It’s week three for me at the Explorer and I have a few things to share with all of you. On top of learning how to live in the Adirondacks – like equipping my car with proper tires – I’m learning about how Adirondackers are keeping track of their changing environment. One longtime resident showed me her gardening journals that date back to the 1970s and have weather notes, bloom dates, wildlife sightings and more. I drove over to Wilmington and flipped through a hardware store owner’s log of snowplow jobs dating back to 1987. His take? Snow is coming later in the Adirondacks. Read the story here.
This isn’t my first time in the region. Over the summer I interned with the Explorer and wrote stories about the Wild Center’s summer climate camp, the state’s newly appointed tallest tree, a turtle rehabilitator, and more. But I’m eager to connect with readers and find out what you’re hoping to see from our climate coverage this year.
In other news, reporter Mike Lynch found out that Whiteface Mountain set a record on Saturday, Feb. 4 for the coldest recorded temperature at the summit. At 3 a.m. Saturday the temp dropped to 40.2 below zero. In addition, researchers report there was a wind chill of about 91 degrees below zero. Read more here.
Photo at top: Steve Forbes, who owns a hardware store in Wilmington, has recorded every plow job since 1987. Photo by Chloe Bennett
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Correction: The original post contained misleading information about the cold weather conditions on Whiteface. We have updated the post and regret the errors.