John Wheeler: The Dakotas are having a cold winter, but not the rest of the US
Much of the rest of the country has been experiencing much warmer than average conditions so far this winter.
FARGO — Much of our region is having a cold winter. Many parts of the Dakotas were hit by heavy snow in November and then a couple of times in December. Arctic air brought some extreme cold for mid-to-late December, and then the lingering cooling effect of substantial snow cover has kept the weather colder than average, even as the pattern has grown milder.
However, much of the rest of the country has been experiencing much warmer than average conditions so far this winter. The area surrounding the Great Lakes down through the central and eastern parts of the Midwest have been consistently mild and mostly snow-free. The warmest anomaly has been across New England and the Northeast, where there has hardly been any cold weather at all. Buffalo, New York, which experienced massive snowstorms in November and again right before Christmas, has no snow on the ground because of weather consistently in the 40s and 50s most of the winter.