Term: Thaw Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: Melting of snow and ice following a temperature rise above 0 degrees Celsius.  WMOHydrology 

1. To melt a substance, ice for example, by warming it to a temperature greater than the melting point of the substance, or to have frozen contents melted. 2. To free something from the binding action of ice by warming it to a temperature above the melting point of ice. 3. A warm spell when ice and snow melt, for example, "January thaw."  AMSglossary