This winter fourth warmest in Twin Cities history [GRAPHIC]

It's March. When will winter start?

Apparently, this year, it won't. We somehow managed to skate through Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, and Valentine's Day with daytime temps rarely dipping below 30 degrees and, for those of us in Minneapolis at least, no snow emergencies. Temps are projected to hit 50 degrees by next Tuesday. In other words, the "worst" of it is behind us.

It may have seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime Minnesota winter. In fact, it ended up being the fourth warmest on record. Here's a graphic from the National Weather Service showing detailing just how about average Twin Cities temps have been since the beginning of December.

This winter fourth warmest in Twin Cities history [GRAPHIC]

The average temperature in the Twin Cities this winter was just over 26 degrees. In recent times, the winter of 2001-2002 was actually warmer, with an average temperature of about 27 degrees. The warmest winter on record, by far, occurred in 1877-1878, when the average temperature was 29 degrees.

And lest you ever convince yourself that long-range forecasts mean something, please remember that "experts" predicted this winter would be like hell on earth back in early December. Sure, it may be have gotten a little warmer around here, but most would agree this winter has been anything but hellfire and brimstone.

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