For the second straight year, much of the country was treated to a warmer-than-normal winter. While most forecasts last fall predicted a “normal” winter, it turned out to be warm like the prior winter. For example, Omaha was 16.5% warmer than normal this winter and the prior winter was 17.5% warmer than normal. Most of the Midcontinent was in the 12% to 20% below normal range for the Nov 2016 - March 2017 winter period. The chart below summarizes the heating degree day information for various locations across the Midcontinent.