There's something to be said for normal.
The National Weather Service is reporting today that 2012 -- if you can recall that far back -- was the second-warmest year on record.
That's generally considered a bad thing, so take heart in the frigid temperatures of the last few days.
And take heart in this image from the Mille Lacs Lake Webcam website.
That there is a whole lot of normal.
It wasn't always thus.
The satellite from this date in the second-warmest year on record looked like this:
Some resorts on the giant lake had to close their area to fishing because there was so much open water.
The latest satellite photo was Sunday.
Yep. I look forward to some real winter photography in the weeks ahead!
Speaking of winter images, we were driving back on Sunday. Leaving the motel in Ames, IA when the temps were below zero provided a lovely landscape of frosty trees along the side of the road.