The January thaw is coming to an end, but not after doing some damage to our snow cover across northern New England.
You can read Chief Meteorologist Kerrin Jeromin's blog from the day prior, showing a nice visual of New England and the snow loss in a one week period. It's quite a bit, especially over the Adirondacks!
Well here's what I projected to what actually happened:
||Jan 8-14, 2013
||Ongoing, Jan8-15, 2013
||Ongoing 8 days
So I came close! As I type this blog the thaw is technically ongoing. The high temperature in Burlington on Tuesday was 35 F. The data on the left hand side of the picture shows January 8-14, 2013 and the impact the thaw had on our area. We lost a foot of snow atop Mount Mansfield! Lake Champlain actually rose 3 degrees from when this began, which may not sound like much but it's quite a bit (at the King St. Ferry Dock in Burlington).
The ski resorts have not reported too much of an impact. Based off my blog on Friday, I reported Vermont ski resorts to have
an average base of 29.9"
As of Tuesday morning, four days later and a sizeable thaw later,
the average snow base was 26.4".
So they lost roughly 3.5", which I don't think is too terrible.
However they did lose those nice powder conditions! Conditions Tuesday morning were either wet, frozen granular, or hard pack.
Well I agree with Kerrin's blog previously, that we're in for a change. January has averaged roughly 6 to 7 degrees warmer than 'normal' in 2013 than the 1981-2010 climate number for temperature. However the rest of the month appears as though it will take a colder turn to wrap up the first month of the new year. Hang on, let's see what happens!
-Meteorologist Steve Glazier