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Vernal equinox heralds end of the winter that wasn't

This winter was the warmest on record so far in the 21st century. Here are some other remarkable facts about the winter that wasn't.

- Emily PowersMonitor library intern, Leigh MontgomeryMonitor librarian

3. No snow

Unusually warm and dry weather this winter meant the snow cover footprint was the third smallest in 46 years of record-keeping. This hurt the winter recreational sports industry, resulting in fewer visitors to ski resorts and the cancellation of several sled dog races in the Northeast. According to the SnowSports Industries of America and the Leisure Trends Group, sales of ski and snowboard gear were down 12% in January.

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