I had heard that this winter was expected to be a bad one, although I suspect that was from folks relying on the Farmer's Almanac. Judging from the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center this part of the country looks like it will be warmer than usual in the fall and early winter and normal as winter wears on. I hope so.
I'd like to avoid the cold we experienced last winter, but it will be nice to get out my boots and hats again. Who knows where we'll be next year at this time or whether we'll need winter clothes at all?