Winter among top 5 warmest

It appears that the all-time standard for the December through February temperature is out of reach in Philadelphia.

But looking at the forecast and what has happened so far, this winter has an excellent chance of finishing in the top 3.

The National Weather Service extended forecast goes out to Feb. 27, and if it works out, the monthly average would be close to 41.

That would put the three-month temperature at a lusty 41.6, behind the 43.3 of 1932 and the 42.7 of 1890.

Weather Services Inc., the Massachusetts forecasting firm, is looking for a cooling in March. But where have we heard that before?

Last week, the buzz concerned a possible winter storm; this week, it's about how warm it will get on Thursday.