After the February 2011 freeze, the Metroplex loaded up with a fleet of new snowplows, but nary a flake has fallen. Spring bulbs are blooming, fruit trees are budding, and the home fires aren't burning.
Instead of Super Bowl ice, we've gotten rare roaring rain in January and February has gone all April on us.
Lake water is so warm that not even catfish are feeling frisky.
But other than a few of those dyed-in-the-wool lovers of cold weather, who could complain?
First up would be the folks in Alaska, because that's where our winter is, bottled up in the Arctic.
Last weekend the mercury plunged to a record 66 below zero in Fort Yukon.
Even Valdez, which bills itself as the snowiest city in the U.S., is crying uncle after getting buried by 328 inches this season, 10 feet above normal. The five-day forecast called for up to 18 inches of snow Friday and then four more good chances.
In Texas, this year's favorite whipping boy is once again to blame.
"It's La Niña, first and foremost. And although we're in one of the wettest La Niña winters on record, the temperatures have fit the mold in terms of keeping the cold air bottled up north, perhaps even more extreme than it typically is," said Dan Huckabee, a climate specialist for the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
"The entire U.S. has been remarkably mild, not just Texas."
At Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the area's official weather recording station, December temperatures were only a scant half-degree higher than normal, but January was 4.5 degrees warmer than average. On only one day, Dec. 6, was the high temperature below 40.
Freezing temperatures have been logged on only 12 days. The fewest freezes on record at the airport for a winter season are 14.
But still, Huckabee notes, December-January temperatures are only No. 14 on the list of warmest winters.
That tracks with natural gas use for home heating in Fort Worth, said Jennifer Ryan, director of media relations for Atmos Energy Co.
Gas use in December was 2 percent higher than normal and 11 percent higher than last year. In December, the average bill was 7 percent higher than in 2010.
In January, usage was 5 percent lower than normal and 8 percent lower than a year ago, with the average bill 6 percent lower than in 2011.
For comparison, the gas supplier experienced record demand during last February's big chill, Ryan added.
The wacky weather has been a double-edged sword for catfish hunter Chad Ferguson.
"The good news about this weather is that everybody has fishing fever early. That usually doesn't start until the middle of March. My phone has been ringing off the hook for a couple of weeks," said Ferguson, who owns the North Texas Catfish Guide Service.
The flip side is that trophy-size catfish aren't as active as usual in winter.
According to his records for the last 10 years, water temperatures in local lakes are about 10 degrees above normal.
"We're hard-core; we fish rain, sleet or snow. We're still catching big fish -- they're just harder to find when it's warmer," Ferguson said.
The winter thaw has been a mixed bag for other outdoors-related businesses.
Pecan Valley Golf Course enjoyed a strong month in January, said Nancy Bunton, director of golf, particularly compared with a "rough month" last February, which featured three snowfalls over five days and 100 hours of freezing temperatures.
"We're up drastically this year compared to last year," Bunton said, adding that last summer's record string of 100-degree days was "pretty brutal, too. What affects our business is the weather. If we can get the weekends this time of year it really helps, and we've had some nice ones."
Coat and parka sales have lagged at the Backwoods outdoors store in Fort Worth, sales manager Mike Prebel said.
"It's sure not like it was this time last year. We're excited about a late winter, and when it comes we'll be ready," he said.
The impact has been a lot harsher for people in the firewood businesses.
"I am sorry that Old Man Winter didn't want to show his face this year," said Richard Arnold of Arnold Brothers Forest Products in Irving. If the weather holds course, it will be his worst winter in 31 years.
"We still have about six weeks of the season to go. The bottom could still fall out. We're hopeful we'll get something. I'm just grateful I'm diversified," he said. He also supplies wood to restaurants and runs a sawmill in southeast Oklahoma.
Bill Bates of Metroplex Firewood says he has sold only about 300 cords instead of the usual 500 cords.
After 33 years in the business, he says, he can roll with the highs and lows.
"People don't fix the roof until it leaks and they don't buy firewood until it's cold. It will pick up when we get one of those arctic blasts," Bates said, noting that in the meantime, his inventory won't spoil. "I don't have to feed it and it's not going to die. It will be even better firewood next year."
The lack of cold weather is a "huge worry" for North Texas fruit growers, said Ken Halverson, who owns Larken Farms in Waxahachie. Fruit trees require a certain number of hours of temperatures of 45 degrees or lower to break dormancy and induce blooms and growth.
"We're way behind right now in chilling hours. Normally, it should be around the end of February before you start seeing budding on peach trees. We were seeing buds in January. There's a good possibility those trees won't make fruit," Halverson said.
But it's too early to count winter out, Huckabee says, pointing to a record 12.5-inch snowfall Feb. 11-12, 2010.
That year, 8 inches of snow fell in Collin County on the first day of spring. Not to mention that the latest freeze in the Metroplex has twice fallen on April 13.
"We've still got a ways to go," he said. "As last winter showed, all you need is one good outbreak and that's all people will remember. People would say it was cold last winter, but it was actually warmer than normal.''
For now, anyway, even as Denver digs out from a 2-foot snowfall, there's not a hint of a Super Bowl freeze.
Don't complain. July and August will be here soon enough.