Wednesday, January 09, 2008

January Thaw

It has long been a Maritime tradition that in January, Mother Nature sees fit to send us a little warmer weather for a few days. This year she has really out done herself. It started on the weekend and has continues all week. Today's high was 10 C (50F). This trend has continued through the night times too with temperatures above freezing, and it is suppose to continue into the weekend. Needless to say, this has meant that we have less snow now. The sidewalks are almost bare and the melting snow is running down gutters and drains at an amazing rate.

So here is the sidewalk and street,
And here is the big house across the street where those very impressive icicles used to hang.

I have been enjoying the thaw, but I have to admit that I am frightened of what she is going to throw at us next. Because usually after we have been lulled into false hope of an early spring, we get a few weeks of lows -30. Fahrenheit of Celsius, is doesn't matter. That is just COLD!

7 comments:

Dani said...

We have been having the same type of thaw here, and I was thinking the same thing about the lurking cold snap. It has to be on it's way.....

Dave Daniels said...

It's amazing that you would have such mile weather so far north, that's what we've been having here, too. And I'm concerned what's going to happen next.

DaviMack said...

That's quite a remarkable change! But it's early enough for the ground not to have frozen, I guess, so that you'd get a melt of that magnitude? It seems strange, to me ... but, then, I know nothing. :)

Anonymous said...

The ground is well frozen. Down at least two feet.

DH

f. pea said...

i wish i could take a little of the forthcoming cold snap off your hands!

Valerie said...

We've had the thaw too. After 24 hrs. of high winds, we are back to below freezing temps and snow is forecast for Fri. through Sun.

It seems to be an annual thing. Our town has an ice carving festival in Jan. It used to be this week. After repeated yearly thaws, they finally wised up and moved to the last week in Jan. and it hasn't "melted down" since.

jessie said...

I prefer to think of the January Thaw as a sanity-saver to break up the relentless cold and darkness of winter. Just a few days of above-freezing temps (and how: 61!) might be enough to keep me from going all Jack Nicholson-in-the-Shining once March rolls around with another foot of snow.