"Here we are in the graze of winter"
the time was October 31 1991:
2016 has same winter blast, much weaker, is a coming 40 days late:
ECMWF portrays coming High pressure "Arctic dome" originating mainly from Alaska,
a pale shadow of former self, while the Arctic Ocean is currently dominated by a Cyclone which just kicked out a budding mega cold "dome" forming, the by-continental merge of cold air zones was cut in two, leaving Alaskan build up to come down the Rockies path. However, on the East coast of North America, a huge Cyclone system will blossom December 9-10 not unlike segments of the Perfect Storm of 91, but minus Hurricane Merge, December being well past hurricane season, the last one Nicole streamed by Mid-October 2016.
Last 30 days (from December 7) NOAA temperature anomaly. North America is not as cold as old November's use to be.