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Fort Drum Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here
Welcome to Fort Drum. This army post sits on the northern border of New York state, just east of Lake Ontario. It houses a population of just under 13,000 and is home to the 10th Mountain Division. It’s way up there in the north, so don’t be shocked if you see any direwolves or white walkers while you’re here. The weather at Fort Drum is going to be on the colder side for most of the year. Those stationed here will discover that Fort Drum is a chilly place in the spring and fall, and a fortress of chills in the winter. In summer though, you can expect to find comfortable temperatures a normal feature of post living. Read on for more on what to expect the weather to be like when you PCS to Fort Drum!
High temps: 70s
Low temps: Low teens
Spring in Fort Drum is chilly, sometimes reaching down into the teens during the early weeks. Mostly though, it’s going to stay between the 30s and 50s. May is the beginning of the warm season. After this, the average temperatures will begin to creep up into the high 50s and mid-high 60s. It’ll be cold in the mornings and after sunset, with a few hours of comfortable weather in the afternoons. Cloud coverage decreases from the winter and leads into clearer skies during the summer months. The wetter months are also coming up, but don’t begin until April. There’s around a 30% chance of precipitation during the spring. Somewhere around 2 inches of rain will fall on post during the spring season. Daylight hours will increase from under 9 hours of light a day to around 14 as the season goes on. Humidity in the winter and spring is nonexistent. So you can expect a dry chill, with rising temperatures and light into the summer.
High temps: Low 80s
Low temps: Low 50s
Summer brings with it a few months of humidity. But it’s only noticeable about a third of the time. And it barely ever becomes uncomfortable. Temperatures rise to settle between the mid-60s and 70s. With a climate on the dryer side, you’ll be looking at some pretty comfortable days throughout the summer months. It’s nice to get up in the mornings in July and experience comfortable afternoons and evenings lasting the whole season. Daylight hours last on average over 15 hours a day, with some days going even longer. June sees the latest sunset on post at just before 9pm. The sun will be up before 6am for a lot of the summer. The skies are mostly clear throughout, with only around a 30% chance of overcast skies. The days are wetter now, and you can expect rain a little over 30% of the time. The wet months extend from April through December, with the greatest chance of rain coming in mid June. Overall, you’ll be seeing less than 5 inches of rain at any given time. The wind calms down greatly over the summer, too, so you’ll find yourself in the middle of a lot of nice, softly breezy days with long-lasting daylight and comfortable temperatures.
High temps: High 60s
Low temps: Mid 20s
Fall begins to cool down at Fort Drum and the nicer days will become fewer and farther between. On average, days will be in the 50s and 60s, while cooling off further into the 40s by October. Still, lows can start to get uncomfortable without long sleeves and layers about now. Those comfortable afternoons of summer are going to start to disappear and be replaced by cooler middays and colder mornings and evenings. By late September you’re going to be upset waking up in the mornings without the heat on. Cloud coverage begins to take over the skies, prepping for the winter months when overcast days are the norm. The post is still in the wet season, and not much will change in that respect from the summer months. The most rain you’ll see at Fort Drum is going to fall toward the end of September. It might begin to snow in October, but if it does, you won’t be seeing anything worth sledding down. Daylight hours begin to wane here in the fall, going from around 12 hours a day to 10 by the end of the season. The humidity of summer continues a bit into fall and trails off in mid-November, but it doesn’t much help with the temperatures as they dive down into the colder months.
High temps: 50 degrees
Low temps: -10 degrees
If you’ve ever heard of the harsh winter storms of Buffalo, New York, like the 2014 “Snowvember” storm that left the city covered in 7-8 feet of snow, then that’s what you can expect the winters to be like at Fort Drum. Granted, that was one of the biggest storms in Buffalo history, but Fort Drum is north of Buffalo. It’s one Great Lake above it, to be exact. And those lakes aren’t great for nothing. The lake effect they produce can fling massive snow falls up to 100 miles away. Temperatures in the winter are generally below freezing and can hit -10 degrees Fahrenheit in January. Winters are breezy as well, so tack on an additional ten or so degrees of cold bones from the wind speed. The clouds will be out for the majority of the winter months, leaving it dark and ready to snow or ice cold rain at a moment’s notice. January is consistently the cloudiest coldest month of the year. There’s a 13% chance of precipitation consistently from December to February. In the winter, Fort Drum sees under 9 hours of light per day and sunset in December can be as early as 4:30pm.
Field and Training Expectations
During the summer months, you’re going to be happy during field and training exercises. You won’t need to anticipate much in terms of wardrobe. The temperatures will be pretty comfortable throughout, with a little rain falling here and there. In the spring and fall, a little prep will be necessary, as the days close in or come out of the winter months. Layer up and wear thicker socks as the daylight hours wane. During the winter, you’re going to want to be truly prepared, as temperatures can be extreme. Below freezing is not unusual to see at Fort Drum, so be aware of that and really suit up.
Over the course of the year, it’s generally chilly around Fort Drum. Summer is a standout time for fun in the sun or at least fun in the comfortable warmth of semi-humid days of t-shirt weather. The fall and spring are on the colder side, and the winter is truly cold in the bone-chilling sense of the word. We hope these weather tips will help you make the most out of your time here while you’re living and working on post.
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