I love the local area only thought process "Geez in my state it was cold last winter. Pfft to GLOBAL warming." This of course is a larger area than a state, but you get my point.
Just like when we get a record low in the summer or a record high in the winter and people say it's one way or the other in regards to global warming. That specific event individually doesn't mean sh*t.
Every month this year, the planet has been in the top 3 warmest since record keeping of this type began in 1880, keeping with the same pattern we've seen for decades now(save for 1 or 2 exceptions).
That's all I'm going to say about this as this isn't the thread for that and this topic has been laid out on this forum where everyone's opinions are already known.
I'm reading you loud-n-clear on the "micro climate" thought process. The ONLY kick-back to that would be the "coldest start in 128 years" which nobody would expect correlating with a warm winter. Ofc, still a lot of their winter to play out down unda, so the jury's still out on the call for a warm winter.
Winter 2017-18 Snow Total = 68.3" Oct: 0.0 Nov: 0.0 Dec: 24.2 Jan: 14.5 Feb: 19.7 Mar: 4.7 Apr: 5.2 (annual avg for mby = ~49.9", avg for last 10 seasons = 67.4" ) 135% of normal-what a stretch it's been!!
Winter 2016-17 Snow Total = 52"
Winter 2015-16 Snow Total = 57.4"
Winter 2014-15 Snow Total = 55.3"
Winter 2013-14 Snow Total = 100.6" (coldest & snowiest in the modern record!)
Winter 2012-13 Snow Total = 47.2"
Winter 2011-12 Snow Total = 43.7"
Notable Blizzards/Snowstorms in SWMI: Nov 2015, Feb 2015, Jan 2014, Feb 2011, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Jan 1982, Jan 1979, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, March 1973, Jan 1967, March 1947, Jan 1918
"Long range winter forecasting - it's like tossing darts in a hurricane.." "In my day, they didn't name 'em, they just called 'em blizzards! *Shakes fist in air and ambles away mumbling to himself" “and to think kids nowadays get day's off school because the wind blew. I think in '78 we only got 1 day off” "..It's the U.P. where there are two seasons. Winter, and three months of bad skiing.."