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While weather in Poughkeepsie tends to be on the cooler side, particularly during the long winters, visitors and locals of Poughkeepsie certainly take pleasure in the crisp, unadulterated air and the breeze from the Hudson. Northeast weather can be quite harsh in the snowy winters, but the pied fall foliage and the lush, much-awaited springs make up for any climate frustrations. Snow can be a treat for adventurers who take to cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the valley. Summers are never too hot as to hinder out-door activity--barbeques, picnics and outside dining are welcome. While folks from Poughkeepsie wouldn't mind milder weather conditions, they are a tough northeastern bunch who have learned to love roughin' it. Harsh winters build character and make the first sign of spring greening all the more coveted.