The magnitude of the blocking of the jet and actual strength of both those arctic highs could have set more records, but the lack of US snowpack, especially to the NW of the Eastern US, saved our butts from totally freezing off, literally
. I think this could have rivaled the 85-86 cold wave IF we actually had snow pack. Nothing here...less than 1/2 inch season-to-date. Driest and coldest winter I have seen in my lifetime in relationship to almost no snow, so far!