By now,we've talked about what a warm winter we've had,so there are effects from this winters warm and snowless pattern.
Good effects are:
Trees are already showing buds
Crocuses are already blooming in sheltered areas
The ground has not frozen to any huge depths,so it should thaw out completely way ahead of time,which for me means I get my peas in early this year.
No problem with ice dams this year
Easy year for travel
Only a couple of school cancellation days,some towns had none.
Very little snow clearing,I didn't even break out the snowblower this year.
Heating bills are down,although offset by the high price of fuel.
The negative effects:
The tick population is going to be very bad this year and out early,may even be some around now.
With so little snow melt,unless we have a wet spring,water shortages are almost a sure bet.Reservoirs are very low for this time of year.
Winter sports areas got hit hard,although ski areas are able to make snow.
The warmer waters to start with make be a factor if we get any tropical systems up this way,warmer waters will not break down these systems as they travel north,as well as the warmer Gulf waters may be a breeding ground for tropical systems this year.