It's beginning to look like we won't really have a winter this year. We've got the darkness, and we've got the winter rains, but we don't have any freezing weather or snow. The low temperature this morning is in the mid-40s F, and the high will be around 50 (10ºC). Is it really January?
This will be the second year in a row without any real wintery weather, if the current conditions stay with us. Last year we didn't have a cold winter at all, but we had a very long stretch of rainy, chilly days and nights. We and a lot of other people had to buy more heating oil in March and keep the boiler going until mid-May.
The photos above were taken just a few miles north of Saint-Aignan in mid-January a few years ago. This is what things look like here again this year. No ice, just a lot of water and a lot of birds.