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Blame Arctic refrigerator for mild winter so far

Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review via AP

Peyton Duffield, 5, laughs while swinging on a warm afternoon at Coeur d'Alene City Park, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

You won't catch me complaining about the mild weather.

AP reports:  CHICAGO — If your Christmas had everything — holiday lights, a visit from Santa, a family meal — what likely went missing was snow.

So far this winter, the northern US — from New England to the Dakotas — has mostly eluded snow and sub-freezing temperatures. In cities that were digging out of storms at this time last year, temperatures have been almost double the average.

Usually at this time of year there's a winter storm story to report from somewhere in this country. But this year, records are being set for how little snow there's been. That's bad news for the ski industry and other businesses. NBC's Mike Taibbi has more.