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Six years ago on this date, 2018 experienced a “solstice thaw”, with 1 to 2 inches of rain, plus an additional 1 to 3 inches of melting snow, breaking up early ice on the rivers, and resulting in significant flooding along the Lamoile, Missisquoi, and Barton Rivers. Pre-Christmas thaws are not uncommon, as average temperatures on the Fairbanks Museum weather records, extending back 125 years, climb about 2 degrees from the 22nd to the 26th.