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The Weather and Climate of Southern New England

In many areas of the United States, people often quip, “If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes.” Presumably there's some validity to the expression, given the notoriously diverse weather that America experiences relative to other countries of the world. However, when it comes to Southern New England, there's a further uniqueness. Here, blizzards and hurricanes can both occur in the same year. In fact, in the United States, only a handful of large cities have experienced five or more hurricanes in the last 60 years, together with 10 or more 12-inch snowstorms—and all of them are in Southern New England.

BRANDON BUTCHER is a Massachusetts native, an adjunct Instructor of Meterology at Fairmont State University and Chief Meteorologist at CBS 3 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

H. MICHAEL MOGIL is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist and science writer living in Naples, Florida.

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