Last year’s winter is still something to talk about, especially since this one appears to be looming large already. IISG’s climate specialist Molly Woloszyn took the helm of the Staerkel Planetarium in Champaign, IL last Friday to sum up last winter’s story, which was one for records.

Will the polar vortex return this winter? Molly told the crowd that NOAA Weather Service forecasts an equal chance of this winter being warmer or cooler than average in the Midwest.