STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Icebreakers sit idle in ports. Insects crawl out of forest hideouts. Daffodils sprout up from green lawns.
Winter ended before it started in Europe's north, where record-high temperatures have people wondering whether it's a fluke or an ominous sign of a warming world.
"It's the warmest winter ever" recorded, said John Ekwall of the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute.
It may be time to take up a collection and send Tom on vacation!