leave. On today’s show: debunking the myth of the Scandinavian utopia.

And we uncover a growing trend among the DIY set: Ikea hacking, where people use Ikea’s raw materials to create their own customized furniture.

And our series Good Gig continues with a meteorologist based on the beautiful, but often inhospitable, summit of Mount Washington.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

Ben Baldwin

    

As we all know, winter weather is a reality of life here in New Hampshire. More snow appears to be headed our way this weekend.

But until the storm actually gets here, it’s often hard to know if it’s going to be a wintry mix or freezing rain, or how dangerous driving conditions could be in certain areas of the state.

NHPR Staff

The state’s Department of Transportation warned about slippery conditions on roadways from Manchester to Plymouth Sunday as freezing rain hit cold pavement. “Incidents are happening all over the place,” said Bill Boynton with NHDOT.  

By afternoon, a pileup on I-93 blocked traffic in both directions near I-89.

Boynton's recommendation? Watch football.

"As soon as you start using salt, the rain dissolves it," he said. That made pre-treatment impossible Sunday morning, as freezing rain moved in across the state.  

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With wind chill temperatures forecast for 30 degrees below zero and lower for Wednesday night into Thursday, New Hampshire emergency management authorities are urging people to stay indoors as much as possible and dress in layers when they go outside.

Homeland Security Directory Perry Plumber encourages people to have emergency supplies in their car in case they get stuck.

People also should watch for signs of frostbite, such as the loss of feeling or white or pale appearance in fingers, ear lobes and the tip of the nose.

A flood watch is in effect for New Hampshire through Wednesday night into the evening on Christmas.

A storm is expected to drop 1-2 inches of rain, which may cause some localized flooding.

Hometown Forecast Services Meteorologist Gary Best says much of New Hampshire will see light rain and drizzle throughout Wednesday afternoon.

He says the heavier rain moves Wednesday night, along with milder temperatures and an increasing south wind.

NHPR Staff

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  8:06 AM

The winter weather has led to a number of power outages for New Hampshire Electric Cooperative customers.

The utility’s spokesman Seth Wheeler says the outages peaked around 6 yesterday evening, with 5,600 customers out.

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  Now that virtually all of the 300,000 energy customers who lost power in Wednesday’s storm have their lights back on, New Hampshire's power companies are looking to the future. 

After the fourth largest power outage in the state’s history utility companies say they have restored power to most customers.

Following the storm Wednesday night - and in the days that followed - more than 300,000 customers lost power at some point, disrupting holiday plans and sending some people to warming shelters.

This morning PSNH said about 1,900 customers are without power and it expects to have power restored to them by tonight.

Jack Rodolico

Update: 10:23 AM Saturday

The number of New Hampshire customers without power after the season's first major snowstorm is down to about 40,000.

At the peak, more than 200,000 homes and businesses were without electricity after the storm Wednesday night, the fourth largest outage in state history.

Public Service of New Hampshire reported about 39,000 homes and business without power Saturday morning, mostly in the southern part of the state. It expects to have electricity fully restored by Monday.

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With tens of thousands of New Hampshire homes  without power, many residents got creative in order to cook their Thanksgiving meals.

Gilmanton resident Kelly Cleveland said her household at least has a backup plan. "My husband has grand ideas of cooking our turkey in our wood cookstove, so it should be very interesting to see how this comes out."

Asked if the family had tried this technique before, Cleveland said, "Not with a turkey. I did try a roast one time, and blew up my Pyrex baking dish. So hopefully he'll choose something other than Pyrex."

Parts of southern New Hampshire are under a winter storm watch that could snarl Thanksgiving travel plans.

The National Weather Service says the watch is in effect from tomorrow morning through Thanksgiving morning. Forecasters say a mixture of rain and snow will likely change to all snow.

The storm could significantly impact holiday travel and make driving dangerous at times.

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The 2015 Old Farmers Almanac.
Brady Carlson, NHPR

“Blizzards, drought, hurricanes – be ready.” That taken directly from the cover of the new edition of the Old Farmers Almanac, produced in Dublin, New Hampshire and famous for its weather predictions.

