March 13, 2014
Government statistics show this winter has been warmer than normal.
The global temperature for December, January and February averaged just over 54 degrees Fahrenheit. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that's a little over half a degree warmer, 0.58 degrees, than normal for the last century.
While it was warmer than average, this winter was the coolest since 2000-2001. Climate experts say that's due to a moderate-to-strong La Nina.
Climate data also found the winter has been unusual for above-average rain and snowfall in the Southwest. This happened despite La Nina, which generally brings drier-than-average conditions.