I certainly expected a nasty winter after we went through most of 2008 with no sunspot activity. Readers of this blog were advised in June.
While cold temperature records are set somewhere each winter, it's getting really brutal out there.
Recorded North American weather history is fascinating because from the Colonial period until the mid-1800s, the Earth was going through a period called Little Ice Age. In 1779, the southern Chesapeake Bay froze solid. Ice on the coast of Virginia Beach was piled 20 feet high and didn't melt until mid-May. Ice in Virginia Beach today is lucky to make it past 10am.
Last winter was cold, too.
The climate change alarmists, including baby boomers with a narcissistic view of temperature and a need to believe in a climate apocalypse, either don't know or don't want to talk about the Earth's history of extreme weather cycles, like when the area that would be the city of Chicago sat under an ice sheet one mile thick. That would sure slow down O'Hare.