It was almost 40 degrees today at the base of Mount Chocorua in Tamworth, NH – what folks around here refer to as the “January Thaw” even when it has been an unusually mild winter. 

The warm temperatures, and rain over night, caused puddles on the lake.  Once again the mountain and lake create a different look than I’ve seen before.  I love the dramatic dark cloud sharply contrasting with the patch of blue sky – the latter of which can be seen reflected in the puddles in the foreground.

Sadly, the thaw, rain and relatively low snow pack has also postponement this weekend’s planned annual sled dog races that usually start in the middle of frozen Lake Chocorua.  Planners hope to be able to reschedule the races later in the winter.

Chocorua.01.24.2012