107. Over the Top
Fort Foster winter storm
Gulf of Maine winds vary dramatically over seasons. In summer, the gulf typically experiences weak winds from the southwest or southeast. These summer winds bring warm, moist air that can contribute to fog formation. Autumn winds are usually out of the north-northwest. Winter and spring storms, of course, have strong winds. A familiar Gulf of Maine storm is the "nor'easter." "Nor'easters" are characterized by the high winds that blow out of the northeast just ahead of the low pressure storm (see image at right). Along with the rain or snow that "nor'easters" bring, high winds can produce strong waves that contribute to flooding and beach erosion.