You don't have to go to a record book to know this winter has been different than recent winters. In fact, I'm having a hard time finding any winter that has all the elements this one has had. There were some very cold winters in the late 1970s and 1980. That period of chill included one of the biggest snowstorms this area has ever recorded. A storm on March 1-2, 1980 left much of our area under 1 to 2 feet of snow with temperatures in the teens during the two-day snow event. I'm not suggesting we'll see anything like that this year but those winters were decisively cold and wet.
The wet part has been unbelievable since many locations have had about seven months of rainfall in the last two to three months. Over 30 inches of rain has fallen at the WITN Weather Station since early November, which is more than double what we usually get during that time. El Nino has helped serve up a lot of these storms this year and it is still producing. It seems likely we'll see more big storms and cold weather as we round out the month of February. For many of us it will seem nice when those first few days of spring arrive.