In North America this winter has been long and abnormally harsh. It’s been so bad that the media outlets had to popularize a previously little-known term for how bad it was — the Polar Vortex! It’s not even over, just yesterday a friend over there emailed me about being snowed in at work.
Meanwhile, here in Northern Europe, this winter has been the exact opposite. There was a wafer-thin layer of snow for Christmas, and in January in rained for a whole week to start off the year. I can’t remember it ever raining here in January, let alone for a week straight. There’s been some snow and some cold weather too for sure, but nothing close to normal. It’s been the winter that never was. The last couple of days it’s been sunny with temperatures around 10°C (50°F) and there’s barely any snow left on the ground. Looking out the window I would think it’s mid-April, not early March.
I found at least one article suggesting this is mild winter in Europe is directly tied to the North American polar vortex phenomenon, and while many of you might be thrilled with having a short, mild winter it’s certainly not without its own drawbacks when it isn’t supposed to be like that.
And that’s the weather report.