Wow. Winter reached its halfway point today, and so far there's been very little snow throughout most of West Virginia.
A serious columnist might explore all the effects a lack of snowfall might have on the ecosystem - how the mild winter might help more animals to survive, or how the lack of snowmelt might affect the groundwater supply - things like that.
Fortunately for you readers, I'd rather write about hunting and fishing and other fun stuff.
So I will.
Earlier this week, state wildlife officials issued a news release that urged hunters to take advantage of the hunting seasons still open.
Rabbits, grouse, raccoons, foxes and bobcats can all be hunted through Feb. 29.
In the release, Division of Natural Resources biologist Jeff McCrady outlined why February is a particularly good time to hunt for those species.
Rabbit hunters, for example, can take advantage of improved visibility and scent conditions.
By February, McCrady explained, trees and shrubs have almost completely lost their leaves, and dead weeds have been tamped down by snow and heavy rains. It's easier for hunters to keep track of their beagles, and to see the rabbits once they're flushed.
He added that the ground tends to be unusually damp, and damp ground holds the rabbits' scent better than dry ground. Winter's cool temperatures also help to keep rabbit dogs from becoming overheated.