New Hampshire – The Granite State
Quality of life is the reason many newcomers cite for moving to New Hampshire. Whether you enjoy the conveniences of living in a small city or the charm of country villages, it’s all at your fingertips. New Hampshire is an area where neighbor knows neighbor, where strong ties develop within a community, where friendships endure. There is an unmistakable feeling of COMING HOME, where the beauty of the land overwhelms you and makes you want to live here forever.
The State emerged as a “watering spot” for visitors with summer homes and later became a local mecca for people of every taste and income because its myriad of attractions were so accessible to major metropolitan centers of the eastern seaboard. Southern NH sprang to life in the sixties when modern industries replaced the fading textile mills and major interstate highways were completed.
Tucked into a corner of the northeastern United States, the state is the most mountainous of the six contiguous states which comprise New England. One third of the state has an elevation of 2,000 feet or more and eighty-five percent of its land is forested, especially in the North Country.
Shaped like a right triangle, the “Granite State” shares a boundary with the Canadian province of Quebec to the north, the winding Connecticut River and the state of Vermont to the west, the state of Maine and the Atlantic Ocean to the ease, and Massachusetts to the south.
But that’s not all… it’s region steeped in tradition, settled in 1623 under the authority of an English land grant and named after Hampshire, England. In the late nineteenth century, a more industrialized state attracted French Canadians to the many new jobs available in the bustling textile mills. The French influence pervades the region, witnessed by the sign at the southern border which reads, “Welcome to New Hampshire” above the French “Bienvenue Au New Hampshire.” But many other factors make the state attractive.
New Hampshire Facts
One of the 13 original states, New Hampshire was settled in 1623. It became a Royal Province in 1679 and was first to declare independence of Britain in early 1776.
■9,304 square miles
■324 towns and cities
■18 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline
■40,000 miles of streams
■2,000 lakes and ponds
■182 mountains over 3,000 feet
■768,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest
■33 camping or picnic sites in the White Mountain National Forest
■1,300 miles of hiking trails in the White Mountains
■250 “Bed and Breakfast” inns
■6,000 miles of groomed snowmobiling trails
■1,500 inns, motels, hotels, resorts, cottage colonies
■175 campgrounds with more than 16,000 campsites
■32 State Parks and one Country Area
■54 covered bridges
■Home of the Appalachian Mountain Club
■40 huts and shelters for hikers
■5 peaks are over a mile high
■31 major ski touring centers
■Major summer theatrical and musical events at Hanover, Durham, Bretton Woods, Portsmouth, North Conway, Manchester and Jaffrey
■Historic buildings, museums and large art galleries open to visitors
The weather in NH is as varied as its terrain, featuring a special four-season appeal. We have a very popular saying here… “Don’t like the weather? Wait a minute, it will change.”
The winters differ in their severity, with January and February usually being the coldest and snowier months with the average snowfall being about 40 inches annually. Average winter temperatures range from mid-teens to mid-20s, depending on how far north you are. Winter usually takes place from November to April, with snow attracting visitors to the area to ski, snowshoe and snowmobile.
Although there are some periods of mid-40 degree temperatures and sunshine, the best bet is to have a good warm jacket, sweaters, gloves and a winter hat, as well as an ice scraper for your car!
There is a good chance that you will have a beautiful white holiday season here in New Hampshire, and the cool air provides some of the best stargazing of the year. Imagine having a warm cup of hot chocolate, bundled up with a blanket in front of a fireplace after a long day of winter sports. Welcome to winter in NH!
April usually signals the warming trend with apple blossom festivals and maple sugaring just around the corner. Average spring temperatures hover around the 50s and 60s — perfect weather for spring skiing without a jacket and biking or hiking one of our many breathtaking trails. Migrating birds begin to return to the area, leaves begin to bud on the trees, and annual flowers begin to pop out of the ground.
Although a late snowfall is possible, it is also quite possible to open up the windows in your house and cars to enjoy temperatures up to 70 degrees! Light jackets or sweaters are appropriate attire for enjoying baseball’s opening day in New Hampshire.
Temperatures begin to rise in June, just as kids are getting out of school for summer vacation.
Average summer temperatures in the state range from the 60s to the 80s, sometimes soaring much higher, but humidity generally tends to stay quite low.
The Lakes Region and Seacoast Region draw visitors from everywhere, as do the hundreds of campgrounds all over the state. The White Mountains and the Seacoast tend to stay cooler, providing the perfect temperatures for exploring mountain streams and trails or for playing beach volleyball and frolicking in the ocean.
Lightweight clothes or shorts are usually quite comfortable during the day, and you may find it handy to have a light sweater after the sun goes down during the summer.
In September and October, days become cooler, and the leaves explode into a collage of magnificent colors painting the landscape with some of the most gorgeous foliage in the country. Average temperatures range anywhere from the 40s to the 60s, depending on the day and what part of the state you’re in.
Special tours have been set up to bring people from all over to NH to experience this beautiful time of year. Don’t be surprised to find yourself surrounded by out-of-state license plates on the road as others come here to see nature’s artwork for themselves.
At night you will start to see smoke coming out of chimneys, as the air can get quite brisk. Sweaters or long sleeve shirts are quite often perfectly comfortable during the day, but you will probably want to have a jacket on hand at night, and an ice scraper for your car nearby in preparation for the first frost!
Note: Source – WMUR TV Channel 9 Manchester, NH Weather Department