Winter of 2012 4th Warmest On Record in U.S.
The winter of 2011-2012 was the fourth warmest winter on record, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and it was also the warmest since 1999-2000. Winter, insofar as the record keepers are concerned, is comprised of December, January, and February.
Based on records that go back to the 1890s, only the winters of 1991-1992, 1998-1999, and 1999-2000 were warmer. This past winter, only New Mexico had winter temperatures below the average for the 20th century.
(Pictured: Snow in Vermont in the winter of 2010-2011)