Reg, even though you are only about four hours from me, you climate seems to be a little more temperate. Ours ranges from hot, humid summers, with many days in the 90 degree range, but mostly in the 70's to 80's, still with lots of humidity (I have no air conditioning), to cold, white winters. We get a fair amount of snow and will remain below freezing from December through mid March, with several days in the minus teens and twenties.
My basement was the perfect cheese cave until June hit and the temperature got warmer which is why I got the freezer to keep my cheese in. My basement probably has too little humidity in the winter.