We're transitioning at a good clip into this early winter season, but again, it will lead to an earlier-than-normal spring 2012 with a very warm climate all of next year.
Theodore, I admit I am prejudiced. I do prefer warmer weather (it's just me being me -- not a climate thing). So, I hope you are right...
If you've noticed, most of North America has been drier than normal without much snow - with the exception of the Pacific Northwest, Canadian Northern Territories and Alaska that have received winter precipitation of snow and ice storms.
Again, winter 2012 will be brief for much of the northern hemisphere. Ahead is a early spring that is drier and warmer than normal along with a dry year and very warm summer season.
The winter season will take place mainly through mid-January through mid-February for much of the country; then an early spring arrives. We've seen the signs of this with several days interspersed in the U.S. east coast of days in the 50s and sunshine. These are indications of the early spring I've forecasted to come by late February into early March.
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."