Throughout much of the Mid Atlantic region, the 2011-2012 winter has been unusually mild. Although cold temperatures and snowfall has occurred in western and northern parts of the Mid Atlantic, coastal areas have experienced an unusual number of warm, sunny days and mild nights.
The weather is having a variety of economic impacts. In hardware stores, snow
shovels and rock salt sit idle. Although snow and ice-related problems are less
frequent, homeowners have been busy keeping algae growth in check.
Fuel delivery trucks sit idle as homeowners enjoy much smaller heating bills.
With fewer icy roads, the number of auto mishaps is most likely down.
In gardens and fallow fields, greens began blooming in January, an event that
normally occurs in April. In some locations, ornamental shrubs and trees have
Hunters and outdoorsmen have reported seeing mosquitoes during the hunting
seasons. At night, moths and other insects have been active practically all
winter. On warm days, homeowners complain as houseflies become active.
Effects of the mild winter can be seen in nature and wildlife. Deer that are
normally thin have countless acres of lush green grass to feed on. The warm
winter has kept creeks, ponds and wetlands ice-free, allowing waterfowl,
shorebirds, and other wildlife unlimited access.
In some parts of the Mid Atlantic, freshwater fishing has been unusually
good. Anglers are reporting good fishing for largemouth bass, black crappie,
bluegill sunfish, pickerel, and other species. In many areas, aquatic turtles
and frogs have remained active during the winter season.