Oh, the weather outside is frightful ... or is it? Stroll through this collection of winter wonderlands -- with the occasional reminder of snow's inconvenience thrown in, just to keep us honest. Here we see a tree-lined road in Saxony, Germany.
Snow can bog down trees while still looking beautiful. Neat trick!
Wan M. Iktab
Would this bench in Japan be unoccupied on a warm spring night? Probably not.
Bas Slabbers Photography
Being human, we're not easily swayed to take cover during a storm, even one as bad as this one in the Netherlands.
Of course, children, such as this Canadian boy, are even worse than grown-ups about coming in from the cold.
Sledding. Skiing. These are fun modes of winter locomotion. But driving? Maybe not so much!
Today’s weather forecast suggests a foretaste of spring may warm the U.S. as far north as Missouri. The end of winter also may be mild for some areas, while the rest of the country could go either way, according to the National Weather Service’s latest three month outlook.
Between February and April, the Southwest can expect above average temperatures. In the opposite corner of the nation, New England may also have warmer than average temperatures.
A low precipitation forecast for much of the South and Southwest means no relief to the drought as farmers prepare for spring planting.
From North Dakota to the Pacific Northwest, temperatures may be below average.
The rest of the country has “equal chances” which means it could be either above, below or average.
IMAGE: Temperature outlook for February, March and April 2013 (NOAA, National Weather Service, Climate Prediction Center)