Friday, January 21, 2011

January thaw?


Iris, ACEO



This week temperatures have been in 50’s.  In recent days, no amount of threats from the local weatherman about snow or ice has materialized to more than a dusting of snow. Last night the weather report called for ice and snow.  I am sure every school-aged child expected a snow day. Some no doubt, wore their pajamas inside out. (A lame superstition to bring on a school cancellation) I only hope they did their homework. 

I woke up today to the sun shining. I’m not complaining by any means.  I am no scientist but I believe that we are experiencing the phenomenon known as, “The January thaw.” Even my irises have started to poke up through the soil!

According to Wikipedia during this period of mid-winter, temperatures rise to 10 degrees F above normal and last for about a week. Also mentioned is the fact that it usually occurs in Late January and that this temperature rise is pretty much unexplained.

I am sure that I would be hard pressed to convince anyone in the upper northeast states that January thaw exists. I am also certain that there will be a second blast of winter. At the moment though, here in Va., I believe-- we have thaw.


13 comments:

ΛΥΧΝΟΣ ΚΑΙΟΜΕΝΟΣ said...

Dear Crystal,

I send lots of kisses from Greece !

Your blog is beautiful

love,

Vicky.

(σου στέλνω την αγάπη μου!)

Art by JFM said...

Morning Crystal! What a beautiful painting and I just love ACEOs!!!

The sun is shining here too but it's only -25 degrees without the windchill!!!

Have a great day...Jan

Carol Blackburn said...

Lucky you, Crystal....a January thaw and that beautiful iris painting. We just have snow, snow and more snow mixed in with ice. I had a minor fender bender yesterday. Lucky for me I have a sturdy Jeep and just got a scratch on the bumper but the van in front of me wasn't so lucky. Even the Jeep that hit me from behind sustained only a scratched bumper. Yea Jeeps! Send me some of that warmth and sunshine will ya!

Lee said...

Lovely Iris!

We had our thaw last week and are back into the 30s and 40s. :D

De la Renaissance said...

Hmmmmm...no January thaw here at the moment. Just cold, cold, cold...temp this last night was -35 degrees, not including the windchill. And coming up to noon we still are at 6 below zero...brrrrrr.

But I wouldn't mind some of that sunshine and warmth. Share? :0)

LadyCat said...

Your Iris is beautifu! I absolutely love Irises. It was zero here this morning and snowed all day yesterday. Have a great weekend! : )

art2cee2 said...

Well, judging from the comments being posted, I am the lucky one and most everyone else is not enjoying my current January Thaw! Hopefully it will warm up for you all soon :-)

ΜΑΓΟΣ! said...

what if it is cold; what you have snow;
The warm hearts

Franz said...

Here in Italy they are considered the coldest days of the year!
I look forward to the summer!

Ciao!

Magic Love Crow said...

Hey Crystal, you are right about the January thaw! We had ours early this year. Beautiful aceo!

jamberry_song said...

I'm glad! We'll be hoping and praying for one here in NY, but so far only blustery cold and snow and ice. XD Enjoy it while you can! And I hope the irises will be ok.

Wanda said...

Your Iris is lovely. I have done several watercolors of Iris. They are a great subject to paint.

An Unusual Girl Named Christine said...

Beautiful Iris- can't wait to see mine popping up, but wait I will- ITS FREEZING COLD here in MI. No Jan thaw here!

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