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Term: January thaw Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: A period of mild weather popularly supposed to recur each year in late January.  NOAA-NWS 

In the United States, a period of mild weather popularly supposed to recur each year, in later January; most pronounced in the Northeast and, to a lesser extent, the Midwest. The daily temperature averages at Boston, computed for the years 1873 to 1952, show a well- marked peak on 20-23 January; the same peak occurs in the daily temperatures of Washington, D.C., and New York City. Statistical tests show a high probability that it is a real singularity. The January thaw is associated with the frequent occurrence on the above-mentioned dates of southerly winds on the back side of an anticyclone off the southeastern United States.  AMSglossary 

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