One of the oddest stories of this past winter coming out of Europe is that many areas that normally see a lot of cold and snow have seen almost no snow at all this year. In Finland, not a single snowflake was seen for the entire winter, which left some residents sad, not only because of the lack of snow but because it was so dark with no snow on the ground. In Moscow they got barely any more, and temperatures were very high compared to the long-term average. Some residents said it felt like going right from autumn to spring. You can read more about this at Yahoo News here and here.