Weather Around the Adirondacks
The Hillbilly Weatherman’s
Sunrise/Sunset Data for Eastern N.Y.
01– 0719 1638 0705 1713 0629 1746 0639 1920 0554 1951 0526 2020
10– 0719 1647 0656 1724 0715 1856 0624 1929 0543 2001 0523 2026
20– 0715 1658 0643 1736 0659 1907 0609 1940 0534 2010 0524 2030
July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
01– 0527 2030 0552 2011 0622 1828 0652 1837 0726 1751 0700 1628
10– 0533 2028 0600 2000 0631 1813 0701 1823 0636 1642 0708 1627
20– 0541 2022 0610 1946 0641 1756 0712 1808 0648 1633 0715 1630
Full Moon Dates for Autumn 2016
Hunting, Weather and the Adirondacks
Weather in the Adirondacks can be tricky, especially during the hunting season. If you come to these mountains to hunt, be prepared. Forecasts change very suddenly in this region and higher elevations can be immersed in inclimate weather in no time at all. Preparation is the key to your safety and the quality of your hunt.
Hurricane force winds have been observed in this area on several occasions. In July of 1995 a “micro-burst” leveled areas of the forest in the High Peaks region as well as near Little Tupper and Cranberry Lakes. A smaller remnant of Hurricane Floyd knocked out power for days in September of 1999 and laid thousands of trees on the forest floor. Tropical Storm Irene, in 2011, wreaked havoc throughout the Northeast.
It’s not uncommon for early season weather to be warm. Our regular (rifle) deer hunting season starts in late October and often there is still plenty of fall foliage and leaves on the underbrush. Hunters wait for killing frosts and rain to bring down the leaves and open up the woods.
The western Adirondacks are susceptible to lake effect snowstorms as early as late October or early November. It’s not uncommon for these storms to leave a deep blanket of snow from Watertown to Old Forge and areas south and west. In most years the entire Adirondack region has at least some snow by late November and early December, which is when hunting season is winding down.
Putting the weather puzzle together is a vital part to any hunt. Note that most New York State hunting seasons are sunrise to sunset. Please note that the sunrise/set tables on this page are for Lake George, New York and will differ from region to region. Use them only as a guide. Many hunters plan their strategies and their vacations based on full moon cycles. There has been some interesting writings on this topic and thus full moon stages are included on this page.
Spring turkey hunting, too, is where hunters see a natural progression of weather patterns. The season is May 1-31 and is often highlighted by cooler weather early on when there is no foliage. Usually by the end of the month, and the turkey season, conditions are more summer-like and hunters are dealing with insects. However, in 2013 snow fell on parts of the region over Memorial Day weekend; a time when many are opening up their swimming pools.
The bottom line is that Adirondack hunters need to be prepared for any and all weather conditions regardless if you are hunting the early bear season in September or chasing rutting bucks in mid-November. You just never know what Mother Nature will have to offer.