This past Monday marked the first day of meteorological spring. There is no doubt that March is still winter in North Dakota most years, but when you heard of what was expected this winter, those forecasts are for the period of December 1 through February 28. This past winter was a warm one across the region with many areas recording temperatures any where from 3 to 6 degrees above average. In fact, if it were not for that two-week cold snap in February, this past winter would have been very close to the warmest on record. Instead, Fargo finished with the 16th and Bismarck, the 13th warmest winter since records started at those two locations.