thawing season

thawing season

[′thȯ·iŋ ‚sē·zən]
(climatology)
The period of time between the lowest point and the succeeding highest point on the time curve of cumulative degree days above and below 32°F.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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These findings suggest that frequent but minor precipitation events towards the latter part of the thawing season may result in decreased storage capacity in catchments, priming the site for large events that may contribute to pond-to-catchment hydrologic connectivity (Kane and Yang, 2004; Woo and Mielko, 2007).
Scientists report that global warming means the thawing season is coming earlier in the Arctic and that the ice cover is retreating.