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Even here on the Wet Coast (Pacific Northwest), we’ve had a mild and relatively dry winter. Not to the extent being felt in California, of course, but unusual for us. The flowers are already starting to bloom in mid January (the earliest I’ve seen that prior to this is mid February). So I suspect that this is just an unusual year (being caused by what, who knows, I’m not going to get into that can of worms).
And meanwhile, the midwest and eastern parts of North America are being hammered by cold and snow.