January Thaw

January Thaw

Frigid dreams are gone
Southern breeze warms the air
Forecast calls for snow

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So the snow is still 5 days away but there can be no doubt it’s coming for it’s January in New Hampshire.  Most years there is a “January Thaw”, a bit of warm weather, a little taste of Spring that hits us in the middle of the coldest season.  The snow melts and the animals all come out to play.  We know the heart of the winter, cold February, is still to come.  But for a day or for a week we can pretend it’s here for good.  It can be awful to have January Thaw during your ski vacation, but if you have no ski plans it’s great.  And when it goes from – 13 F to 55 F in a little over a week, well…  So I’ll enjoy a few more days of this little teaser.  I’ll put on the light jacket and pretend it’s April until brutal winter returns.

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Sketch by Trent P McDonald

8 thoughts on “January Thaw

  1. trentpmcd Post author

    Reblogged this on Trent's World (the Blog) and commented:

    A couple of days ago it was well below zero F (-20 C) and now it feels like spring, the south breeze bringing warm air up the coast. The snow is melting, though with the ground so frozen all of the water is running off, not soaking into the ground to help replenish the aquifer. This is “January Thaw” in New England, something that happens most years. Bitter Winter will return, but for a few days it is Spring.
    I posted this exactly three years ago (give or take one day). It seems we were having a January Thaw then too. This is one of my very first posts and one of the very first original drawings that I posted.

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  2. sherinsk

    you drew the above picture?we don’t have snow fall here.but in movies and all i have seen people are having great fun in sledges,throwing balls of snow at each other.snow time are special right?

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Hi Sherinsk. Yes, I draw all of the pictures posted here unless I say otherwise.

      Snow can be fun, but with a winter like this last winter it can be tiring. The ground was covered from late November until early April with the exception of the short January thaw in this post. When a storm puts a half a meter or more of snow on the ground it’s a lot of work to clean up. When there is storm after storm of snow like that, well, it gets old fast. This year we also had weeks at a time where the temperature never got above freezing. But I did choose to live in the far Northeast so I can’t complain about the snow.

      Thanks for the comment.

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  3. Victoria

    We got 4 inches of snow Sunday and now its climbing back up to the 50’s. Some of the strangest weather I’ve ever seen here. Love your post!

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      1. Victoria

        It sure has been! It typically doesn’t thaw here until May and have seen very little snow. By January we usually have 2-4 feet….sigh!

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