They are saying that the upper atmosphere Jet Stream hasn't looked like this since the winters of '77 & '78...
'77 we had 6" of ice, topped by about 24" of snow,
Everything stopped for about a month.
I lived on a farm, and livestock still has to be fed, watered, ect. through all that.
38" of snow here in '78 and actual temps of -20F. wind chills of -75F.!
Three of the local guys had pneumonia, so guess which dumb azz farm boy had to feed/water their livestock along with our own!
We were out of school for about six weeks, and it took the national guard over two weeks to get back to us!
Being farmers, we already had our selves dug out,
And I spent more time on a snowmobile than I did on farm equipment, but when you are 16 you really don't care as long as it's not a bicycle!
And people wonder why I joined the Marines at 17 and one day old!
Marines was a cake walk compared to working on the farm!