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It's winter. It's Chicago. It's cold.

This isn't news to those of us who have lived here all our lives, but to hear TV newspeople and newcomers talk these days, you'd think it was the coldest winter in history.

It's not. It has been below freezing for 13 days, which is a lot, but nowhere near the record 33 days set back in the 80's. In fact, there was a ten-year period from 1976 to 1985 when it was either brutally cold, brutally snowy, or both, for the entire winter. In 1978-79 snow covered the ground for 100 consecutive days.

This year, it's been just barely below zero, there's no snow at all on the ground, and the cold snap will be over in a few days.

Chin up. January's almost over and it's only 73 days till the Cubs home opener on April 7.