The January Thaw at Albany, NY based on 40 years of daily maximum and minimum temperature data: Note the 6 degree F rise in temperature during late January.
A collaboration with Chris Godfrey and Dan Wilks led to the paper published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society entitled Is the January Thaw a Statistical Phantom?
Godfrey, C. M., D. S. Wilks, and D. M. Schultz, 2002: Is the January Thaw a statistical phantom? Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 83, 53-62. [AMS] [PDF] [HTML]
Another research project I was involved in was looking for deviations in the annual cycle with Brian Mapes. This work led to the following submission.
Mapes, B. E., N. Buenning, I.-S. Kang, G. N. Kiladis, D. M. Schultz, and K. M. Weickmann, 2004: Strides, steps and stumbles in the march of the seasons. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., submitted. [Abstract] [PDF]
Penn State January Thaw Exercise
Weather Singularities and the January Thaw by Zane Stephens
USA Today Weather Page on the January Thaw based on Cornell University Press Release
The January Thaw: NASA GSFC
The Weather Almanac discusses the January Thaw (January 2002)
Singularities in Alaska
If you have any further questions about the research
discussed here, or desire a manuscript, please feel free to write to
David Schultz's homepage.