They don't make winters like they used to.
Back in the day, say the mid-to-late 1970s, snowstorms used to not just hit a region, but pound it into submission, shutting down everything for days on end.
I remember growing up in Morris County, N.J., and hearing that snow was on the way. You knew that there'd be no school, but also basically no life in general for a little while.
That could be rough since I had a paper route and had to battle the elements.
These were real snowstorms, not just a few inches or so. Januarys and Februarys were brutal.
Those storms would leave a foot of snow on the ground and the storms were relentless too, coming back-to-back-to back.
These days, we're lucky to even get a little snow during the winter. The fact that we're dealing with "spring-like" temperatures in mid-January is kind of shocking. We usually would hope for this kind of weather in April.
Well, strike it up to global warming or good luck.
Old Man Winter must have retired.
It's like we're all living in Miami these days, basking in the warmth and the sunshine and complaining that it's raining when we should be seeing snowflakes.
Remember last winter? We got nothing.
Yes, this winter is not even a month old yet. And so far we've only experienced a storm that brought about three inches to Forks and Palmer Townships and the Lehigh Valley.
So maybe, just maybe, we're going to get through another winter unscathed.
But is that really fun? Should that be what winter is really about about?
Shouldn't the weather outside be frightful?
Wake up, Old Man Winter. Shaken off the cobwebs and show us some flakes.