|Winter in Iowa|
I grew up in Maine. We had the coldest weather of the season in January. At a time when schools required dresses and the style called for short skirts, my legs turned bright right from top of my boots to the bottom of my skirt. My nose ran, and it froze on my face. Taking in breaths of the frigid air hurt my lungs.
But every January also brought the relief of the January thaw, about a ten degree rise in temperatures for a few days around the last week of January. Snow would thaw, icicles would melt, and I would enjoy a few days of relief.
In 1950, temperatures by twenty-five to thirty percent instead of ten. Cotton bloomed in South Carolina, five months ahead of schedule. On January 25, 1950, Ann Arbor, Michigan, enjoyed seventy-two degree weather.
|Flooding after thaw|
Other January thaws of note:
- 1900 One day thaw in Minnesota saw temperatures into the forties and fifties.
- 1890: The reigning "January thaw" high was set on January 11.
- 1884: An early February thaw saw massive flooding throughout Pennsylvania's Ohio Valley.