One of my neighbors told me the other day he expects the coming winter will be colder than normal.
Today I read: " . . .and warmer than normal conditions during December-February along the Gulf coast of the United States." in a press release from the World Metereological Organization. We are not exactly at the Gulf coast (300+ miles away), but it's as close as I can get to a land area identified in the press release.
Given a choice . . ., warmer is better than colder!