Let’s hear it for the AO (Arctic Oscillation). According to the weather gurus, it’s the “strongly positive” AO currently in effect that’s responsible for the general lack of snow and cold weather across the lower 48. It may not be beach weather, I guess, but it’s still pretty good. All of the frigid, Arctic air is being bottled up at the top of the world by this strong, tight circular air flow. If the AO decides to turn negative – as it was for much of last winter – the snow demons will return. One of the local meteorologists says this might happen later this month and that “winter” will be nasty in February. Curses on you, weather guy. May the coming blizzard arrive only at your house.
But for now, no boots, no heavy coats, no shovels. And maybe this guy is wrong. Maybe this will turn out to be the “winter that wasn’t”. I could live with that.