Two mild winters in a row?
The long-term outlook is calling for a mild winter, and if that indeed happens, it will be our second consecutive mild one.
Before the snow flies, let's take a look back at the winter that almost wasn't, 2011-2012:
Nebraska experienced its 18th-warmest winter on record, while Iowa saw its sixth-warmest, according to the National Climatic Data Center.
While there wasn't much snow, there was enough snow and rain for precipitation to rank above average, according to the center. Iowa's winter ranked 32nd-wettest and Nebraska's was 50th-wettest.
The period of record dates to 1895.
One of the oddest events of the winter was the two weak tornadoes that touched down in south-central Nebraska on Feb. 28. One occurred just west of Greeley and the other in Logan County. Even though Nebraska had recorded tornadoes in January, these were the first recorded February tornadoes in the state.
The warm streak from Dec. 11, 2011, through Jan. 10, 2012, in south-central Nebraska ranked third-warmest for that area, based on records dating back at least 100 years.
And there were two exceptionally warm days in central Nebraska. With highs in the upper 60s on Jan. 5 and Jan. 30, Kearney, Grand Island and Hastings set daily records.
On Jan. 5, Grand Island's high reached 68, Hastings hit 67 and Kearney reached 69.
On Jan. 30, Grand Island and Hastings each hit 69 and Kearney reached 68.
These records were 31 degrees to 34 degrees above normal.
Source: National Weather Service; National Climatic Data Center; World-Herald archives