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Hoy
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Lori, I take your point but we have our share as well! And sometimes we want to visit our inland neighbours  ;D
Pictues from the county where I live earlier this winter:


http://www.yr.no/nyheter/1.10843619

Or take a trip to the mountains ;) Although this is not far from the coast.


http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/rogaland/jaeren/1.10841263

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

cohan
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Trond, That's a lot of snow- pretty impressive infrastructure that they can even keep those roads open! No denying our winter is long, and we can have deep cold, but we are set up to handle that cold, so really, our winter is usually pretty trouble free-it's rare that it even takes more than a few extra minutes on the drive to work here after or during a snowstorm! I think somewhat warmer and wetter places seem to have much more turbulent and troublesome winters: ice storms, huge wet snow dumps etc-- tornadoes again in the southern U.S.!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

RickR
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cohan wrote:

I think somewhat warmer and wetter places seem to have much more turbulent and troublesome winters: ice storms, huge wet snow dumps etc

I think you're right, Cohan.  I'm not liking this zone 5 weather we've been getting the past few years.
  We never used to have ice storms or humid spells in winter.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

cohan
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I hope they don't move any farther north....

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Allison
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It's the wild swings that cause the problems. A few days ago we had night-time lows of -28C..... today it is +2C. My driveway is a skating rink, and my garden has 2' of ice on top of it. Used to be snow until it rained last week and yesterday.

But compared to the Eastern US, we've been pretty lucky so I won't grumble too much. And at least it is not a drought winter.

Gardening on a wooded rocky ridge in the Ottawa Valley, Canada. Cold winters (-30C) and hot, humid summers. Nuts about native plants, ferns, pottery, my family, and Border Collies.

cohan
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We get the swings, but just not as much moisture, generally... We've had some rain forecast several times this winter, but never got anything noticeable out of it.. Today had been forecast for rain as well, then they took it away, now for Rocky, west of us they say again possible rain showers this evening then 5-10cm of snow overnight.. for Red Deer, east of us, there is no rain, just possible 5 cm of snow... We could get anything between those two possibilities..
Yesterday's high was around +10C and Tuesday's high is -8...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Hoy
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It swings here too! It started in November and since then the temperature has oscillated in a regular manner but with much colder weather than normally here. The mean temperature for this winter is far lower than normal.
This is from the closest weather station for the last two months:

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

cohan
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We were mostly below average, but without the coldest temps we expect to have some of, from end of Oct until late Dec, and since then mostly above average with a few short colder spells.. still no -30 which is quite surprising! Luckily we did not get the rain yesterday, just another 5-8 cm of snow... They also took away the forecast for -8C- now our coldest day this is supposed to be -5C, with nights from -9C to -18C

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

cohan
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Winter isn't done with us yet- not that I thought for a moment that it was- we've had snow on the ground for just under 5 months, this is this week's forecast;fortunately they removed the possible rain from tomorrow's forecast, there is already a lot of ice around from melting snow, we don't need rain to make it smoother:

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

externmed
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Galanthus in full bloom today in northeast USA, were up 2 inches in early January, then snow covered.  Then about 3/4 grown when last seen about a month ago, now snow mostly gone again yesterday, perhaps for the last time; but we can get snow rarely in May.
Winter 2012 was winter-less, approaching zone 6b-7 though plant deaths didn't fit, perhaps because of little snow cover.
Fairly consistent trend, here, of higher than normal low temperatures.  Highs have been about normal this season, which is lower than the last several years.
Voles and deer doing just fine -- as usual. (sigh!)

NE Massachusetts (New England) USA  zone 6 (5B to 6B)

gardens visited, photographs:  www.flickr.com/photos/wildmeadow

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