In the U.S., the winter so far has been a tale of two nations: record hot in the West, bone-chilling cold to the East. While Boston is buried in more than 8 feet of snow, parts of Pacific Northwest that depend on winter snow have gotten next to nothing. California is having its warmest winter on record for a second consecutive year. And for the first time, San Francisco had no rain in January. And hard as it may be to believe, 2015 has gotten off to a rather toasty start. There were 3,499 daily warm temperature records broken in January, compared to 775 cold ones, according to NOAA climatologist Jake Crouch. Associated Press