In truth, the recently updated USDA plant hardiness map did place New Jersey in a warmer zone than we had been before, and so J wasn't wrong to think we had harsher winters than we do. In the nearly eleven years that I have been here, I have seen the effects of climate change at work. Precipitation has become more extreme and temps are generally a bit warmer.
Even so, we still get nor'easter snowstorms and we got one this weekend. Snow totals north of here are being measured in feet, but in my corner of New Jersey we received a thin layer of ice followed by about 8 inches of heavy, wet snow. So my front yard flowerbed is a little more consistent with old man winter this weekend. The flower bulbs are nowhere to be seen.