I know I shouldn't be complaining. It really isn't that cold and we've had much colder temperatures most winters here but we've had a mild winter. It just didn't seem to want to stay cold. We'd have a day or two of below freezing - sometimes only below freezing overnight - then back to the 40s or even the 50s. We keep complaining that we haven't really had a real winter. It's ridiculous.
It seems even more ridiculous when you consider other odd weather like the recent cold snap in Europe. I simply cannot imagine temperatures of -33°F [-36°C]. I don't know how you deal with that sort of cold.
We certainly had an unusual 2011, weather-wise. NOAA stated in June of last year that it was one of the most extreme weather years in history. Yeah. Only halfway through the year they felt that way.
I'd say that some of this extreme weather is continuing... It makes you wonder what is yet to come, doesn't it?