I find it interesting that here in the south we have what we call nor’easters that blow from the nor’east and disrupt our docks and tides bringing waves and flooding all year. Then some how the weather people get all excited and talkety about a Nor’easter without snow in New England. Regional differences………
In the summer, the jetstream is more flat and the systems are very progressive, quick shooting across. Otherwise we get the heat/humidity generator of the “Bermuda High” - a high pressure system that would stall right near Bermuda for days and pump up a warm/humid SW wind.
As a surfer in MassBay, the summer means pond-like conditions on our breaks because Cape Cod blocks the incoming southerly wind swells. That means having to travel down to RI or up to NH and ME to get some of the swells generated by a Bermuda High.
Come fall/winter, the jet stream begins to dip down to the mid-atlantic and bend back up the coast, passing just east of Cape Cod. Low disturbances ride along this dipping jetstream and come up, bringing us the loved (or hated) classic nor’easters. Me… I love these storms. They always bring one to three days of good surf to the homebreak. A 20 minute ride at dawn to the hombreak, I can get my next fix of adrenaline and endorphins that can last for days.
Others here go on about their beautiful warm water, hot weather, sunsets, paddling paradise, etc. Sorry, I am not much of “Pond Atlantic” paddler. I just don’t get excited about launching a kayak and wetting a paddle. these days. My paddling passion kicks in most usually around storms. That’s when I want to be out. Taking on textured water and riding waves. Just different strokes… As the description for this forum says, “whatever floats one’s boat…”
PS. For me, the “paddling season” really kicks in when the nor’easters begin. Summer is “fishing on a SOT” season.