NOAA: Winter 2011-12 Much Warmer than Normal
On average, the 2011-2012 winter was a mild one for the contiguous United States. When NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center crunched the numbers for December, January and February—”meteorological” winter for 2011-2012—it stacked up as the fourth warmest of the past 117 winters. The seasonal average temperature was 36.8 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 3.9 degrees above the 20th century average.
For more information read the entire NOAA article at the following Internet address http://www.climatewatch.noaa.gov/article/2012/u-s-has-fourth-warmest-winter-on-record-west-southeast-drier-than-average