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Old 01-05-2015, 07:22 PM
 
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Last winter was really cold, compaired to so far this year?

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Old 01-06-2015, 05:17 PM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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Not even close so far.... December was very mild well above average. Last December was the opposite very very cold.
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Old 01-06-2015, 08:07 PM
 
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November had a few cold days, but December was very mild.

The weather-guessers are making a big deal out of the next few days, but last year this next week wouldn't have even been worth mentioning.
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:55 PM
 
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As long as I've lived in southern Minnesota and the TC, we always have had a week or two of negative highs and bitter cold. But there are nearly always thaws with near or above freezing temperatures that allow some snow melt and natural mitigation of ice dams.

Last year, we had bitter cold for weeks at a stretch, off and on, for several months. We never had a true thaw from mid-December until the end of March/early April. We had so much snow on the ground, I didn't have anywhere to put it. For the first time, I had to have my roof shoveled due to ice dams and water leaks. It was a much worse year, even to this point in January.
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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For what it's worth, I can still see my road, and it's January. Typically snow covered yet it's still showing. I'll call it Mild.
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:05 AM
 
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When we visited last month we had days in the mid to upper 40s. I'd imagine that would be pretty mild and not what I was expecting
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Old 01-09-2015, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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We've been having a mild winter down here in the lower Midwest too. Barely any snow. We've had some cold days, but the temperature goes back up after a day or two.
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Old 01-09-2015, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Duluth, MN
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I think last year was much worse.

My gauge on comparing the two: last winter was so cold that by this time, I had to remove my storm door because the frost heaved the concrete up so much that it wouldn't open or close.

This year, the door still works.
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Old 01-15-2015, 01:58 PM
 
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This winter is pretty tame if you look at the big picture -- very little snow in the Twin Cities and a long chunk of mild weather in December. That unusually frigid stretch in November makes it seem worse since it got started earlier. Just got done with the really cold January stretch, but we have to expect a really cold January stretch.
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Old 01-15-2015, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Tuesday morning (Chisago Co) we had our first sub -20 day of the winter when we hit -27. I think last year we may have had 10 or 15 of those by now, and far more snow.
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