As Joe Romm summarized it
This was the year where winter was like spring.
Then spring was like summer.
Finally summer was something from the Dust Bowl era.
So what will 2013 hold for us?
Well, no, I don't "like" it and I do like having access to this information. I remember more snow when I was a kid, and the data confirms my subjective impression.
Thank you Ruth for your discussion on climate change.
I thought it seemed much hotter here.
Northern Illinois was definitely much hotter than usual. We used to have 4 distinct seasons, and it was fun. Not so anymore. They blend into each other. We used to be sure to be able to go sledding in Winter, now it's not a sure thing. We used to be sure we could swim outside in Summer, now we don't know if it'll be hot or cold! Scary stuff being unsure of things that effect so many aspects of our lives.
Speaking of seasons blending into each other. It's Jan 12th and our front garden has a couple of plants growing new leaves, crocuses coming up, and bright green grass.