The traditional January thaw has begun.  After about six inches of snow on the Saturday after Christmas followed by almost two weeks of near- or below-freezing temperatures (including a record low of 3 degrees last Thursday morning!), the days have warmed into the upper 30s and 40s; highs of 55 degrees are expected this weekend.

Consequently, the passing of sunlight hours is punctuated by the steady drip, drip, drip of snow melting from the roof.  Occasionally, there is a loud clunk as a chunk of ice breaks free and falls to the ground.  Snow resists melting (it reflects most of the light and heat from the sun) but once a patch of roof or ground is exposed and the temperature remains safely above freezing, it quickly disappears.