Thursday, July 9, 2009

Vermont's Climate Continued -- Precipitation

Precipitation in Vermont varies from region to region. Most precipitation is created due to fronts that cross the region, although the North Atlantic Ocean does have an influence on the area, especially in southeast Vermont.

Freezing rain occasionally occurs, sometimes more than once per winter in certain regions.

Snow is a frequent visitor to the state during the cold season. Annual totals vary alot and over short distances due to the terrain of Vermont.

Locations along the Connecticut River and the western region see anywhere from 55 to 65 inches a year. Totals can go alot higher as you gain elevation.

Several snow events with totals of 5 inches or more are common in Vermont, so residents should keep a shovel handy during the winter.

Blizzards can slow travel in Vermont with totals measured in feet. On February 25, 1969, a storm dropped 33 inches of snow at St. Johnsbury.

During the warm season, afternoon thunderstorms can drop heavy rain, with intensities that can wash out roads or cause mud slides.

Storms can sometimes turn severe and even produce tornadoes, but they aren't common.

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