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Climate of Canaan Valley
- Vogel, Christoph A., Leffler, Robert J.
- Southeastern naturalist 2015 v.14 no.sp7 pp. 18-32
- El Nino, climate, growing season, meteorological data, snow, summer, temperature, Alaska, New England region
- In this paper, we present and examine climate data from 1944 to 2002 for Canaan Valley, WV, including average, extreme, and monthly and seasonal temperature, and precipitation and snowfall amounts. The data, collected over decades by several dedicated National Weather Service cooperative observers, indicate that Canaan Valley's “cash crop” may indeed be its climate. The Canaan Valley has summer temperatures similar to those found in northern New England, an average seasonal snowfall higher than any large city in the US, and a shorter growing season than that of Fairbanks, AK. We highlight the area's exceptional climate and compare it to other well known locations. We also present and assess climate trends, including some relationships to the El Niño Southern Oscillation state, in Canaan Valley's 57-year record.