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Traditionally a January thaw takes place here in Vermont around the third week in January and usually between the dates of January 23-25th. This is usually noted quite often because it happens right alongside some of the coldest days of the winter. No one knows why it happens and it is commonly referred to as weather lore. Statistically, this time in January records the minimum winter temperatures for the entire winter season. January thaws usually follow an extremely cold snap of weather. No one really knows why it happens when it does, although much research has been done on various theories. Some have attempted to tie the January thaw with various events, such as meteor showers, sun spots, tides, tornados, etc. To date, it appears that no one has come up with any answers.
Today, there is snow on the ground and it is in the 20s. By tonight we will have heavy rains and wind through tomorrow night with temperatures close to 50. Crazy. So much for the cross country skiing for a while. I do hope that the snow doesn’t all disappear though, since winter without snow seems pretty pointless … and rather ugly.
The weather forecast for the next few days is pretty dismal. Rain, rain and more rain — oh and then just to make sure that none of the 3-4 feet of snow we have survives, throw in some really good gusts of wind. The weekend activities may revolve around the kids mud wrestling in the backyard as opposed to anything dealing with snow. I hate the thaw, I hate rain in the winter, everything just turns gray and dismal.
The weather on Saturday and Sunday was pretty mild and we had a good melt-off of the snow that was enveloping us quite nicely. By Sunday, you could see the red stone in the driveway and then things got covered with an inch or so, turning everything white again. While we are supposed to get snow and sleet tomorrow the rest of the week is supposed to be quite warm and rainy. Looks like we will have a lot of company and mud this weekend.