Climate

Like all of New England, New Hampshire becomes a new vacation destination every three months or so, as we revolve through the seasons.  The New England states have four distinct seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall.

For those of you doing your homework, New Hampshire’s climate is technically classified as "humid continental." That means that we can count on precipitation year-round, with the greatest variable in our weather being the air temperature. Summers are warm and humid: perfect for splashing in a lake or the Atlantic, camping under the stars, or spending thrilling days at amusement parks. Winters are cold, which means bountiful snow: You'll love skiing our slopes, snowmobiling our trails, or dogsledding with a team of yipping, happy pups. If you're from a climate where you don't get to play in the sugary white stuff, you're in for a treat. And even New England kids get a kick out of being able to make a snowball in June at the Mount Washington summit, when all the world below is green.

At the Mount Washington Observatory, the weather atop New England's highest mountain is monitored 24/7. So it's science—not mythology—behind the observatory’s claim that this New Hampshire high point is "Home of the World's Worst Weather."

Don't let that distinction worry you, though! Unless you want to experience Mount Washington's fierce winds, extreme cold, and wild precipitation on a winter day or overnight visit to the Observatory, you'll find New Hampshire's climate, on the whole, to be pleasantly seasonal.