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Old 01-08-2008, 09:23 AM
 
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Well, isn't this interesting? Now we have gone to the extreme and it's thawing out (briefly I am sure) for the moment...record highs...?
What a strange winter.
Or is this typical the last few years, as some have told me...cold spells, thaw, cold again (I am sure more snow will be here in a few weeks or less). Maybe there is 'no typical' winter anymore for the Northeast?
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Old 01-08-2008, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Rutland, VT
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Yes to everything! Statistics do point to more severe weather patterns in recent years. In 20 years in northern New England (11 years in Vermont), I've noticed extreme swings in temperatures and conditions. You've heard the old saw: "If you don't like the weather here, wait 10 minutes." The "January thaw" is another cliche, and is typical in my experience.
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Old 01-08-2008, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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I was going to say that this is fairly normal (although nothing is "normal" these days). We usually do get a week or two of warmer weather sometime in Jan/Feb. As noted above, the last few winters were a bit extreme (no snow til late, warm, etc). This winter so far reminds of the winters we had when I was growing up.
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Old 01-08-2008, 10:22 AM
 
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I agree with you both.
I remember as a kid in the 1970s, in lower NY...very heavy winters. Snow like we have had--at least one time we had a WEEK off from school due to a blizzard. Then the weather got gradually milder each winter (with one 'bad one' every few years.) I remember the winter of 1993-94 was quite severe.

Maybe the pattern is moving north (slowly more mild each winter). Anyhow, it's enjoyable for now!
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Old 01-08-2008, 10:34 AM
 
Location: on a dirt road in Waitsfield,Vermont
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I think last year was way more stranger...getting alot of snow and cold(this year) is actually normal for Vermont. A Jan thaw is nothing new either. I think it was about this time last year when we had temps in the 60's(?).
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Old 01-08-2008, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Though 10 years ago we were cleaning up after the ice storm! Talk about extreme weather.....
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Old 01-08-2008, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Burlington VT
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Count on a "January Thaw" each year and you'll seldom be dissapointed. So far my bill in the legislature, outlawing it, hasn't done well...

DB
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Old 01-08-2008, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Rutland, VT
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Default Out for a walk with the critters in today's thaw

The smells alone make for a fascinating experience!

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Old 01-08-2008, 07:57 PM
 
Location: on a dirt road in Waitsfield,Vermont
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I was in Chelsea this evening and even tho it's around 30 miles from you there was still over a foot of snow on the ground. I heard that most of the snow in Bennington and Bratt is basically gone.

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Maybe there is 'no typical' winter anymore for the Northeast?
hits the nail on the head.
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