Today, the temperatures reached a high of 73 degrees here on the plains of Kansas.
I like to refer to this as our Chinook ,or January thaw.
Often, the temps will be warmer in January than in the early spring months of March and April.
So…I had to walk around the yard and record the thermometer readings this afternoon.
As you can see, the temperatures reflect where, around the yard or house, the gauges were placed.
We have no snow on the ground so the warm winds had nothing to melt.
I mainly like saying, “Chinook.”
It’s a cool word!
A true Chinook happens more in Canada and the Northwestern states.
Whatever the reason, or name… I love it!
I walked twice this week and it was wonderful.
About this time of year, I feel the need for sun, and a good walk! The rays on my face boost my moral and spirit!
I can almost believe it’s April.
In fact, I opened the house up to get some fresh air circulating throughout.
Hows that, for the middle of January!
I know, in a day or two, it could all change!
Here’s a little history about the, Chinook…
Chinooks and foehn winds in the United States
Chinooks are generally called foehn winds by meteorologists and climatologists, and, regardless of name, can occur in most places on the leeward side of a nearby mountain range. They are called “Chinook winds” throughout most of western North America, particularly the Rocky Mountain region. Montana, in particular, has a significant amount of Chinook winds across much of the state during the winter months, but particularly coming off the Rocky Mountain Front in the northern and west-central areas of the state.
One such wind occurs in the Cook Inlet region in Alaska as air moves over the Chugach Mountains between Prince William Sound and Portage Glacier. Anchorage residents often believe the warm winds which melt snow and leave their streets slushy and muddy are a midwinter gift from Hawaii, following a common mistake that the warm winds come from the same place as the similar winds near the coasts in southern British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon.
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