Yea, Tony, I've lived in New England most of my life and there have been some lean winters over the last 60 years or so, in terms of snowfall and lack of consistently cold weather, and even during "heavy snow" winters, there are almost always thaws and rain events. But this year seems especially lean in terms of snowfall and cold weather (ignoring the -35 degree (F) wind chill day we had last Saturday and then, of course, it was in the 40's by Sunday). But the winters DO seem to be getting warmer and less snowy than I remember from my youth (although my memory may be faulty). A meteorologist at one of the local Albany, NY TV stations does a "climate change" update report once a month or so, and he has all sorts of graphs and charts showing that the number of days with above average temperatures is increasing; the number of days with below average temperature are decreasing and the number and total amount of snowfall days are decreasing too. His stats may be wrong, but, anecdotally, it seems more or less right to me.There has never been a time when the Northeast did not have periodic rain and thaw in winter. From 1971-1974 at Princeton I never saw more than 4 inches of snow fall at one time. Those 4 years also averaged 130+% of normal rainfall in nearby NYC. So now you know how I acquired my strong dislike of US eastern weather.