According to the calendar, this winter runs from Dec. 21 through March 20. But meteorologically, our winter was much shorter this year.

I could probably make a case that winter came in two spurts this season, the first from Jan. 5 through 10, when we had both our only areawide snowstorm and the coldest shot of air this year. The second surge of winter has been the past week, complete with a nor’easter, biting winds and unseasonably cold air, all made especially cruel after the monthlong warmth we were spoiled with in February.