John Wheeler, WDAY, Published January 13 2014
Weather Talk: It’s just a January thaw, not The January thaw“The January Thaw” is a popular term that has been in common usage for decades from the Northern Plains across to New England. The idea is that there is “usually” a break in the cold at some point during the coldest month of the winter.
But the term suggests that there is some sort of phenomenon that causes this aberration in the “normal” cold weather pattern.
Actually, “The January Thaw” is not a thing at all. Thaws happen at random throughout the winter. Actually, it is quite rare to go through an entire winter month in Fargo-Moorhead without a few thawing days, including January.
Weather patterns tend to vary, especially during the cold months, and so an occasional stretch of days above freezing in January is not “The January Thaw.” It is merely “a January thaw.”
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