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    Temperatures fell like a rock last night once the winds died down, but there was some huge variations depending on your location.

    Our place in the Champlain Valley of Vermont fell to -16F. But Burlington and Saranac Lake were much warmer.

    Meanwhile, down in CT, our hill top location by the Sound only got to 13F, but places 10 miles inland fell to 0F. The coldest night of the season so far.
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    Pretty cold on Mt Washington too. 24 hour conditions show a peak wind gust of 118mph early yesterday afternoon with a temp of about -10 at the time. The current summit temperature is climbing really rapidly over the last few hours and the forecast shows summit highs in the upper 20s by tomorrow. Quite the change!
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    I'd be interested to hear Bill's theory about why his location in the Champlain Valley of Vermont was so much colder than Burlington. Topography, with sinking cold air? Or you're actually at a higher elevation? Wouldn't think latitude (whatever it might be) would make much of a difference. I'm sure you have an idea.

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    Not latitude. Topography is more important than absolute elevation. We're a few hundred feet higher than BTV, but instead of being on a flat airfield we are in a very small sink at the edge of a swamp.

    The major factor was wind. BTV never really went calm where as my location did. BTV hit -7, Saranac Lake -13 and our farm at -16. With calm winds cold air can settle to the lowest points. Looking closely at my data I can see that the temperature fluctuated by as much as 5 degrees with even a 1mph puff of wind.

    Proximity to Lake Champlain has something to do with it as well. Not in driving the actually temperature up, but keeping a steady breeze going as air rose above the relatively warm lake.
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    Interesting. I live on the west side of Cape Ann, and windspeed and wind direction make a huge difference in temperature for us. I remember last summer during a heat wave the Weather Channel was reporting a temp in the low 70s because their data came from a place on Gloucester Harbor where the southerly wind came over the water and cooled everything down. On our side of Cape Ann, we would have needed a northwest wind to cool us down. We were at around 90 degrees at that same time, just a few miles away. By now the ocean has cooled down to the point that a northwest wind only makes us colder. (And that's pretty much what we get through the winter--like the past few days! Brrrr!.)

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    On the Sound in CT we'll get that 70 or 80 degree day in April and right by the water it is in the 40s.

    This is quite a bit different than the weather over New England this morning though. In your case the wind is advecting a different air mass over your location. This morning the wind was mixing up the cold air that had settled at the surface.
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    I remember those spring days in Ct where we lived it would be in the 70's and we would head to the beach thinking it was going to be great but we were disappointed.
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    It was -9 in Tamworth, NH at 5:30AM. I don't see how those brave souls atop Washington can go out into the weather they do LOL.
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    Here are some readings from the NY and NH/ME NWS pages:

    Code:
                       TODAYS        TODAYS       12 HOUR
                        LOW           HIGH      PRECIPITATION
    STATION         18HRS - 7PM   18HRS - 7PM    ENDING 7PM
    
    DUNKIRK NY           12             29              T
    BUFFALO NY           14             24           0.05
    NIAGARA FALLS NY     16             25           0.04
    ROCHESTER NY         17             27              T
    DANSVILLE NY         14             27              T
    PENN YAN NY          16             25              T
    ELMIRA NY             3             24           0.00
    WATERTOWN NY         -4             25           0.02
    FULTON NY            18             24           0.03
    SYRACUSE NY          14             26              T
    BINGHAMTON NY        12             22              T
    ROME NY              11             25              T
    MASSENA NY          -15             23              T
    SARANAC LAKE NY     -13             18              T
    GLENS FALLS NY      -21             21           0.00
    ALBANY NY             6             24           0.00
    POUGHKEEPSIE NY      -2             27           0.00
    MONTGOMERY NY         5             25           0.00
    LA GUARDIA AP NY     20             30           0.00
    JFK AIRPORT NY       20             31           0.00
    ISLIP NY             16             29           0.00
    WESTHAMPTON BCH       6             31           0.00
    PLATTSBURGH NY       -9             20              T
    BURLINGTON VT        -9             22           0.00
    MORRISVILLE VT      -12             16           0.00
    MONTPELIER VT        -9             19           0.01
    ST JOHNSBURY VT     -11             14
    SPRINGFIELD VT       -1             21           0.00
    RUTLAND     VT       -4             21           0.00
    BENNINGTON VT        -8             24           0.00
    NORTH ADAMS MA        7             25           0.00
    PITTSFIELD MA         7             22           0.00
    DANBURY CT           -3             26           0.00
    
