It's hard to beat the weather from yesterday but today is setting up to be another great day. Although it's February 1, it feels like more like April 1.
We are really enjoying a mild winter to date. During the winter months so far, December was five degrees warmer than the norm and January was over three degrees warmer. Today is already almost double the normal temperature at this time of day. In York at 6 am, the temperature gauge reads 52 degrees. Everyone is trying to get in on the warm winter weather.
Ice skating and snow tubing, all of those normal winter activities are in full swing at Heritage Hills in York County. The only difference with this warm winter weather is the dress.
"I think it's just great," said Ben Igo as he enjoys the warmth.
People at Heritage Hills spent yesterday enjoying the 60 degree winter day. No coat and even short sleeves was the dress of choice. And while the picture may look a little odd, it is a welcome relief.
"It's a little weird to see all the snow around, but have this great sunny day out and I'm loving it," said Igo.
If skating in short sleeves isn't odd enough, how about teeing it high and hitting it hard? Golfers are always game to take their game outside during the winter especially in this weather.
"I am sorry I didn't wear shorts. It's that nice. You have to take advantage of the opportunity of such a nice day like this," said golfer Tyler Stolting.
What a difference two years makes.
"Maybe in some spots, it's a little slick along the edges," said a driver during a huge snow storm in 2009.
Two years ago this weekend, Central PA was hit with Snowmaggeden. Over two feet of snow dumped down during that storm. The winter of 2009/2010 saw three huge snow storms by this time. Flash forward to 2012, Mother Nature has only produced about five inches of snow so far. An average January sees about 10 inches. Everyone seems to be taking the winter break with ease.
"To be outside January 31 and enjoying the weather and the ice skating is fantastic," said happy mother Pam Kutcher.
We are not the only ones enjoying this warm weather. Mild winter temps are hitting everywhere from the west coast to the northeast.
According to the National Weather Service, this may be the end of the warm trend for a little while. A change in the jet stream is expected to usher in some colder temps and you never know, maybe a bit of snow in the not so distant future.
Another mild winter day expected; People enjoying the warm trend
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