Record warm day: Does this mean a mild winter?

      What a December day.{} Records not only set here in Washington but across the country from Iowa to North Carolina.{} Look at these afternoon temperatures.{} Sure more at home in October than December.{}{}

      {} So now you might be wondering, does this record start to December mean a "mild" winter?{} Remember that "winter" for weather and climate records are the months December, January and February.{} Let's go to the records as they say.{} I looked at the record high temperatures set in the first 10 days of December.{} Today was a record 71{}

      Remember December 1998?{} We set 3 record highs in that first week of December so I only counted 1998 once.{} So 8 years with record highs for the first 10 days of December.{} Four times those record warm December days were followed by a "mild" winter.{} The winter of 2001-2002 following the record high 75 on December 5 was 5 degrees above average!{}

      But there were also 4 winters, following record highs in early December than were colder than average!!{} The record high of 74 on December 8, 1978 was followed by a winter almost 3 colder than average.{}

      So the answer, just looking at the record books is NO-record highs in the beginning of December DO NOT mean a mild winter will follow.{} You'll just have to stay tuned and to most of us, it still looks like an average to even a bit colder than average colder winter.{} Still many days ahead snow lovers.