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Weather Watch: February Thaw?

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Posted on February 3, 2012 | Blog Category:
By Charlie Hohn



Shattered Ice on Middlebury River

January brought many thaws to choose from, rather than just one, and February’s first day brought a thaw as well.

(as seen to the left, after heavy rain at the end of January, the ice in the Middlebury River was ripped loose and strewn on the banks)

Wednesday would have seemed like a very warm day, but because I had just come back from a week-long visit to southern California (where it approached 80 degrees), the weather seemed a bit cool.  In reality, it was very warm for the first day of February -

Middlebury reached 50 degrees and Rutland made it up to 54.  Scattered showers moved through the area, and from the look of some of the clouds, I almost expected to hear thunder.

The long-range weather models keep predicting that things will get colder, or we will pick up more significant snow.  They still indicate this (always at least 8 days away), but I won’t believe it until I see it at this point.  This week’s temperatures are forecast to largely remain below freezing, but not reach unusually low levels.  Some scattered snow showers may pass through the area, but significant accumulation is unlikely.  As of right now, there is no snow on the ground in East Middlebury, and if the local groundhog did emerge yesterday, it probably thought it overslept by a month or two (though, judging by how much of my garden it ate last summer, it probably has plenty of fat reserves to sleep through the next 6 weeks anyway).

Oddly, the ‘snow monster’ I posted about last week lives on as a little chunk of ice in the grass.  It’ll probably last through the week, but if we don’t pick up any more snow to build it back up, it is unlikely to survive the month.

Charlie Hohn is a recent graduate of the UVM Field Naturalist graduate program. He has been closely watching the weather ever since he was a child in southern California. Charlie will be posting occasional blog posts here about Addison County weather. He also maintains a blog about water at slowwatermovement.blogspot.com.

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