Down East 2013 ©
“Conditions may vary" is a phrase you'll often hear when you want to know about Maine’s famously changeable weather. At least, that’s what the weather forecasters will say. Ask a Mainer and you’ll be told, “If you don’t like the weather now, wait five minutes.”
With its mountains, rolling hills, flat farm country, and rock-bound coast, the geography of our northeastern-most state is enough to invite a variety of weather conditions. But, as former Maine State climatologist Gregory A. Zielinski proves, there’s much more engendering Maine’s weather than that. Jet stream, Gulf Stream, cold Canadian air masses, ocean temperature, and much more contribute to the challenges of predicting the weather here.
Maine may be as famous for its winter snow and ice storms as it is for the refreshing summer breezes that blow along its coast in the summertime. It is home to Nor’easters and the occasional hurricane, too. Find out here what makes Maine’s weather so changeable – and endlessly fascinating, too.
Gregory A. Zielinski is a former Maine State Climatologist and a former research professor at the University of Maine. He is the author of New England Weather, New England Climate. He has taught courses on climate and meteorology and has written more than fifty articles on the subject. He currently resides in Orono, Maine.