Sorry Boston, we'll stay in L.A. this winter

California is having one of its warmest winters ever with an average temperature of 47.8, 5.1 degrees warmer than the 20th century average temperature of 42.7 from December to January, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

Meanwhile, Boston is close to setting a record for the snowiest winter, and today's forecast is predicting below-zero lows for the city. The contrasts have been more than evident during the last week or so:

The sun came out over cargo ships near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach; meanwhile, more than 100 Boston passengers were on a ferry that had to be towed to port because it had trouble steering through the ice.

Pedestrians walked across a street in Los Angeles on a sunny day last week, while a Boston pedestrian also went for a walk, or trek, across the Longfellow Bridge over the Charles River.

Workers rolled out the red carpet on Hollywood Boulevard in preparation for the Academy Awards, while Bostonians also got to work ... moving mounds of snow at a snow farm.

Pro golfer Bubba Watson lost the Northern Trust Open tournament title at Riviera Country Club, but it might have been this Boston roofer who was teed off when an ice dam needed to be cleared.

A woman tossed a ribbon into a wish tree during celebrations to mark the first day of the Lunar New Year, while Bostonians trudged through yet another snowstorm. Happy New Year!

But, fine, it does sometimes rain in L.A., even during the biggest award ceremony of the year. At least we still got to roll out the red carpet.

All photos by Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times.