Sarah Perrault is Senior Associate Editor of the almanac, and she joined us for a look at the 2015 edition.

Updated 5:06 pm

Several thousand homes and businesses are without power following the severe thunderstorms that came through New Hampshire Wednesday afternoon.

Utilities reported some 6,500 outages as of 5pm Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says the storm brought more than 2 inches of rain to parts of New Hampshire, prompting concerns about flooding.

A flash flood warning is in effect for parts of Sullivan, Carroll and Grafton counties, until about 8pm.

NHPR Staff

With warming weather comes stormy weather - but why is that? If it's been a while since elementary school science class, catch up on the phenomena of summer thunderstorms and hail with this primer.

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In a world filled with tough news, we’ve come to expect our weather updates to include a bit of comic relief. But is it time for them to sober up?  Today we’re challenging our expectations with the case against kooky weather-reporters. And, amid calls to prevent the mentally ill from buying guns, we’ll hear a challenge to the notion that health-care professionals can weed out America’s killers. Plus, we take a look at the funniest and most culturally resonant examples of product placement from the last ten years.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.


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After a series of showers kicked off the holiday weekend, Memorial Day itself should be beautiful across the Granite State--despite a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms.  The National Weather Service predicts high temperatures ranging from the 70s in the North Country up to the 80s south of the Notches.

National Weather Service meteorologist Margaret Curtis says so far, this Spring has been fairly typical for the area.  But if it seems like it’s been rainier than usual, you’re not imagining it.  Concord has seen nearly 3.25 inches of rainfall.

Granite Staters Relish Belated Springtime Weather

Apr 7, 2014
White Park visitor
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After a long winter and several false starts, it looks like New Hampshire might finally be heading into spring. 

Mild temperatures on Sunday brought many Granite Staters outside to enjoy the weather.  Concord resident Annie Morgan brought her eight-year old son to a city park.  And she was confident that this time, spring was here to stay.  

“Well I’m determined!  It’s not going anywhere," she said with a chuckle.  "No, we’re not getting any more snow, and it’s going to be beautiful!”

Polar Vortex Pushes Back Start Of Springtime Temps

Mar 16, 2014
Snowflake Macro: Dark Star
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After a brief glimpse of springtime weather, the Granite State will once again feel the chill.

Brady Carlson, NHPR

Snow has been falling across New Hampshire again, the latest winter storm in a season that’s been full of them.

There’s a winter storm warning in effect for southern and eastern parts of the state, and a winter weather advisory for the rest of the state.

Many schools canceled classes again today; others planned early dismissals.

The heaviest snow has been falling Tuesday afternoon, ahead of the commute home. State Police said drivers should travel no faster than 45 miles per hour.

N.H. Sees More Snow Than Usual This Winter

Feb 16, 2014
Snowflake
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A series of winter storms over the past couple of weeks have had Granite Staters alternating between hunkering down at home and digging out.  

Meteorologist Gary Best of Hometown Forecast Service tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson the winter storm system is moving north through New Hampshire Thursday evening, with snow expected to wrap up during the day Friday.

The last winter storm we followed closely decided not to come through New Hampshire, and instead dropped heavy snow in Massachusetts and other parts of the Northeast.

But Gary Best of Hometown Forecast Services says we're not going to miss this one. "This is going to be a definite snow event," he says. "The heaviest snow will across central and especially into southern New Hampshire."

State and local police in New Hampshire are responding to dozens of minor accidents, especially in the southern part of the state, as falling snow has made roads hazardous.

A dispatcher at the State Police Troop B barracks in Bedford says police responded to 40 to 50 accidents on Saturday afternoon.

A winter weather advisory was posted for southern and central New Hampshire until 9 p.m.

Police are urging people who are able to do so to put off travel until crews have a chance to clear the roads.

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The polar vortex?  Frost-quakes?  Winter Storm "Hercules"?  Winter weather forecasts have had a decidedly apocalyptic ring to them as of late. And yes, it did get pretty darn frigid last week... but how cold was the polar vortex compared to previous cold snaps?  We asked Jason Samenow, Weather Editor for the Washington Post to help us understand the sensationalism inherent in winter weather forecasting.

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