We often hear people say that January and February are “the toughest months of winter”. This January brought record snowfall, much to the joy of skiers and winter weather enthusiasts. It also tested our resilience to sharp falls in temperature. A Burlington Free Press Blog headline dated January 20 reads, “Coldest Weather in Two Years Coming to Vermont”.
I was curious and looked up how many days of precipitation we had in January in this area. It was simpler to count the days without, seven. Thus, it appears that Lamoille County residents and visitors made their way to work, school, market and the slopes through a curtain of nature-carved crystalline precipitation at least 77% of the time last month.
You might think that this puts a hold on quite a few projects. However, local Real Estate activity did not seem to crumble under the weight of the snow. In fact, based on reports from the Multiple Listings Service, there were 28% more new residential listings this January than in January 2010 (Lamoille County only). Here is a weekly overview.
January 2011 – 46 New Residential Listings registered on MLS for Lamoille County
- Jan 1 to 7 = 5 New Listings
- Jan 8 to 14 = 9 New Listings
- Jan 15 to 21 = 11 New Listings
- Jan 22 to 28 = 21 New Listings
January 2010 – 33 New Residential Listings registered on MLS for Lamoille County
- Jan 1 to 7 = 7 New Listings
- Jan 8 to 14 = 6 New Listings
- Jan 15 to 21 = 10 New Listings
- Jan 22 to 28 = 10 New Listings
In January of this year, temperatures reached record lows. I remember being stunned, and embarrassed, when my trusted, never-fails-me-most-reliable-and-beloved Honda would not start one morning. That in itself, I thought, was a very real indicator of climate change, so to speak.
However, come squall or snow, or even thunder (remember that?), we brave the elements, put up the For Sale sign and continue to dream of a place called home.