                            TDY    THIS AM   24HR PCPN
    STATION                 MAX    MIN       ENDED THIS PM   SNOW DEPTH
    
    MAINE...
    AUGUSTA                 22       4              T
    BANGOR                  18      -3           0.00
    BAR HARBOR              18       3           0.00
    CARIBOU                  7      -4              T
    FRENCHVILLE              5      -6           0.00
    FRYEBURG                22     -12           0.00
    GRAY                    22       2           0.00           14
    GREENVILLE              14      -5           0.00
    HOULTON                  9      -2           0.00
    LEWISTON                25      -4
    MILLINOCKET             15      -1           0.00
    PORTLAND                24      -1           0.00
    PRESQUE ISLE            10      -2           0.00
    ROCKLAND                21       7
    SANFORD                 27       3
    WATERVILLE              21       3           0.00
    WISCASSET               24      -8           0.00
    
    
    NEW HAMPSHIRE...
    BERLIN                  17      -3           0.00
    CONCORD                 23       1           0.00            8
    JAFFREY                 23       0           0.00
    KEENE                   23     -15           0.00
    LACONIA                 23       5           0.00
    LEBANON                 18     -14           0.00
    MANCHESTER              26       0           0.00           13
    MOUNT WASHINGTON         7     -19           0.00           24
    PORTSMOUTH              25       8           0.00           17
    ROCHESTER               24       8           0.00
    WHITEFIELD              18     -23           0.00

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    ...and more from the CT page (which includes stations in other states)

    Code:
    ...EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS...
                      18 HR   12 HR      12 HR
    STATION            MIN     MAX    PRECIPITATION
    BEDFORD              3      28        0.00
    BEVERLY              7      25        0.00
    BOSTON              15      28        0.00
    BLUE HILL            9      25        0.00
    LAWRENCE             8      25        0.00
    NEW BEDFORD         15      27        0.00
    NORWOOD              2      28        0.00
    PLYMOUTH            13      26        0.00
    TAUNTON             11      27        0.00
    MARSHFIELD          12      28           M
    
    
    ...CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS...
                      18 HR   12 HR      12 HR
    STATION            MIN     MAX    PRECIPITATION
    CHATHAM             19      28        0.00
    FALMOUTH            14      28        0.00
    HYANNIS             16      30        0.00
    MARTHAS VINEYARD    19      28        0.00
    NANTUCKET           20      30        0.00
    PROVINCETOWN        19      28           M
    
    
    ...CENTRAL AND WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS...
                      18 HR   12 HR      12 HR
    STATION            MIN     MAX    PRECIPITATION
    FITCHBURG           -7      28        0.00
    ORANGE               2      25        0.00
    SPRINGFIELD          1      25        0.00
    WESTFIELD            6      26        0.00
    WORCESTER            9      23        0.00
    
    
    ...RHODE ISLAND...
                      18 HR   12 HR      12 HR
    STATION            MIN     MAX    PRECIPITATION
    BLOCK ISLAND         M       M           M
    NEWPORT             18      29        0.00
    PROVIDENCE          14      28        0.00
    SMITHFIELD          10      28           M
    WESTERLY            16      30        0.00
    
    
    ...NORTHERN CONNECTICUT...
                      18 HR   12 HR      12 HR
    STATION            MIN     MAX    PRECIPITATION
    BRADLEY INTL         6      26        0.00
    HARTFORD             7      27        0.00
    WILLIMANTIC         10      28        0.00
    
    
    ...SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH CENTRAL NEW HAMPSHIRE...
                      18 HR   12 HR      12 HR
    STATION            MIN     MAX    PRECIPITATION
    MANCHESTER          -1      26        0.00
    KEENE               -15      23           M
    JAFFREY              0      23        0.00
    NASHUA              -6      27           M

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