Gallant interviewed on mud season for Courthouse News Service story

A story from Courthouse News Service on Maine’s mud season featured an interview with University of Maine associate professor of geotechnical engineering Aaron Gallant. Mud season, known in Maine to last from mid-March through April, is notorious for rutty roads and muddy shoes, but Gallant explains the scientific reasons behind why the season is prevalent in Maine: melting snowpack, spring rains and the silt and fine-sand soils. “What’s happening more often in recent years is we’re having more freeze-thaw cycles,” said Gallant, which “further weakens the soil and results in more mud, as well as potholes.”